Ten places to dine poolside in Las Vegas

The weather’s warm. The sun is shining. You want to be outside by the pool (especially if you’re visiting from certain other parts of the country). No matter how much you’re enjoying basking in the sun or partying it up at a pool club you still have to take some time out to eat.

Or maybe you aren’t partying at the pool but you’d just like to dine al fresco with a view of sparkling water. Hey, it’s the desert – we like to look at water whenever we can.

Lucky for you there are lot of places in Vegas where you can dine poolside. Bonus: Flip flops and board shorts are acceptable attire at most of them.

Veranda, photo courtesy Four Seasons

Veranda, photo courtesy Four Seasons

Veranda at the Four Seasons: While Veranda has a light and airy dining room, we like to head outside to eat on the patio overlooking the Four Seasons’ quiet, secluded pool area. The restaurant serves fresh Italian cuisine like pastas, pizzas and seafood, but what you really want to go here for is the famous weekend brunch buffet. They have a doughnut machine. Need we say more?

Border Grill's outdoor bar

Border Grill’s outdoor bar

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay: Mandalay Beach is one of the most impressive 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. Nosh on tacos, ceviche, salads, tamales and more from Food Network’s “Two Hot Tamales” chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

Terrance Pointe Cafe, photo courtesy Wynn Las Vegas

Terrace Pointe Cafe, photo courtesy Wynn Las Vegas

Terrace Pointe Café at Wynn: You can gaze at the views of the gardens and pool area at Wynn through the floor-to-ceiling windows at this café, but why do that when you can sit on the patio outside? The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. For breakfast you can choose from things like croissant French toast, Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes. For lunch there’s sandwiches, salads, pasta, tacos and specialty burgers including a truffle mushroom burger. Pair your burger with a malted shake. You can’t go wrong with the chocolate caramel nut flavor.

Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout at 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.

The pool at Mandarin Oriental

The pool at Mandarin Oriental

Pool Café at Mandarin Oriental: If you’re looking for a more refined poolside dining option, head to the eighth floor pool deck at Mandarin Oriental and grab yourself a table or private cabana. The cafe serves classic breakfast dishes like omelets, breakfast burritos and smoothies. For lunch, order crispy calamari, a mezze platter with pitas and hummus, salads, burgers or skirt steak tacos.

On a hot day we love the refreshing treats they serve here like the roasted strawberry sangria popsicle, the macaron ice cream sandwich and the milkshakes. Try the Girl Scout Cookie shake with crushed mint Oreos, chocolate ice cream and crunchy white chocolate pearls.

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Overlook Grill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: This restaurant, adjacent to the Boulevard Pool, offers indoor and outdoor dining. You’ll find American food favorites like shrimp cocktail, pot stickers, lettuce wraps, fish tacos, cheese steak paninis and salads. Don’t forget the drinks while you’re here. You can’t go wrong with the Obnoxious Bloody Mary, made with chipotle infused Ketel One vodka.

You’ll also want to try Overlook Grill’s Bubbles & Brunch every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bubbles & Brunch features an à la carte menu with breakfast and lunch selections like crispy French toast sticks with Nutella cream and fresh strawberries, chicken fried chicken and warm monkey bread with pecans. Bottomless mimosas are available for $18 a person, with the option to upgrade to rosé sparkling wine for $24 a person.

The Bellagio pool

The Bellagio pool

Pool Café at Bellagio: Who wouldn’t want to eat overlooking a beautiful Mediterranean setting of pools and courtyards? The Pool Cafe overlooking the Bellagio pool serves breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, start out with  egg dishes, pastries, fruits and cereals. The lunch menu offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. And don’t forget the cocktails. How about a mango passion bellini or some bittersweet sangria?

Beach Cafe, photo courtesy of Tropicana

Beach Cafe, photo courtesy of Tropicana

Beach Café at Tropicana: The Beach Café offers indoor and outdoor dining. We always opt for the wooden deck outside overlooking the lush Tropicana pool. The restaurant is open 24 hours and serves a wide variety of things like soups, wraps, sandwiches, grilled New York strip, salmon, burgers, salads, Asian dishes and more. They also serve breakfast anytime. Go for the Frosted Flakes cinnamon French toast.

Tao Beach

Tao Beach

Tao Beach at The Venetian: If you’re partying at Tao Beach pool club you can enjoy a full restaurant menu of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The menu brings aspects of Tao restaurant out to the pool. Order small plates like edamame, BBQ chicken satay or tuna poke salad. You’ll also find sushi rolls, salads, burgers and a Thai BBQ chicken quesadilla.

The Stratosphere pool

The Stratosphere pool

8 Pool Café and Bar at Stratosphere: As the name suggests, this cafe is located eight floors above the Strip at the Stratosphere’s pool deck. Enjoy open-air dining with a view of the pool and enjoy a fusion of American, Baja and Pan Asian tastes.

Be sure to try the Sweet & Heat French toast for breakfast. It’s a unique combination of jalapeno cheddar bread French toasted and smothered with maple syrup, whipped cream and berries. Lunch options include lobster taquitos, chili lime wings, salads, wraps, tacos, burgers and sandwiches.

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