Michael Mina will replace American Fish at Aria Resort & Casino with Bardot Brasserie, a French bistro. The new restaurant will pay homage to the café culture of Paris offering traditional brasserie fare, such as foie gras en croute, steak frites, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and the Bardot burger with Comte cheese, caramelized onions and a bordelaise sauce. Designed by Bishop Pass, the décor will reflect the mood of early French film noirs where low lighting and dramatic shadows set the stage for an alluring and mysterious experience, and will feature a open kitchen, a Parisian storefront and 360-degree accessible bar with counter-to-ceiling brass shelving. Bardot Brasserie, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Off The Strip, a locals favorite in Southern Highlands since 2007, will open a second location, ON the Strip, at the Promenade at The LINQ. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24 hours, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor will feature a contemporary design with dark woods, stone, brick and metals; black chalkboards showcasing inspirational sayings; an open, high-performance kitchen as the centerpiece; and a large staircase leading to the second floor, accenting the height of the 15-foot ceilings. The menu will feature signature comfort favorites including steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes, which will change seasonally. ON The Strip, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-351-7400 .
In December, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa will open the all-new 8 Noodle Bar, as part of the property’s $35 million-plus reinvestment. The restaurant will seat 41 guests and will incorporate traditional Asian elements such as a vibrant red façade, an intricate lattice screen, a display of suspended noodle bowls, artwork featuring abstracted images of traditional noodle throwing techniques, and custom furniture featuring dragons crawling across the back of banquettes among tables reminiscent of burnt wood. Led by Saigon native chef Andy Vu, the menu will feature dishes using fresh ingredients with touches of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, and a special emphasis on noodle and rice bowls. 8 Noodle Bar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has opened Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the 400-acre Downtown Summerlin retail and entertainment complex. This is Puck’s seventh restaurant in Las Vegas, but his first located off the Strip. The 200-seat space incorporates materials paying homage to the desert beauty and towering red cliffs of the Red Rock Canyon. The menu features seasonal salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta and pizzas. Puck, who opened his first Vegas restaurant, Spago, in 1992 said, “We have such strong loyalty from locals who have been, and continue to be, a driving force behind the success of our six Strip restaurants. It’s exciting for us to move off of the Strip and become an integral part of the neighborhood.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-202-6300.
Caesars Palace will be home to an outpost of chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker, which has two locations in the San Diego area and another in Austin. The menu will include signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." The opening is scheduled for Spring 2015. Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar has opened in the new Downtown Summerlin, serving American cuisine and modern sushi. This new location is the ninth in the U.S., but first to open in the west. Décor elements include gold tiles surrounding an open kitchen area, hand-blown light fixtures scattered throughout the dining area, a six-foot chandelier at the restaurant’s entrance and a patio for al fresco dining overlooking Downtown Summerlin’s open square area. Executive chef Jason Talbot executes a menu featuring signature dishes such as scallops with butternut squash risotto, bison burger topped with pork belly, lamb meatballs with poblano cream sauce, and flatbreads such as duck confit with fig marmalade and pickled grapes. A sushi bar is curated by head sushi chef Hiroki Ohata with fresh fish options delivered daily. CRAVE is open daily for lunch and dinner. CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 10970 Rosemary Park Drive Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-878-5505.
Popular cook, DJ and cookbook author Steve Martorano has opened his second Vegas location, Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas, his first on the Strip. Located along the Le Boulevard portion of the Paris Las Vegas property, the restaurant features expansive seating areas, patio dining and a large central bar. The menu offers specialty items, such as his signature eggplant stack and chef's homemade meatballs. Several HD televisions are positioned throughout the restaurant, showcasing scenes from Martorano’s favorite films. After 9 p.m., the restaurant transforms into Martorano’s Supper Club, with a dance floor, DJ booth and state-of-the-art sound system playing classic R&B, disco, slow jams and today’s Top 40s and hip-hop. Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas is open daily for dinner. Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
Lago by Julian Serrano will open in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This will be the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). The opening date is scheduled for March 2015. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
SLS Las Vegas is the newest resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly five years. Among the dining options are Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya by Starck, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe. Other venues include 800 Degrees Pizza, The SLS Buffet, Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book and The Perq. For reservations and additional information, visit slsvegas.com. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-2111.
50 Eggs, Inc. has announced that it is bringing Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to The Venetian, slated for an early 2015 opening. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space will be located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and will seat 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu will feature farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar will allow the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location will join Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino will open two new restaurants, Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, within its new plaza experience. With an expected opening date of December 2014, the restaurants will take over the space formerly occupied by The Sporting House, which closed June 3. Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, opened its original location in 2004 at NYC’s Madison Square Park, and has multiple locations on the East Coast. This new outlet will mark its first West Coast location. Tom Ryan is the namesake of Tom’s Urban, which has its roots in Denver, a concept he founded with restaurant financier Rick Schaden in 2012. Tom’s Urban will be open 24 hours and will feature an indoor-outdoor patio and menu offerings such as butter poached lobster and shrimp tacos, Xiangxiang crispy duck wings and bratwurst breakfast sliders. New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
Spago Serving Retro Throwback Menu December 15-19
Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will celebrate its 22nd anniversary by serving its throwback menu, featuring retro pricing and 24 original menu items from when the restaurant first opened its doors in December 1992. The dishes will include house-smoked sturgeon with crisp potato galette and horseradish cream ($13); crisp tempura shrimp with Thai basil aioli ($13); sautéed Maryland crab cakes with red pepper coulis ($12); crispy Petaluma quail with mandarin glaze ($12); yellowfin tuna ”steak frites’’ with horseradish potatoes, spinach and an Armagnac peppercorn sauce ($25); steamed salmon with jasmine rice, Asian vegetables, ponzu and chili oil ($22); and Cantonese-style roasted duck with wild huckleberries, ginger and stir-fried baby bok choy ($25). Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-6300.
