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Dec 3, 2006 05:36 PM

Special Occasion Dinner w/ In-Laws & Parents-LV

My husband & I moved here last month from NY. We eloped here last year. His parents are from Englnd & they've never met my family who will be joining us as well. It will be our anniversary dinner, but also where everyone will become more acquainted.

Where would be a good spot for 6 of us to dine? Any cuisine is fine, not too casual or too stuffy.

We had our weddding dinner at Le Cirque. It was great, but unfortuantely we are on a bit of a tighter budget this year.

I thought maybe off strip at Pane Vino. I hear they have a great view.

We're in Henderson, so any area is fine, but for our gueats they might appreciate somewhere with a view...

Thanks in advance.

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  1. If you haven't been already, Ventano's is in Henderson and would be an excellent choice. Great food, great view of the Strip in the distance (especially at dusk/night), and reasonable prices. I would call it mid-to-upscale, not really really fancy but certainly better than mid-scale. If anyone likes seafood they definitely should try the "Cioppino" (just in case you're not familiar with it, it's a fish soup/stew--the West Coast variant of bouillabaisse--their version lacked crab, but was loaded with other fish and shellfish). Shrimp On Stone is their signiture dish--I didn't order it but many orders went by our table and it sure smelled good. Very good oysters on the half shell.

    If you don't go with the family, try it by yourselves sometime.

    PS While we were there last week they were hosting a big family 50th anniversary dinner, so it seems to fit the special family get together place mold.

    1. Thanks John! I think we'll give that a go on our own. It does sound good, but not special enough perhaps...

      I think I'll revise my past post by changing our budget needs. I'm sure we won't be allowed to pay for our dinner anyway or any one else's for that matter.

      1. Then, if you want a view, I'd consider Alize at the Palms; very traditional but nicely done French food and a great view. Another option for the view is to go to Mix for a drink, and then head downstairs in MBay to Fleur de Lys for the food. I also love Bouchon, but there is no particular view....

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        1. re: lvnvflyer

          P.S. My 72 year old Grandmother will be attending as well. She may pass out from a $20 app.

          A view isn't super important, but I thought the visitors might enjoy it...

          1. re: dbug31

            After you indicated Ventano wasn't exactly what you were looking for, I thought about replying with exactly, almost word for word, the recomendations made by lvnvflyer, but decided to let it go and see what anybody else chimed in with. Hmmm.

            What price range are you thinking about? For any of the places around the strip which are above mid-scale (i.e. what your guests may be thinking about as "typical" LV places), I think you are going to be hard pressed to get out the door for much under 60-70 pp at dinner, assuming you are planning on a normal meal. Your grandmother may be in serious peril.

            Maybe for fun you should take them to the Peppermill! Not a culinary outing tho.

        2. we had dinner on our last visit at Mon ami gabi at Paris... the outdoor dining was fantastic with a view of the fountains... they don't take reservations for outside, but found that if you are there about 5ish, you should be able to get a seat with not much problem. Prices were very reasonable for a steak dinner, service was wonderful, and we saw multiple fountain shows.

          1. Thanks for all the advice!

            I think I'm a bit confused. I don't know what I want. Well, I do, but...I think I was just hoping I missed that hidden gem that I hadn't already heard of. I do know that getting a nice meal is not possible for less than $60-70/pp.

            I guess we'll just wing it.

            Alize does sound great. Or perhaps Andre's. I was checking out Fleur de Lys menu as well, looks tasty.

            I'll keep you posted as to our destination.