Since 1976, Georges La Forge's Pamplemousse Le Restaurant has enchanted couples with its romantic ambiance, and it has charmed celebrities such as Frank Sinatra with its elegant, low-key atmosphere. Like a high-stakes game of baccarat played for marshmallows, the cozy, country-inn feel of the hideaway provides a welcome oasis of approachability amidst the neon-colored nightlife of the nearby Las Vegas Strip. Warm candlelight at each table flickers as shadows dance upon the burgundy-colored walls and tucked-away alcoves. Complimentary baskets of crudités begin meals of traditional Gallic fare made with fresh, wholesome ingredients. The strains of French music softly fill the air as guests savor the tastes of wild-caught salmon, pâté spread on toasted baguettes, racks of spring lamb, and grilled filet mignon.
Zagat-Rated French Cuisine
Lauded for its brunch?which CBS Las Vegas listed as one of the best in the area?Master Chef Alex Stratta and Executive Chef Jose Aleman oversee the French-influenced Sunday morning fare at Marche Bacchus French Bistro. Dotted with offerings such as classic quiche lorraine and croque madame, the Zagat-rated cuisine is an off-the-strip favorite among locals. It's even owned by a local couple who took the restaurant over from the original owners in 2007.
A Short Trip, Worlds Away
Though it's just a short ride from the Vegas strip, Marche Bacchus French Bistro "feels worlds away," according to USA Today's 10Best. Situated on the shores of Lake Jacqueline, the restaurant's breezy patio is dotted with lush palm trees and looks out over the sparkling water, while inside leans upscale with crisp white tablecloths under a dramatic chandelier.
The Wine Shop
Before heading to a table, visit the wine shop. There, guests find more than 950 labels to choose from?all of which can be enjoyed inside the restaurant for a $10 corkage fee. On Saturdays, drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to take part in a wine tasting; pours vary from week to week and follow themes such as varietal, region, and top 10 lists.
The sun is just beginning to rise over the nearby mountains as diners shuffle into Egg Works, suppressing yawns, stretching their arms, and sleepily greeting friends and family. Once they find their seat, though, the energy of the restaurant seeps into their mood. Waitresses swing by to flood their cups with steaming coffee and crowd tables with plates of cheesy omelets, spicy mexican breakfasts, and the sweet and savory crepes lauded by Rachael Ray. Others bring mason jars filled with bloody marys made with Habla Diablo hot sauce and bowls of Hawaiian-style sticky-rice breakfasts. As the sun clambers up the sky, breakfast favorites accept the stomach-filling aid of burgers, sandwiches, and the chefs' renowned Cincinnati-style chili?a hearty combination of chili, oyster crackers, and spaghetti.
Diners linger over third cups of coffee at the counters and cushy green booths of the casual dining room, watching flat-screen TVs mounted to walls where hand-painted murals from local artist Mike Miller stretch out. These paintings depict classic countryside scenes, from verdant fields to rolling mountains and New York City tour groups looking very lost.
Treat yourself to a local tour of France and indulge in traditional French cuisine and fine wine at Petrossian. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Petrossian's drink list. With its spacious interior, Petrossian is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. Wifi is on the house at Petrossian, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Petrossian.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
No need to spend time searching for a space — there is a nearby lot with valet available as well.
Petrossian is a bit of a splurge at around $50 to $75 for a meal. You can stop by at almost any time, since Petrossian offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy freshly baked muffins, cakes and cookies at local favorite Patisserie Manon. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Take the kids along too — Patisserie Manon is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Patisserie Manon has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. Not to be overlooked is Patisserie Manon's no-charge wifi. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Patisserie Manon — the bakery has tons of space for big parties.
If time is of the essence, Patisserie Manon's take-out option may be a better fit.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Your bill at Patisserie Manon will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Dim lights, soft music, and fine French cooking — Le Cirque French has all the right ingredients for a perfect date night. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Le Cirque French, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Don't go thirsty during dinner! Le Cirque French also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more. Perfect for parties on the larger side, Le Cirque French also has a private area available for use. Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Le Cirque French complimentary wifi.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Save Le Cirque French for a splurge since prices for a meal can run upwards of $50. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.