Things to Do in Las Vegas This Weekend

It’s Bastille Day Weekend. Let’s eat.

Osteria Fiorella
Osteria Fiorella | Steve Legato
Osteria Fiorella | Steve Legato

The closing of buffets was the first sign Las Vegas was going to feel the impact of COVID-19 in a very real way. But now the concept is making a comeback. The Buffet at Wynn is trying out a new format in which dishes are brought directly from stations to your table by servers, almost turning the place into a bottomless tapas restaurant. The price for dinner begins at $59.99 per person and diners can eat as much as they like. (Although, by comparison, you can get the awesome 3-course Welcome Back menu at Mizumi in the same resort for $65 per person -- less quantity, but miles ahead in quality.) Meanwhile, the Wicked Spoon buffet is back at the Cosmopolitan with food individually handed out to guests at each station and Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace -- traditionally one of the largest on the Strip -- is using the downtime for a large-scale renovation. Expect a few service changes for a new era whenever it reopens. For now, enjoy yourself this weekend and wear a mask. It's important to protect yourself and others while having a little fun.  

Get a taste of Marc Vetri's new pop-up Osteria Fiorella

Friday, July 10
Red Rock Resort
Vetri Cucina has been one of our favorite Vegas restaurants, but remains closed while the Palms waits out the coronavirus crisis. However, you can still wolf down the Italian cuisine of Marc Vetri with the debut of Osteria Fiorella, a new pop-up at Red Rock Resort based on the chef's pasta bar in Philadelphia. The space is being borrowed from Terra Rossa with a wood-burning oven already in place for pizzas and a Josper oven for meats and fish. Yet the house-made pastas will likely be the main attraction. Osteria Fiorella operates 5-10pm Wednesday-Sunday, but may expand hours based on demand.  
Cost: Prices vary

Eat your way through the cuisine of José Andrés

Friday, July 10
The Strip
It’s a good weekend to check out the Vegas options from José Andrés. China Poblano is expanding its hours (and menu) after reopening last month with tacos, chilaquiles, and other Mexican bites alongside Chinese dishes like monk noodles and soup dumplings. Jaleo has a new chef's tasting menu of Spanish tapas, including a choice of sauteed shrimp or hanger steak as the main course. Meanwhile, the summer tasting menu at Bazaar Meat is a great deal for all the food you get, including a choice of steaks and small plates ranging from a lamb shawarma flatbread to a fun take on a banh mi sandwich with apple meringue in place of bread. 
Cost: Prices vary 

Load up on food for Bastille Day Weekend

Friday, July 10 - Tuesday, July 14
Multiple Locations
Who knew that a French holiday about storming a prison could lead to so much awesome food? Vegas is getting into the spirit with some great culinary deals leading up to Bastille Day. Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris casino has specials on chilled gazpacho, crispy frog legs, seafood bouillabaisse, and blueberry, vanilla and strawberry profiteroles (sorbet/ice cream inside pastry puffs) from Friday to Tuesday. Sparrow + Wolf transforms into a French brasserie with a Bastille Day-themed brunch Sunday from 11am-4pm. Chef Justin Kingsley Hall is honoring his own French heritage with a live-streamed Bastille Day cooking class 6pm Tuesday. Order by Friday and pick up your ingredients (which includes a full honey lavender pasture-raised chicken) on Monday. Mache Bacchus hosts its annual Bastille Day celebration Tuesday from 4:30-8:30pm with special dishes, champagne, cocktails, live music, and a skydiving performance over the lake outside the restaurant at 7pm.
Cost: Prices vary (cooking class is $65)   

Bake your own lasagna from North Italia

Friday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 29
Trepidation is real. Not everyone is ready to eat out right now. With that in mind, North Italia has a new DIY lasagna meal to bake at home. The four-cheese dish with bolognese sauce is large enough for 4-6 people and includes caesar salad, parmesan garlic bread, and tiramisu. Call 702-507-0927 to order in advance for pickup. The meal is available through at least July 29.  
Cost: $65

Attend a virtual performance of Marriage Can Be Murder

Saturday, July 11
Marriage Can Be Murder has long been one of the most entertaining and interactive shows in Las Vegas. With live performances on hold at the moment, the comedic murder-mystery is heading to Zoom for a virtual presentation at 6:30pm. (The “virtual lobby” opens a half hour earlier.) Watch the story unfold and work with other participants to solve a murder -- all while keeping a safe, social distance. (Additional virtual performances take place July 18, July 25, and August 1.) 
Cost: Viewing charges begin at $19.95

Raise your glass and toast to Herbs & Rye

Monday, July 13
West Valley
One of the best speakeasies in Vegas is back. Everyone’s favorite bar, Herbs & Rye, reopens with reservations encouraged by calling 702-982-8036. And yes, the famous happy hour with half-price steaks and cocktail discounts is still 5-8pm and midnight-3am. Sister steakhouse Cleaver is aiming for an early August relaunch. 
Cost: Prices vary

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than five years. In addition, his work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.