It’s summer in Vegas and though it’s a tad warm in the daytime sun, dinner under the stars is perfect. I’ve found that many restaurants offer misters to keep you cool and the night air and gentle desert breeze is a great way to enjoy Vegas while dining on delicious cuisine.
Here are a few of my favorite restaurants that are perfect for outdoor dining.
Location: Town Square
Features: Brio has a great location in the heart of Town Square Las Vegas. The large outdoor patio offers views of shoppers passing by. There are dining tables and chairs as well as a lounge area with a fire pit, sofas and arm chairs. There is also an indoor / outdoor bar area. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a night out.
Open: Lunch, dinner, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight.
Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Features: The Country Club is known for its approachable American cuisine. Chef Carlos Guia offers a tempting menu of traditional American favorites, done right. But for a little ambiance, take your shrimp and grits and rack of lamb outside. The terrace at the Country Club overlooks the 18th hole and a grand-scale waterfall–so all you hear is tranquil whisps of falling water–with an occasional “fore!”
Open: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, hours vary.
Location: Paris Las Vegas
Features: Perfect for people watching, Mon Ami Gabi offers a large outdoor patio right on the Las Vegas Strip. When I’ve tired of pointing and laughing at the, um, interesting (to say the least) things that pass me by, I’m also conveniently aligned across from the Bellagio Fountains where a choreographed musical fountain number takes place. If that weren’t enough, Chef Terry Lynch does a great job in the kitchen, dishing out some of the best trout with lemon butter caper sauce I’ve had in years.
Open: Weekday lunch, daily dinner and weekend brunch.
Location: 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Features: I enjoy the third floor patio, with great views of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s an intimate third floor getaway with plenty of space, good food and great music. I’ve often thought of renting it out for a private party–but Mick Jagger just won’t let me.
Open: Lunch and dinner, daily.
Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Features: In addition to the finest Mediterranean seafood possible (at least in the desert,) Chef Paul Bartolotta hit it out of the park with a series of ornate cabana-style tables around the secluded gazing ball pond. I had a chance to sit at one of these tables when I visited Bartolotta last month and they are fantastic for a small group or a romantic dinner for two.
Open: Dinner, nightly.
Location: Palazzo Las Vegas
Features: I like the patio at Morels because while I’m on the Las Vegas Strip, I am slightly elevated from the crowds walking by. There is also a great view of the Sirens of TI show. In terms of cuisine, it’s traditional French steakhouse food. Most importantly, fondue is on the menu–need I say more?
Open: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.