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The Desert Shores community, with its manmade lakes and waterfront dining, may be the most un-Vegas neighborhood in the Las Vegas Valley. As a result, it’s become a special place for locals seeking a peaceful respite from the action of the Strip. Americana offers refined cuisine as special as the setting.

“Chef Stephen Blandino, longtime former chef at Charlie Palmer restaurants, offers an upscale American menu executed with great expertise and precision, which you can enjoy while gazing at the picturesque and tranquil Lake Jacqueline,” says Las Vegas-based food and beverage writer Bob Barnes.

The menu features adventurous starters like pan-fried burrata with peach jam and spicy balsamic, or chilled beet & strawberry soup, alongside a familiar selection of steaks, chops and pastas. There’s also a decadent Sunday brunch.

Everything can be enjoyed indoors or out. But the most coveted seats are on the patio, where you can watch the ducks, swans and boats year-round, thanks to seasonal misters and heaters.

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