Enjoy your meal poolside in Las Vegas

The hottest spot to be in Las Vegas during the spring is around the pool – even at meal time.

Maybe you’ve been partying and dancing all day to your favorite DJ at the pool club and you need to take a break to eat and recharge.

Border Grill

Or maybe you’re someone who prefers to stay fully clothed and you simply want to grab a bite while enjoying beautiful views of the pool and the beautiful people frolicking around it.

Whatever your reason, Las Vegas has several poolside restaurants where you can enjoy the scenery and you won’t be thrown out for wearing flip-flops and smelling like coconut oil. Here are some of our favorites:

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay: Mandalay Beach is one of the most spectacular pool areas in town and Border Grill’s outdoor patio overlooks the pool’s lazy river. Watch people float leisurely by while you sip a margarita or a mojito. You can indulge in tacos, ceviche, salads, tamales and more from Food Network’s “Two Hot Tamales” chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

Overlook Grill at The Cosmopolitan: The Overlook Grill faces the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan. Enjoy casual fare while taking in the pool’s lively, social atmosphere. Start with breakfast items like red velvet waffles, mimosas and bloody Marys. Other menu choices include lettuce wraps, pot stickers, burgers and smoothies. You can’t go wrong with something with a name like Nutella Nation. It’s made with strawberries, Nutella and vanilla yogurt.

Culinary Dropout

Back Room Burgers at the Palms: Back Room Burgers features a patio adjacent to the two acres of pools and cabanas at Palms Pool & Dayclub. Enjoy a menu of American favorites with burgers, sides, craft beers and custard shakes. The only thing better than a custard shake is a custard shake spiked with alcohol — and you can get that here.

Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel: This gastropub has an outdoor patio with views of the Hard Rock’s pool area, which is one of the hottest party and people-watching spots around. Dine on everything from sandwiches and salads to fried chicken. Our advice: Order the house-made pretzels with provolone fondue.

Pool Café at Mandarin Oriental: The Pool Café is located on the Mandarin Oriental’s eighth floor pool deck, which offers great views of CityCenter. Sit at a wicker table or in a private cabana while enjoying the peaceful surroundings and eating traditional breakfast items, American food and desserts like gelato and sorbets.

Picnic at Downtown Grand: This pool, located on the third floor rooftop of the Downtown Grand, has an outdoor tent area filled with communal picnic tables adjacent to it. The lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and includes things like tortilla chips and fresh guacamole, a fresh fruit plate, sliders, pizza and fried chicken. There’s house-spun ice cream and gelato for dessert.


Verandah at Four Seasons: This Italian restaurant  has a large patio overlooking the secluded Four Seasons pool. You’ll feel miles away from everything as you dine on house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and fresh seafood. Verandah also has a great happy hour from 4 – 7 p.m. with five cocktails and five small plates for $5 each.  Walk next door to the Four Seasons’ bar, Press, which also has an outdoor patio and serves specialty cocktails, wines, beers and small plates and desserts in the evenings. Indulge in pork tacos, fried ravioli bites and salted pretzels with Stout cheese dipping sauce. Desserts include warm Nutella brioche bread puddings, state fair cotton candy and even fireside s’mores that you can toast over the fire pits.

Terrace Pointe Cafe

Terrace Pointe Café at Wynn: This cafe, open for breakfast and lunch, serves American food with views of the garden and pool area at Wynn. Enjoy fried chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, brioche French toast and red velvet pancakes for breakfast. For lunch, there are specialty burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, tacos and salads. For an extra refreshing treat, try the spiked fruits. You can order a watermelon wedge with tequila, agave and mint syrup or a pineapple wedge with Bacardi coconut rum, ginger glaze and toasted coconut.

Sandbar and T-bones Chophouse at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa: The Sandbar area at Red Rock features three acres of pools, cabanas and blackjack tables. There’s a wide variety of food to keep you sated during your day. Choose from salads, appetizers, burgers, spas, chilled fresh fruit fondue with honey yogurt dipping sauce, hummus, chicken lettuce wraps and even a party platter with a two-foot Italian sub. Desserts include things like frozen fruit in a shell sorbet, ice cream treats and Hawaiian shave ice. Another good place to enjoy a pool view at Red Rock is T-bones Chophouse, which has a beautiful outdoor patio where you can enjoy steak and seafood.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge

Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place: Chef Kerry Simon serves up fresh, seasonal items and uses organic ingredients in his restaurant overlooking the Palms Place pool. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows offering an unobstructed view of the beautiful water right outside. Try salads, pizzas, surf and turf tacos, pastas, steaks and chops. On Sundays, head to Simon for brunch and indulge in things like the Simon French toast, made with Frosted Flakes-crusted brioche. And if you can save room for dessert, you’re guaranteed to love Simon’s Junk Food platter, which comes with old favorites like brownies, Rice Krispies treats, cream-filled cupcakes, cookies and cotton candy.


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