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Dining at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas is a unique chance to experience the French master chef’s cooking in a more casual and approachable space. So before you book a table at Robuchon’s workshop inside MGM Grand, here are five things you need to know about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant:
1. French chef Joël Robuchon opened his first L’Atelier in Paris as a 40-seat, small plates restaurant with a central kitchen where diners could watch their meals being prepared. He wanted to merge a more casual atmosphere with fine French food — and the concept has done so well that’s it’s been replicated all over the world from Las Vegas to London to Tokyo. At the Las Vegas restaurant, you’ll find all the delicious food Robuchon restaurants are known for with none of the pretense. You can come as you are-attire is business casual-and interact with the kitchen staff as they deliver food straight to your counter seat.
2. The sleek, contemporary interior design of L’Atelier is stunning. The moment you walk into the restaurant you’ll be arrested by the color combination — black countertops, bright red leather chairs, a red-tiled kitchen and fresh red roses on every table. Watch for the incorporation of food into the décor. You’ll see tall glass vases filled with water and elegant cucumber slices, carrot shavings and fresh tomatoes. And what looks like abstract art on the wall is actually framed pictures of spices such as cardamom, peppercorns, star anise and turmeric.
3. There’s quite a price range at L’Atelier, with a menu option to suit nearly every budget. If you’re looking for one of the best deals in Las Vegas, come any day before 6:15 p.m. for a $59 three-course menu. There’s also a $95 five-course menu club, a $155 nine-course seasonal tasting menu and a tapas-style à la carte menu that includes appetizers, meats, cheese and desserts.
4. L’Atelier, a Four-Star restaurant, has a more casual vibe than the adjacent Five-Star Joël Robuchon, but both restaurants take great pride in using the highest quality ingredients available. In fact, they share products and source them from many of the same places. When you dine at L’Atelier, you might be served fresh fish flown straight from Japan or French Échiré butter.
5. L’Atelier is a popular spot for fine dining in Las Vegas, so be sure to make a reservation. There are 33 counter seats and five tables that seat up to 23, so we wouldn’t recommend risking it and just showing up (unless you don’t have plans later that night). You can book online or by calling directly.