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Endless rosé and French-style eggs Benedict on the Strip
Michael Mina's casual (but not too casual) French spot at the Aria knows how to put a fun twist on traditional brunch favorites, including five different takes on eggs Benedict, served with sautéed kale and croissants. The brioche French toast is sticky sweet, topped with mascarpone and a crunchy almond brittle. The wine list is surprisingly deep for a brunch menu, with four Champagne choices alone. Or you can just keep things simple with endless rosé for $25.
Buffet-style brunch with sweets from the "Cake Boss"
If you want chicken Parm sharing a plate with your scrambled eggs, you've come to the right place. This longtime weekend brunch is set up buffet-style with different stations throughout the restaurant. You may even be tempted to start with the dessert section thanks to cannolis made famous by the "Cake Boss" himself, Buddy Valastro, but take your time and work your way up to the sweet stuff. There's a lot of variety in the selection, from mac & cheese with smoked mozzarella to orecchiette, sautéed perfectly with olive oil and Italian sausage. While you’re at it, steal a slice of cheese pizza from the kids’ station.
A French-inspired boozy brunch with bottomless grapefruit punch
By transforming itself from a fine-dining spot on the Strip to a casual bistro in the West Valley, Andre's has crafted a new identity and fan base for its French cuisine -- without the parking headaches. The pastries and beignets are a good start while the waffles offer a similar sweetness with fruit and maple cream. The house-made sausage is diverse enough, with lamb, duck, and pork in one serving, adding up to some fierce competition for the sugary maple bacon as your favorite side dish. But what about drinks? Go with the bottomless punch, made with grapefruit juice, chamomile tea, and Tito's vodka. It's very strong -- and very good.
A Caribbean spin on brunch with spicy food and cocktails
With a blend of Jamaican- and Latin-inspired cuisine, DW Bistro has been serving up a popular off-Strip brunch for more than seven years. Favorites include a jerk chicken and waffles (with just the right touch of spiciness) and a pesto torte made with goat cheese and macadamia nuts. Save room for the white chocolate scones in the pastry basket. For drinks, the DW Bloody Mary packs an extra kick with jalapeño bacon.
Fresh, ingredient-driven food served at an outdoor patio by the pool
With a comfy outdoor patio that overlooks the Aria pool, Herringbone scores points for atmosphere alone. Fortunately, the food matches up with the surroundings, especially during brunch, which has switched to a new format with stations scattered throughout the dining room. They include a carving station, brine and poke bar, juice bar, and Bloody Mary bar. With a nod toward fresh seafood and sustainable ingredients, you can have fun mixing things up while working in the orange ricotta chocolate chip pancakes for a de facto dessert. Their Everlasting Mimosas and Bellinis are $35 -- although you can upgrade from prosecco to Veuve Clicquot for an extra $30 (and Moet & Chandon for an extra $60). Hey, it's your money. Spend it how you want.
Downtown & Summerlin
Come for the coffee, stay for the Latin Brunch
The coffeehouse competition is picking up in the Downtown Arts District, but Makers & Finders is setting itself apart with an adventurous Latin Brunch. Specialties include a perfect shrimp ceviche with jalapeños, a variety of empanadas, and Bennys made with pulled beef or chipotle chicken. Of course, java is the drink of choice around here -- and you can't go wrong with the lavender latte with house-made syrup. A second location recently opened in Downtown Summerlin.
Henderson & West Valley
A mix of savory and sweet options in opposite ends of the valley
Kitchen Table wants you to know it's okay to have foie gras, and it's ready to add it to burgers, pancakes, and French toast. A daily selection of muffins, cinnamon rolls, and other pastries are available to grab-and-go from the front counter, but it's best to pull up a seat -- at the communal table or otherwise -- and enjoy the creativity and depth found within the full brunch menu on weekends. The patio has plenty of room and offers a nice rustic touch during breezy weather, and there are a lot of mimosas: orange, blackberry, prickly pear, guava, pineapple, cranberry, and mango. Otherwise, go for the "social bucket," which is a bottle of bubbly and your choice of juice for $30. A second location, dubbed Kitchen Table Squared, recently opened at the Gramercy with a contemporary edge, an expanded lineup of specialty coffee drinks, a Bloody Mary bar, and if brunch isn't your thing -- dinner service.
A hearty emphasis on red meat, thanks to an in-house butcher shop
You know the steak and eggs dish is going to be pretty good here because the restaurant has an in-house butcher shop. The best reason to visit Tivoli Village also has a notoriously good short rib hash and fluffy pancakes with house-made blueberry syrup. About half the menu is small plates, so order shareable items like portobello mushroom fries and thick grilled bacon to complement your main. Bottomless mimosas are $16 and bottomless Bloody Marys are $22.
