At a Glance
What is it?
Emeril’s food and a lot of sports.
Where is it?
At Palazzo on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
Eclectic mix of Emeril favorites and sports pub grub.
What is the atmosphere like?
How is the service?
What are the prices like?
What else do I need to know?
Sports fans apply here.
What’s the bottom line?
A fun, accessible, and relatively affordable way to experience Emeril’s cuisine.
There’s a lot going on at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant at Palazzo Las Vegas. There’s food, sure. That’s a given. And drinks of all stripe. There’s also pro football, high school basketball, Japanese baseball, Canadian hockey, Israeli basketball… well, you name a sport of any caliber on just about any corner of the globe and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see it at the Stadium.
Taking over the space once occupied by Jay-Z’s failed sports themed nightclub, Lagasse’s Stadium is basically the same exact concept only with more food and without a dance floor, although if your team wins, spontaneous boogying probably won’t be frowned upon too harshly.
The multi-level space features an upper tier of cushy seating areas and bar tables and a lower level of more traditional restaurant seating. In between is the main auditorium with cascading platforms of couches, recliners, and even private skyboxes. And everywhere you look, always within eyesight, are televisions – lots of them. 109 of them to be exact, all HDTV and all showing the aforementioned sporting events from mainstream to obscure. You think I’m making up Israeli and high school basketball? Nope, they were playing while I was there along with a pro football game. The latter was drawing a bit more attention.
There’s also a sports book that allows you to wager on just about any of the games whether they are being broadcast or not and a mobile gaming device that lets you place bets, play slots, and wager on card games without ever having to get out of your chair.
Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere is chaotic, to say the least. Between the visuals and the sports fans voicing elation or disappointment, the place takes on a college bar attitude, which is great if you’re a sports fan who also likes Emeril’s food but maybe not so much for Emeril fans who don’t care about sports. Luckily for them, there are a bunch of other Emeril Lagasse restaurants in town that don’t have 109 televisions scattered around the room.
The menu is an eclectic blend of sports pub grub, fancier fare, and Emeril favorites. Appetizers include Buffalo wings, chili cheese fries, nachos, and pretzels with cheese. But alongside those traditional bar favorites are a Creole boiled shrimp cocktail and a Louisiana crab cake.
There are soups and salads, pizza and pasta, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, and even steak and fried chicken if you are so inclined.
We sampled mainly from the burgers and sandwiches portion of the menu. All were satisfying in both taste and proportion but I have to admit that nothing jumped off the plate and made me want to scream “Bam!”
The dessert menu, on the other hand, was a total joy from the fantastic cheesecake (perfectly creamy) to Emeril’s signature banana cream pie, which is his signature for a reason.
Prices are moderately high across the board. Main courses run from around $15 to around $40, with most in the $15-$25 range.
As mentioned above, if you’re a sports fan there are few places in Las Vegas that are as satisfying as this one from a viewing and dining perspective. However, if all you’re really looking for is a taste of Emeril’s cooking, you may want to consider one of the many other options.