Though Las Vegas mainly boasts a reputation as the US gambling mecca, it is a diverse city with more variety on hand than likely any metropolitan area in North America. Probably the world. Over the years, it has earned the nickname The Disneyland for Adults. Aside from its titillating dance shows and musical residencies, the option to take in some fine-dining between gaming sessions, sightseeing, or taking in various-style performances is one of its primary allures.
Everyone has heard of Las Vegas classics like shrimp cocktails and prime rib, Sin City staples that got their footing in Nevada’s top destination in the late-1950s. Today, while these food choices are still relevant, they have taken a back seat to affordable yet upscale cuisine found in many gambling establishments spread out on the Strip, the downtown area, and the outskirts of Las Vegas. Below, we list five restaurants inside casinos that anyone who visits the Neon Capital of the World should enjoy.
1. Hugo’s Cellar – The Four Queens
The Four Queens Hotel and Casino on Freemont Street is a locale owned by TLC Casino Enterprises that launched its operations in 1966. Until recently, it was famous for its real money keno lounge that closed in 2021, and as one of the more unique spots in downtown Vegas due to its Victorian Carnival theme.
The Four Queens has four dining/drink sections. These are the Patio Bar, the Chicago Brewing Co, Magnolia’s Veranda, and Hugh’s Cellar. The latter is the most renowned of this bunch of four and is often ranked as a top choice for a romantic dining experience. Its comfortable booths and brick-lined walls put customers at ease, letting them enjoy specialties such as Beef Wellington, Rock of Lamb, and the Australian Lobster. What is particularly noteworthy about Hugo’s is that it serves complimentary fruit dipped in chocolate covered in whipped cream for all guests.
2. Eiffel Tower Restaurant – Paris Las Vegas
As its name suggests, this casino hotel on the Strip, owned by Caesars Entertainment, utilizes France’s capital as its theme. It has a 540-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower over it, plus copies of the La Fontaine des Mers and the Arc de Triomphe. It goes all-in on its Paris motif and gets linked to its sister property Bally’s Las Vegas, through a promenade.
The restaurants housed here are high-quality, with fourteen spots serving food and drinks, including a Nobu, a Guy Savoy joint, and a Gordon Ramsey one. However, the star of Paris Las Vegas’ dining selection is its Eiffel Tower Restaurant. It sits one hundred feet above the Strip, offering a spectacular view of Las Vegas and critically-acclaimed meals like the exquisite Whole Dover Sole and premier desserts from chef Joho.
3. Delmonico Steakhouse – The Venetian
Many historians claim Steve Wynn’s Mirage put the wheels of the Vegas resort trend in motion, but Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian established that vast casino complexes would dominate Nevada’s hospitality business.
The Venetian opened its doors in 1999 and is the world’s second-largest hotel featuring various amenities like a full-service William Hill Sports Book, a business center, a spa, multiple pools, a car rental service, and more. The sportsbook is one of the highest-rated ones in the city, even when comparing the odds to NFL betting websites in the US.
The Venetian’s dining category has around thirty choices, with the Delmonico Steakhouse, operated by celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse frequently raking up rewards for its dry-aged bone-in rib steak and Chateaubriand. Anyone that chooses to sit here can sample the restaurant’s double-cut pork chop and barbecue shrimp.
4. Aureole – Mandalay Bay
The Mandalay Bay is a property developed by Circus Circus Enterprises in 1999, costing $950 million. It has а South Seas tropical theme, and its Four Seasons hotel was the first Vegas one to get a triple-A five-diamond rating.
The Aureole is a super modern venue that features wine-inspired American Cuisine. It is home to a four-story climate-controlled tower stacked with thousands of wine bottles that customers can pair with an all-inclusive seasonal menu created by Charlie Palmer, a James Beard Award Winning Chef.
5. Le Cirque – The Bellagio
Run by MGM Resorts International, the Bellagio is one of the most famous Strip casino hotels. Its fountains are one of the most iconic sights in Vegas, and during its construction in the mid-1990s, it was the most expensive resort ever.
The Bellagio has over a dozen places where guests can eat, with the picks here including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago and the extremely elegant Mayfair Supper Club. Still, these exist in the shadow of Le Cirque and its opulent dining room designed by Adam D.Thiany. Forbes Travel Guide gives it a five-star rating, praising its coveted wine list and French menu.