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5 Must-Try Vegas Tasting Menus

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Long gone are the days when Las Vegas was known for its lukewarm buffets and cheap chicken dinners. Today, the Strip is a dining mecca where Michelin-starred chefs and culinary A-listers craft over-the-top experiences for visitors with sophisticated palates. If eating well is at the top of your Vegas to-do list, these five tasting menus will deliver and then some.

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ARIA
Since Sage opened in 2009, chef Shawn McClain’s swank ARIA eatery has been a destination restaurant where the kitchen turns out creative contemporary fare that is equally refined and comforting. Seasonality is the guiding force, and the chef’s tasting menu takes that focus one step further, mining the best ingredients on hand for a five-course survey of delights that might include langoustine bisque or warm squash custard with foie gras. Pony up for the wine pairings or order a cocktail from the well-regarded bar, which stocks a wide selection of absinthe if you’re feeling frisky.

Joël Robuchon

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MGM Grand
The granddaddy of Vegas tasting menus lives inside Joël Robuchon’s MGM Grand “Mansion”: the four hour, 16-course Menu Degustation. You’re rewarded for that time commitment with a parade of fine French cooking — think Osetra caviar atop king crab gelée, truffled langoustine ravioli, and caramelized black cod — along with unimpeachable service and bonus carts laden with goodies like fresh baked bread, cheeses, and enough petit fours to fill you up for a week. Decadence, its name is Robuchon.
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Michael Mina

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Bellagio
You get a tasting menu, and you get a tasting menu, and you get a tasting menu — that’s essentially the deal at the eponymous Bellagio restaurant of American über-chef Michael Mina, where his French- and Japanese-influenced cooking infuses a quartet of tasting options, from the three-course pre-theatre to six-course tours of vegetarian, seasonal, or signature dishes. Opt for one of the latter and you’ll be plied with flavors that bounce all over the map from hamachi sashimi to Mina’s famous lobster pot pie.

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Bellagio
James Beard Foundation, Michelin, Forbes, Wine Spectator — they’ve all recognized Julian Serrano’s masterpiece of a restaurant where diners devour Spanish and French flavors in the company of about 20 original works by the name next to the door. Choose your menu (the seasonal truffle tasting, perhaps?) and pair it with selections by the in-house master sommelier, who draws from a wine cellar that’s nearly as impressive as the art collection.

Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak

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MGM Grand
Chef Tom Colicchio’s MGM Grand meatery is still one of the top steakhouses in Vegas, and it takes a beefy approach to the tasting experience. You choose your kind of cow — from Double R Ranch’s Pacific Northwest cuts to gloriously marbled Japanese A-5 wagyu — and the kitchen will create a three-course steak-tasting meal around it. Umami junkies should be sure to order one of six different mushroom add-ons to take your filet or ribeye to the next level.
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Sage

ARIA
Since Sage opened in 2009, chef Shawn McClain’s swank ARIA eatery has been a destination restaurant where the kitchen turns out creative contemporary fare that is equally refined and comforting. Seasonality is the guiding force, and the chef’s tasting menu takes that focus one step further, mining the best ingredients on hand for a five-course survey of delights that might include langoustine bisque or warm squash custard with foie gras. Pony up for the wine pairings or order a cocktail from the well-regarded bar, which stocks a wide selection of absinthe if you’re feeling frisky.

Joël Robuchon

Thomas Hawk
MGM Grand
The granddaddy of Vegas tasting menus lives inside Joël Robuchon’s MGM Grand “Mansion”: the four hour, 16-course Menu Degustation. You’re rewarded for that time commitment with a parade of fine French cooking — think Osetra caviar atop king crab gelée, truffled langoustine ravioli, and caramelized black cod — along with unimpeachable service and bonus carts laden with goodies like fresh baked bread, cheeses, and enough petit fours to fill you up for a week. Decadence, its name is Robuchon.
Thomas Hawk

Michael Mina

Bellagio
You get a tasting menu, and you get a tasting menu, and you get a tasting menu — that’s essentially the deal at the eponymous Bellagio restaurant of American über-chef Michael Mina, where his French- and Japanese-influenced cooking infuses a quartet of tasting options, from the three-course pre-theatre to six-course tours of vegetarian, seasonal, or signature dishes. Opt for one of the latter and you’ll be plied with flavors that bounce all over the map from hamachi sashimi to Mina’s famous lobster pot pie.

Picasso

Bellagio
James Beard Foundation, Michelin, Forbes, Wine Spectator — they’ve all recognized Julian Serrano’s masterpiece of a restaurant where diners devour Spanish and French flavors in the company of about 20 original works by the name next to the door. Choose your menu (the seasonal truffle tasting, perhaps?) and pair it with selections by the in-house master sommelier, who draws from a wine cellar that’s nearly as impressive as the art collection.

Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak

MGM Grand
Chef Tom Colicchio’s MGM Grand meatery is still one of the top steakhouses in Vegas, and it takes a beefy approach to the tasting experience. You choose your kind of cow — from Double R Ranch’s Pacific Northwest cuts to gloriously marbled Japanese A-5 wagyu — and the kitchen will create a three-course steak-tasting meal around it. Umami junkies should be sure to order one of six different mushroom add-ons to take your filet or ribeye to the next level.

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