Hot Picks: Las Vegas, Nevada

Yes, you can travel the world seeking out the finest dining available, but savvy gourmets call Las Vegas their culinary mecca, and they make frequent pilgrimages to the restaurants that have put Las Vegas on the culinary map.


Featured Restaurants

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access





If you're ready to experience the gastronomic heights of Las Vegas, you are ready for Alex.

Chef Alessandro Stratta invites you into his culinary world where his experience in the haute cuisine stratosphere translates into your dining pleasure.

The adventure begins as you approach the threshold, enter and gasp at the subtle but opulent setting before you. As you glide down the grand staircase or take the jewel box elevator to your table, you know this will be an unforgettable experience. Comfortably seated, with purse stool at your side, the seduction begins.

The parade of amuse bouche excites your senses. Eye candy becomes mouth watering delight as each morsel vies for first place on your palate. Not to be outdone by the food, your sommelier, Fabrice Bals, begins his contest to choose the best wine pairing of the evening from the many complimentary and contrasting offerings before you.

The cuisine, presented in tasting menu format, is a masterful melange of the freshest ingredients prepared in a Franco-Italian style with subtle Asian touches for highlight. Every morsel is smelled, savored and swooned over, as the last drops of your current wine pairing prepare you for your next surprise.

The food and wine service is executed by the most professional, unobtrusive waitstaff who are there just when you need them. This is a luxurious, special-occasion culinary mecca worth the trip to Vegas in and of itself.

Ready, set, Indulge!


This is Alex's impressive and opulent interior located at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.



Favorite Appetizers:

Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto with Red Wine Braised Duck

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Cranberries, Chestnuts and Kabocha Pumpkin

Favorite Entrees:

Pastilla of Lamb Loin with Morrocan Spices, Herb Chutney and Wild Mushrooms

Japanese Wagyu Beef with Maui Onion Marmalade,Pancetta and Crispy Parmigiano Potatoes

Favorite Dessert

Hazelnut and Caramel Crunch Bar with Praline Ice Cream


ALEX at WYNN Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
702 770 3302




Aureole Las Vegas


Photo by Michael Reiss

Charlie Palmer is one of the super star chefs that put the United States on the culinary map. He started with Aureole in New York City which, for years, has been a benchmark of cutting edge culinary trend-setting. What would he, could he do with a restaurant of the same name in Las Vegas?

He upped the anti in every sense of the word. His dramatic,expansive space, located in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, is known for its multi-storied wine tower complete with wine angels poised to fly up to retrieve your heavenly brew. His culinary team, headed by Executive Chef Vincent Pouessel from France, and Sommelier Adam Turner from South Beach, and his impeccably trained waitstaff from all corners of the globe enable Chef Palmer to leave his culinary legacy in good hands.


At Aureole Las Vegas the famous multi-storied wine tower is an entertaining part of the dining experience.

Photo by Michael Reiss

At Aureole Las Vegas, his signature progressive American cuisine is infused with the culinary creativity of Chef Vincent, so that the combination of the best Franco-American collaborations grace your plate.

The three course prix-fixe format or the seven course celebration tasting menu, with or without wine pairings are exceptional values. The award-wining wine list, overseen by Sommelier Adam ensures exciting wine pairings by the glass or bottle. The extensive and ever changing list is managed and accessed by laptop and stylus pointer with selections ranging from very affordable to high end splurge in vintage and price. The contemporary beat of well modulated background music adds just the right note of "hip vibe" to the sophisticated space without being intrusive.

All in all, Chef Charlie Palmer set the bar early on in the stellar Las Vegas culinary scene, and to his credit he still leads the pack!


At Aureole Las Vegas the impeccable service and beautiful spacious room make dining a memorable experience.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

warm with shaved Serrano ham

tartare over Comice pear chutney, seared tataki with ginger cilantro

Favorite Entrees:

caramelized cauliflower, ruby grapes, walnut-caper brown butter

braised beef short rib, butter poached Maine lobster, spinach mousseline

Favorite Dessert
crème chantilly, milk chocolate sauce


The food at Aureole Las Vegas is inspired exciting cuisine beautifully plated.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Aureole Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S




Sushi Roku Las Vegas

Photo by Michael Reiss


In a casino-filled desert, flooded with high-end restaurant options, Sushi Roku rocks! This chic, contemporary space located in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace is worth tracking down. The Japanese-inspired cuisine is defined by flavorful surprises that set it apart from the many other sushi bars around town.

From a yellowtail ceviche-style sashimi-- spiced up with ponzu chiles, hot olive oil and ginger-- to miso eggplant--sweet and succulent as candy-- to creative sushi rolls that satisfy the umami craving in us all, this is a restaurant that appeals to the newbie as well as the sushi aficionado.

The warm, accommodating waitstaff and servers have knowledgeable wine service. Sushi Roku has the bold, dramatic decor along with evocative musical vibes. The creative cuisine with a stellar selection of sakes, wines and cocktails, makes this a dining destination for locals as well as tourists.

Everyone feels like a high-roller after an evening at Sushi Roku. Head on over to the third floor of the Forum Shops to quench your thirst and satisfy your palate for tastefully prepared and artfully presented Asian fare.


Sushi Roku's dramatic decor makes dining a delight.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Japanese Yellowtail Sashimi w/Diced Chiles

Miso Eggplant Dengaku

Favorite Entrees:

Filet Mignon wrapped Asparagus w/Soy Mirin

Chilean Sea Bass w/ Fresh Herbs & Tamari Soy Vinaigrette

Favorite Dessert
Chef's Special Selection


Gourmet and creative sushi is a specialty at Sushi Roku.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Sushi Roku Las Vegas
Forum Shops at Ceasar's Palace
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South
702 733 7373




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