Brunch your way through Vegas

We love brunch. It’s that magical time between breakfast and lunch where you can have the best of both meals – and where it’s totally acceptable (and maybe even expected) to drink before noon.

Everyone seems to be offering brunch menus these days, which is no surprise in Vegas. You’ve always got a crowd that oversleeps the traditional breakfast hours or people who need a good hangover remedy.

Here are 10 of our favorite places to enjoy a good brunch in Vegas.

Photo courtesy of Lavo at Palazzo

Photo courtesy of Lavo at Palazzo

Lavo at Palazzo: Lavo is famous for its party brunch during the cooler months, but in the summer they serve a more traditional brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can dine inside or out on the patio, which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. The menu features breakfast favorites like egg dishes, pancakes and lemon ricotta waffles. There’s even breakfast mac and cheese with two fried eggs, truffled shells and pancetta. If lunch is more your thing, you can enjoy pizzas, paninis, a Kobe meatball with fresh whipped ricotta and The Burger with lettuce, tomato jam, bacon, artisanal cheese, pickle and truffle fries. For $30, you can add on unlimited mimosas. We highly recommend that.

Fleur, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Fleur, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Fleur at Mandalay Bay: Like beer? Then Fleur’s brunch is for you. Chef Hubert Keller has combined his love of beer and brunch with his new brunch menu. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can eat brunch fare paired with cocktails and beers from the restaurant’s extensive selection. The menu gives you recommended pairings for each dish. The beer list features a variety of selections from around the world including IPAs, American porters, pilsners and saisons. The signature hangover cocktail menu includes a build-your-own bloody Mary and The Pain Keller – Pyrat rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, Coco Lopez and nutmeg.

Let’s not forget about the food though. Menu highlights include the hangover angus short rib Benedict served with crispy potato cake, red wine jus and jalapeno hollandaise; the carnitas hash with roasted pork, fingerling potatoes, tomatillo salsa and poached eggs and the red velvet pancakes with cream cheese butter and maple syrup.

Bardot Brasserie at Aria:  Maybe you’re more of a wine connoisseur than a beer drinker. Head over to Bardot Brasserie on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a French fare brunch. For $20 you can get their everlasting rosé wine. Pair it with escargot, a charcuterie board, onion soup, steak frites, quiche or the Hunter’s Waffle – duck confit, root vegetable brunoise, poached egg and sauce maltaise.

Salmon pizza at Spago

Salmon pizza at Spago

Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is a classic Vegas restaurant and they’ve recently added a new brunch Saturdays and Sundays in the café, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu features items like crab cake Benedict, baked frittata asparagus, smoked salmon, house made buttermilk biscuits, prime flat iron steak and eggs and a breakfast panini (scrambled eggs, prosciutto, tomato, basil).

The Country Club at Wynn: If you’d like some live entertainment with your meal, The Country Club’s jazz brunch won’t disappoint. The brunch, served every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. features jazz music and a beautiful view of the 18th hole at the Wynn Golf Course. The food’s not too shabby either. There’s an appetizer buffet complete with a shellfish station, fruit, salads, cheese, a house-made waffle station, breads and soups. There’s also a carving station with ham, roast beef tenderloin, smoked Andouille sausage, pepper crusted bacon and more. If that’s not enough, you can choose from an entrée menu with things like a grilled Wagyu beef hot dog, French toast bread pudding, brown sugar brined pork and more. Save room for the dessert buffet, which is stocked with strawberry shortcake, vanilla panna cotta, house-made sugar lollipops, macaroons and more.

The Fountains Brunch at Jasmine at Bellagio

The Fountains Brunch at Jasmine at Bellagio

Jasmine at Bellagio: For one of the most elegant brunch experiences in town, try the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine. Not only will you enjoy spectacular food, you’ll enjoy views of the hotel’s famed fountains as well. The brunch, which runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., features several live action cooking stations. Guests also receive a tableside bakery selection served individually to each table with warm miniature pastries, muffins and melon skewers. Other food choices include a shellfish bar with oysters, crab, sushi and mussels. There are also eggs, a carving station, French toast, mini waffles and desserts. Treat yourself to chocolate fondue, chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, bonbons, mini French pastries, ice creams and more.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay: Border Grill serves brunch with Mexican flair and a poolside patio overlooking Mandalay Beach. The Border Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., is $34.99 for unlimited small plates. You can add $10 bottomless mimosas as well. The dishes include green corn tamales, tomatillo eggs Benedict, serrano ham waffles, tres leches French toast, chilaquiles, biscuit and chorizo gravy, cauliflower taquitos and much more.

Buddy V's brunch, photo by Bill Milne

Buddy V’s brunch, photo by Bill Milne

Buddy V’s at The Venetian: 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 salad, a selection of house breads, and a carving station with maple-glazed ham, spciy Italian sausage, 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, Italian cookies, biscotti and more.

Buddy’s Family Brunch is $34.95 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. Bonus: There’s also live music from the Fabulous Baker Boys during brunch.

Bubbles and Brunch at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Poolside is one of our favorite ways to enjoy brunch. The indoor/outdoor Overlook Grill at the Boulevard Pool serves an à la carte menu with a variety of breakfast and lunch selections every Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Menu items include crispy French toast sticks with Nutella cream and fresh strawberries; chicken fried chicken served with sausage gravy, eggs and potatoes; spicy blue crab lettuce wraps with fresh herbs and crispy garlic; and warm monkey bread with pecans. The bubbles part of the brunch comes in when you indulge in rosé sparkling wine for $24. You can also get bottomless mimosas for $18.

Eggs Benedict at La Cave

Eggs Benedict at La Cave

La Cave at Wynn: This brunch is served butler-style, which means you don’t even have to get up to get your food. Pay a fixed price, sit back 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 (one of our favorites), veal short rib hash, pancakes with berry compote, mini Angus burgers, baked potato loaded tater tots, New York-style egg sandwiches, corn flake crusted brioche French toast and more. The brunch is $48 for adults and $28 children under 12. You can add bottomless cocktails for $20 including Bloody Marys, caipirinhas, mimosas, mojitos and margaritas.

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