Las Vegas Weekend Guide for Angelenos, August 2017

Las Vegas Weekend Guide for Angelenos, August 2017

Your quick hit guide to everything Sin City, all in one weekly article

Going to Vegas this weekend? Planning a trip in the near future? Eater is here for you, with a quick, handy guide to the best in Sin City, from restaurants and bars to nightlife. This article will be updated every week with the newest restaurant openings.

The essentials

August 11, 2017

— It isn’t often that one hears of a Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich restaurant on shutter alert. Sadly, The Venetian’s B&B Burger & Beer, the home of one of Sin City’s best burgers, will close on September 30. It isn’t all bad news though, as fans of the celebrity chef and restaurateur will soon be able to find their wares at the upcoming Eataly in the Park MGM.

— Being that a Sin City getaway will likely entail at least one night of overindulgence, it’d be wise to plan a recover brunch well in advance. Luckily Eater Vegas has the scoop with a curated list of the essential brunches in the city, with everything from gluttonous buffets to party spots that embody the hair of the dog mentality.

— Avid gamblers unable to tear themselves away from placing bets will find a happy home at the newly opened Charlie’s Bar & Grill inside the Wynn. Taking over the former Race & Sports Book, the restaurant dedicated to a long-time friend of the Steve Wynn is a place for down-home American fare like burgers, fried chicken, and milkshakes ideal for watching the game.

— Massive news for Taco Bell addicts. Taco Bell Cantina at Harmon Corner has just launched wedding services. What does the $600 fee entail? A ceremony with an ordained officiant, reception area for up to 15 guests, custom merchandise, Taco Bell-branded champagne flutes, and, most importantly, a taco 12-pack and Cinnabon Delights cake.

— Well here’s an exceptionally handy guide. First time Vegas visitors will find this list of 10 restaurants Sin City tourist must visit, from the celebrity hotspot Tao to old school, once Rat Pack-frequented gems like Golden Steer Steakhouse.

July 28, 2017

Eataly is finally making its Vegas debut. The much anticipated Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich market is set to open in the brand new Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas that will take over the Monte Carlo next year. The announcement came during the company’s second quarter earnings report which also confirmed the Italian marketplace and food hall which will dominate the south side of the resort’s entrance.

— The ultimate cocktail guide for all things Vegas has been updated. The new list features a variety of places that will please just about everyone. Check out The Dorsey, a cocktail lounge hidden inside the Venetian. Sam Ross of New York City’s Attaboy oversees the bar.

— Chinatown might have the best food in Vegas, here are five reasons why.

— Celebrity Food Network star Robert Irvine will open the doors to Robert Irvine’s Public House this week. Located in Tropicana, it will feature an assortment of dishes that reflect Irvine’s sizable personality. For a full list of the all-day menu click here.

— Vegas’ Hainan Chicken restaurant Flock & Fowl will no longer be accepting cash. The husband-and-wife team behind the joint announced that their newest location, Flock & Fowl DTLV, along with the original on Sahara will be resorting to debit and credit-only dining. Starting this fall, diners will no longer be able to pay in cash, a first for a high-profile Las Vegas restaurant.

Restaurant Pick of the Week: Buddy V’s

 Buddy V’s Official
Buddy V’s, Las Vegas

There’s something so comforting, so easy-going, so fulfilling about old school Italian cooking, and Buddy V’s is a pretty fantastic find in Sin City. Eggplant parm gets stacked up three deep. Meatballs come lightly packed and swimming in a tart, acidic sauce that tastes as if a mobster in the back made it overnight. Chicken rigatoni with vodka sauce has the kind of addictive kick that makes it a must-order. The veal marsala might be the only miss, with a dense, salty sauce that tastes as if it were served on a business class flight. For dessert, the Cake Boss recommends raspberry-topped cheesecake. The Venetian Grand Shoppes. —Matthew Kang

July 14, 2017

— The Monte Carlo is well on its way to transforming into the Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas. The massive $450 million overhaul will include a $4 million sports bar and the most anticipated addition to the resort, the NoMad Bar, by famed Eleven Madison Park duo chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara.

