Setting the Mood

Backlit by the romantic glitter of neon, Downtown is home to an eclectic and delicious assortment of restaurants that make some of the best date-night spots in the city. If you’re looking for last-minute ideas, each of these restaurants offers a unique atmosphere for those who prefer a casual date, to those wanting a fancy night out sure to set the mood.

The Perch

Nestled in a corner of the Container Park overlooking the stage, the Perch evokes lightness in both atmosphere and cuisine. Walls of windows surround diners in this cozy but airy restaurant. Those venturing outdoors will find additional seating, needed for this small space, as well as couches and heaters to accommodate guests’ desires to lounge—and possibly cuddle—while sipping signature cocktails and enjoying the Container Park’s live music and people watching.

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Located in the Four Queens, Hugo’s Cellar is classic Vegas at its finest. Brick walls, candlelit tables and a rose theme invite guests to an era of refinement. Upon entrance, women are greeted with a single long-stemmed rose, and each table is outfitted with empty vases to both conveniently store these roses and add to the restaurant’s romantic ambiance. The rose theme is subtly echoed throughout the experience, down to the smallest details, even the butter has petals. Other old-school touches involve tableside services, which include freshly brewed coffee, flambéed entrees and a salad cart, allowing guests to customize their selections. Reservations are recommended. The motto of Hugo’s Cellar is “always a touch of class,” and it certainly lives up to this promise.

Luv-it Frozen Custard

Luv-it is a Vegas institution. Situated near the intersection of Oakey and Las Vegas Boulevards, it has been family owned and operated since 1973. This no-frills spot offers locals hand-packed frozen custard that’s consistently named among the best in town. While this dessert shop does not boast much in terms of size (there’s no indoor or outdoor seating), what it lacks in flash it more than makes up for in flavor. Luv-it’s menu includes the staples chocolate and vanilla in addition to two options that change daily. Go for a sweet end to an amorous evening. Your date’s sure to love it.

Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen is always a reliable spot to take a date with its playful food, cocktails and energy that are all crafted with equal care. The shared plates such as short rib grilled cheese, bacon jam and gyro tacos (to name a few) are a great way to interact and spark conversation with your valentine. Reservations are not accepted, but calling ahead can place you and your date on the wait list.

Top of the World

If your date’s not afraid of heights, Top of the World restaurant encourages guests to see Downtown and the Las Vegas Strip from a new perspective: more than 800 feet above the boulevard. Located in the Stratosphere, Top of the World provides a dining experience unlike any other in the city. Surrounded by windows, restaurant-goers are enveloped by an expansive, unimpeded view of the neon and the desert’s vastness. The restaurant rotates a full 360 degrees, affording diners a panoramic cityscape to complement their meals. Highlights don’t stop at the view, however; an award-winning menu is enhanced by its award-winning sommelier selections.

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