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Alain Ducasse's New Rivea Oozes the Glamour of the Riviera

Guests will "ooh" and "ah" over the "Wave Wall."

Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse now has a shining star sitting atop the Delano. His new Mediterranean-influenced Rivea debuted late last week, turning his former very-white Mix into a slice of the Riviera.

Paris-based French-Canadian design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku took their cues from the menu and washed the space out with maritime blues with yellow accents to give guests that feel of dining seaside. The yachts of Venice inspired the mahogany banquettes that line the 200-seat dining room, while wooden Venetian blinds line the windows. Overhead, a series of woven rattan lighting fixtures illuminate the space, while striped fabrics and leather chairs give the room that pop of contemporary.

But it’s the lighted "Wave Wall," made with hundreds of glass squares in a pattern that reflects the lapping motion of the Mediterranean, that guests will gravitate toward. In a nod to the restaurant’s former decor, those 15,000 hand-blown glass spheres that made up the centerpiece custom-designed chandelier made in Murano, Italy, still sit in the center of the room.

Do be sure to peek inside a new 50-seat private dining room with its views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. There, a light fixture made from twinkling lights that mimic the constellations overhead may detract from Ducasse’s fare.


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