For mere mortals, just scoring a reservation at a hot or venerable restaurant can feel like an accomplishment. But for celebrities and other VIP diners, the real demonstration of importance is securing the right table. Some top restaurants around the Valley have a table (or perhaps two) for which savvy guests lobby. Some are coveted for their view, others for their privacy, and still others for their position in the center of the action. Some can be reserved, while many may sit empty all night, just in case a favored customer arrives unannounced. Here are some of Las Vegas’ top power tables, but before you pick up the phone, a quick word of advice: Despite what you’ve seen in the movies, your chances of securing one by greasing the maître d’ are practically nonexistent—a fact I embarrassingly learned at Picasso on my first visit to Las Vegas.
The east windows of Alizé offer one of the most comprehensive views of the Strip and Downtown. Four tables are along that window, and the two in the center (Nos. 26 and 42) are the ones everybody wants. These aren’t for people seeking privacy. They’re front-and-center for those who enjoy the spotlight. When I ask about celebrities who have dined at one of them, I’m handed a list of 96 people, including Melissa Etheridge, Jamie Foxx, Sting and Kobe Bryant. Neither table can be reserved. If you’re willing to settle for a lesser window table, however, the restaurant will reserve them in advance for early seatings only. In the Palms, 702-951-7000, AlizeLV.com.
Tucked into the northwest corner of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, with glass windows on both sides, sits Table 56. It’s craved for its perfect view of the Bellagio Fountains and the Strip below. But restaurant supervisor Lyle Tolhurst says its real beauty emerges after you’ve been seated a few minutes with your back to the restaurant. “The rest of the room falls away behind you,” he says. “It’s just this romantic little corner that’s beyond intimate.” Table 56 has hosted Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett and Tiësto, and about five nights a week someone proposes marriage while seated here. While you can’t reserve 56, the restaurant keeps it in regular rotation. In Paris Las Vegas, 702-948-6937, EiffelTowerRestaurant.com.
One of the best things about Wynn’s Japanese restaurant (other than great food) is the view of the private lake outside, complete with a 50-foot cascading waterfall. But why sit next to the water when you can sit on the water? The Pagoda table is located outside the restaurant on a wooden dock near the center of the lake. It seats up to 12 people, and anyone can reserve it with a $125 per person minimum ($2,000 for parties of 11 or more). But make your reservation early, because it books up quickly in nice weather. Wynn, 702-770-3320, WynnLasVegas.com.
The raised, plush booths in the rear of this party steakhouse, known as the “carpet area,” are considered the best in the house because they put diners in the heart of the action while allowing them to lord over the mere mortals below. “They were designed so that as you’re sitting there, you can see what’s going on with everyone else in the restaurant,” chef Stephen Hopcraft says. It’s also a hot spot for spontaneous dancing and craziness. Among these 18 tables, to the left, Table 201 is the favorite of One Group CEO Jonathan Segal and countless VIPs, thanks to its view of both bar areas. If you want to see why, the restaurant does take reservations for it. In the Cosmopolitan, 877-893-2003, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Walk into Andre’s main dining room, turn to your right and you’ll find Table 20 ensconced in a romantic alcove. Secluded from the rest of the diners, it still has a prime view of the entire room. Regular customers have standing reservations on Saturday nights. Other nights it may sit empty just in case developer and former casino executive Bill Richardson (who dines here regularly) or some other VIP wanders in. But if it’s after 8 p.m., and you notice nobody has been seated there, it never hurts to ask. You just might get lucky! In the Monte Carlo, 702-798-7151, AndreLV.com.