Spinning roulette wheels and Elvis everywhere: Vegas is a whirlwind of excitement and energy. And isn’t that why you’re here, after all? But the buzz soon makes you yearn for a quiet spot to enjoy each other—the two of you, a nice view, and some memorable food. You might not find that just anywhere, but among the best restaurants in Las Vegas are some true gems where romance always hits the jackpot.
You could walk right by the understated, yet elegant entrance to Bellagio’s little jewel box, Le Cirque—a replica of the New York classic—and never even realize you missed one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. The food is decidedly French here, and gloriously so, but not stuck in the past or hampered by provincialism. With each seasonal menu, the chefs try new and exciting ways to represent the best ingredients in dishes like their Colorado lamb loin with morels, sweetbreads, and sauce Forestiere; or salad of pea tendrils, popcorn shoots, and watercress in a citrus vinaigrette. The service, in contrast, is of the old school, befitting a place where you’ll want to encourage your date to dress up (jackets are strongly recommended for men). You’ll feel transported to a quiet provincial chateau, until you peek out the windows and see the majestic Bellagio fountains singing their songs.
If nothing less than “wow” will do, Wynn’s dramatic red and gold Mizumi is up to the challenge. Ask to be seated at the exclusive waterfall table, outside the restaurant, and you’ll hit a home run even before plates touch the table. But don’t rest on your laurels—choose something from the extensive menu touching on nearly every type of Japanese cuisine, like the signature Mizumi sushi roll (Maine lobster, avocado, tamago, soy paper, wasabi tobiko, and yuzu mustard aioli) or the charcoal-grilled Kurabota pork belly. For a real treat, try the 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib, which you will be left thinking about for even longer than it took them to cook it.
Legends usually seem out of reach, but at Joel Robuchon in the MGM Grand, you’ll experience greatness every night. The only fine-dining restaurant from France’s “Chef of the Century” in North America, and truly the best of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, this lavish escape will make you feel as if you’re stepping into a dream—and the food is equally magical. Robuchon’s classics include crispy soft-boiled egg in a light Comte cheese sauce with Iberico de Bellota ham; and farm chicken and foie gras with Château Chalon, chestnut, and black truffle, but surely any of the seasonal creations here will enchant. Or try a tasting menu, so you won’t miss out on any of it. And you’ll save room for these desserts. Oh, you definitely will.
While this family Italian spot may be off the Strip, Panevino, perched about McCarran International Airport, will win you over with its panoramic views of the Strip and beyond—a great escape that you’d never imagine when pulling into the corporate office park setting. Grab some creative cocktails in the lounge here (like an Avocolada, made with avocado and coconut), or request a window-side table for solid Italian fare like shrimp francese or veal saltimbocca with friendly service. Sometimes getting away from the action for the night is exactly what you need for a romantic evening.