is a dazzling gem in the desert, a city full of animation, grandeur, and also home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Whether you want a break from the sounds and excitement in the casino or are searching for where to eat to have a romantic evening, Las Vegas is guaranteed to have the best restaurants for even the most refined of taste buds. When I travel, one of the highlights of any destination is experiencing some of the fine local dining. Here are several of the best restaurants in Las Vegas -- why don't you give one (or two) a try?
– If you are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
, then Nobu is a logical and delicious choice when trying to decide where to eat dinner. The décor has an organic appeal, with natural elements like bamboo partitions between sushi booths, a river rock wall, and earthy tones throughout the restaurant. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has created a fusion of Japanese and South American food, with dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Nobu Style Lobster Tacos, and King Crab Tempura with Amazu Ponzu.
Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
– One of the best restaurants in Las Vegas is fittingly located in one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget
. A sumptuous setting, it is not surprising that Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse has been recommended by the Michelin Guide Las Vegas in 2009. The menu contains exceptional offerings like a Maple Glazed Quail appetizer, a Veal Chop Milanese entrée, and Sake Glazed Tuna. Of course, this is a steakhouse, so you can also bite into one of their fine Filet Mignon or Prime Strip steaks if you need to satisfy a craving for red meat. Just please don't ask for your steak well-done.
Casa di Amore
– There is no reason to leave gaming behind just because you're dining at one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas! At the Casa di Amore, you can sit at the bar and enjoy cocktails while playing "Spin to Win" or play an electronic game right in front of you. For dining options, enjoy Italian dishes like Baked Clams Arregenata, Chicken Caprese, or Fra Diavolo with shrimp or lobster. They even have a complimentary limousine service that will pick you up and drop you off at most casinos in Las Vegas. Make sure you ask for the service when you make your dinner reservation by phone. The Casa di Amore will put you in mind of old Las Vegas and is sure to be a memorable meal.
– Get off the Strip for a bit and head to one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas that will revive you with a bright, open space to dine on food created with French inspiration. Rosemary's Restaurant is run by a husband-wife chef team and they have put together an impressive menu featuring meals such as Pan Fried Veal Sweetbreads, Roasted Rack of Lamp with Kalamata Olive Creamed Potatoes, and a Cashew Crusted Salmon with Wasabi Creamed Potatoes. This is an ideal spot for the fine beer enthusiast looking for where to eat in Las Vegas. With bottle offerings including Unibroue La Fin du Monde and Rochefort #8, there will be a perfect pairing available for whatever meal you choose. If wine is more to your liking, even the most discriminating individuals will find the perfect bottle for their meal from the impressive wine list that has been honored with a Wine Spectators Award. Rosemary's Restaraurant also has an art gallery with various feature artists that change periodically. If you enjoy your time here and enjoy your meal, check out the book Chefs Wendy and Michael Jordan wrote, Food of Love
, full of their personal stories and recipes.
– Wildly popular with both tourists and locals alike, Stripburger is one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas for a simple burger done the right way. Get your burger with just cheese or try one of their signature burgers like a Green Chili Cheeseburger or a Southwest Burger. If you're craving something different, they also have a variety of chicken sandwiches, a turkey burger, and even a Fresh-Ground Ahi Tuna Burger served with pickled ginger and avocado. Order one of six kinds of hand-cut fries and wash it all down with a Chocolate Hot Fudge or Butterscotch Shake. You'll be eating outside at Stripburger, but with less than 4 inches of rain in an average year in Las Vegas, you won't have to worry about getting wet.
Photo courtesy of Rosemary's Restaurant.