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Las Vegas for snobs.

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Since there are SO many good restaurants in Las Vegas, I have to narrow down what I am looking for, so here is what I need. I will be entertaining some friends' parents who are food lovers but who are also on the snooty side. They don't like large, quiet, sterile hotel dining but then again, I would die if I took them to a big Hollywood scene with tatoos, body piercing, rapsters and Lindsay Lohan lookalikes.]
So, here is the critera. Great food, of course, possible French, Italian, or continental/American. Smallish dining rooms with tables close together. A popular place and somewhat "in" at the moment. Great crowd for excellent people watching and perhaps a fun restaurant bar but also a well dressed crowd. Picture women dressed in Chanel or Koors and not Juicy coture. Perhaps men in Hermes or even if no coat and tie, then dressed in fine clothes and not t-shirts and jeans. NO warm up suits, fanny packs or shorts. No casino buffet but rather an intimate place filled with interesting people. Picture a place where Fergie or Hugh Grant would go rather than Paris Hilton or the Trumps. Although they are snobs, they still like a lot of activity and people, so they would hate some heavily carpeted, fawning waiter-clad, whispery, romantic place. Food should be somewhat traditional but with imagination. Tourists are fine since it is Vegas after all but not the crowd at Circus Circus. Let's see if a few places would meet that criteria.

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  1. They sound pretty stuffy. I'd take them to Ellis Island for the $4.95 steak special to see if they can loosen up a bit.

    1. Seriously if they are that snobby who would enjoy a dinner with them? However, if you are trying to impress snobby people go with the highest rated restaurant in LV by Gayot the Joël Robuchon at The Mansion in the MGM Grand. Snobby stuffy people are usually impressed by ratings.

      1. Lutece at the Venetian, if they never went to the New York version, is pure snoot with the reputation to match. http://www.venetian.com/dining/lutece...
        My favorite restaurant in LV is still the original Andre's on Sixth St (not the hotel location), 702/385-5016.

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        1. re: schifrin

          personally I think that Andre's would fall into the 'heavily carpeted...whispery, romantic place' category, even though the waiters aren't exactly fawning..

        2. Tableau or Daniel Boulud Brasseria at The Wynn would fit your needs. Alize at The Palms. And a big second on Andre's...one of the best meals of my life.

          1. My pics:

            ALEX at The Wynn

            PRIME at The Bellagio

            CIRCO at The Bellagio

            All are perfect for what you seek (and all are amazing restaurants with great food and service)

            1. Tableau is a very good suggestion; it's pretty, quiet and great food; very civilized, but the Wynn is right there. I love Alize as well, although they might find the whole Palms scene to be a bit OTT. Alex is also terrific...it definitely sounds as though these folks would feel very at home at the Wynn.

              1. Try le pamplemousse for Classic French dining..in a beautiful romantice setting. The food comliments the sourroundings. It should tame the snob in all of us! The Magret of Duck Martiniquaise and the Rack of Lamb wrappped in a Pistachio Crust w/ a Rosemary Garlic Sauce are terrific. A little off the strip...but you won't have to deal w/ walking through a casino. You will love the attention to detail.

                http://www.pamplemousserestaurant.com/

                1. I hate to be disagreable but if they are really snobs I doubt they will be impressed by most of the recommendations.
                  Joel Rubuchon is the youngest chef to earn three Michelin stars and has earned the title "Chef of the Century."

                  Also, the MGM Mansion where Joel Rubochon is located is the most exclusive hotel in Vegas. The cheapest villa rents for $5000/night. Andre's restaurants have been in Vegas forever and his Alize restaurant at the Palms is precisely where one might run into Paris Hilton types.

                  http://www.forbes.com/2003/03/27/cx_j...

                  1. MANY, many thanks for the suggestions. This does help a lot too. Believe it or not, they are fun people but I know them too well and I know what they like and don't like. I have been to Prime before and that seems like something they would love. All the new suggestions are great and I have a feeling that we might try Joel Rubochon or perhaps Daniel Bouloud's place at the Wynn.
                    If Alize is over the top with trendiness, then that is not the best place. On the other hand, if it is boring, quiet, and stuffy, that won't work either.
                    Is the Le Cirque still at the Bellagio? I remember going there once and it seems perfect too; small, intimate, luxurious, fun, and good food. Is that still an option or is it now an old has been. Just curious.
                    Thanks again for the good suggestions.

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                    1. re: mikey

                      I would skip DB brasserie all together. The two times we dined there we had same mediocre experience. The bar and dining room are very nice. Staff is also very good. There is just too much inconsistency in their execution.
                      I am partial to Picasso in the Bellagio. I feel that dollar for dollar it always executes as well as any restaurant in LV and its staff in ambiance are unparalleled (although I have never been to Joel Robuchon). It is hard to beat a restaurant that has original Picasso's adorning the walls, the fountains of the Bellagio outside, and food that consistently is a 27 or 28 in Zagats every year. I could see your friends parents loving Picasso. I would choose Picasso over Le Cirque by a fairly large margin.

                    2. Alize itself is not trendy. It is traditional, well done French, with a nice room and terrific views. It is one of the few restaurants with a view that I've ever seen with decent food (it reminds me of the Everest Room in Chicago). But the Palms is very very trendy and you do sort of mix with the Palms crowd waiting for the night club and bars on your way in and out of Alize. It doesn't inconvenience the Alize diner, but it is a scene.

                      1. we had a wonderful dinner at le Cirque a few months back. the scallops were to die for