A to Z: The Best of Dining Out on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

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Planning to ring in the new year with a special meal. The restaurants in Las Vegas has pulled out all the stops with delicious menus, live entertainment and Champagne to boot to help you get 2011 started on the right foot. Take a look at these special menus at 45 restaurants on the Strip put together especially for the big countdown.

At his namesake restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, award-winning chef Alex Stratta will offer a five-course prix fixe menu of flavorful, refined dishes such as oyster and tapioca gratin with caviar; foie gras with sweet potato hash, caramelized onions, pancetta & butternut squash sauce; turbot with abalone and Wagyu beef with white truffles. Pastry chef Jenifer Fournier will present a festive dessert finale: “Ten ‘til Midnight—A Chocolate Resolution.” Dinner is $450 per person with reservations starting at 9 p.m. For reservations, call 702.770.3463.

American Fish at Aria at CityCenter has two different menus at two different seatings. The first seating from 5 to 7 p.m. will feature a pre-fixe menu for $125 per person with an optional wine pairing for $55 per person. The second seating from 8 to 10:30 p.m. will feature a tasting menu for $195 per person with an optional wine pairing for $75 per person. Dine in the bar and lounge with a la carte options from the special menus throughout the evening. Additional menu specials include shaved white truffles, traditional caviar service and whole roasted foie gras. The Greg Wyser-Pratte Band featuring Steve Freund and Jan Fanucchi perform live Chicago-based blues and rock at 9 p.m. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

Celebrity chef André Rochat oversees this AAA Four Diamond Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Monte Carlo menu himself. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a seven-course menu for $175 featuring unique items such as chilled foie gras terrine on brioche toast with pistachio butter and cassis gastrique; and Maitaki mushroom Soup with winter truffle and crispy artichoke. For reservations, call 1.877.234.6358.

From award-winning chef Charlie Palmer, AAA Four Diamond Aureole at Mandalay Bay is serving up an exquisite prix-fixe menu for two seatings at 5:30 p.m. ($150 per person) and 7 p.m. ($170 per person). With savory menu items like Maine lobster raviolis and seared scallop and Mozambique langoustine, make sure to save room for the dessert trio from Executive Pastry Chef Megan Romano. For reservations, call 702.632.7200.

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas is offering four-course, five-course and six-course prix fixe menus. Music and dancing can be enjoyed along with Bartolotta’s various seafood dishes, homemade pastas and entrees. The four-course prix fixe dinner for $125 per person is served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The five-course prix fixe dinner for $150 per person is served from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The six-course prix fixe gala dinner with deejay, music and dancing for $325 per person starts with reservations from 9 p.m. For reservations, call 702.248.3463

Chef Mark LoRusso‘s creative steak and seafood cuisine Botero at Encore Las Vegas will be presented in a prix fixe menu comprised of Maine lobster salad with winter citrus and curry vinaigrette; ricotta agnolotti with white truffles and parsnips; phyllo-crusted Dover sole with crab brandade, and filet of beef Rossini with potato cake, spinach and black truffles. A tasting of whimsical, childhood-inspired desserts from pastry chef Sara Steele will provide a sweet close to the meal. Reservations start and 9 p.m. and  go for $250 per person. Call 702.248-3463.

The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas is offering a prix fixe menu from Carlos Guia of celebratory dishes such as Russian and California estate Osetra caviar with potato crisps and smoked salmon; King crab and lobster ceviche; pheasant, foie gras and black truffle pot pie; pan roasted sea bass and shrimp, as well as filet mignon with porcini mushroom crust. Dinner is $250 per person and reservations start at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo delivers a unique dining experience in addition to its regular menu. The tasting menu includes scallop and truffle gratin with toasted brioche; Maine lobster “en croûte” with parsnip, sea urchin froth, sea beans; and rabbit (three ways): rack, stuffed saddle, braised leg with carrots and cardamom. The decadent tasting menu ends with artisanal cheese and variations of grapes and Champagne and chocolate. The eight-course tasting menu is priced at $200 per person or $275 with wine pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 702.607.6300.

Diego at MGM Grand is hosting the ultimate New Year’s Eve fiesta. Items such as scallops with roasted corn esquites and yellow corn pancakes, crema de langosta con ancho (ancho chile-laced lobster cream soup with yellow corn flan) and beef tenderloin alambre (mesquite-grilled brochettes of red chile-marinated beef tenderloin and seafood chorizo sausage with warm grilled mushroom salsa) can be ordered individually or as a complete tasting menu for $96. For reservations, call 702.891.3200.

For $74 plus $35 for wine, savor Italian cuisine at d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo. The four-course at d.vino includes Boconcini di Sole e gamberi (shrimp and sole bite with red pepper aioli), Yellowtail tuna tartare and surf and turf, finished off with a chocolate torte. For reservations, call 1.877.234.6358.

