Photos by Shelley Stepanek and courtesy Rock & Reilly’s

LAKESIDE, one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Las Vegas, perched across from the massive waterfall called Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Hotel, now has one of the most incredible brunches in town. With a Dixieland band, one can dine with a cool breeze coming from the lake. Served Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 2:30 and priced at $68 per person and $34 for children ten and under, included are an unlimited sampling of executive chef David Walzog’s menu items. Lakeside has a seafood spread, consisting of King crab legs, jumbo shrimp, ahi tuna, oysters and complements. A fantastic basket of bagels, mini croissants, a berry plate featuring exotic items such as dragon fruit and rattan comes to each table, along with baked oysters and avocado toast points. Executive Chef David Walzog’s menu focuses on seasonally prepared items. All the dishes are made to order, such as wild mushroom & gruyere cheese omelet, crab cake eggs Benedict, chicken/mushroom crepes or lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries. There is also blackened swordfish, char-grilled flat iron steaks on frites or a hamburger with frites, which are the absolute best.

Executive Pastry Chef Andy Jim provides a selection of passion fruit meringue tartlets, Kona Coffee cremes, along with bon-bon chocolates and a host of sweet items. Take your pick from limitless bloody Marys, white pineapple Bellinis, or Prosecco for a $40 per person added fee. Reservations recommended at 702-770-DINE. 

After years of living only two miles away, I visited GEISHA HOUSE STEAK & SUSHI on the east side. This restaurant must be getting social security as it has been in the same location since 1971 and is still thriving. The place is warm and welcoming, and the service is great. We sat down to a perfect Mojito and started with the traditional miso soup. A nicely done Japanese salad, and tempura fried shrimp with carrot and zucchini came with a spicy sauce. I had the Kobe beef, and my friend had the seafood, with a small lobster, shrimp and scallops. All were seasoned with a wonderful garlic butter. Within an hour every seat at the hibachi tables had been taken. I would highly recommend. 3751 E. Desert Inn Rd. 702-451-9814. 

ROCK & REILLY’S on the Strip celebrated on September 17th a party entitled “½ Way to St. Paddy’s Day.” You could see a lot of people downing large pints of Irish beer and noshing on plenty of Irish food. Just before last year’s event, they were hit with a huge flood and had to postpone. They are really rocking now. 

New Entries into the Las Vegas Market

At ELECTRA COCKTAIL CLUB in The Palazzo, created by Sam Ross who also picked the libations of The Dorsey and Rosina, there are a large offering of mezcals and agricoles. 

The WALDORF ASTORIA, which was formerly The Mandarin Oriental, opened at the end of August. This beautiful property will have a total restyle of its guest rooms. 

THE COSMOPOLITAN has opened BLOCK 16 URBAN FOOD HALL. Numerous new restaurants have appeared, such as District: Donuts. Slider. Brew., Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, Pok Pok Wing, Lardo and Ghost Monkey. 

LA LA NOODLE will open in November in The Park with plenty of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese items. 

MOTT 32 is another new Chinese eatery coming to The Palazzo. 

The newest Mexican spot is MEXICANA, located directly across from Border Grill in Mandalay Bay. Plenty of house-smoked meats and burritos, bowls and salads. 

One more Asian spot is now part of the whole remodel of Palace Station, BOATHOUSE ASIAN EATERY. With a sushi and noodle bar, they can seat up to 200 people. 

Bellagio is soon opening a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot called SADELLE’S

Sonia El-Nawal’s ROOSTER BOY CAFE is also coming to the Lakes.