New and reopening restaurants in Las Vegas include a buffet and the Raiders Sports Bar – Press Enterprise
Even amid the pandemic, southern California casinos continued to renovate dining rooms and open new restaurants. A similar state of constant culinary evolution also takes place in the casino resorts of Las Vegas.
Big properties always try to reinforce each other with trendy new restaurants with cutting-edge topics, supported by celebrity chefs. There are plenty of new places to check out and old favorites that are back online (with a twist).
As in many places around the country, dining in Nevada was a bit limited. In November, the state limited restaurant capacity to 25% with no more than four people per table. However, capacity has increased since then. It rose to 35% in February and 50% in mid-March.
A new place for Raiders fans
The Raiders Tavern & Grill opened on Thursday April 1st at the M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson and, according to a press release, offers sports bar fare like burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and street tacos, as well as some vegan and vegetarian options.
The restaurant’s opening follows the team’s move from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
Inside there is also a separate lounge that can be booked for private groups of up to 25 people.
The space has two different bar areas: the Modelo Bar, which is set up in a similar way to the bar in the Allegiant Stadium, and the Remy Martin Bar, which offers cocktails.
The opening times of the restaurant are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. Reservations can be made through OpenTable, but walk-up customers are also accepted.
Arrival with a bang
Skewered Meat is a new attraction in the Urban Food Hall of Cosmopolitan’s Block 16 with the opening of David Chang’s Bāng Bar on Thursday April 1st. The restaurant pays homage to the global street meat markets and serves meat with Asian accents like spicy pork and teriyaki chicken wrapped in bang bread. There is also a flavorful eggplant option.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A buffet is back
Many of the buffets in Las Vegas are still closed due to the coronavirus, but The Wicked Spoon reopened in the redesigned format at The Cosmopolitan on March 25th.
According to The Cosmopolitan website, guests are asked to socialize within six feet of each other, receive drinks after ordering them from a waiter, and are given plates of food when they enter one of the nine food stations in the Visit the buffet area.
The resort encourages guests to reserve in advance and says food is limited to two hours per party. Social distancing at food stations is strictly enforced and people can only take their masks off when they are sitting at their table and eating.
The buffet is open from Thursday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A taste of Greece at The Venetian
The Greek seafood restaurant Estiatorio Milos, which has locations in Athens, London, New York and Montreal, among others, has expanded its portfolio to include an outpost in Las Vegas.
The restaurant’s website states that it has an architecture reminiscent of the whitewashed architecture of the Greek islands, and that there is an open kitchen, bar, dining room and “yogurt room” where yogurt is served in the traditional way through cheesecloth and private dining areas being squeezed.
The restaurant opened at The Venetian on March 15th. The menu includes raw vegetables, grilled squid, calamari, salmon, tuna, lobster and much more. According to a press release, fish is being flown in from the Mediterranean.
The restaurant serves lunch daily from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. dinner.