By Stefanie Bailey
The Las Vegas Strip is a foodie’s paradise lined with some of the top names in the fine dining industry. Walk into any Strip casino and you are pretty much guaranteed to find a celebrity chef restaurant. Several top chefs even boast more than one gourmet room in town. Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck each have more than four restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. Other top names include Gordon Ramsey, JosÃ© AndrÃ©s, Nobu Matsuhisa, and soon Giada de Laurentiis will join the ranks.
Photo: courtesy of http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans-fish-house
After a long day at the ALA Annual Conference, make sure to treat yourself to dinner at one of the many celebrity chef restaurants. Your meal will not come without an extravagant price tag, but keep in mind that it could be a once in a lifetime dining experience. If you decide to dine at one of these exclusive restaurants, it’s recommended that you do your research (look at reviews and view menus online) and make reservations ahead of time.
Photo: courtesy of http://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-restaurants/nobu
The assortment of celebrity chef restaurants offers diners a variety of international cuisines including French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian. You can also find top steak houses like Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris and Mario Batali’s Carnevino at the at the Palazzo. For classic French cuisine dishes, head to Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace. Spanish Chef JosÃ© AndrÃ©s offers diners a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine at Jaleo, inside the Cosmopolitan. Come for lunch and snack on some delicious Spanish tapas, or dine at the restaurant for dinner to savor a delicious dish of paella.
Photo: courtesy of http://www.jaleo.com/las-vegas/photos
If you don’t want to break the bank but still would like to try a celebrity chef restaurant there are a few options for you. Todd English P.U.B. inside Crystals at City Center offers pub favorites at a relatively reasonable price. Sample the fish & chips, cheeseburger sliders, and a few of the house brews. Also check out Lagasse Stadium, an upscale sports bar and restaurant located at the Palazzo. The restaurant offers bar favorites and several New Orleans style dishes like Jambalaya, Po-Boys, and Emeril’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
Photo: courtesy of http://www.toddenglishpub.com/
The newest addition to the list of celebrity chefs in Las Vegas is Giada de Laurentiis. She will be one of the few female celebrity chefs to open a restaurant in Las Vegas. Her restaurant GIADA will feature Italian cuisine with a California twist, and will be located in the new Cromwell Boutique Hotel that is set to open around Memorial Day weekend. The Cromwell is located near The LINQ, a new attraction which features a towering Ferris wheel, shops, dining, and nightlife. So grab a bite to eat at GIADA and then head over to Vegas’ newest attraction the High Roller at The LINQ for a priceless view of the entire Las Vegas valley.
You can also find a listing of more celebrity chef restaurants on the YALSA at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference wiki.’ Whatever your food craving it’s sure to be satisfied during your stay in Las Vegas. Happy Dining!
Emeril Lagasse – http://www.emerils.com/
Giada de Laurentiis – http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/
Gordon Ramsay – http://www.parislasvegas.com/restaurants/gordon-ramsay-steak.html
Guy Savoy – http://www.caesarspalace.com/restaurants/guy-savoy.html
JosÃ© AndrÃ©s – http://www.jaleo.com/jose
Mario Batali – http://mariobatali.com/
Nobu Matsuhisa – http://www.nobumatsuhisa.com/
Todd English – http://cheftoddenglish.com/
Wolfgang Puck – http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/