15 Fall Openings to Get Excited About in Las Vegas

A caviar tasting room, a Peter Luger steakhouse, a Dominique Ansel bakery, magic shows, art exhibitions, and more.

Ramsay's Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Ramsay's Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Ramsay's Kitchen

The next few months are shaping up to be a busy time in Las Vegas with new shows, festivals, and residencies dominating the entertainment landscape. But there's more to life than Adele. Vegas is ready to unleash a wave of restaurants and attractions in the fall and winter months ahead. As summer comes to a close, you'll want to study up on the following big openings and be ready to answer the one question that never goes away: "What's new in Vegas?"

Downtown Arts District
Opening date: September 2022
You may have heard—caviar is everywhere these days, and that includes the Arts District. After supplying the stuff to hotels and restaurants since 2016, Bjork Caviar is now opening its own retail shop and tasting room for direct-to-consumer sales. Manager of operations Christian Sandefeldt is particular about sourcing, bringing in caviar from farms in Finland, Belgium, Georgia (the country, not the state), and even Uruguay, with sustainability a priority. The new space, on the corner of California and Casino Center, will be intimate with about four seats, rustic reclaimed decor, and plenty of European style. Connoisseurs will want to ask about a specialty hybrid of Siberian sturgeon and Osetra that tastes similar to banned Beluga caviar.

Opening date: August 30, 2022
It was bound to happen sooner or later. King Tut finally has a residency in Las Vegas. Well, not quite. The tomb of the boyhood pharaoh remains in Egypt, but a new exhibit and show at the Luxor casino is digging into the story behind how the mummy of Tutankhamum was discovered by archeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile. Animation and virtual reality reveal how the mummification process works and became a significant part of Egyptian history and culture.

Spiedini Fiamma
Photo courtesy of Spiedini Fiamma

JW Marriott
Opening date: September 2022
The JW Marriott is giving its Italian dining concept a dramatic new makeover in time for the fall season. Formerly known as Spiedini Ristorante, the restaurant has been closed since the early days of the pandemic, but is now reopening with a new name and all-new look, decked out in blue hues inspired by the coastal regions of Italy. You'll also see an open kitchen, spacious lounge area, and an outdoor patio with fire pits to take advantage of the property's famously lush landscaping. Now, remember, this is a locals joint that draws heavily on regulars at the Rampart Casino, so change is good—but you don't want to mess with things too much. A revamped menu will balance house-made pastas and pizzas with classic Italian American favorites like Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo.

Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition
Photo courtesy of Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition

Opening date: September 2, 2022
William and Harry may never see eye-to-eye again, but if you can't get enough of the royal family (and royal drama), you'll find this new attraction inside the Shops at Crystals hard to resist. Princess Diana: A Tribute Exhibition is a showcase of what's being billed as the world's leading collection of memorabilia dedicated to the British royals and the famous princess who couldn't bear to be the wife of Prince Charles. You'll see hundreds of items, spread out over a 10,000-square-foot exhibition space with 12 curated rooms with themes like "Fashion Icon" (with evening gowns galore) and "Wedding of the Century." You can even book a wedding of your own with a private dining experience. Tickets are already on sale, running less than $30.

Opening date: September 25, 2022
Vegas chef Mattew Meyer hasn't quite found the right vehicle for his exceptional talents in the kitchen, but that could all change with his latest venture. 138° replaces his previous concept, Served, as a chophouse specializing in not only steaks, but pork, duck, and fish cooked to order in a wood-fired grill. Much of the beef will be Nevada-sourced and dry-aged in-house. Even the house-ground burger is on a mission to impress. The name of the restaurant is inspired by the ideal temperature for finishing steaks and apparently, an old Misfits song. The dining room is being fully redesigned with a centralized fire pit lounge and a climate-controlled portico for year-round outdoor dining.

Resorts World
Opening date: September 30, 2022
David Blaine is a guy known for pushing the limits of what's possible for a human being, whether remaining submerged underwater for seven days or freezing himself in a block of ice for nearly 64 hours. His new residency at Resorts World won't be quite as intense as those stunts (presumably), but should still pack plenty of drama in the form of on-stage illusions, special effects, and maybe even a feat or two to test the boundaries of human stamina. The first shows run sporadically between September 30 and December 17.

Peter Luger
Peter Luger | Photo by Tyler Bertram

Caesars Palace
Opening date: Fall 2022
Beef is booming in Las Vegas. Caesars Palace is welcoming the Vegas version of Peter Luger—a Brooklyn steakhouse famous for its German heritage and shareable, dry-aged Porterhouse cuts. Funny enough, it's not replacing the long-running Old Homestead Steakhouse, but taking over the dining room once home to Rao's. (All three happen to be iconic New York offshoots.)

