Many may view Las Vegas as the king of the cheap buffet and cheap food but in reality it has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. Of course it has the new saying of “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, so if that romantic dinner goes well enough, well…. only you and your significant other will know what happened after that romantic dinner. The only thing about dining in Las Vegas is that the nice romantic places will cost you some significant money. The restaurants I recommend below are in no particular order, but just giving options for some different price ranges.
Michael’s, which is located in Barbary Coast is what you would call the ultimate service experience. They have teams of three to four servers which will handle all your requests while you dine there. The food is very good, but it might not quite be worth the cost. This is a place you want to take your significant other if your goal is to impress them with the money you spend and the service they receive. On average a meal including appetizer, entrée, and dessert without alcoholic drinks will run close to $100 per person. You can probably get the same quality of food for about two-thirds of the price, but remember you are in Vegas. If you have the money to impress this would be the place to show it off.
If you would like to have a nice romantic meal with a South American flare, then I would suggest Rumjungle in Mandalay Bay. When you walk in you will be impressed by the romantic dark atmosphere and dining with the candles on your table. The sheets of flowing water on the walls adds a nice touch, as they did it before the many copy cat restaurants copied the style. They have a nice menu full of South American style foods, but I suggest ordering the “Fire Pit”. This is a “rodizio” style of food where large skewers of meats are carried around the restaurant and delivered to your table. In the end, your meal includes seven courses of appetizers and meats. The meats are all done over a grill, and include lamb, tuna, steak, chicken, pork, and sides. It is an all-you-can-eat style in that after you are done with each of the courses you can ask for seconds of any type you wish. The service staff is attractive and professional. Drinks are pricey but are also very strong and very good. The combination of the theme, exotic foods, and exceptional service make this a great choice for a romantic meal and your total bill for two without drinks will be slightly under $100 total.
My final recommendation is Delmonico Steakhouse. This is one of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants and is very nice. It uses a very dark atmosphere with dark woods and low lighting to add to the romantic atmosphere. The tables are nicely set with white tablecloths and quality silverware. The steaks are very good here and is what you should seriously consider ordering if you are dining here. If you are more interested in seafood I would recommend his other restaurant “Emeril’s”. The steaks are seared nicely, but very moist inside. The barbecued shrimp appetizer is another I would recommend highly. The one item you must have though other than the steaks involves dessert. It is Emeril’s bananas foster ice cream pie. This dessert is incredible, the ice cream is smooth the banana flavor is fresh, and it is a large enough serving to share with your significant other. This is my favorite dessert I have ever hard in Las Vegas. Appetizer, entrée, and a dessert to share (they are too large to eat by yourself) for two people will run you about $120, but it is worth the cost. The reasonable price for Vegas along with the incredible dessert makes it for a very nice romantic meal.
As you can see, in Las Vegas a romantic meal will run from slightly expensive to extremely expensive. I did not include buffets in this article as most would not view a buffet as a romantic meal. Yet, if you want to try some exotic foods at a buffet and make a romantic meal out of it you might want to try The Buffet At Bellagio. On an average night this will cost you about $65 total for two people. The selections include such “non-standard” buffet items as ostrich and pre-cracked Alaskan king crab legs.
Whether you are a big spender, or just someone willing to treat your significant other to a special meal because you are in Las Vegas, you can find something to meet your wishes in town. For many people, they may only get one trip to Las Vegas in their lifetime. I would strongly recommend trying one of these restaurants on your trip if that describes your situation.