In terms of idyllic ways to enjoy a meal, an outdoor brunch on an afternoon with perfect weather ranks right up near the top. With almost 300 days a year of sunshine, savvy Las Vegas restaurants have made dining alfresco a sought-after weekly occasion.
Plus, in this 24-hour city there’s always high demand for Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas alongside a decadent meal to counteract last night’s good time. Here are six spots to while the day away.
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Brunch isn’t just for Sunday in Vegas. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino offers the meal all weekend and in a prime location — its patio is located center Strip with views up and down Las Vegas Boulevard.
If the first order of the day is a cocktail, order up mimosas or a Bloody Mary (with vodka) or Maria (with tequila) crafted tableside with horseradish, herbs and pickled garnishes. For a decadent sweet treat, opt for the banana- and mascarpone-stuffed French toast with Saigon cinnamon.
Next door at The Palazzo, LAVO blends Italian favorites into the brunch vernacular with lemon ricotta waffles, a breakfast pizza with smoked salmon and goat cheese, and its famous 16-ounce Kobe meatball.
The patio at the Strip’s epicenter creates an ideal spot for people watching, too. On Saturdays during the fall and winter months, LAVO is home to a raucous party brunch, much like Vegas’ infamous dayclubs.
If you want to Sunday brunch like a local and escape the Strip, head southwest to DW Bistro. The cuisine isn’t short on flavor with influences from New Mexico and Jamaica highlighted in specialties such as jerk-fried chicken and waffles, and a slow-cooked pork omelet with red chile and jack cheese.
On the patio, listen to the DJ while drinking all-you-can-manage mimosas and mingling with the people who actually live in Las Vegas.
This popular eatery inside Four-Star ARIA Resort & Casino debuted in December and is all about one thing: its huge alfresco patio. In fact, the majority of Herringbone’s 10,000 square feet is outdoors. The brunch menu keeps with the “fish-meats-field” vibe of the establishment’s overall culinary philosophy with creative takes on classic breakfast items like a poached-egg benny done with crab cakes and doused in spicy hollandaise.
The adult beverages come in the form of Bellinis (peach, passion fruit, blood orange and strawberry-yuzu) or flavorful pitcher (Bloody Mary, grapefruit daiquiri, passion fruit lemonade, and strawberry ginger margarita, among others).
Andiron Steak & Sea
On the Westside, the patio at Andiron Steak & Sea gives brunch devotees a different kind of view — one of the Red Rocks. And if you like to share, you came to the right place as there are 10 dishes to divvy up, including the to-die-for avocado toast on grilled wheat bread with tomato, pickled Fresno chili and arugula.
There are also lighter options such as a chicken Caesar salad and Serrano-crusted salmon. What’s most unique here is the candy station, where you can fill up a to-go bag and take home some extra treats at the end of the meal.
Veranda Cucina Italiana
As the name suggests, Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas’ Veranda has a stunning poolside terrace that puts a breezy spin on the first meal of the day. Another fresh aspect of the restaurant is how it’s capitalizing on the juice trend with the introduction of a Zumex Juicer, which can process up to 22 oranges per minute. This, of course, translates to more OJ for mimosas during the restaurant’s weekend breakfast buffet and makes for a sweet complement to Veranda’s famously decadent donut machine.
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar
Part of the Sunday-only club like DW Bistro and Andrion, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa doesn’t simply go bottomless — the Bloody Marys comes with bottle service and a tableside cart stocked with garnishes and mixes. There’s also a champagne option with oysters, juice and fresh fruit.
The expansive patio is an ideal gathering place for friends. From there, nosh on sandwiches made on the rotisserie or in the wood-burning oven, such as the chicken club with bacon on Texas toast and served with truffle aioli. The hearty breakfast choices — salted caramel French toast or corned beef hash, for instance — are good for those who like one big meal to close out the week.