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The most expensive New Year’s Eve dinners in Las Vegas


Glenn Pinkerton | Las Vegas News Bureau

Bon Appetit’s Uncork’d “Sparkling Brunch with Guy Savoy” event at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace on May 5, 2011.

New Year’s Eve is often a night of excess, and Las Vegas corners the market on indulgence.

Some people might go overboard with drinks on the Strip. Others will dance the night away in clubs. Foodies will almost certainly ring in 2012 with good eats.

Strip restaurants are rolling out the red carpet to accommodate them with holiday buffets and prix fixe meals.

Here’s a look at some of Las Vegas’ most expensive New Year’s Eve dining options and what $300, $400, $500 or more will buy you:

    • Picasso at Bellagio.

      Picasso at the Bellagio

      For $525 per person, you can munch on a six-course meal of oysters, foie gras, Wagyu beef and chestnut mousse under a canopy of Picasso masterpieces. Chef Julian Serrano is an 11-time recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award and draws on the regional cuisine of France and Spain for culinary inspiration. For those looking to drink, the restaurant’s wine cellar includes 1,500 selections from top-rated European vineyards.

      If Picasso’s price tag scares you, have no fear. The restaurant also offers an early seating for $150.

    • Le Cirque restaurant at Bellagio.

      Le Cirque at the Bellagio

      Send off 2011 with a six-course dinner that includes lobster salad, hazelnut-crusted diver scallops, sea urchin royale and roasted wild turbot. The price: $475.

      Restaurateur Sirio Maccioni’s modern French bistro is Michelin rated and has won AAA Five Diamond Awards nine years running.

    • Guy Savoy's fifth-anniversary celebration at Caesars Palace on May 3, 2011.

      Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace

      Dubbed the Black Truffle Prestige menu, this nine-course meal features Guy Savoy’s famous artichoke and black truffle soup, black truffle risotto and brie black truffle in addition to other mushroom treats. It costs $398 per person.

      The renowned French chef is considered one of the best in the world and has receive countless accolades, including three Michelin stars.

      If $398 is a little rich for your blood, Savoy is offering a second dinner option: a seven-course Menu Elegance meal with caviar and roasted mallard duck for $248 per person.

    • SW Steakhouse Executive Chef David Walzog

      SW Steakhouse at the Wynn

      Classic chophouse fare is the main attraction of this $395 six-course dinner. Appetizers and entrees by chef David Walzog include butter poached Maine lobster, roasted squab breast and a Mashima beef tenderloin. The menu runs $395 per person.

      Sister steak house Botero offers a similar lobster-steak menu, but at a lower price of $275 per person. The upside to both menus: tax and tip are included.

    • Beringer wine paired with a delicious steak.

      Prime Steak House at the Bellagio

      Ring in the new year with a six-course dinner from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The menu features a caviar appetizer, lobster entree and chocolate desert and costs $395 per person.

    • Chef Jose Andres' unique and hidden "e" at the Cosmopolitan.

      e by Jose Andres at the Cosmopolitan

      This “secret” eight-seat restaurant hidden within Jaleo offers two exclusive New Year’s Eve seatings and an extensive 25-item tasting menu. Tapas include crispy chicken skin, Iberico pork with squid, artichoke puree with vanilla and “air” chocolates. The meal costs $350 per person, with drinks an additional $250.

      Jaleo will offer two prix fixe menus: one for $95, the other for $135. The menu options are mostly the same — both feature lobster paella, chicken fritters and scallops with clementines — but the more expensive selection includes a secret dish.

    • Paul Bartolotta.

      Bartolotta at the Wynn

      Seafood is the focus of this $350, seven-course meal offered by two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta. He’ll present a series of Italian-inspired family-style seafood dishes, pastas and entrees.

      If the full menu is out of your budget, consider the $175 five-course prix fixe meal or the $125 three-course meal. But beware: Unlike the seven-course option, the lower-priced menus don’t include tax and tip. And alcoholic beverages cost extra at all three price points.

    • Chef Michael Mina

      Michael Mina at the Bellagio

      Caviar parfait, ahi tuna tartare and lobster pot pie grace the menu of this six-course prix fixe celebration dinner at Michael Mina’s seafood haunt. The meal will set you back $365, and drinks cost more.

      The restaurant is offering diners a sommelier wine pairing for an additional $125 per person. Premium wine pairings also are available upon request. No price is specified for that option.

    • Chefs Akira Back and Martin Heierling at Vegas Uncork'd on May 6, 2011.

      Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge at the Bellagio

      Japanese Chef Akira Back presents a seven-course Omakase menu for $350 a person. Dishes include a tuna-truffle pizza, duck prosciutto and Kobe short ribs. If you want some sake to wash down your meal, be prepared to pay an extra $65 per person.

      Not so hungry? Customers can forgo the prix fixe menu and order dishes ala carte, including the $60 surf-n-turf roll or $125 surf-n-turf platter.

