From eggs to burgers: the 10 best Las Vegas restaurants for brunch
Brunch in Las Vegas is usually a weekend happening, with restaurants around town serving meals that include breakfast and lunch dishes plus plenty of adult drinks. The weekend brunch in Vegas tends to be a bit of a splurge, best embodied by the lavish Sterling Brunch at Bally’s. Seafood, sushi and filet are on the menu at this well-known brunch buffet, along with endless champagne.
If you’re thinking of something a little less extravagant, Las Vegas has plenty of great places for brunch on any day of the week. Many restaurants serve daily lunch and even breakfast menus that make them great choices for an any-day brunch. Bouchon at The Venetian is open for weekend brunch, plus every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner – although it’s most well-known for its wonderful French breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes.
Brunch in Las Vegas often involves a selection of morning-appropriate cocktails, most commonly mimosas, Champagne and Bloody Marys. Weekend brunches in particular are known for endless or bottomless pours of these easy-to-drink beverages.
While you’ll find plenty of places on the Strip for a great brunch, there are excellent brunch spots off the Strip as well. For upscale casual, Echo & Rig in Summerlin offers a weekend brunch with salads, sandwiches, scrambles and a host of other dishes and cocktails.
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Echo & Rig’s distinctive design, which features a butcher shop on the first floor, elevates the traditional steakhouse experience. The décor’s comfortable, slightly industrial style keeps the atmosphere casual and welcoming, and diners come dressed both casually and more formally. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, signature selections include the Spencer Steak, classic Rib-Eye, and the unusual Bavette (American Kobe beef), as well as a host of other cuts, including the rip-eye cap and trip-tip. All steaks are served with a selection of tasty sauces like a red wine demi, brandied mushroom, and horseradish cream. Beef isn’t the only choice at Echo and Rig, which also offers lamb, chicken, and fish. Echo & Rig is open daily for dinner, for lunch during the week, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Recommended for Brunch because: The upscale yet comfortable design at Echo and Rig set the stage for its menu of steaks and other finely crafted dishes.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Brunch wouldn’t be complete without a mimosa or Bloody Mary, and Echo & Rig has “bottomless” versions of both. Bottomless mimosas are $16 and Bloody Marys are $22.
When you’re off the Strip, the Cracked Egg is a great place to stop for an old-fashioned breakfast, lunch or brunch served in a casual setting. Four locations in Las Vegas serve the population throughout the Valley. Judging from the restaurant’s frequent listing on “best of” polls in the Las Vegas press, the locals find plenty to keep them coming back. As you might expect from the name, this is a restaurant dedicated to egg-based dishes. You’ll find a full selection of basic combinations of eggs and meats, but the “Eggs With Attitude” section is full of scrambles that mix up eggs with all kinds of tasty foods into one big plate of food. You’ll find a few varieties of Eggs Benedict here, as well as Huevos Rancheros.
Recommended for Brunch because: For a casual, inexpensive home-style brunch, breakfast or lunch, The Cracked Egg is sure to please.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Cracked Egg is a family-friendly spot that’s popular with locals. If you’re with kids or a family group with mixed ages, their welcoming atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
Chef Bobby Flay is one of today’s most well-known celebrity chefs, and Mesa Grill shows off the culinary style he’s known for. Southwestern flavors exert major influence on the menu here in brunch dishes like the Crispy Bacon and Hash Brown Quesadilla, Ranch Style Eggs Tostada or the Blue Corn Buttermilk Waffle, which comes with blackberry bourbon syrup and vanilla creme fraiche. At brunch, two delicious burgers are offered. The Mesa Burger comes with double cheddar, grilled Vidalia and horseradish mustard and the Green Chile Cheeseburger has queso sauce, roasted poblanos and pickled red onions. Sides include both chorizo and hominy grits, and chances are you won’t find cactus pear iced tea on many other menus. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch is served Monday through Friday and dinner is served daily.
Recommended for Brunch because: Mesa Grill showcases the culinary skill of Chef Bobby Flay with a menu full of dishes with Southwestern and Latin flavors.
Terrisa’s expert tip: One of the most popular items on Mesa Grill’s menu is the Tiger Shrimp and Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale with cilantro sauce, which is offered as an appetizer on the brunch menu.
The pretty exterior of Bardot Brasserie will entice you to come in, and the menu will give you so many wonderful sounding options that it might be difficult to choose a dish. This Parisian cafe’s dinner and weekend brunch offerings include selections like the Burgundian Escargot wrapped in puff pastry shells, French onion soup with Perigord truffle and steak frites in four varieties: filet, grass-fed flat iron, grass-fed NY Strip and double-cut rib eye. A raw bar features crab, Maine lobster, oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and caviar. An extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu ensures that guests will have an appropriate beverage for their memorable meal.
Recommended for Brunch because: Bardot Brasserie’s Parisian style lends itself easily to weekend brunch, with sumptuous dishes and an extensive drink list.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Be sure to try the Bloody Mary, created with a mix crafted by Diane Mina, Chef Michael Mina’s wife. The mix is an artisanal blend of organic heirloom tomatoes, herbs and spices.
This romantic restaurant inside the Wynn is known for its breathtaking patio alongside the Lake of Dreams and its amazing specialty seafood menu by chef David Walzog. The array of tasty seafood selections includes wild-caught seafood, fresh-caught Hawaiian fish, and an extensive selection of raw delicacies and shellfish. The fish is sustainably harvested, using hook and line. Oven roasted Maine or Scottish Blue lobster is offered, prepared simply or with a red chili rub with a choice of butter: drawn, yuzu-basil or spicy harissa. Guests who aren’t seafood fans can choose from a selection of beef, like a classic New York, rib eye or filet, or perhaps the organic Jidori chicken breast with white beans, wild mushrooms, arugula and herb chicken jus. A vegetarian menu is also available. Lakeside is open for dinner nightly and on Sundays for brunch.
