Chef/Owner: Shawn McClain
The Buzz: Acclaimed Chicago chef Shawn McClain opened what may be “the most significant restaurant to open in Las Vegas” in years, according to restaurant critic John Curtas of
Eating Las Vegas. “It’s got a really, really aggressive and unique beer and wine program, they’re bringing in microbrews from all over the world.” Located in the Aria hotel, Sage’s food is similarly offbeat: “The dish everyone’s talking about it is the foie gras crème brulee, served as an appetizer. It’s maybe the richest thing around, two bites will do it.” The décor is dramatic, with a giant Renoir reproduction, and high ceilings. Foodies, rather than cheesy tourists, are filling the seats.