Dining al fresco seems to be a big deal around the country. States reopening after being closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus are more likely to allow outdoor dining than indoor dining. This seems like a big deal for much of the country. However, this isn’t new in Las Vegas. Eating outdoors has been a Las Vegas tradition during the summer months for as long as I can remember. That said, it might be more in demand than ever as people acclimate to spending time out of their houses again.
Restaurants all over Las Vegas have been adding outdoor seating whenever possible for years now. Some of my favorite coffee shops away from the Vegas Strip have seats outside with a gorgeous view of their respective parking lots. While the scenery isn’t so nice, having a delicious cup iced coffee outdoors is a great way to start the day.
Al fresco drinking and dining is a big part of two relatively new destinations on the Vegas Strip. The Linq shopping promenade has plenty of outdoor dining options. Similarly, The Park – in between New York-New York and Park MGM – has restaurants that feature both indoor and outdoor seating to some extent.
The best part about the outdoor dining at The Linq and The Park is the price point. These are all moderately priced restaurants that most people visiting can afford. If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend grabbing an ice cream shake at In N Out Burger at The Linq and sitting outside by the fountain. The low price from the fast food restaurant makes this one of the better deals on the Vegas Strip.
One of my favorite restaurants for breakfast on the Vegas Strip happens to have the best indoor/outdoor dining options. When you walk into Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas there’s a dark and cozy section of the restaurant. Walk a few feet and you’re in the atrium which is very bright and airy. This leads to the patio with a view of the Bellagio fountains. The accommodations are almost as good as the coffee and candied bacon. Almost.
Paris also has outdoor dining at Hexx and Beer Park if Mon Ami Gabi is full and you don’t have a reservation.
Across the street, almost every fine dining restaurant at Bellagio has patio seating. Prime is one of my favorite steakhouses in Las Vegas and has a handful of tables outside right on Lake Bellagio. There’s nothing like having a delicious final meal of the day with a cool drink and a view of the Bellagio Fountains. Some of the restaurants are closed as of the writing of this blog post. Check the Bellagio website to make sure the restaurants are open if you plan on visiting soon.
The Vegas Strip isn’t the only part of Sin City with ample outdoor dining. Red Rock Casino was remodeled a couple of years ago. Almost all of the restaurants offer outdoor seating now. Blue Ribbon Sushi is probably my favorite place to grab a bite in the open air in Summerlin. The mall next door, Downtown Summerlin, has even more restaurants with outdoor seating.
Open Table is a great app and website for making restaurant reservations. They also have a list of restaurants in Las Vegas with outdoor dining. One word of caution, the “outdoor dining” in shopping malls might not be actual restaurants that open to the fresh air. The seating may be outside in the actual mall. Having said that, there are lots of options all over Las Vegas if you’d like to eat outdoors.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.