by Alex Palmer and Leo Jakobson | July 18, 2017
Las Vegas is full of all manner of culinary delights, from Michelin-starred elegance to imported local favorites Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger. Here are four fun options to consider when bringing your incentive group to the city.

Rao's
The Caesars Palace outpost of the legendary New York City Italian eatery may not have been around as long as the original (which was opened in 1896) but the food is prepared from the same hallowed recipes (and direct-from-Italy ingredients) and the atmosphere has been carefully recreated to provide the same warmth and welcoming feel. It is also much bigger than the 12-table original, allowing incentive groups to gather and share mouthwatering classics like Uncle Vincent's Lemon Chicken and Rao's Meatballs.


Sake Rok
A meal at this off-kilter sushi place at the outdoor The Park Vegas is part interactive dinner theater, part Japanese game show. Dance battles and sake-bomb throwdowns will happen around (and often involve) diners. But while there are plenty of hijinks, the creative menu here is a standout with fresh favorites such as the crispy sashimi tacos and the Godzilla Platter -- a 40-piece sashimi feast complete with smoke-breathing Godzilla figurine. The venue also includes a private event space on the third floor, which can accommodate groups of 150 to 500 people.


Mercato della Pescheria
This place has seafood in its name -- and justly so -- but the casual Sardinia-infused restaurant on The Venetian Las Vegas' St. Mark's Square also has a macelleria that turns out great meats and pizzas on its ultra-high-end Josper coal-fired oven and grill. Plan for a long start to the meal, as the raw bar, cured meats, and cheeses are well worth lingering over, particularly with the creative wine pairings from an excellent list. And don't forget the pasta, of course.


Jaleo
The Spanish master chef José Andrés brings four of Spain's greatest contributions to his cuisine -- tapas, paella, sangria, and jamón ibérico (which, technically, might be covered under "tapas" but is worth its own listing) -- to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at Jaleo. An offshoot of the Washington, D.C. eatery that was one of the country's first important tapas restaurants, it includes quesos, carnes, and pescados y mariscos, as well as an extensive wine list focused on Spain's many regions. Just remember: A tapas meal should begin with pan con tomate, continue with conversation and laughter, be lubricated with wine, and end very, very late.    



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This article appears in the July/August 2017 issue of Incentive.