Chris and I own a condo on “the Strip” in Las Vegas, and try to visit it once every few months especially in the fall and winter. Last year, we decided to spend the New Year (Dec 31, 2016) there as we believe it is the liveliest spot west of Times Square. As always, I was tasked to book a restaurant. It was already mid-December and all the top restaurants were fully booked. During my search the name Eiffel Tower Restaurant came up with excellent reviews. Luckily I was able to make the reservation for 9:15 pm for a prix fixe Gala 5-Course Meal dinner at $475.00 per person, beverage and gratuity excluded. I felt a little guilty but Chris wanted to show me a good time.
On New Year’s Eve, the Strip is always packed with high-spirited revelers and blocked for vehicular traffic. So rather than attempting to brave the crowds and walk the distance from our condo to the restaurant, we chose to take the Mono Rail which runs on Paradise Boulevard, parallel to the Strip, and one block to its east. So we walked the short distance to the train, went 2 stops and arrived half an hour early at the restaurant.
The Eiffel Tower restaurant is located on the 11th floor of the Paris Casino Las Vegas. Our coats were taken immediately by beautiful hostesses and we were directed toward the bar to wait for our table. The restaurant views were breathtaking. I wanted a window seat so I asked Chris to use his charms to get the Maître D’ to seat us facing the Bellagio fountain across the Strip. He did and very soon we were informed that our table was ready. It was along the window and had the best view in the whole restaurant! We were right in the center looking at the fountain. Chris did a good job 🙂
Every 15 minutes a luciferous fountain show would start and run for about 3 minutes. Each show was a programmed sequence of precision-timed short bursts of extremely high pressure water discharged from hundreds of strategically positioned water valves. It is virtually a choreographed production. Viewed from our vantage point, it was nothing short of spectacular! The music sound level was perfect. Absolutely one of the most romantic settings I’ve ever experienced .
The dinner began at about 10pm. The cuisine was superb. Starting with hors d’oeurves, small savory morsels of crab, oysters, duck with truffle flakes, foie gras (goose liver), caviar, smoked salmon and perhaps a few other delectable dishes. An entrée of filet mignon with broccolini followed by a desert of chocolate praline tart and hazel nut cream. An absolutely splendid culinary experience!
We were given the option of old world or new world wine pairing for $190 per person. We went for the old world on the belief that this selection would be less sweet. If we had it to do over we would have selected one of each.
The service was excellent – as one would expect in Las Vegas.
A few minutes before midnight, all the guests were given cute festive hats, noise makers and poured Champagne. We watched a beautiful fireworks display above the brilliantly illuminated Las Vegas skyline, right from our seats. It was magical! A New Year’s Eve we will never forget!