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Local Experts: Las Vegas, Andrea Bennett

By Local Expert Andrea Bennett

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas

1
Rainforest Café

Rainforest Café

This rainforest-themed dining room inside the MGM Grand erupts regularly with “thunderstorms,” and although the menu can be a little uninspiring (appetizers, salads, burgers, pasta, etc.), the environment—and the ridiculous Sparkling Volcano Dessert, which technically feeds two but could actually feed about 30 with its sparkler-lit slabs of brownies and ice cream—make it a strangely hilarious experience. 

2
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (two locations)

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (two locations)

Red-checked tablecloths, giant Mason-jar drinks, and a kid-friendly atmosphere make this small barbecue chain a winner for families. I use their (very good) food as a vehicle for their several varieties of (very delicious) barbecue sauce, and I won’t miss the house-cooked barbecue potato chips or the fried dill pickles. 

3
Bacchanal Buffet

Bacchanal Buffet

The Strip’s largest buffet, set inside Caesar’s Palace, seems to go on for miles and miles. It’s best to start all the way at the back, and case the hundreds of offerings before loading up your plate; there are enough dishes that you’ll be dizzy. I personally love the red velvet pancakes at breakfast, or the homemade donuts, and dim sum available all day.  The seafood bar is undoubtedly the best in all the casino hotels.  

4
Sugar Factory Brasserie

Sugar Factory Brasserie

Let’s be clear: Adults who love Sugar Factory probably choose it for its tooth-achingly sweet, 60-oz. shareable (we hope!) “goblets” filled with Mai Tais, raspberry-watermelon mojitos, and White Gummis  (truly atrocious sugar-bomb cocktails filled with gummy worms). Still, all these drinks are available sans booze, and the comfort food (fried mac-and-cheese, burgers) will hopefully neutralize, or at least absorb, your sugar overload. You will not escape without buying candy, so just put aside your good intentions at the door.

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Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3

Home of the famous frozen hot chocolate from the original location in New York, this outpost in Caesar’s Palace also serves a great Rueben, and an only-in-Vegas “Las Vegas Strip Steak Sandwich.” Of course, this being Vegas, if the kids are behaving themselves, you could spring for the Golden Opulence Sundae: a foot-tall creation in a crystal goblet with five scoops of vanilla ice cream covered in 23-karat edible gold leaf, and rare chocolates made from cocoa beans found only on the Venezuelan coast. It’ll only set you back $1,000.


Visit the Family-Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Serendipity 3
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S (at Caesars Palace), Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
8.1/10

People like this place

Café
2
Sugar Factory Brasserie
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. (at Paris Hotel & Casino), Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
7.6/10

People like this place

Candy Store
2
Bacchanal Buffet
Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino (3570 Las Vegas Blvd), Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
8.8/10

People like this place

Buffet
3
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (two locations)
2245 Village Walk Dr (I-215 & Green Valley Pkwy), Henderson, NV 89052, United States
8.8/10

People like this place

BBQ Joint
2
Rainforest Café
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S (at MGM Grand), Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States
7.4/10

People like this place

American Restaurant
3
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