With so many mouth-watering restaurants in Las Vegas, it’s hard enough deciding where to eat let alone what to order off the menu. So why not let the chef decide? Many Las Vegas restaurants offer tasting menus, showcasing the crème de la crème of what their chefs have to offer. Not only do you get to try a variety of different dishes for one price, but you may discover something you like that you would have never ordered for yourself. Here’s a look at five of the city’s best tasting menus.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare – at Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Bravo’s “Top Chef” Tasting Menu $175 per person
Offering a truly exquisite dining experience, this Forbes Four Star award-winning restaurant serves authentic Italian coastal cuisine by Chef Paul Bartolotta, a two-time recipient of the James Beard Foundation award. Guests can dine indoors or outside in a private cabana surrounding a picturesque lagoon as they feast upon the Bravo’s “Top Chef” Tasting Menu, which Chef Bartolotta prepared on the hit reality cooking competition. Served family style, the three-course tasting menu features six dishes for the first course, five dishes for the second course and concludes with a symphony of desserts. Taste buds are sure to flip over the scrumptious selections, which include insalata di piovra ligure (Ligurian octopus salad with olive oil and lemon), aragosta alla griglia (grilled spiny lobster) and pesce al sale profumato (whole Mediterranean fish in an aromatic salt crust).
Gordon Ramsay Steak – at Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Limited Edition Tasting Menu $125 per person (menu must be ordered for the table)
The latest celebrity chef to open a restaurant in Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay’s London-themed steakhouse offers one of the most unique tasting menus in town. The four-course Limited Edition Tasting Menu (which includes an amuse bouche) changes seasonally, but always showcases some of the restaurant’s finest culinary creations. Items previously featured on the menu include the asparagus soup and Ramsay’s signature roasted beef wellington. What truly makes the tasting menu so special, though, is that the first 1,000 purchased each season include a numbered, autographed photo of the “Hell’s Kitchen” chef that guests can take home with them. After that, the menu is still available, just without the keepsake autograph.
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Origin India Restaurant and Bar
4480 Paradise Road #1200
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Price: Tasting Menu $49.95 per person, Vegetarian Tasting Menu $45 per person
Providing a modern and refined approach to traditional Indian cuisine, Origin India offers two four-course tasting menus for guests to choose from: a vegetarian tasting menu and a non-vegetarian tasting menu. Both menus include soup, your choice of three appetizers, an entrée with choice of side dish and rice and an assortment of desserts, as well as a bread basket. Vegetarian options range from the chilli paneer (homemade cottage cheese tossed with bell peppers and green chilies in a Chinese sauce) to the baigan dahiwala (baby eggplants cooked in a yogurt-based sauce with sliced onions and cashew paste). Meat dishes, meanwhile, include the lahori lamb chappli kebab (grilled lamb patties seasoned with fresh herbs and spices) and the house specialty, machli dahiwal (fish cooked in a special yogurt-based sauce).
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Restaurant Guy Savoy – at Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: Innovation-Inspiration Menu $348 per person
One of the most luxurious French restaurants in town, Restaurant Guy Savoy recently introduced a lavish 14-course Innovation-Inspiration Menu that parallels the 18-course menu available at the Michelin three-star chef’s flagship restaurant in Paris. A tasting menu that lives up to its name, the Innovation-Inspiration Menu features such playful dishes as the “sunny side up” dessert, plated to resemble a poached egg but actually composed of Greek yogurt, black pepper, brioche dipped in egg panperdu and a delicious mango center. In fact, every course on the menu is beautifully presented, like the salmon iceberg, prepared tableside with chilled salmon served on dry ice and a hot bullion. While menu items change seasonally, the indulgent spread is sure to always leave guests hungry for more—no matter how full their stomachs are.
Top of the World – at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Price: Four-Course Tasting Menu $88 per person
Serving up a true feast for the senses, the award-winning Top of the World restaurant is located more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip in the Stratosphere Tower. Guests can dig in to a delicious Four Course Tasting Menu showcasing global comfort food with ingredients from Vietnam to France while enjoying breathtaking views of the city below, as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes. Menu selections include your choice of soup (lobster bisque or soup of the day) or a caesar salad for the first course, crab cake with green papaya salad or seared Mediterranean sea bass with sauce vierge baby bok choy for the second course, grilled center cut filet with red-wine mushroom sauce for the entrée and concludes with a mini dessert duo. Diners can also enjoy a suggested wine flight with their selections for just $30 more.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
R Steak & Seafood
2901 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
R Steak & Seafood opened in August 2011 with Chef Jason Bradley. He had most recently been the Executive Chef at Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton. R Steak & Seafood boasts “affordable elegance” with a variety of meats and seafood in the $19 – $36 range. Guests can begin with some unique appetizers like Thai Coconut Steamed Mussels, Miso Butter Seared Scallops, Applewood Smoked Citrus Bacon and Lobster Bisque. They also offer a nice selection of salads and side dishes, including Tempura Steak Fries, Baked Mac & Cheese and Broccolini. Steaks are seasoned with a signature rub and include a 16 oz. New York Strip, 24 oz. Porterhouse and 18 oz. Bone-in Ribeye. R Steak & Seafood also has signature Braised Beef Short Ribs and seafood including a Salmon Steak, Mahi Mahi and a Surf & Turf option. R Steak & Seafood has a good selection of wines in different varietals and a tantalizing dessert menu. Happy Hour is held daily from 4-7 p.m. and from 9-10 p.m. and there is a special Happy Hour menu. There is a locals’ special happening right now where they can receive a free bottle of wine with purchase of two entrees.
Brians opinions : My personal favorite is the Surf and Turf, that is certainly enough food to feed two people in my opinion. I found the restaurant to be very relaxed, great service, and affordable prices considering its a Vegas . This place has that ” old Vegas ” kind of atmosphere that anybody would appreciate!
Brian Shapiro, also some information provided by the Riviera
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