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The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-791-7111

It was only a question of time before Las Vegas reinvented the buffet. The Mirage hired restaurant designer Adam Tihany to create a colorful, stylish setting and expanded the concept of to-your-taste omelets and carved-before-your-eyes prime rib to 11 bespoke stations. Salads, for example, are mixed and dressed fresh for you, and Chinese dishes are stir-fried while you watch. In addition, the hotel added pizza, pot stickers, Portuguese sausage, ciopinno, bread pudding and other fun food to the once-predictable mix, while keeping such perennial favorites as the omelets and the raw oyster bar. The downside: The buffet's success can be measured by the long lines that form for it.

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-770-3310

Grand in a delightful French-country-manor way, this restaurant by New York City star chef Daniel Boulud—aided and abetted by up-and-coming executive chef Wesley Horton—features his fabled Original NY DB burger—nine ounces of ground sirloin stuffed with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffles (with fries, bien sur). Also on the menu are many of Boulud's terroir-style creations, including the pan-roasted loup de mar with cauliflower, saffron, grapes and pine nuts, and pork chop with pork-belly crust, foie gras, apple sausage, gnocchi, apple and rapini. Located lakeside at the exclusive Wynn, the brasserie has a more relaxing ambience than the average haute-Vegas eatery but without the slightest drop-off in quality.

MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 702-891-7925

The French master chef Joël Robuchon, known for his precision and élan, came out of retirement to open his first U.S. restaurant at the MGM Grand. It's Las Vegas' only Michelin three-star restaurant, and here's why: an exciting, beautifully presented 16-course tasting menu that in the past has included such exotic dishes as frog-leg fritters with parsley sauce and fennel-flavored sea-urchin flan. The six-course tasting menu is practically a diet compared with the 16-course option (you can also order à la carte). The dining room, with its ornate coffered ceiling and big Swarovski chandeliers, is at once intimate and opulent, the perfect setting for Robuchon's consistently captivating cuisine. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more romantic place to celebrate your new life together.

The Hotel at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

You'll feel like you've beamed up to this all-white flying saucer, where glass bubbles fill the soaring ceiling and spectacular views of the Strip far below can be had. The cuisine—pure Alain Ducasse in fun mode—will transport you as well, with dishes like the bison au poivre, the Tuscan pasta with morels and the must-have dessert, rhum baba, straight from Ducasse's million-star Monte Carlo flagship. The tasting menu, with its well-selected wine pairings, is a good bet here. Order it and then just sit back and enjoy the giddy scene.

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