Café Americano offers a Fresh & Flavorful Take on Cuisine

Café Americano is a 24-hour restaurant located inside Caesars Palace by the hotel lobby. The restaurant is billed as “All Fresh, All the Time.” I can attest that it lives up to this standard. The experience was, simply put, amazing and exceeded our expectations. The service here is incredible. But the real star is the fresh, light food.

An often unique take on contemporary American cuisine is offered here. Café Americano’s cuisine is inspired by the fresh and flavorful tastes found in Florida.

We started our meal with the Tuna Tartar and that was a great way to begin. This set the tone for the evening, and that tone was “freshness.” The Tuna Tartar featured a unique combination of ingredients, including Florida mango and a wasabi mousse. These added a complexity of layers to the flavor that included a fresh sweetness and a spicy kick.

Another star on the menu is the Land & Sea, which features prime filet mignon and a 6 oz. cold water lobster tail. The filet practically melted in my mouth it was so tender. The lobster tail was cooked to perfection. It brought me back to my childhood days on the East Coast where fresh food from the sea was plentiful. This had a taste so fresh I felt I could actually taste the ocean.

I had the same feeling when eating the Lump Crab Cakes. There is only one way to make authentic crab cakes and that is with fresh ingredients. Between the lobster in the Land & Sea, and the crab in the Lump Crab Cakes, I forgot I lived in the middle of the dessert. I was half expecting to walk out of Caesars Palace and see the Atlantic Ocean.

For dessert, we had the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. The bread pudding, simply put, is second-to-none. This is the dessert that anyone visiting Café Americano should order.

The cocktails at Café Americano live up to the high standards of the food. There is something for any taste.

The Cucumber Martini was the star of the drinks menu for me. It features Sky Vodka, cucumber, Combier, mint and orange bitters. The flavors combined for a light, refreshing taste.

f you have a sweet tooth like I do then the Espresso Martini is for you. Made with Absolut, espresso, Kahlua and dark cocoa, this martini is a decadent dessert in a liquid form.

If you are not a seafood connoisseur, Café Americano has a large menu that features a little of everything from breakfast to sandwiches to an assortment of entrees.

Café Americano features a relaxing environment, terrific service, great food and drinks. All of these together combine to form an excellent dining experience you won’t soon forget.

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Dining Out: Cafe Americano


Cafe Americano, from Miami-based V&E Restaurant Group, opened in July as a 24/7 restaurant in the resort’s main lobby. It’s designed to have a social atmosphere, in a sleek interior decorated with dark woods with neutral and natural accents and broad window walls that offer sweeping views of the outdoors. Cafe Americano serves fresh juices and smoothies and has a complete cocktail program. A three-course Early Bird Menu is $49. Here’s a sample of the menu:

Early Bird: Belgian waffle with limoncello-macerated berries, $19; Captain Crunch French Toast, $19; huevos rancheros, $24; corned beef hash skillet, $25; Cuban breakfast, $21; egg-white Kaiser sandwich, $19.

Lunch: Corned beef sandwich, $19; grilled portobello burger, $20; Old School Burger, $20; Baja Burger (guacamole, chili-dusted tortilla strips, chipotle crema, lettuce and tomato), $21; applewood-smoked turkey and ham sandwich, $21; Cuban sandwich, $19.

Dinner: Skinny flat iron steak stir-fry, $28; spaghetti and giant meatball, $24; carbonara linguine, $26; Mediterranean seafood pasta, $34; 24-hour-marinated buttermilk-fried free-range chicken, $29; prime filet mignon, $48; cabernet-braised short ribs, $36; seared Skuna Bay salmon, $32.

Cafe Americano is open 24/7. Call 702-650-5921 or visit

— Heidi Knapp Rinella

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Café Americano Sets Itself Apart

Compelling variety breathes life back into the 24/7 restaurant at Caesars Palace.

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was telling you how I rarely review 24/7 restaurants located in hotels. Oh wait—it was only a few weeks ago. And then I went on to review Siegel’s 1941 in El Cortez. And now I’m back to write a bit about another around-the-clock casino “coffee shop” worth trying: Café Americano in Caesars Palace.

The latest modest entry into Caesars’ star-studded restaurant lineup replaces celebrity chef Michel Richard’s Central. Unlike many writers (and many members of the public), I actually thought Central was a very good restaurant, especially during chef Todd Harrington’s tenure. But asking a chef who has earned Michelin stars to adapt to the 24-hour hotel cycle was certainly a difficult undertaking. Fortunately, Café Americano isn’t saddled with such lofty expectations. Given its prime indoor/outdoor real estate just off the main lobby of Caesars, it could really get away with putting out the same mishmash of predictable staples you’ll find in just about every casino coffee shop. And don’t get me wrong, you’ll find a lot of those on this diverse and occasionally predictable menu. But you’ll also find a few surprises, which is why it’s worth a visit.

The first thing that caught my eye was the pizza selection. While everyone was oohing and aahing over Caesars’ rather unimpressive importation of Brooklyn’s famed Di Fara Pizza, the folks at Café Americano created an interesting pizza menu. How many other places in town offer a pie with San Marzano tomatoes, hand-cut pepperoni, andouille sausage, braised short ribs, vinegar peppers, whiskey onions, mozzarella and a fried egg? Or another with octopus cured in olive oil, pesto, mozzarella, arugula, Grana Pedano and roasted cipollini onions? And if you can think of someplace that does, I’m guessing you can’t get them at 5 a.m., when you come down with a case of the late-night munchies. And those are just two of the seven pizzas this café offers.

