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Mandalay Bay opened on March 2, 1998 and is located on the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The property includes two hotel towers. The original hotel tower is 44 stories with 3,309 guest rooms. The 35th through 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are home to the Four Seasons. The second tower, which opened in 2003, was called THEhotel. THEhotel is 43 stories with 1,117 guest rooms. It has since transformed into what is now known as the Delano.

Mandalay Bay’s casino floor is 135,000 square feet. There is also a 1,000,000 square foot convention center and a 12,000-seat events center located on the south end of the property. This makes it one of the largest types of venues in Las Vegas.

Casino at Mandalay Bay

The casino floor at Mandalay Bay is one of the largest in the world. It hosts 135,000 square feet. Most of that comprises of video poker and slot machines. There is also a total of six table game pits. Two of these are located in high limit areas. Three of the other four have their placements rotated about once per year.

Blackjack at Mandalay Bay

The massive number of table games on Mandalay Bay’s casino floor includes 31 blackjack tables. A total of 20 of these tables pay 6-5 on a natural blackjack. While there are some double and single deck games, many use continuous shuffle machines. The bet range for these games is $10-$2,000. There are 3-2 blackjack tables near the Asian games high limit salon. These require a $15 minimum and also have a $5,000 max bet. Players may surrender, re-split aces and double after splitting in these games. The dealer hits a soft 17.

There are two single deck games that pay 6-5 on a blackjack. The bet limits are $15-$2,000. The four double deck games have $25-$5,000 bet limits with double down after splitting. Blackjack Switch is available with $10-$2,500 limits. The dealer hits a soft 17 in these games.

Roulette and Craps at Mandalay Bay

Aside from blackjack, there are eight double zero roulette wheels. These games have limits ranging from $10 to $1,000. There are also eight $10-$5,000 craps tables with 3-4-5 odds.

House Poker Games

Three Card Poker (2) – $10-$1,000
Ultimate Texas Hold’em (2) – $10-$500
Let it Ride (2) – $10-$100
Crazy4Poker (1) – $10-$500

Electronic Table Games

Players looking to enjoy table games with lower limits will find a variety of video versions with competitive returns. Interblock machines offer craps, roulette and blackjack with $5 minimums. Shoot to Win Craps is available with a $5 minimum bet as well. There are six heads up double zero roulette machines with a $1 minimum bet.

High Limit Rooms at Mandalay Bay

There are two high limit salons. One spreads Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles and Baccarat. Limits start at $100 and are spread as high as $20,000. The second high limit area specializes in blackjack. There is a double deck that allows double down after splitting. The six-deck game offers double down after splitting, surrender and resplit aces. Both games stay on all 17’s. This high limit area also has European Roulette with a $100 minimum bet and several baccarat tables.

Video Poker at Mandalay Bay

The video poker at Mandalay Bay is below average in general but slightly above the norm for the Strip. The best game is 8/5 Double Bonus. This game is only available at $2 and higher denominations. There are some 99% Deuces Wild games available in quarters.

Mandalay Bay Poker Room

There is a 10-table poker room at Mandalay Bay which is located right by the sports book. The main game is 1/3 No Limit Texas Hold’em. There are three daily No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments which include:

10am: $40
3pm: $50
10pm: $65

Hotel at Mandalay Bay

The Mandalay Bay Hotel offers nine different room types, excluding the Four Seasons floors, which have their own reservation service. The smallest room is 550 square feet, with room sizes offered up to 2,300 square feet. The following is a list of room names including their sizes, and rates:

Deluxe Rooms – 550 square feet – $70-$255
Spa Suite – 610 square feet – $90-$275
Great Room – 750 square feet – $120-$335
Sky View Suite – 1050 square feet – $270-$505
Two Bedroom Suite – 1450 square feet – $270-$655
Two Bedroom Suite Strip View – 1450 square feet – $320-$755

The 1,700 square foot Vista Suite, 2,000 square foot Media Suite, and 2,300 square foot Hospitality Suite requires contacting the Mandalay Bay reservation service to reserve.

Dining at Mandalay Bay

As you would imagine, with over 1,000,000 square feet of convention space and a large casino, Mandalay Bay has a plethora of dining options. Their selection includes everything from quick bite, national chains to high-end restaurants. Below is a comprehensive list with everything you need to know about dining here.

Upscale Dining

Mix – Mix offers French and American cuisine and is open for dinner. Located on the top floor of THEhotel, guests will enjoy an amazing Las Vegas Strip view while enjoying some of the best food in Las Vegas. Appetizers prices are $16-$26, although there is a Caspian Golden Osetra app priced at $160. Entrees prices are $32-$69. There is also a $90 tasting menu, with a $40 optional wine pairing.

Fleur – Fleur is open for lunch and dinner. Fleur specializes in small dishes from around the world. There are large entrees that run for $24-$95. Appetizer prices are $9-$22.

Aureole – Aureole is one of the finest seafood restaurants in Las Vegas, and is open for dinner. Appetizers range from $16-$38, with a .5 oz Russian Golden Osetra Caviar for $75. Main courses run $30-$48. There are several tasting menus in the $85-$110 range, with an option $55 wine pairing.

