Eating Las Vegas by Day

Smoked Salmon Platter @ Café Vettro
Aria Resort and Casino

View from guest room @ the M Resort Spa Casino

I’ve been back to Las Vegas twice in the past 2 months to visit my gracious youngest sister and my accommodating and affable brother-in-law, and to explore the possibility of purchasing a little house there. I really appreciate spending time with them. I like the desert. I like the wide open feel and the view of the mountains. I also like The Strip and gaming, the spas, the shopping. And most of all, the dining!

Over the years we’ve been fortunate to have eaten dinner at so many of the top restaurants with their world-renowned chefs (recent review of Julian Serrano here). But I equally enjoy the hotel cafés. I like to sit outside overlooking the pool in the early morning with a cup of coffee, and read a magazine with a warm dry desert breeze a blowing…

Red Cup Café @ the M, 7:01 AM

Even after playing Blackjack well into the evening, I always wake up early and head down to the hotel café. Accurate time stamps on the photos are thanks to digital photography.

View from Café Vettro @ 7:04 AM

Have you noticed that all the Coffee Shops here are no longer called that? It’s Café.

Jaunty Presentation

Technology with Breakfast. I’m usually alone at this hour.

Satisfying Spa Omelette

Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris Hotel and Casino

Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel is perpetually our favorite place for lunch. With its authentic French bistro menu, open-air seating, and views of The Strip and fountains at the Bellagio, it is one very popular spot!

Mussels Marinière
white wine and herbs, served with frites

Profiterole Trio
vanilla, chocolate & caramel ice cream filled pastries
hot double chocolate fudge sauce

Do you have recommendations for dining in Las Vegas? Breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails – we would love your input!

28 thoughts on “Eating Las Vegas by Day”

  1. These pictures are stunning! I especially like the long curved table. I’m not as familiar with Las Vegas as I should be. I’ve been there several times and never seem to leave the hotel I’m staying at. I’ve dined at Alex’s, and thought it was incredible. My husband tells me the breakfast at Bouchon or another one of Thomas Keller’s restaurants is very good. There’s also Fleur de Lys. There are so many great places in Las Vegas you can’t go wrong!

  2. This restaurant should hire you…….I want to go and eat there now! Will be a wee bit expensive with airfare included!!

  3. Love the breath-taking photos! I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I know when I do make it there, I’m definitely going to be in food heaven! =)

  4. great pics, love the breakfast shot with your tech gear, the mussels look divine, I bet your sister would be so happy if you purchased a place there, more time with family..


  5. What a perfect time to be by the pool – perfect weather and all alone! Yes, Mon Ami Gabi – thanks for introducing me to it. It is now my favorite LV lunch spot, too! Another favorite spot for a quick lunch on the go is “Bistro Laurent Tourondel: BLT Burger” in the Mirage. Beautiful shot of the Smoked Salmon Platter – great presentation. I wondered the same thing as Joan Nova, though. Was it really enough?

  6. It is so hard for me to get my head around the idea that Vegas has good food now. I know it’s been transformed from the buffet days of yesteryear, but I still think of the .99 cent shrimp cocktails when I think of dining on the strip. Oops that dates me! GREG

  7. Hi LL, That table shot is stunning! I love the way you photograph a resturant, you always get the perfect angles and composition! I want those mussels!

  8. oooh Vegas, such a delicious destination! You’ve already picked one of my favorites with Mon Ami Gabi. I have to say my favorite place for a truly special meal and expert service is Aureole at Mandalay Bay. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

  9. this looks so relaxingggg! just what i need right now. to get away from all the stress and people around me. 🙂 looks like u had a great time girl!!!

    have a lovely day!


  10. We love visiting Las Vegas. There are so many excellent restaurants and bakeries. It’s a foodie’s playground. How did you like the M Resort…they have a wine tasting room (it’s always closed when we go)? {sigh} wish there was time for a trip that way soon. It would be great to have a place there to visit often.

    I’m not a big “buffet” fan, but he Paris Hotel & Casino has the Le Village Buffet which hosts a fantastic breakfast/brunch with made to order crepes and eggs/omeletts. Also, over at “M” the Terzetto Restaurant was very good.

    1. Hi Cristina – the wine cellar was closed when I was there too, but I’m going back in a couple weeks, would love to try it! I like the M, and it is close to the little house I am building there.

  11. i just wanted to say that i have eaten at cafe vettro, twice when i was in las vegas and the food is excellent and very fresh, also i ate at jean george’s steak house the food there is over the top and very, very good. i had the sea-bass with the shitake mushrooms, and the creamed spinich very creamy and very good. the potatoes were excllent, my daughter had the salmon and her boyfriend had the filet migon steak 8 oz. the over-all experience was 5 stars.

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