3 Ways to Explore
Dining and Retail
World-Class Offerings to Explore
For serious foodies and shoppers, there is no doubt that Las Vegas provides a total experience. Both activities developed in the city as a natural outgrowth of its success as the entertainment capital of the world. Every luxury hotel offers first-class restaurants as well as a range of upscale boutiques and services. The most important chefs in the world are all represented here, including Alain Ducasse, Wolfgang Puck, Joël Robuchon, Bobby Flay, Michael Mina, Emeril Lagasse and Alex Stratta to name just a few!

As an entertainment center, Las Vegas offers residents loads of culinary options, but there are also many great neighborhood spots where home-cooked food is served and buffets are still available. In this chapter, you’ll learn about the variety of dining and shopping experiences that await you in Las Vegas. In no time you’ll discover your favorite haunts to share with friends and family alike and discover the true diversity the city has to offer.

Your first few months exploring the Las Vegas dining scene might resemble the excursions of the city’s thousands of daily visitors. Understandably, you will want to sample the marquee dining establishments on the Las Vegas Strip as well as the more famous names off the Strip and beyond. You won’t be disappointed; these splashy venues offer amazing menus that can’t be found anywhere else while understated establishments provide regional delights. Following is a quick look at some of the major points of interest.


DINING ON THE STRIP
— THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE
Tried-and-trusted establishments provide familiarity to new residents needing a good meal without the risk of leaving disappointed. Planet Hollywood is recognized to most as a dependable place to get an exotic salad and tasty burger, so the Las Vegas location is great for new residents seeking commonality. With the fun décor of movie memorabilia and props, Planet Hollywood is a great place to dine with family and share in the visual excitement.

The Palm Restaurant has survived more than 80 years in business only to increase in popularity and locations. If you are lucky, you have had the pleasure of eating satisfying dishes that reflect the best of Italian-American heritage previously at its other U.S. locations. If not, get acquainted with this branch of the revered New York eatery.

— THE VENETIAN
Bouchon at the Venetian
is the brainchild of chef Thomas Keller who used his memories of traveling through France to craft the striking restaurant located in the Venezia tower. Chef Thomas Keller was named “America’s Best Chef” by Time magazine and is the sole recipient of consecutive “Best Chef” awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Dine on delicious authentic French bistro food in the beautiful main dining room or poolside in the garden.

— THEHotel at MANDALAY BAY
With a sweeping staircase, 24-foot chandelier and midcentury white-and-gold furniture, Mix is celebrated as an awe-inspiring dining experience. Bestowed the honor of “Best Restaurant” by the Travel + Leisure Design Awards in 2006, Mix has some of the city’s best views of the Strip. Open for dinner only, both contemporary and classic French and American dishes are served nightly, but it is suggested to have a reservation. Also inside Mandalay Bay is House of Blues Las Vegas, which dishes up Southern specialties with Cajun/Creole accented entrées served seven days a week plus a Gospel Brunch buffet on Sundays.

— THE PALAZZO
Table 10 is the pet project of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Born 20 years earlier at a modest table bearing the number 10 on the floor plan, the idea for this restaurant is one about exploring new and creative ideas. This casual, New Orleans–style eatery bears a market-fresh menu that utilizes locally grown products. The Food Bar presents Emeril’s trademark uninterrupted views of the kitchen.

— IMPERIAL PALACE HOTEL
The Hash House a Go Go is a San Diego, Calif., institution that has made its way to the Las Vegas Strip. Big portions of farm-fresh agriculture, locally produced meat and old recipes with a twist have been delighting diners for 10 years. Popular dishes include sage fried chicken and waffles and griddled meatloaf. Other Las Vegas locations include The Plaza and the M Hotel.

— MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille can best be described as a South American barbecue. Fresh roasted meat skewers are carved to order tableside by waiters who circulate the room with various types of meat. The interesting food delivery frequently is enjoyed by small parties celebrating a special occasion. Bringing the “aloha spirit” to the Las Vegas dining scene is Cheeseburger Las Vegas. Various Hawaiian-style burgers and tropical drinks, typically not found on the mainland, overwhelm the menu for a scrumptious dining experience.

