‘Tis the season for outdoor dining in Vegas

It’s officially spring and while in some parts of the world you might still be shoveling snow or wearing heavy jackets, we have absolutely perfect weather in Vegas. There’s no better way to celebrate spring than eating outdoors and Vegas has plenty of places where you can soak up the sunshine while you eat.

Here are some of our favorite places to dine al fresco in Vegas.

You'll feel like you're in Paris at Mon Ami Gabi, photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

You’ll feel like you’re in Paris at Mon Ami Gabi, photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
Paris (the real one) is famous for its sidewalk cafes and this restaurant in Vegas comes close to the real deal. If you sit on the patio you can dine on French favorites like escargot and steak frites, sip a glass of wine and watch the people stroll by on the Strip. You’ll also have an amazing view of the fountains at Bellagio directly across the street. The patio is very popular and you can’t make a reservation for it, so be prepared to wait a bit for a table. It’ll be worth it.

The patio at Herringbone overlooks the pool at Aria, photo courtesy of Aria.

The patio at Herringbone overlooks the pool at Aria, photo courtesy of Aria.

Herringbone at Aria
This new restaurant from Chef Brian Malarkey has a beautiful secluded outdoor space overlooking Aria’s lush pool area. Grab a table or sit at one of the comfortable couches while you dine on California coastal cuisine. The menu includes things like Maine lobster, octopus, meatballs with whipped ricotta, roasted chicken, Colorado lamb rack and seafood spaghetti.

The comfortable patio at Culinary Dropout, photo by Erik Kabik, courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel.

The comfortable patio at Culinary Dropout, photo by Erik Kabik, courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel.

Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel
This patio overlooking a pool at the Hard Rock feels kind of like an outdoor living room with its funky couches and armchairs. Relax and enjoy the gastropub menu with items like soft pretzels and fondue, salads, sandwiches, fried chicken, meatloaf and pork belly ramen.

The patio at Lago overlooks the Bellagio Fountains, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

The patio at Lago overlooks the Bellagio Fountains, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Lago at Bellagio
Get a table on the intimate patio at Lago and you’ll have a front-row seat to all of the action of the Bellagio Fountains. The patio sits right on the hotel’s lake and gives you a unique perspective of the water show while you dine on Chef Julian Serrano’s small Italian plates. Dishes include ahi tuna, risotto (trust us – get the red wine and burrata variety), spaghetti with clams, grilled lamb chops and tomato braised meatballs.

Grab a beer and watch the game on the patio at Umami Burger, photo courtesy of SLS.

Grab a beer and watch the game on the patio at Umami Burger, photo courtesy of SLS.

Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas
If you’re a sports fan, this is the patio for you. You can make your bets in the William Hill Sports Book and then head outside to the patio overlooking the Strip to watch your games. The beer garden patio serves an extensive collection of craft beers as well as the famous Umami burgers, salads, wings, nachos and more.

The patio upstairs at Carson Kitchen, photo courtesy of Carson Kitchen.

The patio upstairs at Carson Kitchen, photo courtesy of Carson Kitchen.

Carson Kitchen, 124 S. 6th St.
If you’re looking for a place to dine downtown, look no further than Carson Kitchen. Head up to the rooftop patio to enjoy an al fresco meal. Shared plates include the must-try bacon jam, Devil’s Eggs and veal meatballs. Other menu items include burgers, flatbreads, salads, risotto, mac & cheese and steelhead trout. Be sure to savor desserts like the glazed donut bread pudding or banoffee pie.

Enjoy a Strip view from the patio at Morels, photo courtesy of Morels.

Enjoy a Strip view from the patio at Morels, photo courtesy of Morels.

Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at the Palazzo
If you’re a wine lover, grab a glass and relax on this tranquil patio overlooking the Strip. Morels has more than 60 wines by the glass and 400 varieties by the bottle. Pair your wine with the French steakhouse cuisine, which includes seafood, risotto, pasta, chicken, braised short rib and of course, steaks.

Grab a brew and enjoy the view at Beer Park, photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Grab a brew and enjoy the view at Beer Park, photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas
The rooftop patio at Beer Park makes you feel like you’re at a backyard barbecue. Sit at a picnic table, eat food fresh off the grill and try some of the more than 100 draft, can and bottled beer selections. There’s even a grassy lawn area to play pool, bean bag toss and darts. Food includes burgers, barbecued ribs, hot dogs, sandwiches and more.

