weather icon Clear

Not everyone can dine at this new rosé-soaked restaurant on the Strip

Updated April 23, 2024 - 6:38 am

The Fontainebleau, which opened four months ago on the Las Vegas Strip, continues to unfurl its three dozen or so food and drink concepts. The latest? La Côte, a restaurant inspired by seaside spots on the French Riviera.

La Côte, with a sibling at the Miami Beach Fontainebleau, hits all the right notes to summon a balmy boîte in Saint-Tropez: a poolside perch at the 6-acre Oasis Pool Deck, billows of natural light, a dining room and terrace rendered in nautical blues and whites, a French-Mediterranean menu and rosé sluicing throughout.

But the pink pours aren’t for everyone at this Côte d’Azur in the desert. The restaurant (and the larger Oasis Pool Deck) are open only to hotel guests. So, if you’re a visitor considering the Fontainebleau, or a local planning a staycation, here are some highlights from La Côte:

■ Executive chef Francisco Campa Fuentes sends out breakfast and lunch dishes, including a fruit plate of seasonal melon and berries; an egg white frittata with buffala mozzarella, sautéed spinach and roasted pepper sauce; a gathering of mezze anchored by baba ganoush, hummus and warm focaccia; harissa butter shrimp; and grilled kebabs with rice pilaf.

■ The beverage program features about 120 wines — emphasis: rosés — and a host of signature cocktails. La Côte Piscine leans into Whispering Angel rosé from Château d’Esclans in Provence, mixed with Giffard Lichi-Li Liqueur and garnished with a scoop of fresh berries. A Goldfinger stars Rémy Martin VSOP, fresh lemon, pineapple juice, muddled blueberries and Cava.

■ Besides La Côte, Oasis Pool Deck features seven pools, four bars, daylife destination LIV Beach and a 2,300-square-foot gaming area. Oasis draws inspiration from midcentury landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, society photographer Slim Aarons and zooming Space Age Googie architecture.

La Côte, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes a private dining room for up to 12 and can accommodate up to 270 for a full-venue buyout. Visit fontainebleaulasvegas.com.

Contact Johnathan L. Wright at jwright@reviewjournal.com. Follow @JLWTaste on Instagram.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Should restaurant surcharges be legal? Here’s what economists think

The hotly debated surcharges have grown in popularity among restaurateurs, who say they rely on the fees to afford increases in labor costs or to boost pay for back-of-house workers who aren’t tipped.

The top 100 restaurants in Las Vegas

Consider this your guide to navigating the possibilities of the plate in Las Vegas. From Strip standouts to neighborhood hangouts, here’s the finest food and drink in the valley.