Late-night Birthday Dinner
Hi! I am hoping all the experts can help me. We will be in Las Vegas for one night, a Friday in April. It will be our father's 60th and he is treating US to a trip out west. He has never been to Vegas and wants to see a show. The way our schedule works we will be seeing at 9:30 show (at MGM or the Mirage) and looking to grab dinner at 11:30 or midnight. What are our good late night menu options on or near the Strip? Price is no object it is his birthday after all (well no $385 tasting menus!). We all eat anything and although not "foodies" we are like a great meal. Bouchon was one thought but I am not sure how late they serve. Please help!!
I can't think of many choices available at that hour. Here's all I can come up with:
(1) Stratta (Wynn). Stratta is open until 4am on weekends, but with a limited menu. When I checked last year, the late night menu included pizza, sandwiches, and some simple pasta dishes.
(2) FIX (Bellagio). Open until 1pm on weekends. I'm not sure, but I seem to recall the menu is limited late at night.
(3) Raku (off Strip). The good news: open very late - 3 am; excellent food. The fine print: you have to like Japanese robatayaki and similar offerings; it tends to be packed, perhaps even that late.
I hate to break this to you, but the notion that Las Vegas is open 24/7 365 days a year is BOGUS. Slots are always open and bars are always open. Everything else closes depending on demand.
The high quality restaurants are open 5:00PM to 11:00PM. I understand you your priority is seeing a Las Vegas show. Please understand that you're going to miss out on your price-no-object Las Vegas meal. Either be prepared to eat at 5:00PM at a restaurant INSIDE the MGM or be prepared to lower your expectations of that perfect meal.
The posters above have laid it out well - the better restaurants do begin packing it up around 11 PM. But while you might not find the best cuisine available that late you can still have a fun experience. If someone is having a 60th birthday, and has not been to Las Vegas before, perhaps grabbing one of those nice big booths at the Peppermill could be a fun way to sit around and reminisce, with a kitschy "Old Vegas" feel. And we can add the First Bar and Grill (right where the Venetian and Palazzo meet, so I am not sure which particular Hotel they get listed under) to the list of places that are still serving that late, with some nice views of the Strip lights. If you do see a show at the MGM, a convenient option would be the Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill, which does stay open late (albeit with a shortened menu).
>The new branch of Hash House a Go Go in the Imperial Palace hotel is open
>late late LATE, but reviews have been dismal.
I live in Las Vegas and I would rather get tacos at Jack-in-the-Box than go to HHAGG. Diner food at double the portions and three times the price. I cannot fathom the fascination with this chain.
>There's always in the Venetian, the upscale version of
Grand Lux Cafe is just a coffee shop and a lousy one for Las Vegas standards. Very limited menus at all hours and premium prices on the same type of food from the Cheesecake Factory.