With December right around the corner, chances are you may be in the market for the perfect place to host an unforgettable holiday dinner. From stunning steakhouses on The Strip to quaint cafes tucked away in the city’s most quiet corners, Las Vegas is chock-full of private dining options for everything from corporate holiday parties to intimate family get-togethers. So get ready for a tour of the Entertainment Capital of the World like you’ve never before been on—we’re giving you an insider’s look at the best private dining in Las Vegas, Nevada today.
One of New York City’s most popular eateries, Carbone recently opened its doors in Las Vegas’ Aria Casino on The Strip and has been receiving rave reviews from Sin City locals and visitors ever since. With award-winning tableside service and a classic Italian menu that’s nothing short of mouthwatering, we are huge fans of Carbone’s private dining room options. It boasts two private dining spaces (pictured above), which can accommodate 20 guests each or, as a whole, can accommodate 40 guests. Dark wood details, stunning crystal chandeliers and playful wallpaper in the private dining space make for a setting that feels both old-school Italian and vintage Vegas at once.
Must-try menu items: Opt for the Octopus Pizzaiolo as a starter (trust us—even if you don't think you're an octopus person, it's worth a try) and the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka (one of the best versions we’ve ever had of this dish) as an entree. And don’t forget to wash dinner down with some of their iconic limoncello. (You can find the complete Carbone menu here.)
2. T-Bones Chophouse
Next up, we leave The Strip and head to Summerlin, a coveted neighborhood on the west side of the city. Sitting pretty inside Summerlin’s Red Rock Resort (a resort aptly named for Red Rock Canyon, which it faces) is T-Bones Chophouse, one of the city’s most acclaimed steakhouses. The restaurant boasts a stunning underlit agate bar and plush booths, along with private dining and patio dining options for groups ranging from 10-200. We love the idea of booking a private dinner at T-Bones for groups who want to see a stunning side of Vegas that The Strip doesn’t offer, without straying too far from classic Sin City staples (Red Rock Resort still offers gaming, after all).
Must-try menu items: Our favorite entrees include the Wagyu Filet and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken (even if you want to stick with steaks, it’s worth getting an order for the table to share). For side dishes, you can’t go wrong with the mouthwatering Truffle Tater-Tots or their classic French fries. And, for dessert, the Fried Oreos (you read that right) are among our favorite sweet treats in town. (You can find the complete T-Bones menu here.)
3. Il Mulino
Foodies everywhere know that Il Mulino is among New York City’s most sought-after fine-dining spaces. We love, then, that the classic New York staple made its way to Las Vegas’ Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, making its world-class Italian cuisine finally available on the West Coast. Dining at Il Mulino is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Aged cheeses are carved table-side as you decide on your dishes and, after dinner, housemade limoncello is ladled from a giant glass jar into tiny cocktail glasses for each guest at the table.
We particularly love the fact that, while it’s a five-star, fine-dining restaurant, Il Mulino still manages to still feel warm and welcoming—like you’re eating amongst age-old friends. We recommend booking Il Mulino’s private dining room for intimate holiday get-togethers and corporate holiday celebrations of 16-18. Its entire space can be rented out for parties of around 112 and its breathtaking balcony overlooking The Strip (above) can also be reserved for hosts looking to celebrate amongst a quintessentially Las Vegas setting without skimping on New York elegance.
Must-try menu items: There���s not a menu item at Il Mulino that we don’t love, but we recommend starting with the Clams Casino and, for an entree, we love the Veal Marsala and Tortellini Alla Panna (meat Tortellini in a cream sauce with black truffle and sweet peas). (You can find the complete Il Mulino Las Vegas menu here.)
4. Vic and Anthony’s
Next up on our list of the best private dining in Las Vegas, we head to a lesser-known part of Las Vegas: Downtown. Downtown Las Vegas (which boasts the famous Fremont Street Experience) was essentially The Strip before The Strip came along. Though it suffered a period of time when it was not frequented, it has since been completely revamped and is now a bustling part of the city. The vibe it boasts is much different from The Strip—think nostalgic neon and hip eateries, rather than sky-high casinos. Inside downtown’s Golden Nugget, then, is the iconic Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse.
