When booking tables at the best restaurants in Las Vegas, particularly on the Las Vegas Strip, diners usually sit where they’re told, even though most would like to choose where they sit—from general admission, orchestra, or balcony, to shotgun or the way-way back.
It’s not the restaurants’ fault. Managers fill grids so servers aren’t overloaded, but that means the best tables at the best restaurants in Las Vegas usually go first, leaving you with one of two choices: eat as soon a place opens (and when your tourist activities don’t start until noon, who wants dinner at 5 pm?), or follow the lead and ask to be seated at these prime tables at eateries within Las Vegas’ most glamorous shopping address—The Shops at Crystals.
An easy stroll from ARIA resort and casino (there’s a walkway that connects the two), Crystals boasts some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for a casual meal with family and friends, or an elegant dinner out surrounded by luxe, architectural details, these five eateries will not disappoint. And, with these insider tips, you’ll be able to snag the best seats in the house.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
Few Las Vegas Strip restaurants let you feel like you’re eating Strip-side without actually going outdoors, but Bobby’s Burger Palace does. The best seats are the 10 spots along the front windows. From here, you’ll be able to gaze at the passersbys urban hiking their way along Las Vegas Boulevard, while you plow through what is arguably Crystals’ most cheat-worthy fare—crispy fries, cold margaritas, and delicious burgers with creative toppings.
Cucina by Wolfgang Puck
If your quest for the best table at Crystals takes you to Wolfgang’s, ask to be seated near the frosted glass that separates the kitchen and dining room. One of the most coveted tables at the pizzeria is crafted from an enormous slab of olive wood and sits right by the glass-enclosed kitchen. It’s a great place to watch Wolfgang’s signature pies emerge from the oven, and it also provides enough room for large groups to sit family-style and eat some exquisitely authentic Italian, all while enjoying Wolfgang’s contemporary-rustic ambiance.
Todd English P.U.B.
With its diverse menu boasting a little something for everyone, the seats to beat are in what’s called the “game area.” Why? Todd English P.U.B is all about energy, whether you’re people watching or catching a big game on one of the televisions throughout the restaurant. No matter where you sit, you’ll feel like you’re part of the action, but for a truly dynamic evening out, head to the game area in the middle of the restaurant. This nook near the bar offers high-top tables alongside adult diversions such as darts and, most importantly, delicious fare.
Mastro’s Ocean Club
As if Crystals’ luxury shops and airy space didn’t provide enough rarefied air, Mastro’s went ahead and had the Rockwell Group design company create a dining room that practically floats in the middle of the complex—the Tree House. This unique space is part wooden, open-air bubble and part tree house, and tables along the sides of the room let diners peer down at shoppers below. Any table in the Tree House guarantees guests an unforgettable dining experience in a one-of-a-kind modern sculpture so architecturally unique, you’ll forget why people really go to Mastro’s: for the food. Can’t decide what to order? The lobster mashed potatoes dish is Mastro’s signature, and it’s scrumptious.
While the renowned coffee roaster is ever dependable for a great grab-and-go cup of java, it’s also a historically good place to rest weary feet in a welcoming environment. The Crystals’ Starbucks is no different, and in fact, it’s an impressive space in its own right. Located on the lowest level of the complex, its unique open-air design lets you sit in the same comfy chairs the brand is known for while gazing upward and relishing the grandeur of the entire Crystals complex. There, you can enjoy your usual Starbucks drink under a gazebo-like, open-air canopy that both cocoons you and allows for plenty of people watching. Which, in the end, is what being in Las Vegas is all about—no matter where you sit.