Anyone who has seen "Casino Royale" knows that with high-stakes gambling comes expertly crafted cocktails, white-glove service and fine dining in gilded rooms. But even non-high rollers need to eat, and well, to be encouraged in their risky nights of raucous gambling. And some of the world's most luxurious casinos are more than willing to oblige, offering food served by celebrated chefs in opulent settings.
Outside of, say, Las Vegas and Macau, casinos are often housed in buildings with rich histories and an old-world feel. In Paris, the Aviation Club sits on the Champs-Élysées and was once an exclusive club for pilots. It is still a members-only club, though anyone of age (and who abides by the dress code) can become a member for €100 ($135) per year. Open 24/7, the club throws lavish events and serves traditional French fare in their restaurant and bar. Parts of Quebec's Casino de Montreal were originally built in 1967 for the World Expo, though the casino in its entirety didn't open until 1993. Since then, it has built up four restaurants and three bars that range from fine dining to casual eats.
Las Vegas' brand of luxury has, over the last 15 years or so, become infinitely more culinary-focused. Every luxury hotel on the Strip boasts a handful of celeb-chef restaurants and lavish bars, not least of which is the two-year-old Aria Resort & Casino. Within its confines, gamblers find Bar Masa, American Fish, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Sirio and Julian Serrano, among other eateries. The Bellagio was among the pioneers of the food revolution in Vegas, with Le Cirque, Picasso, Prime Steakhouse and Michael Mina throughout, most of which marked the famed chefs' first foray into Vegas dining.
In this world of high risk and high reward, fine dining is the perfect fit. Nothing motivates a gambler to continue winning quite like the mouthwatering promise of a leisurely meal prepared by a passionate chef with expert wine pairings -- except maybe the beauty of a growing stack of chips.
-- Nicole Campoy-Leffler, The Daily Meal
Everything in London's exclusive Les Ambassadeurs Club, housed in a former mansion, is gilded and sumptuous. From the deep purples in the gaming room to the gold-plated dining room, it is the very definition of old-world luxe. Overlooking Hyde Park, the restaurant serves international and contemporary fare with an extensive wine list fit for perfect pairings. Related: 10 Top-Notch Study Abroad Spots for Food Lovers Photo Credit: © Veer/viki2win
Steve Wynn is among the few who lay claim to a large chunk of the Vegas Strip, but he certainly didn't think to stay put. His Wynn Macau is home to more than 200 gaming tables, four fine dining restaurants, the sleek Cinnebar and Bar Cristal, the Wing Lei Lounge and the more casual Café Esplanada. Chef Liu Guo Zhu and his seven "disciples" helm Golden Flower, which serves classic Northern Chinese food. Related: Starbucks Items You Need a Passport For Photo Credit: © Flickr/tboothhk
Built more than 250 years ago, the Casino Baden-Baden is striking, with gold and red accents throughout. Dostoyevsky wrote The Gambler while playing cards here, and Marlene Dietrich is said to have called it "the most beautiful casino in the world." The main restaurant, Sommergarten (meaning Summer Garden), is tranquil with water fountains, palm trees, mosaic tables and Mediterranean cuisine like Carpaccio "Cipriani," scallops with risotto and pork with morel cream and seasonal vegetables. Related: World's Healthiest Cuisines Photo Credit: © Flickr/m4tik
Frequent travelers know to expect fine dining, high-stakes poker rooms and luxurious bars with unending amenities from most resorts in Vegas, but the Aria's dining is on another level. Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni and Julian Serrano are all represented here, with sleek, design-conscious and LEED-certified eateries. Related: Girls' Weekend in Las Vegas Photo Credit: © Courtesy of ARIA Resort & Casino
Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool is a huge draw for non-gamblers and betting folk alike, but with such a big and varied casino space (and more than 500 table games on offer), it's inevitable you'll put your money where your mouth is. Gamblers can refuel at one of 14 fine dining establishments on the property, which boast chefs like Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Justin Quek. Related: Long Weekend in Singapore Photo Credit: © Flickr/Philippe Put
Founded in 1907, the Aviation Club de France was an exclusive club for pilots. Since the 1960s, though, it's become more of a destination for playing cards, betting and lounging. It has a quiet, elegant French charm that is reverberated in the restaurant and bar. The bar is open 24 hours a day serving classic cocktails and a bar menu, while the restaurant is open for dinner only. If you feel peckish between midnight and 5 a.m., though, they'll order Chinese food for you. Related: Chic Weekend in Paris Photo Credit: © Veer/18percentgrey
Modern and high-design, the Ibiza Gran Hotel and its Casino de Ibiza are constantly buzzing with jet-setters and waging enthusiasts. Invoking a stylish vibe, the casino is home to a range of table games, a room of slot machines and the Jackpot Restaurant, which serves Mediterranean fare within the casino. The hotel's Costa Mara restaurant is a bright and airy room where the focus is more on local, seasonal fine dining. Related: 7 Budget-Friendly Substitutes for Europe's Top Cities Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Ibiza Gran Hotel
One of Las Vegas' most iconic hotels, perhaps because of its world-famous fountain, the Bellagio was among the first properties to coax the country's (and the world's) best chefs to Vegas. Fine dining choices include Le Cirque, Prime Steakhouse, Picasso and Michael Mina, while cooking demonstrations, wine pairing events and brunches by the fountains are also offered for bettors that need a bit of distracting. Related: 4 Great Japanese Spots in Las Vegas Photo Credit: © Courtesy of the Bellagio Hotel
Play a hand of laid-back blackjack by the sea at the Ritz Carlton, San Juan. Luxurious and classic, the hotel hosts kids as easily as it does wagering adults, and the dining options on site are mouthwatering. BLT Steak has a refined bistro feel, Il Mulino strives to conjure an iconic New York Italian joint, while Mares and The Ocean Bar & Grill sit outside on the terrace. Related: 5 Bites of Philadelphia Photo Credit: © Courtesy of The Ritz Carlton
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