Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo has reopened with a new look, new offerings and a new chef de cuisine. Considered the first Las Vegas celebrity chef, Andre Rochat has enhanced his AAA Four Diamond restaurant by combining its original old-world charm with a modern twist to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
“Andre’s exemplary reputation has earned him a very loyal following and a deep respect from others in the culinary industry,” said Anton Nikodemus, president and COO of Monte Carlo. “We are proud to have Andre and his team as part of the Monte Carlo family, and I know his customers will enjoy the new restaurant experience.”
The new layout of Andre’s, designed by Urbane Design Associates, is evident upon arrival. Floor-to-ceiling clear glass entrance doors allow a glimpse into the visually open and expanded wine bar. Accented with gold and blue mosaic tiles, silk-wrapped lighting, metal barstools with blue cowhide and four large glass bottle sculptures by local artist Tony Milici, the bar provides a beautiful backdrop to enjoy a menu of small plates, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie before proceeding to the dining room. To complement the bar menu, wine flights and unique cognac flights are available to sample old favorites or possibly discover new ones from Andre’s award-winning, 12,000-bottle cellar.
Honored by the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge boasts a wine list with more than 1,500 selections. The list features legendary vintages from the most exalted ch’teaux of Bordeaux, Burgundy, as well as top New World, Italian and Spanish labels.
Turquoise blue, the design firm’s version of the traditional ‘French blue,’ is set against pearly white and grey walls throughout the restaurant and complemented by colorful contemporary artwork. Touches of glamour and sparkle are created with antiqued mirrors and whimsical, silver chandelier-inspired sconces. In the dining room, romantic candlelit tables, dressed in white linen, fine sterling silver, Raynaud Limoges china by Alberto Pinto and delicate stemware complete the setting.
Upstairs, guests will discover three private dining rooms as well as the intimate Cigar Lounge, recognized in 2008 by Sant’ as ‘Outstanding Restaurant Bar.’ The Lounge offers one of the widest selections of Cognacs, Armagnacs and after-dinner drinks in North America. For an added experience, Cognacs and cigars can be professionally paired.
Locals, devoted clientele and food lovers alike will be pleased to know the daily culinary operations are being managed by Chef de Cuisine Greg Engelhardt, a veteran of the recently closed Andre’s in downtown Las Vegas. Engelhardt’s driving passion to create contemporary interpretations of ‘Andre’s Classics’ earned the downtown restaurant a one star rating from the prestigious Michelin Travel Guide.
The menu features traditional French cuisine overseen nightly by Chef Rochat, who gives his personal stamp of approval to each plate before it leaves the kitchen. Guests can indulge in Andre’s signature menu items, including Rack of Colorado Lamb with eggplant parmesan and gratin dauphinois; Filet of Beef au Poivre Vert with green peppercorn cream sauce and jumbo asparagus hollandaise and Live Maine Lobster Thermidor.
Chef Rochat said, “I am very excited about the transformation Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge has made at Monte Carlo. There have been many culinary changes in Las Vegas, and while the clientele is always looking for a new and exciting experience, our guests also are looking for great food, superior service and a good value. We deliver it all!”
Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended but not required.