When visitors stay at Caesars Palace, they can blame Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin for making them feel like a Caesar. The duo opened the opulent resort that ushered in an era of lavish casinos on the Strip in 1966, and decided to remove the possessive apostrophe from the name to let everyone feel as if they were a Caesar, at least for one day.
That opening on August 5, 1966, brought one of the most over-the-top dining experiences the city had ever seen — the Bacchanal Room. The gourmet room featured toga-clad waitresses feeding diners grape and carrying wine carafes on their shoulders. “The theory was that you could get anything you wanted, prepared any way you wanted it,” Billy Weinberger, a former Caesars Palace vice president and son of Bill Weinberger, the hotel’s first food and beverage director and later president, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “If it was something exotic, they would say to come back tomorrow and they would have it. The wine was poured from these goatskin bags with spouts into silver-lined chalices, and the girls would give all the men at the table a neck massage while they were eating.”
That decadence lives on to this day in the six towers, 3,960 rooms, and a separate Nobu Hotel, the first in the world, at the resort. Here’s how to eat and drink like Caesar 24 hours a day at Caesars Palace.
7 a.m. — Pronto by Giada
Television personality Giada De Laurentiis has two restaurants in Las Vegas catering to the all-day crowds. Pronto makes an Italian affair of breakfast with Italian cornetti pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and made-to-order smoothies. Diners hankering more of a brunch approach to morning can pick up her daily version in the wine bar portion of the restaurant and order from a live omelet station, or grab dishes from the small bites, carving, and dessert stations. Mimosas, Bellinis, and Lamarca Prosecco are all available as a bottomless option.
10 a.m. — Bacchanal Buffet
For those who want more than breakfast and can’t wait for brunch, the massive Bacchanal Buffet, yes, named for the gourmet room of yore, offers enough choices that diners can go big or resist temptation. Red velvet pancakes, dessert crepes, and an açaí breakfast bowl are just some of the options at the multiple stations that line this buffet. An Asian station always has ramen, pho, and udon noodles. The buffet changes over to lunch dishes at 11 a.m.
Noon — Mesa Grill
Bobby Flay’s Southwestern restaurant opened at the resort in 2004 and marked the celebrity chef’s first restaurant outside of New York City. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant designed by David Rockwell of Rockwell Group features a massive 20-foot rotisserie above the dining room, which sits above a giant grill and quesadilla oven. The go-to dishes include a tiger shrimp and roasted corn tamale or lobster tacos, but try the goat cheese queso fundido and the Mesa burger with double cheddar cheese, grilled Vidalia onion, and horseradish mustard with a side of Southwestern fries. Naturally, a margarita in white peach or prickly pear, are the must-order drinks.
2 p.m. — Beijing Noodle No. 9
Fun, fun, fun in the afternoon calls for watching noodles stretched in an open kitchen or being mesmerized by giant tanks filled with koi. Beijing Noodle No. 9 brings the fried rice, dim sum, and pancakes needed to fuel the afternoon. Try Xiao long bao soup dumplings, salt and pepper chicken, and Beijing chicken and mushroom noodle to squelch those afternoon hunger pains.
4 p.m. — Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
Why go early? It’s probably easier to get in. Make a reservation in advance for Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen and then choose a side of the open kitchen decked in red on one side and blue on the other that mimics the set of the television show. Of course, Ramsay’s most famous dishes such as beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding are on the menu.
6 p.m. — Restaurant Guy Savoy
Since 2005, Guy Savoy’s namesake restaurant has anchored the Augustus Tower on a quiet second floor with Qua Spa, Color Salon, and wedding chapels. The chef’s only restaurant outside of Paris serves a menu that can be found at the original with dishes such as artichoke and black truffle soup, brioche feuillellée aux champignons et truffles, and fondant au chocolat or terrine de pamplemousse for dessert. Go early to savor every moment with the Innovation Menu that takes diners on a parade through his classic dishes, and request a table on the patio to look at the replica of the Eiffel Tower nearby.
8 p.m. — Old Homestead Steakhouse
New York City landmark Old Homestead from Marc and Greg Sherry brings the best of the steakhouse to Las Vegas. Settle into a burgundy leather booth and order a seafood tower made to order, a 24-ounce Gotham rib-eye steak served on the bone, or a cut of Japanese A5 wagyu, and then take it one step further with a dollop of truffle butter. The burger is one of the best in town for those who don’t want to overindulge, and the 15,000-bottle strong wine cellar means a wine for every taste.
10 p.m. — Nobu
It seems like Nobu Matsuhisa thought of everything with his largest outpost of Nobu. The restaurant that anchors the boutique Nobu Hotel at the resort offers a sushi bar for walk-ins and the chef’s only teppan tables in the United States. Diners can order a truffle tasting menu, A5 Japanese wagyu prepared on Teppanyaki tables, or Nobu’s classic black cod with sweet miso, yellowtail with jalapeño, or rock shrimp tempura. Bonus: Nobu designed the in-room dining menu at his hotel, so guests can get a taste of his creations right in their beds.
11 p.m. — Vanderpump Cocktail Garden
Lisa Vanderpump brought her juggernaut lounge to Las Vegas in 2019, and it feels like the lines never stopped. While the indoor patio with its tufted borne settes in dusty pink, olive trees with tube lighting and ornaments, and English garden setting is the place to be seen, the inside offers a bit more of an intimate experience with photos from the reality star’s life, including her dogs and family, lining the walls. Order a Vanderpink margarita with its white peach and hibiscus or the Checkmate Bitch, a haughty hot vodka, jalapeño, pineapple, and orange liqueur concoction to feel like being on the set of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Do make a reservation in advance.
Midnight — Montecristo Cigar Bar
A late-night cigar and a collection of whiskeys await at Montecristo Cigar Bar. Visitors can pick from the library, courtyard, vault room, or bar for their Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, or Padron found in the 400-square-foot humidor. Go really over the top with a Louis XIII Perfect Pour served table side in crystal Riedel glassware.
2 a.m. — Cafe Americano
When the late-night munchies come calling, the 24-hour Cafe Americano delivers. Find beer-brined wings, a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs and ham, a Cuban, and crispy calamari on the overnight menu of this restaurant that sits in the lobby of the resort. The bar is a popular spot for a drink as well.
4 a.m. — Vista Cocktail Lounge
Round the clock every Wednesday through Sunday, Vista Cocktail Lounge offers views of famous city skylines from Dubai to Shanghai on LED screens. Wrap up the night with a smoke and spice margarita, Del Toro, or French 75. The lounge closes at 2 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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