BLT Burger at The Mirage Serving Holiday Menu December 22-28
BLT Burger at The Mirage will serve special, holiday-themed menu items this year. They will include mushroom-truffle bisque with grilled crostini for $12; prime rib burger with horseradish cream, baby arugula, grilled onions and au jus for $20; gingerbread pudding with pumpkin ice cream and cinnamon crème anglaise for $12; and eggnog shake made with vanilla ice cream, eggnog, vanilla whip and candy cane dust for $8, or spiked with Makers Mark for $12. BLT Burger, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-792-7888.
R Steak & Seafood at the Riviera Offering Autumn Dinner Special
R Steak & Seafood at the Riviera is offering four complete autumn steak dinner options for $22. Options include seared white bass with braised pea tendrils and a soy-honey marinade; citrus-glazed, half-roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans; roasted prime rib of beef with au jus, mashed potatoes and green beans; and a 10-ounce Prime sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. All dinner specials come with a Caesar salad with romaine hearts, garlic vinaigrette and herb croutons. R Steak is open nightly from 5 p.m. R Steak & Seafood, Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-794-9233, 800-634-6753.
Island Heat LuWow Dinner Show Debuts at Kahunaville
Back in the 20th century, Las Vegas dinner shows used to be the norm, but are now a rarity. Kahunaville at Treasure Island has introduced its version of the dinner show, Island Heat LuWow, held inside Kahunaville’s new showroom. The new show features Polynesian dance and cuisine with an Elvis Blue Hawaii tribute and a Tahitian tribal drum performance to the music of the Black Eyed Peas. The dinner menu includes white chocolate macadamia bread, Big Island Lua’ai salad and an entrée choice of macadamia-crusted mahi mahi, teriyaki flank steak, ahi tuna or piña colada chicken. Dinner show tickets are $59.99, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased at kahunaville.com or by calling 702-894-7350. Show-only tickets are also available at $39.99, plus taxes and fees. There are two shows Wednesday through Monday; doors open at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Kahunaville, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-894-7390.
Locals Receive Half Off at Downtown Grand Restaurants Through Dec. 31
During November and December, locals will receive 50 percent off all regularly priced menu items at The Commissary and S+O Restaurant at the Downtown Grand. Guests must have valid identification and a MY POINTS DOWNTOWN GRAND membership (free to join). The offer will be valid at both restaurants until December 31. Downtown Grand, 206 N. 3rd St. , Las Vegas 89101, 702-953-4343.
Five50 Pizza Bar's All-You-Can-Drink Beer Special During Televised Football Games
Five50 Pizza Bar is offering an all-you-can-drink beer special available throughout the football season. Priced at $25, fans can consume unlimited draft beer throughout any televised football game, and for $35, guests can add a choice of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra or a Don Julio 1942. Five50 Pizza Bar, Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-590-7550; 866-359-7757.
Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
Chef Todd Harrington has left the Downtown Grand and accepted the executive chef position at Yardbird Southern Southern Table & Bar, which is slated to open at The Venetian in spring of 2015 in the space of the closed Pinot Brasserie. Before working at Downtown Grand, Harrington served as executive chef at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef Luciano Pellegrini has joined the culinary team at Marché Bacchus as consulting chef. The Italian native previously helmed Valentino at The Venetian and was head chef at Posto in Los Angeles. Pellegrini will expand the menu to add Mediterranean-influenced dishes including a large selection of pastas. Marché Bacchus was recently named one of GAYOT's Top 10 Wine Bars in the U.S. Marché Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has announced that chef Mark Andelbradt has been appointed executive chef of the new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, the group’s first off-Strip restaurant. Andelbradt’s last position was as executive chef at Puck's Postrio at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The Chicago native’s resume also includes positions at Daniel Boulud’s Daniel in New York City, at Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto in both Philadelphia and New York City, and at Brasserie T and TRU in Chicago. Andelbradt said, “It’s exciting to be a part of Wolfgang’s first off-Strip restaurant in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is now home for my family, and I’m really looking forward to becoming even further rooted in the community with this great neighborhood restaurant.” Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Downtown Summerlin, 10955 Oval Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV n/a, 702-202-6300.
December 6, 2014, was the closing date for Sirio Ristorante at ARIA Resort & Casino. The Italian restaurant from the Maccioni family had been in operation since the resort opened in 2009 and joins its sister restaurant Osteria del Circo, which closed in September after 15 years of operation at Bellagio. The Maccioni family still has one restaurant in Las Vegas, Le Cirque at Bellagio. Sirio Ristorante, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Circo, the casual outlet of Le Cirque that has operated at Bellagio since the resort opened in 1998, closed September 30. While Le Cirque remains open, MGM Resorts International has announced that chef Julian Serrano will open his first Italian restaurant at the resort in the Circo space, overlooking the Bellagio fountains. The new Serrano restaurant, named Lago by Julian Serrano, will feature small plates and will include an outdoor patio next to the resort’s iconic fountains, an upgrade that Circo did not have. The expected opening for Lago is March 2015. Circo, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8150.
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