— Jean George Steakhouse at Aria recently came out from under the knife, undergoing a two-month facelift that now features a geometric frame made from a brushed dark bronze metal at the entrance, dark granite tables, and gold accents. As for the menu, table-side carts will now rove the restaurant, where servers will slice Wagyu brisket with a black peppercorn lacquer and bone-in Chateaubriand.

— Giada De Laurentiis will open her second Las Vegas restaurant in Caesar’s Palace. Taking over the Payard Patisserie & Bistro, the restaurant that could be named “Pronto by Giada” will be more casual than her first restaurant, Giada in The Cromwell. The Food Network star hopes for a November debut.

Restaurant pick of the week: Chica

 Amelinda B Lee
Chica

One of the sexiest, if not most hotly anticipated, restaurant openings so far this year in Vegas is Chica. The Venetian Resort’s newest addition boasts a pan-Latin menu by Top Chef Masters contestant Lorena Garcia. That means your order of guacamole comes not only with chips, but with a colorful array of cilantro, beet, and cheese arepas. Classic ceviche with Alaskan halibut, confit sweet potato, and leche de tigre measures up to the best offerings of Peruvian eateries, and the noodle-free mac con queso, a dish that won the chef a challenge on the reality TV cooking show, winds up on every table. With vibrant cocktails and a beautifully decorated interior, it’s quite the place to kick off a night in proper Sin City style. 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd Ste 106, Las Vegas

June 16, 2017

—It’s Road Trip week out in Eater world, which means there’s never been a better time to eat well on ventures to Vegas from Los Angeles. Just in case it slipped by, here are the very best places to fill up on a Sin City pilgrimage, with everything from kitchy tourist spots to some stellar Middle Eastern eats.

—Continuing on past Las Vegas? Here’s a terrific guide of great restaurants near Zion National Park for those looking for a taste of nature.

—Las Vegas sure does love its celebrity chef restaurants. One of the biggest openings of the year, Robert Irvine’s Public House, finally has an opening date at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The Food Network star has made some pretty large claims about the upcoming eatery, and now new details about the menu are being released, with the chef explaining that the comfort food-focused menu will be inspired by his travels around the word. The “upscale tavern” is scheduled to open on July 27.

—Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns this Monday, June 19 and stretches until the 30th. Restaurants across the city will offer $20, $30, $50, or $80, prix-fixe menus that benefit Vegas’ only food bank, Three Square. It’s not a bad excuse to check out restaurants both on and off The Strip. Here’s a look at some of the best deals.

June 9, 2017

—The Cosmopolitan’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill closed back in January to reconcept into the Bromberg brothers’ other similarly named New York eatery, Blue Ribbon. Half a year later and the space is newly revamped and open to the public with a restaurant that is “part saloon, part oyster bar, part American eatery and part international culinary tour.” Seems like a wise move now that Zuma sushi bar has opened just a stone’s throw away.

—With news of one restaurant opening comes one closing. Also in The Cosmo, Scott Conant’s D.O.C.G. Enoteca will officially close down on June 20. The Italian eatery known for its truffle pizza stopped lunch service last year, which certainly intimated that things weren’t going so well. It hasn’t been an entirely terrible year for the celebrity chef/restaurateur, as Conant opened The Ponte in Los Angeles this February.

—It’s about to start getting very warm in Las Vegas which means it’s time to scope out the very best creameries in the city. Luckily there’s myriad spots both on and off the Strip to satisfy your sweet tooth in this list of outstanding ice cream shops.

Top Chef contestant Lorena Garcia is on the heels of opening her very first Las Vegas restaurant, Chica. Eater Vegas sat down with the chef to discuss her favorite places to eat in her new home, which, not surprisingly, largely happen to be in The Venetian, including Yardbird for chicken biscuits and Bouchon for brunch pastries and pate.

