You might imagine that with its constant influx of conventioneers, casino executives, high rollers and celebs, Las Vegas would have a few mainstay spots to accommodate those wanting to do business over lunch. But while there are dozens and dozens of fine restaurants open for mid-day meals, there are only a few that deliver all the components necessary for a great business lunch: the ability to coddle local regulars and protect the anonymity of visiting “royalty” (from Hollywood, the professional-sports world, and beyond); sumptuous food and an impressive wine list that encourages lingering over a meal; and the all-too-often-overlooked perfect acoustics, to ensure the deal you’re brokering isn’t overheard by the next table. The restaurants on this list may or may not be places where actual partnerships have been forged between high-rolling individuals (we’re keeping mum on that)—but they’re definitely the spots to hit next time you’re arranging your own power lunch.
Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas
If you’re a Nobel Prize recipient, former president, or celebrity of any kind, you’ll almost certainly take your Las Vegas lunch at the Country Club. Set at the end of a long hallway, the dining room places you right at the 19th hole of the Golf Club at Wynn, a Tom Fazio-designed course that’s also a designated wildlife habitat. The clubby atmosphere, fastidious service, and sense of quiet anonymity here give it the feel of a traditional New England country club—as does the menu of Chef Carlos Guia, which offers elevated classics like steaks, seafood, and the best hot dog in town. (Guia’s New Orleans heritage, though, comes through in dishes like shrimp and grits—and like every restaurant within Wynn and Encore, there’s a separate vegan menu.)
Milos Estiatorio at Cosmopolitan
Featuring fish and live lobsters flown in from Mediterranean waters, the menu of simply prepared Greek specialties at this elegant restaurant can make for an extremely pricey dinner. However, lunch at Milos is one of the best deals in Las Vegas; the $22.14 lunch menu includes an appetizer, main course and dessert. My go-tos here are the faultlessly fresh tomato salad with huge salty chunks of feta, and a simple grilled lavraki (seabass)—leaving room for the thick and delicious Greek yogurt with honey. Spring for the Milos Special to start for the table: paper-thin fried chips of zucchini and eggplant dipped in tzatziki.
What began as an affluent but perhaps slightly-too-perfect community master-planned by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin (on the west side of town) is newly hip, thanks to its massive, newly opened Downtown Summerlin complex. But ladies who lunch, as well as politicians and local celebs like Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, have been coming to the area’s Vintner Grill since it opened in 2006. The menu changes constantly to take advantage of fresh produce, but you can expect vibrant California/Mediterranean dishes like wood-fired flatbreads, beautiful salads, and a well-curated wine list of more than 400 labels from around the world.
MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Oriental
The hushed, modern dining room on the third floor of Mandarin Oriental is one of the best places to impress an out-of-town guest, with its menu that spans Asia, and deferential, precise service to match. Opt for sushi or dim sum from the staggering selection, of options—or go straight for my favorite: Thai green curry, with prawns simmered in spicy coconut milk, Siamese eggplant and sweet basil, and fragrant jasmine rice.
Veranda Cucina Italiana at Four Seasons
Until recently known simply as “Verandah” (with the “h”), the expansive first-floor terrace at Four Seasons offers absolutely the best power breakfast in Las Vegas and one of the best lunches (you never know who you’ll see—but you’ll see someone!). Having just emerged from a $1-million renovation, it remains the see-and-be-seen spot for both meals; the new space lets in even more natural light from the lush gardens off the partially enclosed patio. Chef Antonio Minichiello is reimagining the menu, offering different lineups of handmade pastas and wood-fired specialties. Not around on a weekday? Happily, the beloved weekend brunch (with its donut machine and Bloody Mary bar) endures.
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