BY CHARYN PFEUFFER
Beyond the Virtuoso Travel Week campus at Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara, Las Vegas’ dining scene beckons with everything from celebrity chef-created menus to classic plates of fries. For some of Sin City’s most memorable meals, best-kept culinary secrets, and satisfying late-night snacks, these local Virtuoso hoteliers have got you covered.
Aria Resort & Casino
Paul Berry, Vice President of Hotel Operations
For a Pint: Berry heads to the Todd English Pub, located right outside The Shops at Crystals. “The restaurant has more than 70 beers on tap, great comfort food, and they’re bound to always have the game on for me,” he says.
Elevated Dining: Book a table at Rivea at Delano Las Vegas, which serves French and Italian fine dining in a comfortable environment. “The restaurant sits on the 64th floor of the hotel and has incredible views of the Strip,” Berry says. “If my party wants to continue the celebration, I like after-dinner drinks at Skyfall Lounge next door.”
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Donald Bowman, General Manager
Off-Strip Fave: “Many of the Cirque du Soleil performers in town frequent Naked Fish’s Sushi & Grill for a casual meal,” Bowman says. The Spring Valley spot is a favorite for Japanese dishes such as yuzu-seared salmon and shrimp tempura.
Late-Night Go-To: Bowman suggests a booth at The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge on the north end of Strip; it’s a kitschy throwback to old-school Vegas that serves breakfast 24 hours a day.
Bellagio Resort & Casino
Olivia Brown, General Manager
Sin City’s Culinary Secret: “Las Vegas has such an incredible food scene on and off the Strip,” Brown says, “but our Chinatown rivals New York City and San Francisco, and is a favorite destination for some of the city’s most celebrated chefs.”
Post-Club V: Pick up an order of the spice-rubbed French fries at Snacks on Bellagio.
Delano Las Vegas
Matthew Chilton, General Manager
Leave the Heels Behind: Chilton’s most-loved relaxed dining spots include Della’s Kitchen at Delano, and the District One Kitchen & Bar, located a few blocks west of the Strip. “It’s a great Vietnamese and Asian fusion restaurant,” he says. “Some of my favorite menu items include the pho tai rib-eye, Maine lobster pho, and oxtail fries.”
Coffee Break: Perk up at Vesta Coffee Roasters in the Arts District.
Vdara Hotel & Spa
Mary Giuliano, General Manager
Bring the Whole Gang: Giuliano’s best-kept Vegas food secret is the signature paellas available at Julian Serrano Tapas in Aria Resort & Casino. “They’re usually made-to-order to serve two, but can be created for larger groups upon request,” she says.
Worth the Trip: For a casual meal, Giuliano suggests the chicken shawarma plate at Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant, a tasty Lebanese spot with hookah on the patio – it’s about a 20-minute ride west of the Strip in Spring Valley.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Mark Hellrung, General Manager
Special-Occasion Standby: Hellrung’s go-to for fine dining is Picasso at Bellagio. “It’s new French cuisine by chef Julian Serrano paired with outstanding service, original Picassos, and beautiful views of the fountains,” he says.
Favorite Meal: The handmade artichoke pasta – cooked in a jar with scallops, calamari, shrimp, tomato, seafood broth, and sweet basil – at Veranda in the Four Seasons.
Skylofts at MGM Grand
Ana Marie Mormando, General Manager
Vegas’ Next Big Thing: “Bank Atcharawan got his start in the city as an incredible sommelier at Lotus of Siam, and then opened his first two restaurants, Chada Thai & Wine and Chada Street,” Mormando says. “Most recently, he launched The Patio Desserts & Drinks, an innovative venue just west of the Strip.”
Where the Locals Go: Mormando loves Honey Salt in Spring Valley for casual farm-to-table fare such as the New England fry with Ipswich clams and calamari.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Simon Pettigrew, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations
A Perfect Vegas Meal: Authentic ramen at Monta Ramen followed by dessert at Sweets Raku. “Watching the desserts being made with such imagination and precision while sitting at the bar is an event in itself,” Pettigrew says.
Order This Drink: The Hot Mess at Echo & Rig in Summerlin, made with tequila, agave nectar, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, and fresh lime juice. Pettigrew loves the restaurant for its amazing views of the distant Las Vegas Strip from the patio.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
Ramesh Sadhwani, Executive Vice President & General Manager
Seafood Fix: “At Lakeside at Wynn, fresh fish is flown in daily from Hawaii, and it’s paired with nightly entertainment on the Lake of Dreams,” says Sadhwani.
Happy Hour: For Vegas dining at its casual best, Sadhwani suggests a meal at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Town Square, where locals love to descend on its pup-friendly patio.
The Signature at MGM Grand
Jill Archunde Santell, General Manager
Party Time: Make a reservation at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand. “It’s great for special occasions, and the menu has something for everyone,” Santell says.
Downtown Dining: For something decidedly more casual, Santell enjoys Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas. Her pick: the crispy chicken skins with smoked honey.
Top Photo: Paella at Julian Serrano Tapas (Credit: Biondo Photo).
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