May 19, 2017

—One of Las Vegas’ most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Chica, opened its doors on Mother’s Day in The Venetian. Top Chef Masters contestant Lorena Garcia and John Kunkel of 50 Eggs collaborated on the project to produce a colorful eatery that serves a menu of housemade arepas, tamales, and tortillas. Take a look around the beautifully designed space here.

—The Fashion Show mall has been under remodel for quite some time now, forcing some of the Strip-facing retailers to temporarily shutter. East Coast seafood specialist Luke’s Lobster is finally back in action with a snazzy new kiosk, feeding hungry shoppers its signature lobster rolls and clam chowder.

—Need a Mexican food fix? Eater Vegas has your back with a slew of great Mexican eateries, with both off-Strip hole-in-the-walls to glitzy chains.

—Apparently Las Vegas really loves History channel’s TV show Pawn Stars, as joining Pawn Plaza is a new tenant, Chumlee’s Candyland, by Austin Russell aka Chumlee, a feature on the show. The small vintage candy shop with a capacity of 12 is the new neighbor of Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern, the work of Pawn Stars boss Rick Harrison.

April 28, 2017

—Say it isn’t so! The world’s largest Hooters, an astounding 15,200 square feet, will shutter in May. The restaurant chain known for tight shirt-adorned ladies opened back in 2015. The shutter is part of a larger hotel-wide renovation for the off-Strip hotel The Palms.

—Want to eat like a local? Check out these five fantastic places this weekend in Downtown Las Vegas this weekend.

—Las Vegas is about to score some major culinary talent thanks to Bryce Shuman. The chef was most recently at the helm of New York City’s Betony, a Michelin-starred restaurant that shuttered at the end of last year. Shuman will be taking charge of Primrose, the new restaurant destined for the Monte Carlo.

—Cinco de Drinko is right around the corner, which means there’s never been a better time to make a Sin City getaway to drink a whole lot of margaritas. Luckily there’s no dearth of the stuff, with both glitzy Strip spots and local watering holes slinging pitchers of the stuff. Check the best out here.

April 21 , 2017

—Just in time for pool season, a new warm weather hot-spot has opened in The Palazzo. The Aquatic Club features sporty cobalt blue and white accents, Tory Burch-designed uniforms, and throwback cocktails and boozy artisan ice-pops to quench your thirst. A sushi, salad, and pizza menu comes by way of Wolfgang Puck, making it a solid choice for poolside lounging.

—If you’re making a Sin City getaway, chances are a night or two of overindulgence is involved. Luckily Eater Vegas has plenty of options for the very best places to imbibe in the city.

—Need that drinking to come at a discounted price? Here is an absolutely massive guide of 81 happy hour specials on and off the strip.

—If you’re heading to Vegas this weekend keep in mind that the former “largest 24-hour café on The Strip” is no longer that. Aria Cafe has stopped serving all day, but will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. To compensate for this change, Jean Philippe Patisserie will be open 24 hours effective immediately and Burger Lounge will continue to stay open until 3 a.m. from Friday to Monday.

April 14 , 2017

—Ashray Narayan

—There’s some good news for those who have been trying to score reservations at é by José Andrés at the Cosmopolitan, the most coveted table in Las Vegas. Now that the restaurant is on Tock, the prepaid reservation system, getting a table should be considerably easier. Reservations are released on the first of each month, with reservations available up to three months in advance.

—For those gluten-free and health minded individuals heading to Las Vegas this weekend, Eater has you covered. Here are sixteen gluten free dishes that should please everyone from healthy eaters to those with celiac disease or a wheat allergy.

—It’s not hard to find a place serving brunch in Las Vegas, but you just don’t want any old place. Here is a recently updated list of the 38 essential brunches one can feast on while in Sin City.

B&B Ristorante, the Italian restaurant from famed restauranteurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich will be celebrating 10 years in Vegas tonight. There will be a four-course dinner priced at $150 per person if you are so inclined to attend and celebrate. However, changes are expected for the restaurant, with a makeover planned within the next eight months. According to Batali, the changes will make the restaurant more “light and feel a little more bar-y and casual.”

