In many ways the adult equivalent of Disneyland, Las Vegas has a lengthy history of theatrical dining. From underground spaces and bars where Sinatra once played, to crooning mechanical frogs and men playing accordions there is no lack of mealtime entertainment. But for those who prefer their food and beverage with a view, these five choices offer a glimpse of the ever-expanding valley from a variety of vantages.
SkyBar at Waldorf Astoria
Although most likely did not notice Mandarin Oriental’s quiet conversion to Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria brand in August of 2018, the changes are slowly becoming more obvious. The location is now a luxury hotel catering to guests less concerned with gambling than other amenities, and it is from a serene lobby that elevators move swiftly up to the 23rd story, where the former Mandarin Bar has been renamed SkyBar, and presents views north and south with comfortable seats and soft music. Offering “eclectic bites” and beverages, including cocktails from Mixologist William Perbellini plus wines selected by Chris Zadie, put this one on the list of great places to visit early or late, before or after exploring Sin City.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
For those who love brunch, Las Vegas has no lack of options, though few come with a privileged view of the Bellagio fountains. Long situated as a focal point inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Eiffel Tower Restaurant features modern French cuisine from Chicago’s Jean Joho. Open since 1999 it is from 110 feet that guests are invited to linger over a three course prix fixe or a la carte selections ranging from foie gras to parmesan fried chicken. With or without wine this is a luxury space intended for relaxation, though children are also more than welcome and will no doubt be thrilled by crème brulee French toast.
Top of the World
Not just the only rotating restaurant in the city, but also recognized by Wine Spectator annually since 1996, there is no more lofty place in Las Vegas for fine dining than Top of the World. Open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week, and now owned by Blake Sartini’s Golden Entertainment, guests will ascend more than 800 feet in the air for a taste of Chef Pawan Pinisetti’s simple yet elegant cuisine. Accessible to all, but also sure to please foodies, current highlights include tuna tartare given an Asian twist, plus steaks ranging from domestic filet mignon to A-5 Wagyu from Japan. Also featuring great soups, salads and one of the best vegan pasta dishes in town, those looking for a towering dessert should most certainly save room for Top of the World’s 21-layer chocolate cake, or perhaps an equally towering baked Alaska.
Opened in October 2015 as a rebrand of French master Alain Ducasse’s miX, Rivea remains an underrated destination on the Strip. Located inside The Delano at Mandalay Bay and toqued by Chef Bruno Riou, Rivea invites diners to ascend sixty-four floors to access the restaurant, which features the flavors of France and Italy with a menu focused on sharing. Upscale but light in atmosphere, the cuisine follows suit, with the Mediterranean taking center stage. Highlights include pasta and marinated fishes, though vegetables also should not be overlooked, whether pureed as caponata or roasted by way of the seasonal Cookpot. Featuring sweeping views that extend to Skyfall Lounge next door those in the know will be sure to finish with Ducasse’s legendary baba, which here eschews rum in favor of housemade limoncello.
A new kid on the block, so to speak, it is by way of Philadelphia and with the cuisine of Bergamo that Marc Vetri came to town in November of 2018. Located on The Palms 56th floor, and completely re-imagined from its days as Alizé, Vetri Cucina goes a long way towards proving that fine dining will always have a place in Las Vegas. From elegant starters, such as Vetri’s signature onion crepe, to pastas including Swiss chard gnocchi and almond tortellini, everything on the menu is made from scratch daily, and quite unlike any other Italian restaurant in town. Sure to dazzle equally in terms of food and view, Vetri boasts entrees, including salt-crusted fish and smoked goat, that should not be missed. But do not forget to save room for desserts, such as the polenta budino or molten flan made from pistachios.