Since My friend Gabi made a splash in 1999 with its Strip-side patio in Paris Las Vegas, alfresco dining has been a hit here – especially after a year of COVID-19, when nearly every place with a spare sidewalk has added outdoor tables.
One of the newest, most scenic, and grandest places is at Becca Restaurant and Lounge, which opened in early last fall at 12656 Southern Highlands Parkway, in the Tuscan highlands.
âIt’s huge,â said co-owner Winnie Schulman. She is not exaggerating. It is 12,000 square feet – the equivalent of several mid-sized homes – and wraps around the development’s resort complex, which houses Becca’s dining room, esports lounge and health club, and health. Divided into a veranda and wine garden, the patio offers sunny and shady spots, tables with water and fire, an Italian wine cart, lush landscaped gardens and a view of a mega-style swimming pool just outside. next to the terrace.
Schulman said she knew the outdoor space would be popular.
âThey feel so confident going out into the air,â she said, âhaving that security for dinner.â
Becca’s menu leans heavily on small plates and pizzas, with entrees, salads, pastas and more. beccarestaurant.com
Casa Calavera, which opened in March with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, also has a large outdoor area, which extends to the resort’s pool. Representatives for restaurant owner Hakkasan Group said they wanted the Virgin location to reflect the feel of their original Casa Calavera in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, which is on a beach. Hence the new âfeet in the sandâ seats. The restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine made with authentic ingredients but adapted to American tastes. hakkasangroup.com
Al Solito Posto, a new location from the James Beard Award finalist James Trees, has a 40-seat covered patio facing the picturesque fountains of Tivoli village and serves classic Italian cuisine with creative touches, such as beef carpaccio with truffle aioli with garlic and arugula with mushrooms in addition to capers and olive oil. aussilito.com
Sister place Ada wine bar, serving cold cuts and small platters as well as favorite vintages, has a shaded patio overlooking some of the lush green landscaping of Tivoli village. adaslv.com
BBQ Project, a permanent food truck docked at the new Circa complex in downtown Las Vegas, has views of the Main Street scene and the action along Fremont Street, and serves homemade smoked meats, such as street tacos with minced breast, grilled chicken or smoked pulled pork. circalasvegas.com
A number of local restaurants have also expanded and / or improved their outdoor dining areas.
Park on Fremont at 506 Fremont St. recently renovated its spaces, adding more greenery and an improved sound system. Offerings include The Seattlelite, a burger with brie, pinot noir glazed mushrooms, caramelized onions, wild arugula and coffee mayonnaise. parconfremont.com
The outdoor space at Carson Kitchen at 124 S. Sixth St. has expanded from the landscaped courtyard behind the restaurant to also include the roof terrace. Here you will find dishes such as bacon jam with havarti and a toasted baguette, or black rice and oxtail risotto with parmesan cream. carsonkitchen.com
Esther’s kitchen at 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd. has individual dining tents until June 1st. The patio is complete with grass, lounge chairs and a fire pit. Homemade pasta is a specialty, like Mafalda Nero, with lobster, fennel, truffle and lemon. estherslv.com
Strong Tapas at 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd. has redesigned its patio with a European vibe, designed to evoke a living room on the Black Sea beaches of the chef / owner’s Bulgarian homeland. It serves dishes such as mini peppers stuffed with seasoned ground pork topped with a yogurt and dill sauce. barforte.com
Green Valley Ranch Resort presented “The Backyard at Sundown” and Red Rock Resort a ‘Crimson in Bloom’, both of which take advantage of the resort’s expansive landscaping and serve up small bites and cold cuts. greenvalleyranch.com; redrockresort.com
And don’t forget the restaurants that have long had the most picturesque outdoor dining areas in the valley.
Bacchus Steps and Americana, both located in the plaza of 2620 Regatta Drive, offer a serene view of Jacqueline Lake from Desert Shores. The specialties are pan-fried foie gras with lingonberry jam and brioche for the first, Colorado lamb shank braised with broccoli and creamy truffle polenta for the second. marchebacchus.com; americanalasvegas.com
Summerlin Grilled winegrowers at 10100 W. Charleston Blvd. has an elegant space with flower gardens and vines, illuminated Moroccan lanterns hanging from the trees, two illuminated cabins, gas lanterns, fireplaces and lighted candles on each linen covered table. Bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, shrimps, snapper, squid and scallops is one of the many options on the menu. vglasvegas.com
Hawthorn grills and Jade Asian Cuisine & Noodles at the JW Marriott offer stunning views of the Zen-like landscaping of the Summerlin Resort. The dinner menu at Hawthorn Grill includes braised beef ribs with roasted root vegetables and sweet potatoes; Jade offers sushi, teppanyaki, and standards like General Tso’s Chicken. marriott.com
Cork at The Venetian overlooks the resort’s Venezia Tower pool, with sprawling trees and other plantings. Steak Bouchon, grilled rib eye and bÃ©arnaise sauce with fries, is one of the modern take on French cuisine from award-winning chef Thomas Keller. thomaskeller.com
In Henderson, Kitchen table at 1716 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway has a courtyard with cabins and palm trees. Breakfast and lunch selections include Croque Madame. It is also possible to prepare meals such as guacamole and omelets for groups of four or less at the table, upon reservation with 24 hours notice. table of cuisinelv.com
And Bistro Mimi and Coco at Montelago Village, which serves dishes such as Dover sole, Provencal rack of lamb and veal, has a shaded patio overlooking Lake Las Vegas. mimicocorestaurant.com
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