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Empanadas and Table-Side Queso Fundido Arrive on the Westside This Fall

Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails features modern Mexican dishes from chef Robert Lomeli

An earthenware plate with empanadas
Empanadas at Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails
Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails [Official Site]

Shiraz, the Indian, Pakistani, and Persian restaurant on the westside, permanently closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but a Mexican restaurant gets ready to take over the 8,000-square-foot space this fall.

Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails plans to open in the space, bringing a contemporary menu from executive chef Robert Lomeli, formerly at Top of the World at the Stratosphere and Hecho en Vegas at the MGM Grand, with the help of consultants Antonio Nunez of The Stove in Henderson and Lanny Chin of The Slanted Door at the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Three men wearing aprons with a bookcase behind them
From left, Robert Lomeli, Antonio Nunez, and Lanny Chin at Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails
Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails [Official Site]

Lomeli describes the menu as a twist on traditional Mexican cuisine using high quality ingredients. That means a queso fundido a la raclette prepared table side, guacamole negro, empanadas de huitlacoche, vegetarian enchiladas del jardín, surf and turf tacos, and a churro bread pudding for dessert.

A collection of tequila and mezcal sits behind the bar. Later at the night, the lounge plans to feature live entertainment and a nightly hookah service.

All Coverage of Shiraz [ELV]

The Stove

11261 South Eastern Avenue, , NV 89052 (702) 625-5216 Visit Website

MGM Grand

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (877) 880-0880 Visit Website

Forum Shops at Caesars

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

Hecho en Vegas

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 891-3200 Visit Website

Mariposa Cocina & Cocktails

2575 South Decatur Boulevard, , NV 89102 (702) 476-3330 Visit Website


2575 South Decatur Boulevard, , NV 89102 (702) 870-0860 Visit Website

Top of the World

2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, , NV 89104 (702) 380-7711 Visit Website

The Slanted Door

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