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10 Best Views While Drinking and Dining in Las Vegas

| February 5, 2020 5:37 am PDT
Best Cocktails and Dinning with a View Las Vegas

Las Vegas seems like a city designed specifically to highlight the fabulous view of itself at sunset or even later. Or at least, that’s the impression you can get while drinking and dining at any of Sin City’s dozens of great restaurants and nightclubs with lofty perspectives on the lights of Sin City. Different spots have different perspectives, and they’re all spectacular, and some are distinctly surprising.

Here are the 10 best restaurants and bars with a view in Las Vegas.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris Las Vegas

Whether you fancy lobster eggs benedict for brunch or you’re hungry for roasted rack of lamb by moonlight, you’re going to have a great view of all of Las Vegas, day or night, at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

From the restaurant’s perch about 110 feet above the streets of Las Vegas—high enough for a grand view but not so high as to give acrophobes the vapors—you get a different perspective on Sin City, day or night. You even have what amounts to a box seat for the next performance of the Bellagio fountains across the way.

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30—which becomes a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 2:30pm. Dinner service starts at 4:30pm every day and runs until 10pm Sunday through Thursday, but they continue service until 10:30 Fridays and Saturdays.

In the summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day), they adjust their hours slightly, so it’s a good idea to actually check out the Eiffel Tower Restaurant website for hours, menus, and reservation information.

Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay

This creation of the House of Blues is just what you’d expect—a hot VIP nightclub bouncing with energy and entirely too much fun. It also happens to sit atop the Main Tower at Mandalay Bay. You like the view? Sixty-three floors up, baby!

Dance or just chill to the best DJs and live acts Sin City has to offer. Pro tip: Check with the hotel concierge about “guest list availability” to ease your way into the Foundation Room. Also, while there’s always a cover charge for men at the Foundation Room, ladies often get in free, but regardless of your personal pronouns, you’ll still need to be on the guest list.

The Foundation Room is open daily from 5pm to 3am, with a “Rooftop Happy Hour” from 5pm until 8pm. Their website neglects to mention dress codes (except for a rather ominous “dress code enforced”), so be warned—business casual is the minimum. So wear a collared shirt, guys. And some good slacks. No shorts, tennis shoes, or flip-flops. Come on. This is date night-level entertainment. Dress nice. Check out Foundation Room’s website for drink menus, scheduled entertainment, and reservation information.

Lakeside, Wynn

Much closer to the ground—okay, at ground level—is Lakeside Restaurant, where open air and calming views give everything an elegant simplicity hard to duplicate. Does it make everything taste better? Is your Scottish blue lobster even tastier because you’re eating it on a tree-shrouded dining terrace abutting the three-acre lake?

It does.

Lakeside is bucket-list-ready. The lake and the statuary rising from it are well-lit at night, but it’s differently beautiful in the light of day, as well.

Dress code is “business casual,” although Lakeside goes further with separate requirements for men and women: “For ladies, the attire is dressy and elegant; for gentlemen, collared shirts or polos are required. Shorts, sports apparel and open shoes are not permitted.” Okay, Lakeside. We get it. You’re a classy eatin’ joint. Sheesh.

Lakeside is open every evening from 5:30pm to 10pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, there’s also Jazz Brunch served from 10am until 2pm.

You can check out Lakeside’s website for pics of the view, as well as for menus and reservation information.

Mt. Charleston Lodge

You like viewing things from high places? Well, this is the highest dining view in Las Vegas: 7,717 feet above sea level (for comparison, downtown Vegas is about 2,000 feet above sea level). Of course, the Mt. Charleston Lodge is nestled in the foothills northwest of Las Vegas, and consequently has no line of sight to the lights of Vegas; all you can look at while you dine are some big rocky mountains and towering pine trees, and who wants that?

Well, most people. A mountain setting for a Vegas restaurant is quite unexpected. Never you mind that it’ll take 45-55 minutes to get the Mt. Charleston Lodge—which isn’t as bad as it sounds because the drive takes you through part of Red Rock National Park and up about a mile higher in altitude than downtown Vegas. More of those mountains with their juniper and sweet ponderosa pine forests, ho hum. But can Bellagio or Wynn give you that kind of view?

Once you get there, you will immediately discover why it’s worth the drive. A crackling fire awaits you in this lodge that could have been whisked from the mountains of Bavaria, and with huge windows surrounding the dining room (the fourth wall is the bar), it will be hard not to have a great view. Incidentally, in case you hadn’t already figured it out, the Mt. Charleston Lodge is a huge A-frame structure that has all the rustic charm of a Bavarian ski lodge, but without the need for a passport and a 12-hour trans-Atlantic flight. Makes that 45-minute drive to the lodge pretty insignificant, doesn’t it?

The restaurant is open from 8am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday, and Fridays and Saturdays 8am to 9pm. Naturally, to fully enjoy the view, you’ll want to dine there earlier in the day; if you want to breakfast there—which they serve from 8am until 11:30am—the restaurant recommends that you arrive prior to 10:30 to ensure breakfast seating.

Check out the Mt. Charleston Lodge website for hours, menus, and reservation information.

Prime Steakhouse, Bellagio

The dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio Las Vegas attract millions of visitors every year, but there’s a better way to see them than standing on the boardwalk just off Las Vegas Boulevard with the hundreds of other gawkers. You can instead make reservations at one of the best steakhouses in Sin City: Prime. Bonus: Nobody will ask you to take a picture of them in front of the fountains.

The world-class cuisine matches the awe-inspiring performance of the fountains. The patio at Prime seats up to 80 guests, so you’ll want to make sure you can be seated there when you make your reservations.

