Bouchon

The Strip's sunlit French bistro
VERIFIED LUXURY
Star chef Thomas Keller has dreamed up his version of a French bistro, and it’s appropriately elegant and tasteful, yet completely comfortable (the original is in Napa Valley). The room, designed by Adam Tihany, is spacious and simple, trimmed in dark woods against white walls and brass rails, and feels like an authentic brasserie.

The dress code is Las Vegas chic, meaning that just about anything goes. Men in suits sit next to tourists in jeans and flip-flops, and everyone focuses on the simple flavors of the food. It’s not about pretentious, tiny eats at Bouchon; it’s about a solid meal of bistro standards, from steak frites to roasted lamb in thyme jus. A casual brunch on weekends on the patio overlooking the pool and its sunbathers is a good way to get some fresh desert air.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Every dish comes with pommes frites, which is a good thing, since these French fries are revered as some of the best in Las Vegas.

• At Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller fills his French menu with his own favorites, like steak frites, croque madame and quiche. So you’ll find many classics throughout the breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch menus that hit all the major food groups within French cuisine.

• One of the best parts about Bouchon is that it’s open in the daytime, too; unlike a lot of the fine-dining restaurants at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, you’ll be able to grab a great meal at Bouchon not just for dinner, but for breakfast and lunch, too.

• The best table at Bouchon would have to be table 63, which is right near the patio, but still in the main dining room. Here, you’ll get a sense of both parts of the restaurant, with views of the outside (and a touch of the weather if the French doors are open) as well as the rest of the dining room and bar.

• When you order desserts at Bouchon, expect to have the best of a patisserie delivered to your table. Really, it’s not about having to leave room for dessert at Bouchon, but rather, deciding which decadent dessert to indulge in.
Things to Know
• The price range of a meal at Bouchon really depends on when you dine there. But generally, you’ll spend about $30 to $50 per person at Bouchon and still get a good taste for chef Thomas Keller’s French cuisine.

• Although French bistro Bouchon sounds like a romantic restaurant, the open dining room and free-flowing space might not be your best bet for a quiet dinner. But if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a French bistro, filled with traditional French food and without pretense, then we certainly think Bouchon will make for a more than romantic time.

• When you dine at Bouchon, the French bistro inside the The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, come in business-casual attire. The dress code at the Las Vegas restaurant isn’t strictly enforced, especially during breakfast and weekend brunch, which end up drawing in a more casually dressed crowd.
The Food
• A brunch favorite can be found in the chicken and waffles. This ingenious dish combines the best of lunch and breakfast: You’ll get roasted chicken alongside a bacon and chive waffle topped with Tahitian vanilla bean butter and chasseur sauce.

• Where better to have French toast than in a French bistro? The morning staple is prepared bread-pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard and apples, and maple syrup drizzled on top.

• Lamb isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a carnivore, this roasted leg with lemon-braised escarole, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, toasted quinoa and lamb jus will make your mouth water.

• Choosing among the house-made sticky buns, almond brioche and cheese Danish is a lot like having to pick your favorite child, so don’t play favorites. Just order them all and savor each one.
The Design
• Bouchon flaunts a French bistro interior design, created to match the more casual French dining experience chef Thomas Keller sought in both the cuisine and ambience.

• The Adam Tihany-designed space features high ceilings, neutral-colored walls and tall French doors that combine for an overall relaxed, but sophisticated environment.

• The predominantly blue-patterned floors feature a fleur-de-lis-like design, with black, off-white and red accents adding a splash of color to the space.

• Rich woodwork and globe lamps evoke the feeling of an aged Paris hideaway, and the simplicity of white tablecloths and white-with-a-blue-stripe plates helps to relieve any air of pretension.
Getting There
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
TEL702-414-6200