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vegas for first time...must eat at (your top 5 please)

my husband and I are going to Vegas to see Celine in Dec. we're staying at the Bellagio for 3 nights. If you had only one visit to Vegas......what would your 5 restaurants for dinner be if you had to pick regardless of cuisine theme? what about lunch? we're interested in staying on the strip unless there's a destination that you consider a must if you could only go to Vegas once in your life. thanks!!

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  1. I really enjoyed B&B at the Venetian. The food was awesome. I also liked Circo at the Bellagio.

    1. In order, for dinner:
      1. Joel Robuchon (formerly Joel Robuchon at The Mansion)
      2. Guy Savoy
      3. Alex
      4. Picasso
      5. Okada

      Lunch is tougher; fewer and fewer top places are offering lunch:
      1. Rosemary's (but is way off Strip)
      2. Bouchon (only open for lunch on weekends)
      3. Tableau
      4. Lotus of Siam (about 1 mile off strip)
      5. Delmonico

      I have very verbose descriptions for these places on my personal web site at http://home.comcast.net/~lasvegasvaca... (click on "Restaurants").

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      1. re: Larry

        well after reviewing your web site Larry...........who needs Zagats or Frommers?? you've provided an amazing resource for people like me...thanks so much and I'll be sure to keep checking in..........if you haven't already been to Philly.........it's worth a trip.........the food is ever improving.......Reading Terminal especially fun to visit with kids.........so much more than I could write in this small space........thanks,PhillyGirl

        1. re: phillygirl

          PhillyGirl, thanks for the kind words. My nephew used to live in Philadelphia, and speaks highly of the restaurants there. I haven't managed a visit lately, but it sounds like I should!

        2. re: Larry

          Just a note: Lotus of Siam is indeed wonderful, but order off the menu, not the lunch buffet. And, note that it's closed for lunch on weekends...dinner only.

          (Try the whole, deep fried catfish...)

          ~TDQ

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          Lotus of Siam
          953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

        3. When my friends and I went last fall, some of the memorable places were:

          - Mesa Grill at Ceasar's for brunch, which was really tasty and not too expensive
          http://www.harrahs.com/casinos/caesar...

          - Tao at the Venetian for dinner, which was really more about the atmosphere (and to get into the club after dinner), but everything we got was great.

          Thanks for posting this question, I'm going for Labor Day weekend and could always use CH suggestions for Vegas restaurants!

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          1. re: gyozagirl

            would love to read your reviews after your visit over Labor Day.

            1. re: phillygirl

              It was a fantastic (but very very hot, not surprisingly, haha) weekend in Vegas!

              - First off, we got in after midnight and grabbed a few bites at Tao- like I said before, this place is definitely more about the atmosphere than the food. Just got a few rolls and some dumplings, nothing really to rave about.

              - Saturday Brunch at Thomas Keller's Bouchon (Venetian)- I had heard really good things about this place, particularly for breakfast foods, but I have to say we were pretty disappointed. We got the Croque Madame and the Tuna Tartine, which was more or less a huge mound of tuna salad on toasted flatbread. Both came with a gigantic pile of french fries, which were ok but seemed excessive/out of place during brunch to me. Maybe people have had better luck with some of the other menu items?

              - We also ate at the Grand Luxe Cafe in the Venetian, which is a 24-hour casual restaurant owned and operated by the Cheesecake Factory. That being said, it's good for a quick bite of familiar family friendly foods, especially at times when other places may no longer be serving food.

              - The final, and the biggest highlight for me, was B & B at the Venetian. It was a last minute decision to go there because we realized we had the time to go somewhere nice for dinner before our flight back. I posted pictures on a separate post on the Southwest Board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/438275

              Enjoy your stay in Vegas- I wish I could go back soon!!

          2. Besides the above excellent restaurants, you MUST try a high-end buffet while in town. Since you are staying at the Bellagio, you can try theirs with the wide range of exotic and gourmet items. I prefer the Wynn myself, but the Bellagio also receives high marks on this Board. Nothing screams Vegas like tons of prime rib and shrimp - or buffalo and smoked ahi at the Bellagio!

            1. Bouchon at the Venetian. Simple, delicious food.