Poolside dining in Vegas

photo by Erik Kabik.


During the day, few places are more frequently visited than the pool here in Vegas. After all, when it’s a sizzling 105 degrees, lounging in a cool body of water with a floatie sounds good. But after the first hour of baking in the sun or staying cool in the shade, your tummy starts to rumble—and you don’t feel like walking back onto the casino floor with soaking wet hair and a fresh layer of sunblock on.

Besides, what would you do with that floatie?

Rest easy, because dining poolside has become a very chic way to dine, indeed. Instead of heading back indoors for a bite or settling for mediocre fare, try one of these options — from a posh pool club with gourmet fare, to a tranquil poolside restaurant with a luxurious feel and truly gourmet menu.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

A cabana at Marquee Dayclub.

Ralph Scamardella, corporate executive chef of Tao group, designed the poolside menu at Marquee Dayclub to be a real dining experience with restaurant-quality food.

“One of the things we wanted to do is make it a real lunch or casual dining experience. We wanted a real alternative, we wanted to make it fresh,” says Scamardella.

Scamardella says that while most pools have mainly sandwiches and fried foods, he wanted to add items like the trio dip platter with green goddess, onion dip and hummus served with veggie sticks, pita bread and taro chips.

Other gourmet dishes include sushi rolls like the mixed vegetable, guacamole, and seafood tacos with lobster ceviche, shrimp and a tomatillo avocado salsa.

One of the more popular items is the dayclub’s lobster club sandwich — huge chunks of meaty lobster, avocado, bacon and grilled tomato.

The patio at Verandah.

“It definitely is refined compared to what other people do at pools. Other people’s idea of finger food is just fried stuff and I definitely wanted to move away from that,” says Scamardella.

Verandah at Four Seasons

An elegant desert oasis, the Four Seasons pool is a relaxing, tranquil hideaway. Directly overlooking the pool is the Verandah restaurant — full of Italian-American fare and delicious lunch options. The burrata salad and fritto misto are great appetizers, but leave room for the ocean Cobb salad—filled with lobster, lump crab meat, shrimp, avocado and egg.

There are plenty of other salads to cool you down, including a grilled salmon salad, cashew chicken salad and Italian chopped salad with roasted chicken, provolone cheese and oregano-basil vinaigrette.

Pool Café at Mandarin Oriental

Located on the eighth floor of the Mandarin Oriental, the Pool Café offers guests a tranquil place to dine for breakfast, lunch and tapas. The outdoor poolside retreat offers gourmet dishes as well as American favorites.

Try items like the grilled octopus salad, the mezze platter, summer heirloom tomatoes with Greek feta cheese and frozen treats in flavors like green tea gelato and Cosmo cranberry vodka sorbet.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place

The floor-to-ceiling glass walls encasing Simon Restaurant & Lounge are a tease. To diners inside the restaurant, the Palms Place pool on the other side looks cool and refreshing. But to sun-soaked loungers outside, celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s cuisine makes their mouth water.

Fear not folks, you can do both—there’s a door.

Tuna wrap at Beachlife at Hard Rock Hotel.

Cuisine at Simon includes a sushi sampler, surf and turf tacos, filet mignon Cobb salad, a raw salad and a colossal crabcake.

Solaro Poolside at The Palazzo Las Vegas

Solaro offers a touch of gourmet cuisine to guests enjoying the Palazzo pool. Try delicious cuisine including breakfast foods like Belgian waffles with fresh berries and a breakfast burrito with cheddar cheese and chorizo.

For lunch, try the Caprese salad, grilled steak skewers, smoked salmon and caviar pizza and croquet monsieur.

The Sandbar at Red Rock

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. The Sandbar lets you dine on delicious cuisine while sitting by the circular Red Rock pool. Try their lobster salad, burgers, sandwiches and wraps.

H2(Eau) at Trump Hotel Las Vegas

The pool experience on the eighth floor of Trump Hotel Las Vegas is a gorgeous place to sunbathe, relax and enjoy life. H2(Eau) is the poolside café where guests can enjoy a smoothie, beverage or tasty eats.

If you’re hungry, try the Amazon curry chicken salad or tuna salad croissant. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, try the fruit bowl or chips and salsa.

H2(Eau) is also an indoor café which means only one thing: air conditioning.

Beachlife at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Known for having one of the biggest summer-long parties in Vegas, the pool at the Hard Rock is never short on beverages. But the newly designed Beachlife menu includes tasty plates, including a tropical fruit platter, nachos, an ahi tuna wrap, a beach club salad and rice bowls like teriyaki and sesame ginger chicken.

There’s even a deluxe seafood platter, which serves 2 – 4 people and has lobster, crab, shrimp and a Belvedere vodka cocktail sauce for a cool $250.