Lago by Julian Serrano. (©MGM Resorts International)
It’s that time of year when the weather turns absolutely perfect in Las Vegas. Savor these moments by heading to the great outdoors while you eat and drink. Vegas has a patio to meet your needs. Get a slow start to the morning with breakfast or brunch. Share small plates with a friend. Head to one of the highest patios in the city. Even do some people watching while you dine on the patio. If romance is in the cards, try for a private cabana to make the evening that much more special. And, of course, a drink is always appropriate. Here, a look at some of the must-visit patios in Las Vegas.
Lago by Julian Serrano
Step out on the patio at this restaurant for Milan-inspired decor with a view overlooking the Bellagio’s dancing fountains. The best time to go to this Italian restaurant is for brunch, when James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Julian Serrano dishes out a three-course menu that might include dishes such as an eggplant parmesan Benedict, Italian sausage fried egg burger or Nonna’s frittata with baked eggs and vegetables on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. That bread basket is to die for. Bellagio, 1.866.259.7111.
Some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city comes at the hands of Devin Hashimoto at Wynn. While warmer weather means the floor-to-ceiling windows are open, practically making the entire dining room a patio, try to score the private cabana in the Japanese gardens that sits atop a koi pond with remarkable views of the 90-foot waterfall. Order sushi and sashimi, teppanyaki dishes or saikyo miso sea bass and Alaskan king crab from the robatayaki menu. Wynn, 702.770.3320.
Vice Versa Patio & Lounge
This whimsical patio that sits in front of Vdara has a prime view of the comings and goings at the resort and neighboring Aria as well as a front-row seat to “Big Edge,” the sculpture made of canoes from artist Nancy Rubins. Order small plates such as lobster tacos and Thai chicken satay or try one of the desserts, including butterscotch pudding with aged cheddar popcorn while you swing on the chairs on the patio. Vdara, 702.590.2030.
Mon Ami Gabi
When Paris isn’t in the cards, Las Vegas might be the next best thing. Mon Ami Gabi at Paris has a reputation as the best people-watching patio in the city and for good reason. Those tables splay out on the wide sidewalk
with the Fountains at Bellagio capturing everyone’s attention across the boulevard. The good news is that the classic French bistro opens at 7 a.m. for those in the mood for breakfast while steak frites, trout almondine and beef bourguignon are just some of the dishes that will make you go oh-la-la at dinner. Paris, 702.944.4224.
French chef Alain Ducasse takes his patio to the 64th floor of the Delano with spectacular views of the Strip looking north. While a sunset dinner here may leave you mesmerized by the view, it’s the breezy vibe of the Italian-inspired dishes that will keep you coming back. Try specialty dishes such as marinated sea bass, beef carpaccio and cured ham tigelle with a tomato-almond pesto to whisk your mind away from Las Vegas and to the Riviera instead. Neighboring Skyfall Lounge keeps things daring with refreshing cocktails such as the Victim of Elegance with Alain Ducasse’s own champagne, aperol, strawberries, dry vermouth and lemon juice. Delano, 702.632.9500.
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
A raw bar brimming with oysters, crab claws and shrimp, a cheese and charcuterie bar with more than 60 cheeses from around the world and outdoor dining French style are just some of the accoutrements at this brasserie at The Palazzo. While dining outside on the patio overlooking the Strip, try sauteed red snapper or an 18-hour braised short rib and pair them with one of the 60 wines by the glass or 400 bottles for a perfect way to spend the night. The Palazzo, 702.607.6333.
Costa di Mare
Divine fish and seafood from the Italian coastal waters is flown in by the ton to satisfy the diners at this respite at Wynn. For romance, request one of the cabanas, private enclaves that sit around the restaurant’s lagoon. For a true taste of Italy’s romantic coastline, order the six-course prix fixe menu from chef Mark LoRusso that takes you on a journey with the charcoal-grilled octopus from Liguria, cuttlefish from Venice and risotto with mussels and red mullet from Sardinia. Wynn, 702.770.3305.
This jewel-box restaurant harkens back to the days of Frank, Dino and Sammy with its retro design and throwback cocktails. One of our favorite features here is the patio—the relaxed, sexy vibe makes it a great place to snuggle with that special someone. "Social hour" takes place nightly from 5-7 pm, and gives you a chance to sample multiple menu favorites. You can find The Barrymore at the Royal Resort Las Vegas hotel, located just down the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
There's nothing quite like sipping a mojito and people-watching to your heart's content at this sunny spot adjacent to Mandalay Bay's pool complex—it'll put a smile on your face while the sun is at your back. And Chef Jamaal Taherzadeh's imaginative menu items make it even more divine.
Just in time for spring, this Italian dining gem with legendary family-sized portions debuts a balcony dinner package with a spectacular view of the mid-Strip for 20 guests. The four-course dinner includes menu highlights such as Lobster Fra Diavolo and Porterhouse Contadina, and the extensive Italian wine selection featuring premium Barolos, Super Tuscans and Amarone was hand-picked by the restaurant’s sommelier.
The 3,000-square-foot patio at this hip gastropub overlooks the Hard Rock Hotel's pool and offers fire pits for its diners. It's a great place to hole up with a beer and people-watch.
Authentic, refined Greek cuisine is available in Las Vegas, thanks to Estiatorio Milos, the West Coast outlet of the famed seafood specialist revered in New York and Athens. The Cosmopolitan spared no expense when it comes to style and quality, which can be witnessed throughout the restaurant, including on the glorious patio.
There are so many things to love about Hexx, and that make it a wonderful dining option for spring: the fishbowl-style drinks that make heads turn, served over dry ice; the indulgent chocolate desserts from Nevada's first bar-to-bean producer. The best way to enjoy these inspired drinks and the numerous creative dishes on the menu? On the patio that fronts the Strip and makes for hours of engaging people-watching.
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and at Margaritaville, that feeling never quits. This is the place to let your hair down, kick back and party with friends and neighbors. The restaurant, inspired by the lyrics and philosophy of Jimmy Buffett’s classic song, has refreshed its coastal menu, adding and enhancing more than 15 dishes and drinks. Enjoy them from the Euphoria deck that overlooks the center of the Strip—the windows open for an al fresco dining experience.
A 13-time recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, Julian Serrano's menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain where Pablo Picasso spent much of his life. The wine cellar at this Bellagio restaurant is stocked with more than 1,900 selections from the finest vineyards, and the restaurant features Picasso masterpieces as well as a collection of his charming ceramic pieces. Patio seating with a view of the Bellagio Fountains is also available.
Chef Theo Schoenegger's culinary salute to Ol' Blue Eyes has one of the most picturesque patios in town. In true showmanship manner, it's presented amid the perfectly manicured pool area of Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
We could while away the hours at this beyond-chic restaurant at the Four Seasons, whose expansive outdoor terrace sits next to one of the most gorgeous pool areas in town. And, since the pool is private, you won't be disturbed by throngs—quite the contrary, it's a haven of tranquility.