Fabulous Food in Vegas...
I am going to Vegas, actually twice, in the next month. The first trip is with 3 girlfriends for one of their 40th birthdays. We are all pretty casual (arent terribly comfy dressing up) but are looking for one step up from casual for her big birthday dinner. We would love to find some suggestions for great food, great atmosphere, not terribly expensive ($20-$30 per entree at the most) and above all, they wont kick us out if we arent dressed to the 9's.
Also, i'll be going with my foodie husband for a conference and would love to find some great places to eat. We'll be staying (both times) at the Bellagio and wont have a car.
Looking forward to hearing your picks!
If you love a great steak, try Delmonico, Emeril's top-notch steakhouse in the Venetian. I'd rank it up there as one of the best steaks I've ever had. Nice atmosphere, not at all stuffy or pretentious. A little pricey, but definitely worth it.
If you're up for a taxi ride, head over to Rosemary's for dinner. Totally fits the bill--step up from casual but not snooty plus the food is so worth the price. We were seriously considering Rosemary's for our friend's 40th but decided to hang on the Strip instead--it'll have to wait for another trip!
I would think Delmonico's would be over budget. The cab fare to Rosemary's will set you back approximately $40 roundtrip plus gratuity, but on Wednesday's they do run a Ladies Night special. All women receive 50% off the food portion of their bill and all night happy hour pricing in the lounge.
One better option is going to Commander's Palace for the weekday $18.80 3-course lunch. You will also qualify for the 25 cent martinis that are being offered. From their website:
"Yes! It is true. We offer 25 cent martinis for lunch.
It is not a gimmick. It is not brown label vodka; they
are big Smirnoff Vodka martinis. Choose your flavor!
They are the same martinis that cost $8-$10 during
dinner and brunch. These are only available for our
Martini Lunch, Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:00pm."
Here is a link to this week's $18.80 lunch menu - try not drool:
Another fun option is to go to the Fashion Show Mall at happy hour. This one’s amazing. Three high-profile restaurants run concurrent happy hours Monday-Friday. Since the restaurants—Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! (Spanish), Maggiano’s (Italian), and Ra (sushi)—are next door to each other (Maggiano’s is upstairs), you can hit them all in the three-hour time span (from 4 to 7 pm). Cafe Ba Ba Reeba features 1/2 priced Sangria and a selection of $3 appetizers at the bar. Maggiano's has $2 pizza and RA offers amazing prices on hot sake. Maggiano’s happy hour ends at 6:30, so start there if you want to complete the triple play.
Another thought would be the Triple George, which is downtown; so it would involve a cab ride, but it's a very fun place, wtih good food and reasonable prices. It also has an excellent bar and happy hour, and there is a bar/club next door, Celebrity, which has a good happy hour and a wide collection of cocktails...
I enjoyed the restaurants and even the buffet at the Paris (second to the Bellagio and Rio). I had a family Thanksgiving dinner there and I enjoyed it pretty much. The restaurants at the Bellagio are good too but that may go over your budget. I heard the Stratosphere restaurant is good but never tried it. Note, the clientel at is not the same as the Bellagio but you are going to the restaurant anyway.
i would have to second rosemary's .... i went there last time on a suggestion from here and I am so glad we did.... the cab fare was 20 each way, but we went on sunday night where wine is 1/2 off. the food was phenomenal and absolutely lovely. Service was great, plus it was nice to get off the strip. I will have to say that some of the cabbies will try to persuade you to go elsewhere. But rosemary's will call a cab for you, and typically you aren't the only ones. I would also have to say that Commander's place is absolutely wonderful and a must as well. It seems like it doesn't get the notice that other places do. Their bread pudding souffle for dessert is amazing and something to dream about.
what about fix right at the bellagio? i think it's really good and you don't have to be dressed to the nines (but some people will be!- good people watching) or i second commanders palace- i LOVE that place!
I really liked Diego at the MGM Grand. Really fun atmosphere. Service is laid back, releaxed but still efficient and friendly. Food was great and on the lower end of the scale from the restaurants surrounding it at the MGM. The tequila selection is ridiculous (I think over 100, all 100% blue agave) and the maragarias are great. So great in fact, I got some to go...god I love Vegas.
Thanks everyone, I am going to forward this on to the birthday girl and let her decide. If anyone has any more recommendations, we'd love them!