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Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Restaurants for Small Receptions (Part Two: South Strip)

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurant receptions on the south Strip.

Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.

Here are five of my favorite restaurants on the south end (and center) of The Strip for wedding receptions of up to 30 guests. You can read Part One: North Strip restaurants here.

For more suggestions, be sure to check out the Little Vegas Wedding venue guide restaurant listings or 140+ restaurants perfect for Vegas wedding receptions

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Border Grill — Mandalay Bay
(Caesars Palace Location: Opening September 2014)
It’s no secret I love Border Grill. Great Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and indoor and outdoor options: what’s not to love? The best options for smaller weddings are the Ciudad Dining Room (34 guests) or the covered outdoor Cantina Patio for up to 60 guests.

  • Breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $21-69
  • Dancefloor: Yes | Patio: Yes
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Mexican. Don’t miss: the Cadillac margaritas or chile relleno. Innovative action buffet stations for tacos, desserts and paella are available for banquets
  • Decor: Funky with bright colors and expansive windows overlooking the Mandalay Bay pools

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Verandah — Four Seasons Las Vegas
This intimate dining experience inside Verandah offers two private dining rooms for weddings: La Luna for up to 12, and La Sala for 26. The serene and calming atmosphere with views of the lush pool area cannot be beat.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, served à la carte, buffet or family-style.
  • Price per guest: Contact venue for current pricing
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger parties)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Italian. Don’t miss: the housemade pastas! Gluten free menu options are available.
  • Decor: Tropical country club chic

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Aureole — Mandalay Bay
Aureole is a breathtaking restaurant inside Mandalay Bay a world unto itself. A four-story wine tower, outdoor garden and fountain area with swans and modern cuisine make it unforgettable, like a secret garden. The terrace hosts up to 40 guests while the Center Room hosts up to 30.

  • Price per guest: $85-120, bar packages from $25 an hour
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger groups)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss: Charlie Palmer’s signature French Onion soup. Tasting menus and wine pairings from their extensive list are available
  • Decor: Modern, with natural light from oversized windows overlooking Swan Court
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Boardroom at Jean Georges

Jean-Georges Steakhouse — Aria Las Vegas
A classic steakhouse inside Aria, Jean-Georges is a masculine space (as you might expect for a steakhouse) with two options for wedding receptions: a 20 seat boardroom and 12 seat chef’s table.

  • Cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $30-165 
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Modern Steakhouse with an Asian twist. Don’t miss: broiled bone marrow or black truffle and comté fritters. A/V equipment for slideshows is available
  • Decor: Sleek and chic with dark woods, metal details and bull accents

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Mon Ami Gabi — Paris Las Vegas
The French bistro Mon Ami Gabi offers a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains or the Eiffel Tower replica. Two private dining rooms accommodation up to 24 at a long table and Cafe Halle for up to 40 guests. There are also semi-private options.

  • Lunch, brunch, cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $25-75
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger weddings)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: French Steakhouse. Don’t miss: steak frites
  • Decor: Classic bistro with red velvet drapes, and rich woods. Linens, candles, menus and table numbers included in private event rentals

Get inspired with these real Vegas weddings with restaurant receptions. Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!

6 Vegas Restaurants Perfect for Wedding Receptions up to 100 People

One of my favorite things about the week of my destination Vegas wedding was that my husband and I could take all of our favorite, closest loved family and friends to our favorite area restaurants. Over the course of six nights, we took groups of 6 to 40 people to some of our favorite pubs, Thai restaurants, izakayas and various other restaurants  to enjoy our favorite libations and meals.

Events included thank you dinners for our wedding party, a rehearsal dinner, a meet and greet mixer with welcome drinks for all attendees. Of course there was also the reception and post wedding buffet. It was too much fun! Spreading events out over several restaurants took the pressure off of the one that would serve as our reception venue, I felt, as well. I run a food blog and my husband used to be a food critic, so people had high expectations!

