Sage

VERIFIED LUXURY
Sage’s Shawn McClain is an acclaimed Chicago-based chef, and his experience shows in this sultry restaurant’s signature dishes such as savory foie gras brûlée. This unique take of the requisite goose liver dish will have you doing a double take if you are used to the more familiar seared foie gras popular around town. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike would be remiss to overlook the slow-poached organic farm egg with smoked potato and black truffle. Desserts are a highlight as well, particularly the warm sugared beignets with the freshest fruit of the season. Time your dinner so you can enjoy one of the inventive house-made cocktails or intriguing beers at the large bar and lounge area before settling down for a modern farm dinner.

Sage is located inside ARIA Resort & Casino, located just off the main lobby and wedged between Bar Masa and View Bar. Gracing the walls, though, you’ll find huge, hand-painted murals by Paulin Pâris that depict reinterpretations of famous early modernist paintings — think Renoir bathed in an electric purple light. Gold pillars and chandeliers add to the edgy and seductive ambiance, creating an environment that won’t even make you miss the light of the sun. Plus the people-watching is great at Sage, so we bet you’ll find plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied during dinner.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
•Try some absinthe. The green fairy makes a night in Vegas all the more alluring, so why not have a glass after dinner? The restaurant features 11 absinthes from around the world, prepared using traditional fountains and balanciers or drippers. 

•The menu’s always changing. You’ll encounter an ever-evolving seasonal menu of New American cuisine that incorporates the best of the season’s fruit and vegetables. While many restaurants in Las Vegas are meat and potatoes all year round, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant stands out for its farm-fresh fare.

•The desserts regularly list a cheese-centric plated dish, such as the recent blue cheese mousse with candy-stripe figs, crispy phyllo and a roasted walnut ice cream that perfectly blends sweet and savory.
Things to Know
•Sage is actually Shawn McClain’s first venture outside of Chicago, where he helms Green Zebra. The James Beard Award-wining chef opened Sage in 2009 and the Las Vegas restaurant mirrors many of the sustainable principles that govern Green Zebra.

•If you feel like being in the middle of the action and want to get in some people watching, book one of the four-seater tables around the pillar in the center of the dining room. For a quieter spot, request one of the alcove tables for two.
The Food
•The menu begins with a selection of starters like foie gras custard brûlée or creamy potato and artichoke soup with lobster and marinated pearl onions. If you’d prefer a lighter appetizer, though, you’ll see a selection of salads like roasted heirloom beets with Robiola cheese or an heirloom tomato salad with avocado and smoked bacon.

•Meat and potatoes lovers will appreciate the “steaks and braises” section of the menu, with hearty fare like braised veal cheeks and a Snake River Farms New York Strip steak with La Ratte spuds and glazed maitake mushrooms.

•There’s also a tasting menu. If you can’t make up your mind about what to order, opt for the Las Vegas restaurant’s tasting menu, which offers up some of the classics, like foie gras custard brûlée and scallops.
Getting There
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89158
TEL877-230-2742
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