Power Joints: Venues for a power lunch or mingling with business professionals

Headed for a power lunch or need to decompress after a stressful day at the office? A roller-coaster stock market has added more stress to a weak economy and the atmosphere of doing business can be key while negotiating a deal. If you’re looking to impress a client or need to work out a few details away from the office, here’s a look at some of the valley’s restaurants and bars that are known for attracting business types:

  • Triple George Grill

    With its proximity to Las Vegas City Hall, Triple George is a regular spot for the city’s movers and shakers. Located near Third Street between Stewart and Ogden avenues, the atmosphere has an old-school charm designed with dark woods, soft lights and an exposed brick interior. Big wooden booths provide privacy, or a large center bar has counter seating. Menu selections offer San Francisco Bay-style seafood, steaks, homemade soups, salads, pasta dishes and daily specials.

    Location: 201 N. Third St.

  • Panevino Ristorante

    Known for superb service, Panevino Italian restaurant is popular for power lunches and dinner business meetings. Built by local architect Tony Marnell, colorful modern décor and plush booths provide an intimate atmosphere. Window seating in the main dining room is available for views of the Strip and McCarran International Airport’s runways. Across from the main dining room is a gourmet deli and espresso bar that offers a selection of Italian cured meats, imported cheeses, homemade pasta and fresh-baked breads and pastries.

    Location: 246 Via Antonio

  • King’s Fish House

    Located in the District at Green Valley Ranch, King’s Fish House offers seating that provides different atmospheres: a sushi bar and minipub area for casual dining; the main dining room with booths overlooking an open kitchen and a patio that allows people watching. The menu lists many fresh seafood options that are flown in daily.

    Location: 2255 Village Walk Drive, Suite 139

  • Verandah Bar and Lounge at the Four Seasons

    Verandah Bar and Lounge is a favorite Strip gathering place for business and community leaders. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide bright sunlight during the day, and tables are adorned with candles at night. Distinguished by a backlit bar with decorative glass; limited residential-style lounge seating is comfortable and intimate. The menu features light appetizers and specialty cocktails.

    Location: 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South

  • Vintner Grill

    Tucked away in a Summerlin office park, Vintner Grill, has become a neighborhood favorite and popular spot off the Strip. Designed with contemporary white couches and linens, the restaurant has a relaxed Miami-style vibe. The lounge is a popular gathering place. Based on seasonal offerings, the menu changes daily, featuring American cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavors from Spain, France and Italy.

    Location: 10100 W. Charleston Blvd.

  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

    A go-to lunch location for many local professionals working in the Hughes Center Business Park, McCormick & Schmick’s offers a variety of fresh seafood, steaks, pastas and salads.

    Five years ago, an infamous power meeting between Jim Gibbons, his gubernatorial campaign consultant Sig Rogich and four women nearly destroyed Gibbons’ bid for governor. One of the women, Chrissy Mazzeo, accused Gibbons of making sexual advances toward her and then assaulting her in a nearby parking garage. Mazzeo filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gibbons, Rogich, Metro Police and former Sheriff Bill Young in which she alleged not only the assault but retaliation against her after she reported her allegations. The case is still open.

    Location: 335 Hughes Center Drive