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The chef doesn’t need to visit your table to make sure you’re enjoying your meal at Four-Star L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon — with a centrally located open kitchen, the chefs interact directly with diners while they work, handing over the plates as they create them.
L’Atelier, which translates from French to “workshop,” is exactly that: a place where guests can see the chefs hard at work preparing food and meticulously plating each dish. Master French chef Joël Robuchon came up with the concept for the restaurant, which specializes in small, tapas-style plates and has an exquisite tasting menu. He opened the first L’Atelier in Paris and the idea has done so well that it’s been replicated all over the world from Las Vegas to London to Tokyo. There are 33 seats at the counter surrounding the kitchen, where you’ll get the best view of the action and the most face time with the chefs, as well as five tables along the perimeter of the restaurant that seat up to 23 and four seats in the back at the bar.