Nine celebrity chef empires in Las Vegas
Your challenge in Las Vegas isn’t finding a celebrity chef’s restaurant—it’s choosing which one. At least 40 celebrity chefs now showcase the best foods from their deep books of recipes. Here are nine of the best of the best to get you started.
1. Wolfgang Puck truly changed the landscape of the Las Vegas dining scene when he opened his first restaurant, Spago, at The Forum Shops at Caesars nearly 24 years ago. His second, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand, stays open until 6 a.m. on weekends with his California-inspired fare, while Cut at The Palazzo showcases his steakhouse chops and Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals has happy-hour specials all the time.
2. Bam! Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian came on the scene 21 years ago, while his Table 10 at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo earns its name from the table where he always talks with his staff. Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand started his invasion of Las Vegas with kick-it-up-a-notch food, while sports fans flock to Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo for pub-worthy fare.
3. Hell’s Kitchen host Gordon Ramsay went big with his first restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, and then never took his foot off the gas by opening Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in the same week. His latest, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The Linq Promenade, brings a tasty bunch of fast-casual British faves.
4. Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis chose Las Vegas as the place to open her very first restaurant. Giada at The Cromwell brings her lighter California takes on Italian fare for breakfast through dinner, with brunch on the weekends. Be sure to ask for a table by the windows with views of the Strip and one of the busiest intersections in the city.
5. Food Network star and UNLV grad Guy Fieri finally returned to his college roots when he opened Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Linq with a wood theme that resembles his kitchen in his home. He topped that off with his take on Mexican food at El Burro Borracho (Spanish for “Drunk Donkey”) at Rio.
6. Michael Mina may be San Francisco-based, but he made his name in Las Vegas. StripSteak at Mandalay Bay just celebrated 10 years of butter-poached goodness, while his more casual Pub 1842 at MGM Grand brings the beer. Go French at Bardot Brasserie at Aria or elegant at Michael Mina at Bellagio.
7. Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio focuses on steaks galore—braised, grilled and roasted—at his eponymous Craftsteak at MGM Grand. He followed that up with open charcoal grills and wood-burning ovens at the newer Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage.
8. Iron Chef Bobby Flay has a knack for southwestern fare. His Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace features brunch on the weekends and has one of the best burgers in Las Vegas. That inspired Bobby’s Burger Palace at The Shops at Crystals with burgers topped with potato chips.
9. Best known for French Laundry in California’s wine country and Per Se in New York City, Thomas Keller serves up French brasserie favorites at Bouchon at The Venetian. Bring on the oysters, steak frites, pastries and brunch.