Motivated by the Professional Bull Riders World Finals held annually in Las Vegas, PBR Rock Bar and Grill seeks to give refuge to those looking for comfort food (think Doritos-crusted macaroni and cheese) while listening to all era’s of country and rock ’n’ roll music. The mechanical bull and live music gives PBR Rock Bar a style that patrons of all kinds will appreciate.

— MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO
One of the greatest features of a large Las Vegas–style resort hotel are the many fine dining restaurants at your disposal within arms’ reach. Such is the case with MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, which has more than half a dozen upscale eateries waiting to prove to new patrons why they continue to garner rave reviews. James Beard Award–winning chef Tom Colicchio has Craftsteak with its ideal of elevating the steakhouse concept by using small family farms and artisan producers to source seasonal ingredients. The result has been pure success with those who have experienced mouth-watering Kobe beef and specialties like veal, salmon, lobster and farmer’s market vegetables.

Fellow James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Mina is at the helm of the innovative SeaBlue restaurant, which prepares contemporary seafood, steaks and poultry in two lively open kitchens over a wood-fired grill. The environment was created with the inspiration of bustling ports and marketplaces of the Mediterranean. Michael Mina is also responsible for Nobhill Tavern, which is a nod to classic tavern fare with room to socialize comfortably in a sophisticated ambiance. Nobhill Tavern recommendations include New England lobster rolls on buttery toasted brioche, classic cheese fondue and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

A crown jewel in MGM Grand’s dining repertoire is Joël Robuchon Restaurant, which is named after the famed French chef who was awarded “France’s Chef of the Century” by the esteemed Gault&Millau restaurant guide. The Joël Robuchon Restaurant is the first and only three-star Michelin Guide winner in Las Vegas with signature dishes like La Langoustine, Le Bar and Le Mojito to attest to its merit. For a more affordable dining experience without compromising gourmet taste, Joël Robuchon created L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, featuring tapas, counter service and a tasting menu.

For eastern cuisine, MGM Grand has included Pearl and Shibuya, Chinese and Japanese restaurants, respectively. Both offer traditional dishes served in urban and elegant atmospheres. For familiar, authentic Mexican fare, visit Diego, which features an unsurpassed selection of tequila to accompany executive chef Noel Santos’ creations. Rounding out an already extensive list of worldly options at the MGM Grand is Fiamma Trattoria & Bar, dishing up rustic Italian comfort food and more than 700 selections of wine to wash down the handcrafted provisions.

— HARD ROCK CAFE LAS VEGAS
Located next to the MGM Grand Hotel, in the Showcase Mall are three floors of the famous Hard Rock Café, the national company’s flagship restaurant. Opened in 2009, the café seats 950 and includes a live concert venue and the world’s largest Rock Shop, bringing entertainment to the culinary encounter. There is also a Hard Rock Café located inside the Hard Rock Hotel on Paradise Road.

CENTRAL OFF THE STRIP
Just a few minutes off the Strip are a bevy of restaurants waiting to entice your taste buds. Taking pride in his Italian heritage, Gino Ferraro promises Italian cooking as an art form at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Recommended by the 2009 Michelin Guide, the food includes time-honored family recipes coupled with a wine selection that won the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator in 2008.

Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant is a family-owned foodservice with a record of being a favorite among locals. The food is consistently pleasing and rich in the flavors of Northern Mexico and the American Southwest. After one visit, you will see why Ricardo’s has been voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal reader’s poll 25 times since 1983.

— TOWN SQUARE LAS VEGAS
Grape Vegas has been described as “dedicated to beautiful wines and unforgettable food in a relaxing and sensually inspiring environment” and lives up to this account every night of the week. Located in Town Square Las Vegas, live music is performed Tuesday through Saturday. BRIO Tuscan Grille brings the pleasures of la dolce vita to an American city. Consistent high-quality food, superior service, good value and a unique atmosphere make BRIO a great place to be or eat Italian.

By extending the Tommy Bahama brand into the restaurant industry with Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, the island-lifestyle theme is apparent everywhere in the eatery. Residents can escape the summer valley heat quickly with the Loki-Loki Tuna Poke appetizer and a Grapefruit & Basil Martini.

GREATER LAS VEGAS DINING
From coast to coast Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant operates 33 locations with a concentration on an American menu featuring international flavors. The Las Vegas restaurants are no exception. One is located in an airy building evocative of a converted San Francisco warehouse near the Convention Center. The second location in Boca Park has become a neighborhood hangout.