For Chinese cuisine on the Strip, head to Fin at the Mirage. Its four-course New Year’s Eve menu features sizzling rice and chicken soup, duck lettuce wraps and Wagyu beef with yellow zucchini, asparagus and soy-miso butter for $88. For reservations, call 1.866.339.4566.

Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria at CityCenter is serving a seven-course menu for $175, featuring tuna tartare with caviar, avocado and puffed rice in a soy ginger dressing; charred foie gras ravioli with chestnuts and brandy; and Maine lobster with crispy potatoes and Sriracha emulsion. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

“Chef of the century” Joël Robuchon is offering a six-course degustation menu for $295 and a 16-course degustation menu for $435 at his eponymous AAA Five Diamond restaurant at the MGM Grand. Both feature incredible offerings such as le foie gras salad with potatoes and black truffle shavings and le caviar on a fennel cream, but the latter menu not only starts with caviar, but finishes with it, as well, for the ultimate celebratory meal. For reservations, call 702.891.7925.

To celebrate with the best tapas in town, Julian Serrano is offering a $150 five-course New Year’s Eve gala menu at his eponymous restaurant at Aria and party favors are included Signature dishes such as lobster gazpacho, seared scallop with romesco sauce and meat cannelloni will delight diners lucky enough to experience. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

At Wynn‘s new dining destination Lakeside Grill, chef David Walzog will prepare a prix-fixe menu of imaginative takes on classic American dishes. The festive meal will begin with smoked salmon and confit potato Napoleon with Spanish caviar, followed by seared scallops with celery root puree and foie gras jus; wild mushroom risotto with white truffles, and dry-aged prime rib with potato pave. Pastry chef Kimberly Valdez’s creative desserts are perfect for ringing in the new year. Reservations for the $325 per person dinner start at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

The seasonal discovery menu at AAA Four Diamond L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand is available now until Jan. 2. The $165 per nine-course menu features La Cebette (white onion tart with smoked bacon, asparagus; black truffle for additional $10), La Sole (Dover sole filet, baby leeks with ginger) and Le Mojito (fresh mint with white rum granite and lychee). For reservations, call 702.891.7358.

At Le Cirque, the Maccioni’s AAA Five Diamond French outpost at the Bellagio, a special six-course gala menu is available for $425 per person. Signature dishes such as Le Cirque lobster salad with black truffle dressing, creamy risotto with fresh burgundy black truffles, prime beef strip loin au poivre with peas mousseline and potato soufflé, and Grand Marnier soufflé with bourbon vanilla anglaise will be featured. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

Michael Mina at the Bellagio is offering special tasting menus at two seatings on New Year’s Eve.  The first seating features a five-course menu for $125 per person. An optional wine pairing will be offered for an additional $65 per person. The second seating will include a six-course tasting menu, champagne toast and live band entertainment for $345 per person. An optional wine pairing will be offered for an additional $125 per person. For reservations, call 702.693.7223.

Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand will offer four additional specials to the regular a la carte menu. Choose from caviar service, lobster bisque first course, surf ‘n’ turf entrée and chocolate cake for dessert. Prices for these special menu items range from $15 to $65. Additional wines by the glass will be available that evening from $14 to $24 per glass. Party favors help ring in the new year. For reservations, call 702.891.7337.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with chef Masa Ishizawa‘s fine Japanese cuisine at Okada at Wynn Las Vegas served in a modern Zen oasis. A five-course prix fixe menu will include a toro tuna, kampachi and salmon sashimi platter; foie gras and Japanese eggplant salad; Maine lobster with sesame sauce, and tenderloin of Kobe beef with black truffle sauce for $195 per person starting at 9 p.m. The restaurant will also offer a multi-course teppan yaki dining experience for $150 per person. Call 702.248.3463.

Osteria del Circo, also from the Maccioni family at the Bellagio, taste seven phenomenal courses including Fegato D’Oca e Tartufo Nero, Glassa al Melograno (foie gras torchon with poached quince, black truffle and pomegranate balsamic); Insalata d’Aragosta e Rape e Maionese Al  Limoncello e Bottarga, Pera Croccante (Maine lobster medallions with limoncello and Sicilian caviar aioli, crispy D’Anjou pear); Risotto Ai Mirtilli (blueberry and Champagne risotto); and more for $275. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

For guests looking to wrap up 2010 with an incredible dining offering, Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace has just the menu. For $55, diners will experience a five-course prix-fixe menu, created by Chef Adil Slassi. For an additional $30, a wine pairing will be added to the prixe fix courses. For reservations, call 702.731.7110.

