Cooking food is definitely an art form and so is designing a restaurant. Architecture, colors, views, lighting and furniture are just a few things that go into creating an appealing dining space. Not only does Vegas have some of the best restaurants in the world in terms of cuisine and chefs, we also have some restaurants that just look really darn cool. Here are some of our favorite beautifully-designed restaurants in Vegas.
Giada at The Cromwell
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis played a large part in designing her first restaurant at The Cromwell. It features soft lighting, feminine touches and living room-style furniture. The chef is a big fan of rose gold and design elements in the restaurant include a hand blown, rose gold tinted chandelier, which not only lights the room but serves as an art piece. Rose gold can also be seen in the hand-selected dishware and lining the custom-made dessert cart. Personal touches include framed family portraits and a selection of movie posters from De Laurentiis’ grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis’ career.
The highlight of the restaurant’s design is the floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the Bellagio fountains and the Strip. The custom 12-foot by 10-foot remote-controlled hydraulic windows wrap around the perimeter of the restaurant and can be opened, allowing for a uniquely al fresco dining experience.
Mastro’s Ocean Club at Crystals at CityCenter
Dine at Mastro’s Ocean Club and you can say you’ve eaten in a tree house. OK, it’s not really in a tree, but it’s an 80-foot tall sculptural tree house designed by architect David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group.
Guests enter the restaurant through an elegant entry with wood-lined lowered ceilings. You can eat in the interior of the tree house, which features curved white leather booths and banquettes, hand-crafted mahogany beams and sapele wood. There’s also a dining terrace with views of the Crystals shopping center.
Tao at the Venetian
Walking into Tao, a restaurant and nightclub at the Venetian, feels like walking into a beautiful Asian palace. You’ll walk past small pools filled with flower petals into a chic lounge and the main dining room, which has a wall full of candles. The main focus of the room is a 20-foot hand carved Buddha statue floating above a pool filled with Japanese koi.
Designer Thomas Schoos also decked out the restaurant with waterfalls, woods, stones, a Zen garden and more Buddha statues.
Panevino Italian Grille
Panevino Italian Grille, situated across from McCarran Airport, is an architecturally stunning restaurant with expansive views.
Wright Engineers created the structural design, which features a dining room bordered by a sloped and curved structural wall of glass that provides breathtaking views of the airport and the Las Vegas Strip. The result is a roof structure that appears to float over the dining area and garden beyond.
Inside, you’ll find intimate booths and tables in the main dining room and couches, low tables and plush chairs in the bar and lounge area.
Prime at Bellagio
Prime restaurant at Bellagio pays homage to Tiffany & Co. with its powder blue décor designed by Michael DeSantis. The blues are accented with chocolate browns and the restaurant features plush velvet chairs and draperies. Art is prominently on display throughout the restaurant including commissioned paintings by Carlo Maria Mariani, George Deem and Michael Gregory, as well as a water-themed canvas screen created by Joseph Raffael. You can also head outside to a tranquil garden patio.
Javier’s at Aria
The decor at Javier’s has a heavy Mexican influence. Each culturally inspired decoration and piece of furniture was custom-made for the restaurant, including hand-crafted pottery from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The highlight of the restaurant’s decor is the world’s largest piece of chainsaw art, spanning 25 feet. It features five large wooden panels, which were carved by artist J. Chester Armstrong using a chainsaw. The intricate design illustrates the Mayan creation myth blended with modern Mexican history and incorporates hundreds of Día de los Muertos-inspired skeletons.
Javier’s can accommodate groups and those celebrating a special occasion in a gorgeous private dining room with seating for 20. The walls are covered with shimmering abalone tiles and the ceilings feature hand-carved wooden ornaments and agave-leaf inspired chandeliers.
Sage at Aria
Chef Shawn McClain’s restaurant Sage at Aria has an opulent French feel. You’ll find paintings hand-painted murals by Paulin Pâris that reinterpret early modernist paintings such as Manet’s “The Lunch on the Grass” on the walls around the mirror in the bar, and Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” overlooking the main dining room. The designer, Jacques Garcia, also added gold pillars, purple draperies, stainless steel chandeliers and large wine towers to complete the look.
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand
Pierre-Yves Rochon designed the very French feeling and very decadent Joël Robuchon. Guest enter through a black-and-white tiled foyer lit with a crystal chandelier. Inside there’s a bar area and an intimate dining room with high ceilings. The room is decorated in black and purple colors, accented with bits of blue. There’s also an ivy-covered patio that serves as a secondary dining room.
Bartolotta at Wynn
Bartolotta has both beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the newly-redesigned restaurant features a winding staircase with colorful mosaic tiles in the stairwell leading down to the dining room. Hanging from above you’ll see a chandelier representing a school of fish (appropriate for the seafood-centric menu) with dozens of gold leaf fish.
Outside, diners can sit in private cabanas around a lagoon stocked with koi from Japan.
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