Ten romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Vegas

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Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and that means you’d better be making plans to wow your sweetheart with something special. Dining out at a fine restaurant is always a popular choice for Valentine’s Day and Las Vegas has plenty of romantic restaurants for your celebration. Here are 10 places to wine and dine your significant other.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas – Paris is the city of love and you’ll almost feel like you’re there  if you dine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.  The restaurant, located on the 11th floor of a replica of the famous French landmark, serves elegant French cuisine with stunning views of the Strip and the Bellagio Fountains across the street. Not only is it a romantic place to eat, if you want to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, the restaurant offers several proposal packages that include things like flowers, photos, custom dinner menus and delivery of the ring in a dessert or special ring box.

After dinner, head up to the Eiffel Tower Experience and enjoy more views from the observation deck at the top. The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas will introduce its own version of Paris’ “Locks on the Bridge” this Valentine’s Day. The bridge leading to the 460-foot observation deck will house a permanent fence where couples can solidify their love by securing a personalized lock and throwing away the key.

Top of the World

Top of the World at the Stratosphere – This restaurant has been a longtime favorite for romantic dinners and proposals for good reason. The rotating restaurant boasts a beautiful 360-degree view of the valley as well as gourmet food.  Top of the World will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 14. Start with an amuse bouche of Push Berry Pop (berry gelee with cracked black pepper and pop rocks). The first course is parsnip soup or lobster salad with mango dressing followed by the second course of seared Gulf shrimp or roasted vegetable medley. The third course is a choice of a duo of blackened beef tenderloin and oysters Rockefeller with crab or branzino. For dessert indulge in a warm chocolate fondue for two with strawberries, s’mores and cheesecake pops.  Cost is $190 per couple.

Picasso at Bellagio – The Bellagio Fountains are one of most beautiful sights to see in Las Vegas. For a romantic dinner with a view of the famous attraction, try Picasso. Guests can enjoy the gourmet Mediterranean cuisine of Chef Julian Serrano surrounded by an extensive collection of original Pablo Picasso artwork.  Grab a table out on the lakeside patio for the best view of the fountains.

Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens – Hugo’s Cellar is the place to go for old school Vegas ambiance and romance. This longtime Las Vegas restaurant in downtown offers gourmet dining and impeccable service.  Included with your entrée are a salad prepared tableside, a fruit sorbet, vegetables, potato and white and dark chocolate dipped strawberries, apricots and baby figs with a fresh cream dip. The restaurant also gives roses to the ladies for a special touch.

Twist at Mandarin OrientalTwist  features a beautiful view of the Las Vegas Strip through floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental. The only thing that tops the view is the French cuisine of Three Michelin Star Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Guests have a choice of seasonal à la carte dishes, a three-course tasting menu or a lavish six-course dining experience.

Mix

Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay – Mix, a French restaurant from Chef Alain Ducasse, is located on the 64th floor of THEhotel and offers beautiful views from both the dining room and two outdoor patios.  The interior of the restaurant is just as dazzling as the view outside. It features a halo of Murano glass bubbles overhead. Top off your meal with a decadent dessert like the Mix Candy Bar, made with layers of a thin wafer atop chocolate and hazelnut and topped with chocolate ganache. Mix also features an extensive wine list.

Alizé at the Palms Alizé on the 56th floor of the Palms is a popular spot for a romantic meal.  The restaurant boasts a 280-degree panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip. Chef de Cuisine Mark Purdy has created a special five-course menu for Valentine’s Day.  Start with an amuse bouche of duck confit or vichyssoise. The first course is smoked salmon, terrine of foie gras or a 17 greens and herbs salad. The second course is a choice of Australian rock lobster, pork belly or warm corn terrine. The third course is sauteed filet of beef, pheasant breast, Axis venison, Chilean sea bass or roasted mushroom toban yaki. Finish with a dessert trio of  red raspberry and strawberry tart with honey cream; passion fruit and chocolate cakelet and caramel almond flan with toasted coconut froth.

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Bartolotta features a beautiful dining room but for a truly romantic atmosphere, dine outside in the lagoon area, which features private cabanas overlooking the water. Bartolotta specializes in fresh seafood and features a large rolling cart that comes to your table so you can select the fresh catch of the day. Seafood is not the only option here – you can also enjoy Italian classics.

Comme Ça

Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan – Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan is a romantic French restaurant with views of the Strip from the dining room and the outdoor patio. The restaurant  is serving a special dinner for Valentine’s Day  inspired by the memories of Julia Child and her husband Paul’s love of the holiday and their quirky celebrations while living in France.  The three-course $59 prix-fixe menu re-creates classics from the Julia’s kitchen. The “Sweethearts Dinner” features a first course of rolled omelet with osetra caviar, crème fraiche and chives (this choice is an additional $15) or country-style pate en croute with Dijon mustard, maché salad and pickles or soup au pistou with lobster vol en vent. The second course is coq au vin – braised farm chicken with red wine and pomme purée – or lobster thermidor with cognac cream and glazed English peas and carrots or pan-broiled steak with a black pepper crust and red wine sauce. For dessert, enjoy gateaux Paris-Brest with toasted almond and praline crème or chocolate soufflé with vanilla raspberry anglaise.

Joël Robouchon at MGM Grand – Joël Robuchon is the winner of Michelin’s Three Star, Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, and Wine Spectator’s Grand Awards, so if you really want to impress your special someone on Valentine’s Day, this is the place to go. The main dining room is decorated with plush dark aubergine-colored velvet banquettes and overstuffed pillows in shades of lavender and violet. One grand crystal chandelier serves as the focal point of the room and a fireplace warms the room with a pleasant glow. Guests can choose from the multicourse tasting menus or order à la carte. Specialties include Le Caviar, a trio dish of thin couscous and Oscetra caviar, smooth cauliflower cream and delicate gelée of green asparagus.

If you are thinking about a wedding on Valentine’s Day, the restaurant recently started hosting intimate ceremonies on its Parisian Terrace and receptions in the private dining room where you will be served a five-course menu for six (additional courses, wine pairing and seating for up to 12 are available).

For a complete list of Las Vegas restaurants with special Valentine’s Day menus, click here.

Kristine McKenzie

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

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