TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental
Pierre Gagnaire’s food can be, by turns, exhilarating, awesome, drop-your-fork-delicious, befuddling and infuriating. And that's just a single appetizer. Be prepared for all of those emotions and you can have one of the great restaurant experiences of your life. Walk in thinking you're going to have a conventional big-deal meal, and there's no telling what feeling(s) you will experience.
Sage at ARIA Hotel & Casino
Shawn McClain's Sage may be the most significant restaurant to open in Las Vegas in the past three years. As good as Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is, in the end it is a restaurant that challenges the diner. Sage serves up cuisine every bit as hyper-delicious and creative, but with a Midwestern sensibility that makes it more approachable for non-foodies as well as curious and demanding gourmands.