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The 10 Essential Tasting Menus of Las Vegas

Whether you want fancy French food, omakase sushi, or a group dinner with no decisions, Vegas has a tasting menu for you

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Tasting menus may bring to mind white-tablecloth restaurants with mile-high price tags, but these days, many more casual restaurants in Las Vegas have a tasting menu option to sample. Since its creation, the Strip has played host to high-end restaurants and tasting menus have long been a part of the over-the-top experience. But in the last few years, tasting menus of all kinds have proliferated, giving diners a chance to give themselves over completely to the restaurant and allowing chefs to demonstrate a restaurant’s vision and influences in a more curated way. Here, a look at the 10 essential menus in Vegas that require no decision-making at all, whether you’re looking for high-end French escapism or Californified Korean barbecue.

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Wing Lei

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Wing Lei at Wynn offers a five-course Peking duck menu that proves how heavenly the dish is. A minimum of two guests is required, and the menu runs $118.88 per person. In addition to table-carved roasted duck wrapped with pancakes, the imaginative variants include duck salad, shu mai, fried rice, and dessert. A more generalized tasting menu is also available for the non-duck obsessed at $168.88 per person.

A square white plate with a few pieces of Peking duck, one held aloft with chopsticks, in front of red roses.  Jeff Green

Yui Edomae Sushi

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Off the strip, an omakase meal at Yui Edomae is worth every penny: Chef Gen Mizoguchi flies fish in daily from Tokyo, so no two days are the same. Here, there are three levels of omakase-style meals ranging from $120 to $210. The Chinatown location is more low-key than some of the high-end omakase counters that have become popular across the country in recent years, but the surroundings aren’t as important as the bites of fresh uni, fatty tuna, and deeply charred grilled meats that you’ll sample.

Raku, the off-Strip Japanese charcoal grill already beloved by food lovers and local chefs, offers a dizzying selection of unusual small dishes. Connoisseurs and newcomers will be equally delighted by the variety of dishes created for the $150 seasonal Kaiseki tasting menu. The 15-course evening can take as many as four hours to complete. Dishes like intensely creamy homemade tofu, Iberian pork skewers, and wagyu are all favorites here; a less intensive 10-course option is available for $110.

Restaurant Guy Savoy

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Chef Guy Savoy’s modern French dining experience used to be tasting menu only, but these days they do have an a la carte option as well. The best way to experience the legendary French chef’s food, though, is still to book the tasting menu, which runs $595 per person with wine, and includes six courses. Past iterations of the menu have included ahi tuna with black garlic and caviar, artichoke and black truffle soup, and wagyu beef.

Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Entertainment

Le Cirque

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Le Cirque’s circus-themed space and Bellagio Fountains view would be impressive enough, but the six-course Degustation Menus can elevate the meal to even greater heights. Amuse-bouche such as Santa Barbara sea urchin “Ice Cream” and entrees like butter-poached Maine lobster with Osetra caviar or suckling pig lure repeat seasonal visitors to sample the special $358 menu. A $168 sommelier wine pairing adds depth to the experience.

Le Cirque MGM Resorts [Official Site}

Superfrico

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If you’re dining at the Cosmopolitan’s Superfrico with a group, spare yourself the trouble of figuring out what to order and opt for the tasting menu, which runs $75 per person. You’ll nibble your way through clams casino, crudo, pasta, pizza, and more while enjoying the weird, over-the-top party vibes of the dining room.

Best Friend

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Slip through the plastic curtains and into the world of Best Friend, Roy Choi’s Korean BBQ spot with a heavy dose of nostalgia. It’s all about fun here, so let the kitchen take care of you with the chef menu, which takes you through all the hits, pacing them out perfectly, for just $69 per person. All you have to do is decide how many spiked slushies you’re going to drink.

Joël Robuchon

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Chef Joël Robuchon’s flaunts his culinary prowess 16 times per degustation meal at the MGM Grand. His $445 degustation menu unveils a French interpretation of high-end dining. Premium ingredients such caviar, foie gras and black tuffle point the price tag skyward. But inspired concepts such as “Le Chou-Fleur,” cauliflower cream flavored with Madras curry finished with sea urchin make it worth the outlay. Three separate sweet finales finish a meal to remember.

 Joël Robuchon
Joel Robuchon
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

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You can opt for a la carte at Bazaar Meat, but the best way to experience José Andrés’s take on a steak house is to opt for the restaurant’s ultimate tasting menu, which runs $275 per person for a six-course menu that features a tableside preparation of wagyu beef, cotton candy foie gras, and more.

