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las vegas group dining abt. $25 pp, ON THE STRIP

planning a combind bachelorette/bachelor party on a busy weekend in vegas... i think that they want on the strip...

they are staying on the tropicana side of the strip, but we're partying over at tao at the venetian...

is there a place where i can make a reservation for about 12-15 people where it will be GOOD food, NOT a buffet, and about $25 pp not including drinks??? someone suggested pf chang's only 'cause we could split the bill, but i'm not a fan... and i don't want to go to n9ne, 'cause frankly i'm all palms-ed out...

i know of expensive places to eat and cheap places to eat, but with a group that big, it could get expensive fast...

i was also thinking of that one carribean-theme restaurant off the strip.. i think it's off flamingo.. but with how traffic gets, i think we're better off on the strip...

mahalo =)

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  1. just got off the phone with another bridesmaid... is there a place that serves " family style" for ease of splitting the bill with everyone at the party!?!?!!?

    has anyone eaten at tao? is that expensive?

    1. $25 is going to be tough if you are going to be having drinks- although I would think that pf changs would be a good choice given that it is family style. Im not sure how laid back of a place you are looking for but the pink taco at the hard rock may be a good option for you if youre up for mexican.

      theres always in n out burger. seriously, hope you have a great time.

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      1. re: yankeefan

        thanks! we're not including drinks.. i figure people can pay for their own drinks themselves. my thought was to just split the food bill evenly by whoever comes, and then people pay for their own drinks...

        this is prettty expensive celebration because we're all from out of town and there's a destination wedding down the line...

        which is why we are trying to really stick to a budget... =)

        and yeah, thanks! we're gonna have a great time! hahaha i got my mandatory vegas attire all prepped and ready to go (albeit the trip is a few months a way).... not bringing the obnoxious "tourist" attitude that people tend to indulge in when they go out there though! hahahah

      2. Not sure about reservations, but try calling Gonzalez Y Gonzalez at New York New York-It's a small mexian place that could probably seat you all if you called ahead. We went there one night for my bachelorette party last summer, and there were 10 of us. You could do $25 per person (not counting drinks) easily.

        But I agree, other than mexican, you're going to have a tough time on the strip with that kind of price limit.

        1. I don't know if you've considered, but my girlfriends and I went for a bachelorette party and made reservations a day ahead at the Rum Jungle restaurant in Mandalay Bay. I don't remember if the food was good, but it's not family style and we all spent around $25 for food only. Oh and there were about 20 of us. The place is really nice too.

          1. There are two options in the fashion show mall that might work: one is Maggiano's, which is an Italian restaurant, serves the food family style, and is reasonable. It's a chain, but the food is pretty decent. Similarly, Cafe ba ba reeba is a tapas place in the fashion show which might be a good choice...lots of small plates and both inside and outside space. The food is fine and they have decent sangria.

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            1. re: lvnvflyer

              ohh that cafe ba ba reeba sounds like a great idea... i'll have to look for a website... tapas sounds great!

              and sangria is ALWAYS good =) my cuzin and her fiancee love my sangria. so that seems appropriate...

            2. MAHALO for all the great suggestions everyone!!!

              for a party like this, do you guys recommend that i just pre-order the menu so that there is no hassle on the night of???

              1. I hope you either know someone or have arranged for Bottle Service at Tao, otherwise you'll have to wait in line for a loooong time (possibly forever) to get in.

                I second Cafe ba ba reeba for dinner.

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                1. re: hrhboo

                  yup! that's taken care of =) thanks! =) i HATE waiting... =) wouldn't go anywhere where i would have to wait longer than 30 min... =)

                  ok just looked at the onlien menu.. it's for chicago?!?! so i assume they haev one in chicago..

                  how many do the taps serve? in my experience, my friends and i usually pick 1 tapas dish each...but since there are about 10-15 of us, i'm thinking 4-5 dishes and then 2-3 orders per dish???? not sure..

                  any recs as to which dishes to order????

                  i'll prolly call the catering dept this weekend...

                  mahalo again!!! =)

                  1. re: kinipela

                    I'm not sure if it's the same one in Chicago, here a link to a bit more info:


                    With such a large bunch you'll be able to sample the whole menu! You could always start with 1-2 dishes each and then order more as the evening progresses. Enjoy Vegas!

                    1. re: kinipela

                      Same ownership as the chicago one, I think a very similar menu. I think your idea is a good one; when we go with a large group, what we tend to do is split the table up into sets of four (so three sets of four if you are twelve) and order a tapa three times, one for each foursome. That way, no one feels like they are missing out on anything! I'd probably start with two or three different ones and then see what people think. The dates and bacon are nice, and the goat cheese/tomato sauce is a pretty classic item. The gazpacho, although not so easy to share, is really very good.

