It’s easy to argue that in no other city does the phrase “dinner and a show” come up more often than in Las Vegas. And why not? With its many celebrity chefs and extravagant productions, the combinations seem truly endless. But while a good number of the city’s celebrity chef-helmed restaurants are only open for dinner, that doesn’t mean your taste buds can’t enjoy an exquisite lunch. Some of Las Vegas’ most delectable restaurants are actually open in the afternoon, so guests can feast on phenomenal fare at almost any hour. Dig in to more food than you can chew at Hash House A Go Go, savor Due Forni’s amazing pizza pies, try Baja Miguel's filling (and affordable) lunchtime special or make taste buds flip with Sushi Roku’s sumptuous sushi selection. Looking for a deal? Many local restaurants serve up a real feast for the senses, too, like the Eiffel Tower Restaurant with its stunning Strip views. Working through lunch? Triple George Grill is one of Las Vegas’ go-to spots for power lunches, as is celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s namesake restaurant Simon. And just because you’re dining in the desert doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal by the water; Verandah features a peaceful poolside patio, Marché Bacchus lets guests dine next to Lake Jacqueline and Todd English’s Olives overlooks the spectacular Fountains of Bellagio. Regardless of what you’re hungry for, our list of the 10 best Vegas lunch spots is sure to have something to cure your midday hunger pangs.
10 Due Forni
Serving not one but two kinds of delicious pizza, Due Forni is the only gourmet pizza restaurant in the United States utilizing a new model of dual custom-designed Napolitano brick ovens to cook up authentic Neapolitan and Roman pies. Showcasing authentic imported ingredients from Italy, like San Marzano tomatoes from the hills surrounding Mount Vesuvius, guests are asked to not only pick what type of pizza they want upon being seated, but also what type of crust (light and chewy with a crisp exterior or thin and crispy with a crackly texture). Gourmet selections include the flavorful Bianca al Prosciutto Cotto made with cooked ham, fontina, caramelized onions, oregano and aged balsamic. (702-586-6500)
Offering a dining experience unlike any other, Todd English's Olives lets guests eat outside on its picturesque patio above Lake Bellagio, providing a view of the Fountains of Bellagio few ever get to see. Guests can take in the iconic Vegas attraction as they devour a menu of Mediterranean specialties, including tasty starter dishes like the Grilled Squid & Octopus and Chilled Crab Salad. Other lunchtime selections include a variety of flatbreads, house-made pastas and entrées ranging from the Pulled Short Rib to the Chicken Margherita. Whatever you decide on, be sure to try the popular Beef Carpaccio with Gorgonzola polenta, Parmesan, cipollini onions, balsamic reduction, scallion cream and garlic aioli--it's one of the restaurant's signature lunch dishes. (702-693-7223, 866-259-7111)
8 Hash House A Go Go
When you're hungry--and we mean really, really hungry--there's only one place in town to go: Hash House A Go Go. Serving up "twisted farm food" for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is famous for its enormous portions, like its one-pound stuffed burgers: two patties with stuffing in between on a fresh bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Other lunchtime favorites include the BBBLT farm-fresh sandwich--bacon, bacon and more bacon, with lettuce and tomato--and the Sage Fried Chicken stacked with Hash House A Go Go's famous bacon waffle, hot maple caramel reduction and crowned with fried leeks. (702-804-4646)
7 Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Located on the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant truly takes midday dining experiences to new heights. Serving an exquisite menu by acclaimed chef J. Joho, the French restaurant not only features breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, but also one of the best views of the Fountains of Bellagio in town given its location just across the street. While the atmosphere is truly remarkable, the fare is just as fantastic, featuring an assortment of salads, sandwiches and main courses sure to please the most discerning diner. Be sure to start your meal with the Creamy French Onion Soup before digging in to the flavorful New York Strip Steak with Cabernet butter or the Aged Parmesan Crusted Chicken. For those getting a late start on lunch, the restaurant recently introduced a Late Lunch menu featuring some of their most popular lunchtime items from 2-4 p.m. like the French BLT Tower. (702-948-6937)
