When Bellagio opened its doors 20 years ago, Las Vegas transformed overnight from gambling mecca to gastronomic hot spot, with multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs at the center of the action. The seafood at Michael Mina’s eponymous restaurant
is so fresh, you’ll forget you’re in the desert, while, at Yellowtail
, Nobu Matsuhisa-trained Akira Back pairs innovative Japanese cuisine with an ample sake selection and awesome fountain views. Julian Serrano helms Lago
, featuring small-plate Italian cuisine, as well as Picasso
, where creative Euro fare is plated beneath the namesake master artist’s original paintings. Other Bellagio powerhouses: Prime Steakhouse
from star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago
(the signature smoked salmon pizza makes the perfect lunch).
Las Vegas’ culinary extravaganza extends to Delano Las Vegas
, with Rivea by Alain Ducasse; Harris says the stunning design, combined with jaw-dropping views, makes it one of the most sought-after tables in town. A pre-dinner cocktail at the rooftop Skyfall Lounge
is a must: “This is the finest ultra-club in Vegas, where power couples and other players can enjoy a quiet atmosphere and amazing views,” Harris says. For her part, Betts can’t resist the French fare at three-Michelin-starred restaurant Joël Robuchon
at MGM Grand: “It’s an intimate, delightful, and unforgettable dining experience,” she says. The secret behind dining at any of these amazing eateries: reservations. It’s nearly impossible to walk in on a whim (thank goodness for those VIP concierges and personal butlers).