David Burke, best known for Manhattan's davidburke & donatella, has opened his fifth namesake restaurant at the Venetian, offering Burke's signature dishes like pretzel-crusted crab cake and Bronx-style filet mignon of veal. Executive chef Troy N. Thompson incorporates taste with aesthetics, using Japanese bento boxes and North African tagines to serve his inventive dishes. At 8,800 square feet, the massive space includes a 200-seat dining room with walls of Himalayan rock salt, a bar-lounge, private room, a chef's table and a glass-enclosed wine cellar.

David Burke at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; lounge and bar open daily from 3 p.m. 702-414-3776.  — Victoria Chin

Sapporo, at The Grand Flamingo Center, offers several dining options to cater to even the most finicky Japanese food aficionados. Nibblers can lounge in the 75-seat bar, which opens to an outdoor patio, while sushi enthusiasts can enjoy a raw bar of traditional sushi and sashimi. Others looking for a more traditional meal can hit the 160-seat dining room for dinners of macadamia nut-crusted sea bass with mango couli or a Japanese pepper-encrusted New York strip steak with teriyaki mushrooms and fries.

Sapporo Restaurant at The Grand Flamingo Center. 9719 West Flamingo Road. Open Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. 702-216-3080. — Janel Molton

Bare Pool at the Mirage offers Sin City's hottest new distraction — European-style sunbathing. Guests bask in the desert rays (with or without swimsuits) to DJ-spun beats while sky-high palm trees prevent peeking. Surrounding the two pools are chaise lounges, boat beds and private daybeds where swimmers can unwind with premixed pitchers of mojitos, Bloody Marys or sangria and enjoy other poolside perks such as chilled cucumbers for the eyes, iced towels chilled in flavored water, exotic fruit skewers, fruit smoothies by the shot and Evian misting bottles.

Bare Pool at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 702-791-7442. — V.C

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