There’s More to Las Vegas Casinos than Poker [GUEST]

July 12, 2013 | By

People head out to Las Vegas to engage in high stakes poker matches as well as to participate in their favorite table games. Whenever Sin City is mentioned, the associated word with it is usually “gaming”, and there’s nothing wrong with that since it is unarguably the gaming capital. However, recent times proved that Las Vegas is more than just a gaming destination, adding museums and tourist attractions that cater to the whole family. In this evolution of Las Vegas the casinos were not left behind, as every casino on the famous Strip has worked tirelessly to be more than just a gaming place, with hotels, boutiques, and restaurants added to the equation.

The restaurants in casinos have upped the ante, delivering more than just your usual buffet with high prices and mediocre dishes. More and more casinos meeting the demand for quality by hiring renowned chefs to manage their kitchens, that gaming enthusiasts now choose casinos not only for their poker tables but also for gastronomic delights.

Here are three top casino restaurants in Las Vegas:

Michael MinaMichael Mina at the Bellagio
The Bellagio is famous not just because it’s the venue for partypoker‘s World Poker Tour Championship (TV) last May, nor because it’s the center of the big heist in “Ocean’s Eleven”. The Bellagio is well known for being a diner’s dream, offering five impressive restaurants under its roof: the Jasmine, Le Cirque, Picasso, Prime Steakhouse, and Michael Mina. Formerly named the Aqua, Michael Mina has been refurbished and renamed to mirror the Michelin award-winning chef. Seafood is the specialty, and these are prepared into seasonal and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant is located at the conservatory’s center, and is open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Spago Las VegasSpago Las Vegas at the Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace was made even more popular because of the raucous film, Hangover, but with all the restaurants in Caesars, Spago stands out because of the celebrity chef at its helm, Wolfgang Puck. Spago is one of his well-loved restaurants, and is known as the trendsetter within the stellar restaurant scene in Vegas. The dining room itself is a work of art, with contemporary pieces and a warm atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. There’s also laid back patio-style seating outside, featuring appetizers, pizza, pasta, and a selection of entrees.

Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian
It’s no secret that after an intense afternoon of gaming, you’ll be craving for a big meal, and a great steak never fails to satisfy. Chef Emeril Lagasse, Delmonico’s owner, has ensured that this isn’t your ordinary steakhouse by bringing a taste of New Orleans to the menu. The sophisticated design of the dining area (French doors, grand piano, and unique chandeliers) adds to the overall allure of the restaurant, making it easy to understand why Esquire previously named it ‘Restaurant of the Year’ while Las Vegas Life declared it the ‘Best Steakhouse.’

 

*Photo credits: Michael Mina / Travels In Taste; Spago / Fattoro; Delmonico / AskMen.com

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