Coming to Las Vegas this January for CES? We’ve got you covered with a locals recommendations of the best places to dine and explore.
10 Best Restaurants With Private Dining Options In Vegas
Vegas features some of the best restaurants in the world. When you’re in town for CES, it would be a pity if you missed out on all that great dining because you had a meeting to attend. When your prospective clients are interested in getting together, consider turning it into a dinner occasion by booking a private room at one of Sin City’s finest places to eat.
- Piero’s — For over 30 years, Piero’s has been serving Vegas’ elite celebrities, politicians, and mobsters. It’s so recognizably old-school Vegas that it was even used to shoot several scenes from the movie Casino. Reserve the private Monkey Bar room and you can conduct your business in the same private dining room where Rat Pack members and mob bosses used to hang out. Or, grab a table in the main dining room and you never know who you might see.
- Ferraro’s — With room for parties as small as 8 or as big as 120, Ferraro’s is happy to create a completely customizable experience for your next event. They’ve even got audiovisual capabilities in case you need to present your next proposal between courses of delectable southern Italian fare.
- SW Steakhouse — Reserve the private open-air patio of the SW Steakhouse and you and your guests can enjoy chili-rubbed ribeyes prepared by award-winning chef, David Walzog. You’ll also be treated to great views of the Wynn Resort’s Lake of Dreams, a stunning audiovisual show that plays out every evening, starting at dusk.
- Sinatra — At Sinatra in the Encore Resort at Wynn, you can treat up to 40 guests at the outdoor terrace or book a more intimate meal in the Chairman’s Room, with space for up to 14. The best thing to order? If the restaurant’s namesake were to choose, he’d recommend the spaghetti and clams.
- Hexx Kitchen & Bar — Host small gatherings of up to 16 or buy out the entire space for a corporate event with 350 guests at Hexx Kitchen & Bar. Indoor and outdoor patio spaces are tastefully designed to suit any event and sweeping views of the Bellagio fountains offer the perfect backdrop for your next meeting.
- Bahama Breeze — Incorporate island vibes at your next meeting by reserving a private dining room at Bahama Breeze. There’s room for parties of up to 300 people, and their tropical drinks, a soundtrack of steel drums, and Caribbean fare offer a unique change of pace when you and your guests have had too much steak and Italian food.
- Fleming’s Steakhouse — Private dining spaces often lack the tech amenities of most conference rooms. Fleming’s Steakhouse is different. In addition to massive tomahawk steaks, they offer the ability to conference with the private dining rooms in their other 69 locations across the country. In Vegas, you can rent out the Boulevard Room with space for up to 30 guests, grab the Sunset Room with space for 45, or combine them for a larger event and conference — in your steak-loving business partners.
- Hearthstone — Hearthstone features simple, refined food in a casual environment. Picture rotisserie chickens coming out of wood-fired ovens and braised short ribs with butternut squash gnocchi. You can rent out the lounge to play shuffleboard or watch the game while you mingle with up to 80 guests, grab the outdoor patio to get up-close to the wood-burning firepit with room for 100 people or rent out the entire venue for events that need space for up to 300.
- Holsteins — For a more casual event, consider Holsteins for its outrageously good burgers. Bite into over-the-top creations like the Billionaire Burger, with Kobe beef and foie gras, or the Gold Standard, with dry-aged sirloin beef, smoked bacon, and aged goat cheddar cheese. If those aren’t reason enough to book your private event, their boozy milkshakes should seal the deal. For example, consider the Drunken Monkey, an insane combination of hazelnut liqueur, malt, banana, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chick-O-Stick, banana Laffy Taffy, vanilla frosting, and Reese’s Pieces.
- Mastro’s Ocean Club Las Vegas — Three private dining areas capable of hosting 12 to 80 guests are available at Mastro’s Ocean Club Las Vegas. Enjoy fresh seafood and sushi with views of the restaurant’s architecturally stunning dining room known as “The Tree House”, which is also available to reserve for private events.
10 Can’t-Miss Vegas Restaurants To Check Out During CES
One of the best parts of CES is getting to enjoy all the great things Vegas has to offer. From big shows to award-winning restaurants, Vegas amenities offer you the chance to get out and have some fun when you’re not impressing attendees on the show floor. Whether you’re taking a client out for a business dinner, grabbing lunch, or going out on the town to celebrate the end of the show, here are our top 10 favorite places to eat in Vegas.
