We recently looked at outdoor dining options around Las Vegas. The article Al Fresco Dining Las Vegas had a brief overview of the restaurants at Red Rock Casino. I want to further hone in on a few casinos off the beaten path. As you may or may not know, I live near Summerlin. The community is about 20-30 minutes west of the Vegas Strip. Summerlin is home to three very different locals casinos – Red Rock Casino, Suncoast casino, and Rampart casino (with J.W. Marriot hotel).
This part of town is a nice change of pace from the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. All three casinos are considered “locals casinos but they’re not the same. Each has its own customer and offers a different experience.
Red Rock Casino
The Station Casinos property is probably the most well-known casino in Summerlin. It’s a pretty great combination of a luxury property and casino for residents in the area. In an earnings call earlier this year, a rep for Station Casinos said most of its customers live three miles from the properties.
This was the first casino I visited in the area before moving to Las Vegas. The table games area of the casino floor is small but comfortable. The slot floor has all of the newest games. As with most locals casinos, there’s a popular bingo room as well.
Station Casinos finished renovating the hotel rooms earlier this year. The pool complex features one large pool, multiple smaller soaking and wading pools and outdoor gaming next to the covered Sand Bar. This is one of the best pools in Las Vegas. This, in part, is what helps bring out a younger crowd than the other Summerlin casinos.
Red Rock Casino features a lot of outdoor dining with Blue Ribbon Sushi being my favorite. Yard House has a great beer selection and happy hour but, unfortunately, doesn’t offer outdoor seating.
Red Rock Casino is located across the street from Downtown Summerlin. This gives it more dining and shopping options within walking distance than the other casinos in the area.
This Boyd Gaming property is probably the second most popular casino in Summerlin thanks to its connection with other casinos closer to the Vegas Strip. Suncoast is the epitome of a Las Vegas locals casino. It has a movie bingo room, bowling alley, and movie theater. Dining options range from DuPar’s (those pancakes!) to a high-end steakhouse.
A couple of years ago, the casino added its first bar and restaurant with outdoor seating – 90Ninety. The great happy hour makes this my favorite excuse to visit the Suncoast. If there’s a downside to Suncoast, its that the casino floor can get very smokey. This is the case with many off-strip casinos.
Lastly, much like Red Rock casino, Suncoast is across the street from an outdoor mall. Tivoli Village is smaller than Downtown Summerlin but offers drinking, dining, and shopping options. Like most Boyd Gaming properties in Las Vegas, the Suncoast attracts an older crowd.
Rampart Casino (and J.W. Marriot)
This has become my go-to local casino for the past year or so. I wrote about Rampart Casino when I first started spending a lot of time here a couple of years ago.
Just about everything outside of the modest table game area of the casino floor has been upgraded. You may remember earlier this year Rampart Casino added the first Buffalo Bar featuring one of the most popular slot machine brands.
The non-smoking sportsbook opened a couple of years ago and has great screens and a variety of seating options. The lines and odds are from South Point and are among the best in Las Vegas. There’s even a non-smoking slot machine area outside of the sportsbook. Between the sportsbook, new slots, and coffee shop this is where I spend most of my time when I visit Rampart Casino.
When I’m visiting Rampart around happy hour, I usually head over to Harthorne Grill at the connected J.W. Marriott. The half-priced steakhouse burger at happy hour is a great value. So are the half-priced beers. The bar itself can get crowded but there’s ample seating in the lounge and outside on the patio.
This is a popular casino for older residents, golfers, and visitors for meetings and conferences hosted at the hotel.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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