Giving the residents of Summerlin a place to call their own, Vintner Grill is a traditional bistro with an ever-evolving menu. The casual elegance with modern décor allows guests to feel comfortable while eating an inspired lunch or dinner.

With multiple locations around the valley, RoadRunner Saloon is known by many as great neighborhood bar and even has the Las Vegas Review-Journal award to prove it. Summerlin and Henderson area locations make this restaurant very accessible to residents.

HOME TEAM BARS
Perhaps you’ve moved to Las Vegas and you have left behind your “go-to” spot to watch your favorite team’s football game. There are plenty of places in Las Vegas to quench your football thirst, but will you be able to root freely and rejoice collectively when your team is headed to the end zone? The answer is yes for fans of 23 NFL teams.

You can “bear down” with Chicago Bears fans at Tommy Rocker’s South Side Grill while cheeseheads not accustomed to spending the football season in shorts and a t-shirt can go to Jackson’s Bar and Grill on Flamingo Road to cheer for their Green Bay Packers. Dallas Cowboys fans can watch their team at Mr. D’s Sports Bar & Grill in West Las Vegas or Shucks Tavern II on the east side of town. The Raider Nation can be found at Off Ramp Lounge on East Charleston Boulevard supporting the boys in black and silver. Not only will you spend the day watching in solidarity, you might just find a built-in unit of new friends from your hometown. For a complete list of local bars and restaurants that pledge allegiance to one particular football team, visit www.hooliga.com/cities/Las_Vegas-NV-Sports-Bars/.

RETAIL
When Las Vegas hospitality marketers realized the benefits of establishing top-tier restaurants operated by star chefs, retailers were not far behind. Since then, many visitors to Las Vegas are more interested in shopping than sightseeing. In fact, according to the 2011 Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study, nearly 70 percent of the 39 million visitors to Las Vegas each year spent time shopping. Visitors spent an average of $122.80 per trip on shopping, the study reports, almost twice as much as on sightseeing and show tickets combined.

As a resident, you’re able to take advantage of so many great choices, from swanky casino-resort boutiques to malls, retail centers, major anchor stores, specialty stores and factory outlet malls, many of them providing great discounts. There is so much choice that it makes retail fanatics’ yearly shopping pilgrimage to New York unnecessary.

— NEIGHBORHOOD MALLS
The Boulevard Mall
Considered one of the largest malls, it features retail mainstays, such as JC Penney, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears. The mall is located close to stand-alone retailers, including Best Buy, Cost Plus World Market and a number of discount clothing stores.

Fashion Show Mall
Located on the Strip, at the Fashion Show Mall you’ll find a lot of choices, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s Home along with other extraordinary shops and restaurants. Living up to its name, Fashion Show includes an elevated runway for staging events, such as fashion shows and special promotions. Finally, in the front is “The Cloud,” a 128-foot-high multimedia platform that shades the center’s Stripside, a 72,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.

Galleria at Sunset
Henderson is home to this two-story mall with anchor retailers, such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney and Dick’s Sporting Goods. There are specialty stores, including jewelry, electronics and gifts. Galleria at Sunset also has valet parking.

Meadows Mall
The Meadows Mall has two levels of specialty stores and five courtyards. Anchor stores include Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney and Sears. Located on the west side of Las Vegas, the mall provides its own downtown trolley that travels to and from the Downtown Transportation Center in less than eight minutes.

Town Square Las Vegas
Town Square Las Vegas is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. With more than 150 retail stores and 15 restaurants, Town Square Las Vegas is an open-air center featuring 24 buildings detailing a collage of old-world and contemporary architectural styles. Here you’ll find RAVE Motion Pictures, H & M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans and bebe among others.

— MALLS ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
If casino gambling doesn’t interest you, don’t let that stop you from enjoying the amazing shopping opportunities that exist in every upscale casino-resort on the Strip.

Encore Esplanade
Encore Esplanade has a selection of dozens of designer shops, including Hermès and Chanel. Here the New York–based clothing retailer Rock & Republic established its first retail boutique.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
One of the earliest shopping venues to open was The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, which debuted boutiques, such as Harry Winston, Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Nanette Lepore and Vosges Haut-Chocolat. There are now 160 boutiques and shops, including Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Gucci, Guess, Christian Dior, Niketown, Fendi, Polo/Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. Among the restaurants are Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Il Mulino Las Vegas, Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse.

