Foodie alert: Once again this year, Las Vegas is hosting Restaurant Week (August 30-September 5) to benefit Three Square, a local food shelf. This is one of my favorite times of year to travel to Las Vegas. I have been in the city for the past two Restaurant Weeks and can attest that this is a great way to try new restaurants–particularly restaurants that might otherwise be out of your price range–while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause.
Here’s how it works: You make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice (generally for dinner); let them know you plan to dine off the Restaurant Week menu. Once there, you will be served a 3-course meal from a special menu for a prix fixe price which is a discount over what it would normally cost you for those same three courses. (You generally have a choice of 2-3 items per course.)
If you plan to be in Las Vegas during these dates, you’re one lucky soul. If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas and haven’t booked your dates yet, you might want to consider going during Restaurant Week–especially if you’re a foodie. This year’s participating restaurants include Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier, Craftsteak, BOA Steakhouse, Alize at the Palms, Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina, Bradley Ogden, and more high-end Vegas restaurants. I highly recommend you make reservations if you plan to dine at one of these restaurants during Restaurant Week, as the event is quite popular with tourists and locals alike.
I discovered the culinary delights of Fiamma at the MGM Grand during Restaurant Week in 2008, and in 2009, had an exquisite lunch at Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio. This year’s participating restaurants are listed here. Click on the restaurant name to see the menu. Bon appetit!