The Vibe: Michael Mina’s Parisian-style brasserie inside Aria is all crystal chandeliers, sparkling mirrors, and romantic low-lit nooks—perfect places to indulge in some of the chef’s exquisitely rendered French dishes.
What to Order: Hidden beneath a blanket of melted Gruyère cheese and served with a sliced baguette, Bardot’s French onion soup is an absolute must (grab a bowl at the bar if you’re short on time), as are the inconceivably juicy roast chicken, egg-topped croque madame sandwich (PICTURED), and macaroni and cheese gratinée. 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 877-230-2742
The Vibe: The design at this airy, light-filled restaurant inside the Cosmopolitan may be simple, but the crowds sure aren’t. Due to the restaurant’s best-kept-secret midday menu, weekdays see Milos transform into one of Vegas’ most popular power-lunch spots.
What to Order: Regulars know it’s all about the Milos special, fried zucchini and eggplant slices slathered in creamy tzatziki sauce and kefalograviera cheese, but the lobster pasta and lavraki also shouldn’t be discounted (and don’t even get us started on our dessert of choice, the fresh Greek yogurt). 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd, 702-698-7930
The Vibe: Julian Serrano’s ultramodern homage to all things Italian perches on the banks of Bellagio’s famed replica of Lake Como, tempting guests with one-of-a-kind views along with tapas-styles small plates ranging from soups, salads, and crostini to pastas, meats, and seafood.
What to Order: Potato gnocchi with lobster knuckles, octopus with squid ink (PICTURED), an entire baked fish—it’s hard to make a wrong decision with a menu like this. Just be sure to ask for at least one serving of the red-wine risotto with burrata cheese. 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 888-987-6667
The Vibe: This uncomplicated Japanese charcoal grill, tucked inside a strip mall on Spring Mountain Road, is a favorite of both local foodies and off-duty chefs who stop by after their late-night shifts have ended (the restaurant conveniently stays open until 3 a.m.).
What to Order: If you’re feeling like a high roller, spring for the chef’s multicourse omakase, which changes daily, or personalize your meal with a combination of dishes like the juicy deep fried chicken, butter sautéed scallops, or apple-marinated lamb chops. 5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd. #2, 702-367-3511
The Vibe: A fusion concept with a massive menu—and one of the most elegantly furnished dining rooms in Vegas to boot—this must-try restaurant inside of SLS Las Vegas gives guests vibrant tastes of countries including Greece, Turkey, and Morocco.
What to Order: Prepare to share—dishes ranging from carrot harissa to caulifower with cashews are served in small portions (and priced accordingly), making a dinner at Cleo a communal experience. Add a few kebabs (PICTURED) and servings of chicken tagine or lamb shawarma for a well-rounded meal.
The Vibe: Vegas isn’t exactly lacking in taco stands and watered-down Mexican resort restaurants, but the off-Strip El Dorado Cantina, a sexy space outfitted with glass lanterns and dark-wood furnishings, kicks things up a notch with bold, authentic flavors.
What to Order: You’d be remiss not to try the house-made sangrias, tableside guacamole, and cochinita pibil, but no matter what you order, you can rest assured it’ll be prepared with only the freshest organic and sustainable ingredients available. 3025 S. Industrial Rd., 702-722-2289