Here are a few suggestions for restaurants you might like to consider for your wedding reception between 10 and 100 people. They would also make great locations for rehearsal dinners, meet and greets and casual post-wedding group dinners. All are located along the Strip, and many are personal favorites. (PS: If you are looking for even MORE options, try this mega list of restaurants all over Las Vegas perfect for wedding receptions)

With so many options on and off the Las Vegas Strip, there are bound to be favorite we missed. Chime in with your suggestions in the comments!


Group/Banquet website
3200 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Fashion Show Mall)
Las Vegas, NV

maggianos vegas wedding

Very popular with couples married in Las Vegas, the casual chain offers Italian classics served family style, which keeps costs down. The restaurant also offers a variety of package upgrades like open bars, Champagne toasts, desserts and passed hors d’oeuvres. The restaurant provides linens, tables and all other goods for the party, so it’s easy to set it all up and enjoy when you arrive. They’ll even do centrepieces and cakes.

The restaurant, featuring large glass windows with a Strip view, is filled with wood accents and classic furniture. It’s a large restaurant, spread out over a few floors. It is well-located near several large hotels at Fashion Show Mall, and can host parties from 14-250.

Food and Drink: The food is comforting Italian classics, from salads to pasta dishes and entrees that are vegetarian or made with fish, chicken, beef and pork depending on your package. All of the packages include appetizers, a salad course and at least two pastas and entrees. Desserts can be ones you chose or a sweets table for an additional cost, plus a cake if you like. Being an Italian restaurant, wine features heavily on the drinks menu. Packages range from $22-45 a person depending on the grade of liquor chosen and the length of time. There are host bar options as well, and Champagne and sparkling wine toasts are a option.

Entertainment: They do offer audio visual and iPod set ups, and there are rooms with space for dance floors.

Seating and rooms: Maggiano’s offers a variety of shared and private indoor spaces, holding from 14 to 250 people (seated) Some rooms have access to a patio. Here’s a photo gallery of all of their rooms. They also have a floor plan PDF online here.

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Vintner Grill Strip (VG Strip) at Neiman Marcus

Group/banquet website
3200 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Neiman Marcus)
Las Vegas, NV

vintner grill wedding vegas

This American bistro is an off-Strip staple, serving upscale American classics with a splash of the Mediterranean. While the Summerlin location will host private events, the restaurant also started holding events at Vintner Grill Strip, a space inside Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall. The space is only available for special events. A buyout can hold up to 110 people (seated), but reviewers online have the opinion that it is best for groups up to 100, and that it can get a bit tight with more.

The stunning room with modern furnishings affords a beautiful view of Wynn and Encore, Palazzo and the northern part of Las Vegas Boulevard through over-sized picture windows. The view is the decor here! There are a variety of spaces within that can be combined to the size of the party, including two dining rooms, a red accented lounge and a foyer.

Food and Drink: The menu can feature VG classics such as white bean hummus, smoked Moroccan lamb or can be traditional steakhouse. Seafood and fresh ingredients are main players in the menu. Dining style pptions include a seated four course meals, cocktail receptions with stations to visit, and luncheons. There is a cake cutting fee if you choose to bring your cake from an outside vendor. Corkage fees are charged if your bring your own wine, but it is an option. The staff will also help you create a signature cocktail if you like. $20-43 price range for hard liquor choices.

Entertainment: Vintner Grill will help you source microphones, speakers and supplies as needed

Seating and rooms: Well suited for cocktail/standing receptions, seated affairs and “lounge” events, the space is flexible, with many different options that can host from 30 to 110 people (seated) More photos are available here.

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Burger Bar

Group/Banquet website
#121A, 3930 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Shoppes at Mandalay Bay)
Las Vegas, NV

burger bar wedding vegas

This relaxed restaurant is on the shopping walkway between Mandalay Bay and Luxor, and serves a variety of burgers and some great beers. It’s definitely more casual, but I’ve seen more than one wedding held there.

