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The Biggest Stories on Eater Vegas in 2020

Here’s the Las Vegas dining news that people cared about the most

Charred octopus at Locale Italian Kitchen
Charred octopus at Locale Italian Kitchen
Louiie Victa

As the year comes to an end, one tends to reminisce about the 365 or so days before. Eater Vegas is no exception, of course, except this website’s reminiscing is driven by the page views and clicks the past year’s content has received. What news captured reader attention the most across all of 2020? Keep reading to find out.

No. 10

The Most Anticipated Las Vegas Restaurant Openings in 2020

Ah, the days before the coronavirus pandemic took over the news, the thought of new restaurants to explore captivated readers. Most interesting, what did and didn’t open in 2020, such as a Japanese restaurant from Gordon Ramsay, Zippy’s, Delilah, TAK Room from Thomas Keller, and more. The Slanted Door and Elio did open, but the Vietnamese restaurant Slanted Door remains closed and Elio closed in November for renovations.

OJ Simpson photo bombs a photo of “Real Housewives of Orange County” Emily Simpson and friends at Jing on Thursday.
OJ Simpson photo bombs a photo of “Real Housewives of Orange County” Emily Simpson and friends at Jing.
Ava Rose Agency

No. 9

Employees at Five Las Vegas Restaurants on and Off the Strip Test Positive for COVID-19

Was it the number of restaurant employees testing positive for COVID-19 or that restaurants temporarily closed to ensure everyone else was uninfected and the restaurants were clean that kept readers rapt? Or maybe it was OJ Simpson photo bombing the picture that earned the clicks.

Omnia at Caesars Palace
Omnia at Caesars Palace
Leinani Shak Photography

No. 8

Nightclubs and Pool Parties Will Not Reopen When Casinos in Nevada Do

The state shut down casinos, restaurants, and bars in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and by May, the Nevada Gaming Control Board issued its guidelines for casinos to resume gaming operations once Gov. Steve Sisolak lifted his order for all nonessential businesses to close. Perhaps not surprising, nightclubs and dayclub pool parties at a casino must remain closed, although pools can reopen with seating arranged with social distancing in mind. That still holds true, although some nightclubs converted to lounges with a more sedate setting.

The marquee at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The marquee at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Leinani Shak

No. 7

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Las Vegas Food and Restaurants

Readers wanted to consume every morsel of information on restaurants during COVID-19, from what was open, where to find takeout and delivery, and how restaurants were adapting. To keep Las Vegans fed, Eater Vegas has a roster of maps and guides spanning coffee shops with drive-thrus and restaurants serving after midnight to guides to takeout and delivery in Mountain’s Edge, Water Street in Henderson, Silverado Ranch, and Chinatown, with more publishing all the time.

Patio dining on the Las Vegas Strip.
Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi

No. 6

Three Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip Now Add a COVID-19 Surcharge to Diners’ Bills

As restaurants inside casinos started reopening in June, three turned to a new service charge to offset the cost of COVID-19-related expenses. El Segundo Sol at Fashion Show Mall, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at the Forum Shops at Caesars, and Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas included a 4 percent surcharge, “To help offset restrictions on our business resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, a 4% surcharge has been added to all guest checks. If you would like this removed, please let us know.” After the news came out, parent company Lettuce Entertain You stopped charging the service fee.

Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings at Pok Pok Wing
Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings at Pok Pok Wing
Amelinda B Lee

No. 5

Every Restaurant and Bar That Closed in Las Vegas: 2020 Edition

Restaurant closing felt even more poignant in 2020 as some called it quits because takeout, delivery, and reduced seating made it difficult to stay open during a coronavirus pandemic. Others such as Mesa Grill, Estiatorio Milos, and Pok Pok Wing, already planned to call it quits in 2020 to replace, move, or end a contract.

The MGM Grand and New York-New York
The MGM Grand and New York-New York
Leinani Shak Photography

No. 4

Las Vegas Casino Reopenings: All the Updates

When the state allowed casinos to reopen on June 4 after lifting a 78-day ban that closed nonessential businesses, readers wanted to know what reopened and which restaurants returned. The last casino on the Strip, The Cromwell, reopened in October, and the Rio returns on December 22. At the same time, some casinos such as Encore Las Vegas, the Mirage, Mandalay Bay, and the Palazzo chose to close their hotels during the week.

Red Rock Resort
Red Rock Resort
Station Casinoss

No. 3

Station Casinos Plans Phased Reopening of Six Local Resorts

Local casino operator Station Casinos only opened some of its resorts, including Red Rock Casino in Summerlin, Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station in Henderson, Santa Fe Station in Centennial, Boulder Station on the eastside, and Palace Station west of the Strip, as well as six Wildfire properties. Still close though — Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, and the Palms.

The Strip
The Strip
Amelinda B Lee

No. 2

MGM Resorts Closes All Las Vegas Properties Effective March 17

Before the state closed all nonessential businesses in March, casino owners opted to shut down operations on their own. MGM Resorts closed casino operations March 16, followed by hotel operations on March 17, “for the good of our employees, guests and communities. This is a time of uncertainty across our country and the globe and we must all do our part to curtail the spread of this virus, said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, in early March.

Spaghetti with a tomato sauce and basil
Locale Italian Kitchen
Marc Marrone

No. 1

A Running List of Restaurants Offering Dine-in Service in Las Vegas and Henderson

Readers wanted to know which restaurants reopened for dine-in service after they were allowed to reopen in May. Restaurants can offer 25 percent capacity and four diners per table and customers should make a reservation in advance.

All Coverage of the Year in Eater [ELV]

Fashion Show Mall

3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 784-7000 Visit Website

Mandalay Bay

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-7777 Visit Website

El Segundo Sol

3200 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 258-1211 Visit Website

Texas Station

2101 Texas Star Lane, , NV 89032 (702) 631-1000 Visit Website


3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 770-3463 Visit Website

The Sundae at Delilah

3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, , NV 89109 (702) 770-3300 Visit Website

estiatorio Milos

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 414-1270 Visit Website

Green Valley Ranch

2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052 Visit Website

Forum Shops at Caesars

3472 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 893-4800 Visit Website

The Mirage

3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 791-7111 Visit Website

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The Palazzo

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 607-7777 Visit Website

Pok Pok Wing

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Boulder Station

4111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702) 432-7777 Visit Website

Palace Station

2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 Visit Website

Encore Las Vegas

3121 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (888) 320-7110 Visit Website

Mesa Grill

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 731-7731 Visit Website

The Slanted Door

3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 Visit Website

Fiesta Henderson

777 W Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015 +1 702-558-7000 Visit Website

TAK Room

3100 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Paris Las Vegas

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (877) 796-2096 Visit Website

Mon Ami Gabi

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 944-4224 Visit Website