Hawthorn Grill Opens in Las Vegas’ Renowned JW Marriott

The Strip may shine, but there’s more to discover in Vegas

The dishes at the Hawthorne Grille are fresh and, more importantly, delicious.

Elaine and Scott Harris

Chef Joseph Swan

Away from the famed Las Vegas Strip, there is another world of great restaurants and hotels. Recently we stopped by one of our favorite upscale hotels in the suburb of Summerlin, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa. Inside is its newest restaurant venue, Hawthorn Grill, which is sure to invigorate the local dining scene with its massive and expensive remodel of the former Ceres and the Carmel Room.

Known for its tranquil gardens and lush pool setting with large palm trees and cascading waterfall, this lovely hotel respite is close to hiking trails at the famous Red Rock Canyon and world-class golfing greens at nearby TPC. With such attractive offerings, the JW Marriott is keeping pace with the demands of excellent and sophisticated dining by highlighting its stellar reputation for ambience and elegance. The 18,000-square-foot Hawthorn Grill, located in the Spa Tower on the south side of the resort, has seats for more than 370 guests in the main dining room, many overlooking bubbling fountains and lush landscaping with an outdoor patio and chic lounge.

The entrance into the restaurant glimmers with an opulent wine cellar, showcasing more than 170 bottles and an additional 30 wines by the glass. With a stunning lounge and bar area, the restaurant offers diners the choice between cozy banquettes and booths facing tranquil pools and colorfully lit waterfalls during the evenings.

Chef Joseph Swan’s culinary lineage includes a stint with celebrity chef Michael Symon and a long residency with chef Alex Stratta. Swan is excited to bring a freshness and vibrancy to a Summerlin mainstay. “I want to keep the classic steakhouse idea but add some interesting and new items, such as tender Kurobuta pork chops and the succulent Colorado lamb T-bone,” he says.

Diners can also indulge in classic Maine lobster, diver scallops, and prime short rib. A la carte side dishes, perfect for sharing, include roasted broccolini, thick-cut onion rings, and classic creamed spinach. A Sunday brunch buffet is also offered along with unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys. With spring around the corner, this gorgeous outdoor setting will draw those who love to brunch their Sunday into Monday.


Expertly prepared dishes, ambience, and stellar service are waiting for the Summerlin crowd and those who dare to venture into the ’burbs for a bite that is sure to please.