The popular modern-day supper club, Delilah, is coming to Las Vegas. The h.wood group has partnered with The Wynn to debut the expansion of Delilah outside of its Los Angeles flagship location. Founded by hospitality firm The h.wood Group, owned by John Terzian and Brian Toll, Delilah has become a hot spot for everyone from Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Bella Hadid to Drake. The same essence of intersecting an upscale dining experience with a lively social atmosphere is now coming to Las Vegas. The dining experience elevates to dancing as entertainers move to the sounds of live music and dinner progresses to lounge-style bottle service. Guests are immersed into an engaging dining environment that comes to life with special performances throughout the evening, featuring nightly live entertainment, a DJ and Sunday Night Jazz. Located in the exclusive Tower Suites enclave, Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas brings a whole new class of entertainment to the strip embodying the intimacy, charm, elegance, and charisma of Vegas’s past and the evolution of Vegas’s future.
“Brian and I are both born and raised in Los Angeles and have grown up going back and forth to Las Vegas. As we were growing The h.wood Group, we worked closely with a handful of casinos and continuously did events back and forth. Las Vegas is such a short trip and our crowds are back and forth, so it naturally made sense for our first major expansion to be in Las Vegas. When we were building Delilah we had a lot of inspiration from the supper clubs of Las Vegas in the 40s so when we got the chance to work with Wynn it made all the sense to bring Delilah there. We believe it is a perfect time to open a place like Delilah in Las Vegas,” explained Terzian and Toll on why expanding to Delilah to Las Vegas. “There is such a strong crowd in Las Vegas that come from Los Angeles that it is important to keep the same Delilah essence. For example, we are keeping the same “No Photo” policy in Las Vegas, as we do in LA so our guests feel safe and private, in addition to the same format in terms of one continuous night of band and DJ. There is no flip to “nightlife” at Delilah, and the beauty of the place is you can eat or just come for drinks and socialize at any time. We will be the only restaurant on the property with a kitchen open after 10 pm. Our goal is for people to have the same amazing experience in Las Vegas as they do in Los Angeles with different touches where you know you are in a different city.”
The creative design of Delilah Las Vegas was led by Todd-Avery Lenahan, President and Chief Creative Officer, Wynn Design & Development. Influenced by the earliest showrooms and supper clubs of Las Vegas in the 1950s with a nod to Parisian salon interiors and epic set design from Hollywood’s “golden age”. From exotic tropical motifs complemented by bespoke architectural details and commissioned works from across the globe, the design is a spectacle of references from a bygone era brought forward through a cinematic lens that makes it dynamic in its appeal to a contemporary audience. Dramatic covered ceilings consist of over 30 hand-finished plaster molding segments to create an elegant, sweeping, weightless effect while opulent textiles throughout including lavish embossed, silk velvets, the finest linen from French textile and fashion houses Pierre Frey and Hermes Rich, gleaming walls throughout are piano finish walnut burl with ebony inlay Vintage custom furnishings live side-by-side among newly commissioned pieces.
Additionally, there are over three dozen commissioned paintings and sculptures from artists hung alongside vintage cubist works from around the world. Upon entering Delilah the foyer leads to the Little Bubble Bar, which is an intimate 34 seat intimate lounge, that opens up to overlooking the Anchor Bar, Main Dining Room and Outside dining. The Anchor Bar is the lower-level bar on the main dining room floor flanked by the restaurant’s two staircases and large bronze sculptures that were commissioned for Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas and produced in Belgium while the Main Dining Room Features four iconic brass palm trees, original creations designed by Lenahan, and made of solid cast brass The entire room doubles as a dance floor and is laid with fumed oak and zebra wood flooring in a dynamic chevron pattern. Both the Anchor Bar and the Main Dining Room are surrounded by outdoor courtyards inspired by the Amalfi Coast.
