Las Vegas’ Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Food — By thmeeks on February 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Las Vegas offers a wealth of romantic opportunities for Valentine’s Day–after all, where else can you be in “Paris” while still in the United States? (If you want to visit the real Paris, enter NileGuide’s Fall in Love with the City of Love contest.) Las Vegas may be known as Sin City, but it’s also the easiest place in the U.S. to get married quickly (just ask a celebrity), and the Strip’s current slant toward luxury includes world-class spas, sumptuous hotel rooms, sexy shows, and a great selection of restaurants. Here are some ideas on where to take your beloved for a memorable romantic meal:

When money is no object…

Are you prepared to splurge–almost painfully–on your sweetheart? Joёl Robuchon is one of Las Vegas’ most expensive restaurants, and one of the most acclaimed. Here you’ll savor traditional French cuisine in a restaurant that’s received a Michelin 3 Star award, a Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond, and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. This is the place for caviar, truffles, and foie gras–and it comes at a price. Their six-course prixe fixe menu starts at $115.00 per person.

When charming is your goal…

If you’re not interested in impressing your significant other with the size of your restaurant tab, perhaps a charming Vegas restaurant will get your romantic mojo going. Hugo’s Cellar, located downtown at the Four Queens, is indeed downstairs and very cellar-ish. It’s a long-time Vegas favorite for couples, with a dark, Old Vegasy feel that comes complete with roses for the ladies.

For a romantic steal…

Looking for charm at a reasonable price? The Spanish ambiance at Firefly, Las Vegas’ homegrown tapas restaurant, is sexy but not expensive. The small plates allow you to order as much or as little as you like, and the booths are roomy enough for two.

For a place you’ll go back to…

Ricardo’s has been a Las Vegas favorite for decades. Located just off the Strip, the restaurant is designed to feel like a cozy, comfortable outdoor patio. Their authentic Mexican food is considered some of the best in Las Vegas, and their Margaritas are so large and delicious that they should come with a warning. Beware the peach Margarita, which tastes so yummy that you may forget it is loaded with tequila. (Your NileGuide local expert speaks from experience here.)

If you’re looking for a cheap date…

Las Vegas may have a surplus of elegant, expensive restaurants along the Strip, but it can be challenging to find a budget-priced place to take your sweetie. Nathan’s Famous at the New York-New York will let you off cheaply while you wander the recreated streets of New York. Vegas loves a faux city, and this fantasy version of the Big Apple is as true to the real thing as possible, only with a casino attached–and if you’re on a extremely tight budget, winning a jackpot might be the most romantic thing you can do together.

For more recommendations on romantic restaurants in Las Vegas–including the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and the Stratosphere’s Top of the World–check our complete list of romantic restaurants.


Photos courtesy of Laurent Goujon, Navin75, Ricardo’s, and Will Woods

Tags: Firefly, Hugo's Cellar, Joel Robuchon, Nathan's Famous, Ricardo's, Romantic



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