Master chefs, colorful food, seasonal menus, unsurpassed wine list, authentic cuisine, quality service, visually stunning preparations with views and a location to match. If you’re lucky, a restaurant will offer just one of these things. But in a competitive world of fine dining, a restaurant will fight to give you all of those things, in what winds up being an experience that will make your jaw drop, even while you’re eating.
Fine dining is more often than not, found in luxurious hotels. Although hotels and restaurants are completely different entities, they work together building creditability, reputation and an unmatched experience.
Las Vegas is easily the number 1 city for hotels that host exceptional restaurants. Las Vegas Boulevard is one of the only places you can stay and experience luxury hotels for cheap and have an ample selection of fine dining right outside of your hotel door. Close your eyes and pick any hotel on The Strip, you are almost guaranteed to find it also hosts an award winning restaurant.
The first notable Las Vegas restaurant is CUT in the Palazzo hotel and casino. Master chef Wolfgang Puck puts a contemporary twist on a classic steakhouse. Puck uses top quality beef including Prime, hormone-free, corn-fed sirloin from Nebraska; and a 35-day dry-aged beef from Illinois. To accompany your steak you can choose from a wide variety of homemade sauces and CUT’s famous Creamed Spinach with Fried Organic Egg and the Soft Polenta with Parmesan.
Another notable Las Vegas Restaurant is Guy Savoy, located in Caesars Palace. Guy Savoy is known best for French “Nouvelle Cuisine,” and visitors can enjoy the food as well as list of 2,100 (mostly French) wines, inside of an elegant seating area that will make you feel like a god in a temple.
The last distinguished Las Vegas restaurant is Michael Mina, located in the famous Bellagio Hotel which fits the sleek, classy, colorful theme of the high- rolling casino. Upon entering Michael Mina, guests walk through the Botanical glass gardens of the Bellagio Casino. The contemporary atmosphere specializes in seafood, vegetarian and seasonal dishes.
Trump International Hotel and Towers
The Trump Towers are known for hosting some of the finest restaurants across the world. In New York City, Jean- Georges, named after award-winning chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, mixes French, American and Indochinese ingredients, creating an artful, delicate dishes. Sixteen, which is located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago has some of the most spectacular views of the Chicago, Lake Michigan, The Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower. Views are seen out of 30- foot floor- to- ceiling windows.
St Regis Hotels
St Regis Hotels are also known for hosting a wide variety of fine dining establishments across the world. J&G Grill in Park City, Utah provides Jean- Gorges sophistication in a ski town setting. Slopeside views, a wood burning fireplace with an open kitchen provide a mountainous dining experience. The Saint Regis in Aspen, hosts a restaurant led by executive Chef Jason Adams. It features food from local and regional farms resulting in a fresh dining experience.
Staying on board with local produce is also a commitment the Laurel Court Restaurant at the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco has made. Chef jW Foster only uses seasonal organic produce, free range poultry and eggs and purchases seafood from sustainable sources.
At La Prime at the Westin in Los Angeles you can enjoy panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and an edgy menu that offers prime beef steaks, both wet and dry aged, lamb and fresh fish.
The Addison sits overlooking the Grand Del Mar Resort in San Diego. Chef William Bradley is a collector of vintage cook books and changes the menu seasonally and weekly, paying homage to in season produce and flavors.
The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California is located in a remote area and visitors can experience an endless view of the Mayacamas Range. You’ll be sure to have the most knowledgeable waiters who can provide wine recommendations and in the non- peak winter months you can find at this homey hotel.
Whether you are looking to enjoy a luxury hotel, fine dining or both there are numerous locations across the country that offers a refined experience.
This post written by Joselyn Seifer.