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Nov 2, 2006 12:38 PM

Las Vegas Business Dinner: Bouchon, Emeril's, or Spago?

Hosting my staff (five people) for three dinners during major trade show next week. We are set on two of the dinners: Nora's (partially as a result of the postings on this board), and the Palm (I am a long-time Palm fan, understand its shortcomings, but love the steaks and sides).

Need to decide on the first night (Tuesday). I am far more into food than the others. They have all been to Spago (we hosted a dinner there a couple of years ago), and loved it. I think they would enjoy Emeril's. A couple of us ate at the one in Orlando last year. It was pretty good. My wife and I dined at Bouchon in Yountville in early September. The food was fabulous. The service was horrible, sonething that has been reported by many on the California board as well as some locals we met in Napa. Other than the bartender, the staff was so full of themselves it was laughable.

Thanks in advance for your help and ideas.

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  1. Personally, Bouchon is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The only time we had a service problem was when we arrived close to closing, around 9:30 pm. And yes, we felt practically ignored, however, the maitre d' noticed and made up for it completely. All other meals, our service has been just fine and in fact, there was one dinner where it was so perfect, that it may well have been at one of Keller's finer restaurants.

    We've had typical french bistro fare there, as well as some dishes which we've never had anywhere else. There was one night that the special was a veal breast, which was slow cooked for many hours until it was literally falling apart. It was then reassembled into a cutlet, breaded and pan fried and served with a sauce. Unbelievable. They said they almost never make this.

    BTW, breakfasts are quite a delight there too.

    I've never been to Emeril's yet, however, have been to all of his other restaurants and enjoy them. I'm sure you can't go wrong there for a group and in general, I'd say they they are very service oriented. After all, Emeril is a rather jovial of guy and I think his business model tends to reflect this.

    I think it may come down to what type of people your co-workers are. Bouchon does not tend to get a raucus crowd. In fact, we've noticed a lot of men wearing suits there, which does not always seem to be the norm these days. Emerils will be far more relaxed.

    As for Spago - we were not overly impressed. Nice dinner - but nothing special - no "wow" factor. Unmemorable.

    1. Don't overlook the Commander's Palace at the Dessert Passage Shops at the's New Orleans style fare and FABULOUS! They have a great Saturday and Sunday jazz brunch as well. Hope you get a chance to check them out.

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      1. re: nagol

        I will agree with this. Love Commander's!

      2. We ate at Spago last time we were in Las Vegas. I've never been a fan of Puck's restaurants but my husband wanted to try it....we were very disappointed in our meal...mediocre food and lackluster service. I'd say definitely go somewhere else.

        Have only had lunch at Commander's Palace but it was wonderful!

        The Palm- in a former life I was often in Las Vegas for trade shows...whenever we were there for the automotive show one of our vendors always took us to the Palm. It was always an enjoyable meal and a fun night. May not be the best place in town, but for a business dinner it always seem to work well and the steaks were always quite tasty...

        1. I have eaten at Bouchon many times and they do a tremendous job. My experiences at Spago and Emerils have been less consistent. I also echo the comments about Commanders Palace which did a great job on a special dinner for my wife and I.

          1. My experience at Bouchon has been great food, okay service. Commander's Palace was good food, great service... i mean GREAT service. They know how to make people feel taken care of...