Celebrated Chef Restaurants in Las Vegas
There’s a high caliber of talent associated with Sin City and the dining scene is no exception. When it comes to some of the more famous chefs, Las Vegas is home to multiple experiences from the most well-known names, making it one of the top destinations in the country when it comes to fine dining.
When did this rise of the "celebrity chefs" begin? We could possibly trace it back to the debut of Emeril Live in the late 90s when the Bam!-friendly chef invited television audiences into his kitchen, spawning his signature catchphrase, “Kick it up a notch!” Since then, the culinary world has become intermingled with its own categorization of celebrity, making it a “must” to score a table at one of their famous restaurants.
It makes sense for top chefs to stake a claim along the Las Vegas Strip, so it’s hard to narrow down the favorites among the expanding collection. Whether your Las Vegas trip needs the most expensive or the most romantic meal you’ve ever had, one of MGM’s celebrated chef restaurants is sure to fit the bill. But no matter your reason for making a trip to the city, we recommend a reservation for your dining experience.
When you’re a Michelin 3-star chef (and have a total of 30 Michelin stars under your belt), your namesake is enough of a name for a restaurant. But, when you’re Joel Robuchon, two restaurants seems more appropriate. First, try the tasting menu at Joël Robuchon Las Vegas inside MGM Grand is an indulgence of the highest caliber French cuisine in the world. The decadent menu starts with caviar atop king crab and leads into four additional courses, including menu offerings such as frog leg fritters, truffled langoustine ravioli, sea urchin, and other exotic and flavorful dishes to create a meal fit for royalty. On your second night out for dinner, try L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon also at the MGM Grand. This unique French restaurant prepares your food right before your eyes. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a great stop before or after a show with small plates perfect for sharing. The restaurant’s dark, seductive décor and prolific food choices make it one of the more romantic, cozy spots on the Strip.
Whether it’s brunch or lunch or dinner, Julian Serrano serves up a variety of cuisine that is quintessential Las Vegas elegance. For the one of the best brunches on the Strip, James Beard “Outstanding Chef” award winner Julian Serrano puts his Italian twist on late morning favorites at LAGO at The Bellagio Resort & Casino. If the pastry basket, filled with muffins, scones, croissant, donuts, and more, isn’t enough to fill you up, then dig into the three-course brunch menu served family-style. Restaurant favorites include the smoked salmon pancake and eggplant parmesan benedict, but don’t forget about the dessert display. Choose from panettone pudding, Nutella crespelle, or a classic tiramisu to end your savory meal on a sweet note. If you’ve left room for dinner, step over to ARIA Resort for Julian Serrano – a Spanish tapas restaurant serving up new & traditional Spanish small plates. When your Chef is awarded multiple “best of” and “excellence” awards from top publishers like Forbes, Wine Spectator, and Esquire as well as developed Michelin-star restaurants around the world, there’s never a doubt your meal will be one of the best you’ve ever had.
Chef Charlie Palmer has served as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and has collected his fair share of culinary awards over the past few decades. Because of that how could we limit him to only one restaurant in Las Vegas? This talented Chef earned a Michelin star in 2006 for Aureole located in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and has kept it through today. Recently reimagined and redesigned, Chef Palmer’s restaurant is divided into five different categories: Root, Ranch, Surf, Accompaniments, and Desserts. In our opinion, based upon the famous wine tower located in the restaurant, “wine” should be the sixth category on his menu. The ideal meal includes at least one plate from each. Go out on the edge and choose one item from each category and experience a meal for the memory book. However, if you are looking for more traditional food in Las Vegas, try Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse also at Mandalay Bay. A quiet, “clubhouse” feel, the steakhouse gives off an elegant and more formal dining option on the Las Vegas Strip.
Again, when it comes to being an executive producer of Top Chef, five time James Beard award winner, and Emmy-award winner, how do you let him only have one restaurant in Las Vegas? We couldn’t say no, so we let Tom Colicchio have two steak restaurants in our MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. And, if you haven’t heard of Tom Colicchio we’re sure it will be a household name after your next Las Vegas vacation. On your first night out, try Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Known for its wood-fired steak preparation, guests can watch through the open kitchen as their meals are prepared. Though steaks are obviously the name of the game here, don’t forget about the “extras” that make the dining experience complete. Colicchio’s take on roasted onion soup includes an addition of goat cheese and bacon jam for a unique combination of flavors. Plus, the ice cream cake made with chocolate, coconut, marshmallow, and a special fudgesicle ice cream is decadent a treat to pass up. If you are a connoisseur of steak, you should try out one of Las Vegas Magazine’s Best Steakhouses Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak over at MGM Grand. In this venue, Chef Colicchio provides several ages of beef to give restaurant goers the various flavors and textures of beef. Beef here is sourced from family farms, artisanal producers and even has its seafood sourced from day-boat fishermen. Enjoy a meal that’s as close to farm-to-table as you can get in the Las Vegas desert valley.
Jean Georges Vongerichten
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most notable chefs and his name is as much of a staple of the culinary scene as a steak dinner. It’s not too much of a stretch then to imagine an extravagant steakhouse with a classic menu featuring only the best of ingredients. With influences from around the world, an exotic, elegant meal is what he offers at Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino. His traditional surf and turf plates are made special by the quality of the food sources and the prestige of the Jean-Georges name. If you don’t partake in his signature tasting menu, the Kobe A5 should be on every foodie’s bucket list. It’s a variety of meat so exclusively served, you can only find it one of nine menus in the U.S.
When creating a list of Michelin, television and otherwise famous chef restaurants Las Vegas is known for, it’d be a disservice not to include the Iron Chef himself. Chef Morimoto is no stranger to being center stage when it comes to celebrity dining. His Japanese dishes are stunning in presentation and tantalizing in taste. His knife skills are likely only surpassed by his sushi and sashimi options. At Morimoto Las Vegas, located at MGM Grand, the simplicity of his menu can’t be overshadowed by the complex flavors of his dishes. We recommend the decadent oyster foie gras for those with rich palates; as well as one of the restaurant’s most signature dishes, Duck Duck Goose, which includes duck meatball soup, duck confit fried rice, and gooseberry compote. And for those looking for the Iron Chef’s signature, we recommend choosing amongst the variety of fresh, flown in daily sushi & sashimi rolls. It’s food that’s both clever and delicious - two characteristics we hope for in every menu.