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photography by amelinda (citrus) LE CIRQUE The quintessential French restaurant stuns just as much today as it did when it first opened inside Bellagio more than 15 years ago. Bellagio, 702-693-8100; bellagio.com NOBU Designed by David Rockwell, this celebrity favorite from Nobu Matsuhisa more than earns its rep as the ultimate purveyor of teppanyaki and sushi. Caesars Palace, 702- 785-6628; caesars.com OTHER MAMA Oysters, ceviche, and craft cocktails are the order of the day at this intimate eatery off Spring Mountain Road west of the Strip. 3655 S. Durango Dr., Ste. 6, 702-463-8382; othermamalv.com PIZZA ROCK Pizza-making champion Tony Gemignani tempts diners with more than 10 types of crust alone at this Downtown institution. 201 N. Third St., 702-385-0838; pizzarock lasvegas.com RAKU Be sure to make a reservation for this low-key Japanese izakaya, an off-Strip favorite of bomboloni. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 702-797-7311; redrock.sclv.com SPAGO Gourmet dishes like smoked- salmon pizza make Wolfgang Puck's original Vegas outpost one of the Strip's best options for a power lunch. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369- 6300; caesars.com SW STEAKHOUSE Overlooking Wynn's Lake of Dreams, SW Steakhouse is one of a handful of restaurants in the country to serve certified- authentic Kobe beef. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3325; wynnlasvegas.com THERAPY This ramped-up Downtown neighborhood bar serves gourmet comfort foods in an open-concept space. 518 E. Fremont St., 702-912-1622; therapylv.com TWIST Pierre Gagnaire's Mandarin Oriental restaurant—his only presence in the States— offers creative takes on French fare (broccoli ice cream, anyone?). Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367; mandarinoriental.com local chefs and visiting foodies alike. 5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, 702-367-3511; raku-grill.com RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY This Michelin-starred Vegas temple is an icon in its own right, offering multiple tasting menus and a cognac lounge for after-dinner drinks. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7286; caesars.com RIVEA Not-to-miss items at Rivea include tangy Provencal caponata, and a lobster and purple artichoke salad whose vibrancy only rivals the view to the west. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7888; delanolasvegas.com RM SEAFOOD Sustainably sourced seafood and steaks, sushi, and a coast-to-coast raw bar by chef Rick Moonen. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-9300; mandalaybay.com SALUTE TRATTORIA ITALIANA The offerings at Red Rock's newest eatery run the gamut from pastas prepared tableside to Nutella-stuffed citrus Believe it or not, rooftop access is something of a rarity in Vegas, making Downtown Grand's 35,000-square- foot top-floor pool deck a gem of a find. Formerly known as Picnic, the 21-and-over space was recently rebranded as Citrus, an adjustment that involved add- ing a collection of potted orange trees to the existing layout of private cabanas, grassy hangout areas, and fire pits. Stop by for full cocktail and food menus that incorporate ingredients grown on site in one of 12 organic herb gardens, as well as weekday happy hours (don't forget to try the fresh-squeezed spiked lemon- ade), live entertainment, and grown-up games like table tennis, cornhole, and foosball. Downtown Grand, 702- 719-5100; downtowngrand.com VeGaSmaGazine.Com 59 FIRE AND SPICE Known for its extensive selection of award-winning pizzas, creative tapas- style dishes, pastas, and salads, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill is a family- friendly favorite with 4 locations throughout Las Vegas, including Sammy's Restaurant & Bar in Henderson. With freshness at top of mind, the restaurants' menus showcase oak-roasted dishes that incorporate sustainable and locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Beginning this May, diners will be able to choose from an assortment of 12 new Latin-influenced dishes, including barbacoa beef tacos, shredded beef empanadas, and Peruvian- style shrimp ceviche, as well as Thai shrimp curry, lamb chops, and balsamic-glazed Brussels sprouts. sammyspizza.com