The room itself is long and skinny and can be a tight fit, as well as a bit dark. Wood accents and booths give it a cozy, casual pub feel. The entire capacity is for 140 people. be be aware this includes 24 seats at the bar and people seated in booths. There are no reservations needed for groups up to 20, which makes it great for impromptu meet and greets or group dinners.

Food and drink: There are standard burgers with a variety of different toppings, perfect for a very diverse crowd. There are several kinds of sauces and mayonnaises, pricey items like lobster and truffles and your standard “dragged through the garden” lettuce, pickles and tomatoes additions. Sides include different fry styles, deep fried cheese and zucchini and onion rings. “Adult” milkshakes can be custom made, and there is a truly incredible spread of brews on taps available for the beer fans.

Entertainment: If you rent out the entire restaurant, you may have the ability to utilize the video screens in the bar.

Seating and rooms: One large room that has a bistro feel. Typically guests are seated at one long table down the middle, depending on party size. It can be a bit dark and noisy in there, so maybe not the best place for photos or speeches.

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Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Group/Banquet website
3500 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace)
Las Vegas, NV

joe's crab vegas wedding


Located in Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops near the circular escalators, this swank restaurant known for its seafood will host private parties from 10 up to 100 guests. They also feature steak, and are a bit more upscale in atmosphere and service. Wood floors and paneling are main features of the decor, while booths and crisp white linens glow under soft lighting.

Food and drink: Typical menus offer four courses, with appetizers served family style and salads, entrees and sides plated individually. This is a place for those who love fish and steak, although there is a chicken option on every menu. Tray passed hors d’oeuvres are also an option. Preset menus are required for parties over 20 people.

Entertainment: Full a/v supplies and sound, internet connectivity as well as areas for dancing.

Seating and rooms: There is a mix of private and non private dining areas. One of the smaller private areas includes a somewhat drab room for 14 people called the Boardroom perhaps better suited to business meetings, and a spectacular lesser known outdoor venue called the Rose Garden. The largest private room, Gigi, has views of the Strip, its own bar, a set up for a/v and microphones and a dance floor and can hold 30 – 100 people (seated).

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Mon Ami Gabi

Group/Banquet website
3655 South Las Vegas Blvd 
Las Vegas, NV

mon ami gabi vegas wedding

This is another restaurant I was considering for my reception, and I have to say, their group bookings person was extremely responsive and fast on the uptake when I was researching, which was impressive. Mon Ami Gabi is a french bistro/steakhouse and located at the base of the Eiffel Tower outside Paris Las Vegas. Groups from 30 to 450 are able to be accommodated. Views of the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio fountains and the Strip are available, with indoor and outdoor seating. Luxurious red velvet curtains, large chandeliers with soft lighting, mahogany wood features and details help this feel like a luxurious bistro in Paris.

Food and drink: Parties of over 20 people must chose a pre-set menu. Three and four course menus offers classic French choices like escargot, filet mignon and crème brûlée. Add ons for extra cost include fromage and fruit platters. They also offer action stations for a more involved dinner experience. Brunch packages are available for morning affairs – or the morning after! Signature cocktails and of course, a wide ranging wine menu are available.

Entertainment: Private rooms can feature room for dancing, and a/v materials are available for speeches and music.

Seating and rooms: There are two private areas for parties up to 24 and 40 people. Semi private dining is available for groups 28 to 65, and the entire pavilion and outdoor patio is available for up to 250 guests, with the restaurant available for up to 450. White linens, candles and custom menus are made available for free for guests, with upgrades available.

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Border Grill

Group/banquet website
3950 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Mandalay Bay)
Las Vegas, NV

border grill wedding vegas

Border Grill is a fiesta’n’fun-filled restaurant with a tropical feel, including a variety of different indoor and outdoor spaces. I must be honest – I am partial to this restaurant because I used it for my own wedding. The food ranges from good to great, and what was important to us was the booze package. My parents, especially my dad, enjoys their premium margaritas on his visits to Vegas and so we really wanted to incorporate those. The restaurant can accomodate 34 to 500 people and has spaces for outdoor mingling and dancing if you like.

