I’ve visited every casino on the Vegas Strip over the years. I’ve stayed at many, but not all, hotels in the tourist corridor. Last year I had multiple friends stay at Aria and I visited more often than any year since I moved to Las Vegas. Although I’ve never slept at Aria, I’ve seen the beautiful technology-forward hotel rooms. The rooms are luxury quality at a lower price point than you’d pay at one of the top tier Las Vegas casino-resorts.
I rarely gamble at Aria after way too many losses when the casino first opened. However, I visit Aria often because of the great restaurants. In fact, I probably visit the casino more often to eat and drink than any other reason. Just about every restaurant at this casino-resort is excellent. I don’t eat buffets often but I always enjoy the food at Aria’s buffet.
If there’s a downside to the dining at Aria, it’s the prices. As you’d expect there’s a typical Vegas Strip markup. I’m used to paying more money at restaurants on the Vegas Strip so it doesn’t bother me. There can certainly be sticker shock if you’re not expecting a markup on already high fine dining restaurant prices.
That said, almost every meal I’ve paid for has been worth the extra money. My first meal at Carbone was pricey but it was delicious. If you’re looking for a great meal in Las Vegas there are lots of options at Aria.
My favorite restaurant at Aria is easily Jean Georges Steakhouse. It’s actually one of my favorite restaurants on the Vegas Strip. The steak is fantastic but the short rib was easily the best I’ve had in Las Vegas.
Julian Serrano Tapas is another favorite at Aria. This restaurant occupies a rather large space and that makes it pretty lively. The small plates and wine are great for a group lunch, brunch or early evening snack before hitting the town.
Here’s a quick look at the dining options:
- Bardot Brasserie – French cuisine with a twist that only Chef Michael Mina could bring. Bargain tip: Check for Happy Hour deals.
- Blossom – This restaurant serves straight forward traditional and modern Chinese cuisine.
- Aria Buffet – A solid Vegas Strip buffet with huge lines. Be prepared to wait even if you have an upper-tier M Life rewards card.
- Burger Lounge – A simple quick-serve burger joint located near the poker room.
- Carbone – The New York-inspired cuisine pays homage to the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20th century. The service is almost as great as the food.
- Catch – This dining destination for celebrities from Los Angeles to New York City brings its renditions of Asian-influenced sushi, seafood, and steak to Las Vegas.
- Din Tai Fung – Aria is home to the first Las Vegas location for this haven for steamed dumplings and noodles.
- Five50 Pizza Bar – A James Beard Award-Winning Chef puts his spin on classic East Coast-style pizza. A slice is a perfect end to a night of fun at Aria.
- Javier’s – Find a memorable Mexican meal at Javier’s. The restaurant has unique architectural elements like a detailed chainsaw wood carving with an Aztec motif.
- Jean Georges Steakhouse – World-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s modern-traditional steakhouse. The short rib here is absolutely amazing.
- Julian Serrano Tapas – This is not just a small plate restaurant. It’s a legit Spanish tapas eatery. A perfect restaurant for large groups that like to share snacks and wine.
- Lemongrass – This restaurant serves a mix of authentic fare from Thailand with some modern interpretations.
- Aria Patisserie – A French bakery that is the place at Aria for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack.
- Sage – James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain curates a fresh, ever-changing menu of contemporary American cuisine with global influences. Pro-tip for the drinkers: They have an absinthe cart roaming through the restaurant.
- Salt & Ivy Café and Patio Bar – This is the new casual, three-meal dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating. A solid replacement for Aria Cafe which has closed.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.