Prime is open daily from 5pm until 10pm, and reservations are very necessary. Incidentally, in the summer months when the temperature rarely drops below 100 even at night, you can ask to be seated at a table near the panoramic windows, where you can still enjoy the fountains but avoid the heat.

Check out the Prime Steakhouse website for hours, menus, a few pics of the fountains from Prime perspective, and reservation information.

Rivea Restaurant and Skyfall Lounge, Delano Las Vegas

Sure, you like fine dining inspired by the French and Italian riviera, but have you tried it 64 floors up, on an open-air terrace? Unless you’ve already dined at Rivea at the Delano, then your answer would most likely be “no.” Well, that’s easily remedied.

Some views are better at night, some better by daylight, but the Rivea’s view of Las Vegas is good anytime—or at least during the hours at which the doors are unlocked. Where else can you look down on the Luxor pyramid while munching on a breadstick and chatting with your date?

But wait, there’s more. Whether you’ve dined elsewhere or you don’t want to eat at Rivea a sixth day in a row, there’s also the Skyfall Lounge adjacent to Rivea, where you can actually drink and dance while looking down at the Luxor pyramid—and most of the Las Vegas Strip, for that matter.

Rivea serves dinner every day from 6pm until 10pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it’s open a half an hour longer. Skyfall Lounge, on the other hand, rocks from 5pm to midnight every day but Friday and Saturday, when it’s open until 1am.

Incidentally, if you’re a guest of the Delano, you can take advantage of Skyfall’s 7:30-8:30pm “Sunset Hour,” where you can sip a complimentary glass of champagne while watching… wait for it… the Vegas sunset.

If you want dining with a view, check out the Rivea webpage for menus and reservation information. If nightclubbing in the sky is more your speed, check out the Skyfall Lounge webpage for information on hours, drink menus, and reservations.

Top of the World, Stratosphere

High atop the Stratosphere Tower, we find, unsurprisingly enough, Top of the World. The tower is actually much taller than the Seattle Space Needle it mirrors—in fact, the Stratosphere Tower is the world’s tallest free-standing observation tower.

And as if dining elegantly at such heights wasn’t enough, the restaurant rotates slowly, completing a full 360 degrees every 80 minutes.

By the way, Top of the World is one of the most popular locations in Las Vegas to propose. Not suggesting; just sayin’.

Whatever your intentions, you can order from the lunch menu every day from 11am to 3:30pm, after which time the dinner menu takes over through closing time at 11pm.

Check out the Top of the World website for hours, menus, and reservation information.

Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, Binion’s Gambling Hall

If dining nearly a thousand feet above the sidewalk is a bit more than you care to contemplate, then perhaps Top of Binion’s Steakhouse would be more to your liking. Twenty-four floors above Fremont Street and perched atop Binion’s Gambling Hall, the Steakhouse offers views of downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street that you cannot find elsewhere.

Order one of their rib eye or porterhouse steaks or try the restaurant’s signature chicken-fried lobster, all while enjoying the lights of downtown Vegas the way they were meant to be seen—from a distance and with your money safely in your pocket. You may never be richer than you are at that moment.

You can check out the Top of Binion’s Steakhouse website for menus and reservation information.

Twist, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Classic French cuisine gets a makeover at Twist, where you can dine on lamb, beef (Nebraska or Wagyu), or even Dover sole while enjoying the cityscape from 23 stories above the casino floor. Tasting menus are quite popular at Twist, from “Pierre’s Experience”—a three-course tasting menu with wine pairings—to the Grand and the Vegetarian tasting menus.

At the top end, they offer the “Lucky 7” tasting menu—a seven-course meal with individual wine pairings that will set you back $777. No kidding. You did see the sign that said “Waldorf” when you came in, right? Motel Six this ain’t.

Twist is dark Sunday and Monday but opens Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm until 9:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm until 10pm.

Check out the Twist website for menus and reservation information.

VooDoo Steak & Rooftop Nightclub, Rio

When you choose to dine at VooDoo Steak at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, be prepared for a shock. You won’t be dining on the 50th floor as advertised. You’ll actually be dining on the 40th floor. Why? Because the hotel skips numbering floors in the 40s. Don’t believe me? Get into the elevator headed for up and check out the buttons. Press 43, please. Ha! You can’t, because there is no 43 button.

Seriously, it’s because—I’m told—that the Chinese word for “four” sounds very much like the Chinese word for “death.” I’m not so sure that that’s true, being slightly less fluent in Mandarin than I probably should be, but I guess we have no choice but to go with it for the time being.

In any case, even 40 floors above the city of Las Vegas is plenty, particularly since the Rio sits off the strip a few blocks and sees, as they say, the bigger picture.

And if you want to get an even higher perspective on Vegas from the Rio, there’s a staircase in the VooDoo leading up a floor to the Rooftop Nightclub on the 51st (really the 41st) floor. Here’s where you can party hearty until the cows come home.

Anyway, VooDoo Steak opens every day at 4:30pm and is open until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:30pm Fridays and Saturdays.

The Rooftop Nightclub is open Sunday through Thursday from 6pm until midnight, except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it remains open until 1am.

Incidentally, the dress code for VooDoo Steak is “casual”—which could mean many things to various people, but in this case means no athletic wear or sweats, and no hats for either men or women.

Check out the VooDoo Steak website for menus and reservation information.

J.W. Paine

J.W. Paine is one of the most experienced writers at GamblingSites.com. He's written for television and the printed media, and is a published novelist (as Tom Elliott).

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