3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 891 7925
Concierge.com's insider take:
Dining here feels like a privilege, and it is. While the restaurant can be reached from the casino floor of the MGM Grand, it officially "belongs" to the Mansion section of the hotel, a cluster of Italianate villas reserved for high rollers. There are only 64 tables, and soft classical piano music fills the void between silverware clinks and light laughter. There are several prix fixe options starting at $89, but the best option is the 16-course degustation menubut be prepared to spend nearly $400 per person (without wine) and more than four hours. (Hey, it's a better deal than bottle service in a nightclub.) The menu dashes all over the place: Kobe beef cooked on a bed of rock salt with a vegetable fricassee; Japanese snapper floating in a rich broth made of lily bulbs; French hen with roasted foie gras. All are phenomenal in taste and presentation. For a higher-energy and lower-cost dinner, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is the chef's bistro-style eatery next door. Sit at the counter, where you can interact with the team of French chefs. There's a tasting menu here too, but it runs ten courses and costs considerably less; there's also a three-course "bento box" for only $39.
Both restaurants open Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.