Red Square – Red Square, open only for dinner, is one of the few Russian restaurants in Las Vegas. There are seven different types of caviar offered. Appetizers are in the $15-$25 price range. Entrees range between $28 and $38.

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck – Lupo is one of the finer Las Vegas Italian restaurants. Lupo offers pizza, salads, pasta, and seafood. There is also an extended menu of chicken, veal, pork, steak, and liver. Entrees are priced from the $15 range for pizzas, up to the $30 range for pastas, with meat options mostly in the $40’s.

RM Seafood – RM Seafood is inspired by Chef Rick Moonen. Rick Moonen is an advocate of responsible and sustainable seafood. RM Seafood is open for lunch and dinner. There are two separate seating areas. The downstairs is a casual affair, with guests expecting a check in the range of $30-$50 per person. The upstairs is an upscale affair, with the typical bill around $75 per guest.

Stripsteak – Stripsteak is one of the finest steakhouses in Las Vegas. Stripsteak offers both Angus and Wagyu beef. Steaks are priced $36-$85. Most appetizers are in the $20 range.

Border Grill – Border Grill specializes in Mexican cuisine. Border Grill is open for both lunch and dinner. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch entrees are priced between $15 and $20. Dinner entrees are around $25. Appetizers are around $10. Brunch is $29.95 for all you can eat. For $5 more, brunch guests may enjoy bottomless mimosas.

House of Blues Foundation Room – The Foundation Room is a steak and seafood restaurant connected to the House of Blues which is open for dinner. Appetizers are $15-$22. Main courses are $32-$55. The Foundation Room also offers a cigar bar.

Charlie Palmer Steak – Located in the Four Seasons, Charlie Palmer Steak is open only for dinner. Appetizers are offered for about $20. Entrees are $28-$72 and include a $110 40 oz Bone-in rib eye. There is also a separate bar only menu.

Verandah – Verandah is an upscale café specializing in Italian, but offering many different styles of food. Verandah is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast guests can expect to spend about $25 per person. Lunch will average $35 per guest, while dinner will be around $40-$50 per guest.

Casual Meals

Crossroads at House of Blues – Crossroads offers a menu similar to a bar and grill and is open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Crossroads offers burgers, sandwiches, and several entrees. These entrees include ribs, seafood, chicken and steak. Burgers and sandwiches run about $15, while entrees are about $25.

Burger Bar – Burger Bar is a high-end burger restaurant. Guests choose the type of bun, meat, cheese, and condiments, for a personalized dining experience. The meat choices are beef, buffalo, and turkey. There are also vegetarian and vegan options available.

Noodle Shop – Noodle Shop is a traditional Asian restaurant specializing in Cantonese and Mandarin options. Menu options include standard Asian appetizers, soups, noodles, fried rice, and standard Mandarin main courses. Noodle Shop is open for lunch and dinner.

The Café – The Café is open for breakfast and lunch daily. The menu offering covers all typical American style breakfasts. The lunch menu offers soups, salads, and sandwiches. There are also several main course items offered such as fish, steak, and pasta.

Mizuya – Mizuya is a sushi bar that is open for lunch and dinner. There are nearly 50 different sushi and roll options. Mizuya also offers a special lunch menu.

Hussong’s Cantina – Hussong Cantina offers Mexican food with a twist. Hussong Cantina is open for lunch and dinner. Many Mexican specialties are offered with a unique presentation with a build your own style menu. Do not miss out on Tamales Wednesdays where for $13 diners can enjoy a chicken tamales feast.

Ri Ra Irish Pub – Rira is open for lunch, dinner, and late night until 3am (4am on weekends). Rira offers many choices including salads, sandwiches, and burgers. There is also an extensive beer menu.

Slice of Vegas – Slice of Vegas is the newest addition to Mandalay Bay’s restaurant collection. Slice of Vegas is open for lunch and dinner, and Thursday-Saturday is also open until 2am for late night pizza cravings. In addition to pizza, salads and build your own pasta dishes are offered.

While there are no fast food restaurants at Mandalay Bay, there are still several quick options for visitors to enjoy. Raffle’s Café offers a wide menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Bayside Buffet offers all you an eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Orchid Lounge and Starbuck’s offer a variety of coffee and sweets. There is also a grill in the sports book that offers sandwiches and burgers.

Bars at Mandalay Bay

Evening Call – Evening Call offers a wide array of frozen beverages, beer, and wine. Evening Call is located in the walkway of The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Mix Lounge – Mix Lounge is located at the top of THEhotel. There is a DJ nightly, spinning sounds from the 90’s, hip-hop, and top 40. There is no cover charge Sunday-Wednesday. Thursday-Saturday, the cover is $15. Hotel guests receive a $5 discount. Local woman never pay admission.

House of Blues – House of Blues offers live music on weekends. During the week, DJs play today’s top music. Each day has its own musical theme.

Location

Mandalay Bay is located just across from McCarran Airport at the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip. A tram connects it with Excalibur and Luxor for easy transportation.

One of the draws to Mandalay Bay is that it offers the Shark Reef Aquarium. There are over 2,000 water animals in 1.6 million gallons of water. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children (5-12 years old). Children under five are free. Nevada residents receive $3 off per person.

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