Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

News for Restaurants in Las Vegas
November 2013 Archive

Search / Openings / Closings / News Bytes / Chef Shuffle/ Culinary Events / Wine Dinners / News Archive / Sign up for our free, monthly newsletter

If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

FIZZ Las Vegas Champagne lounge and bar has opened inside Caesars Palace. Located between The Colosseum and the Forum Shops, a selection of high-end Champagnes by the glass, carefully curated spirits, and cuisine selected by Sir Elton John’s personal chef are featured. Dishes include caviar, gourmet paninis and small plates. Owners Steve Kennedy and Michael Greco of Marvel Management and Marketing partnered with Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish to create a 2,750-square-foot, two-story lounge offering art, fashion and design --- all of which cost $3 million to build out. Design elements include an entry space rendered in hues of champagne, cognac, copper and ivory; walls decorated with Elton John and David Furnish’s photography collection; silk moiré and walnut walls; and cognac chandeliers. FIZZ is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. and Friday through Sunday from noon-4 a.m. FIZZ Las Vegas, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 855-346-1700; 702-776-3200.
 
The Downtown Las Vegas Arts District continues to thrive and expand, with an array of unique hot spots serving the art-loving public. One such cocktail lounge is the Velveteen Rabbit, situated on the west edge of the Arts District within walking distance of The Arts Factory and Holsum Lofts. Inspired by the children’s novel of the same name, the eclectic décor features a neon rabbit, upholstered loveseats, hanging industrial-style light bulbs, textured wallpaper and a long wood bar. Artisan spirits are used to craft signature cocktails, and 12 drafts and several bottle selections include some from local breweries. Local DJs and musicians provide entertainment on weekends. Veleveteen Rabbit is open daily from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Velveteen Rabbit, 1218 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-685-9645.
 
In December, the Morton Group plans to open CRUSH eat, drink, love at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in the former space of Nobhill Tavern, serving a shared-plate menu by executive chef William DeMarco. The menu will include shrimp risotto, made with arugula and tomato fondue; crudo, prepared with radish, Champagne grapes and lemon; chicken skewers with fiery harissa and hummus; and chocolate and raspberry terrine and fresh berry crêpe served with balsamic ice cream. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be divided into two distinctive rooms, a “greenhouse” garden with lighting emulating the natural migration of the sun, and a dining cellar topped by a barrel-vault ceiling composed of white brick. The garden room will seat 130, and the cellar’s capacity will accommodate 100. CRUSH will be open daily for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch. CRUSH eat, drink, love, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
 

News Bytes

Buddy V’s Ristorante Launches Daily Happy Hour
Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian has a launched a daily happy hour, available in the bar and lounge overlooking the Vegas Strip, from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 pm. On offer are draft beers, Prosecco, red or white Villa Antinori Wines for $4; high balls and featured specialty cocktails for $6; and Grandma’s meatballs, calamari fritti, macaroni and cheese carbonara, Roma-style gnocchi, meatball sliders and sausage and pepper sliders for $5. Buddy V’s Ristorante, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2355; 877-883-6423.
 
Pizza Rock Hosting Weekly Pizza Cooking Class for Kids and Parents
Pizza Rock in the Downtown 3rd District is hosting Kids in the Kitchen, a weekly series where kids and their parents learn tricks of the trade from pizza-tossing pros, including handling the dough, topping the pizza and cooking it to perfection. Held each Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the class is priced at $10 per person with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To reserve, call 702-385-0838. Pizza Rock, 201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-0838.
 
Tender Steak & Seafood to Offer Special Menu During National Finals Rodeo
Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel & Casino will offer specialty menu items during the National Finals Rodeo December 5-14, 2013. A 30-oz Angus rib eye tomahawk chop will be accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, exotic mushrooms and caramelized onions. It may be paired with a Crown Royal flight including pours of Crown XR, Crown Reserve and Crown Royal. The combined price for the steak and liquor is $95 (the chop la carte is $75, and the flight alone is $30). Also offered for $55 will be a game meat tasting platter featuring items such as range-fed American bison rib eye served with maple-flavored baked beans and duck bacon, Colorado Rocky Mountain elk medallions accompanied by huckleberry sauce and cherry fig chutney, and Texas Hill Country wild boar spare ribs served with a roasted white corn salad. Tender Steak & Seafood, Luxor Hotel & Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-4852.
 
Honey Salt Celebrates Thanksgivukkah with Special Menu Nov. 25-Dec. 2
Honey Salt will celebrate the fact that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year, something that occurs only every 70,000 years, with a "Thanksgivukkah" menu. This special menu combining the two holidays will feature potato latkes with toasted pine nuts, watercress, horseradish and cranberry sauce; red wine-braised short ribs with roasted Brussels sprouts, pearl onion and butternut squash puree; and a dessert choice of pumpkin cheesecake or warm Hanukkah doughnuts. The cost is $45, with an optional wine pairing for $25. This menu won’t be offered again until the year 72013, so reservations are suggested. Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-445-6100.
 

Find the Best Steakhouses Near You

MEATY MATTERS
Best Steakhouses Near You

Top 10 Steak Wines
Top 5 Tips for a Perfect Steak
Beef Cuts: A Primer for Steak

Chef Shuffle

The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has announced the appointment of executive pastry chef Philippe Angibeau to the hotel’s culinary team. Chef Angibeau will oversee the dessert menus for MOzen Bistro, Tea Lounge, Pool Café, in-room dining, special events and customized wedding cakes. Most recently, chef Angibeau, a native of France, was executive pastry chef at Le Cirque and Circo at the Bellagio. Previously, he cooked at Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn Las Vegas and Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Before coming to Las Vegas, he worked at the Hotel De Paris and The Beach Hotel in Monaco. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-8888.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Las Vegas to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aristocrat, R.I.P.

N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms Casino Resort closed for renovations as of November 10. It is scheduled to reopen December 26. N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-933-9900.
 
Wing Lei Chinese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas closed October 8 to undergo a complete renovation of the restaurant’s interiors. Also closing for refurbishment is Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, which closed November 3. Both restaurants plan to reopen December 21. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
After receiving a reprieve on its lease expiration this past summer, and after a nearly 15-year run, Valentino at The Venetian has closed for good, after completing its dinner service November 4. The Venetian has not yet announced Valentino’s replacement. Valentino, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
The Las Vegas outlet of the New York icon P.J. Clarke’s New York Chophouse, located at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, closed abruptly October 29. A previously unfounded rumor that Border Grill will be opening its second Vegas Strip location in the space now appears to be more than just a rumor. P.J. Clarke’s New York Chophouse, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

CULINARY EVENTS
Want to learn to cook? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.

View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Las Vegas

Current News View archived news: August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008

RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.