- Holsteins — Get your burger fix on the Strip by stopping into The Cosmopolitan and heading for Holsteins. From dry-aged sirloin burgers topped with smoked bacon to a Kobe beef burger crowned with nori, there’s something for everyone’s most creative tastes. Wash it all down with a boozy milkshake and you’ve got a combo that can’t be beat.
- Mastro’s Ocean Club Las Vegas — If you’re walking around CityCenter, Mastro’s Ocean Club will surely grab your eye. Built within an elaborate wooden structure, it looks like a treehouse made by the Jetsons. Inside, the open, airy dining room is the perfect place to enjoy their stellar steaks, classic seafood dishes, and fresh sushi.
- Piero’s — Once frequented by mob bosses, Rat Pack members, and celebrities alike, Piero’s has always been a place to see and be seen. This classic Italian eatery is just a short walk from the Convention Center, making it perfect for those wanting some Osso Bucco after a long day on the show floor.
- Mon Ami Gabi French Restaurant — The bright airy interior of Mon Ami Gabi brings to life the quintessential character of Paris’ best bistros. Their glass-enclosed pavilion is also an ideal place to watch the Bellagio fountains. Order up some escargot with garlic herb butter, try a few French wines, or indulge in Bananas Foster waffles.
- Ferraro’s — Spend enough time in Vegas and you’ll soon become an expert in regional Italian cuisine. For those that prefer the more Mediterranean-inspired flavors of the south, Ferraro’s is the place to be. They make all their pasta, bread, and pastries in-house daily, and their late-night happy hour is one of the best in town.
- Carbone — Carbone takes classic Italian and adds in a sophisticated flair to create a truly unique high-end dining experience inside the Aria. A retro-hip bar gives way to an ornate dining room centered around a massive chandelier. Underneath, talented servers prepare dishes, like spicy rigatoni vodka, tableside.
- Top of the World — Everything tastes better with a view, which makes it pretty hard to beat the food offered at the Top of the World. Perched 800 feet above the Strip, this award-winning restaurant actually rotates, offering diners a constantly changing vantage point while they dine on Wagyu ribeye and Fijian tuna.
- Jean Georges Steakhouse — Elevate your steakhouse game with some of the best meat from around the world. With wood-fired grills and tableside carving service, you can enjoy Wagyu, Kobe, and Chateaubriand in their recently renovated, industrial-chic dining room.
- Dirt Dog — Not all of Vegas’ best food is captured by fine dining. If you find yourself near The Grand Bazaar at Ballys and need a quick bite, look no further than Dirt Dog, LA’s sinfully delicious bacon-wrapped hot dog. Add your favorite toppings, like chimichurri sauce or french fries topped with melted cheese and then grab a drink at one of the nearby bars.
- Hugo’s Cellar — Walk into Hugo’s Cellar in the Four Queens Casino and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. This is truly old-school Vegas. Ladies are handed red roses before they’re seated, salads are prepared tableside, and classic dishes like shrimp scampi, prime rib, and cherries jubilee are executed to perfection.
7 Off-The-Beaten-Path Entertainment Options In Vegas
No city can compete with Vegas when it comes to over-the-top entertainment. Huge theaters and massive event spaces host big-name artists and award-winning performers. But amidst the brightest marquees are underground entertainment options that most visitors never get to see. When you head to CES this January, consider ducking the major players and opting for some off-the-beaten-path entertainment. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Downtown Container Park — This eclectic open-air shopping center features restaurants, bars, play areas for kids, and event spaces all crafted out of shipping containers. Catch a free concert, take in 360-degree 4K resolution shows in The Dome, or grab a photo with the park’s giant preying mantis sculpture.
- Neon Museum — Casinos come and go, and when they close down to make room for something new, their neon signs get collected in a big pile to rust away. Or at least they used to. Now, they’re sent to the neon museum. Experience the glory of old Vegas as it once was by walking through a maze of old neon signs, some of which have been fully restored to cast their glowing light once again.
- Carson Kitchen — Carson Kitchen is housed in the renovated John E. Carson hotel. Its big community tables, rooftop patio, and outdoor firepit are great for casual dinners or drinks in an environment that’s not typical in Vegas. You won’t find any dim lighting, leather booths, or neon lights here. Just great food, like burgers with bacon jam and tempura green beans, and a hip, laid-back atmosphere.
