With five outdoor pools, a convention center, a sports arena, a spa, dozens of shops and restaurants, several bars and nightclubs, and the largest casino in Clark County, it’s no wonder the MGM Grand has billed itself as “The Entertainment Authority” in Las Vegas. They’ve successfully made it so you never have to leave their property. And why would you want to? Outside is hot, outside is crowded, and outside is far away from the MGM Grand’s best attraction: the award-winning French, Chinese, and Italian restaurants. If you’re staying at the MGM Grand, make sure to reserve your space at one—or all!—of these restaurants for a delicious meal just steps from your hotel room.
Dining at Joël Robuchon is a lot like attending a dinner party in a friend’s stylish Parisian living room. The space is cozy (the main dining area has room enough to seat just 12), framed portraits line the end tables, and a single, dainty chandelier hangs over the center of the room. You’ll lounge on plush royal purple sofas as you sip wine and make quiet small talk with your companions among the vases of fresh-cut flowers. You can almost imagine that at any moment chef Joël Robuchon—once named “Chef of the Century”—will wander over and congratulate you on your new job or inquire after your aunt.
It’s a surreal experience, made even more so by the waiters who waltz around the room almost in sync, carrying trays of French food or pushing a cart of something that looks like it belongs in an art museum. The carts—oh, the carts—are nearly the best part about this 18-course tasting experience. The bread cart alone deserves its own separate mention thanks to the 16 different types you can choose from. Ask for a cup of tea and they bring you a trolley filled with potted tea plants. You pick your tea and the white-gloved waiter hand selects the perfect leaves, cutting them and soaking them in hot water before pouring you a fresh cup. It’s easy to see why this restaurant has won so many awards and is at the top of so many foodies’ bucket lists.
Since opening in 2013, Hakkasan has fast become known as one of Vegas’s trendiest nightclubs (it’s also the largest), but it’s more than just a place to dance. Hakkasan has Chinese food, too. And it’s really good, high-end Cantonese food, which—in a city known for its variety of dining options—is surprisingly hard to find. Upon entering, you notice Hakkasan’s signature blue lighting, emanating from the walls and underneath the bar, and casting the entire 88,000-square-foot restaurant and nightclub in an alien glow. You feel almost like you’re floating underwater in a futuristic submarine (but that could also be the sake talking—Hakkasan has good sake). For a delicious appetizer that’s light, which you’ll want if you plan on hitting the dance floor later, try the crispy duck salad. Order the dim sum platter for your main course and share it with a friend—or one of the celebrities sitting at a table nearby. Finish the meal with the black sesame and chocolate dumplings. It may be a strange combination, but the flavors work well together.
Step inside Fiamma, which means “flame” in Italian, and you immediately feel as though you’ve been enveloped in a warm hug. The dining room’s decor incorporates chocolate, red, and cream colors, even matching the inside one of Fiamma’s famous dark chocolate tiramisu desserts. The modern Italian food menu features all the classics: from fried calamari and braised beef short ribs to ravioli. The most popular dish is the lobster potato gnocchi, but from just from the name of it, you could have already guessed that. The portion size makes it easy to try a few different things off the menu, or start with an appetizer, like the delicious crispy calimari.