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Chances are you won’t be doing a lot of sleeping in Sin City, but if you happen to wake up before 3 p.m., scrumptious brunch awaits you. Plus, there’s no better way to cure a hangover than to drink an impeccably crafted mimosa or two. Try Boucon Bistro, Tower Suite Café, Verandah, DJT or Society Café. These spots all share a common denominator: elegant without being too stuffy.
1. Bouchon Bistro. Star chef Thomas Keller has dreamed up his version of a French bistro, or Bouchon Bistro, and it’s appropriately elegant and tasteful, yet completely comfortable (the original is in Napa Valley). The room, designed by Adam Tihany, is spacious and simple, trimmed in dark woods against white walls and brass rails, and feels like an authentic brasserie. For a casual brunch on weekends, sit on the patio overlooking the pool.
2. Tower Suite Café. Don’t think you can’t secure a table at Tower Suite Café just because it’s tucked away in the Wynn Tower Suites. This spacious, colorful dining room offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with prime views of the Tower Suites pool. Tower Suite Café certainly offers fine dining, but it’s not hard to feel comfortable here. Nothing gets the day going like white chocolate and orange bread French toast. Toss in a bubbling bellini and you’ve got one of the city’s most decadent starts to the day.
3. Verandah. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is one of those rare spots on the Strip where you don’t feel like you’re on the Strip at all. Verandah, an open, airy restaurant with plenty of lush greenery and overlooking the exclusive Four Seasons pool, is a common destination for both ladies who lunch and those looking for a little break from daily Las Vegas shenanigans. Though the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, the weekend breakfast buffet, with its create-your-own-doughnut station, is most popular.
4. DJT. It’s all about the art of the meal at DJT, the handsome restaurant inside Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. The dining room, with rich eggplant tones and intimate seating, recalls the glamour of the 1930s. We recommend ‘the eggs beni’ with Maine lobster for brunch.
5. Society Café. Encore Las Vegas’s Society Café is the perfect place to dine at any time of the day. Lavish décor makes you feel like high society, but the casual vibe makes you feel comfortable. You’ll see inspiration taken from London during the Victorian era, including high ceilings, archways with black-and-white-striped drapes, bright green light fixtures, oversized hot-pink couches that serve as banquette seating and black crocodile chairs. Chef Kim Canteenwalla whips up classic American fare with a fun twist, such as Frosted Flakes French toast and steak and egg sliders at breakfast, and lollipop chicken wings at lunch.
When it comes to brunch in Las Vegas, my top pick is Bouchon. Located on the 10th floor of the Venezia Tower inside Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, is Thomas Keller's fabulous French bistro. If it's sunny outside, I usually sit on the patio and enjoy the sourdough waffles with a slathering of Tahitian vanilla bean butter. For sides, I'll order the Lyonnaise potatoes and apple wood smoked bacon. And if the weather isn't great, I'll snag a booth near the patio so I can still have a nice view. Then, I'll nibble on the Bouchon Pastry Basket that the server brings over — my absolute favorite is the strawberry croissant. Just remember that you can't make weekend reservations so wake up early and put your name on the list (and bring your iPad with you to catch up on some reading while you wait). I promise that dining here will be worth it!