Fontainebleau Las Vegas recently announced that the 67-story property would have 36 bars and restaurants, publicly revealing details for the first time. Most spots will open when the property launches on Dec. 13; the remainder will debut or be announced in 2024.
The scope of the bar and restaurant collection, one of the largest on the Strip, ranges from omakase to French fine dining, from Asian-inspired barbecue to steakhouses, from outposts of L.A. and Miami hot boîtes to a restaurant from a famed Mexico City chef.
The lineup includes Ito from Chefs Masa Ito and Kevin Kim. The eatery will reinterpret traditional sushi at this 12-seat omakase restaurant with views of the Strip and city unfurling through its 63rd-floor windows. The first Ito opened in New York City in 2022.
The modern Mexican cooking of chef Gabriela Cámara will be featured Cantina Contramar. The new restaurant is an outpost of Contramar in Mexico City that debuted almost 25 years ago. The restaurant incorporates its Tasting Room for highly prized Tequila Casa Dragones, founded by Bertha González Nieves, the first maestra tequilera.
Komodo joins Vegas energy (and balmy ambient lighting) with the flavors of East Asia. Look for house Peking duck, rotating specials, a sushi bar and craft cocktails. The Fontainebleau marks Komodo No. 3, after restaurants in Miami and Dallas.
Don’s Prime, a concept created by the Fontainebleau team, draws inspiration from Fontainebleau history and elegant 1950s dining. The food and drink includes Prime-grade steaks, Japanese beef, trolleys and tableside service, pre-Prohibition cocktails and prestige wines.
Evan Funke, chef of L.A.’s is bringing his beloved Mother Wolf to the new hotel. Funke and Felix, plans to bring his take on Roman cooking to Vegas with Mother Wolf. La Fontaine specializes in French cooking (and daytime fine dining), with brunch classics, high tea, wine tastings and pairing lessons, and light indie music. The restaurant design features chandeliers, soft pastels and fine finishes.
An open kitchen is the highlight of Kyu that affords views of chefs using Japanese wood-fire grilling (yakiniku) to prepare vegetables, fish and American barbecue standards. There are also signature desserts. The Fontainebleau location follows KYU restaurants in Miami, New York and Mexico City. Papi Steak, mingles Golden Era Hollywood with a contemporary sensibility to create its steakhouse experience. If the Miami menu is any guide, think hot and cold seafood starters, fish and shellfish, caviar and several high-end cuts of beef.
The whimsically named Washing Potato comes courtesy of restaurateur Alan Yau, founder of Hakkasan and the Wagamama chain in the U.K. Diners explore dim sum traditions amid the sleek abstract lines of the space. Yau is also developing Chyna Club, presenting an eclectic Chinese menu.
La Côte, launching in spring 2024, conjures some of the sunny breezy French Riviera on the Fontainebleau pool deck, The international menu incorporates Mediterranean flavors. The beverage program, keeping things alfresco, features rosés, French releases, and lively mocktails and cocktails.
The Tavern, next to the casino floor, is paired with the Fontainebleau sportsbook. On the menu, elevated American bar standards and sushi join draft beers, wines, and craft cocktails with names incorporating famous sports references. American bistro Vida evolves from the original restaurant in the Fontainebleau Miami. Vida offers breakfast and lunch daily, including signature dishes, brunch favorites and classic cocktails.
Highlighting the lineup of bars at the new Fountainbleau is the addition of Miami’s LIV nightclub brand to the Las Vegas. The Bleau Bar that sets the stage for the property while also drawing on the history of the Bleau Bar in the Miami Fontainebleau. This new incarnation features soaring ceilings, a chandelier composed of crystal strands ending in bow ties, and classic cocktails with a twist. Collins lies adjacent to the lobby, with jazz, technique-driven mixology, a line of signature Collins beverages, and a wine program focusing on Champagnes and other sparklers.
The speakeasy-style Nowhere takes its name from the Stairs to Nowhere architect Morris Lapidus designed for the original Fontainebleau. The bar layers creative cocktails, jazz and other live music, and games like pool and backgammon.
Agave features Mexican design influences, sipping tequilas and mezcals, cocktails and DJs regularly spinning. Folks can drop by Après, inside Promenade food hall, for a beer, a glass of wine or a craft cocktail. Solo, just off the casino floor, brings mixology to roulette and blackjack.
On Dec. 13, Las Vegas’ newest resort, a $3.7 billion palace with seven pools, 36 restaurants and bars, as well as a private club on the top floor with spectacular views of the skyline, will make its debut.
What really stands out about the Fontainebleau Las Vegas isn’t the height — at 67 stories it’s the tallest hotel in Nevada — or the 46-foot sculpture by Swiss artist Urs Fischer in the south lobby. It’s how long it took to get built. Jeffrey Soffer acquired the land in 2000, but lost control of the mostly done project during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Two more owners came and went, including billionaire Carl Icahn, before Soffer reacquired the still unfinished building in 2021 for a fraction of its original construction cost.
“It’s one of the great, crazy stories in real estate,” the 55-year old said. “There’s always one crazy one in your career. This is definitely it.” Soffer said he just believed strongly in the concept, bringing a version of his family’s Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach to America’s gambling capital. The Florida hotel has been a playground for the rich and famous since opening in 1954. Designed by architect Morris Lapidus, the beachfront property is most notable for its expansive pool area, where James Bond played cards against villain Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Soffer said the Miami Beach resort is one of the most-profitable, non-casino hotels in the country.
Soffer’s biggest challenge will likely be the Fontainebleau’s location on the north end of the city’s famous Strip, far from properties like the Bellagio and Caesars Palace, where guests can more easily stroll from one to the other. Casinos at the north end, like the Stratosphere and the SLS, now back with its original Sahara name, have at times run into financial trouble.
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