IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR
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.
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.
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