Things we did not have to worry about were decor and music – we just used their piped in music, I incorporated their bright colors into my wedding invitations. We mixed indoor and outdoor spaces (nice in mid May) by having passed appetizers outdoors before the reception and the ice cream bar outside after the meal.

Food and drink: Reliable Mexican classics, with a lot of ability to customize on things, like having a live action guacamole, taco or ice cream sundae bar. Most packages include appetizer and a choice of two mains for the guest. They were also able to accomodate guests who were vegan, which was important. Bar packages are excellent, with premium liquors available. We were able to offer our guests premium margaritas, sangria, lots of kinds of beer and cocktails. I recommend creating a bar menu so that guests know all of the different options they can get!

Entertainment: Several rooms feature areas for dancing, and speakers and microphones may be rented from the restaurant.

Seating and rooms: There are two levels to the restaurant, with indoor spaces with huge windows overlooking the spectacular Mandalay Bay pool. They will set up fans and umbrellas to keep the heat down in the summer months in outdoor spaces. Photos and room layouts available here.

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Hot tips for planning a Vegas Strip restaurant reception:

  • Want MORE options? Try this mega list of restaurants all over Las Vegas perfect for wedding receptions
  • Looking to keep costs down? Consider an afternoon luncheon or a weekday reception instead. Costs go up as the sun goes down, and Thursday through Sunday are typically more expensive due to demand in Las Vegas.
  • Another option for keeping costs low is to host a limited bar package at the restaurant, and continue the party elsewhere, like in a suite or at a cocktail lounge downtown.
  • Think about location on the Strip. Asking people to walk even one hotel length can be arduous in wedding gear and dressy shoes.
  • Consider using the restaurant’s decor or view instead of decorating. Many of the restaurants have amazing views that will more than make up for a lack of centrepieces or fancy uplighting.
  • If you are dead set on having an outdoor area, ask the restaurant how they cope with the heat in the summer, be it using fans or misters. May through September can be very hot in Vegas, especially for those not from the area.

 Photos: Mike L Photo, j. anne photo, Border Grill, Mon Ami Gabi, Joe’s Stone Crab, Vintner Grill, Burger Bar and Maggiano’s. 

Small & Simple with a Pantless Groom {Springs Preserve}

Welcome to my wedding! Although the wedding was two years, four countries, three homes, and three five jobs ago, the details still shine in my mind, and people still speak fondly of tiny things about the wedding, which makes me happy. Mr M and I wanted it to be more like a family and friend reunion crossed with a wicked time in a city we loved – Las Vegas!

It was a small 40 person affair in early May that ran an entire week full of food, fun and family. The main event featured an outdoor ceremony at the Gardens Arboretum at the Springs Preserve followed by a reception at Border Grill and an after party in a media suite at Mandalay Bay.

DIY elements mixed with fabulous photo locations and candid journalistic photography style for a memorable event. I also did quite a bit of Polaroid photography as the day went on. 

The entire week was full of events for the forty attendees. Even though we were all scattered across timeshares, hotels, apartments and homes in Las Vegas, most people made it to atleast two events.

Food is incredibly important to us, so we scheduled a range of events to allow people to sample the food and restaurants we love in Vegas. There was a thank you dinner at Raku izakaya for our wedding party and celebrant, a rehearsal dinner at Lotus of Siam, a welcome drink event at Todd English P.U.B. at CityCenter, wedding day breakfast at M&M Soul Food, the wedding events themselves of course, plus the day after champagne brunch at the Wynn Buffet, and another in suite party at our Palazzo room. The final event was a “just us” dinner at Guy Savoy, though. I could not have asked for anything more.

Click to enlarge panoramics

One of the best things was having my former coworker, photojournalist and tech whiz Ryan Jackson to document not only the day of the wedding, but the events in the days leading up to the wedding, too. He took some great photos at the rehearsal dinner, the welcome party, and shot for more than 14 hours the day of the wedding, giving us not only great candid shots of the drama as the day unfolded, but amazing panoramics and custom “Ryan Jackson” photos for which he has become well known in journalism and new media circles. I had deeply considered other local photographers for the day, but in the end, I do not regret asking Ryan to come along.

