Desert Meets Dessert at Delano Las Vegas’ Rivea

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Fifteen thousand hand-blown Murano glass globes descend from the ceiling of Alain Ducasse’s Rivea Las Vegas like bubbles from the sea. Far from perfect circles, they’re almost elliptical in shape, organic. It’s an appropriate touch for a restaurant focused on French-Italian Mediterranean cuisine—its name a derivation of Riviera.

The chandeliers are not new; in fact, they might be the only remnant of the restaurant’s former life as miX, the Michelin-starred French restaurant that graced this fabulous space atop the Delano, with stunning city and desert views through floor-to-ceiling windows, including seating on an outdoor patio.

A 3D “wave wall” made of hundreds of glass squares almost reaches out to touch guests, bringing the sea into the dining room. The stylish new Rivea is less formal than its former self—still sophisticated but more relaxed, with small plates dominating the menu. As the Vegas neon comes alive, the adjoining Skyfall Lounge offers outdoor seating on cozy sofas with a 180-degree view of the action below.

We were able to experience a chef’s tasting and pose for a photo with Ducasse after he raised a toast to his team during the grand opening event, which coincided with the final evening of IMEX 2015. He appeared humbled by the magic he had helped to create, and spent much of his time sharing credit with his team. To prepare for the grand opening, Chef Bruno Riou and his staff had traveled throughout the Mediterranean, visiting Monaco and the existing Rivea restaurants in St. Tropez and London. It was that experience that gave birth to dishes such as prawn and calamari crostino and focccacia di Recco, an Italian–inspired flatbread with a creamy layer of cheese.

For groups, what used to be a storage closet at the far end of the restaurant has been transformed into a private dining room (Rivea+) with its own kitchen. Rivea+ can accommodate 50 guests by combining two rooms, and shares the same stunning 64th floor view as the main dining room.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.