I will admit that I do not have a ton of photos from The Aria yet it is a place that we frequent all the time and we were married in the Aria Chapel! It is not the most photogenic casino because it is just so dark inside, although some might argue otherwise. The Aria actually has the BEST selection of restaurants of all the strip properties. I do not love staying here however because we have had multiple bad experiences with service.
Pros: The best selection of restaurants on the strip.
Great location with walkways to the Cosmopolitan and Crystals.
Cons: The worst service of any hotel we have stayed at on the strip. Rooms are very basic as well and a lot of the time you have to walk VERY far to get to your room from the elevator. No joke we had a room once so far from the elevator I think it took a full 5 minutes to walk there. It is very annoying when say you forget something and need to go all the way back. Again, everyone has their own experience and there are lots of people who I am sure love to stay here ( that was just mine). I would however one day like to stay at the Sky Suites, they look amazing.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Carbone’s- I literally have dreamt about their spicy rigatoni and vodka sauce. It is probably my favorite pasta dish of all time. Aside from that, the veal parmesan is incredible and HUGE! I also love all the free items, you receive, including focaccia, fresh parmesan, pickled vegetables, and rainbow cookies. I do not recommend even getting an appetizer because you will fill up on everything else.
Jean Georges Steakhouse- I will go as far as to say this is the BEST steakhouse in Vegas. I have a thing for dipping sauces and you get not one but FOUR sauces with your steak. You must also try the crispy chicken and the side of potatoes.
Bardot- A beautiful French Brasserie with amazing food. They also have a great happy hour here. I love the way they do their escargot on mini puff pastries. The brunch is also incredible with unlimited Rose ( I think I had like 3 glasses and I was OUT!)
Sage- Probably the most underrated restaurant here, but one of the best. All of the food is incredibly fresh and the restaurant is gorgeous. Unfortunately the bartenders told us they had to give their cocktail menu to next door’s Catch restaurant, boo! A must try are the scallops here.
Catch- We went here recently after it opened and I was excited because Catch is great in other cities as well. The entryway is beautiful but it is again very full all the time of people trying to get photos here. The food took a very long time, they burnt my husband’s chicken, and it was overall a bit mediocre.
Julian Serrano- We have come here for lunch more times than we can count. It is a fantastic Spanish tapas restaurant with a lot of healthier options.
Javier’s- A great Mexican restaurant with my favorite margaritas! They are a little expensive but worth it, I recommend the Pepita Magarita. The food is also very good.
Other Restaurants we LOVE!
L’Atelier by Joel Robuchon - MGM Grand - A fantastic modern french restaurant, experimental but not too crazy- we have not been to The Joel Robuchon which is next door but are meaning to try it!
Twist- Waldorf Astoria- A very experimental French restaurant. I do not love all the dishes but it definitely takes my palate on a rollercoaster of tastes.
Cocina by Wolfgang Puck- Honestly this place is even better than Spago and cheaper! Located inside of Crystals, it is a great place for lunch and they have great happy hour deals at the bar.
Libertine Social- Mandalay Bay- We usually sit at the bar, but the food is awesome and the drinks are even better!
Sinatra’s - The Wynn- A not very well known Italian place inside of the Wynn dedicated to non other than Frank Sinatra. It has been a while since we have been here but the food is always great and the portions are huge.
Border Grill- Mandalay Bay- Located close to the convention center it is a bit out of the way but the walk to get there will make you more hungry! They have one of the best brunches on the strip!
I am not one for buffets because I hate waiting in line to eat, especially when there are SO many great restaurants in Vegas, but I LOVE WICKED SPOON!
Going out to dinner in Vegas is something I LOVE to do, but sometimes you just need a quick snack before you go out, or you are with a group of friends and you want something everyone can enjoy. Here are a few quick and relatively cheap eats in Vegas
Secret Pizza- Located down a hallway in The Cosmopolitan. It is not really a secret anymore but the pizza is great!
Pin-Up Pizza- A small pizza shop inside of Planet Hollywood with a Pin- Up theme. The slices are HUGE so one is usually enough.
Slice of Vegas- Inside of Mandalay Bay, another great and quick pizza shop and probably the cheapest of these.
Earl of Sandwich- Located in a few casinos like Planet Hollywood and The Palms. It is a chain but has a damn good breakfast sandwich!
Village Street Eateries- Any of the stands inside of New York, NY- There is a crepe place, a breakfast place, a pizza place, a hotdog place, a deli, and a fish place. Great for getting a quick breakfast or late night bite.
Carmine’s- Inside of the Caesar’s shops.- Carmine’s is not normally cheap or that casual but between I think 2-5pm for their happy hour you can get $5 bar bites and drinks- best deal on the strip if you ask me!
Things To Do
Las Vegas Concert Residencies- From Lady Gaga to Backstreet Boys To Celine Dion, Vegas now has SO many residencies it is hard to keep track. Last time I was here I saw an ad for concerts by New Kids on The Block and MC Hammer. It is worth a splurge to se a fantastic show here!
Cirque Du Soleil- I am not one for going to Cirque Du Soleil but the best one I have seen is the Michael Jackson show. I feel this way because of course you know all the music, and it is really upbeat and fun. The other shows I have seen honestly made me go to sleep, but I have not seen all of them so cannot say if they are good. That being said many people enjoy them so definitely see for yourself!
jabbawockeez- I saw them when they were at The Luxor but now they are at MGM Grand. This show was SO much fun I highly recommend it and would definitely go again!
Gamble- When I first came to vegas I think I gambled $1 in a machine and lost and that was it. I am not a big gambler and you do not even need to be at all to come and enjoy Vegas. Now once in a while ( if I am drunk enough) I might play some blackjack or craps with my husband.
Gambling can be fun and for some and also addicting for others so please be careful and never get too high or too low. Slot machines are the biggest money suck and are also the worst odds, however I have won money a few times unexpectedly. If you try and win, you won’t but if you have no idea what is going on chances are you will. The best slot odds are off the strip. I really do not suggest playing at the biggest casinos on the strip at all.
Gambling is also the ticket to getting rooms/food comped by the casino- but you must have a players card and gamble enough for them to offer you deals. Getting a players card is easy (I often lose mine all the time) You just have to sign up at the players club in the hotel. A big trick to getting multiple deals is to gamble at different properties- MGM, Harrah’s, Wynn, SLS. You can look online to see the list of casinos under these brands.
Night Clubs or Day Clubs- I used to be a total club girl back in the day, and this was a big reason I came to Vegas. Now I only go once in a while or if a group of friends is in town. I still absolutely love it but it can be a lot. The Dj’s come on late as well around 1am or later in the afternoon at a day club. I have actually left the clubs multiple times because the DJs came on so late and I was tired ( BOO!) That being said they have the BEST clubs and pool parties!
Walk the strip with a big drink in hand- It is almost a right of passage your first time to Vegas to order the biggest drink you can find and stumble around the strip. I can’t drink those anymore because they are too sweet but it is a lot of fun and something you cannot do in most places.