My parents live in Bangkok for part of the year, and my mom picked up gifts for the wedding party, a second dress and jewelry for me in addition to her own custom wedding outfits. She braved the political riots that year, even, to pick up her silk two piece suit. Crazy!

My morning of getting ready and having a leisurely breakfast with my dad was held up when my hairstylist, Candace Campbell of the I Do Crew was a no show. She did not pick up her phone either. I had to scramble, missing my make up appointment at MAC and having to do it myself, and missing breakfast in the process.

Luckily the woman doing my mom’s make up, Veronica Robles, came through and had one of her hair stylists meet me an hour before the wedding. THANK YOU VERONICA!

The groom forgot his pants, holding up the ceremony, but things went on, eventually. Guests stayed cool by using their fan programs (that I designed and assembled myself) and drinking ice water.

An amazing move turned out to be renting a classic Cadillac. It was a beautiful photo prop, relaxing even in insane downtown Vegas traffic, and elicited all sort of comments from nearby drivers. No regrets, even if we had to wake up incredibly early the next morning to return it.

Another vintage touch was using my Polaroid for our guestbook. People went nuts with it, and I have so many amazing one of a kind photos because of it.

Another great idea was doing a very fast, very hot 1 hour shoot at the Neon Boneyard with our wedding party.

I ordered my stationery suite from Appleberry Ink on Etsy, but did all other stationery myself. I regret waiting until the night before the wedding to finish assembling my programs, but they still turned out great. I was especially proud of my menus.

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Driftwood and succulent centrepieces, a Polaroid guestbook table alongside an all you could eat Mexican buffet with premium margaritas, an ice cream bar and Mexican hot chocolate took place partially indoors and partially outdoors by the Mandalay Bay pool.

mandalay bay wedding border grill

mandalay bay wedding border grill

After the reception, the party moved upstairs to a media suite at Mandalay Bay. Mini vegan and regular cakes from Whole Foods were featured at the cake cutting and a bartender helped serve custom cocktails and beer. Moving to a smaller more intimate location and treating ourselves to a quintessential “Vegas” experience of a suite party with a bartender and late night snacks and cake was amazing. And because it was all self catered instead of done via the hotel, it was surprisingly affordable. We felt like rock stars, if only for one night.

#1 Tip for Vegas brides: Make sure you bring water if you are going to a secondary location to shoot photos.
Also, make sure the groom has his pants.

This was my reaction when Ryan, the photographer came to tell me Mr M forgot his pants back at the hotel, holding up the wedding by a half hour. All hail the man and maid of honor for going to fetch them. And for the Springs Preserve staff for being so patient.

Photos by Ryan Jackson
Polaroids by me!

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Wedding Venue: Gardens Arborteum at Springs Preserve / Reception Venue: Border Grill at Mandalay Bay / Afterparty Venue: Media Suite at Mandalay Bay / Photographer: Ryan Jackson / Transport: Cadillac rental via Beverly Hills Rental Cars Airport pickups and inter location transport Presidental Limo/ Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut Sherwood Park – Custom Shrug by Bonzie Designs – Second Dress from Bangkok – Custom Fascinator – FeatherFlair / Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Calvin Klein / Groom’s Suit: custom from FanPlusFriend/ Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Groom’s Ring: Boone Titanium Rings / Makeup: Bride did it herself / Hair: Makeup To Remember by Veronica Robles (also did mother of the bride makeup) / Floral: Enchanted Florist / Catering: Reception – Border Grill Afterparty – Whole Foods / Afterparty setup, bartending and staff: Culinary Pros Las Vegas / Cake: Whole Foods / Celebrant: Kenny Lozowski / Stationery: Appleberry Ink and bride / Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals / Photo Venues: Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas Sign, Springs Preserve