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Ah… that age-old question: Where to eat on the Strip? There are as many answers to where to eat in Vegas as there are grains of sesame on a bun at the Mandalay Bay Burger Bar. But to help you out with your Vegas food quest, we’ve asked around at Cirque du Soleil and come up with our own staff suggestions. From breakfast to late bites, where to eat in Vegas has never been easier – and harder! – to answer. Scroll down for more Cirque du Soleil staff insights and bon appetit, as they say in Cirque’s Montreal home!
Dining options for all budgets
Speaking of burgers, choosing a budget Vegas dining option on the Strip can still be a high-end experience. If you want proof, just check out BLT Burger at Mirage Las Vegas. At this brainchild of Chef Laurent Tourondel, meat and bun are served with connoisseur toppings and sides. Oh, and there’s nothing cooler (in temperature and attitude) than a spiked milkshake before catching a Las Vegas show.
At the other end of the dining spectrum, haute cuisine has become firmly established among Las Vegas restaurants on the Strip. A prime example is Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand. Winner of Michelin's Three Star, Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, and Wine Spectator's Grand Award, Joël Robuchon has redefined Las Vegas fine dining. Coming out of retirement to open his first restaurant in the United States, Joël Robuchon caters to a sophisticated palate that features a menu of his finer specialties.
The Las Vegas buffet bonanza!
Eating at a Vegas buffet no longer means sacrificing quality for quantity. Astonish yourself with a visit to Cravings Buffet at Mirage Las Vegas, which doesn’t call itself the ultimate buffet for nothing! With eleven international cooking stations, a street of restaurants serving all-you-can-eat dishes, the only buffet to offer enhanced self-service beverage stations with 150 Coca Cola flavors, and unlimited beer & wine with every entry, Cravings Buffet satisfies even the biggest appetites and thirsts!
The Buffet at Bellagio Las Vegas is another buffet no-brainer. Located right next to the “O” Theatre where Cirque du Soleil’s famous water-themed show is performed, the freshest ingredients are brought together in an exciting display of taste and talent, with several live-action cooking stations and a high level of food quality and presentation. Guests may choose from the best of Italian, Japanese, Chinese, seafood, and American cuisines, offered daily, or enjoy an exquisite champagne brunch on the weekend. Adding to the buffet decadence is a new unlimited drink option for $12.99 per person, allowing guests limitless refills on Margaritas, Bloody Marys, sparkling wine or beer.
Also situated just steps away from a Cirque du Soleil theater the Buffet at Aria Las Vegas offers a truly awe-inspiring dining experience filled with market-fresh produce, gourmet recipes, and a warm atmosphere. Choose from an always-changing selection of fresh seafood at the Fish Market, or enjoy delicious Naan baked right before your eyes in an authentic Tandoori Oven. Those looking for the sweeter side of the buffet can feast their eyes upon attractive world-class desserts including individual candies, pastries and cakes. Or indulge with the bottomless premium beer, wine, and Sangria option.
Further along the Strip, Executive Chef Adam Brown welcomes diners to the MGM Grand Buffet. With a décor reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age, the key to this buffet is to plan ahead. Enjoy dinner buffet items like crab legs, oven-roasted turkey, and Roasted New York Sirloin of Beef. Not to mention the extensive salad bar and seemingly endless assortment of desserts. But why not take your Vegas food frenzy to the next level by treating yourself to a Champagne brunch featuring a breakfast skillet line and omelets made to order.
Las Vegas restaurants with a view
Las Vegas restaurants on the Strip can be a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds! A perfect example is Emmy-Award winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant GIADA, inside The Cromwell at Caesars Palace. Guests can eat in the dining room, lounge or on the outdoor patio, boasting breathtaking views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace. Guests at this charming Las Vegas Italian restaurant can also watch chefs prepare fresh pasta, bread and desserts from the open kitchen. The delightful scents of freshly baked meals are guaranteed to entice the senses. GIADA also features an antipasto station, a first for Italian eateries on the Strip. As diners bask in GIADA’s warm colors, comfortable furniture and natural lighting thanks to the restaurant’s huge retractable windows, they can enjoy a menu of Italian cuisine with refreshing, Californian influences. Menu items include lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread, and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni. GIADA adds a lighter touch to her dishes, all while staying true to classic Italian recipes. Be sure to try her new breakfast menu with fresh squeezed juices and amazing dishes like the sunrise polenta waffles and salmon cake benedict.
Among Las Vegas restaurants with a view of the Strip, it’s impossible to beat Rivea at Delano Las Vegas, within the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex. A newcomer among dining options on the Strip in fall 2015, Rivea is one of the highest restaurants in Vegas, giving diners unparalleled, 180-degree views of the city below. After Saint-Tropez and London, Rivea offers a renewed take on French and Italian influenced cuisine from internationally celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse. A breezy, laid-back atmosphere of white and maritime blues welcomes guests and sets a relaxed vibe while the lights sparkle in the city at their feet. Menu items inspired by the delectable food markets of Provence and Italy create the casual and vibrant nature of the Riviera, with a focus on simple, fresh plates by Executive Chef Bruno Riou and the best seasonal ingredients from the West Coast.
Italian vs. Vietnamese… it’s a noodle-off!
There are many Las Vegas Italian restaurants to choose from, but at Ristorante Portofino at the Mirage Hotel, you can experience handcrafted Italian coastal cuisine inspired by land and sea. Tucked away from all the casino noise, world-class executive chef Michael LaPlaca gives an unforgettable modern twist to classic Italian foods. From the hand-made pasta to the finest imported ingredients to the dozens of fine wines, you'll get a true taste of Italy right on the Strip. Reflecting the quaint, beautiful and wealthy Italian village it's named after, Portofino’s large leather booths, beautiful marble, vintage wood fixtures and Tuscan-style chandeliers create sumptuous surroundings, while the white linen cloths and rustic Italian decor bring you close to the old world. While you’re relaxing in Portofino’s intimate, romantic atmosphere, enjoy Burrata Agnolotti handmade with simple ingredients and prepared to order, or the Crab Cake Arancini that fuse the traditional Arancini rice ball and Maryland-style crab cake. It's no wonder Portofino has been highly-praised by Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Magazine, Trip Advisor, and Open Table.
Rice and noodles have a history that stretches far back into human history, and before they were adopted by Italian cooks, they were a staple in Asian cuisine. Among the Las Vegas Vietnamese restaurant options, your best bet is Pho at Treasure Island. Located within The Coffee Shop at TI, Pho serves the only authentic Vietnamese cuisine on the Las Vegas Strip. Noodle soups are the house specialty but Pho also offers a wide menu of traditional dishes that will delight the taste buds with delicate and exotic flavors. A 2014-15 Best of Las Vegas nominee, Pho is a budget-friendly eatery where you can stimulate your senses before firing up your imagination with a performance of Mystère the longest-running Cirque du Soleil show on the Strip.