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Where to Dine Before Seeing 6 Popular Las Vegas Shows

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|by Krista Diamond |


Don’t see these Vegas hits on an empty stomach

Dinner and a show: it’s a fail proof recipe for the perfect night out in Las Vegas. With a roster of chef-driven restaurants and under-the-radar gems, Las Vegas has rightfully emerged as one of the best culinary destinations in the country. And as for the show part of dinner and a show, well, let’s just say that they don’t call it the City of Entertainment for nothing. Whether you’re looking to see an iconic Cirque du Soleil performance, a celebrity songstress residency, a magic show or something uniquely Vegas, here’s where to dine before you hit the theater.

The character of Harriet interacts with the audience in Spiegelworld’s ‘Opium’ (Photo: Erik Kabik)

The character of Harriet interacts with the audience in Spiegelworld’s ‘Opium’ (Photo: Erik Kabik)

O by Cirque du Soleil: Jasmine
O by Cirque du Soleil is both a classic and revolutionary show that utilizes water and gravity-defying acrobatics to create a memorable effect that conveys its message through the universal language of movement. Before you see it, enjoy another type of aquatic performance by booking a table at Jasmine. The fine dining Chinese restaurant at the Bellagio features exquisite views of the fountains and a pre-theater dinner special.

Absinthe: Hell’s Kitchen
Located beneath a tent outside of Caesars Palace, Absinthe is a mesmerizing – and slightly raunchy – circus show that’s been a Las Vegas favorite since its inception. If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to a performance, you should also grab a coveted table at Hell’s Kitchen. Gordon Ramsay’s most popular restaurant is just steps away from Absinthe. Treat yourself to Ramsay’s signature beef Wellington and a couple of cocktails. 

Gwen Stefani Just a Girl: Cafe Hollywood
The Orange County pop star’s reign continues at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Before you sing along to “Just a Girl,” have dinner at Cafe Hollywood. The blue-and-white 24-hour cafe is known for its decadent milkshakes and High Roller Sampler – a mini ferris wheel of appetizers that includes buffalo wings, tempura shrimp, and five cheese dip.

LE RÊVE: Wing Lei
There’s nothing quite like LE RÊVE at the Wynn. This stirring performance named after a Picasso painting includes synchronized swimming, high dives and dreamlike costumes. Before you have this only-in-Vegas experience, have another only-in-Vegas experience at Wing Lei, the first restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star. Go all out with the table-carved peking duck. 

Penn & Teller: Carnival World Buffet
Penn & Teller is a bucket list Las Vegas show that’s been the central attraction at the Rio Las Vegas for more than a decade. Before you see these Sin City legends, it’s only fitting that you have an equally classic dining experience – and what could be more classic Vegas than a buffet? Head to the Carnival World Buffet and feast on over 200 selections from around the globe.

Opium: Block 16 Urban Food Hall
Opium is a show for people who aren’t afraid of strange, irreverent performances. The vaudeville-style revue fits right in at the equally avant garde Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Before you see Opium, a unique dinner is in order. You’ll find it as Block 16 Urban Food Hall, a creative, elevated take on the food court. Dig into Nashville hot chicken at Hattie B’s, and then find the hidden entrance to Ghost Donkey, a mezcal speakeasy that’s the ideal spot for a pre-theater cocktail.

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