photos courtesy Shelley Stepanek 

THE EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT is one of the most beautiful rooms in the city.  In the Paris Hotel, of course, this superb place has a view of the whole Las Vegas Strip.  Opened 20 years ago, it has maintained its reputation as one of the best places to dine.  Seating 265 people, the management of General Manager Sharon Boudreau and Supervisor Lyle Tolhurst helps to keep its high standards.  We started with The Eiffel Tower, Brut Reserve MV, (Cremant d’Alsace) champagne, and went for appetizers, among which was Duck Strudel. Lyle and Sharon were on board to serve us our welcome champagne and chat for a while, telling us the history of the restaurant.

Also in the Paris Hotel is the ever-beautiful Mon Ami Gabi, overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio. With inside and deck seating, this is really one amazing place. We had dinner starting with a carrot spread for the French baguettes; an elegant chilled seafood platter with lobster, shrimp, oysters and raw salmon; a cheese, nut, fruit, olive and pate tray with plenty to pick from, including three cheeses and three pates, with French Dijon mustard; baked goat cheese in a tomato-based sauce on garlic bread; baked scallops; escargot; and amazing French onion soup. Manager Michael DeLaPena looked over us all night. We followed up with their most well-known dish: steak and frites. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection. They also have trout, salmon, skate and pasta dishes.  There was not a single seat in the house open, as this restaurant is truly a 5-star.  Sides can include spinach, green beans, macaroni and cheese or sautéed mushrooms. Try the steamed artichokes or steak tartare. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  call 702-944-4224.  Catering also.  Truly amazing! 

The SMITH & WOLLENSKY Restaurant Group, Inc. (SWRG), a collection of American steakhouses with headquarters in Boston reopened this week on the Las Vegas Strip in The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes. The fabulous icon we all have loved for years is shining again. The grand opening was filled with over 500 people, with numerous wine tastings and food stations throughout. The original restaurant opened in 1977 in New York City and has since become an institution. They have expanded to 10 locations across America, including Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Houston and Miami Beach with one international location in London. Be sure to note their impressive wine wall, and small glass viewing section to see the dry-aging butcher room, along with several all-glass private rooms overlooking the bar and promenade. Their list of wines is one of the reasons so many people return time and again. Open 7 days a week, from 11:30 a.m. 702-637-1515.

ESTIATORIA MILOS is beyond the best. I dined there recently for the first time and see what I have been missing. This elegant fish house has an open patio room and they only feature the very top in wine and food and fish is flown in daily from Greece, Spain and Portugal. Our media tasting enjoyed the air and superb view. We started with Tselepos Amalia Brut Rose NV paired with a whole fish sashimi. Second course was a 2016 Gerovassiliou Viognier wine with a Greek salad. The Milos special, with light fried zucchini, eggplant tzatziki and cheese, along with grilled mushrooms, Holland peppers and octopus, was the third course with a 2016 Venetsanos Mandilaria. The main course for the whole table was a huge salt-encrusted Lavraki, our equivalent to a Mediterranean sea bass baked in a salt crust, served with steamed vegetables. The waiter had us all watch the demonstration of removing the crust and fileting the large fish. Next out was Colorado Prime lamb chops with Greek fried potatoes and a 2013 Driopi Memea Reserve Agiorgitiko. We finished with a huge selection of Greek desserts, including baklava, Greek yogurt and fruit. I cannot wait to go back. They have a luncheon that is 3 courses for the price of the current year, thus $20.19. The main dining room looks over the fish and vegetables in the fresh fish market. You simply pick a fish from the bed of ice and they weigh it and prepare it. Fish change daily. The chefs are in view of your dining. The first Milos opened in 1979 in Montreal. They have expanded across the U.S. including New York, Miami, Athens and London. 

Located on the 3rd floor of The Cosmopolitan resort,
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
702-698-7930 for lunch or dinner.