“The design inspirations for the space are many and varied but all are based on vintage bygone supper clubs of Las Vegas, Paris and Havana, as well as the dinner theaters on the great British and French ocean liners. The stage itself was inspired by my trip to the original Tropicana Club in Havana, Cuba, and this is where the details of tropicalism in the club’s interiors come from as well. As I designed much of the club while I was camping on a safari through southern Africa, there are wildlife inspirations that I translated into various motifs within the space. The main architectural references are spaces from the 1930s and 40s with a sense of landmark permanence that masterfully blend both grandeur and intimacy within the same environment,” shared Lenahan.
“Delilah at Wynn completely rescales the Las Vegas experience which has become so enormous in scale and mass in the past decade. This venue is a return to intimacy and a great sense of anticipatory service with surprise. Delilah is both grand and intimate with a landscape of stunning micro-environments that range from the elevated perch of the Little Bubble bar overlooking the towering brass palms to the open-air courtyards surrounded by flickering lanterns and 75-year-old magnolia trees. Delilah’s design is timeless and has a landmark quality that eschews the current trendiness of other Las Vegas venues. Delilah is fashionably chic and contemporary in its spirit while being enveloped in the permanence and character of the legacy restaurants and clubs from Las Vegas’ Golden Era of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.”
The cocktails have all been designed by renowned lead resort mixologist at Wynn Las Vegas, Mariena Mercer Boarini. Mercer Boarini was inspired by the gorgeous art-deco design of the room for the signature cocktails. “The venue is a beautiful reflection of the brand that Delilah has established in LA and the standard of luxury and innovation that Wynn Las Vegas and Encore are known for. I was very inspired by reinventing classic cocktails with modern flourishes and avant-garde, whimsical, and fun presentations. The cocktail program at Delilah is inspired by timeless elegance in cocktails that transcend the imagination and seduce with equal parts chemistry and sensuality. Each cocktail tells the story of the enchantment, vivacious energy, and magnetism of the aesthetic, the swagger and swank of the music, and the glamour of the cuisine,” she explained.
Mercer Boarini wanted to ensure that the female essence of “Delilah” was carried out into the cocktails with the naming and flavor pairings. “The Stepford Wife is a play on The classic French75 cocktail in a beautiful pink glass with gold dust glistening up the side. The build features Grey Goose Essences Strawberry Lemongrass Vodka, spiced lychee, and Rose’ Champagne served with a vintage atomizer of Eau-de-Delilah; an edible Parfum that I made with Delilah in my mind as my muse. As the Parfum is spritzed atop the cocktail, the imbiber is treated with an aroma of splendid femininity and whimsy. Another delicious option is the Jo Jo. It’s a staple of the Delilah brand and is Sunny Vodka, St Germain Liqueur, Strawberry syrup, and Prosecco. It is feminine, floral, and delightfully effervescent.”
As far as the dining experience at Delilah Las Vegas, Executive Chef, Josh Smith, designed the menu with Terzian and Toll to keep flagship staples while adding distinct culinary experiences for the new location. “I am a Vegas Native and in my 20+ years cooking most of my experience is here on the Vegas strip. I’ve spent my life getting to know the audience and understanding their expectations. The filter I used for creating this menu was simple-take the best ingredients in the world and present them in a fun & familiar way,” said Smith. “ A great example is the Fish and Chips with Dover Sole and Pomme Souffle. A classic dish that is typically very casual, presented with luxury ingredients, where it perfectly sums up the approach to the menu at Delilah Las Vegas.” The King Crab Caesar, Prime Beef Wellington and innovative takes on the classic dishes, alongside signature dishes such as Day Boat Scallop and ShortRib “Surf & Turf” and Dover Sole “Fish & Chips” and the Strawberry Shortcake Baked Alaska will be new to the Las Vegas menu.
As the world enters into this millenniums roaring 20s with the pandemic coming to an end, Delilah Las Vegas gives goers a new way to experience fine dining, entertainment and nightlife with an homage to old Las Vegas. The h.wood Group plans on expanding Delilah to Miami, The Nice Guy to Aspen and Harriet’s in Nashville & Toronto in 2022.