April 7, 2017

—Need your steakhouse fix on your Sin City getaway? Luckily Las Vegas has a plethora restaurants ideal for those with carnivorous predilections. Eater Vegas not only tells you where to go, but what to order, with standout carnage like Carnevino’s 240-day dry aged beef and Bazaar Meat’s foie gras cotton candy.

—Las Vegas’ loss is LA’s gain, as both Eater Vegas and we here at Eater LA reported that Steve Benjamin, the executive chef at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, will be ending his 12-year stint at the award-winning MGM Grand restaurant to take on a new role at LA’s upcoming Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills.

—Circus Circus has announced a massive $4 million renovation of its pool, and with plenty of new dining options that come in the form of food trucks. That’s right, the MGM portfolio property is currently in the permitting process to allow catering by local food trucks and carts, which could be a major improvement from the standard poolside fare of chicken fingers and pizza.

—One of Las Vegas’ most anticipated restaurant openings, Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina is well on its way to its late spring debut. The Kent Harmon concept with a focus on Latin American cuisine promises a colorful interior and housemade tortillas and salsas to go with its heavily Mexican menu.

March 10, 2017

—If you’re heading out to Sin City in the coming months, you’re in luck, as Las Vegas has some pretty exciting new restaurants slated to open this season. Get excited for Top Chef Masters’ chef Lorena Garcia’s Venetian debut, LA’s own Canter’s in Tivoli Village, and MB Steak in the Hard Rock. Get all the scoop here.

—Speaking of anticipated openings, the Miracle Mile Shops are about to get an unnamed robotic bar. That’s right, this the self-described “first Robotic Bar in the World” will likely be able to shake and stir libations in thousands of different combinations. Get your bionic cocktail at the end of June.

—Breakfast is already considered the most important meal of the day, but given the overindulgence that takes place into the wee morning hours in Sin City, it takes on an even more important role. Luckily the city has plenty of great options from off-Strip diners to flashy celebrity chef-backed concepts. Check them all out here.

—Fans of a certain alliteration-heavy Food Network show hosted by Guy Fieri may be familiar with Metro Cafe, apparently what is one of the spiky-haired chef’s favorite restaurants. The Jacksonville, Florida-based eatery will open not one but three outlets in Sin City, serving all-day fare that includes chicken and waffles with strawberry butter and Charleston shrimp and grits.

February 24, 2017

—Sin City sure does love its LA concepts. The latest LA-to-Vegas transplant is Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood and Downtown LA’s raucous Irish pub with rock ‘n’ roll vibes. Chances are it will take over the recently shuttered, expansive digs of the former Heart Attack Grill in the Hawaiian Marketplace.

Fun tidbit: Pearl’s Sunset Strip, the other LORE Group bar next to the original Rock and Reilly’s West Hollywood was initially set to make its sophomore effort in The Linq before the space was given to the Strip’s first In-N-Out, yet another Southern California-based spot.

—Apparently Vegas likes its New York concepts too, as the Big Apple’s iconic Papaya King will open its second location of the hot dog purveyor on the Strip. This one is also opening in Hawaiian Marketplace. Beyond hot dogs and fries, this outlet will also offer boozy selections like banana daiquiris, coconut champagne, and piña coladas.

—If you’re doing your Sin City getaway properly, you probably will be in serious need of a hangover-curing brunch to absolve a night of overindulgence. Thankfully Eater Vegas has the hookup with everything from the best all-you-can-eat buffets to off-Strip gems. Check it out here.

February 3, 2017

—Sin City is quite the place to spend Super Bowl weekend, what with all the debauchery that comes with the big game. There’s no shortage of exceptional places to catch the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons go head to head, with big screens and plenty of wings and brews to go around. Check out the best here.