Edo Gastro Tapas & Wine

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When it comes to tapas, it can be stressful to negotiate the desires of a group, which is why the tasting menu at Edo is the way to go. Dishes like Peruvian baby scallops, persimmons and straciatella salad, and foie gras terrine hit the table in perfect rhythm, and it’s a great deal at $70 per person.

Wing Lei

A square white plate with a few pieces of Peking duck, one held aloft with chopsticks, in front of red roses.  Jeff Green

Wing Lei at Wynn offers a five-course Peking duck menu that proves how heavenly the dish is. A minimum of two guests is required, and the menu runs $118.88 per person. In addition to table-carved roasted duck wrapped with pancakes, the imaginative variants include duck salad, shu mai, fried rice, and dessert. A more generalized tasting menu is also available for the non-duck obsessed at $168.88 per person.

A square white plate with a few pieces of Peking duck, one held aloft with chopsticks, in front of red roses.  Jeff Green

Yui Edomae Sushi

Off the strip, an omakase meal at Yui Edomae is worth every penny: Chef Gen Mizoguchi flies fish in daily from Tokyo, so no two days are the same. Here, there are three levels of omakase-style meals ranging from $120 to $210. The Chinatown location is more low-key than some of the high-end omakase counters that have become popular across the country in recent years, but the surroundings aren’t as important as the bites of fresh uni, fatty tuna, and deeply charred grilled meats that you’ll sample.

Raku

Raku, the off-Strip Japanese charcoal grill already beloved by food lovers and local chefs, offers a dizzying selection of unusual small dishes. Connoisseurs and newcomers will be equally delighted by the variety of dishes created for the $150 seasonal Kaiseki tasting menu. The 15-course evening can take as many as four hours to complete. Dishes like intensely creamy homemade tofu, Iberian pork skewers, and wagyu are all favorites here; a less intensive 10-course option is available for $110.

Restaurant Guy Savoy

Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Entertainment

Chef Guy Savoy’s modern French dining experience used to be tasting menu only, but these days they do have an a la carte option as well. The best way to experience the legendary French chef’s food, though, is still to book the tasting menu, which runs $595 per person with wine, and includes six courses. Past iterations of the menu have included ahi tuna with black garlic and caviar, artichoke and black truffle soup, and wagyu beef.

Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Entertainment

Le Cirque

Le Cirque MGM Resorts [Official Site}

Le Cirque’s circus-themed space and Bellagio Fountains view would be impressive enough, but the six-course Degustation Menus can elevate the meal to even greater heights. Amuse-bouche such as Santa Barbara sea urchin “Ice Cream” and entrees like butter-poached Maine lobster with Osetra caviar or suckling pig lure repeat seasonal visitors to sample the special $358 menu. A $168 sommelier wine pairing adds depth to the experience.

Le Cirque MGM Resorts [Official Site}

Superfrico

If you’re dining at the Cosmopolitan’s Superfrico with a group, spare yourself the trouble of figuring out what to order and opt for the tasting menu, which runs $75 per person. You’ll nibble your way through clams casino, crudo, pasta, pizza, and more while enjoying the weird, over-the-top party vibes of the dining room.

Best Friend

Slip through the plastic curtains and into the world of Best Friend, Roy Choi’s Korean BBQ spot with a heavy dose of nostalgia. It’s all about fun here, so let the kitchen take care of you with the chef menu, which takes you through all the hits, pacing them out perfectly, for just $69 per person. All you have to do is decide how many spiked slushies you’re going to drink.

Joël Robuchon

 Joël Robuchon
Joel Robuchon
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

Chef Joël Robuchon’s flaunts his culinary prowess 16 times per degustation meal at the MGM Grand. His $445 degustation menu unveils a French interpretation of high-end dining. Premium ingredients such caviar, foie gras and black tuffle point the price tag skyward. But inspired concepts such as “Le Chou-Fleur,” cauliflower cream flavored with Madras curry finished with sea urchin make it worth the outlay. Three separate sweet finales finish a meal to remember.

 Joël Robuchon
Joel Robuchon
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

You can opt for a la carte at Bazaar Meat, but the best way to experience José Andrés’s take on a steak house is to opt for the restaurant’s ultimate tasting menu, which runs $275 per person for a six-course menu that features a tableside preparation of wagyu beef, cotton candy foie gras, and more.

Edo Gastro Tapas & Wine

When it comes to tapas, it can be stressful to negotiate the desires of a group, which is why the tasting menu at Edo is the way to go. Dishes like Peruvian baby scallops, persimmons and straciatella salad, and foie gras terrine hit the table in perfect rhythm, and it’s a great deal at $70 per person.

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