The Venetian and Palazzo on the northern end of the Strip bring a cavalcade of restaurants with big-name chefs attached. Thomas Keller, Buddy Valastro, Wolfgang Puck, and Ricardo Zarate serve their fare here. The Venetian, the world’s second largest hotel, opened in 1999 with singing gondoliers, followed by the Venezia Tower in 2003. By 2007, the resort added the Palazzo. All serve as an ode to Italy, calling out architectural replicas of various Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. The restaurant lineup joins some special cocktail and nightlife venues, giving customers a reason to do all of their eating and drinking at the resorts. Here’s a look at how to spend 24 hours at the Venetian and Palazzo to experience every great place to eat and drink.
7 a.m. — Bouchon
Artisan pastries from Thomas Keller come in a basket, but save room for French faves such as a bread pudding style French toast with warm layers of brioche, custard, and apples or croque-madame with toasted ham and cheese on brioche with a fried egg and mornay sauce. Brunch is served up every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but weekdays bring a breakfast version.
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10 a.m. — Chica
Cachapas with sweet corn pancakes and Guayanés cheese, challah dulce de leche French toast, lemon buñelos, or steak and eggs all arrive during breakfast at Chica, the Latin restaurant from Lorena Garcia. Weekdays, breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., while the weekend brunch stretches to 4 p.m.
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Noon — Buddy V’s Ristorante
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro serves a $22 express lunch at his Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Palazzo. Start with choices such as Grandma’s meatballs, a panzanella salad, or a Caesar salad, followed by main choices including a Margherita pizza, chicken farm, a meatball sub, grilled salmon, and more. Order a cannoli or tiramisu for dessert.
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2 p.m. — Cañonita
Need a mid-afternoon snack? Cañonita at the Grand Canal Shoppes has its own street taqueria food truck façade, a nod to the cuisine of Mexico City. The walk-up stand serves street foods and house-infused margaritas.
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4 p.m. — Sugarcane
Get the night started with some small bites and cocktails. Happy hour daily at Sugarcane takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to close with dishes such as goat cheese croquettes for $7, bacon-wrapped dates for $8, pig ear pad Thai with papaya salad for $7, and a mini Maine lobster roll for $9 each. Draft beers, including Sugarcane’s Rosie by Tenaya Creek, and wines by the glass go for $6, while mojitos and frosé cost $6 and a beet mojito or rum Old Fashioned go for $7 and $8 respectively.
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5 p.m. — The Dorsey
Grab a group of friends to order the disco punch bowls at The Dorsey on the Venetian side of the resort. Customers can check out the art, music, and library setting while ordering these massive drinks with Laurent-Perrier, Dom Pérignon, Patrón Tequila, or Absolut Elyx. From 3 to 11 p.m. the lounge serves chips and guacamole, curly French fries, and beef sliders from the small bites menu
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6 p.m. — Cut
The menu at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Palazzo features new twists on food like the popular bone marrow flan and the prime filet mignon carpaccio. Both of these are must tries, but more traditional dishes include dry-aged steaks as well as American and Japanese wagyu, and Kobe beef. In the bar area, the Rough Cuts menu brings Alaskan king crab rolls, tuna tartare sandwiches, and a Japanese beef hand roll for lighter bites.
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8 p.m. — Once
Los Angeles-based chef Ricardo Zarate’s first Las Vegas restaurant celebrates his Peruvian upbringing. The godfather of Peruvian cuisine’s Once (pronounced ohn-se) the Spanish word for 11, is located at the Grand Canal Shoppes and focuses on dishes that blend flavors from Peru and Japan. Big eye tuna sashimi ceviche with black truffle and kizami tigers milk; arroz chaufa, a Peruvian fried rice with snow crab, yuzu aioli, and crispy calamari; oxtail bibimbap with black mint stew, tacu tacu rice, fried egg, and plantains; and nasu panka miso with braised eggplant, blue cheese, and kiwicha make the menu. A living plant wall and bulls hidden in the decor make up some of the decor.
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10 p.m. — Mott 32
Mott 32, the Chinese restaurant with Hong Kong roots, features a mix of Cantonese, Sichuan, and Beijing influences on its roster of Chinese dishes at the Palazzo. The restaurant serves apple wood roasted duck, Peking-style spicy crispy duck rack, minced duck with lettuce cup, barbecue pluma Iberico pork, and crispy roasted pork belly. Dim sum includes traditional Iberico pork Shanghainese soup dumplings, a soft quail egg and Iberico pork siu mai, south Australian lobster har gow, and Australian wagyu beef puff are among the steamed dim sum, while fried dishes include shredded Peking duck spring rolls and pan-fried Iberico pork dumplings.
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Midnight — Rosina
Patrons walk up to a facade made of solid brass molding and custom-shaped glass resembling a faceted jewelry box at Rosina at the Palazzo. Inside, the 1,100-square-foot bar features crystal chandeliers lighting the maroon u-shaped banquettes found on each side of the bar, as well as high-top tables with rich burgundy colored chairs and small cocktail tables paired with pearl-colored leather chairs spread throughout the lounge area. A soundtrack of Nina Simone, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and more sets the tone. The lounge also features a champagne call button that allows patrons to top off their flute with the push of a button.
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1 a.m. — Tao Nightclub
After having dinner at Tao Asian Bistro, it only seems natural to take the night to the next level at the adjacent Tao Nightclub. Club-goers enter the massive nightclub through an unexpectedly tranquil, candlelit tunnel, and from there the night erupts into revelry. Chuckie, DJ Five, and DJ Ruckus are among the regulars. Tao, located at the Venetian, opens from 10 p.m. to close on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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2 a.m. — Noodle Asia
Late into the night, diners seek out Noodle Asia next to the sports book at the Venetian for vegetarian specialties, rice and congee dishes, soups, barbecue pork, and roast duck noodles in broth. Chef Kevin Wu serves his quick meals that include Singapore vermicelli, shrimp-fried rice, and other fried noodle specialties with vegetable, seafood, beef, and chicken. The restaurant stays open until 3 a.m.
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4 a.m. — Grand Lux Cafe
A late-night fix for the munchies comes at the Grand Lux Café at both the Venetian and Palazzo. The menu features cuisine options from all over the world and the portions here are plentiful. Some of the most popular menu selections include the Asian nachos, churro French toast and fried chicken and waffles.
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