We love Vic & Anthony’s (1) for its off-Strip location and (2) for its unbelievable atmosphere. Dark woods and low lighting make for a classic steakhouse vibe we can’t get enough of. Private dining at Vic & Anthony’s consists of its famous tasting room, which includes accommodations for up to 20 guests. We love the idea of hosting a classic holiday party in the tasting room and treating guests to a bottle of Cabernet from the extensive wine list.
Must-try menu items: The Lobster Bisque is to-die-for, as is the roasted bacon. We also love the Fried Lobster Mac and Cheese and the HeartBrand Tomahawk Chop. (You can find the complete Vic & Anthony’s menu here.)
Next, we head to Encore Resort at Wynn Las Vegas for a restaurant that’s a tribute to none other than Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. At Sinatra, famed Chef Theo Schoenegger offers a modern twist on classic Italian dishes (including Sinatra’s personal favorites, which Schoenegger once prepared for him). In addition to the delectable plates it offers “My Way” (Frank’s way), the space itself also offers countless nods to Sinatra—from stunning photographs to rare memorabilia to massive portraits.
Private dining options include the main dining area, which can seat up to 40 guests amongst separate tables, the Chairman’s Room, a posh and intimate space offering seating for up to 14 guests, and the charming Courtyard Patio and Terrace, which can accommodate 60 standing guests or 24 guests for a seated soirée. We love the idea of hosting a holiday family get-together outside on the terrace or a private corporate dinner in the iconic Chairman's Room.
Must-try menu items: Frank's Spaghetti and Clams is an absolute must-try, as is the Cioppino, which is the perfect way to warm up in the cold winter months. (You can find the complete Sinatra menu here.)
6. Carson Kitchen
A newfound Downtown Las Vegas staple, Carson Kitchen is a perfect private dining option for those who are looking for playful plates amongst an atmosphere that’s the antithesis of what’s offered on the Las Vegas Strip. Iron design details, low lighting and streamlined seating come together at Carson Kitchen to create an atmosphere that feels both warm and industrial—making it an ideal spot for off-the-beaten-path holiday celebrations. With servers rocking vintage band t-shirts and bartenders mixing up mouthwatering craft cocktails, we love the idea of hosting a casual, quirky holiday party on its charming rooftop (Carson Kitchen has heaters it can provide to warm the space), which can be rented out for parties of 24 or more.
Must-Try Menu Items: The acclaimed and iconic Bacon Jam (above, left) is an absolute must-try, and we also love Carson Kitchen's Tempura Green Beans. As far as entrees go, opt for the Cocoa-Espresso NY Strip or the Jerk Turkey Burger (an all-time favorite of ours). Oh, and we'd be remiss not to mention the Glazed Donut Bread Pudding (you can thank us later). (You can find the complete Carson Kitchen menu here.)
7. The Foundation Room
Located 63 towering stories atop the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is one of our all-time favorite private dining rooms in Las Vegas. The House of Blue’s Foundation Room is a space full of color, character, and Las Vegas luxury. From antique Indian-inspired textiles to zen Buddha statues to ornate lanterns, the space just feels as festive as they come--making it perfect for private holiday dining. Boasting one of the best views of The Strip in all of Sin City and an eclectic seasonal menu, The Foundation room was once only open to its most exclusive VIP members, but now occasionally opens its doors to non-members and private parties as well. With five main private dining spaces to choose from (the largest of which can accommodate 300 standing guests), events can range from intimate holiday affairs to full-scale corporate celebrations.
Must-Try Menu Items: The Truffle Mac and Cheese, Green Papaya Salad, and Crab Cake are among our three favorites. (You can find the complete Foundation Room menu here.)
