IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR

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when the weather turns ab­so­lutely per­fect in Las Ve­gas. Sa­vor these mo­ments by head­ing to the great out­doors while you eat and drink. Ve­gas has a pa­tio to meet your needs. Get a slow start to the morn­ing with break­fast or brunch. Share small plates with a friend. Head to one of the high­est pa­tios in the city. Even do some peo­ple watch­ing while you dine on the pa­tio. If ro­mance is in the cards, try for a pri­vate ca­bana to make the evening that much more spe­cial. And, of course, a drink is al­ways ap­pro­pri­ate. Here, a look at some of the must-visit pa­tios in Las Ve­gas.

LAGO BY JU­LIAN SER­RANO

Step out on the pa­tio at this restau­rant for Mi­lan-in­spired decor with a view over­look­ing the Bel­la­gio’s danc­ing foun­tains. The best time to go to this Ital­ian restau­rant is for brunch, when James Beard Foun­da­tion award­win­ning chef Ju­lian Ser­rano dishes out a three- course menu that might in­clude dishes such as an egg­plant parme­san Bene­dict, Ital­ian sausage fried egg burger or Nonna’s frittata with baked eggs and veg­eta­bles on Sun­days from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. That bread bas­ket is to die for. Bel­la­gio, 1.866.259.7111.

MIZUMI

Some of the best Ja­panese cui­sine in the city comes at the hands of Devin Hashimoto at Wynn. While warmer weather means the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows are open, prac­ti­cally mak­ing the en­tire din­ing room a pa­tio, try to score the pri­vate ca­bana in the Ja­panese gar­dens that sits atop a koi pond with re­mark­able views of the 90-foot wa­ter­fall. Or­der sushi and sashimi, tep­pa­nyaki dishes or saikyo miso sea bass and Alaskan king crab from the ro­batayaki menu. Wynn, 702.770.3320.

VICE VERSA PA­TIO & LOUNGE

This whim­si­cal pa­tio that sits in front of Vdara has a prime view of the com­ings and go­ings at the re­sort and neigh­bor­ing Aria as well as a front-row seat to “Big Edge,” the sculp­ture made of ca­noes from artist Nancy Ru­bins. Or­der small plates such as lob­ster tacos and Thai chicken sa­tay or try one of the desserts, in­clud­ing but­ter­scotch pud­ding with aged ched­dar pop­corn while you swing on the chairs on the pa­tio. Vdara, 702.590.2030.

MON AMI GABI

When Paris isn’t in the cards, Las Ve­gas might be the next best thing. Mon Ami Gabi at Paris has a rep­u­ta­tion as the best peo­ple-watch­ing pa­tio in the city and for good rea­son. Those ta­bles splay out on the wide side­walk with the Foun­tains at Bel­la­gio cap­tur­ing ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion across the boule­vard. The good news is that the clas­sic French bistro opens at 7 a.m. for those in the mood for break­fast while steak frites, trout al­mondine and beef bour­guignon are just some of the dishes that will make you go oh-la-la at din­ner. Paris, 702.944.4224.

RIVEA

French chef Alain Du­casse takes his pa­tio to the 64th floor of the Delano with spec­tac­u­lar views of the Strip look­ing north. While a sun­set din­ner here may leave you mes­mer­ized by the view, it’s the breezy vibe of the Ital­ian-in­spired dishes that will keep you com­ing back. Try spe­cialty dishes such as mar­i­nated sea bass, beef carpac­cio and cured ham tigelle with a tomato-al­mond pesto to whisk your mind away from Las Ve­gas and to the Riviera in­stead. Neigh­bor­ing Sky­fall Lounge keeps things dar­ing with re­fresh­ing cock­tails such as the Vic­tim of El­e­gance with Alain Du­casse’s own cham­pagne, aperol, straw­ber­ries, dry ver­mouth and lemon juice. Delano, 702.632.9500.

MORELS FRENCH STEAK­HOUSE & BISTRO

A raw bar brim­ming with oys­ters, crab claws and shrimp, a cheese and char­cu­terie bar with more than 60 cheeses from around the world and out­door din­ing French style are just some of the ac­cou­trements at this brasserie at The Palazzo. While din­ing out­side on the pa­tio over­look­ing the Strip, try sauteed red snap­per or an 18-hour braised short rib and pair them with one of the 60 wines by the glass or 400 bot­tles for a per­fect way to spend the night. The Palazzo, 702.607.6333.

COSTA DI MARE

Di­vine fish and seafood from the Ital­ian coastal wa­ters is flown in by the ton to sat­isfy the din­ers at this respite at Wynn. For ro­mance, re­quest one of the ca­banas, pri­vate en­claves that sit around the restau­rant’s la­goon. For a true taste of Italy’s ro­man­tic coast­line, or­der the six-course prix fixe menu from chef Mark LoRusso that takes you on a jour­ney with the char­coal-grilled oc­to­pus from Lig­uria, cut­tle­fish from Venice and risotto with mus­sels and red mul­let from Sar­dinia. Wynn, 702.770.3305.

STRIPSIDE CAFE & BAR

Or­der up a huevos rancheros bur­rito, chicken parme­san, na­chos, cheeses­teak sand­wich or a cook­ies and cream milk­shake on the pa­tio of this restau­rant at the front of Cae­sars Palace. Watch the foot traf­fic at the busiest in­ter­sec­tion in the state while en­joy­ing the ca­sual vibe here. Cae­sars Palace, 702. 731.7373.

The pa­tio at Lago by Ju­lian Ser­rano fea­tures the best view of the Foun­tains at Bel­la­gio For more in­for­ma­tion where­trav­eler.com

Mizumi’s ro­man­tic pa­tio

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