Las Vegas has long been known for weddings and Valentine’s Day celebrations, and is also now well-known as a culinary mega city. The perfect way to celebrate that special day with that special someone in your life is to take advantage of the many offerings both on and off the Strip.
On the Strip there are some big-name chefs cooking up some lovely, heartfelt dishes. The very royal Caesars Palace RAO’s has a special menu of beef carpaccio, beef Bolognese lasagna, red snapper, and red velvet "heart" for dessert. You can also enjoy the very romantic Guy Savoy for a classic French experience. Enjoy caviar, scallop carpaccio, roasted turbot in sage and tarragon crust, foie gras "en papillotte," black truffle bouillon, and more. For a true British love day celebration, why not let your palates fall in love at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill? Sink your teeth into a lamb T-bone or a hanger steak cooked to perfection. Of course, English chips, pork and duck rillettes, warm salty pretzels, and the very English Yorkshire pudding will get Gordon Ramsay’s special touch.
Mandalay Bay has several lovely choices to celebrate your love. Border Grill has a tasty à la carte menu that features appetizers such as tuna ceviche and braised oxtail quesadilla and entrées such as chile-crusted porterhouse for two, pan-seared ancho chile pork tenderloin, and crab stuffed chicken breast. For a sweet finish, desserts such as upside down caramelized plantain cake and spiced Colombian chocolate cake with sweet tomatillo sauce are sure to please on your special day. You and your guest can celebrate sustainably at chef Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood. The specials for the evening include lobster Thermidor, surf and turf with Wagyu beef (6 ounces Wagyu New York strip accompanied by half a 2-pound lobster), and dark chocolate soufflé with raspberry Lambic ale crème anglaise. Also at Mandalay Bay, Minus5 Ice Bar is perfect for guests who may be looking for a valentine and hope to meet someone special, or spend time with their loved one and cozy up in faux fur coats, gloves, and snow boots, while enjoying luscious cocktails served in glasses made of pure ice. With purchase of a VIP package, guests will receive a free champagne toast to celebrate with their sweetheart.
Inside the Luxor, executive chef Saul Ortiz has created a prix fixe menu at Tacos & Tequila. The menu is priced at $58 per couple available exclusively on Thursday, Feb. 14. It begins with a sampler for two, including a shrimp ceviche shot, chicken quesadillas, and beef flautas. For the main entrée, choose from authentic Mexican dishes including the trio of enchiladas; "The Taste of T&T," featuring pork carnitas, a chicken tamale, and a chile relleno; or the combination taco platter. For dessert, T&T will delight lovers with a decadent sampler that includes a traditional Mexican flan, a chocolate morenita sundae, and a sweet tres leches cake. To enhance the mood, couples can add Patrón tequila flights that include silver, reposado, and añejo.
Also at the Luxor, Tender Steak & Seafood offers a special prix-fixe menu and wine pairing on Thursday, Feb. 14. The holiday love fest begins with lobster ravioli and artichoke crab ragù served with cognac lobster sauce and truffle caviar paired with Maso Canali pinot grigio. The second course is a crisp garden greens salad with Persian cucumber, fennel, and radish with black currant vinaigrette. The entrée course features two options: Black Angus beef tenderloin medallion with roasted asparagus, turnips, baby beets, sweet potatoes, and fingerling potatoes with creamed morel sauce complemented by Louis M. Martini cabernet sauvignon; or Canadian Skuna Bay salmon with organic faro pilaf, Mediterranean succotash, and sun-dried tomato pimento sauce paired with Yangarra Estate shiraz. Lovers can end the meal with the Tender Dessert Tasting Trio, complete with Grand Marnier crème brûlée, cherries jubilee red velvet shortcake, and chocolate sorbet served with Lamarca prosecco.
The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts feature many of the finest venues in town. Visit Valentino for sexy Italian fare or Aquaknox and Sushi Samba for some romantic gifts from the sea. Delmonico would definitely be a stop for the carnivore in your love life.
Off the Strip, there are many options as well. Meatball Spot at Town Square and chef Carla Pellegrino created a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner that will leave guests in amore. The four-course feast includes a salad, appetizer, main course, and dessert, as well as a glass of sangria to accompany the meal. Guests will begin their feast with a caprese salad, made with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and extra-virgin olive oil, followed by a serving of classic meatball bruschetta, grilled French bread topped with garlic and olive oil. For the main course, enjoy a hearty portion of rigatoni tossed in Meatball Spot’s signature spicy meat sauce. Meatball Spot’s Valentine’s Day meal will be topped off with a specialty heart-shaped ice cream sandwich for dessert, made with fresh-baked cookies and ice cream. Lovers may also choose from Meatball Spot’s strawberry and peach sangria or white grape sangria to accompany their meal.
You can choose to wine and dine your lover lakeside at Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop in Desert Shores. The restaurant will offer a special four-course prix fixe menu and a glass of champagne for $75 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). The first course will feature a choice of shrimp bisque or a winter vegetable salad. The second course will be lobster risotto or seared foie gras. The main course will be sole amandine or filet mignon. Dessert will be a chocolate mousse duo.
If you want to start off your special evening hot and spicy, Origin India Restaurant and Bar is the place to be. The restaurant is offering a special five-course menu featuring aphrodisiac-inspired delights priced at $65 per person (excludes tax and gratuity).
Treat your Valentine to Japanese cuisine and a hint of chocolate at Hachi inside Red Rock Resort Casino & Spa. The restaurant will offer a special eight-course menu and taste of sake for $75 per person. Optional sake pairing for an additional $35 per person will also be available. Guests can expect courses such as a white chocolate and avocado mousse, seared Hokkaido scallops with a dark chocolate miso, yuzu butter poached black bass with chocolate pralines and much more.
There are an abundance of offerings both on and off the Strip to celebrate your love and tantalize your loved one as well as your palate. Bon appétit on the day of love.