Las Vegas
3. Giada
The Cromwell

Giada proves that your dining room doesn't have to be dark and moody to qualify as romantic. The first and only full-scale restaurant by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis still feels new, even though it's gearing up for a hard-to-believe 10th anniversary in 2024. Located on the second floor of the boutique Cromwell hotel, Giada is decorated in wood tones and vintage Italian movie posters with pizzas cooked to order in view of the guests. The perch overlooks the iconic intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo. Pay a little extra (usually $25 per person) for a guaranteed table by the windows, which open wide when the weather's right. If anything, the kitchen team has only grown more comfortable over the years, serving vibrant Italian cuisine with a coastal influence—whether the "coast" is Amalfi, Calabria, or Southern California. Flavor and presentation merge perfectly in the lemon and mascarpone spaghetti (with the pasta twirled tight into a tower and framed by a pair of plump shrimp), or lobster plated loosely between its accompanying ravioli instead of being wedged inside.

5. Le Cirque

Le Cirque knows how to present fine French dining in a way few others can match. Executive chef Dameon Evers leads the kitchen team with an understanding of complex, balanced flavors showcased in delicately prepared servings of duck, rabbit, and seafood, as well as ultra-premium Japanese-sourced beef. Meals come in five or eight-course tasting menus, a format that, while pricey, allows guests to control their spending from beginning to end comfortably. The dining room is as charming as ever, with a vintage circus theme, Bellagio fountain views, and an experienced service team, some of whom have been in place for more than 20 years.
How to book: Book a reservation online.

6. Scarpetta
The Cosmopolitan

Scarpetta puts a modern spin on Italian dining in Las Vegas, serving an inspired take on classic dishes in a contemporary dining room with dramatic Strip views that include the Bellagio fountains next door. The restaurant is dark and secluded but still feels like an extravagant experience. Best of all, the recipes by executive chef Michael Vitangeli are perfectly executed, from a cioppino loaded with chunks of seafood to duck and foie gras ravioli served in hearty portions with bright ingredients that take inspiration from the chef's own Italian-American heritage. Start the evening with a cocktail in the lounge before taking your seat in the dining room with a bottle of Italian red wine.
How to book: Book a reservation online. Seats at the interactive chef's table near the kitchen require a four-person minimum—a nice option when planning a double date.

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