In most cities across the country, there are only a handful of top-tier restaurants. In Las Vegas, however, there are over 300 amazing restaurants on a single, 3-mile-long street. This makes it seem like you can show up to Vegas with your group and book a group or private dining room with little or no notice. While there are certain cases where this is true, here is a guide to know when you should start booking your venues.
When do I not need to worry about booking far in advance?
There are certain times of the year that are slower in Las Vegas and many restaurants will have availability the week of your reservation. The slowest times in general are January and the first week of February, and during July and August when it feels like the surface of the sun outside. Having said that, when a large convention or music festival comes to Las Vegas, it can be difficult to find a good reservation even during the slow months. In addition, some of the best restaurants that are just off of the casino floor are booked solid every day of the year. So make sure you still plan early even if it is during the slow months. Keep in mind that there is an average of 700,000 visitors on the Strip every week, so even during the slow months, it may be difficult to find the perfect group dining experience.
When are the busiest times on the Strip?
The busiest times on the Las Vegas Strip are during large conventions, holiday weekends and major sporting events. If you are coming to town during one of these weekends, make sure to start planning your event at least 4 months in advance. You can find a calendar of all of the largest conventions here: http://www.vegasmeansbusiness.com/planning-tools/convention-calendar/
The biggest holidays in Las Vegas are New Years Eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Halloween. The largest sporting events and festivals are PBR (Professional Bull Riders), NFR (National Finals of Rodeo), Electric Daisy Carnival, NASCAR, NBA All-Star game, major boxing events and more. During any of these weekends, restaurant reservations for groups can be difficult.
Certain casinos and parts of the Strip are busier than others.
Even though the Strip is a relatively small area, there are certain parts that are much busier than others. The restaurants at MGM Grand, Venetian, Mirage, Wynn, and Bellagio are usually full on a nightly basis. In most of the large casinos, there are restaurants in high-traffic areas right on the casino floor, and most of these restaurants take advance reservations. If you are hoping to book a restaurant at the hotel where a convention is taking place, keep in mind that the private dining rooms will be booked 4-6 months in advance, and semi-private group dining will be reserved shortly afterward.
There are weekends where the city is FULL. What should I do then?
If you cannot find anything available on your date, give us a call! We can usually find a spot even on a busy weekend or if everything is really booked solid, we can help find a restaurant within walking distance.
The main lesson here, is to plan early to get the best venue for the best deal. Most large restaurants will allow you to book your date many months in advance. And of course, give us a call and we can make it easy!