Seeing the sights with a fork in your hand
When you think of restaurants with a view in Las Vegas, you probably think of Top of the World, the award-winning restaurant located on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Tower that revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes. And while there’s no doubt Top of the World is hard to beat for magnificent panoramic views of the city, it isn’t the only restaurant in town that offers guests a feast for the eyes.
One of the newest restaurants in Las Vegas to offer a breathtaking view of the city is also one of the Strip’s most exclusive. Seating just 72, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (888.881.9367) is the only restaurant in the country where people can experience the extraordinary cuisine of the three-star Michelin chef. Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Twist offers diners a choice of either a six-course tasting menu or à la carte dishes, plus delicious views of the glittering Las Vegas skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Alizé at the top of the Palms (702.951.7000) boasts one of the most dramatic perspectives of the Strip in town, courtesy of 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a staggering 280-degree view. As if the view from this 56th-floor perch weren’t impressive enough, the menu by Chef André Rochat is just as exquisite. Particularly delectable dishes include the imported Dover sole served three ways: Véronique, Grenobloise or Amandine.
For the ultimate in sky-high dining, Mix (702.632.9500), at the top of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, lets guests eat outdoors on its 60-seat patio overlooking the Vegas Strip. Diners can take a glass elevator up to the hotel’s 64th floor, where they take in spectacular views of the city while enjoying French and American dishes from renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Whatever entrée you decide on, be sure to order a side of the Mix macaroni and cheese with ham and Gruyère.
Only one restaurant in town lays claim to “the most romantic table-with-a-view in the city.” Not surprisingly, that table is at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas (702.948.6937). Located 100 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard inside the resort’s replica Eiffel Tower, the French restaurant offers diners a fabulous view of the Fountains of Bellagio. Chef J. Joho’s delicious entrées, like the roasted rack of lamb, are equally memorable. Though the view is fantastic no matter where you sit, it’s the table located directly in the corner of the restaurant, where the only view is of the Strip and your date, that’s perhaps the best in the city.
Finally, Panevino Ristorante (702.222.2400) offers guests one of the most dazzling views of the Strip in town — right at ground level. Located just one block east of Las Vegas Boulevard at 246 Via Antonio Ave., the restaurant has slanted window walls that let diners take in the Strip’s neon lights as they treat their palates to some of the best Italian food in Las Vegas. Seriously, nothing on Panevino’s menu disappoints, especially the heavenly gnocchi alla caprese — homemade potato dumplings with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil.
—Heather Turk, Custom Publishing Writer