6 Triple George Grill
The place for a power lunch when you're downtown, Triple George Grill is frequented by key business leaders and elected officials on a regular basis. While taste buds flip over its Bay-style seafood and dry-aged steaks, pocketbooks love the affordable lunchtime selections served until 4 p.m. Scrumptious items include the hearty Pot Roast served with fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy and the Roast Turkey Wrap served with fries or seasonal greens. Other lunchtime favorites include a selection of soups, entrée salads and pasta dishes. The restaurant even has its own vegan menu, so there's sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. (702-384-2161)
5 Sushi Roku
With its striking Strip views and daily lunch specials, it's no wonder sushi fanatics love Sushi Roku. Guests can enjoy one of several lunch specials without breaking the bank, like the popular Chef's Sushi Assortment--seven pieces of sushi and a spicy tuna roll for only $19. Diners can also build their own lunchtime combinations, choosing from chicken, beef or salmon teriyaki and pairing their selection with assorted tempura, sashimi or a California roll. Having attracted everyone from Usher to Kris Jenner to its tables, one bite and it's easy to see why Sushi Roku is a star in its own right. (702-733-7373)
4 Simon Restaurant & Lounge
Best-known for its pajama-clad Sunday brunch, Simon Restaurant & Lounge is also a popular spot with suits thanks to its 30-minute power lunch. Those in a hurry can choose from a trio of menu selections--including the tasty Iron Chef: a bacon cheddar burger, fries, Caesar salad and vanilla milkshake--and enjoy their lunch without having to worry about clocking back in late. For more leisurely lunch-goers, the restaurant also offers an extensive regular lunch menu, featuring everything from sushi and sashimi to breakfast items. Be sure to devour the poolside view with your selection(s) for the ultimate leisurely lunch experience. (702-944-3292)
3 Baja Miguel's
This festive cantina located inside the South Point is known for its tasty south-of-the-border favorites. Tacos, tamales, enchiladas, chimichangas, flautas, carne asadas and sizzling fajitas are among the restaurant's bestsellers. For the bravehearted, Baja Miguel's colorful tequila bar offers a wide selection of fiery, mouth-watering spirits. Be sure to visit Wed.-Sun. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. when guests can enjoy a frozen margarita, the Fiedo soup and their choice of two entrees--a beef, chicken or cheese enchilada, the chicken or beef flautas, the chili relleno or the chicken, ground or shredded beef tacos--plus Mexican rice and refried beans for only $9.95. It's one of the best (and most filling) deals in town! (702-797-8075)
A favorite among the city's many performers, Verandah is truly one of Las Vegas' hidden gems. Guests have the option of dining on an expansive garden terrace that overlooks the resort's lushly landscaped private pool during warmer months (generally March-December), providing an oasis of calm among the frenzy found on the Las Vegas Strip. Even if you can't dine outside, Verandah's mouth-watering Italian menu is enough to create an unforgettable dining experience. Lunchtime selections vary from entrées like the Seafood Mac-n-Cheese to a selection of Paninis and wood-fired pizzas; there are even several farm-to-table items on the menu. Regardless of what you choose, none of the dishes disappoint! (702-632-5121)
1 Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop
Serving up the city's most unforgettable lunch experience, Marché Bacchus is just a short 10-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, but feels worlds away. Located in the Desert Shores community of Summerlin, guests can watch the swans swim by as they dine on the restaurant's romantic patio along Lake Jacqueline feasting on fabulous French cuisine. In addition to cheese and charcuterie selections, the bistro serves soups, salads, appetizers and an array of specialty sandwiches and entrées. From Seared Scallops to Quiche Lorraine, there's sure to be something on its diverse lunch menu to please palates of all types! (702-804-8008)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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