It has been a rough winter for most of the country. Luckily for us here in Las Vegas, we have no idea what a polar vortex is. We’re blessed with nice weather and spring is one of the best times of the year to be outside and take advantage of the mild temperatures and sunshine.
One of the best ways to enjoy the weather is to dine outside. There are lots of places in Vegas where you can have a good meal while enjoying the outdoors. As a bonus, a lot of these restaurants offer beautiful views and fascinating people-watching opportunities. Here are 10 of our favorite places to dine al fresco:
Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan: The patio at this French restaurant offers a great view of the Strip and fittingly, the Eiffel Tower across the street at Paris Las Vegas. Visit on Wednesday night and take part in “Brasserie, Burgers, and Oysters” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Inspired by a traditional backyard barbecue, chefs offer a selection of three rotating, made-to-order burger specials on the patio’s grill, fueled by California olive wood. All burger orders are paired with one of Comme Ça’s signature 18A cocktails or two beers for $19. Guests can also enjoy a selection of oysters, hand-shucked tableside for $1.25 each.
Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay: This restaurant is located 64 stories up and features sensational views of Las Vegas. The interior dining room is beautiful but for a really great experience, head outside to the patio. Indulge in Chef Alain Ducasse’s menu, which includes items like spicy crab salad, pepper crusted bison tenderloin and the Mix Candy Bar for dessert.
Park on Fremont, 506 Fremont St.: This downtown gastropub has a lovely outdoor dining area with antique tables in a garden setting. There’s also a mosaic-tile hopscotch game and an outdoor bar built to resemble an aging greenhouse. The eclectic menu features things like fried pickles, Philly mac and cheese steak, a fried chicken and waffle sandwich and salads. There’s a large selection of beer and specialty drinks as well.
Chayo, Brooklyn Bowl or Yard House at The Linq: One of the newest and most spectacular sights in Las Vegas is the High Roller wheel at The Linq. The Linq is a large outdoor pedestrian plaza with shops and restaurants. Three of those restaurants — Chayo Mexican Kitchen, Yard House and Brooklyn Bowl have second-floor patios with awesome views of the 550-foot-tall High Roller Ferris Wheel.
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas: If you want to feel like you’re in Paris, grab a seat on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi French bistro. The restaurant has a Paris sidewalk café vibe and is located underneath the Eiffel Tower replica. The Strip-side location allows for great views of the passers-by as well as the Bellagio Fountains across the street.
Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio: This Mediterranean restaurant is located along the lake at Bellagio and for an amazing view of the fountains, you should get a table on the patio outside. You can pretend you’re vacationing on the Italian coast as you dine on grilled squid and octopus, beef tartare, a charcuterie board, pastas and pizza.
Nine Fine Irishmen at New York – New York: This authentic Irish pub features two levels of patio dining. You can sit upstairs or downstairs at a large patio along the new plaza area between New York – New York and Monte Carlo. Grab a pint of Guinness and dine on Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips and colcannon soup.
Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood: If you want to party on a patio head to Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina. This restaurant features a Strip-side patio that’s always hopping. Drink a Waborita and enjoy some live music and people watching as you dine on Mexican favorites like tacos, enchiladas, ceviche, fajitas and carnitas.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn: The outdoor patio of this restaurant is simply stunning. Private cabanas surround a small pond filled with gazing balls. Guests can enjoy the serene surroundings while dining on seafood and Italian dishes including sea bass, Mediterranean lobster, seafood stew and risotto.
Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace: Pink and orange awnings line the terrace of this famous New York eatery, which is located right on the Strip and features great views of all of the action. The restaurant serves sandwiches, hot dogs, pasta and more, but dessert is the big draw here. On a warm spring day there’s nothing better than sitting outside and sipping Serendipity’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.