I'm starting this thread because I have my own (strong) opinions, and I don't want to hijack a different thread where the subject came up. We're talking about modern fine dining, appealing to global foodies who aren't necessarily fans of Vegas. We're not talking about graveyard specials, holes in the wall, buffets, food courts, or throwbacks to 1958--even if soup and salad are included. A great steakhouse might count for a little, but if the best restaurant in the hotel is a steakhouse, that is a big negative. Absolutely obscene prices will be a small negative, while fair prices on very high end food are a major plus. A wide variety of restaurants is a big positive, as is the availability of a superb, cutting edge restaurant of Michelin star quality. Availability of an excellent dining option for lunch is a positive. Room service quality should also be considered. The contenders, in alphabetical order: Aria Bellagio Caesars Palace Cosmopolitan MGM Venetian/Palazzo Wynn/Encore I would suggest that any other hotels are NOT real contenders for the best dining scene on the strip, and I would ask that they not be mentioned in this thread, even if your favorite restaurant is not in one of the above hotels. We are talking about the quality and variety of a dining scene, and I don't think there are any other hotels worth consideration. I have my own opinions about the above, and I'll listen to yours, but please don't say that a hotel not listed above has the best dining scene on the strip. It doesn't. ARIA: Notable Restaurants: Sage Jean Georges Steak American Fish Juilan Serrano Comments: Four very solid high end options as well as a thai and Chinese option. Big points for Julian Serrano being open all afternoon. Sage is superb but not a contender for the very best. American Fish is a great deal for fine dining on the strip and outstanding in its own right. Room service is a weakness. Great variety on the high end. Availability of Jean Phillipe as a casual option is a plus. BELLAGIO: Notable Restaurants: Le Cirque Picasso Prime Jasmine Michael Mina Comments: Very, very solid considering both Picasso and Le Cirque are strong options for high quality and value in haute cuisine. Many steakhouse aficionados consider Prime one of the very best. Variety is good, room service is superb, and the quick service options are still high quality as is the cafe. Olives is mediocre and leaves a gap in the lunch options here. CAESARS PALACE: Notable Restaurants: Guy Savoy Mesa Grill Nobu Old Homestead GR Pub/Grill Payard Raos Comments: Very strong on variety and at the very high end. IMO Guy Savoy is the very best fine dining in LV and certainly in the top 10 in the US if not the top 5. Room service is also top quality for all 3 meals, surprising in the CET universe. The omakase at Nobu is very, very appealing and satisfies a variety of palates. Several huge positives, but things go down from there, as Old Homestead is a bit of a train wreck, GR Pub is inconsistent, and Raos is a high priced red sauce joint. Mesa Grill is a great choice for lunch 7 days a week. COSMO: Notable Restaurants: Jaleo/e Milos Scarpetta Comme Ca STK China Poblano Comments: Arguably the best for variety. Lacking a French haute cuisine dining room but "e" fills that niche for the high end foodie crowd. Service in restaurants is not as good as it should be, but food quality overall is very high. The general party atmosphere can be a negative even in their better restaurants if one is most interested in what is on the plate. Somehow the diners are treated very casually and leave feeling less "special" than they might at top end eateries elsewhere on the Strip. MGM: Notable Restaurants: Joel Robuchon L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Craftsteak Hakkasan Pub 1842 Comments: I doubt there is a hotel in the world with a wilder variety of dining options, considering they have a Michelin three star restaurant and a McDonald's under the same roof. They are thin on the high end, though. Robuchon is good but quite predictable for a three star and wins the prize as brutally, obscenely overpriced. (I'm talking almost $1000/person with wine for those not familiar. You can get a similar meal at Le Cirque for $250.) The availability of L'Atelier is great. Craftsteak is underrated, fairly priced, and outstanding for service and food--as is Hakkasan as a dining room before the club starts up. Mina's pub 1842 is not one of his better efforts but burgers are decent. Room service is a weakness. Venetian/Palazzo: Notable Restaurants: Cut Carnevino B&B Bouchon Pinot Brasserie Otto Enoteca B&B Burger/Beer Comments: They are missing a haute cuisine French place, and are too Mario Batali Centric, but very solid. Both Cut and Carnevino win huge points for superb high end steaks and creative additions/alternatives, but they can't compete for being the best restaurants in town. Bouchon is one of the very best breakfast/brunch places on the strip. The opening of 3 Batali places for lunch--indeed all afternoon--is a positive too. WYNN/ENCORE: Notable Restaurants: Wing Lei Bartolotta Country Club Grill Tableau SW Steak Sinatra Botero Comments: When Wynn opened, Alex was the very best restaurant in town. The dining scene there has been dumbed down consistently across the board, most notably with the closure of Alex and DB Brasserie. It feels like Wynncore is a collection of steakhouses with different décor. The hotel lacks a haute cuisine option today, which is shocking and a big negative for Wynn. Tableau and CC Grill are great choices for lunch which is a positive. Sinatra is a gorgeous dining room with great service and very, very mediocre food. Bartolotta and Botero are minor train wrecks, leaving Wing Lei as the only "real" restaurant left in Wynncore. Wynn does a great job at room service, no surprise considering SW lives in the hotel. Steakhouse fans will have their say, but I would argue that no restaurant at Wynn is in the top 10 in LV anymore. FINAL comments: If "BellAria" was one hotel, that would be the winner as the best dining scene in town. Guy Savoy is the best restaurant in LV, and Nobu is good, but CP does not have enough depth on the higher end. Cosmo is excellent on variety but is missing a big time haute cuisine room. MGM is trying to be everything to everyone and it doesn't quite work. VP is your place--if you like Mario Batali. Steve Wynn gave up on high end dining and is hell bent on selling $30 bottles of booze for $500. What do we think, VMB????