Enjoy lakeside seating at Lakeside restaurant, photo courtesy of Wynn.

Enjoy waterside seating at Lakeside restaurant, photo courtesy of Wynn.

Lakeside at Wynn
As the name suggests, Lakeside overlooks the beautiful Lake of Dreams at Wynn. The outdoor patio offers a breathtaking view of the waterfall and the nightly shows on the water that incorporate lights, music, holographics and puppets. The restaurant serves fresh seafood including lobster, crabs, oysters, Hawaiian fish and more.

Border Grill's outdoor patio is a great spot to hang out next to the Mandalay Bay Beach, photo courtesy of Border Grill.

Border Grill’s outdoor patio is a great spot to hang out next to the Mandalay Bay Beach, photo courtesy of Border Grill.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay
Border Grill’s
outdoor patio has a great atmosphere for dining outside – it’s located right near Mandalay Bay beach. To take advantage of their outdoor space, the restaurant is hosting a monthly patio series this spring and summer featuring the restaurants signature tastes and incorporating things not usually offered at the restaurant. The lineup includes a farm fresh dinner with food from local farmers, a tour of tequilas paired with signature menu items and more.

Get your people watching on at Tom's Urban, photo by Kristine McKenzie

Get your people watching on at Tom’s Urban, photo by Kristine McKenzie

Tom’s Urban at New York – New York
Tom’s Urban
has a patio right on the Strip sidewalk in front of New York – New York so it’s prime people-watching real estate. It’s also near the new pedestrian park area leading to the T-Mobile Arena so it’ll be an even more bustling area soon. This modern, casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night menu of eclectic dishes with American, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern influences. There are so many great bites to try at Tom’s that we recommend ordering a bunch of the small plates and sharing with friends. Top picks include Xiangxiang crispy duck wings, ginger chicken potstickers and the mini carnitas mac & cheese pot.

There's always a party on the patio at Cabo Wabo, photo courtesy of Cabo Wabo Cantina.

There’s always a party on the patio at Cabo Wabo, photo courtesy of Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood
There’s always a party on the patio at Cabo Wabo Cantina. The restaurant and bar, from rocker Sammy Hagar, has a large patio on the Strip that’s perfect for people watching, listening to live music and enjoying a few margaritas and tequila shots. Cabo Wabo serves weekend breakfast/brunch with menu choices like eggs Benedict with layers of machaca, chorizo and poached eggs; croissant French toast and breakfast quesadillas. Lunch and dinner offerings include Mexican favorites like tacos and enchiladas as well as fresh chips and house made salsa, ceviche, fajitas, carnitas and steaks.

The patio at Sinatra, photo courtesy of Encore.

The patio at Sinatra, photo courtesy of Encore.

Sinatra at Encore
Sinatra
 has an elegant dining room adorned with Frank Sinatra memorabilia but we prefer the patio, which has a beautiful garden-like setting near the Encore pool area. Sit near the fireplace while you dine on classic Italian cooking, pastas including Frank’s Spaghetti and Clams, fish, chicken, veal and steaks.

Catch great views of the Bellagio Fountains at Olives, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Catch great views of the Bellagio Fountains at Olives, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio
One of the most popular sights in town is the Bellagio Fountains so why not eat on a patio overlooking them? Olives is a Mediterranean-style restaurant from chef Todd English that serves pastas, steaks, brick oven flatbreads, fish, beef, lamb and chicken dishes. Seating on the patio is first-come, first-served so get there early.

The patio at HEXX offers great Strip views, photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

The patio at HEXX offers great Strip views, photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

HEXX at Paris Las Vegas
HEXX
has a great patio right on the Strip sidewalk with beautiful views of the Bellagio Fountains across the street. It’s also a perfect people-watching spot. The 24-hour restaurant serves signature selections including prime filet served with spring asparagus and sea-salt garlic butter; chicken and waffles, house-made apple cheddar waffles, topped with bourbon maple syrup and whipped apple butter; spaghetti carbonara, prepared with house-made pancetta, pecorino cheese, cracked black pepper and egg; and pan-roasted branzino, topped with pesto and served with couscous, baby spinach and sweet tomatoes.

You’ll want to stick around for dessert. Hexx Kitchen also has a bean-to-bar chocolate factory where their own brand of chocolate is made and sold on-site. The chocolate goes into dishes like the chocolate decadence cake.

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