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Five Las Vegas Restaurants To Help You Beat the Winter Blues

These five restaurants take you on a tropical retreat without the passport.

Now that winter is in full swing, some of us might be missing the summer heat (just a little bit). Luckily Las Vegas has several fantastic restaurants that give off some pretty incredible tropical vacation vibes. We were invited to media previews of these five spots to share our “tropical getaway” with you here. 

Five Las Vegas Restaurants To Help You Beat the Winter Blues

SUSHISAMBA

It’s hard to remember you’re technically in a casino when you walk underneath the blossoming orange canopy of the Tree Bar at SUSHISAMBA. We got to check out the fantastic offerings and lush surroundings of the brand new Tree Bar inside SUSHISAMBA at the Grand Canal Shoppes. The menu at Tree Bar includes a variety of Japanese and Latin-fused dishes like the “Broiled Peruvian Bay Scallop” and the “Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef Gyozas” (aptly nicknamed “meat candy” by our server). Diners can also try out a variety of Sashimi Tiradito (or get a sampling of all four) in addition to the famous SUSHISAMBA rolls and robata skewers. 

Smoked Sushi at Tree Bar Inside SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Smoked Sushi at Tree Bar Inside SUSHISAMBA (Courtesy SUSHISAMBA)

The brilliant tree sculpture by ICRAVE takes up the ample bar space, and its canopy transports visitors to a lush jungle. The wooden accents and fixtures further immerse diners. “I have always been inspired by trees. Trees are wild; they often grow wherever they choose. Their roots are steadfast and strong. They represent life, ongoing,” SUSHISAMBA Founder Shimon Bokovza explained in a statement to the press. 

Bar Area at Tree Bar Inside SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Bar Area at Tree Bar Inside SUSHISAMBA (Courtesy SUSHISAMBA)

Casa Playa

Located inside the Encore Tower of Wynn Las Vegas, Casa Playa transports diners to an upscale resort on the Mexican coast. We attended the restaurant’s grand opening and instantly felt we had escaped Las Vegas and stepped into a luxurious beachfront restaurant. Mere steps away from the gaming floor, Casa Playa rids diners of the notion that they are anywhere near a casino. 

Casa Playa Main Dining Room Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Casa Playa Main Dining Room (Courtesy Casa Playa)

The dinner menu is filled with seafood options and elevated Mexican cuisine. Start your meal with something from the Crudo list like the Mexican blue shrimp ceviche. Move on to appetizers like the black truffle tostada or the queso fundido. If you’re a meat lover, make sure to try the wagyu carne asada tacos. If you’re dining with a group, the “Branzino A La Talla” is a great main course to share and make sure you save room for dessert—the churros are another option perfect for sharing. 

Menu Selection at Casa Playa Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Menu Selection at Casa Playa (©Bill Milne)

¡VIVA!

Chef Ray Garcia’s ¡VIVA! inside Resorts World Las Vegas might have one of the prettiest outdoor patios in the city. We toured the restaurant and the dinner menu. It’s impossible not to stop and stare at the restaurant as you walk past—the stunning entry and bright, colorful murals certainly command attention. Inside, you’ll find a brightly colored dining room complete with a driftwood sculpture centerpiece. Celano Design Studio, based in New York City, designed the elaborate space with an indoor patio and wooden arches that welcome diners. 

¡VIVA! Entry Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
¡VIVA! Entry

Sample elevated takes on Mexican dishes like the “Snapper Zarandeado” and the Barbacoa. When the weather is nice, make sure to book a table outside for the perfect combination of tropical dining alfresco and Strip-view people watching. 

¡VIVA! Chicken Tinga Tacos Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
¡VIVA! Chicken Tinga Tacos (Courtesy Resorts World Las Vegas)

Kassi Beach House

If Las Vegas wasn’t the exotic locale you wanted for your bachelorette party, visit Kassi Beach House inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The indoor-outdoor space allows diners to be transported elsewhere, “As part of the Wish You Were Here Group—Kassi enables you to escape to another destination…for us, it is the Italian coast for you it could be anywhere you find happiness,” explained General Manager Jason Bartucci. 

Kassi Beach House Entry Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Kassi Beach House Entry (©Al Powers)

The entire restaurant looks out over the patio towards the pool area, so you always feel like you’re at an exotic locale, and Kassi Beach House is incredibly fantastic for groups. The restaurant serves brunch on weekdays, making Kassi Beach House a perfect place to unwind after a weekend full of partying. 

Kassi Beach House Brunch Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Kassi Beach House Brunch (©Al Powers)

Casa Calavera

Located inside the brand new Virgin Hotels Las VegasCasa Calavera features stunning, Instagrammable works of art and delicious cuisine. From the Calavera Throne outside the entryway to the skull-shaped design of the alters in the restaurant’s lobby, there’s a picturesque spot in every corner of the space. The Dia de Los Muertos-themed restaurant includes a delightful indoor-outdoor that blends seamlessly with the pool complex situated at the center of the resort. The design team at Celano Design Studio worked to incorporate authentic Mexican furniture and honor the original Casa Calavera in Cabo San Lucas. 

Casa Calavera Interior Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Casa Calavera Interior 

Try one of their delicious guacamole offerings (classic, chipotle bacon and pomegranate jicama) or get one of each for your own tasting, Casa Calavera Fajitas, and their highly picturesque dessert, The Calavera (you’ll definitely want to video this one). 

The Calavera Dessert at Casa Calavera Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
The Calavera Dessert at Casa Calavera