As one of the best hubs for dining experiences, Las Vegas is home to a plethora of restaurants perfect for creating the most memorable date nights. With so many options to choose from, it makes planning a special night out on the town pretty easy. But which places lead the pack in showcasing the best food and atmosphere? Here are five of the best date night restaurants in Las Vegas:
About the restaurant: Water Grill is a beautiful nautical restaurant that sits in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. As the restaurant strives to bring the freshest seafood from boat to restaurant, Water Grill offers superior seafood that will satisfy the palettes of all fish lovers. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Water Grill has the best seafood in Southern California, according to Zagat.
The Las Vegas location first made a splash in 2019 and has earned the title of “Las Vegas Destination for Seafood.” I attended a hosted tasting recently and loved the seafood options. The restaurant serves some savory dishes like clam chowder, crab cakes, fresh oysters, New England lobster rolls, sushi and much more. Some entrées include oceanic favorites like wild salmon, softshell crab and Chilean seabass, while other fine-cut dishes include delicious ribeye and filet mignon. The restaurant also serves a raw bar and their famous iced seafood platter, including Peruvian Bay scallops, mussels, jumbo shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and littleneck clams.
Why it’s a great date night spot: Not only will the food impress any seafood lover, but with its moody atmosphere, light wood nautical decor, and attentive staff, Water Grill will genuinely take care of the dining experience while you and your date can focus on enjoying each other’s company. The restaurant has indoor seating with comfy booths and a beautifully decorated bar area while also offering patio seating. You and your date can enjoy the view of the Forum Shops under strings of beautifully lit Edison lights.
Dolce & Chianti Cucina
About the restaurant: If you’re looking for a restaurant that offers the same swanky and glamorous experience you’d find on the strip, but you want to avoid bigger tourist crowds, then Dolce & Chianti Cucina comes highly recommended! This hidden gem is located on Durango and Rochelle Avenue and is family-owned and operated. I attended a hosted event recently and we especially enjoyed the live entertainment! The restaurant offers a delicious Northern Italian menu featuring shareables like calamari fritti, jumbo prawns and a bruschetta trio along with various salads, pizzas and pasta dishes. Their entree list spans from seared salmon Tuscano to veal Milanese to a delicious 16 oz ribeye. And of course, you can’t forget about dessert! Choose from their lemon ricotta cheesecake, espresso panna cotta, or their salted caramel budino.
Why it’s a great date night spot: Although off the beaten path of the usual high-end dining experiences in Las Vegas, Dolce & Chianti Cucina stands out with its unique decor of greenery, lemons, blue tones, and elegant chandeliers. The restaurant also has the Blue Chandelier Bar, an elaborately decorated space that serves wine and other housemade drinks. Try reserving a table Wednesdays through Sunday nights as the restaurant features a piano bar and live show. It’s the perfect entertainment to pair with a deliciously prepared Italian meal!
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
About the restaurant: For the ultimate romantic experience that offers the best views of the Las Vegas strip, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant doesn’t disappoint! The restaurant is located inside the Paris Hotel and Casino at the top of the Eiffel Tower replica. In the dining room, guests are immediately greeted with a spectacular view of the strip and the Bellagio fountain shows as they wine and dine. A mix of high-end French and American cuisines can be found here as the menu offers appetizers like smoked salmon & brioche, steak tartare and escargot. As for entrees, guests can pick various salads, a vegetarian dish, and, if you want to get fancy, different types of caviar. For entrees, four seafood plates and nine meat dishes rule the dinner menu.
Why it’s a great date night spot: If you can’t get to the actual Eiffel Tower in France, this place is a close alternative for those wanting an intimate setting with their special someone. With the beautiful views and romantic atmosphere, it’s no wonder the restaurant is home to over 10,000 proposals during its operation. If you’re looking for the best view in the house, make a reservation at table 56.
About the restaurant: Located in the Desert Shores community and known as a “restaurant on the lake,” Americana is a fine dining restaurant that offers a blend of Asian and European cuisine and style, drawing its inspiration from the melting pot that is the United States. The menu features seafood and meat items like Alaskan halibut, truffled California chicken, dry-aged bone-in New York and Japanese wagyu. Every dish is crafted to highlight modern and traditional cooking techniques so that guests can enjoy a memorable dining experience.
Why it’s a great date night spot: Aside from its curated menu and timeless atmosphere, the restaurant offers the best views from their outdoor garden, where guests can happily eat while relaxing next to Lake Jacqueline. Be sure to make a reservation around sunset to create the ultimate romantic atmosphere. Also, along with the usual lunch and dinner menus, Americana offers Sunday brunch, perfect for a quick & delicious morning date.
About the restaurant: Inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Hakkasan Restaurant sits next to its nightclub as a stylish dining experience that offers contemporary high-end Chinese cuisine, specialty cocktails and delicious desserts. The feel of Hakkasan is relaxed and ambient, while the decor is elegant in style. The menu highlights Cantonese dishes that are perfect for sharing, such as scallops, wagyu scallion pancakes and pork char siu. Guests can also choose from dim sum items, noodles & rice, salads, Peking duck and large plates featuring chicken, beef or seafood.
Why it’s a great date night spot: Guests are seated in intimate dining spaces within the main dining area, giving privacy as you and your date dine yet still connecting you to the restaurant’s elegant atmosphere. For even more privacy, the restaurant offers its own dedicated valet to guests, allowing you and your date a private entrance into the restaurant (check for construction closures). If you’re up for carrying your special time together into the night, the Hakkasan Night Club entrance is just a few steps away!