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Nov 16, 2006 01:24 PM

1 Open Night in Vegas - Suggestions?

We've got 3 nights in Las Vegas next month. I've already booked L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon for the first night and Michael Mina at the Bellagio for the last night, and am looking for suggestions to fill the open one.

We've done Atelier before (and loved it, obviously, since we're going back). Have also been to Bouchon (really enjoyed our dinner there), Aureole (good but not outstanding, although I loved playing with the wine gizmo), Commander's (like it, although we did it for lunch last time which was a bit heavy), Renoir (good, but probably wouldn't go back), Noodles in the Bellagio (hit and miss but some stuff is good - lunch or late night, not dinner), Sushi Roku (very good but a lunch option rather than dinner).

Any suggestions for our one open night? Not to limit the possible suggestions, but can anyone share thoughts on Rosemary's (worth a trip off the Strip?) or any of the places in the Wynn?

Also, any suggestions for late night eating? Our flight will be getting in around 11:30pm and we may be peckish, have a chance to squeeze in one more meal.

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  1. Rosemary's is absolutely worth the trip off the Strip.

    Find a cheap rent car for the'll be less than
    a cab out and back.

    And you'll dine beyond the dollars on the bill.

    Do the prix fixe dinner at $48 for 3 courses (with some addons)
    and split another appy if you are really hungry.

    Our party of 5 hung at the bar last week and the 3 first-timers were
    totally amazed, even after all my glowing recommendations.

    With places like Robuchon, Rosemary's may not be the best
    overall fine dining establishment in town, but it's easily the
    best value in fine dining for miles around.

    1. If you want something completely different and like Thai food, go to Lotus of Siam. I just ate there for the first time Monday night and it was superb. Very short cab ride from the strip. Not fine dining by any means, but the service was good. I enjoyed it as much or more as my meal at L'Atelier for a fraction of the cost.

      1. On a recent trip to both Las Vegas, I ate at both Rosemary and Lotus of Siam. I was absolutely thrilled with both (for very different reasons, as they are totally different dining experiences). I would definitely recommend both. Getting off that hideous Strip is a nice thing, and you'll probably have a net cost savings even after factoring in the cab ride.

        1. Ditto on the love for both Rosemary's and Lotus of Siam. Rosemary's is a much nicer setting and the food is excelent and VERY reasonable for Vegas standards. Lotus prices are absurdly low but it's a typical very ethnic Asian restaurant. The food is superb but the decor is very bland.

          Other good Vegas choices:
          Pasta Shop & Ristorante - excellent off-the-strip Itlian, home made pasta.
          Grape Street Cafe - off the strip continental
          Firefly - very good Tapas

          1. Michael Mina is wonderful, you'll love it.

            If you want to try a place at the Wynn, you have a lot of options. SW gets consistently good reviews, and from my experience, 9 times out of 10 if a place gets great reviews from the media and consistent great reviews from places like Chowhound, it's probably going to be good.

            I loved Fiamma at MGM last year, a lot of fun and food had big "wow" factor. EVERYTHING was good and my picky wife who normally doesn't like "fancy" restaurants wants to go back there. You've made some great choices, imho a place like Fiamma would be good for giving you an experience different from the other two but at the same time good.