Michael Mina seems to have a restaurant in Las Vegas for just about every occasion, and several of them made our lists. His Aria outpost is a deceptively simple concept: a gorgeously appointed French brasserie focusing on classic French comfort foods prepared with fine-dining technique.
It’s a combination that left some of our experts confused whether to list it as “formal” or “casual.” In the end, it received more votes in the "casual" category, which is certainly the best fit for the menu. Rest assured, however, that the preparations and service are worthy of a more formal establishment.
It’s the unwavering attention to details that makes familiar dishes such as escargot en croute, onion soup gratinee, steak frites au poivre and trout amandine impress like it’s your first time trying them. They’re served in a room that transports you to the Champs-Élysées during the Roaring ‘20s. Weekend brunch is a show-stopper, and the Instagram-worthy French toast (which you may have seen on a billboard or in an ad) is as delicious as it looks.