If you're planning your trip to Las Vegas, chances are you'll need to know where to get the best food in the city. Fortunately, the Michelin Guide releases an annual review of top-notch restaurants around the world, called the Red Guide, which happens to have featured a number of Las Vegas establishments over the years and has even published a special guidebook just for visiting the Strip.
Rated as either 1-Star, 2-Star, or 3-Star, the restaurants featured in the Michelin rating guide excel at the craft of cuisine and offer visitors unique dining experiences; however, it should be noted that there is a correlation between incredibly expensive establishments and higher star ratings when it comes to this system in Las Vegas.
It's also important to note that some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas often come with extremely long wait lists for reservations, with the highest-starred establishments taking anywhere from three months to a full year to book a table. If you're just looking for somewhere to eat right now, something downright cheap, or a more affordable restaurant in general, you may want to skip this list.
Las Vegas' Only 3-Star Michelin Restaurant: Joël Robuchon
Located in the famous MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Joël Robuchon is the only restaurant in Las Vegas that earned Michelin's highest rating of three stars, marking it as "Exceptional Cuisine, worth a special journey," according to the Michelin Starred website for Vegas.
This French restaurant is modeled after Art Deco townhouses and comes with a gorgeous garden terrace, marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and a quiet yet enticing atmosphere for its many high-end patrons; guests are expected to dress in formal attire to further that atmosphere of sophistication.
Joël Robuchon has achieved a number of accomplishments throughout its short time in the Las Vegas spotlight including the 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards Top 25 from TripAdvisor, a five-star rating from the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide, and a Five-Diamond rating from AAA.
What's even better is that the owner, also named Joël Robuchon, is Michelin's most decorated chef with a total of over 30 Michelin stars across his career; as a result, Robuchon was named "Highest Ranked Chef in the World" by the 2016 Michelin Guide and named "Chef of the Century" by Gault Millau.
Two 2-Star Michelin Restaurants: Guy Savoy and Picasso
Although Michelin has officially given out three 2-Star ratings for restaurants in Las Vegas, the first of those awarded, Alex, closed in 2011. Still, there are two restaurants near the Vegas Strip that maintain the 2-Star ratings they earned by offering "excellent cooking, worth a detour:" Guy Savoy and Picasso.
For those seeking a romantic evening of ultra-fine, French dining, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace was ranked as one of the "Most Romantic Restaurants in Las Vegas" by Thrillist in 2015. This location is one of two flagships where Guy Savoy spends time as the head chef, and his other restaurant of the same name in Paris was rated as the "Best Restaurant in the World" by La Liste in 2016.
For a slightly more artistic endeavor, Picasso inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino offer guests a look at some of its namesake's ceramics and paintings which decorate this French and Spanish-inspired fine dining establishment. Executive Chef Julian Serrano fuses unique dishes inspired by both countries and guests can choose from a selection of over 1,500 wines in its private wine cellar.
Nine 1-Star Michelin Restaurants: Very Good in its Category
In Las Vegas, there are currently nine recipients of Michelin's 1-Star rating, though a total of 12 have been awarded near the Strip, and although the 1-Star Michelin rating may seem like it isn't much of an accomplishment, very few restaurants around the world receive this elevated status meant to distinguish establishments that are "very good" in their specific category of restaurant.
Alize at Palms Casino and Hotel, Aureole at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, and even the little to-go stand for Joël Robuchon's flagship restaurant called L’Atelier Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino make the list of recommended restaurants in Las Vegas.
Le Cirque at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, Michael Mina at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and Wing Lei at the Wynn Las Vegas are also excellent dining experiences at a fraction of the price of the 2- and 3-Star Michelin restaurants listed above.