The Las Vegas strip is known for its bright lights, explosive stage shows and intense nightlife that usually demands one take a few hits of Red Bull to handle it all. However, if looking for one’s lost shaker of salt (and a delicious cocktail) in a laidback tropical environment is called for, look no further than Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Modeled to encapsulate the chilled out vibe of the song of the same name, easy living and good times come standard with every meal.
The portions are large and perfect for sharing. To begin any meal, Margaritaville’s world-famous Volcano Nachos are a must. However, the term “nachos” does not quite capture the splendor of this delicious plate. The Volcano Nachos offer a delicious eruption of guacamole, beans, sour cream, tomatoes and cheese melting down the peak of an impossibly high mountain of crisp tortilla chips.
For those craving a taste of the sea, the Lava Lava Shrimp is the clear winner. The plump shrimp are flash-fried in a light crispy batter and drizzled with an ecstasy-inducing seasoned cream sauce. The dish offers the perfect combination of crunch, rich flavor and heat to keep the taste buds begging for more.
As hard as it may be, be sure to save room for the main course. Margaritaville’s menu of Burgers in Paradise is calling. The Black and Bleu Burger features fine ground beef topped with bleu cheese dressing, black pepper bacon, crisp lettuce and cool tomato. Another tempting option is the El Diablo Burger, perfect for those who like a little heat. It comes topped with fried onions, roasted poblano peppers, Monterey jack cheese, chili paste and chipotle ketchup.
A highlight of this unique restaurant is undoubtedly the top-notch staff. They are naturals at making guests feel like they are old friends by the end of every meal. The serving staff genuinely enjoys their work and often doubles as impromptu travel guides ready to share their inside knowledge of the city.
Unlike other pretentious restaurants in the city, Margaritaville’s motto is clearly “come as you are.” This means to forget about reservations and leave the suit and tie in the hotel room. With three stories of restaurant dining wonder, there is always room for new friends to gather.
One never knows what surprises may pop into view: live music, a parade of stilt walkers or even the famed “Las Vegas Cutie” who provides a hypnotic aquatic performance inside a two-story tall margarita pitcher. For more information about the menu and entertainment, visit their website or call (702) 733-3302.