AMAZING FOOD, WINE AND SOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!. Great food in a great setting, sit at the counter for the best experience!!! Service and wine excellent as well. I especially enjoyed the "sliders" foie gras burgers, sooo good!
Extremely Pricey, Unbelievably Worth It!. Joel Robuchon, the "Chef of the Century," has created the finest cuisine possibly on the planet with his namesake restaurant in Las Vegas. THe restaurant is very hard to get in to and requires formal dress and a whole lot of cash, but it is a definite must before you die.
Feast for all the senses. Theservice was attentive but not fussy and the food was fabulous! We did the summer menu (4 courses $75 ends 8/31/08) and everything was beautifully prepared and presented. Waiter was knowledgeable and food runner described each dish in detail. Wine list is good - emphasis on French wines (of course) and good selection at each price point. The homemade bread was ethereal and the sorbets and tartes for desert were mouthwatering - as good as it gets.
Inventive food, terrible atmosphere. My wife and I went recently as part of an anniversary trip to Vegas. In a nutshell: the food is inventive and interesting, but the atmosphere is below par for a fine dining experience. Positives: the food was unusual, the palate of the chefs was excellent, and we had a few dishes we had to admit we had never had before. Negatives: Though the dining room is visually beautiful, you basically have to sit on stools at a glorified counter space. The effect is as though you're in a very nice diner. The waiters are reaching over the counter to give you everything (one poor guy was physically straining to reach our plates.) And rather than watching your date (or your friends) you're watching the stressed out kitchen. At one point the head chef was yelling at his staff so loudly that even though it was in French the customers all became quiet and our waiter had to ask him to tone it down. Maybe if you've watched lots of "Top Chef" episodes, and your idea of a great dining experience is to sit and focus on what the chefs are doing the entire time, you might like it. But for $500 for two people (prix fixe plus wine) we expected something more relaxing.
Relax and Enjoy. Been there at least 10 times. It is a must go in Las Vegas. Let the brilliant Chef Steve Benjamin create dinner for you, relax and enjoy. Sit at the bar and watch the magic enfolds. The portions are not big, which allows you to try more items. Bring a date for a romantic dinner, a colleague for a business dinner, friends for a fun evening, everything works. The service is better at the bar, and the food is heaven. For bigger portions eaters, go to Claim Jumper, Maggiano or other eateries. L'Atelier is for those who are foodies, who don't mind spending for gastronomic happiness, who love life. Thank you l'Atelier for those magic moments, hopefully 2 stars Michelin soon. I will back soon, again, and again.
Such an unfortunate Friday night experience- Mr Robuchon better get the firing line ready.
We have been to Atelier in Paris twice and went opening week at the MGM last year. We were huge fans of this restaurant and loved the concept. We steered everyone here when we talked about Vegas food. Twelve of us went this past Friday. It was a disaster. It took exactly 75 minutes from the time we ordered until the time we got our first course. The amuse bouche took 50 minutes and it was argula gazpacho in a shot glass. It tasted like a wheat grass shot. The first two wines we ordered, the waiter returned 10 minutes later to say they were sorry that they were out of stock. We did not find a bottle they had in their cellar until 45 minutes after sitting. Then 20 minutes after taking our order they informed 4 of us who ordered it that they were out of sea bass.
We had to get up twice to ask the general manager, Emanuel, to help speed the process. The waiter could not handle our group by himself and could not keep up with pouring the wine, etc. I asked him to let me pour the wine myself so he could get get the food moving and he refused. We witnessed the manager and the main sous chef in an argument over how slow it was going. It felt like opening night. the food was totally mediocre, no one was hungry after waiting so long. 2 1/2 hours we were finishing up. Another customer came over and asked us if we were noticing how slow the service has been tonight and how they wanted to walk out after only getting 4 of the 10 courses on the $175 prix fixe. We got not apologies, no comps, nothing for our wait. And then the shock which should not have been so shocking considering we knew how expensive it was going to be, $2700 for the the bill (you can't find a wine under $100 on the list) for 12 and they added $475 as a fixed 20% gratuity, we overheard our waiter use the "F" word over the fact that we did not want to all order the prix fixe menu. We will never return and if karma indeed works it will not be supported by the community of cultivated gourmands any longer.
Worst value of all time. I ate here with a group of 8 last Sunday night. Four of us had the $135 tasting menu and 4 ordered off the menu. A couple of rounds of drinks later and 3 bottles of reasonable priced wine and the bill was over $1,700. The food quality was mediocre at best. I live in San Francisco and have dined at Michael Mina, Gary Danko, the Ritz Dining Room, French Laundry, etc. as well as some the best places in New York, London and Paris. This was hands down the worst value of any meal I've ever eaten. I won't bore you with the details, but portions were tiny and taste lacking. Avoid at all costs. The coffee shop at the Hard Rock has much better quality food.
the quality of the food was outstanding BUT!!. what you get for what you pay is a joke!!my wife and i had dinner there total bill was $150.00 the food was superb the service excelllent the room beautiful but the value was horrible!! i had the sqaub and my wife had the halibut, what i got was not a whole sqaub but a leg portion of a squab, so my dinner entree was about the size of one small chicken wing!! and my wifes fish was no larger than a match book!! the mashed potato's about one table spoon(but they are the best potatos i have ever tasted)and my wife had one baby carrot!! we also, got a very small tomato and basil parfet (also outstanding but very very small)so how do you give this place a positive rating when you leave there more hungry than when you arrived! you got less than an averege appitiser for you entire meal !! but the quality was spectacular!i guess you have to spend $500.00 a person to get a full meal that wont leave you hungry.
Imaginative, mind-blowing food with stellar service.
If you're a fan of the original Iron Chef, you know Joel Robuchon. Not only is he an award-winning French chef of the highest caliber, he's also famous for his appearances on the show as a French food expert extraordinaire.
So while we couldn't quite stomach the bill for a dinner at the adjacent Mansion, the Atelier was a good way to be introduced to Robuchon's creative cuisine. We got a seat facing the open air kitchen, and watched each dish as it was prepared and plated -- which, for a foodie, can be as entertaining as a Cirque de Soleil show. Our waiter was attentive and good-humored -- I never felt pressured to rush or felt condescended to.
The food was a symphony of tastes, textures and colors. Sure, the portions were small (to an American palate used to Claim Jumper/Bucca di Beppo-sized dishes), but they forced us to savor each bite and really be immersed in the sensusal pleasure of tasting each carefully-prepared dish. Both of us walked away from the meal completely full and satisfied -- and raving about the experience.
Go if you can appreciate the artistry of what's being presented here -- but stay away if you just can't slow down enough to appreciate food that's prepared at this level of creativity and craft.
Dinner at L'Atelier is frighteningly expensive. Figure on $200/person when after tax and tip, but from where I sit it is the smartest money you can play in Las Vegas. I have been to L'Atelier 5 or 6 times now and I have never had service that wasn't attentive and good-natured. And I haven't sampled many dishes there that didn't quickly become my favorite things in the world. Yes, the tasting portions are small, as others have noted, but there are also tapas and entree sized portions of many items. I prefer the smaller portions because I am not a huge eater and smaller dishes allows me to try more things.
Last time I was there I had a plate of smoked salmon with herbed cream and a potato waffle that flat-out blew me away in taste, presentation, and creativity. Other highlights were raviolis of foie gras mousse floating in chicken broth with thai basil, and japanese toro sliced thin with tomato infused oil and sea salt. The beef and foie gras "sliders" were completely addictive, too. If adventurous cuisine doesn't scare you off, and if you can afford it, L'Atelier is an absolute can't-miss.
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