Solo dining in Vegas?
I'm going to be in Vegas on business (staying at the Venetian) and was wondering what the best solo dining options are. Ideally, I'm looking for something like, say, the bar at NY's Union Square Cafe or something - excellent food with a civilized but casual vibe. Does that exist on the Strip?
Can't go wrong with Bouchon. They also have a bar area for solo dining and conveniently
situated within the Venetian.
You will find Las Vegas to be about as friendly to the solo diner as anywhere, and the Venetian/Palazzo complex is filled with some great options. One suggestion might be to do a "menu crawl" to view the specials at each location - it only takes a few minutes to check out the offerings, and the particular vibe that evening, of some top quality places
I also recommend Bouchon. For something even more casual, consider First Food & Bar. Chef Sam DeMarco (the same guy who ran New York's First in the 90's) offers food reminiscent of diner fare, but better quality.
At the Venetian/Palazzo complex, you can try Bouchon, First, and Taqueria Canonita.
And if you can handle taking the monorail south from Harrah's (just a short stroll from The Venetian), head over to MGM to try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Not only is there bar seating, but you can order from some of the best French wines around while watching the chefs cook your meal before your very eyes!
I frequently visit Vegas on business and often eat solo, I have found that most places receive solo diners well and often times pay additional attention to them. I have had some great conversations with chefs and waitstaff simply because I was eating alone. I do always bring a book but I am very chatty.