Wynn Las Vegas has announced the new head chef for its swanky, ’20s-inspired supper club Delilah. Joshua Smith will helm the eagerly anticipated h.wood venue, and visitors to the Roaring ’20s vibe restaurant will be transported back in time. Back to the class, brass and knee-lengthed sass of a Gatsby-era club.
Joshua Smith to Take the Reins
Smith, who was the former executive chef at Bardot Brasserie, will be making the Delilah kitchen his own. Eater reports on Smith’s impressive portfolio; “Smith left Bardot Brasserie, the French restaurant from Michael Mina at Aria, last year. His resume includes stops at the Mina Group’s Seablue, the former seafood restaurant at the MGM Grand where Pub 1842 sits now. Smith, a Las Vegas native, returned to the city when Bardot Brasserie opened in 2015 after a stint as a divisional executive chef for Lettuce Entertain You, where he worked with chef Matthew Kirkley at the now closed L20 in Chicago. Smith worked at the former Anisette Brasserie in Santa Monica and Church & State Bistro in Los Angeles as well as at Estiatorio Milos, formerly at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.”
As the head chef at Delilah’s, Smith will craft signature dishes while maintaining the magic and allure of a night out in the Roaring ’20s.
h.wood’s Success Roars On
The group behind the eagerly anticipated Delilah club is none other than h.wood, the Los Angeles titans proffering The Nice Guy, Peppermint Club, Poppy, Petite Taqueria and Bootsy Bellows. Time after time, h.wood proves their ability to identify what makes a local customer base tick, and provide top-tier entertainment experiences. With Delilah’s theme sure to tickle the fancy of locals living through a less-roaring ’20s one hundred years later, h.wood is likely to add another success to their board.
Delilah Joins Strong 2021 Openings
The Hollywood Reporter shared in 2019 ahead of Delilah’s anticipated 2020 opening, which was delayed due to the pandemic. “Billed as ‘social dining,’ the concept is positioned toward the customer who appreciates a good meal but wants a party, too. At Delilah, the dining environment is high energy, with music, performances and decor meant to captivate its patrons. It can either start as an evening that ends in one of Wynn’s nightclubs or provide the entire night’s journey from pre-dinner cocktail to bottle service, all in one location. Stars who have partied at the super-exclusive no-photos-allowed Santa Monica Boulevard original include Drake, Kendall Jenner, Post Malone and Shawn Mendes.”
Visitors to Delilah will be greeted by hosts in full white tuxedos and guided to themed tables as a live band plays ambiance. Partners Brian Toll and John Terzian previously worked in Las Vegas on Heart of Omnia ultra lounge at Caesars Palace.
“Once you enter Delilah Las Vegas, you will be immediately transported into a different era, with hosts greeting you in full white-coat tuxedos,“ says Terzian, adding that much of the ambience is “a band onstage playing background music—as dinner [progresses], the band and music will get livelier, and the full experience will turn from dining into hanging and socializing.”
“It is what you always envisioned Vegas to be,” Terzian says, complete with custom 1920s outfits and bottle service.
The menu offers eclectic modern cuisine that runs the gamut from baby back ribs to rack of lamb and a well-respected burger. Terzian says that the new Delilah will mirror that style with crossover dishes but kicked up a notch with extravagant presentations.
Delilah joins a long line of incredible 2021 debuts in Vegas, including Resorts World and all of their accompanying partnerships like Wally’s and Gatsby’s.
With ’20s magic in the air and Smith’s hands at the helm, Delilah’s long-anticipated and imminent opening is sure to be worth waiting for. Visit Delilah’s to stay up to date on opening information.