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Desert Companion

The Hidden Patios of the Strip

While the most prominent Vegas patios open directly onto the Strip, there are some lesser known ones in unlikely locales. For instance, at Il Mulino New York in the Forum Shops, you can dine upon porcini ravioli with black truffle sauce on a patio with north-looking Strip views.

The Palazzo hosts two lesser-known patios. At Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, dive into charcuterie, oysters, and an outrageously good tableside Caesar while overlooking the Strip under red umbrellas. Hidden below is Lagasse’s Stadium, where blue umbrellas shade you while you can dine upon Lagasse’s upscale bar food.

But the ultimate secret-patio mecca is Wynn Las Vegas. Everyone knows about the Lake of Dreams where, if you have good timing, a cowboy hat-adorned frog belts out “Friends in Low Places” for diners at Lakeside Seafood and SW Steakhouse, along with imbibers at Parasol Down. But even more obscure are the private lagoons at Costa di Mare and Mizumi. Costa’s is a semicircle patio with cabana-style seating for 48. Abutting a koi-filled pond bobbing with silver spheres, you can enjoy your langoustines in a docile reprieve away from the Strip bustle. Even more private is the eight-seat outcropping at Mizumi where, flanked by waterfalls, you can dive into savory, 72-hour braised American wagyu short ribs. Because nothing says serenity like short ribs.

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