The AAA Five Diamond Picasso at Bellagio celebrates with a specially prepared six-course menu and live jazz band for $525. Savor an amuse bouche of poached Glidden Point oysters with buerre blanc cuvee and osetra caviar. Continue on an epicurean journey through torchon of “A” foie gras, pan seared day boat scallops, roasted milk-fed veal and more. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

Usher in 2011 by sharing a fantastic meal with friends and family at Postrio Bar & Grill at the Venetian with a five-course prix fixe menu highlighting seasonal tastes such as puree of sunchoke Soup with black truffle pistou and crispy leeks and Maine lobster with chanterelle mushrooms, roasted cipollini onions. Guests will be presented with a choice of two enticing entrees: Quail stuffed with brioche stuffing, roasted pears, sweet potato puree, black truffles from Périgord and sage-maple jus or Mesquite grilled prime filet, braised ox tail-potato hash and Bordelaise sauce. To cap off the delicious meal, Postrio Bar & Grill tempts guests with a 20-layer chocolate-espresso cake with 10-year valrhona chocolate sauce. The prix fixe menu is priced at $85 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 702.796.1110.

Savor the unparalleled tastes of AAA Four Diamond Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio and welcome the new year with a six-course dinner and live music from the band Odyssey. For $395, enjoy egg toast and caviar with dill, sauteed foie gras with compressed apple and lime, Maine lobster and black truffle gnocchi with herbs and a Wagyu tasting. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

Rao’s at Caesars Palace offers a prix fixe menu with your choice of one dish from the antipasti, pasta, entree and dessert categories for $140 per person. For reservations, call 702.731.7731.

With a celebration on two levels, rm seafood at Mandalay Bay offers a great New Year’s Eve celebration at a variety of price points. For a casual yet delicious New Year’s dinner, two prix-fixe menus will be offered downstairs including a glass of Champagne (three-course: $85 per person plus $35 for wine pairing, seven-course: $115 per person plus $55 for wine pairing). Menu items include tangerine crudo, rm surf and turf and Nantucket Bay scallop. A perfect way to celebrate as a family, rm main is offering the menu for children at half price.

One floor up, a more formal version of the festivities at rm upstairs will take place (three-course: $105 per person plus $55 for beverage paring, seven-course: $145 per person plus $75 for beverage pairing). Caviar and black truffle supplements are available for the opening courses, which feature smoked sturgeon and heirloom potato and Nantucket Bay scallop risotto. For reservations, call 702.632.7200.

Renowned Chicago chef Shawn McClain is offering two seatings at his AAA Four Diamond restaurant Sage at Aria at 5:30 and 9 p.m. The early seating offers a four-course prix-fixe for $90 ($50 wine pairing) and the latter a seven-course tasting menu for $175 ($75 for wine pairing). Sonoma Farms fois gras custard brûlée and braised beef belly are available at both times, but check out the 9 p.m. seating for chef’s Australian prawn risotto. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

Seablue at MGM Grand is offering specials along with the regular a la carte dinner menu. Special menu items include Hudson Valley foie gras, truffled risotto and salmon Wellington. Prices for these additional menu items range from $25 to $38. You also receive party favors. For reservations, call 702.891.3486.

Chef Martin Heierling has prepared an incredible menu for New Year’s guests at AAA Four Diamond Sensi at the Bellagio, available from Dec. 30 through New Year’s Day. In addition to an already eclectic menu, choose from four appetizer and four entrée specials such as the Black River caviar with crispy potato blinis, buckwheat waffle chips, deviled eggs, red onions and chive crème fraiche; or the whole two pound baked Maine lobster dynamite with spicy lobster and crab stuffing. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

Ring in the new year at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace with an over-the-top buffet prepared by Chef Michael Wolf for $100. The buffet will include Asian chicken salad boxes, heirloom tomato bruschetta, Kobe sliders, Ahi tuna tacos, jumbo shrimp cocktail, New York steak carving station and a risotto station, and much more. Samplings of the eatery’s famed desserts will be available on the buffet as well including Frrrozen Hot Chocolate “shots” and Serendipity 3 cupcakes sticks. The rich and famous dining offerings will be complemented by a cash bar with cocktails specials from $10 to $14. Deejays and live entertainment will keep patrons partying in style. Guests will celebrate 2011 with a complimentary Champagne toast as fireworks dazzle overhead at midnight. For reservations, call 702.731.7778.

Shibuya at the MGM Grand is offering a traditional omakase menu for $175 with sake pairing available for an additional $75. Start off with a Champagne cocktail, then savor delicacies including uni, toro and niku (imported Japanese Wagyu beef with hickory-smoked salt). Finish with a “Sweet Trio” of calpico raspberry parfait, lychee chocolate mousse cake and mochi ice Cream. For reservations, call 702.891.3001.

