Restaurant Round Up: A Top 10 for Everyone

You are at Medtrade mixing and mingling with associates and business partners and realize you are starved. Good thing you planned ahead by reading our top 10 restaurant selections in Las Vegas. Now you know where you are going and maybe you even made reservations! Bon Appetit!

Olives at Bellagio

Food Type: Mediterranean

Picture an inviting mixture of natural hues, golden tones, dark woods, and leather for a sexy, sleek appeal. Now throw in the stunning view of Lake Bellagio and the dancing fountains from the dining room and patio. This restaurant features a Mediterranean menu of flatbread pizzas, homemade pastas, rotisserie dishes and flame-licked seafood and meats. It's also located in a perfect spot for a little shopping after lunch or dinner.

Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(877) 234-6358

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand

Food Type: Seafood

Chef Emeril Legasse renovated this restaurant to reflect the origins of his seafood creations. In this ocean-like ambience, select from a variety of fresh fish dishes while taking a sensory trip to Louisiana.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(702) 891-7374

Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay

Food Type: Italian

Stop at the Red Square at the frozen vodka bar and then make your way over to Trattoria del Lupo for its elegant, yet casual atmosphere. People-watch on the outside patio and enjoy Lupo favorites such as Nantucket Sea Scallops and Cioppino as well as an impressive wine list. Need a private room for a special meeting? This restaurant can accommodate 25 to 40 of your guests.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight on Friday and Saturday)
(702) 740-5522

Picasso at Bellagio

Food Type: Mediterranean

An elegant atmosphere, beautiful background music and a large upscale dining room that overlooks Bellagio's beautiful lake, Picasso features works of art as its main entrees. Select the wine for your meal from a dazzling collection from Europe's finest vineyards. Reservations are recommended; jacket and tie are required.

Hours: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
(702) 693-7223

Mr. Lucky's 24/7 at the Hard Rock Café

Food Type: American

It's good for groups and easy on the wallet. Menu favorites include sandwiches, burgers and classic American diner dishes but the taste is comparable to more formal establishments. You won't need reservations and you will rave about the service.

Hours: 24/7
(702) 693-5000

Carnival World Buffet at the Rio

Food Type: Buffet

Are you hungry? Recognized by some as the best buffet in Vegas, Carnival World boasts 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. From pizza to omelets, sushi to teppan yaki, carved meats to Asian barbecue, the Carnival World Buffet offers numerous distinct dishes from around the world. Watch live cooking action before your very eyes and then finish off your meal by selecting from 70 different types of homemade pies.

Hours: Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dinner 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(888) 396-2483

Little Buddha at the Palms

Food Type: Pacific Rim & Chinese

Guests can dine at an impressive sushi bar that is worth a look even if you don't like sushi! A stream of water runs down the center in true feng-shui fashion. The restaurant's massive mahogany doors lead patrons to the eight-columned, domed main dining room, highlighted with two 10-foot tall Buddha statues. Want a little more peace and quiet? There's an airy back room and poolside dining available as well.

Hours: 5:30-11 p.m.
(702) 942-7778

Tremezzo at the Aladdin

Food Type: Pacific Rim & Chinese

Food Type: Italian

Enjoy fine, authentic Italian dishes such as Primi Piatti, chilled blue crab salad and pasta dishes, and still have money in your wallet when you are finished. If weather permits, enjoy your dinner outside on the 50-seat patio. Hours: 5 -11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m.)
(702) 785-9003

Delmonico at the Venetian

Food Type: Steak

Owned and operated by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, Delmonico Steakhouse delivers exciting New Orleans cuisine. Enjoy specialties like bone-in ribeye steak, double-cut pork chop and Delmonico chicken-for-two carved tableside. The restaurant's design is modern with many elegant touches.

Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dinner 5-10 p.m.
(702) 414-3737

Rum Jungle - Mandalay Bay

Food Type: Caribbean & Central American

Fun, fun, fun! Outrageous, fun and exotic only begin to describe Mandalay Bay's Run Jungle. Step inside pulsating Latin, Caribbean and African rhythms, a dancing firewall, cascading water and dueling giant congas while enjoying dishes prepared over a giant open fire pit. In fact, the Fire Pit is a favorite feast including eight different courses and unlimited quantities: Skewers of chicken, steak, lamb, pork, fish and vegetables with accompaniments of drunken red beans, coconut rice with pineapple, oven-roasted plantains and a salad with field greens with lime thyme vinaigrette. If that's too much food for you, select a different tropical specialty from the Rum Jungle's full menu.

Hours: 5:30 -11 p.m.
(877) 632-5300

This article originally appeared in the March 2006 issue of HME Business.

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