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Cozy Up at These Romantic Restaurants in Las Vegas

Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant
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Romance can mean a lot of different things in Las Vegas. For some, it's about scoring a quick hookup while crawling the nightclubs. For others, it's a night at a brothel outside county lines. Many of us, however, have a softer side and just want a nice night out on the town. Yes, Las Vegas is known as a city of sin, but it's also a city of sentiment. And what better way to someone's heart than through their stomach? So check out the best romantic restaurants in Vegas. Each one knows how to mix great food and atmosphere for a date night to remember.  

Eiffel Tower Restaurant

Paris Las Vegas

Stunning views of the Strip with traditional French favorites
The next time you gaze up to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica on the Strip, lower your eyes a bit to the middle. That's where you'll find the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, where the dining room comes with sweeping Strip views that overlook the Bellagio fountains across the street. The restaurant, which features a mix of American and French cuisine, is so romantic, it's seen more than 10,000 proposals over the past 20 years with special packages available to pop the question just right. Insiders know to request Table 56 while making a reservation. It's in the corner of the dining room with the best unobstructed views in the house.

Bavette's Steakhouse
Bavette's Steakhouse | Courtesy of Patrick Michael Chin

Bavette's

Park MGM

Dark, seductive steakhouse with whiskey, wine, and French touches
This Chicago steakhouse keeps the lights down low and while it may make it harder to read your menu, the darkness produces a mood and atmosphere that's especially seductive while on a date. The prime Midwest steaks are the main attraction, but the restaurant has a few French touches here and there, including the duck and goat cheese terrine appetizer. The whiskey list is nearly as strong as the wine list with at least four Old Fashioned variations crafted with high-end spirits. For a greater dose of intimacy, retreat to the Parlor Room, a speakeasy-style bar in the back for a post-dinner nightcap. 

Americana

Desert Shores

Waterside scenery with an expansive backyard patio
With Omaha steaks, Nantucket scallops, and Hawaiian fish making frequent appearances on a constantly evolving menu, it's easy to see why Steven Blandino named his restaurant Americana. Yet the chef likes to mix in a few Asian and European elements here and there as well, taking inspiration from the melting pot mentality that built our great nation. The Desert Shores favorite has a sturdy, timeless dining room, but the best seats -- when the weather is right -- are in the outdoor garden alongside Lake Jacqueline. Show up right before dusk for a romantic mood that will last long after you've finished off the tableside Cherries Jubilee dessert.

Cut
Cut | Courtesy of Anthony Mair

Cut

Venetian

Venerable steakhouse with a fresh, new look and fantastic raw bar offerings
The Wolfgang Puck steakhouse just keeps getting better over time. In recent years, the restaurant has dramatically renovated its dining room, mixing a stylish Art Deco design with soft lighting that proves it's possible to be cozy and romantic without being dark and dim. Request a half-circle booth to maximize the comfort level and take your server up on the offer to tour the steak display, where prime Midwest cuts sit alongside luxe choice from Japan, including olive-fed snow beef. Yet the restaurant also gives extra attention to its seafood, especially its raw bar and a full two-pound Maine lobster that's pan-seared, oven-finished, and de-shelled tableside. The only thing better for couples to share? Neat pours of Whistle Pig 18 from the whiskey cart.

Mizumi
Mizumi | Courtesy of Barbara Kraft

Mizumi

Wynn Las Vegas

Japanese fine dining with a spectacular dining room -- waterfall included
Eager to impress? Between the food and the dining room, Mizumi is a spectacular experience. Sit alongside a koi pond and 90-foot waterfall while feasting on fresh-sliced toro and charcoal-grilled lobster. You can crowd around a teppanyaki grill if that's your thing, but the most exclusive seats are on the patio, especially the floating pagoda table for two, which usually requires a reservation made well in advance. Since you're already going big, spend a few extra dollars on the steaks. Mizumi was one of the first in Vegas to carry true, certified Kobe beef and the selection of Japanese cuts has only gotten better and more varied over time.

Hugo's Cellar
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Hugo's Cellar

Four Queens

Enjoy the classic tableside service, leave with a rose
Little has changed since the brick walls of Hugo's Cellar opened at the Four Queens in 1966. As soon as you walk down the steps through the front door, it's easy to feel a world away from the hustle and noise of the Downtown casino -- let alone the chaos of the nearby Fremont Street Experience. Classic tableside presentations feel especially authentic here, from the starter Caesar salad to the Bananas Foster at the end. Along the way, share a seafood tower, cook your own meat (beef, chicken, and seafood) on a "hot slab" of granite, and wolf down juicy dry-aged steaks. Every woman is handed a bright red rose to take home.  