Recommended for Brunch because: Lakeside’s elegant ambiance feels a little more relaxed for their Sunday Jazz Brunch, which comes with music and delicious seafood.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Brunch is served at Lakeside on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Listen to live Dixieland-style jazz and blues music while enjoying dishes like chilled Alaskan king crab legs and oysters on the half shell.
Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger give Mexican food a few new twists at Border Grill. You’ll certainly find standards like tacos and enchiladas, but most dishes have a bit of a twist to them. There’s an definite emphasis on sustainability here with organic black beans and humane certified, antibiotic and hormone free meats and poultry. The Border Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when you can indulge in unlimited small plates for $38.99, or bottomless mimosas, micheladas and Bloody Marys for $20. You’ll find plenty of dishes with Border Grill’s signature style: Yucatan Egg Benedict, for example, with a manchego cheese biscuit, Yucatan roasted pork, a slow cooked egg and hollandaise sauce, plus pickled onions. The vibrantly decorated restaurant overlooks Mandalay Bay’s pool area, and its colorful ambiance lends itself to casual meals.
Recommended for Brunch because: For brunch with a Latin flair and a great view of the pool, it’s hard to beat the Border Grill.
Terrisa’s expert tip: In addition to a selection of margaritas and craft cocktails to go along with brunch, Border Grill also offers coffee drinks with a kick, courtesy of Patron XO Cafe Dark Cocoa.
Yardbird feels like a combination of honky-tonk and family dining room, which is the perfect atmosphere for its Southern food. They’re most well-known for their fried chicken, which is amazingly juicy. Food is served on platters that make for easy sharing. Each of their menus is filled with traditional dishes and sides that come with a twist, like deviled eggs with smoked trout roe, burnt ends with blue cheese fondue, or the skillet cornbread with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapeno. While you’ll find salads on the menu, the true stars here are proteins, like the smoked brisket, Virginia Ham, pork ribs and chicken. For weekend brunch, look for dishes like the Fried Green Tomato BLT, shrimp ‘n grits or Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles, which comes with honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon, Vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffle and bourbon maple syrup.
Recommended for Brunch because: Yardbird’s Southern style cooking and hospitality offer guests a brunch option that includes well-known favorites like grits and biscuits and gravy.
Terrisa’s expert tip: The Monday-Friday lunch menu at Yardbird carries some dishes from the weekend brunch menu, like the Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles and the shrimp and grits.
With its mix of Jamaican and New Mexican cuisine, DW Bistro sets itself apart from other restaurants in Las Vegas. One of the restaurant’s most popular meals is their weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday, when this off-the-Strip eatery can get really busy. DW Bistro has been a long-time local favorite, and its combination of sweet and savory flavors is a distinctive element of its cuisine. At brunch, look for a host of dishes that show off big flavors, like the Jerk Fried Chicken and Waffles, the Jamaican Curry Bowl or the Chilaquiles. Blander fare like pastries and oatmeal are available, but they’re outnumbered by dishes like the Pesto Torte with goat cheese, pesto, macadamia nuts, chili oil, lavash and crackers.
Recommended for Brunch because: DW Bistro turns up the dial on flavor, with influences from Jamaica and New Mexico giving a their brunch and lunch a distinctive flair.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Brunch is served at DW Bistro on the weekends starting at 10 a.m., but guests can enjoy some of the same dishes during lunch, served Tuesday through Friday.
Every Sunday, Bally’s BLT Steakhouse transforms itself into the Sterling Brunch, an opulent and expensive brunch buffet that many regard as the ultimate Vegas brunch. The Sterling Brunch is a rarity in Las Vegas: a long-running event (over 30 years) that isn’t showing any signs of going away. An aura of old-fashioned exclusivity gives the Sterling Brunch an atmosphere that’s great for special events and holidays like Mother’s Day. This is definitely not a bargain-buy brunch. At $95 per person, it’s very expensive. You get a full array of upscale food choices for that price: caviar, lobster, sushi, filet, and endless pours of Perrier-Jouet Champagne, for instance. Considering the quality of the offerings, especially seafood, the price tag actually is reasonable.
Recommended for Brunch because: The Sterling Brunch is Las Vegas’ most venerable luxury buffet, offering a profusion of upscale dishes like lobster, prime rib, sushi and oysters.
Terrisa’s expert tip: In addition to the numerous options offered in the self-serve line, several dishes can also be ordered from your server, like Eggs Benedict and Belgian Waffles.
Chef Thomas Keller offers an array of delicious breakfast food at Bouchon, his beautifully designed French bistro-style restaurant at the Venetian. Consistently named one of the best breakfasts and brunches in Las Vegas, Bouchon offers its guests a menu with a comprehensive range of dishes. This French bistro-style restaurant offers a fresh take on familiar fare with items like the Oeufs Benedict, with smoked pork loin and country bread, or the Hachis de Merguez, house-made merguez sausage hash and eggs. Whether you’re hungry for a freshly baked pastry or want a full breakfast with eggs, meat, and potatoes, Bouchon has a delectable dish for you.
Recommended for Brunch because: With freshly baked goods and a menu of acclaimed French food, Bouchon is an excellent choice for a memorable breakfast or brunch.
Terrisa’s expert tip: Bouchon’s isn’t located in the collection of restaurants on the casino level referred to as “restaurant row” or in the Grand Canal Shoppes; it’s on the 10th floor of the Venezia Tower. Look for signs near the hotel’s front desk to find the elevator to the restaurant.