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Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas: Seven best dining options

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Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the world’s foremost playgrounds. The glitter and glitz is usually bigger than life. One of the most glamorous resorts on the Strip – and largest – is The Venetian and The Palazzo. There are enough restaurants in the massive casino resort complex to give visitors a different taste of cuisine from around the world for days. Here are seven not-to-miss dining options at The Venetian/Palazzo.

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CUT Las Vegas

CUT Las Vegas is one of famed celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants, located in The Shoppes at The Palazzo. CUT Las Vegas is a AAA Four Diamond eatery serving some of the best steaks anywhere. The modern, hip restaurant is anything but a traditional steakhouse with its sleek architectural features. CUT has been named one of the top three steakhouses in America by Bon Appetit Magazine. In addition to the main dining room, the upscale bar and lounge also serves the full dinner menu or a smaller menu called “Rough Cuts.”

Even if you don’t want to pay the high cost of the Japanese Wagyu steaks, you will be thoroughly pleased with the American corn-fed, aged beef. Don’t leave without trying the Valrhona chocolate soufflé with whipped crème fraîche and gianduja chocolate hazelnut ice cream. www.palazzo.com/Las-Vegas-Restaurants/Fine-Dining/CUT/ 702.607.6300

Lagasse’s Stadium

Lagasse’s Stadium is one of the most unique eating venues at The Venetian/Palazzo. Located on the lower level of The Palazzo below Morels Steakhouse, this is designed for sports fans that also appreciate great food. Chef Scott Pajak serves up Executive Chef Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine in a “wow” location. The bar has more than 100 HD TVs, a 9’ x 16’ main TV, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables and an outdoor patio. For an extra special evening, rent one of the luxury boxes – private suites with billiards and video games.

Watching the games doesn’t mean you have to give up great food. There is a full menu with appetizers, entrées and desserts. Be sure to try the Tuna Poke chips and Emeril’s Classic Andouille Sausage and Peppers. www.emerilsrestaurants.com/lagasses-stadium 702.607.2665

Morels Steakhouse

Morels Steakhouse is a French steakhouse and bistro in The Palazzo open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a fashionable bar area, chic restaurant with interesting – if somewhat provocative – artwork, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Lunch times are ideal for sitting on the patio watching the crowds go past; especially in the cooler months when people often forget that the weather outside the casino is gorgeous.

Start your evening in the bar where there’s just something special about a bartender decked out in white coat and tie. The classic cocktails set the mood for a night to linger over good food and drinks. Executive Chef JL Carrera creates flavors reminiscent of a French bistro, but for dinner the dry-aged steaks are a must, cooked to perfection and paired beautifully with wine by the sommelier. Save room to enjoy selections from the impressive cheese offerings. www.morelsLV.com 702.607.6333

Public House

Public House is located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The modern interpretation of a traditional tavern is known for its unique uses of beer in the dishes. Executive Chef Anthony Meidenbauer uses a selection of hard-to-find beers and fresh food to create a menu that adds a touch of the unique to more traditional foods. For example, you might try the buttermilk-fried quail with a waffle, bacon-braised Swiss chard, and “Moose Drool” beer maple glaze or a Pub Burger with all-natural grass-fed beef, bacon marmalade, Gruyere cheese, roast tomato, frisee and a Guinness aioli.

Public House has a certified beer cicerone that assists diners in selecting one of more than 200 beer selections, including 24 beers on tap and several seasonal cask beer selections. www.publichouseLV.com 702.407.5310

TAO Nightclub and Asian Bistro

TAO Nightclub and Asian Bistro, located in The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, is both hot party spot and fabulous fine-dining restaurant serving tasty Pan-Asian dishes. The deep colors and Asian design creates an almost sultry atmosphere, blending comfort and intrigue. The restaurant creates its dishes for sharing but also has an extensive appetizer and cocktail menu. The dumplings at TAO are as good as any you’ll find at top dumpling houses in Asia. One of the best dishes on the menu is the Satay of Chilean Sea Bass with asparagus. The sea bass is probably the most flavorful and moist fish you will have anywhere.

TAO has an impressive wine list, specialty cocktails and sakes. Try the signature TAO-tini made with Absolut Mandarin, Stoli Raspberry, Malibu Rum, cranberry and fresh lime juice. www.taorestaurantlv.com 702.388.8338

Taqueria Cañonita

Taqueria Cañonita, in the Canal Walk in The Venetian, serves rustic, authentic Mexican food. It’s fun to sit on the “patio” overlooking the canal while you eat. Two great starters are the ceviche trio and queso fundido. The ceviche is fresh and light with unique flavors, such as the ahi tuna with cantaloupe and chipotle vinaigrette. The queso fundido is a rich blend of warm gooey cheeses. The regular menu has many great options, but the signature Pescado Veracruz – fish with Marisco broth, sautéed chiles and rice – is delicious. The classic Mexico City enchiladas are also a sure winner.

Taqueria Cañonita offers a full bar with margaritas, specialty drinks, beer and wine. Try the Cañonita Margarita made with Patron Silver tequila and Grand Marnier or a house-made Sangria Margarita. www.canonita.net 702.444.3773

Valentino Las Vegas

Valentino Las Vegas, sister restaurant to James Beard Award-winner Piero Salvaggio’s Valentino Santa Monica, is a true, classic Italian restaurant in The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. The menu, under direction of Executive Chef Luciano Pellegrini, features homemade pasta dishes and entrées. The sauces are amazing – champagne, spicy vodka, sweet pepper cream and chardonnay cream – and the restaurant will have a wine to go with it from the award-winning wine list with more than 2000 selections.

The restaurant itself feels like a classic Italian eatery and there are several private dining areas. For a special evening out, ask about booking the private wine room for two. www.valentinorestaurants.com 702.414.3000

If you live in Phoenix... Getting to Las Vegas is an easy weekend trip. It is a one hour trip by air. US Airways flies approximately 7 non-stop flights daily and Southwest flies about a dozen flights daily. There are frequent deals and prices can often be as low as $75 each way if you book in advance. If you prefer to drive, it is about 5 hours via U.S. 93 through Kingman then on across Hoover Dam into Las Vegas.

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