We know that most people booking Las Vegas holidays are usually just thinking about one thing – the casinos! The incredible gaming resorts of Sin City are regarded as nothing short of legendary, and rightly so. Once you arrive here, though, you’ll soon realise that spending 24 hours a day in your casino-hotel of choice may be a little full-on and that it’s a good idea to discover what else this amazing place has to offer as well.
One of the best things about going on any kind of holiday is discovering the joys of the local dining scene, and this is most definitely the case in Vegas, too – and it won’t surprise you to learn that the culinary options are a little different in this iconic Nevada hotspot. Below, we’ll take you on a guided tour of five of Las Vegas’s incomparably zany restaurants, and why each of them is guaranteed to provide you with a meal to remember.
BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark
Anyone who has been here before will tell you that Las Vegas is a city full of extraordinary sights. When you book a reservation at BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark, though, we’re afraid to say you won’t be able to see any of them!
The USP of this restaurant is obvious from its name, isn’t it? When they arrive, guests are escorted by a trained member of staff into a dining room that is immersed in darkness and has been specially designed to block out any possible sources of light. Once you’re sitting comfortably, the fun really starts! Over the course of around one-and-a-half hours, you will be presented with a four to six-course tasting menu which is likely to include several dishes you’ve never tried before.
It may seem like a bit of a novelty at first glance, but we can assure you that the concept of BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark was created by a team who are genuinely passionate about excellent cuisine and believe that eating a delicious meal without being distracted by the multitude of sights that usually surround us truly heightens our senses of taste, touch and smell and has a real impact on our enjoyment of food.
Top of the World
Make no mistake – despite BLACKOUT’s unique appeal, stopping to take in the sights of Las Vegas are still a must for anyone who comes to visit this wonderful destination. And what better way could there be of seeing the city than from 800 feet in the air?
Perched at the summit of the instantly recognisable Stratosphere Las Vegas casino-hotel, the aptly-named Top of the World restaurant offers diners the chance to look down at the Strip, across the city and towards the beautiful mountains beyond as they savour their award-winning meals.
Top of the World takes 80 minutes to revolve a full 360 degrees, so most guests should be able to see the Vegas skyline from every angle before they head back to ground level, but it’s not just the view that you’ll remember. Rest assured that there is nothing gimmicky about the culinary experience available here; named as the winner of the 2018 Best Fine Dining Restaurant award by Best of Las Vegas, Top of the World has also been the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every single year since 1996!
Dick’s Last Resort
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is perhaps best-known for its bizarre, castle-styled exterior, which has the effect of screaming to all passers-by that this is one Las Vegas attraction that really doesn’t take itself too seriously. And, once you set foot in the casino’s most famous eatery, you won’t need any more proof that this is indeed the case.
As well as their unique dining experiences, our previous two choices are also often applauded for the high levels of customer service that always come as standard there. The same, however, cannot be said of Dick’s Last Resort, where guests should arrive in the knowledge that they will be shouted at, bullied, and generally treated with utter disdain by their waiting staff – if it’s any consolation, though, your whole party will be given the same treatment!
For some reason, people just seem to love being spoken to rudely at Dick’s Last Resort, and the restaurant is regularly cited as one of the most popular places to eat in Las Vegas. In its defence, the food is brilliant, with its unashamedly indulgent menu featuring such house favourites as Bubba’s Baby Back Ribs and Mama Dick’s Mac ‘n’ Cheez. And, for a light dessert, how about the Extreme Brownie Meltdown?
The only choice on our list outside of central Vegas, the Mermaid Lounge is found at the Silverton Las Vegas casino-hotel in the town of Enterprise (just a few miles outside of the city itself). After a long day of exploring, you might find that this restaurant is the perfect antidote to help you rest up – before heading back out onto the gaming floor!
The incredible Mermaid Lounge is surely the first dining venue you will ever have visited where the walls form part of a 117,000-gallon aquarium that is home to 4,000 tropical fish (and, of course, the occasional mermaid).
With the interior dominated by a giant mermaid statue and the staff who serve you all dressed as these beautiful creatures of the deep, you may be surprised to hear that the cuisine isn’t dominated by seafood! Reasonably priced and packed with comfort dishes, the lounge’s menu isn’t fine dining, but it is still delicious, serving up various tasty burgers, pizzas and after-dinner treats like Oreo cheesecake and fried banana pudding.
Heart Attack Grill
We’ll be honest: there’s not a whole lot we can say about the Heart Attack Grill that hasn’t been said before. This craziest of all Las Vegas restaurants is probably best summed up by the following brief description: ‘it has become internationally famous for embracing and promoting an unhealthy diet of incredibly large hamburgers’ - and that’s straight from the owners themselves.
With its notorious menu including insanely calorific options such as the Octuple Bypass Burger and Chilli Cheese Flatliner Fries (cooked in pure lard, of course), the Heart Attack Grill certainly can’t be described as either family-friendly or relaxing. However, if you happen to be after a restaurant where you are served by ‘nurses’, can order cigarettes, and will eat for free if you weigh in at over 25 stone…well, this is the place to go!
So, are you tempted to discover the delights of Vegas’s highly unusual but undeniably fascinating foodie scene? Or maybe you want to explore what some of the other great U.S. cities have to offer in terms of unique eateries? If so, check out our amazing range of multi-centre holiday packages, which give you the chance to visit the likes of Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, all on the same trip.