For 17 years it has been standing tall along the Las Vegas Strip foodscape, though in the current era of celebrity chefs and ultra-hip concepts, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant tends to get dismissed as a simple tourist favorite. And yet when special occasions roll around—New Year’s Eve, for example—this is the place everyone wishes they would have booked for the big night. It’s quintessential Vegas.
The elegant atmosphere and sweeping views of the Strip and Bellagio’s fountains are the obvious reasons to take the trip up the tower, but the classic cuisine of chef Jean Joho is the true jewel heart of this dining destination. Start with a French favorite, a napoleon of Alaskan king crab and avocado or a cassolette of escargots. Indulge with the trio of Osetra caviar. Vegetarians might be surprised to find the delightful option of baked herb crepes with artichokes and roasted tomato coulis, while omnivores will relish the choice of Muscovy duck breast, Beef Wellington or the Rossini-style filet mignon with foie gras and truffle sauce. The current tasting menu offers eight courses of splendor, from a warm Maine lobster salad with black trumpet mushrooms to venison medallions with huckleberry sauce, capped off with the legendary Eiffel Tower soufflé, a blissful cloud of sweetness that will linger in your memory until you return. Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, 702-948-6937. Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., brunch Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10:30 p.m. & Friday & Saturday 4:30-11 p.m.