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 crudit?s 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 escargot, Grand Marnier souffl?, p?t? 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.
Escape the hustle and bustle of your day and enjoy a relaxed meal at Mimi's Cafe.
Come prepared to feast at Mimi's Cafe — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Mimi's Cafe won't disappoint.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Mimi's Cafe just as much as their parents do.
Mimi's Cafe offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Mimi's Cafe for their catering services.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Locals flock to Mimi's Cafe for a meal they know will be high quality and low price.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Mimi's Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
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!