8. Triple George
With warm woods, brass design details, and plush private booths, Triple George grill is one of our all-time favorite spots for holiday Venuelusting, as it offers an atmosphere where everyone feels like family and the food just keeps on coming. Located on 3rd Street in Downtown Las Vegas, Triple George boasts a classic menu offering steak, seafood, comfort foods, and cocktails you won’t soon forget. With a self-described “Bay-Area atmosphere” (we couldn't agree more), Triple George is a quaint and cozy spot for holiday celebrations of all sizes. With a private dining space and a patio that seats up to 100 guests, we love the idea of hosting a corporate holiday get-together in this oh-so-swanky spot.
Must-try menu items: The Baked Onion Soup is one of our all-time favorites, and we’re also weak in the knees over the Baked Goat Cheese Marinara. If you’re feeling homesick for some comfort food, we recommend Triple George’s fan-favorite house-made Pot Pie and its Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf. (You can find the complete Triple George Menu here.)
9. Mon Ami Gabi
A charming French bistro located in the Paris Las Vegas, Mon Ami Gabi offers guests both a warm space chock-full of character and unexpected al-fresco dining right along Las Vegas Boulevard. We particularly love that Mon Ami Gabi offers a number of dining options—its quaint cafe, open-air patio, and bright atrium each offer a different aesthetic and vibe, depending on your specific event needs. With over 80 boutique French wines to choose from (and plenty of baguettes and artisanal cheeses to munch on while you decide), we love the idea of hosting a French-inspired al-fresco holiday brunch here. For soirées of 24-40 guests, hosts can rent either one of Mon Ami Gabi’s two private dining rooms. Hosts may also choose to celebrate in its glass-enclosed pavilion, which can accommodate 28-65 guests, or may rent the entire pavilion and patio area for holiday celebrations of up to 250 party-goers.
Must-try menu items: The Bananas Foster Waffles are the best we’ve ever had, and we also love the Chicken and Mushroom Crêpe. The Baked Goat Cheese, Garlic Bread, and Tomato Sauce appetizer is also known to be a huge crowd pleaser. (You can find the complete Mon Ami Gabi menu here.)
A Forbes Travel Guide four-star award-winning restaurant located inside of The Venetian Las Vegas, few restaurants on Earth offer guests a private dining experience like that of Aquaknox. Aptly named for its specialty (seasonal and rare seafood sourced from all over the globe), Aquaknox is the perfect setting for holiday celebrations with seafood-lovers in tow. With a modern streamlined aesthetic and an impressive eight private dining options, we love the idea of hosting a swanky corporate holiday dinner here for a night that's sure to impress all in attendance.
The Main Dining Room offers a semi-private dining area for up to 250 seated guests or 500 standing; The Aqua Room is a stunning private room that can host anywhere from 10-80 seated guests or 80-120 guests for a standing affair; The Chef's Viewing Alley is a semi-private dining area that can accommodate up to 48 seated guests or 70 guests, reception-style; The Aqua Room and Chef's Viewing Alley can be combined for a semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 128 seated guests or 150 guests for a reception; The Aqua Lounge is a semi-private dining area that can accommodate up to 75 guests reception-style; The Aqua Cove (pictured above) is an intimate semi-private dining area that can accommodate up to 12 seated guests; The Chef's Table is one of the restaurants most sought-after tables and can accommodate up to 12 guests; and The Wine Tower (above) is a private room where anywhere from 2-6 guests can enjoy an intimate space surrounded by thousands of bottles of wine on the towering walls around them.
Must-try menu items: The Blue King Crab Cakes are among the best crab cakes we've ever tried, and we also love the Aquaknox Fish Soup and the Grilled Whole Branzino. For sides, opt for the Kennebec Pomme Frites and the Sweet Corn Succotash. (You can find the complete Aquaknox menu here.)
Have any favorite private dining rooms in Las Vegas we missed? Share them with us in the comments section below. We'd love to hear where you're planning on hosting your holiday soirée.