- Don’t Tell Momma — A New York-style piano bar in the heart of Fremont Street, Don’t Tell Momma is like a live show that changes every night. Bring your skills to open mic sessions or watch the antics of some of the city’s best pianists and singers as they cover classic songs. Oh, and did we mention the singers are also the bartenders?
- Fremont Street Experience — Fremont Street is where it all began. In downtown Vegas, this 5-block stretch of neon is home to some of the oldest casinos in Vegas. Also known as Glitter Gulch for its massive walls of neon signs, it hosts regular free concerts, a zipline, a massive overhead video display, and just about every type of street performer you can think of. First-timers to Vegas cannot miss a walk through Fremont Street.
- EAT — Get your comfort food fix in downtown Vegas at EAT. Homemade cinnamon rolls, real corned beef hash, and truffled egg sandwiches make this no-frills spot the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or brunch after a late night of exploring Vegas’ underground entertainment hotspots.
- Mob Museum — Dive into the world of organized crime in vintage Vegas at the Mob Museum. Check out a recreated prohibition-era speakeasy and distillery, try your skills at forensic science in the crime lab, and learn all about Vegas’ history of trouble making mobsters and criminals.
5 Offsite Meeting Options At CES
During CES, you’ll likely attend dozens of meetings on the trade show floor. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hubbub of the event. All the hotels on the Strip will have their own private meeting rooms and event spaces, but there are other options as well. Whether you’re looking for a casual space to discuss details with a new client or a luxurious meeting room with stunning views of the Strip, here are a few of our favorite places to go when you’re ready for an offsite meeting.
- Enclave — Just off the Strip and close to the airport, Enclave offers a corporate meeting space capable of hosting up to 2,500 people. Their lounge and bar area is perfect for events with food and drink service. The rooftop deck offers a spectacular spot to mingle at night. A variety of indoor and outdoor spaces offer the flexibility to host everything from a small meeting to a huge event and state-of- the-art sound quality joins an arsenal of great tech to ensure that your presentations get the reception they deserve.
- Regus in Town Square — For an event space that’s away from the hubbub of the Strip, check out Regus. Their reasonably priced meeting spaces are super flexible and available by the hour, which is perfect for companies that don’t need a lot of time. Regus even offers the option to book rooms via an app on your phone. A wide variety of shopping, entertainment, and restaurant options in Town Square also make it an ideal place to host a longer event that’s still just 10 minutes away from the Strip.
- Four Seasons Las Vegas — Close to Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons Las Vegas is perfect for those who want to combine their accommodation with their own private meeting space. Host receptions just minutes away from your room and enjoy the full benefits of Four Seasons amenities like onsite food and beverage catering services. With a suite room, you also have the option of a more intimate but completely functional meeting space.
- Topgolf — Get out of the stuffy conference room and get some fresh air by taking your meeting to one of the hitting bays at Topgolf. Get a few buckets, order some drinks and food, and chat about your next business venture between shots. Topgolf is an ideal place for a casual meetup for smaller groups.
- High Roller Observation Wheel — Elevate your meeting 550 feet above the Strip by gathering in one of the private cabins of the High Roller Observation Wheel. Add an open bar and your own private bartender to make the event a bit more fun and casual.
Numbers To Keep Handy When You Head To Vegas
The days during and leading up to CES are always hectic. Last-minute arrangements, day-of plan changes, it all adds up to a frenzy of activity. At those moments, you need to have all the information possible at your fingertips. It’s easy to rely on your smartphone when you need essential info, but sometimes your tech can let you down. To help get you ready for CES, we’ve made up a list of the types of phone numbers you should have on you at all times. Fill in your relevant info, print it out, and add it to your trade show survival kit, just in case.
- Hotel — Keep the phone number of your hotel handy at all times, and ask at the front desk if they have a local direct line so you can talk to someone immediately instead of waiting on hold.
- Venue — Keep the number of your trade show venue handy. Keep in mind there might be multiple numbers available based on your needs. Jot them all down for quick answers to all your questions.
- Decision Makers — Make sure you’ve got contact numbers for all the big decision makers at your company if extra services or approval is needed at the last minute.
- Medical Centers — Look up the three closest emergency medical facilities and keep them handy. You may also want to see what walk-in clinics are available nearby if you come down with a bug just before the show.
- Airline — Even with convenient apps and online services, sometimes the easiest way to check on or change your flight is to call. Write down your airline’s customer service number and your reservation confirmation number next to each other so you can get connected quickly when you call.
This post originally appeared on the Steelhead Productions blog.