Brunch is an art form in Las Vegas

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It’s no secret that people come to Las Vegas to party. That usually involves staying out a bit too late and maybe having a few too many cocktails. The last thing you want to do the next morning is get up early for breakfast, but you know you need to eat something to give yourself enough energy for another day of Vegas fun.

That’s where brunch comes in. It’s the perfect meal. You can sleep in but still enjoy your favorite breakfast foods, along with some lunch options thrown in as well. It’s the best of both worlds.

Brunch is also great for those who may need a little help easing their hangover symptoms because it’s perfectly acceptable – heck, it’s even encouraged – to have some Bloody Marys or mimosas with your meal.

In Las Vegas, we’ve elevated brunch to an art form. We’ve got brunches with everything from Italian to Mexican cuisine and featuring everything from jazz to gospel music. Here are some of our favorites:

Pizza Rock, downtown Las Vegas: If you’re looking for a nice soundtrack to accompany your brunch, Pizza Rock hosts their Acoustic Brunch with live entertainment every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The menu features traditional brunch plates and breakfast-style pizza. Some of the signature plates include Pizza Rock Benedict (poached eggs, crispy pancetta, Hollandaise sauce on toasted focaccia, country potatoes) and Meatball Hash N’ Eggs (poached eggs, house meatball hash, choice of toasted focaccia or whole wheat baguette). Pizza offerings include the double sausage and eggs (mozzarella, Wisconsin cheddar, sliced Italian and calabrese sausage, scrambled eggs, green onion, spicy calabrese peppers) and The Baja (mozzarella, Wisconsin cheddar, Monterey jack, refried beans, black olives, salsa, sour cream). Guests can also enjoy cocktails including the Premium Bacon Bloody Mary ($10 for 22 ounces) and bottomless mimosas (choice of orange juice, mango, strawberry or blood orange; priced at $10 with purchase of any brunch item).

La Cave

La Cave at Wynn: This brunch is served butler-style, which means you don’t ever have to leave your chair. Pay a fixed price, sit back and relax and your server will bring around plates to your table and you can choose the dishes you would like to try. Menu items include chilled tomato soup, savory mushroom grits, mouthwatering veal short rib hash, pancakes with berry compote, mini Angus burgers, baked potato loaded tater tots, New York-style egg sandwiches, scrambled eggs and more. If the weather’s nice, sit outside and enjoy the pool view. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday. The brunch is $48 for adults and $28 children under 12. You can add bottomless cocktails for $20 including Bloody Marys, caipirinhas, mimosas, sangria and more.

Mandarin Jazz at MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental:  Every Sunday at MOzen Bistro guests can unwind and listen to some smooth live jazz while indulging in an all-you-can-eat brunch. The meal, which costs $58 per person, offers fresh sushi, a seafood station featuring crab claws and Kumomoto oysters, live carving options, traditional Dim Sum, a delectable dessert offering and entree favorites including the Hong Kong Style steamed grouper, Belgian waffles with caramel pecan cream and the soufflé omelet. Add bottomless champagne for $35 and mimosas for $19 per person. Brunch runs from noon – 2:30 p.m.

Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel: Culinary Dropout serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy the gastropub’s savory brunch items, including the breakfast burrito or Cap’n Crunch crusted French toast. Be sure to try the bacon Bloody Mary with bacon-infused Smirnoff vodka to go along with your food. Culinary Dropout has a beautiful patio overlooking the Hard Rock’s pool, so definitely request a spot outside.

Buddy V's, photo by Bill Milne

Buddy V’s at the Venetian/Palazzo: If you’re looking for an Italian family-style brunch, you can find it on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Buddy V’s. Buddy’s Family Brunch is served buffet-style throughout the restaurant and includes charcuterie and cheese platters, a chilled station including shrimp on the shell, fresh salads, pasta fagioli, a selection of house breads, and a carving station with maple-glazed Smith Field ham, assorted Italian sausages, and slab bacon. Signature brunch items include chicken Parm, meatballs and other dishes, as well as breakfast options such as Panettone French toast, egg scrambles and crespelle with Nutella, whipped cream and caramel. The dessert station (which you’ll want to stop by since the “Buddy” in Buddy V’s is “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro) offers cannolis, tiramisu, assorted Italian cookies and more. Buddy’s Family Brunch is $32.95 per person and $14.95 per child under 10. Add bottomless drinks for $14.95 including sangria, Bloody Marys, Bloody Caesars, a selection of domestic beers, frozen specialty cocktails and wines by the glass.

Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place: Simon Restaurant and Lounge is a favorite among the brunch crowd. Enjoy beautiful views of the Palms Place pool while noshing on things like fruits, smoothies, sushi, paninins, crepes, French toast, pizza and eggs Benedict. There’s also a “white trash” menu with chicken fried chicken, biscuits and gravy and baby back ribs. Save room for the junk food platter for dessert, which includes Rice Krispies treats, cupcakes and cotton candy. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is $39.50 for the fixed menu. Add a Bloody Mary buffet for $20.50, a champagne bar for $20.50 or beer at brunch for $14.

Fountains Brunch at Jasmine

Jasmine at Bellagio: For one of the most elegant brunch experiences in town, try the Fountains Brunch at Bellagio. Not only will you enjoy spectacular food, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the hotel’s famed fountains as well. Guests receive tableside bakery for two served individually to each table with a selection of warm miniature pastries, muffins and melon skewers. Other food choices include a shellfish bar with oysters, crab, sushi, mussels and more. There are also eggs, a carving station, French toast, mini waffles and desserts. Oh, the desserts! Treat yourself to chocolate fondue, chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, bonbons, mini French pastries, ice creams and more. Brunch is from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is priced at $58 for adults and $25 for kids up to 12.

Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel: If you’re on your way to the Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock, stopping in to Pink Taco for brunch beforehand is a great way to fortify yourself for a day of debauchery. The Sunday brunch is $24.99 for all-you-can-eat food or $4 – $10 per plate. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dishes include chilaquiles, carnitas lettuce wraps, mini lobster quesadillas, deviled eggs, chicken and waffles and carnitas hash. Complimentary pastries, sopapillas and spiced tropical fruit are provided to each table. Other favorites include Angry Dogs, chorizo sausage with vegetable escabeche with nopales relish; fried avocado with lime aioli; chorizo sliders; plantain & nuts French toast; blue corn pancakes; sweet corn tamales, corn masa with pico de gallo and sour cream; oysters served with a tequila-kiwi salsa verde; bacon-wrapped jalapenos with a side of smoked ranch and more.

Pink Taco

 

You can add drinks to your brunch including Corona-rita ($15), Sriracha Bloody Mary ($13), shots ($6) and bottomless mimosas or Donkey Punch ($9.99). Donkey Punch is a refreshing and sweet swirl of Malibu rum, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, sour mix, simple syrup and a splash of cranberry juice and lime juice. Non-alcoholic aguas frescas ($6), a traditional beverage mixture of water and fruit, is also available.

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor: For a spirited way to start your weekend, head to Tacos & Tequila for their Rock N’ Roll Mariachi Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy two-for-one margaritas and Bloody Marias, albondigas soup, chilaquiles, breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros and more. Be sure to grab some of the brioche French toast, which is topped with fresh Mexican bananas, Fosters caramel sauce and crispy bacon bits.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay: Enjoy this tasty brunch on Border Grill’s poolside patio overlooking the Mandalay Beach. Brunch is $35 and includes unlimited small plates. You can add $10 bottomless mimosas as well. Some of the dishes include green corn tamales, bacon jalapeno PBJ, machaca chilaquiles, bananas Foster crepes, chorizo and egg tacos, huevos rancheros and churro tots. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gospel Brunch at House of Blues

Gospel Brunch at Mandalay Bay: The House of Blues serves up Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Kirk Franklin, the biggest-selling gospel music artist in the world, created the experience. Franklin does not perform at the brunch, but he chose the choir that sings at the performance.

While you enjoy the music there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet menu that includes pastries and bread, salads, fruit, eggs, breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy, build-your-own mac and cheese, carving stations and chicken and waffles. Desserts include cookies, pecan caramel sticky buns and white chocolate banana bread pudding with crème Anglaise. And don’t miss the Bloody Mary bar with hot sauce, shrimp, beef jerky, olives, celery and pickled okra. Gospel Brunch can be enjoyed at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Bubbles & Brunch at The Cosmopolitan: Dine and drink while taking in the scene at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan. Brunch is served every Sunday at Overlook Grill from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Roving waiters stop at each table to serve brunch items, which change weekly. Some of the featured menu items include chicken & waffles with sage-infused maple syrup, huevos rancheros with sunny-side eggs and blue claw crab Benedict with spicy Hollandaise. Priced at $35 a person, the Bubbles & Brunch experience includes warm Monkey Bread with caramel and pecans, bottomless champagne or mimosas and a choice of one entrée. Those under 21 can enjoy bottomless non-alcoholic beverages as a substitute.

Kristine McKenzie

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

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