                  2. haven't called cafe ba ba reeba yet... will also call maggiano's in the next day or 2 and make the reservations...

                    got a list from the other bridesmaids.... i deleted pf changs... does anyone have thoughts on these?? i don't have much time.. i have a job... hahaha and so i really don't want to waste my time calling if they aren't "worth it." Thanks!!!

                    oh also, i realize some of these aren't on the strip.. which is fine.... =)

                    oh and i think tryst might be one of our options too.. but no need to worry about the club situation =) we got that pretty much taken care of...

                    MAHALO again =)

                    Tao Asian Bistro
                    Venetian Hotel
                    702-388-8338 $25-35 Reservations Suggested

                    Bahama Breeze Restaurant
                    375 Hughes Center Drive
                    702-731-3252 $15-25

                    Kahunaville Restaurant
                    Treasure Island
                    702-894-7390 $15-25

                    Pampas Brazilian Grille
                    Planet Hollywood
                    702-737-4748 $25-35

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                    1. re: kinipela

                      youre better off with pf changs than any you have listed here to be honest. tao will blow your budget. I second an earlier mention of gonzalez y gonzalez in nyny, very good margaritas and mexican at a reasonable price. fun atmosphere as well

                      1. re: kinipela

                        Bahama Breeze is awful (and, of course, not on the Strip). Pampas will be far more than what you have budgeted for. I would agree with those who recommended Ba Ba Reeba.

                      2. I second (or third or fourth) the Cafe Ba Ba Reeba rec. You might also consider the Border Grill at Mandalay Bay. You could definitely stay with in your price range there, especially if you pre-order a selction of items for the group and stay away from the more expensive entrees (which aren't the best part of the menu anyway, imho). Good drinks, and a nice outdoor patio, which may or may not be appealing depending on what month you'll be there.

                        1. *sigh* what about sushi roku at the forum shops??? and now we're looking at $50 pp....

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                          1. re: kinipela

                            i really like Sushi Roku and i think if everyone shared sushi rolls you could stay in budget

                            1. re: jeffbatl

                              If you are a Las Vegas, NV resident or a member of your group is Sushi Roku is running 20% total bill all summer.....

                              If you are partying @ the Venetian what about Caneletto....Most of the Pizzas, Pastas, Risottos and some of the Entrees are under $25......


                              1. re: jeffbatl

                                but would we be full??? i was thinking of eating beforehand just for that reason... *sigh* i think we're set on sushi roku... *sigh*

                                thanks all!!!

                                1. re: kinipela

                                  I really, really like Sushi Roku, but I thought it was a little pricey. The last time I was there the bill for just me and my 13 year old was $85.

                                  The time before I went with a friend and I can't reacll the exact total, but I know it was at least $150 (maybe more)

                            2. I think you've dropped the Maggiano's idea but at least here in Chicago (where they started) they have prix fixe package where you order 2 apps, 2 salads, 2 pastas, 2 entrees and 2 desserts for a fixed cost of around $29/pp, they serve family style and it's all you can eat.

                              I know it gets a bad rap outside Chicago cuz it's a chain but we tend to think of it as "homegrown" and not "chain-y" and they do a nice job with groups. May even give you a private room if they have the space.

                              You would pre-order a menu if you do the prix fixe option.

                              The Nonna's pound cake dessert is really really good, btw. LOL

                              1. HERE IS MY REVIEW OF SUSHI ROKU....

                                i thought it had a good vibe.. the service was just great. our server was very attentive and knew our needs, as we had to rush out of there to make our evening festivities...

                                the foo dhowever was really over priced... i didn't really even enjoy the quality of the food. i ordered teh seafood tempura and a side of rice. which was $2.50. if you want miso soup and rice, you'll have to pay $5.00. My tempura came with shrimp, a scallop, and fish. i didn't like the scallop... but i'm pretty picy with my scallops, as i like them tender...

                                the bachelorette ordered soba, and i think she enjoyed her meal. one guy ordered the ribeye and he said it was actually very good. his wife had his salad, and well, you can't really go wrong with salad.

                                the chicken teriyaki was really tiny and looked dry...

                                so i wasn't impressed with the food... i actually ate ahead of time, just in case it would be too expensive... which i thought it was.

                                BUT, i i'm known to appreciate thigns for what they are. so for sushi roku, the atmosphere and the service was great... the food not so good.. i don't think i'ld go there again on my own... but if i had a group of people who also had money, then i would go, more so for the vibe and atmosphere (think geisha house la... who goes for the food?!?!!?). it's not a wild vibe or atmosphere, but a good place to pre-party before hitting the nightscene....

                                i would probably eat beforehand though yet again... hahaha

                                thanks everyone for your suggestions =) i'll have to try cafe ba ba reeba and maggiano's on a later date.. although i can easily get to a maggianos wherever i go.. i still do want to try it =)

                                mahalo again =)