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
August 2018 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

La La Noodle will debut at Park MGM in November 2018, offering authentic Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. The casual restaurant will have a prime location near the Park Theater, with a covered outdoor patio and minimalist design. Featured menu selections will include hand-pulled noodle dishes such as pork belly noodles, chicken chow mein and regional delicacies like Hong Kong seafood crispy noodles with shrimp, scallops and squid. In addition to noodles, entrées will encompass Vietnamese braised catfish served in a clay pot with fish sauce, chiles and garlic. La La Noodle, Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, No phone.
 
Tacotarian has opened in southwest Las Vegas Tacotarian has opened in southwest Las Vegas, serving plant-based Mexican cuisine. Décor elements include black, white and aqua-blue tones; vintage Mexican movies projected onto the walls; handcrafted wood tables; tile from Mexico; and a long communal table. Tacotarian executive chef John Simmons has created a menu that includes street tacos in a dozen different vegan variations, such as carne asada (with seitan and vegan Worcestershire sauce), barbacoa (mushroom, jackfruit, barbacoa marinade, onion and cilantro) and Baja (battered avocado, slaw, cilantro lime dressing and guacamole). Tacotarian, 6135 S. Ft. Apache Rd., Ste. 402, Las Vegas, NV 89148, 702-979-9329.
 
As part of Palace Station’s $192 million property-wide modernization, the hotel-casino has opened Boathouse Asian Eatery, created by brother and sister team Cat and Tu Do with their partner Hans Mogensen. Décor features a wall-to-wall custom octopus mural, hand-painted art, wood accents and high ceilings. The seafood-centric Asian fare includes influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine with dishes such as striped bass steamed with ginger, onion and soy sauce; Cajun-style seafood boil with crawfish, shrimp or clams; wok-fried Chinese spiced calamari; wok-seared filet mignon cubes with bell pepper and onion; and Lahaina roll with soft shell crab, nobashi shrimp tempura, tuna tataki and spicy sesame ponzu. The beverage program encompasses Sonoma County wines; saké and beer options; and artisanal cocktails like the Buddha Fizz made with Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, simple syrup and matcha powder. Boathouse Asian Eatery is open daily for lunch and dinner. Boathouse Asian Eatery, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 

News Bytes

Mexican Independence Day Specials on the Vegas Strip
Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay (3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-632-7558) will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16 with holiday-themed food and drink specials. A taco cart will serve homemade carnitas tacos ($4) on the restaurant’s patio, and drink specials such as Julio Palomas ($10), Batanga ($10) and bottled cervezas and Squirt soda ($5) will be available throughout the restaurant from 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. On the same day, just down the street at Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-444-4500), the Strip-side restaurant overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio will offer carne asada, pork and chicken street tacos, available from its roaming taco cart ($5 each); and a Mexican-style hot dog made with a bacon-wrapped Bavarian sausage and topped with onion, mayo and jalapeño ($10.95). In addition, there will be live entertainment and oversized yard games including Jenga and Connect Four.
 
Veranda at Four Seasons Offering Specially Priced Seasonal Menu
Veranda at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is inviting guests to travel to Italy this fall with the return of its popular “Taste of Italy” three-course seasonal menu, presenting chef de cuisine Joel Ott’s creative take on Italian favorites. Priced at $59 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, the menu includes a trio of appetizers: tuna crudo, aged prosciutto accompanied by figs and a miniature pizza topped with marinated artichokes and Asiago cheese; choice of petit filet with roasted tomato demi-glace and crispy fried eggplant or branzino served on a bed of farro and butternut squash; and amaretto chocolate tiramisu with sea salt caramel gelato or limoncello semifreddo with lemon cookie gelato. The Taste of Italy menu will be available September 1 through November 21. Veranda, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-5000.
 
Golden Steer Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Throwback Menu
Golden Steer, the longest continuously operating steakhouse in Las Vegas, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with special promotions beginning in September and running through the end of 2018. To commemorate the steakhouse’s opening in 1958, on September 1 the restaurant will bring back select items that are no longer served on the current menu. On the first of each month through December, these dishes will rotate onto the menu, replacing the previous month’s throwback offerings. The first set of options will include hearts of palm salad served with vinaigrette ($12); frog legs served Provençale or Oklahoma style (market price); Chilean trout sautéed with lemon butter ($24); chicken hunter style – boneless breast of chicken sautéed in olive oil with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and tomato sauce ($29); 14-oz top sirloin ($42); Lyonnaise potatoes with onions ($10); and spumoni bomba ($8). Golden Steer, 308 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-384-4470.
 
Hawthorn Grill Offering 45-Minute Express Lunch
Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is offering an executive 45-minute express lunch for $19, including a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert, all served at the same time. The menu changes weekly, but may include items such as spinach and strawberry salad with avocado, toasted almonds and lemon vinaigrette; arugula salad with red onions and heirloom tomatoes; shrimp po' boy with arugula and sriracha aïoli; Idaho rainbow trout with green beans, pearl onions and lemon herb butter; NY strip steak with sautéed mushroom and fingerling potatoes; chocolate and caramel mousse cake; and strawberry shortcake. Hawthorn Grill, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7777, 877-869-8777.
 
