Jan 29, 2001 6:36 AM

Unlike any restaurant, Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace combines fine dining with mysterious grand scale illusions in an awe-inspiring setting reminiscent of Caesar’s world 2,000 years ago. First you enter through the Celestial Court, the gateway to this enchanting new world. Your adventure begins in the Chamber of Destiny, where the story of Caesars Magical Empire is told as you experience an environmental illusion that spirits you along an underground catacomb. Then you’re guided through the Catacomb Maze, past intriguing artifacts and imposing doorways, to one of 10 dining chambers. This is where you, among 23 other chamber guests, will feast on a three-course dinner while a sorcerer weaves magic spells before your eyes. Once you’ve finished dining, you are free to explore the many dazzling attractions in Caesars Magical Empire, including the Sanctum Secorum, Luminaria show, the Grotto Bar and two live entertainment theaters — the Secret Pagoda and the Sultan’s Palace for larger-scale illusions.

 Isis at Luxor

This is the one restaurant where "Peel me a grape" almost seems appropriate. In fact, you’ll feel like you’re dining with the ancient pharaohs in the elegant dining room guarded by Caryatid statues and gold-embossed "wings of Isis" on the glass doors. Inside, diners will be delighted by reproductions of Egyptian artifacts — many of which are from King Tutankhamen’s tomb — and a vaulted ceiling decorated with gold Egyptian stars. The house specialties include the marinated shrimp and lobster, grilled veal scallopine and oysters and beef Wellington. As an accompaniment to your dessert, try one of the many exotic coffees.

 Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse

Combine one of America’s favorite chefs, Emeril Lagasse, with one of America’s favorite cuisine and you have Delmonico Steakhouse in The Venetian. Featuring a classic steakhouse menu with Creole influences, Delmonico’s house specialties include bone-in rib eye steak, Delmonico chicken carved tableside for two, Emeril’s double-cut pork chops, and baked jumbo Gulf shrimp, to name a few. The restaurant has an earthy but modern Tuscan look, much like its famous alter ego in New Orleans, the century old Delmonico Restaurant & Bar. Delmonico’s personifies the bold passion style of cooking that has made Chef Emeril Lagasse so well known. He has become famous for his hit TV series on the Food Network, "Emeril Live," which currently reaches more than 30 million viewers daily. His cookbooks have been touted on the New York Times bestseller list, and he has been voted as Best Southeast Chef by the James Beard Foundation.