Las Vegas is a culinary hub, boasting some of the world’s most sought-after fine-dining establishments; highly decorated master chefs; and unique, cuisine-focused events and experiences. It’s no surprise the destination has become home to a long list of renowned culinary personalities. The celebrity chef restaurants in Las Vegas are diverse in cuisine and style — you just have to choose which one (or ones) you want to take a seat at.
Known for his masterful French cuisine, Keller was the first American male chef to be named a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor — one of the highest designations in the country. He also has a Michelin star and was once named “America’s Best Chef” by TIME magazine. He has been serving his elevated takes on French bistro classics in Bouchon at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, which opened in 2004.
Giada De Laurentiis
A Food Network fixture for 20 years with impressive training from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, De Laurentiis is the definition of celebrity chef. In addition to sharing her family recipes on several shows and serving as a judge on competition programs like Food Network Star, she also has won three daytime Emmy awards and penned nine New York Times bestselling cookbooks. The media personality opened her first restaurant, Giada at The Cromwell Las Vegas, in 2014, where visitors can taste her fresh, Californian-inspired takes on Italian fare. Her cuisine can also be sampled at Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace, where on-the-run foodies can grab breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
What’s more impressive: Earning a Michelin star or cooking for three U.S. presidents? Mina has done both and more, including serving as a judge on Gordon Ramsay’s popular programs Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef. The internationally acclaimed chef’s had restaurants in Las Vegas since 2006, now boasting four in the destination, each with its own distinctive cuisine. Whether you’re enjoying classic French fare at Bardot Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino, seafood at MICHAEL MINA at Bellagio, prime cuts at StripSteak Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, or barbecue favorites at International Smoke at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, it’ll be a meal to remember.
With a restaurant empire that spans the entire globe, Matsuhisa is world-renowned for his Japanese fusion cuisine. The prolific chef opened his first Las Vegas restaurant in 1999, and now boasts three locations in the destination: Nobu at Caesars Palace, Nobu at Paris Las Vegas and Nobu at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Known for pioneering a new style of Japanese cuisine, he often serves exotic delicacies and seafood imported fresh from Asia. Matsuhisa also is a hotelier, with locations around the world — including the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace.
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
These two acclaimed chefs have been collaborating on their signature Latin cuisine for over 30 years, even appearing together in a Food Network show aptly dubbed Too Hot Tamales. The pair also co-wrote five cookbooks together, mostly focusing on Mexican fare, and each was featured on separate seasons of Top Chef Masters. Their long-open Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino offers modern Mexican with a focus on seasonal ingredients, while the fast-casual BBQ Mexicana serves grab-and-go burritos, bowls and salads.
Perhaps best recognized as the mainstay judge on every season of Top Chef, Colicchio is also known for being a five-time winner of the James Beard Award. A true celebrity, he’s the chef with multiple appearances in television shows and movies — including an episode of The Simpsons. The master of meats has two fine-dining restaurants in Las Vegas, both focusing on — you guessed it — steak. Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino opened in 2002, while Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage Hotel & Casino debuted more recently in 2017.
In addition to appearing on several Spanish-language television shows on Telemundo and more, Garcia was a contestant on Top Chef Masters and a judge/investor on America’s Next Great Restaurant. The native Venezuelan specializes in Latin cuisine, which can be sampled and savored at the upscale CHICA at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from her family recipe books and extensive travels throughout South America.
A native of Spain, this Michelin-starred chef is credited with increasing the popularity of tapas in the United States. His signature style goes far beyond those traditional small plates, though, as you’ll find American, Mexican, Greek and Peruvian inspirations in his cuisine. The James Beard Award winner has appeared as a contestant on Iron Chef America, a judge on Top Chef and a guest on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Taste his paella and more at Jaleo by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where he also offers an elevated experience—with an intimate seating for nine facing the kitchen—at É by José Andrés. He also offers Mexican/Chinese fusion plates at China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, as well as carnivorous masterpieces at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SAHARA Las Vegas.
No matter where you end up at, Las Vegas dining is not going to disappoint — especially with a Las Vegas celebrity chef creating the menu. And you have so many options to choose from, as this list is just a small sample of the amazing celebrity chef restaurants to choose from. Once you make that reservation, check out some top choices for Las Vegas attractions and other things to do while you’re in the destination.