—Those who love reality TV cooking shows will be glad to know that recent Hell’s Kitchen winner Kimberly Ann Ryan is now helming the stoves at The Venetian’s Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Hopefully a season of Gordon Ramsay tirades results in some great cooking.

—Want to check out David Chang’s first west coast restaurant Momofuku in The Cosmopolitan? Eater Vegas has the full menu with everything from approachable dishes like pork ramen to outrageous selections that include $325 “Grand Cru Chicken & Caviar” feasts.

Restaurant pick of the week: MR CHOW

 Amelinda B Lee
MR CHOW

Sure, there’s a MR CHOW in more than a few metropolitan cities around the world. But the newest location in Caesars Palace is so extraordinarily over-the-top that if would only feel appropriate in Sin City. It’s worth a visit alone to take in the design—with a supremely contemporary aesthetic, stark white walls, and a kinetic light fixture, you may feel as if you’re at the heart of Star Trek Enterprise, just with better food. What is a kinetic light fixture, you may ask? Find out for yourself over a dish of lobster shumai. 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas —Crystal Coser

January 27, 2017

—The latest buzzy restaurant opening to hit the Strip is Zuma in the Cosmopolitan. The London-based restaurant is taking over the reigns as the go-to sushi restaurant in the hotel as Blue Ribbon announced its shutter weeks back. The restaurant features three kitchens—the main kitchen, sushi counter, and robata grill—with menu highlights that include suzuki no sashimi, wagyu beef with caviar, and sake-glazed chicken wings.

—DB Brasserie’s recent closure left a gap in the dining roster of The Venetian. Filling the hole is Top Chef Masters contestant Lorena Garcia, who, along with John Kunkel, will open the resort’s first Latin concept, Chica. The menu promises influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina which should be a welcome addition to the Strip.

—Food Network TV star Robert Irvine has had some pretty lofty words for his first Las Vegas restaurant. However, most of the details about the new Tropicana eatery have been pretty mum until now. Recent renderings reveal that the restaurant may be named “Robert Irvine On The Strip.” Check them out here.

—Wynn Las Vegas’ Parasol has been revived thanks to a $1.2 million facelift. The new space features cream and gold tones alongside a slew of new cocktails.

January 20, 2017

—The latest restaurant opening in Sin City comes by way of the J.W. Marriott’s Hawthorne Grill. The sleek new steakhouse is outfitted with leather banquettes, industrial chandeliers, and comes with views of the waterfalls and ponds that surround the restaurant. Should be a nice place to enjoy a meaty meal.

—MR CHOW is gearing up for quite a few birthdays in the coming year. First up is the one-year anniversary of its Caesars Palace home. The restaurant is celebrating by taking it back to 1968 with a dish that was on the opening menu of the original London location, Beijing shredded pork with lotus buns. Both the hotel and restaurant brand will soon be celebrating their 50th birthdays with what will surely be plentiful festivities as well.

—John Rich of county music band Big & Rich fame has finally debuted his “Nashville-style honky tonk bar” Redneck Riviera in the Grand Bazaar shops. Is there an American flag made out of beer cans and a horse saddle disco ball? You bet your buttons.

Restaurant pick of the week: Bacchanal Buffet

 Caesars Palace
Bacchanal Buffet

It just isn’t a trip to Vegas without reveling in one of the city’s many buffets. But if you‘re going to allocate one of your precious meal times on your weekend getaway to such a feast, you’d best save your stomach space for Bacchanal. The Caesars Palace temple of gluttony exemplifies a buffet of the highest order. Is there a mountain of crab legs? A sushi station, interactive taco bar, and more desserts than one can reasonably count? You’d better believe it. Are you going to have to undo the top button of your jeans? No, you already knew this was a place for stretchy pants. Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas —Crystal Coser

January 13, 2017

—Brace yourselves: David Chang’s Momofuku has finally opened in The Cosmopolitan. The first night of service was Tuesday, January 10, and is currently operating with limited soft opening hours of 5:30 to 10 p.m. Inside is a massive David Choe mural with cameos of Choe and Chang’s beloved dogs.

