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Las Vegas is home to some incredible restaurants headed by celebrity chefs, as well as some casual eateries fit for the whole family. The Vegas aesthetic — showy and bright — appeals to kids, too. And at the Rainforest Café, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café and the Hard Rock Café, they’ll have plenty to look at. Settebello is your best bet for good pizza in Sin City, and you can follow up an evening at Fellini’s Risorante with thrill rides at the Stratosphere.
1. Fellini’s Ristorante. You’ll find all of your favorite Italian dishes at Fellini’s Ristorante at the Stratosphere — without the hefty price tag and the too-chic-for-children atmosphere. Here, you can admire the murals of Italy on the wall and munch on ravioli right alongside your kids. And after the meal, head over to the Stratosphere tower for SkyJump Las Vegas. It’s a controlled free fall where you jump off the 108th floor; we say don’t take your kids immediately after eating pasta and bread at Fellini’s, if you catch our drift.
2. Settebello. It isn’t easy finding good pizza in Las Vegas. Located in a strip mall, like most Vegas venues off the Strip, Settebello is a hit with locals for its honest-to-goodness Neapolitan-style pizza. The brick oven, imported from Italy, is what makes these thin-crust beauties so tasty. It gets up to temperatures of 950 F, which chars the bottom of the pizza, while keeping the top warm and gooey. Simple toppings such as crushed tomatoes, luscious fresh mozzarella and fruity olive oil are all you need to satisfy your family’s pizza craving.
3. The Hard Rock Café. Though it boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, neon décor, and resembles a fancy club, the Hard Rock Café serves burgers and shakes adults and kids alike can enjoy. It features the world’s largest rock shop, where you can buy some rock ’n’ roll memorabilia for your kids that they’ll be sure to remember for years to come.
4. Rainforest Café. Equally aesthetically stimulating is the Rainforest Café in MGM Grand Las Vegas. Unique, over-the-top Amazon-themed décor paired with American food make this staple a perfect dinner destination for your little ones.
5. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café. Pretend you’re staying in a tropical island, rather than a desert, for a night at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café. Many of the booths look like old fishing boats, and there’s a giant fake helicopter hovering above the bar. If stilt walkers who dole out balloon hats throughout the restaurant somehow don’t impress your kids, the simple Jimmy Buffett-inspired grub will.
I would definitely add Serendipity 3 at Casears Palace to this list. I wasn't sure how it would compare to its New York City outpost on East 60th Street, but it definitely holds its own. As an adult, I felt like a kid when I sat down at my table and was handed an oversized black-and-white menu. I wanted to order everything — think Monster Meatballs & Spaghetti, The Chili & Cheese 17 hot dog, Onion Rings, Buffalo Chicken Pizza and more! The portions are huge so children can share a meal ... and make room for dessert. Yes, everyone must have one of the restaurant's to-die-for confections! Their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate is a must-have but so is their Strawberry Fields Sundae. Can you say heaven?! I love it there and I can promise you that kids will love it too.