Among the pizza selections, I found the octopus to be a bit too close to a salad for my taste, but that’s just because I’m an unhealthy eater who tends to get scared by too many greens on the dish. If you’re a fan of arugula and octopus, you should love it. The Whole Hog—made with pork belly, andouille, pulled pork, pecan-smoked bacon, house-pickled jalapeños, mozzarella, cheddar and a lightly sweet guava barbecue sauce—was a bit more to my liking. And the pizza oven (gas, despite the decorative wooden veneer) also puts out a wonderful dessert in the form of a Nutella and banana calzone. It’s big, messy and delicious.

The rest of the menu is surprisingly diverse. Appetizers include such predictable options as fried calamari and sliders alongside more interesting dishes, including short-rib tacos and red-pepper hummus. There are, of course, plenty of burgers and sandwiches. The bar boasts 11 beers on tap and another nine in bottles. A dedicated “skinny menu” features entrées that are less than 500 calories.

In the soup section of the menu, alongside French onion and lobster bisque, you’ll find tonkotsu ramen. I’ll admit it might not be as good as what you get at your favorite Chinatown haunt, but it’s still quite satisfying. And a Cubano sandwich I had on a recent trip was solid, but a bit on the salty side. Of all the dishes I’ve had here so far, the only real disappointment was a giant mozzarella-stuffed meatball that was rather dry. Nonetheless, I appreciated the playfulness of creating an inside-out meatball parm, as well as the fact it was accompanied by delicious house-made ricotta and vinegar peppers.

Every time I wander into Café Americano, I see staff I recognize. Some are holdovers from Central, while others I know from various other establishments. But the service has been nothing but fantastic. Although Café Americano is far from fine dining or haute cuisine, Caesars Palace isn’t exactly lacking in those spots. Here, I found a place that’s interesting enough to make me rethink my disdain for round-the-clock casino joints, and satisfy my appetite any time of day.
Al’s Menu Picks

Ramen bowl ($19)
Whole Hog pizza ($20)
and Nutella calzone ($13)

Café Americano

Caesars Palace, 702-731-7110, Open daily 24 hours. Dinner for two, $40-$100.

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V&E Restaurant Group Take Their Talents To Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas

V & E Restaurant Group Take Their Talents To Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas

Café Americano All Fresh All The Time

(Miami, FL- August 6, 2015) V&E Restaurant Group is pleased to announce a west coast expansion by way of Café Americano debuting August 2015.  Located in the grand lobby of Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, V&E Restaurant Group is bringing their eye for detail and service to the previous Chef Michel Richard’s “Central”.  Known as the only 24-hour, 365-day full service restaurant and bar, Café Americano has established themselves in the Las Vegas restaurant scene as the only establishment to offer quality fare all 8,760 hours of the year.

The restaurant combines classic American flavors with a social atmosphere in a contemporary setting. All menus are new and all items are made with only the freshest ingredients and award winning mixologists expertly craft all cocktails.

Guests can enjoy American classics such as the All American Breakfast, Old School Burger, and Spaghetti and Giant Meatball paired with signature cocktails like the Death and Taxes or popular Mimosa and Bloody Mary at all hours of the day and night.  Café Americano has thought of every way to feed its hungry guest, offering pre-show dinner packages and an extensive late night menu.

V&E Restaurant Group is ready to leave their mark on “Sin City” and they are sure Café Americano will stand out from the rest.  Serving all fresh ingredients and quality service all the time, Café Americano in Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas is sure to earn stars.

About Café Americano

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year Café Americano serves classic American food all day and all night. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or something from the late night menu, savor food and drinks made all fresh, all the time. Located in the main lobby of Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, guests of Café Americano can enjoy a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy expertly crafted cocktails at the world famous bar and lounge where you may witness skillfully trained mixologists creating everything from barrel aged classics to traditional drinks like the hangover curing Mimosa and Bloody Mary. Step into the Café Americano dining room and savor an All American Breakfast made fresh at any hour of the day. Café Americano has a late night menu sure to cure whatever ails you. From burgers and hot dogs to spaghetti and meatballs you are sure to enjoy an all fresh meal 24 hours a day. Café Americano, come and eat all fresh all the time.

The restaurant is located on 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109 in the lobby of Cesar’s Palace. For more information please call 702-650-5921 or visit

About VE Restaurant Group

Vida & Estilo (Spanish for ‘Life & Style’) is the restaurant group behind some of the most well-known and finest restaurants on Española Way located in the heart of Miami, Las Vegas and Mexico.  V&E Restaurant group owns and operates over 25 brands from restaurants to nightclubs.

V&E is a corporation that stands by the meaning of their name and goes above and beyond to provide their guests an unforgettable luxury experience.  Incorporating and combining high-end cuisines, diverse selections of specialty cocktails, music from renowned DJ’s in chic yet comfortable atmospheres is what sets V&E apart from other restaurant groups. V&E Restaurant Group consists of a team of international and experienced professionals with the drive, ambition and power to take a concept, build on it and successfully incorporate the café, epicurean, gastrobars and nightlife concepts into one.