Forum Shops at Caesars
Unlimited Latin-inspired small plates designed to share
The Border Grill at the Forum Shops has a south of the border-inspired brunch with unlimited small plates like Peruvian shrimp and grits, tres leches French toast, and roasted plantain empanadas for a fixed price of $34.99. Switch between bottomless micheladas, Bloody Marys, and mimosas for an extra $20. (Border Grill's sister location at Mandalay Bay has a similar setup at Mandalay Bay for $38.99.)
A small slice of Rio de Janeiro, with dishes from around the world
Boteco is now one of our best restaurants in Vegas and was one of last year's hottest openings in part thanks to its wicked Sunday brunch (which runs from 10am all the way up to 4pm). The casual dining spot ignores traditional brunch items in favor of fun stuff like duck sausage sweet potato hash, foie gras eggs Benedict, and an apple cinnamon French toast casserole. The $14 prosecco flights come in three servings with seven choices of fruit.
Brunch all day... every day
Don't worry about the weekends. Sugarcane does brunch all day every day -- which probably explains why the $25 bottomless mimosas have a two-hour time limit. As for the food, chef Timon Balloo draws inspiration from a variety of global destinations, putting together an intriguing menu where roasted oxtail tops the eggs Benedict and duck confit is served with waffles. Enjoying this stuff on your own time is even better.
Trade in a burger for an egg sandwich
Who says a burger joint can't do brunch? Holsteins mixes up its menu with some unexpected dishes for its weekend brunch. Highlights include avocado toast on a thin bagel with tomatillo sauce and Asian pears; a bacon, egg, potato and cheese egg sandwich; and a New York Strip with fingerling potatoes, foie gras, eggs, and truffle hollandaise. Wash it down with Dill Weed, a cocktail made with Effen cucumber, pickle juice, clamato and horseradish. It's effen good.
Off the Strip
Hidden gem off the Strip big on whiskey and grass-fed steak
A true hidden gem just steps away from the Strip, Jake & Eli is a modern whiskey lounge that could be the best thing about the Westin's recent renovations. The cocktails are stellar, but the real surprise is how much attention-to-detail goes into sourcing and preparing the food, including some killer grass-fed steaks from top ranches. That's why the $18 filet medallions that accompany the eggs at brunch are worth every penny. Ditto to the 18-hour-braised short rib Benedict for $23.
Contemporary burger spot with a people-watching weekend brunch
The newest restaurant on Fremont Street is big on burgers, beer, bourbon, and (on weekends) brunch. The bread pudding French toast comes buried in blueberries and is the kind of thing you'd want to wash down with the Weekend Thyme, a gin-based cocktail with carrot, ginger, thyme and lemon that's only available Saturday and Sunday. Of course you can opt for the $5 Bloody Marys or mimosas instead. Either way, grab a seat near the large windows that open wide to the chaos of Fremont Street.
Unlimited plates and romantic views by the lake
Americana is hard to beat when it comes to both food and scenery. The Sunday brunch is $42 per person and includes unlimited plates that range from beet-infused deviled eggs to pumpkin cheesecake-filled crepes. Whether sitting indoors or out on the patio, you'll soak in spectacular views of the lake at Desert Shores. Take note if you're looking for a date spot for brunch.
Lobster, caviar, and Champagne for when you want to splurge
The Sterling Brunch has been a staple on the Strip for more than 30 years. It's gone through some changes, but it remains famous for unlimited servings of high-end items like caviar, stone crab, filet mignon, and lobster. The price tag has crept up to $105 per person over the years, but that also includes all the Perrier-Jouet Champagne you can handle.
A family business with meticulously plated dishes and indulgent pastries
This small family-owned breakfast and lunch operation draws big crowds for its weekend brunch, where the menu is always evolving based on the availability of seasonal ingredients. Yet the dishes tend to be on the adventurous side, whether it's the butternut squash hash, chile relleno breakfast burrito, or fried avocado tacos. The attention-to-detail carries over to the pastry department where carb-loading has never been more satisfying.
Breakfast-inspired pizzas at The LINQ outdoor promenade
If pizza for breakfast sounds good, you've found the right place. Flour & Barley offers a new spin on brunch with a few unconventional dishes. The Eggs Benny Pie is topped with a white cream sauce, Cheddar cheese, asparagus, tomato, poached egg, prosciutto, and hollandaise while the Pizza French Toast comes loaded with honey ricotta, cream cheese, maple syrup, and mixed berries -- you know, to keep things healthy.
Three days of brunch and build-your-own brownies
The first restaurant by Giada De Laurentiis continues to evolve and now serves brunch three days a week (Friday-Sunday). Most of the food has a breezy Italian influence and the multi-course tasting menu isn't a bad option at $55 per person. But if you save room for one thing, make it your very own creation from the build-your-own-brownie cart that roams through the dining room.