Opened in 2009 by award-winning, Bangkok native and Executive Chef Krairit Krairavee and as the very first Thai restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, Lemongrass at ARIA Resort & Casino offers a scrumptious blend of Thai and Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant is set in a casual, yet contemporary and sleek, environment.
Located conveniently on the resort’s casino level, it’s a quick spot to stop in for lunch or dinner, or even a late-night bite, whether you’re staying at the resort or just swinging by to check out its other amenities.
Looking to make a reservation for an upcoming visit to Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in the Aria? Lemongrass uses the Sevenrooms restaurant reservation platform. Make your reservation today!
What to Order at Lemongrass
As you could expect, as this was the very first Thai restaurant on the Strip, Lemongrass sets a standard for restaurants to follow in its footsteps.
The menu focuses on providing diners with an authentic and genuine Southeast Asia dining experience, incorporating Thai spices and flavors that Executive Chef Krairavee has fine-tuned over his extensive career.
There’s a lot you could order off the Lemongrass menu, but if you’re wanting a taste of just the best of the best, here are the top dishes to order at Lemongrass.
The Menu at Lemongrass
Appetizers and Starters
To start your meal, consider ordering one of the restaurant’s roll options. The crispy shrimp rolls are paired with a plum sauce, while the crispy veggie rolls, stuffed with carrots, cabbage, and mushroom, are served with a sweet chili sauce.
Dining vegetarian? There’s one vegetarian-friendly option among the appetizers and starters: the spicy Asian cucumber option with chili garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil.
(Do note that a completely separate vegan menu is also available at the restaurant.)
Soups and Salads
One of the restaurant’s signature dishes can be found among the salad and soup options, the Yum Neua Yang Salad, which is topped with grilled ribeye, shallots, red grapes, chili, and mint.
Soup options include Thai classics, from Tom Yam to Tom Kha. You can add chicken, seafood, or veggies to most of the soup options.
Entrees and Other Specialities
Even if you don’t try an appetizer, soup, or salad to start your meal, you’ll find an array of specialties and chef favorites throughout the entree list.
The satay grill is not to be missed, offering beef, poultry, pork, and seafood skewers served with accompaniments like peanut sauce, sweet chili sauce, cucumber relish, and ciabatta bread.
Other specialties include the Green Curry Maine Lobster, which boasts a whole Maine lobster; the Curry Dungeness Crab, which, again, boasts a whole, stir-fried crab; and the fried flounder, which also, yes, comes whole, fried, bone-in, and topped with the house special tamarind and chili jam sauce.
And if all of the above isn’t enough to get your mouth watering, you can find plenty of other choices among the extensive entree options, including curries, noodle dishes, and fried rice options.
While the dessert choices are a little more limited, you do get a few vegan options among them, and all feature the tropical, Southeast Asian flavors of Thailand.
The Iceberg, for example, is shaved ice with black jelly, coconut, jackfruit, and corn, and topped with condensed milk and sweet red sala syrup.
A similar concoction, the Coconut Dream, is much the same, but with coconut ice cream and coconut sticky rice as the base, versus shaved ice.
Drinks and Cocktails
To accompany your meal, you can order cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, bottles of sake, and a range of soft drinks and tea. Cocktails incorporate Thai flavors just as well as the rest of the menu, giving old classics a new twist.
The Lemongrass Old Fashioned, for example, features lemongrass-infused Japanese whisky and Thai-spiced bitters.
Prefer your cocktails a little on the sweeter side? Go for the Night Market, made with Thai iced coffee or tea (your choice), rum, coconut milk, half and half, and cinnamon.
Reservations at Lemongrass Thai Restaurant
Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in the Aria uses the Sevenrooms restaurant reservation platform, making it easy for diners to find availability, make a reservation, receive confirmation, and edit or cancel a reservation if plans change.
You can log into Sevenrooms using a Facebook or Google account or just make a reservation as a guest.
What to Expect: Ambiance and Setting
As mentioned, Lemongrass offers a mostly casual setting, with a business casual dress code. However, despite this, the decor and ambiance are nothing to dismiss. The design was inspired by Thai silk factories and incorporates luxurious fabrics and textures, pops of color, and industrial accents.
Things to Know About Lemongrass in the ARIA Resort & Casino
Location: Lemongrass is located on the casino floor of the resort, between the high limit lounge and Baccarat. To most easily find it, look for the double escalators that lead to the resort’s promenade and convention center.
Pass the escalators on the right side (if you’re looking at them) and you’ll find the restaurant clustered with a few others.
Hours of Operation:
- Monday–Thursday, Sunday: 5–11 p.m.
- Friday–Saturday: 5–1 a.m.
- Hours subject to change
Dress Code: Business Casual (Think skirts or trousers, nice blouses/shirts, and no tennis shoes or flip-flops)
Price: You can expect a full meal, including appetizer, entree, dessert, and one cocktail to cost approximately $55–$100 per person, not inclusive of gratuities.
MGM Rewards Dining Perks: The Aria is a part of MGM Resorts, so if you’re an MGM Rewards member, you can earn or redeem points for dining at Lemongrass. MGM Rewards membership is free. You can find more information here at MGM Resorts – MGM Rewards.
Lemongrass in Summary
If you’re looking for an extensive menu, a unique setting, and culinary chops to back up this first-in-its-class restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, then look no further. Lemongrass has everything you’re looking for.
While it might be best suited for those who are already familiar with and love Thai cuisine (you’re going to have a hard time here if your go-to order is usually a burger or chicken strips), if that sounds like you, you’ll find very little to complain about, no matter what you order.
Plus, this restaurant offers a fantastic array of vegan options alongside its wide selection of satay and seafood options, making it suitable for many diners. As always, thanks for checking out The Las Vegas Report!
If you’re looking for more dining options at this amazing resort, check out our complete guide to restaurants in the Aria Hotel and Casino.
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