The World's 9 Best Casinos for Food
August 7, 2015
Everybody is a winner when eating at the fantastic restaurants located in or next to these popular casinos
The World's 9 Best Casinos for Food
In this world of high risk and high reward, fine dining is the perfect fit. Nothing motivates a gambler to continue winning quite like the mouthwatering promise of a leisurely meal prepared by a passionate chef. Here are the world’s nine best casinos for food.
#9 Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico
For novices and high rollers alike, the elegantly designed, 11,500-square-foot casino at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan is a great place to end a night after a long day in the sun. We say end, not begin, because you’ll want to begin your night at Pikayo, which is loved by critics and TripAdvisor and Yelp reviewers alike. According to The New York Times, Pikayo brings “an astonishing degree of refinement to humble ingredients.” Case in point: The menu includes items like jumbo shrimp with coconut milk polenta and guava sauce, or the not-too-humble but nevertheless delicious foie gras with ripe plantains and black truffle honey. There are a variety of less high-end options too — including familiarities like Starbucks and Denny’s — and the ones most worth visiting are Aqua Bar & Grill and Café Caribe, which overlook the ocean.
#8 Atlantis, Bahamas
It’s hard to imagine that this kid-friendly hotel, the location of a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, is also home to a world-class casino enlivened by Chihuly glass sculptures. Guests can even insert their room keys into slot machines or present them at tables for promotional giveaways. And of course, there is Bobby Flay’s famous Mesa Grill, as well as a Nobu location with a secret sake cellar, both of which made our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean. With no shortage of celebrity restaurants and casual eateries, gamblers can eat and play very well at this casino-hotel.
#7 Park Hyatt Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
A three-level casino in Argentina’s wine country? You can bet your gaming experience won’t be without exceptional food and wine. Sip on malbec — or one of the other premium Argentinean wines offered — at the Uvas Lounge and Bar alongside seasonal tapas. And if you think the selection is good there, just wait: The hotel’s Bistro M restaurant holds an award of excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for having one of the world’s best wine lists. While the fare is Italian, the beef is, without a doubt, Argentinian, and you don’t want to miss out on Argentinean steaks. All this plus an incomparable view of the Plaza Independencia make Bistro M the place to splurge.
#6 Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
It’s no surprise that one of Las Vegas’s biggest casinos is on this list. But what makes Caesar’s truly exceptional is its dining options. First of all, Rao’s, the famous New York restaurant that is so impossible to get into that we couldn’teven put it on our list of the world’s toughest tables, has an outpost here, so you can try steak bistecca sliced tableside and their famous tomato sauce after a game of baccarat. It is also home to the outpost of another New York institution, Serendipity 3, and you know you want to treat yourself to a frozen hot chocolate, whether you win or lose money. There’s also Restaurant Guy Savoy, where flowers are banned and employees are not allowed to wear perfume so as not to disrupt the aroma of the rich cuisine. That kind of detail-oriented attitude is enough to prove that the food here is phenomenal, which is why it made our most recent list of America’s 101 Best Restaurants.
#5 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
You can only expect the best from the stunning Marina Bay Sands, with its unique architecture and roof (with an infinity pool) that nobody with vertigo should ever go near. With three levels of gaming floor-space and over 2,300 slot machines to choose from, as well as a host of celebrity chef restaurants, no hungry gambler will be displeased. These restaurants include Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro and Oyster Bar, Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, and David Myers’s Adrift, which features his famous king crab melt and buckwheat fried chicken.
#4 Wynn, Macau, China
Steve Wynn is among the few who lay claim to a large chunk of the Vegas Strip, but he certainly didn't stay put. His Wynn Macau is home to more than 200 gaming tables and four fine-dining restaurants: the sleek Cinnebar and Cristal Bar, the Wing Lei Lounge, and the more casual Café Esplanade. Chef Liu Guo Zhu and his seven "disciples" helm Golden Flower, which has two Michelin stars and serves classic northern Chinese food.
#3 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Resorts World Sentosa is home to four award-winning restaurants, two of them by Joël Robuchon: Joël Robuchon Restaurant and the more casual L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Chef Hal Yamashita serves Kobe cuisine imported from Awaji Island and the Tamba area in Japan at Syun, and Osia, among fantastic Asian fusion dishes, serves their famous Valrhona hot chocolate soup, which includes a scoop of black pepper vanilla ice cream perched on warm molten chocolate. Look sharp for these restaurants, because when you head to the casino before or after, you are expected to follow a strict dress code.
#2 Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco
You might recognize this gaming palace from the James Bond movies Casino Royale, Never Say Never Again, GoldenEye, and more. The casino is owned by Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco, a public company that counts the government and royal family as major shareholders. Naturally, you can expect a casino this notorious to have world-class food nearby. The strongest evidence of that is in Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse, a few steps away in the Hôtel de Paris. This restaurant has made a number of our lists, from the most beautiful restaurants in the world to the best hotel restaurants and the best restaurants in Europe. The menu includes San Remo gamberoni with delicate rock fish gelée and caviar; an Alpes-de-Haute-Provence grilled duck with polenta; Mediterranean seabass with fennel, radicchio, and citrus; gnocchi with red squash and black truffle; and a selection of regional cheeses. Oh, and the wine cellar has about 400,000 bottles.
#1 Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
As we’ve written before, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offers pretty much everything; excellent gaming and dining are definitely among them. Across the gaming floor, guests can sip specialty molecular gastronomy-inspired cocktails inside a three-story chandelier made of 2 million crystals at the appropriately named The Chandelier. The variety of restaurants at the resort will satisfy any budget and craving with venues ranging from the casual burger joint Holsteins to the trendy STK steakhouse. Sushi lovers will feel at home at the Japanese-American Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, which features sushi, sashimi, tempura, steaks, a variety of rice dishes, and some of America’s best fried chicken. Celebrity chef Scott Conant’s Scarpetta offers rustic dishes in an upscale atmosphere, and his neighboring D.O.C.G. offers a more casual vibe. However, the food that shines brighter than that chandelier in this hotel is connected with chef José Andrés, who offers Chinese and Mexican flavors at China Poblano, traditional Spanish food at Jaleo, and adventures in the avant-garde at è. You can also eat some incredible pies at the hotel’s pizza speakasy, one of the most affordable and delicious meals one can enjoy in Sin City.