San Francisco-based Dandelion Chocolate debuts its chocolate cafe at the Venetian on Saturday, December 7, with free hot chocolate until the drink runs out. Las Vegas becomes the first U.S. city outside of San Francisco to have a permanent cafe and shop.
The company specializes in single origin bean-to-bar chocolate and features a chocolate-focused menu by executive pastry chef Lisa Vega that spans from breakfast to dinner. That means banana bread with Camino Verde chocolate chips and cocoa nib streusel and nib scones for breakfast, along with Ritual coffee drinks, chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies.
Exclusive to Las Vegas, a chocolate-covered eclair with passion fruit and a brown butter blondie. Diners can order a brownie flight with three types of chocolate, a dessert plate, or one of a trio of hot chocolates that include the classic hot chocolate, the spicy Mission hot chocolate, or extravagant European hot chocolate. Even a frozen hot chocolate or iced mocha make the menu.
Of course, the retail shop features the range of chocolate bars made from cocoa beans and organic cane sugar. Each bar includes notes on where the beans are sourced.
The 932-square-foot space with seating for 12 sits near the lobby of the Venetian.
The chocolatier also has two pop-ups in Los Angeles and six locations in Japan and one pop-up in Taipai.
Dandelion Chocolate, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard S., 415-349-0942. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.