 Crystal Coser
David Choe mural at Momofuku Las Vegas

The menu will change nightly, but the current iteration offers a smattering of small plates, Chang’s iconic buns, ramen, and meat and seafood dishes. Those really looking to ball out can order off the large format menu, where groups of diners have the option to feast on things like bo ssam or a truly epic meal comprised of fried chicken, caviar, and Veuve Cliquot.

—Next to Momofuku is Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar, the New York bakery that is scouting locations in Los Angeles. The counter service spot opened around the holidays and offers Tosi’s famed cookies, cereal milk, crack pie, and especially befitting of Sin City, boozy milkshakes.

 Crystal Coser
Milk Bar Las Vegas

—As if these past few weeks in Vegas hasn’t seen enough monumental openings, In-N-Out also opened its doors in The Linq. The 5,023-square-foot space features indoor and outdoor seating and a menu with prices that are pretty hard to beat on the strip. Check out the menu that you are probably already familiar with here.

January 6, 2017

—Serendipity 3, the Caesar’s Palace branch of the New York institution famed for its frozen hot chocolates, has been shut down after a series of very Bravo reality series-worthy events. Rowen Seibel, the licensed operator of the prominent Strip-facing eatery, was released from prison just six days before the closure of the restaurant. The shamed restauranteur and former Gordon Ramsay business partner was locked up for hiding at least $1,011,279 in taxable earnings from the IRS in undeclared “Swiss bank accounts and a Panamanian shell company.” Yikes.

—In an understandable attempt to rid themselves of any Seibel association, Caesar’s Palace has very quickly turned around the former Serendipity 3 space with a new in-house concept dubbed Stripside Café & Bar. With such prime real estate, it should hopefully be a nice spot to enjoy casual breakfast and lunch fare.

—In-N-Out Burger is about to debut its snazzy new shop at The Linq hopefully at the end of the month. Expect a mezzanine, outdoor patio, and “Company Store” for super fans.

—There’s been a lot of moving and shaking at The Cosmopolitan, what with the arrival of Momofuku Milk Bar and the David Chang restaurant well on its way. Well now Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill has announced its revamp, as owners Eric and Bruce Bromberg will flip the restaurant from a sushi-centric spot to a restaurant fashioned after New York’s Blue Ribbon Brasserie. The reconcepting seems to make a whole lot of sense, as Zuma, the sushi restaurant out of London, is due to open jut across the hall later this month.

December 30, 2016

—A stunning new cocktail lounge opened today in the Venetian on the casino floor. Dubbed The Dorsey, the bar is perhaps the swankiest new spot to sip craft libations on the Strip. That’s thanks to cocktail maven Sam Ross (New York City’s Attaboy and Milk & Honey, and LA’s Comme Ça). The luxurious French oak and leather sofa-adorned space is quite the setting to enjoy Ross’ signature libations, including his decorated Penicillin with scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey, and an Islay float.

—East Coast concepts are fast invading both New York and LA. What is perhaps the most anticipated NY-to-Vegas eateries, Momofuku, is now slated to open in early 2017 in the Cosmopolitan with a menu that pulls from David Chang’s various NYC eateries. Think Fuku chicken sandwiches, ramen from Noodle Bar, and fried chicken with caviar and bo ssam from Ssam Bar.

—In other Venetian news, Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie will close its doors on January 8, which means there’s still time for fans of the talented French chef to snag duck confit with some pretty tasty tipples from the bar.

—Los Angeles already has its fair share of arcadestaurants, and now Sin City is also getting its due. MGM’s Hakkasan-backed Level Up is a sort of entertainment haven located in the former Rainforest Cafe with craft beers and cocktails, arcade games, and the “world’s first indoor laser golf course.”


Las Vegas Weekend Guide for Angelenos, August 2017.” Eater LA – All. https://la.eater.com/2016/12/30/14128440/las-vegas-weekend-guide-winter-2016.

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