What are five things I should know about Aureole Las Vegas?

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Foodies flock to Aureole Las Vegas in Mandalay Bay to check out its hulking four-story glass wine tower and to feast on Charlie Palmer’s delicious French-influenced cuisine. However, before you go, read our round-up of the top five things you need to know about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant:

1. You’ll want to make a reservation. Since 1999, this hot spot has put a modern twist on classic French cuisine and is regularly packed, even on weeknights. If you try to walk in without a reservation, the staff will try to accommodate you, but to avoid waiting, call Mandalay Bay’s central reservations at 702-632-7401 or book online through OpenTable.com or Palmer’s website.

2. For the most romantic seats in the house, request to sit at one of the 13 tables in “Swan Court,” an area in the rear of the restaurant overlooking an elegant swan-filled lagoon. When the weather permits, go one better and ask to sit outside at the lagoon.

3. Aureole Las Vegas boasts the largest offering of wines in the city, with a list that includes more than 2,200 varieties and 50,000 bottles. It makes picking the perfect vino a daunting task, but the restaurant provides a special electronic tablet (which resembles an iPad) that breaks down the wine options by region, varietal and price.

4. The one-of-a-kind wine tower at Aureole Las Vegas serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes: Holding up to 10,000 bottles, the steel-and-glass monolith is manned by “wine angels” who wear harnesses and use an elaborate pulley system to float up and down the 42-foot-tall tower stories and retrieve heavenly bottles of wine.

5. Come hungry. Aureole Las Vegas offers a three- or four-course tasting menu as well as a decadent dessert sampler, allowing you to try all the house favorites. Make room for rich seafood, savory meat dishes and a warm molten chocolate cake, served with unique ice creams such as blackberry chip or bananas foster.

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