    • The Lakeside Grill at the Wynn

      Chef David Walzog of SW Steakhouse offers a second New Year’s Eve menu at his American seafood eatery on Wynn’s Lake of Dreams. This six-course menu features carpaccio of fluke with Spanish caviar and orange yuzu, sea scallops with black truffle and potato gnocchi with mushrooms and Alba truffles. The menu costs $350 per person.

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    1. I'd wager that most people would be just as happy with wood-fired BBQ pork or brisket. Both my son and I can do that for a heck of a lot less than what the Strip will charge you. We'll even throw in the beer or whiskey. :)

    2. These prices are insane! I've tried many of the fancy restaurants in Las Vegas with their celebrity chefs. To be honest, I would not go back or recommend any of them. Generally, I left hungry and a lot poorer, despite the so-called "culinary experience". Most of my favorite places to eat in Las Vegas tend to be on the cheaper side or are buffets.

    3. Wow. I know these places look quite pricey. However, I can say from personal experience that at least some of these restaurants ARE worth every penny charged! I did Picasso during the holidays last year, and I was blown away by every course, everyone on staff who "guided" my dining experience, and every sight and sound of the amazing artwork inside (Picasso's paintings) and out (Bellagio's fountains and The Strip lights).

      Now I'm just waiting for someone to take me to Le Cirque for my birthday (March 3!). ;-)

    4. I make a wonderful tunafish and black olive sandwich on toasted Jewish rye. And I don't charge my wife anything for it.

    5. Recently tried to do the buffee at Red Rock the day after Christmas. So did the rest of Las Vegas. The line was (understandably) too long, so we opted for nearby Terra Rossa (still at Red Rock. $99.00 + tip for one appetizer, a mixed greens salad and two ice teas. No dessert. No alcohol. The waiter took almost 20 minutes to take our "drink" order and another 30 minutes to take our dinner order (this was at 1:00 PM on 12-26). The mixed greens salad my wife ordered at his recommendation was loaded with jalapeno peppers (without her knowledge)and she was in significant pain for some time after the first bite. Last time I go there!

    6. Well... as expected, the negative nellies are showin'-up on this one!

      I hope every one of these joints is packed and that the food's great and the booze is flowin'. I hope the rooms in town are all full and the airport goes nuts.

      GO Las Vegas!!!! One of our biggest weekends of the year!!!!

    7. There are many people that come to Vegas love the high end eateries and can afford them. That is great for Vegas and the residents of this town.

      Let them enjoy their self, pay for it and have a great time. That is why they come to Vegas and it pays for our great state!

      Welcome all, have fun and come back again soon!

    8. Vegas is becoming more than a gambling town and food is high in the list.. While I could not appreciate most of the high end fare I applaud it for those who enjoy it! The ingredients used are very expensive and technical ability to produce these meals is in caliber with a pro sports athlete. And they are all here and more coming. Think of the jobs created by these great chefs!

    9. Coming into town the last ten years, I've graduated from Fremont St. and the Station Casinos, to Lagasses and other unique places, and finally up to, for example, Bartolotta (Wynn). $120 for dinner just by myself, but worth it.

      Once down the spiral, marble staircase to the dining room (or patio), this place taught me a whole new world of sensory pleasures. The professional staff, fluent in Italian, seemed like they would be upset if I was not completely satisfied. What a great place.

      With only a small amount of spending money, Vegas has this way of showing visitors how to live large. Vegas has been one of the best teachers I've ever had!

    10. First time going to the strip area for dinner but really looking forward to it. Bellagio seems to be the place, though a dinner and dancing combo appears to be out of the question. My wife and I are both really into the experience and we both have agreed that no matter what, the fact we are together no matter what we do will be a great event. Regardless, we are shelling out a bit. I had wished there were some better room rates available for locals; couldn't seem to find anything under $300 but with a 2 night minimum. I live here...I don't want to stay for 2 nights, just don't want to drive and was looking forward to the evening out in celebration. Hope the taxis aren't as hard to get a hold of as I have heard.

      I am going to see what might be available last minute, but thinking it won't be in my budget regardless. I am just hoping the evening experience will be as great as I am anticipating. We live in one of the greatest cities in the world...people come from everywhere just to enjoy a piece of what we have everyday for a moment. That's awesome!

    11. When I have been able to, I have eaten at many of the high end eateries here on the Las Vegas Strip, and happily, was never disappointed. Love the unique atmospheres, and the varied contexts of dining experiences. The cuisine was sheer perfection. Las Vegas is a GREAT place for quality dining and superb food!

      What makes Las Vegas perfect for those who dine out, is that there is quality to be found at every price point. There are highly trained chefs who pride themselves with the tastiest creations on the face of the planet.

      May you greet the New Year with faith, hope, love, and joy being the road that guides your journey into 2012!

      Blessings and Peace,