A Dragon Rises
Lucky Dragon: Las Vegas’ Newest Boutique Resort
Situated at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 3 and is the first Vegas casino resort designed from the ground up to open since 2010, and is also the first to create an authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience. Sitting on three acres of land, the new resort offers five contemporary Chinese-focused restaurant concepts, three bar/lounges, 27,500 square-foot casino, spa, retail outlets and a hotel featuring 203 contemporary rooms including 22 suites that combine China’s rich culture with modern day luxury and amenities.
Unique features are signage in Chinese first and English second, a staff of more than 750 employees - more than 70 percent of which are bilingual - and the city’s only indoor/outdoor high-end tea garden and lounge, led by Tea Sommelier Lola Zhao.
San Francisco’s Willy Ng of renowned restaurants Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux consulted for Lucky Dragon to open the resort’s five restaurant concepts. Ng’s Koi Palace is widely regarded as one of the best dim sum restaurants in the Bay Area.
Inspired by the vibrant night markets dotting the streets throughout Taipei and Beijing, Dragon’s Alley features a rotating menu of regional delicacies with fresh and live seafood, dim sum, barbecue, boba tea, and much more. The seating area features 325 seats in a dynamic environment with Hutong brick, reclaimed from former government housing in Beijing, as well as authentic street art sculptures.
Weekdays: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Weekends: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Located adjacent to the main gaming floor, the eatery features dim sum, soups, rice, noodles, congee, boba tea and other dishes meant to be consumed on the go; and a diverse offering of teas and coffees.
Open 24 hours
Pearl Ocean features dim sum and a live seafood room joining the main dining room, where guests can select live exotic seafood flown in daily to be prepared in both traditional and modern culinary styles. The 240-seat restaurant also offers private dining opportunities.
Weekdays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Featuring 60 seats, a private balcony and a finely curated wine list, this fine dining venue boasts a menu of cutting-edge culinary trends found throughout modern China, such as Kurobuta pork, deer tendon, abalone and countless other rare and expertly prepared delicacies.
Weekdays: 5 - 10 p.m. , Weekends: 5 - 11 p.m.
Led by Las Vegas’ only tea sommelier, Cha Garden features an extensive list of more than 50 teas sourced directly from generations-old tea farms throughout Asia. The indoor area features a variety of bar and soft seating options to enjoy tea and yum cha light snacks, akin to Chinese tapas in a casual or formal service atmosphere. Open 24 hours, the pool area features cabanas by day that double as private tea huts at night for guests to gather in an intimate setting to chat, drink, eat, listen to music and watch international TV programming. Punctuated by a delicate waterfall, mosaic murals, powerful oak trees and a shoreline swimming pond, the space offers tranquility while enjoying a world-class tea experience unlike anything else available in Las Vegas. While tea is the focus of the venue, it also features a full bar.
Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
The casino game mix is heavily focused on popular Asian games including Baccarat and Pai Gow, and the property boasts two high-end gaming lounges designed with the discipline of Feng Shui to bring luck and good fortune to its guests.
The gaming floor is centered on the lively Pagoda Bar, surrounded by an open balcony to the second floor where additional dining and gaming options overlook the heart of the action. The signature design element of the casino is the 2.5-story, 1.25-ton glass dragon sculpture anchoring the building’s energy and bringing wealth and good fortune to the casino’s guests.
The casino offers 37 table games:14 Baccarat, 11 EZ Baccarat, four Blackjack, two Fortune Pai Gow, two EZ Pai Gow, two Roulette tables and one table each for Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Three Card Poker.
287 slot machines include Asian-themed games such as Duo Fu Duo Cai and China Shores; traditional casino staples such as Megabucks, Wheel of Fortune and Buffalo; and 12 electronic table game terminals where players can make wagers on live Baccarat and Roulette games.
An ultra-luxurious VIP gaming lounge on the second level boasts six Baccarat and two EZ Baccarat tables and provides every convenience to high-end players such as multiple private banquet dining options, a relaxing lounge, private spa access, full cash and cage services and 24/7 butler service to cater to every need.
Standard rooms measure 400 square feet and blend modern amenities with rich Asian cultural flair with a signature wall mural that evokes the peace and tranquility of ancient China; and tea brewing equipment and a complimentary offering of imported house tea selections. Modern amenities include 55” flat screen TV’s with in-room entertainment options and a variety of Asian language programming, the most Chinese programming of any standard TV package anywhere on the Vegas Strip.
The resort’s 22 standard suites average 625 square feet and in addition to the amenities of the Standard Rooms, most have Strip-facing views and offer an additional spacious seating area and larger bathroom. The top floor holds the Penthouse Suite, which is reserved for Lucky Dragon’s most exclusive clientele. At approximately 1,300 square feet, it spans the entire width of the floor, with panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip as well as the surrounding mountains, a grand foyer entryway, guest powder room, luxurious living room, soaking tub, formal dining space suitable for catered meals and butler service.
Lucky Dragon’s pool features a peaceful shoreline similar to a pond, with oak trees, mural wall, fountains, six luxury cabanas and a lounge and dining area where guests can enjoy the tranquility of the pool and tea garden experience at any hour of the day or night.
The 4,500 square foot Sothys Spa includes four treatment rooms including one wet treatment room and one couple’s room offering a full range of scrubs, massages and total relaxation techniques; a reflexology room with six stations for foot rubs; men’s and women’s locker rooms; and a lounge for guests to relax and refresh at their own pace before or after their treatment.
The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional would like to congratulate Lucky Dragon on its opening and wishes the new boutique resort much success and Feng Shui to all of its guests.
300 W. Sahara Ave
Q&A with Vice President of Food & Beverage Bill Gragg
What makes Lucky Dragon different from all of the other resorts in Las Vegas?
We cater to a very specific clientele: specifically Asian, with quite a bit of Chinese. Everything we do is targeted towards that particular demographic and a lot of our marketing efforts are going into northern and southern California, Vancouver and Mainland China.
What motivated the owners/developers of this project to go with an all-Asian theme?
Other resorts—such as Wynn, Caesars and The Venetian—are going after a very small percentage of the Asian clientele, the high-end gamer, which is 1-2% of the Asian market, where we are targeting 98%.
What do you see as the best aspects of Lucky Dragon that will make it successful?
Definitely the food. We have Pearl Ocean, which is serving traditional Cantonese, and when I say traditional, I don’t mean old style, but the current trends happening in China today. Phoenix is our fine dining Chinese restaurant with very luxurious Chinese products such as abalone and sea cucumber. Dragon’s Alley is designed to be much like a night market with different stations: noodle, robata grill, dim sum, dai pai dong fresh seafood prepared to order, and also boba tea and Asian desserts, so it’s a very eclectic mix.
Can you tell us about the grand opening and any final comments?
It featured 10,000 fire crackers and probably one of the largest lion dancers to ever hit Las Vegas. We’re really trying to bring a very authentic experience so when you come into the hotel it feels like you are in China. Chinese is always the first language and English is the second. As for the food, some of the menu items are not the most comfortable for western clientele, but something that is very comforting to the Asian palate, and that’s really what we’re going for.