New Munchbar “Has Its Sh*t Together”

Posted Thursday, April 22, 2010 by in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Restaurants. 24 Comments.

What’s not to love about the brand-spanking-new Munchbar restaurant (and bar) at Caesars Palace?

First, it’s new (brand-spanking, to be exact). Second, it’s got a fun, colorful, comic book-inspired, Lichtenstein-esque decor.

Munchbar

Emphasis on "esque."

Third, Munchbar serves up major portions of sass.

At the time of our visit, the restaurant was just hours old. We got our first dose of sass about four seconds into our visit. Apparently, Munchbar hasn’t had an easy time of launching (hence the soft opening without much fanfare). Rather than dodge questions about the challenges of getting a Strip restaurant off the ground, the folks at Munchbar attack it head-on with a self-deprecating blurb at the top of their “temporary” menu.

Munchbar

If you make fun of yourself, nobody else gets to!

Click here for a larger version of this great disclaimer. It says: “Why you are not ordering from our full menu: This menu is the outcome of being two months behind and extremely over budget on a project [the restaurant] without telling any of the investors. Unfortunately, management had no idea WTF they were doing, and staff has had absolutely no training. They spent most of their time making fun of each other’s sense of style while watching clips from ‘Step Brothers’ (at least fancy sauce ended up on the menu). Eating nothing but chicken satays from Mix Zone every day for six months is not normal! The chef didn’t see a kitchen in over two years, and we have no idea if he could cook for more than five people. Hopefully, everyone will get their sh*t together!”

Love it, but honestly, there was no chaos on display at Munchbar, aside from some minor, behind-the-scenes glitches any new restaurant experiences when it opens. Maybe the theory is to under-promise and over-deliver! The food (see below) definitely over-delivers.

Munchbar

Looks like a dog, but it's the signature Munch Burger.

All the food on the abbreviated menu was fresh and hot, including the irresistible Mini Maine Lobster Rolls, Kobe Beef Chili, Sweet Potato French Fries and Chili Cheese Waffle Fries.

Munchbar

Chef Bryan churns out some Philly Cheese Steal Sliders samples.

The wait staff at Munchbar shows some serious hustle. Hey, just because it’s a soft launch doesn’t mean you get to slack! Quick, friendly service is sure to make Munchbar a stand-out.

Colette, Jennifer, Ashley and Stacy assist with food, drinks and, of course, sass.

The “bar” in Munchbar features an interesting collection of beer and wine, with some brands we didn’t recognize, which is probably exciting news for beer lovers. Blue Moon, Lagunitas, Pyramid, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Fat Tire, Wyder’s Pear, Warsteiner. Something new for every day (or night) of the week.

Our Captain and diet tall felt a little steep ($11), but hey, you can’t have everything.

Beers on tap

Pull one of these arms and you've hit the jackpot, just like in the casino nearby!

Find Munchbar next to the Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book, and across from the Seahorse lounge.

Munchbar

See? No discernible chaos to be found.

Take a look at our exclusive gallery for more photos, or click here for the full menu (both present and future, in .pdf format).

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  1. Looks good, but still no love for us Vegans/Vegetarians. We likes to eat too, you know.

  2. Looks good, but still no love for us Vegans/Vegetarians. We likes to eat too, you know.

  3. sroeben

    I think they have you covered, Brian! Sweet Potato French Fries and Creamy Caesar Salad do the trick? Soups and salads on the menu-to-come…

  4. sroeben

    I think they have you covered, Brian! Sweet Potato French Fries and Creamy Caesar Salad do the trick? Soups and salads on the menu-to-come…

  5. Jay Fenster

    Sorry, Scott, Caesar salad is not vegetarian. Anchovies.

  6. Jay Fenster

    Sorry, Scott, Caesar salad is not vegetarian. Anchovies.

  7. B. Webb

    It’s sad if those beers are “new” in Vegas.

  8. B. Webb

    It’s sad if those beers are “new” in Vegas.

  9. sroeben

    I’m pretty sure Captain Morgan is vegan AND vegetarian. What more would one want?

  10. sroeben

    I’m pretty sure Captain Morgan is vegan AND vegetarian. What more would one want?

  11. sroeben

    LOL, B. Webb. No, they’re just new to ME. I’ve never had a beer before. Nobody’s perfect.

  12. sroeben

    LOL, B. Webb. No, they’re just new to ME. I’ve never had a beer before. Nobody’s perfect.

  13. mike oli

    We walked by the bar yesteday and with all the crazy graffiti just had to see what was going on. After looking at the menu we decided to try this burger they were advertising on a hot dog bun. I have to say it was pretty good. (actually it was great). the presentaion was even better. staff was freindly , a little dissapointed we couldnt try their signature drinks (they were not ready yet)

  14. mike oli

    We walked by the bar yesteday and with all the crazy graffiti just had to see what was going on. After looking at the menu we decided to try this burger they were advertising on a hot dog bun. I have to say it was pretty good. (actually it was great). the presentaion was even better. staff was freindly , a little dissapointed we couldnt try their signature drinks (they were not ready yet)

  15. ti16

    Bryan Ogden and Shawn Olyaie working togethor? Nigthclub meets fine dining? I can already tell you this place is going to be good

  16. ti16

    Bryan Ogden and Shawn Olyaie working togethor? Nigthclub meets fine dining? I can already tell you this place is going to be good

  17. This may help Sroeben veggi- terian diet – Have the Chefs make Caper Cream Dressing ( completely veggi-terian) you can find this on facebook – serach for Canadian Recipes of the Great White North – by Chef Bari.
    I’m a semi-retired Executive Chef with over twenty-five years of experience. You can check out the Caper Cream Dressing recipe at the above facebook site. search: Canadian Recipes of the Great White North
    Maybe this will help Sroeben and others with a veggi-terian diet :)
    See CeasarsPalace in May …counting the days…
    Cheers!
    Bari
    P.S. Writing another couple of books right now

  18. This may help Sroeben veggi- terian diet – Have the Chefs make Caper Cream Dressing ( completely veggi-terian) you can find this on facebook – serach for Canadian Recipes of the Great White North – by Chef Bari.
    I’m a semi-retired Executive Chef with over twenty-five years of experience. You can check out the Caper Cream Dressing recipe at the above facebook site. search: Canadian Recipes of the Great White North
    Maybe this will help Sroeben and others with a veggi-terian diet :)
    See CeasarsPalace in May …counting the days…
    Cheers!
    Bari
    P.S. Writing another couple of books right now

  19. sroeben

    I’m sure they were happy you gave them a try, mike oli. More good stuff to come, we suspect. Agree, ti16. Tons of potential in the weeks and months to come!

  20. sroeben

    I’m sure they were happy you gave them a try, mike oli. More good stuff to come, we suspect. Agree, ti16. Tons of potential in the weeks and months to come!

  21. LOLO

    WENT BY LAST NIGHT….. PLACE IS AWESOME!

  22. LOLO

    WENT BY LAST NIGHT….. PLACE IS AWESOME!

  23. Anonymous

    Sorry to hear that, Shah! We’re fairly sure they’d appreciate a chance to make it up to you. We’ll shoot them a note and let them know what happened.

  24. Anonymous

    Hi, again, Shah! Our friends at Munchbar were surprised and dismayed to hear about your experience and will be reaching out to you directly via e-mail to make things right. Thanks for letting us know!