Ramsay's Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Ramsay's Kitchen

Opening date: Fall 2022
Gordon Ramsay already has five restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, so why not make it six? Ramsay's Kitchen is getting set to open at Harrah's, taking over the space formerly home to Oyster Bar. If the original Ramsay's Kitchen in Boston is any indication, expect to see seafood influence in much of the menu; an idea reinforced by the inclusion of a seven-seat raw bar counter. Otherwise, the menu at the 240-seat restaurant will mix engaging New American dishes with tested Gordon Ramsay staples (Beef Wellington and surely some version of Sticky Toffee Pudding), some of which are promising to be "specifically curated" for the Vegas market.

Balla Italian Soul
Photo courtesy of Balla Italian Soul

Opening date: Fall 2022
It was a bummer to see Shawn McClain's Sage close at the Aria, but the James Beard award-winning chef has kept his Vegas profile high with Libertine Social (an overachieving gastropub at Mandalay Bay) and Balla Italian Soul, ready to open at the Sahara after a long delay during the pandemic. The dishes, including house-made pastas and pizzas pulled from a wood-fired grill, will be light in tone to showcase the natural flavors of bright, vibrant ingredients, including in-season vegetables. You'll also see steaks and seafood well represented with negronis and Italian wines to round out the experience.

Opening date: Fall 2022
While most casino rebrandings come with immediate flash and fanfare, the transformation of Bally's into a Horseshoe property has been an understated, slow-and-steady process. The resort has already welcomed new additions like Jack Binion's Steakhouse and the Cabinet of Curiosities (one of the best speakeasy bars in Vegas right now), while moving along with a fresh round of renovations and welcoming its role as the new home of the World Series of Poker. The property's renewed focus on gambling is balanced by the opening of Arcade, which takes over the old sports book near the food court. It includes a renovated bar, surrounded by neon lights, artwork, and more than 80 games, ranging from arcade classics to contemporary favorites. Don't worry, a wager on the latest game or fight can be made at a soon-to-open Caesars Sportsbook ticket counter.

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical
Bat Out of Hell – The Musical | Photo by Chris Davis Studio

Opening date: September 27, 2022
Singer Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman joined forces in the '70s for Bat Out of Hell, a 70s AOR powerhouse that became one of the best-selling albums of its era while putting the theatrical nature of its two creators on full display. So it only makes sense to turn iconic songs like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" into a soaring stage production. Bat Out of Hell – The Musical sets up shop at the Paris theater, which has been in need of something spectacular since Jersey Boys wrapped up its run a few years ago. The show features an ensemble of 25 performers backed by an eight-person rock band, borrowing elements from Rocky Horror and Romeo and Juliet in a rock n' roll tale of star-crossed lovers.

Stanton Social Prime

Caesars Palace
Opening date: Winter 2022
If Luger’s upcoming opening in Caesars wasn't enough, Chris Santos' Stanton Social Prime is arriving this winter where Searsucker used to serve Peanut Butter & Jelly Old Fashioneds next to Omnia Nightclub. Chris Santos' latest venture is based on his first restaurant, Stanton Social in New York's Lower East Side, with an emphasis on prime meats and shareable dishes. Can a casino with a Roman theme handle so much steak—and so much Big Apple influence? They’re certainly game to try.

Opening date: September 2022
Bodega Bagel is a bagel shop and restaurant by Sonia El-Nawal (formerly of Rooster Boy Cafe), who previously tested out the concept at the Vegas Test Kitchen on Fremont Street. The brick-and-mortar version, near Eastern and St. Rose, is an homage to New York City with artisanal bagels–no two look the same–in traditional varieties like sesame, poppy seed, garlic, salt, and everything seasoning. Cheddar-Jalapeno is as crazy as it gets, but El-Nawal may throw in a cinnamon raisin here and there while experimenting with rye and pumpernickel dough. Ask for your bagel as a smear with homemade cream cheese or topped with a choice of smoked fish. Guests can also order challah french toast, blintzes, and a few egg dishes as well. Bodega Bagel is stocking wines that are organic, biodynamic, and low in sugar.

Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel | Photo by Thomas Schauer

Caesars Palace
Opening date: Fall/Winter 2022
What does it take to get a croissant around here? There are a lot of great bakeries in Las Vegas, but the new one by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel promises to take things up a notch on the Strip at Caesars Palace. Unfortunately, it's been stuck in a perpetual "coming soon" state since 2021. We're hoping the delay comes to an end before the end of the year. Vegas could use a few pastries from the guy who invented the Cronut, not to mention shots of milk in cookie cups and frozen s'mores on sticks.

Opening date: Winter 2022/2023
By the time Bally's finally becomes the Horseshoe, you'll see the long-awaited arrival of Martin Yan's first official Las Vegas restaurant. The star of "Yan Can Cook" was a celebrity chef before the term even existed and is now showing the upstarts how it's done with M.Y. Asia. The restaurant is a grander version of Yan's M.Y. China, which operated for 10 years in San Francisco, but instead of focusing on Chinese cuisine, the new place will have a wider scope with all Asian food represented. Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Thai–you name it. Everything is fair game with Wagyu beef, hand-pulled noodles, and even Iberico pork making appearances on the menu.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than eight years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.