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5 Las Vegas celebrity chef restaurants to blow the mind of your date or buddy

There is more to being a “celebrity chef” than just having a cooking show on TV. The most inventive chefs in America can transform their names into modern day culinary legend, by developing unique approaches to traditional cuisine and mixology. Las Vegas has some of the most inventive (and delicious) offerings from celebrity chefs in the America, and each new meal will sway foodies to picking a new favorite.

Here are just a few of our faves…

1. Giada – The Restaurant, The Cromwell

Giada – The Restaurant inside The Cromwell will greet you with warm colors, comfortable furniture and natural lighting, whether you’re eating in the dining room or in the lounge that boasts breathtaking views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace. The menu consists of Italian cuisine with refreshing, Californian influences. Menu items include lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread, and vegetable bolognese rigatoni. Giada De Laurentiis does it all!

2. Wing Lei, Wynn Las Vegas

A decadent twist on early French-influenced Shanghai, the dramatic décor at Wing Lei inside Wynn Las Vegas is as sumptuous as chef Ming Yu’s cuisine, a masterful mix of Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan cooking styles. The first and only Chinese restaurant in North America to be honored with a coveted Michelin Star. But such a prestigious award should not be intimidating to any guests. The attire at Wing Lei is casual elegant attire, and service is thoughtful, attentive and gracious.

3. Harvest, Bellagio Las Vegas

Enjoy an all-new culinary experience at Las Vegas chef Roy Ellamar’s newest restaurant, Harvest at Bellagio. Ellamar’s New American cuisine features local and regional ingredients, seasonally inspired dishes and unexpected preparation methods. The restaurant’s menu is grouped by distinctive characteristics: Garden, Ocean, Ranch, Boards, Stone Oven, Rotisserie and Snack Wagon Delights. The seasonal American menu is created in the exhibition kitchen in the center of the main dining room.

4. Twist, Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental on the Strip is the only place in the country where you can experience the extraordinary cuisine of three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire. At Twist, you’ll see why Gagnaire is celebrated as a pioneer of the fusion movement. Here, he introduces another entirely new concept, matching flavors and textures in the most unexpected way. Each dish will delight the senses with the familiarity of classic French cuisine with a modern twist.

5. Libertine Social Club, Mandalay Bay

James Beard Award-winning chef Sean McClain has teamed with famed mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim to create Libertine Social, and the results are delicious dishes and creative cocktails. The two epicureans met when they were matched together on a team for Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and their synergy inspired them to create this new gastropub in Mandalay Bay. Libertine Social offers “New American bar food,” small plates of ahi tuna cones and artisanal sausage boards, to belly-busing burgers and a whole (and spectacular) roast chicken. For a special cocktail experience, try the Cable Car, Abou-Ganim’s legendary own recipe with rum, curaçao and lemon juice.