Grazi! Danke! Merci! However you say it, you can celebrate all kinds of Thanksgivings in Las Vegas: Italian, French, even Japanese-Brazilian fusion! Here are just a few of the restaurant specials we’re thankful for.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare: The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was hardly the turkey-themed extravaganza it is today. Chef Paul Bartolotta’s distinctive European seafood specialties—including seared sea scallops (abundant off the shores of New England) with porcini mushrooms and shaved Parmesan—offer an even more traditional take on America’s traditional feast. The prix-fixe menu includes butternut squash ravioli and roasted wild turkey with chestnuts and sausage. In the Wynn, $95 prix-fixe, reservations 5:30-10 p.m., 770-3463, WynnLasVegas.com.
SushiSamba: A culinary celebration of American diversity can be found in the fusion cooking at SushiSamba. Roasted turkey is served with linguica quinoa stuffing and crispy Brussels sprouts. Don’t miss the braised short rib gyoza with kabocha purée, red shiso leaf and smoked ginger soy. In the Palazzo, $60-$70 à-la-carte, 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., 607-0700, SushiSamba.com.
Also at the Palazzo, executive chef Olivier Dubreuil will present a gourmet communal feast for $100-$120 at the Waterfall, Atrium & Gardens (414-9000).
PBR Rock Bar & Grill: Thanksgiving is defined by the holy trinity of food, family and football. PBR offers sliced turkey breast and stuffing, fresh green beans, creamy mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, served all day long. Plus, the venue’s 105 television screens mean you won’t miss a moment of the big game—unless, of course, you succumb to the somnambulant effects of all that hearty food. In the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, $19, 10 a.m.-3 a.m., 750-1685, PBRRockBar.com.
Andre’s Restaurant: Chef André Rochat puts a decidedly French twist to Thanksgiving. An amuse-bouche of Kumamoto oyster, seawater granite and caviar awakens the taste buds, followed by lobster and corn soup. Andre’s offers turkey, or you can choose apple-stuffed pork tenderloin or wild salmon and king crab with spinach, potato purée and béarnaise sauce. In the Monte Carlo, $75 prix-fixe, reservations 4-9 p.m., 798-7151, AndreLV.com.
For another French-inspired option, try Comme Ça (698-7910), which has a très decadent prix-fixe holiday meal for $49.
SW Steakhouse: While the holiday may be traditional, your dinner doesn’t have to be, as chef David Walzog of SW Steakhouse proves with his swanky menu. In addition to a complete menu of steaks and seafood, there will be a special pepper-crusted venison carpaccio, oven-roasted natural turkey, sweet potato gratin, Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon, cranberry chutney and porcini and sourdough dressing. In the Wynn, à-la-carte $60-$80, reservations 5:30-10 p.m., 770-3463, WynnLasVegas.com.
Social House: For a truly Pan-Asian experience, executive chef Peter Woo encourages a nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner while sticking to the house’s motto of “Sushi, Sake, Socialize.” The seafood teppanyaki combines fresh fish and seasonal vegetables. Or try the big-eye tuna pizza, made with wasabi aioli, eel sauce, black tobiko and mixed greens. Yuzu frangipane—a warm almond cake with a molten yuzu cream cheese filling—ends the evening on a sweet note. In Crystals at CityCenter, à la carte $40-$60, reservations 6-10 p.m., 736-1122, SocialHouseLV.com/social.
The Barrymore: This off-Strip gem offers a family-style prix-fixe menu with an autumn salad, roasted free-range turkey with bacon-mushroom dressing, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato gratin and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, plus pumpkin tart with spiced whipped cream. To-go orders available at no additional charge. In the Royal Resort, 99 Convention Center Drive, $35 prix-fixe, parties of six or more reserve by Nov. 17, 407-5303, BarrymoreLV.com.