Chef Theo Schoenegger will offer a meal worthy of the Sinatra namesake at Encore Las Vegas with dishes such as Maine lobster salad, handmade pennette pasta with asparagus and caviar as well as beef tenderloin with braised short rib, butternut squash puree and glazed brussel sprouts at the Encore Las Vegas eatery. The celebratory meal will conclude with a decadent Valhrona chocolate truffle. Dinner is $250 per person and reservations start at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

Sirio Ristorante from the renowned Maccioni family is offering a six-course prix-fixe menu for $180 at Aria at CityCenter. Begin with the “Welcome Trio,” including duck confit and beet salad in truffle vinaigrette, then travel through a menu featuring herb-seared veal carpaccio with truffle Champagne vinaigrette, seared foie gras with toasted white chocolate golden raisin brioche and more. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

At Society Cafe Encore, guests can enjoy chef/partner Kim Canteenwalla‘s modern takes on American classics in a four-course prix fixe and standard a la carte menus. Tasty options include a shellfish platter for two with Alaskan King Crab, Kumomoto Oysters, and tiger shrimp; a choice of lobster bisque or roasted beet salad; white truffle or chanterelle risotto as well as Land and Sea — filet mignon and butter poached lobster with bacon-spiked mashed potatoes. Baked Alaska with dark rum flambé will offer a dazzling finale. The cost per person is $95 and reservations start at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars introduces a delicious seven-course tasting menu that will be sure to satisfy every sense. The meal begins with an amuse bouche of crispy parmesan chips and house made duck pastrami. Then guests will relish in course after course of flawless dishes prepared with layers of mouth-watering flavors including caviar; tuna sashimi with daikon, shiso and masago yum-yum sauce; apple  and pear with endive, arugula lettuce, Granny Smith apple, fire roasted Bartlett pears, Burrata cheese, candied walnuts, blood orange segments and 25-year aged balsamic; hand rolled ricotta gnocchi à L’Oeuf and veal and lobster with pan roasted veal, butter poached Maine lobster, sautéed French horn mushroom, escarole, pomme puree and sauce foyot. Guests can indulge in all seven courses for $110 per person or $170 with wine pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 702.369.6300.

Experience the renowned cuisine of Stack’s Executive Chef Brian Massie at the Mirage with a fun spin on American gourmet. The four-course menu includes tuna and American caviar on crisp potatoes, a Kobe short rib slider and chocolate croissant bread pudding with hot buttered rum and cinnamon ice cream for $150 with wine pairing for an additional $75. For reservations, call 1.866.339.4566.

This New Year’s Eve, guests of Stratta at Wynn Las Vegas can dig into approachable Tuscan fare from star award-winning chef Alex Stratta. Stratta will serve a four-course prix fixe menu of spinach and ricotta ravioli followed by grana padana and toasted hazelnuts, sea scallops with roasted cauliflower and wild mushrooms, and surf and turf — a filet of beef and Maine lobster tail. An option of amaretto cheesecake or a chocolate and caramel bar will be offered for dessert. The cost is $120 per person and reservations start at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay is offering an a la carte menu at the first seating, with the second seating from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring a six-course pre-fixe menu for $150 per person. A wine pairing will also be offered for an additional $75 per person. Ring in the new year with party favors and noise makers. For reservations, call 702.632.7414.

At Wynn’s signature steakhouse SW, chef David Walzog will serve a festive five-course menu of dishes including Maine lobster with white truffle; Moscovy duck with foie gras croquette, bourbon maple and pear compote; and a choice of Wagyu sirloin with parmesan gnocchi or King prawn Thermidor. Dinner for $375 per person starts at 9 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

At Switch Steak at Encore Las Vegas, chef Rene Lenger will offer his standard a la carte menu of classic steakhouse fare, regional seafood and seasonal specials. Reservations can be made from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 702.248.3463.

Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay will deliver a perfectly prepared six-course meal that will create an unforgettable end to 2010. Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing tastes such as blue prawn with poached calamari, crab ravioli and white truffle cream sauce; veal ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms, black truffles and potato-cream sauce; and Prime Beef Tenderloin with baked Yukon gold potatoes and black truffle jus. The prix fixe menu is priced at $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 702.740.5522.

At Union Restaurant & Lounge at Aria, Executive Chef Brian Massie has prepared a $150 four-course menu fit for royalty ($75 for wine pairing). Enjoy Alsation tart flambe and special New Year’s Eve smoking shellfish platter before selecting between king crab legs, rotisserie duck and more. For reservations, call 1.877.230.2742.

Taste New Year’s Eve a la carte or omakase style at Akira Back’s renowned Japanese restaurant Yellowtail at the Bellagio. The omakase tasting menu offers seven courses for $225 per person plus $55 for sake pairing. Signature dishes such as big eye tuna pizza and Shikoku octopus precede a choice of entrees, including Scottish salmon, Surf N Turf (16-ounce ribeye and lobster tails), Kizami-wasabi butter braised Kobe beef short ribs and more. For reservations, call 1.866.259.7111.

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