Dining Out in Style
Las Vegas offers the best destination for world class dining flavors. With every top chef owning a restaurant…or two… and concepts from floating wine angels and ice bars to unique mixed flavors, there is something for everyone. My top picks: Michael Mina’s American Fish at the Aria, Emeril’s Table 10 at the Palazzo and for a restaurant with a view, Top of the World at the Stratosphere.
American Fish

A great pre-theatre opportunity in the Aria is the James Beard and Michelin rated chef Michael Mina restaurant, American Fish. If you can make your dinner plans between 5-6 p.m., American Fish offers a stunning menu that is a huge value. After 6 p.m. the dinner menu opens even more opportunities. American Fish is located in the Aria at Las Vegas City Center, in the same hotel as the new Cirque Du Soleil Viva Elvis show.
For our visit, we did the pre-theatre menu before heading over to see Viva Elvis. Reservations are encouraged and there is a great, relaxed and intimate atmosphere to the restaurant.
“The food and atmosphere were perfect,” described Dave St. John, on vacation from Lithia, FL. “This was a perfect atmosphere for a dinner out before a show and the food was well presented with simple decoration and excellent flavor.”
For more information about Michael Mina’s American Fish, visit the official website at www.michaelmina.net.
In addition to American Fish in Las Vegas, Mina has 17 restaurants in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
In Miami, the Mina Group owns Bourbon Steak located at on the promenade level at Fairmont Turnberry Isle at 19999 W. Country Club Dr. in Miami. Call 877.230.2742
For more information, visit www.michaelmina.net.
Emeril’s Table 10

World-renowned top chef Emeril Lagasse represents the pinnacle of success in the culinary world so it is no surprise that his signature restaurant located in the Palazzo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the perfect mix of New Orleans based flavors and contemporary decor to make Table 10 a great destination restaurant for lunch or dinner.
With a relaxed atmosphere and great attention to detail, our servers and mixologists made sure we were well taken care of.
Anne St. John, a FishHawk resident on vacation for the weekend, said, “Do not miss out on the Truffle Macaroni and Cheese. The Doritos on top take this comfort food to the next level.”
Regarding the renowned mixology at the restaurant, St. John describes, “I started off with the Crescent City Punch, the tiny crushes of ice married the spirits and the fruit juices in perfect balance with not too much sweetness. Instead of having a cup of coffee to finish your meal, try the French Roast Martini.”
Table 10 is Lagasse’s third restaurant in Las Vegas. Lagasse’s other venues, Delmonico Steakhouse and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, are also good choices. Table 10 is located within the Palazzo Mall.
The name Table 10 comes from Lagasse’s original restaurant in New Orleans. On the blueprints, during construction, the table…numbered 10 on the floorplan, became the planning center for the grand opening of the restaurant in 1990.
Table 10 General manager Ki Song An has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and worked his way up in the Emeril organization and was the top pick for this new location. He works side by side with Chef de Cuisine Diana Davey.
Table 10 is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and for dinner everyday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
Locally, Emeril offers two restaurants at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop.
For more details on any of the Emeril locations, visit www.emerils.com.
Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere

No matter how busy and active a day in Las Vegas is, there is one view that can’t be missed. Top of the World is the rotating restaurant located in the Stratosphere Hotel tower, located more than 800 feet above Las Vegas at the Stratosphere Casino. This restaurant features French-inspired culinary delights served in an elegant atmosphere. The restaurant rotates and provides views of the city as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes.
Top of the World features an extensive wine list, which has earned recognition from publications such as Wine Spectator and Santé. 
“After spending the day walking down the Vegas strip and taking in the sights and sounds, it’s serene to rise above it all and see the city at night with the sun setting over the mountains. Of course in typical Vegas style, they add a bit of excitement as every once in a while SkyJumpers from the 108th floor above plummet pass the windows to the ground below. No thanks, I think I’ll just enjoy my steak.”
Dining at the restaurant allows visitors access to the two-tiered top decks for an exterior view and photo opportunity and those brave at heart can try one of the multiple attraction ride at the top including
Executive Chef Rick Giffen and Chef Claude Gaty bring more than 50 years and experience from 40 top restaurants to the menu. Call 800-99-TOWER for reservations. Visit the www.topoftheworldlv.com.

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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!