Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey opened Herringbone as his second restaurant on the Strip (the first was Searsucker at Caesars Palace, but we like this one better). The restaurant, which has original outposts in La Jolla and San Diego, specializes in what he calls Southern California coastal cuisine, but really means a lot of small shareable plates. In the Vegas kitchen is local favorite Chef Geno Bernardo, who adds in a bit of his Italian influence, like in his killer rendition of grilled octopus, or whole-grilled branzino with shaved fennel salad. Cocktails are fun and innovative, so they might take a few minutes to be made, but worth the wait. You could even conceivably get away with just ordering a dozen oysters and a few of glasses of wine and still get the full Herringbone experience. There is indoor lounge seating with large windows, but the best seats are on the outdoor patio overlooking the Aria’s pool. Umbrellas and pergolas over the tables offer much-needed shade from the sun during the day, especially during the popular all-you-can-eat weekend brunch.