The food scene in Las Vegas just might be hotter than the casino floors. Tourism reached a record high of 40+ million visitors in 2014 partially because today’s Las Vegas is a more well-rounded destination between award-winning shows, day trips off the strip, more things to do in Las Vegas with kids and a massive influx of celebrity chef restaurants.
While it would be divine to bounce between these noteworthy eateries for every meal this strategy isn’t always practical. Those who need flexibility when they travel—like parents with kids in tow—need to eat on a whim sometimes or in the hotel.
And, eating inside Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is anything but a hardship. In fact, we did a stellar job of it during our last trip—totally by choice—over the course of almost four days.
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Unwind at the PRESS Lounge
The hotel’s recent renovation added a chic indoor/outdoor lounge called PRESS and we couldn’t be happier about it. The new space is a win for families while doubling as a hot spot for drinks after a show and then some. The soothing color palette and comfortable seating make it difficult to hurry off to a show. My daughter and I enjoyed a quick dinner here before seeing the Blue Man Group and felt our time at PRESS was cut short.
How do you resolve such an issue? By bringing your husband there, too, the following evening after his plane landed. I could eat the charcuterie board every day, actually, with its fresh burrata and other imported cheese, focaccia and cured meats. My daughter opted for the giant PRESS burger with Applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar and fruit (in lieu of the fries) but we all thought the salted mini pretzels with Stout cheese dip were totally out-of-this world. The hotel’s wood-fired oven cooks flatbreads to perfection. We opted for wild mushroom, arugula, proscuitto, arugula and truffle flatbread.
We ended our third evening by roasting fireside s’mores after dinner at Veranda. We enjoyed PRESS three nights in a row.
PRESS is actually open all day, starting at 6:30 a.m. Mornings and afternoons involve grab-and-go Lavazza espresso and gourmet coffees, fresh juices, pastries, sandwiches and salads until the delectable small plates menu takes over at 4:00 p.m. Closing depends on the day of the week, but rest assured that it’s plenty late for a night cap.
When traveling with kids, you just never know when you’re going to need a snack so I appreciate the convenience to have the to-go options at PRESS in addition to a few snack items in the well-stocked hotel gift shop.
The hotel’s Italian restaurant is reminiscent of an authentic trattoria with a lovely patio and relaxed vibe. Las Vegas can be hectic. Instead of dim lights and loud music, it’s refreshing to just chill in a very nice restaurant where kids are welcome.
If your stay overlaps a weekend, you must have brunch at Veranda to take advantage of a gourmet bloody Mary bar to pair with housemade mini doughnuts. Yes, the hotel has its own doughnut machine.
Here is how it works. The donut is lightly fried and then dried. While warm, it’s dipped into the glaze of your choice and then again into toppings of your choice. Epic. I think about them when I’m not at the hotel but admittedly, I’m a massive donut lover.
In addition, plenty of hot dishes (I also love the egg white omelette), charcuterie, cheese, fruit, pastries and so much more to choose from also make up the buffet. We spent hours there catching up with a friend over multiple plates and drinks.
Should you come for dinner, the signature La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso (click for recipe) is a must-order. Chef Antonio Minichiello used inspiration from his childhood in Italy to create this unique dish which is artichoke pasta cooked in a jar with a variety of delicious seafood. Both melt-in-your-mouth raw starters (thinly sliced raw ahi tuna, balsamic soya dressing, guacamole along with beef tenderloin, olive oil zabaglione, caper berries, focaccia) were so refreshing that I probably should have stopped there. But, of course, we had to try pizza from the wood-fired oven and share La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso.
A habit of early rising means that even after a very late night out with friends, the our daughter (who stayed behind with a nanny) was still ready for breakfast by 7:00 a.m. Thank goodness for coconut water available via in-room dining.
Though she didn’t inherit early dawn wake-ups from me, we do share a massive love of luxury hotel breakfast. My husband who usually skips breakfast and isn’t a stranger to Mexican food, raved about his (much needed after a late Vegas night) breakfast burrito. I ordered the beautifully-plated smoked salmon plate twice though the parfait hit the spot on the morning I headed to the Forbes five-star spa (highly recommend after a night out, especially).
A number of snacks are available via the express in-room dining menu. So, if your child has a hankering for a green apple, they can send one up in a jiffy (of course, on a lovely tray with flatware).
Bonus: Mandalay Bay Dining
The hotel elevator opens up to the casino floor of Mandalay Bay providing easy access to celebrity restaurants inside this property, too. Here, you’ll find Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, Lupo by Wolfgang Puck, and more—nearly 30 other restaurants that guests of Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas have signing privileges at.
Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK is another favorite of ours for duck fat fries, steak and shishido peppers. On this trip, my daughter and I satisfied a sushi craving at Rick Moonan’s RM Seafood. The incredibly fresh seafood hit the spot.
Speaking of celebrity chef restaurants, Charlie Palmer Steak is right next to Veranda and regretfully, we haven’t had a chance to try it yet. Next time. I also should mention that plenty of gluten-free options are available at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
Read more about our lovely Art Deco-inspired room, the spa and more at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Who says hotel dining can’t be awesome? It was definitely worth extra time on the treadmill.
(Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is one of the luxury hotels I can book for you with agent-exclusive amenities that will enhance and add value to your stay. Please send me your dates and I’ll tell you what’s on offer.)
3960 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
*Thank you to Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas for a very long list of generosities during our stay!