The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian
The Grand Canal Shoppes in The Venetian is a feast for the eyes. This indoor shopping area features an authentic reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal (complete with gondolas) and a replica of St. Mark’s Square, which serves as the centerpiece of the mall area. Among the more than 70 shops, restaurants and attractions are Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Davidoff of Geneva, In Celebration of Golf and Mikimoto, as well as restaurants, such as the Delmonico Steakhouse, V-Bar and Pinot Brasserie.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo
The Shoppes at The Palazzo offer more than 60 luxury boutiques, 20 of them making their Las Vegas debut. Check out brands, such as Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Piaget Boutique, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Montblanc. Experience one of the most upscale retail destinations under one roof in the United States.

Paris Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas features upscale French retail shopping located within the resort’s quaint Le Boulevard district. The interior buildings are covered with façades representative of real Parisian districts. Picturesque cobblestone streets and winding alleyways take guests on a European shopping spree. Le Boulevard features a wide array of authentic French boutiques, such as La Cave, where you can sample premier French wines and private labels; Les Enfants, a purveyor of French children’s toys and games; Lunettes designer eyewear; and Les Eléments, the retailer of Paris and Provence home and garden items.

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is 100,000 square feet and connects Mandalay Bay and the Luxor via a 310-foot-long retail sky bridge. The 41 retailers include Urban Outfitters, The Art of Shaving, GUINNESS Store and the world’s first Nike Golf store. Las Vegas-based Elton’s Men’s Store has received some important accolades. The store was named 2008 Retailer of the Year by designer Mark Nason and is now the boutique of choice for Scott Kay jewelry in Las Vegas.

Via Bellagio
Bellagio is recognized as one of the most opulent, high-end resorts in the world. In keeping with Bellagio’s luxurious setting, Via Bellagio offers exquisite fashion and jewelry collections from Gucci, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and Fred Leighton.

Wynn Esplanade
Wynn Esplanade, which opened in April 2005, features the first Oscar de la Renta boutique fashion store and the first Jean Paul Gaultier designer store in the country. Among the big-name shops in the Wynn Esplanade are Manolo Blahnik, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Also among the top brands is the Penske-Wynn showroom, home to the hotel’s Ferrari-Maserati dealership.

— OUTLET AND SPECIALTY MALLS
The District at Green Valley Ranch
Located in Henderson, The District at Green Valley Ranch features a mix of nationally known brands and unique shops and boutiques, including Ben & Jerry’s, Chico’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Panera Bread, Pottery Barn, REI, The Cheesecake Factory, West Elm, Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma and many others.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas is located 36 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip at Exit 1 of I-15 in Primm, Nevada. It is a showcase of the world’s best collection of designer manufacturers featuring discount prices, including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, Banana Republic Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Bally Outlet, St. John Company Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Kenneth Cole Outlet, BCBG MAXAZARIA, New York Diamond Exchange Outlet and more.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets South
The center includes more than 130 retailers including EckoUnltd, Tommy Hilfiger, Jones New York, Charlotte Russe, Michael Kors and Paolo Giardini. For children, you’ll find Osh Kosh, Carter’s and Tommy Hilfiger Kids. The center is located 2.5 miles south of the Strip.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North
At this outlet mall in downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find 150 stores that include a mix of midrange and luxury retailers, such Dolce & Gabbana, Guess by Marciano, Kenneth Cole, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic Factory Store and Levi’s Outlet Store. Also check out the many specialty retailers, such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Swarovski and L’Occitane.

Tivoli Village at Queensridge
Tivoli Village at Queensridge is a dynamic mixed-use development. Located in the Queensridge master-planned community adjacent to Summerlin in Las Vegas, the $850-million, 29-acre development offers a unique mix of retailers, renowned restaurants, Class “A” office space and world-class residences set in an environment rich with European architectural details. Tenants include David Barton Gym, Kidville, Cucina Olive Oil, Republic of Couture, Leone Café and Blunoir.

Truly the Entertainment Capital of the World, the Las Vegas area is replete with the best and most stunning opportunities for dining, retail and more.
 
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