Planning a meeting in Las Vegas or attending a convention in Las Vegas and having to organize satellite events?
A World-Renowned Culinary Destination
Not merely a mega-resort and gambling location, Las Vegas has exploded in the past few decades into one of the most magnetic hotspots for the world’s very best in fine dining. With so many acclaimed and cutting-edge dining experiences in one place, the choices are endless for tastes of all kinds from some of the most famous and successful chefs in the world. First, take a look at some new promising additions that offer some unique and tasty treats and intriguing venues for private events. Then read about the many celebrity chefs that have put down culinary roots and taken hold of the Las Vegas hospitality scene.

Restaurants: New and coming soon

There’s always something fresh and new on the Las Vegas dining scene. From reclusive private dining spaces to refreshing outdoor venues and from all regions east to west, the new Las Vegas restaurants continue to demonstrate the diversity and daring delights that can be found here in the glittering gem of the desert.

— Asian Persuasion
Several new Eastern-inspired restaurants are making waves—or tsunamis—on the Las Vegas restaurant scene.

Now open at Wynn Las Vegas in a space formerly the private dining experience of Okada, Mizumi offers a diverse range of signature Japanese and pan-Asian dishes created by Chef Devin Hashimoto as well as a teppanyaki room and sushi and sashimi bar, Mizumi’s lavish redesign of red and gold features dozens of Noh masks, walls of mock gold brick and an entire wall draped in antique kimono sashes. The open space boasts direct views of the restaurant’s unique waterfall under which a Floating Pagoda Table, available for private bookings, is perched on a wooden dock.

The highly anticipated 11,200-square-foot Nobu Caesars Palace restaurant and lounge by celebrated Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a few steps closer to completion. Alongside the new Nobu Hotel, this is the chef’s first restaurant to offer an in-room dining menu for guests. With several teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar, private dining areas and a large lounge and bar, the venue boasts 327 seats with an ambiance every bit as delicious as the food. With Japanese elements throughout, from vibrant kimonos to Japanese tea whisks, the focal point will be a 15-person bar in the simple, intimate space.

— Multiple Venues in One
Increasingly common are venues doubling as exquisite dining and decadent clubbing destinations.

Hakkasan Ltd., which operates fine-dining restaurants all over the world, announced its first dining and nightlife venue: Hakkasan Restaurant and Nightclub. Set to open at the MGM Grand in December 2012 in the space previously occupied by Studio 54, the Hakkasan concept is recognized as single-handedly changing the face of modern Cantonese cuisine. Hakkasan in Las Vegas will embody sophistication, glamour, world-class cuisine and impeccable service in a sexy and stylish environment. The new 75,000-square-foot venue on five levels will be the brand’s most momentous as it goes beyond the signature dining experience to include an extravagant nightlife component.

A new alfresco restaurant, nightclub and pool experience called Bagatelle debuted at the Tropicana in August with a considerable splash. Offering cuisine from the French Riviera, the Bagatelle Bistro is a seven-day-a-week supper club with lunch and weekend champagne brunches by day in the sprawling outdoor complex of pools, cabanas, stages and a sandy beach. With optimized interior space as well, Bagatelle Bistro transforms nightly into an outdoor nightclub for something totally different on the Las Vegas party scene.

— Classic Italian Connections
It’s hard to go wrong with Italian, especially in Las Vegas where it was part of the Mob city’s formative culture.

Mr. B’s Bar & Grill, Ristorante brings back a bit of the old Las Vegas with a new twist. A swanky piano-lounge restaurant, Mr. B’s combines simple Italian favorites with excellent service for an all-around memorable dining experience that transports diners back to a simpler time. With clean retro lines, a red grand piano, live music, open-air patio and a fully stocked bar, guests enjoy the throwback atmosphere and relaxing feel. Mr. B’s is available for private events; at full buyout, the restaurant seats 400, but smaller private areas can be reserved for groups from four to 140.

Slice of Vegas Pizza is new at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place with menus featuring deliciously fresh Italian-American favorites—from pizzas and finger foods to full-course family-style, buffet or plated dining—with basic and fundamental flavors and a creative flare. Plus, the bar offers excellent wines, sangria, beer and signature drinks. Slice of Vegas Pizza also offers the private Rooms at Slice of Vegas Pizza for all kinds of meetings or events whether it’s formal or informal, business or pleasure, dinner or reception.

— Marvelous Meats

Carnivores will never go hungry with the array of meat-focused dining options in Las Vegas.

Coming soon to ARIA is one of Southern California’s hottest destinations for exquisite dining called Javier’s. The concept brings to Las Vegas exquisite seafood, chicken and steak dishes influenced by Mexico’s regional specialties along with an extensive collection of premium tequilas. Opening in August 2012, Javier’s also will serve up handshaken margaritas as guests indulge in an amazing setting designed for excitement.

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