Valentine’s Day is approaching fast so you’d better be thinking about a special date night for your sweetheart. If you haven’t thought about it yet, consider this a friendly reminder — and you’d better start planning, like yesterday.
One of the most romantic things you can do on a special date night is go out to a nice restaurant for an intimate dinner for two. Lucky for you, Las Vegas has no shortage of romantic restaurants. To help you choose one, we decided to break it down by the type of date night you’re on.
Maybe it’s your first date and you’re trying to make a major impression. Maybe you’ve been married for years and want to show your spouse some appreciation. Or maybe you’ve decided to take the plunge and ask your significant other to marry you. No matter what the occasion is, Las Vegas has the perfect restaurant for you.
You’re pretty brave to go on a first date on Valentine’s Day but you’ll probably score some major points for being romantic if you do. First dates are all about impressing your date enough so that you get a second one, so you’ll want to pick a place that’s got great ambience, maybe a nice view and of course, great food.
Giada at The Cromwell is one of those restaurants that fulfills all of those requirements. You’ll get great cocktails, amazing Italian cuisine, delectable desserts and a beautiful view of the Bellagio Fountains and the Strip. We bet you’ll also get a second date. Just be sure to ask for a table by the window.
Everyone knows Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so taking your date to Bardot Brasserie at Aria is sure to make a good impression. It’s pretty much like walking into a real Parisian café with its dim lighting, dark woods and brass accents. Start your meal with a glass of bubbly from the rolling Champagne cart and then order authentic French favorites like escargot or steak frites. While the French onion soup is totally amazing, we recommend skipping that on the first date if you’re hoping for a kiss later in the night.
Another romantic restaurant with a Paris vibe is Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Request a table on the patio where you’ll be able to look up at the replica Eiffel Tower and across the street at the Bellagio Fountains. Mon Ami Gabi has a true Parisian café atmosphere and its location on the Strip makes it a fantastic people-watching spot. That means you’ll have no shortage of things to talk about on your date, right? No awkward silences here.
If you want a cool old-school vibe for your first date, head to Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D downtown. The restaurant, which is open nightly for dinner, is a bit of a hidden gem tucked into a corner of the second floor of The D. The entrance is a charming brick-lined hallway that leads into a warm room decorated with dark woods. Be sure to ask for one of the romantic semi-private leather booths and then indulge in a great wine list, cooked-to-perfection steaks and mouthwatering pastas.
So you already impressed that special someone enough to get past the first date and many more. You’ve decided to pop the big question and you just need the perfect romantic place to do it. No worries – there are restaurants in town that will help you plan everything out.
A great place for a romantic proposal is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris. Located 11 stories above the Strip, the restaurant serves gourmet French food with a view of the Bellagio Fountains and the city’s lights below. You can customize your own proposal package to include everything from a special window table to a seasonal tasting menu from the chef, a bottle of wine or Champagne, flowers and photos. They even have a special dessert that can house an engagement ring. Just don’t let your significant other bite into it before you ask the big question.
Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere is another popular proposal spot. Located 800 feet above the Strip, it rotates 360 degrees throughout dinner to give you a breathtaking view of the entire valley through floor-to-ceiling windows. We suggest booking a table right at sunset for the most beautiful views. The restaurant will help you make the proposal special with a four-course tasting menu, professional photography, flowers, Champagne or a special chocolate box for the ring.
When you’ve already made a great impression and your significant other has said yes to the proposal, it’s time to celebrate your anniversary. Your spouse has put up with your quirks for long enough, so it’s time to show them some love and appreciation.
If you want to show your appreciation in a big way, take your husband or wife to Joël Robuchon. Robuchon, known as the “Chef of the Century,” serves a six-course or a 16-course menu at his sophisticated restaurant at MGM Grand. Over the course of the meal you’ll not only indulge in gourmet food, you’ll also enjoy a bread cart, cheese cart and a mignardise (a fancy name for dessert) cart at the end of your meal.
For a lovely meal with a view, head up to Mix at Delano Las Vegas. The restaurant, located on the 64th floor, offers stunning scenery. If the weather’s warm, get a table on the outdoor patio. At Mix you’ll dine on the renowned cuisine of chef Alain Ducasse. Be sure to end your meal with the Mix candy bar – layers of a thin wafer atop chocolate and hazelnut and topped with chocolate ganache.
The Bellagio Fountains are a very romantic sight, so why not eat dinner on a patio overlooking them? Picasso at Bellagio offers French and Mediterranean cuisine from chef Julian Serrano. Dine inside and you’ll be surrounded by an extensive collection of Pablo Picasso’s works. Dine outside and you can watch the aforementioned fountain show while you eat poached oysters, foie gras torchon and veal chop. There’s also a pre-theater menu if you want to catch Cirque du Soleil’s “O” after dinner and make it a real date to remember.
If money is no object
We had to include one more idea for date night because it’s just so over the top. This would blow anyone away whether you’re on a first date, proposing or celebrating an anniversary. For $30,000 per couple, lovers can indulge with “The Rose” package at Andrea’s at Encore, which features secluded seating in a private dining booth, a tasting menu created by executive chef Joseph Elevado, a his-and-hers 18-carat Rolex Datejust Rose Gold and Stainless Steel Fluted Bezel Diamond Dial/Jubilee Bracelet and a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé.
The tasting menu will include: edamame with truffle salt; spicy tuna roll with snow crab, arare crackers, yuzu boban-jan sauce; oyster tempura lettuce cups with oshinko remoulade; petite filet mignon with blood orange, sweet soy and mustard miso; and a chocolate dessert.
If 30K is a bit much for you, Andrea’s is also offering additional packages for Valentine’s Day: “The Kiss,” which includes the tasting menu and an Aphrodisiac Sparkler toast for $85 per person; and the “Lover’s Lane” package with the tasting menu, foie gras for two and chocolate covered strawberries, all served in private booth seating for $120 per person.