Public House Offering Beer-Pairing Menu
Public House at The Venetian is offering the Cicerone Experience prix- fixe beer pairing menu. Priced at $65 and available daily at any time, it includes an amuse of spiked watermelon with feta, micro lavender mint and Dogfish Head Festina Peche Berliner Weissbier; house-cured beet salmon tartare with locally-brewed Tenaya Creek Sunrise Mountain Imperial Belgian-style Witbier; caprese salad with Hop Valley Bubble Stash IPA; a choice of coffee-rubbed Wagyu tri-tip with Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad or seared halibut with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel; and chocolate-raspberry mousse bar with Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. In addition, the Ditch the Milk Beer and Cookie Pairing is available for $21 matching Unibroue La Fin Du Monde with an apricot clove thumbprint, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin with grapefruit white chocolate macaron, Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale with coffee cookie butter button and Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout with almond Nutella sable. Public House, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-407-5310.
 
Read André Gayot’s tribute to Joël Robuchon A Tribute to Joël Robuchon
Chef Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018, at the age of 73. Named "Cook of the Century” in 1990 by GaultMillau/GAYOT, he was the pioneer of a lightened, healthier cuisine. He also built a worldwide dining empire with restaurants in Paris, London, Las Vegas and beyond. Read André Gayot’s tribute to Joël Robuchon
 
Rao’s Offering Prix-Fixe Summer Dinner Menu
NYC staple Rao’s at Caesars Palace is offering a prix-fixe summer dinner menu featuring some of the Italian restaurant’s most popular dishes. Priced at $50, the three-course deal includes a choice of frisée salad, roasted red pepper and buffalo mozzarella or cannellini bean hummus; an entrée selection of pan-seared sole, pesto chicken penne or grilled flat iron steak; and a dessert choice of chocolate raspberry trifle or cannoli ice cream sundae. Rao’s, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7267.
 
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Offering Food & Beverage Specials on Las Vegas Aces Game Days
To celebrate the inaugural season of the Las Vegas Aces, the city’s first professional women’s WNBA team, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is offering a variety of Aces-themed food and beverage specials on game days. Beginning approximately two hours prior to tip-off, specials include 20 percent off food and beverage at Red Square; 25 percent off food at RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room; 15 percent off food and beverage at Hussong’s Cantina and Slice of Vegas; two-for-one entry at Minus5 Ice Bar; buy one milkshake get one free at Burger Bar; and complimentary appetizer for season ticket holders and Aces-themed sugar cookies for $5 at Libertine Social. To receive the game day specials, guests must show a game day ticket and the specials cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
Rí Rá Irish Pub Las Vegas Celebrates National Potato Day
Rí Rá Irish Pub at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place inside Mandalay Bay will celebrate National Potato Day by offering a variety of potato dishes from August 13-19. The special menu includes Irish cheddar croquettes ($13), mashed potatoes and Irish cheddar rolled in panko bread crumbs, lightly fried and served with horseradish mayo; pub poutine ($15), fries topped with melted cheese, chopped beer-braised corned beef, Irish curry sauce and chopped green onion; traditional creamy potato soup with fried leeks ($5), with the option to add smoked bacon and cheddar cheese for an additional $2; potato banger skillet ($17), champ potatoes and Irish sausage baked in a cast iron skillet with seared mushrooms and a Guinness, onion and herb gravy; and pork and spud bowl ($21), a bowl of deconstructed colcannon mashed potatoes topped with braised cabbage and green onion, shredded cheddar, roasted pork tenderloin and rosemary-mushroom gravy. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7771.
 

Chef Shuffle

Christopher Hall has been appointed room chef at Sonoma Cellar inside Sunset Station. The native Las Vegan began cooking at age 14 when his brother gave him his first cooking job at the Hot Rod Grille in Henderson and began working for Station Casinos in 2008, when he was only 17 years old. During the past 10 years he has worked at Sunset Station’s Capri (now named Pasta Cucina); as a broiler cook at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch Resort; as assistant room chef at Boulder Station’s specialty rooms: Cabo Mexican Restaurant, Pasta Cucina and The Broiler; just more than two years ago, transferred back to Sunset Station as assistant room chef at Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse; and in February 2017 was promoted to room chef at Pasta Cucina before moving back to Sonoma Cellar as room chef. Sonoma Cellar, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, 1301 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014, 702-547-7898.
 

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.

Cafe Bellagio overlooking the garden and conservatory at Bellagio has closed. The Strip resort announced it will be replaced by Sadelle’s, the popular NYC vintage-style deli restaurant and bakery, which is expected to open in December. The all-day dining concept Sadelle's is created by hospitality company Major Food Group, which also has the captain-service Carbone Italian restaurant at Aria. Until Sadelle’s opens, Bellagio guests can find breakfast offerings at Bellagio Buffet, Bellagio Patisserie, Snacks, Juice Press, Palio, Starbucks or Pool Café & Bar; and for a limited time, Harvest will serve American café classics from Cafe Bellagio’s menu from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. MGM Properties will release more info about the opening of Sadelle’s in the coming months. Cafe Bellagio, Bellagio, 3600 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: September 2019 | August 2019 | July 2019 | June 2019 | May 2019 | April 2019 | March 2019 | February 2019 | January 2019 | November 2018 | October 2018 | September 2018 | August 2018 | July 2018 | June 2018 | May 2018 | April 2018 | March 2018 | February 2018 | January 2018 | December 2017 | November 2017 | October 2017 | September 2017 | August 2017 | July 2017 | June 2017 | May 2017 | April 2017 | March 2017 | February 2017 | January 2017 | December 2016 | November 2016 | October 2016 | September 2016 | August 2016 | July 2016 | June 2016 | May 2016 | April 2016 | March 2016 | February 2016 | January 2016 | December 2015 | November 2015 | October 2015 | September 2015 | August 2015 | July 2015 | June 2015 | May 2015 | April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | 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

GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.