Hakkasan Restaurant

MGM Grand

Upscale Cantonese cuisine with a newly renovated dining room
Las Vegas has plenty of restaurants for Chinese fine dining, but there's something extra romantic about Hakkasan, the sister restaurant to the nightclub of the same name next door. The industrial dining rooms twist and turn, almost like a maze, with tall wood fixtures between tables to add welcome privacy and intimacy to any meal. The restaurant closed out 2019 with a series of renovations that include a brighter, expanded lounge and an illuminated hallway near the front entrance. Yet it remains a moody, mysterious destination with blue hues and lounge beats in the background for enjoying elevated dim sum and inventive cocktails. Hakkasan Restaurant has a direct entrance for guests to enter the neighboring nightclub and its own dedicated valet -- allowing you to not only avoid the congested MGM parking garage but impress your date as someone who knows all the hookups.

michael's gourmet room
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Michael's Gourmet Room

South Point

Old-school supper club remains a locals choice off the Strip
With plush red velvet furniture, tableside presentations, and an intimate space of about 50 seats, Michael's Gourmet Room has been a locals favorite for years, dating back to its days at the long-gone Barbary Coast casino on the Strip. Now at home inside the South Point, the restaurant remains as engaging as ever. Browse the "his and hers" menus underneath the rose-budded glass ceiling, which has been a staple of the restaurant for more than two decades. French onion soup and charcoal-broiled steaks are among the specialties.    

Top of the World
Top of the World | Courtesy of Anthony Mair

Top of the World

The Strat

Revolving dining room with classic fare and 360-degree views
One of the best things about the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere tower (now officially The Start) is the Top of the World restaurant on the 106th floor. The closer you sit to the floor-to-ceiling windows along the edge, the better, since the circular dining room revolves slowly for complete 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley. Give it about 80 minutes for a full rotation. The menu and kitchen team has evolved over the years, but American classics have always been the heart of the menu. Whether you get grilled swordfish or crab-stuffed chicken, anything pairs well with those views. Just make sure to share the Baked Alaska for dessert. 

Picasso
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Picasso

Bellagio

Priceless artwork nearly as good as the Bellagio fountain views
Julian Serrano's secluded fine dining restaurant at the Bellagio has two options for a great date night. Sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy an up-close view of the resort's iconic fountain shows or reserve a table indoors where the decor includes rare, priceless artwork by Pablo Picasso. Now that you know how the restaurant got its name, shift your focus to the menu, which features a combination of French and Spanish dishes, enjoyed best in multi-course tasting menus with wine pairings.

Beauty and Essex
Beauty and Essex | Courtesy of Warren Jagger

Beauty & Essex

The Cosmopolitan

Modern fine dining with the energy of a lounge -- and a pawn shop just because
Dinner often feels like a party at Chris Santos' Beauty & Essex, making it a fun restaurant to bring a date. The stylish destination overflows with energy with gold decor designed to mimic the inside of a jewelry box. Get things started with a cocktail in the bar (or champagne lounge out front) before grabbing a table in one of several dining rooms. Much of the menu is meant for sharing, including a 40-day dry-aged Tomahawk ribeye and Korean-style fried chicken. The pawn shop by the front door may seem odd at first -- and it's definitely a gimmick -- but it makes for a good conversation piece, especially when struggling through an awkward first date.

Marche Bacchus
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Marche Bacchus

Desert Shores

French bistro dining combines a great wine selection with waterside atmosphere
Nothing builds chemistry quite like picking out a bottle of wine together. Marche Bacchus is a restaurant and wine shop that allows guests to grab a bottle of vino off the retail racks and enjoy it with a meal of foie gras, cheese plates, and other traditional favorites that wouldn't be out of place in a French bistro. The best seats are on the enclosed patio, where a fireplace will warm you up during the winter months and the waters of Lake Jacqueline provide great scenery any time of year.  

Sara's
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Sara's

The Palms

Hidden, secluded superclub with the best prime rib in Las Vegas
Sara's isn't easy to find. Michael Symon's intimate supper club is hidden behind a secret door at Mabel's BBQ with tall mirrored ceilings, an Gatsby-style design, and knowledgeable, friendly servers decked out in jackets and ties. Think of the restaurant-within-a-restaurant as a speakeasy with full dinner service. The smoked prime rib is sliced tableside and presented with fresh-shaved horseradish (or maybe even truffles if you show up at the right time of year). The space holds less than 50 guests, making it feel like more than a dinner spot. It's a secret you share with someone special.

Joel Robuchon
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Joël Robuchon

MGM Grand

Extravagant dining room serves ultra-luxe multi-course menus
The first restaurant in the Western Hemisphere by the late Joël Robuchon -- famously branded "Chef of the Century" by a French publication -- often feels like a private mansion. The room is exquisite, with a number of unique spaces featuring extravagant curtains, carpeting, and chandeliers. Multi-course tasting menus are the specialty and every bite is prepared with precision from a well-trained kitchen team. The desserts and pastries are among the very best in Vegas, but for an added dose of romance, enjoy a few sips of cognac in the lounge before your meal gets underway.    

Aureole
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Aureole

Mandalay Bay

New American dining with a wine tower operated by a team of "angels"
Aureole has seen lots of changes over the years, from executive chefs to dining room renovations, but it remains one of the best and most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas under the overall guidance of Charlie Palmer. It's meticulously designed with modern artwork, but its most notable decoration is the famous wine tower -- a multi-story vino collection with bottles fetched by "wine angels" raised and lowered on cables. You've got more than 3,000 labels to choose from, but at least 40 are served by the glass to pair with steaks, seafood, and a savory short rib ravioli that works just as well as a main course or appetizer to share.   

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas for Thrillist for more than four years. His work has also recently appeared in Travel + LeisureVegas SevenDavid MagazineVegas Magazine, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. All he wants is a CrazyShake for Christmas. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelries.