Vegas Lunch Solo ~ Dinner Itinerary
Hi everyone. I'm heading out to Vegas in a couple of weeks and although I'm pretty set on where I want to eat for dinner (well almost set) I would love some lunch suggestions since I'm tagging along on my husband's business trip and will lunch alone. I don't need huge elaborate meals but would like something a notch above the ordinary (but no Japanese please).
So far this is what I have planned. Please note that I'm not interested in the big name restaurants since I can get that close to home (NYC and vicinity).
Sunday - Firefly (arriving late so thought it would be good for some late-night snacks)
Monday - Bouchon
Tuesday - Lotus of Siam
Wednesday - Sensi (We were originally thinking of going more upscale but heard good things. What do you think?
Would need recommendations for Monday and Tuesday lunch since I plan on going to the Burger Bar on Wednesday with husband.
Also, thinking of having drinks at Nobhill. Any other suggestions for after dinner drinks?
As always, thank you!
Hi. I always get a little annoyed when someone asks for recommendations but never reports back so better late then never! I'm not a writer so I won't be able to give you tantalizing descriptions of the meals we had but I can manage a summary.
We arrived in Vegas and had a 9:00 reservation at Firefly although my body was telling me it was midnight. What a great casual place. I loved the vibe and will definately return. Thank you to Dave Feldman who I saw on some show and who recommended the place.
The second night we had drinks at TAO, nothing special but it didn't hurt either and then dinner at Bouchon. We started with the seafood plateau and our waitress said that she normally doesn't say this to her customers but we ate that dish faster then anyone she has ever seen. If I were chunky I would be highly insulted and couldn't help but be a LITTLE insulted. Anyway, it was unbelievable. It was the freshest raw seafood I have ever had....ever! The rest of the meal was nice but not earth-shattering.
The third night we did Lotus. Honestly, I wish I never went. I ordered my favorite Thai dish (fried whole fish) and it was the best I have ever had. With that said, it was so good it has ruined me for now all other dishes will not live up to that. We may just have to come out there again for that dish alone!
The last night was Sensi. I was disappointed in the food. It wasn't that it was not good but for the prices we could have gone somewhere a touch nicer. In it's defense their cocktails were the best I had in Vegas.
Now onto my original question. Except for the Burger Bar, I stayed and ordered in my lunch at the hotel (business) since I was either working out or laying buy the pool. I definately want to try the suggestions but there wasn't enough time. Thank you again, hounds!!
Thanks for reporting back. We were there last week and had dinner one night at Sensi and also were disappointed in food. The menu is all over the place which makes it difficult to put together a coherent meal, and the execution isn't up to the price. However, the arugula and beet salad was excellent. Our waiter was extremely strange but did his job well enough. We'd had drinks first at Michael Mina and so didn't try any of Sensi's cocktails although we did have a decent glass of wine. We won't be rushing back.
Nice report! I was at Bouchon on Tuesday night and had a wonderful experience. Similar to your LOS experience, the terrine de foie gras has now ruined me for all other pate. It was ethereal!
My dinner companion also had the grand plateau of seafood and commented that although he probably should have had something "more Bouchon" it was exceptional. He ate it quickly too! I had the mussels and frites and pretty much didn't touch the frites. They were twice fried, so nice and crisp, but I had better fries elsewhere. The mussels were fine, but not remarkable. We ended with the cheese plate and there was a blue cheese that was wonderful--wish I could remember what it was called!
My other dining locations were Stack at the Mirage for a pre-show snack, Lotus of Siam for lunch, Japonais at the Mirage for a post-dinner drink, and Mon Ami Gabi at Paris for a very late lunch/early dinner.
My experience at both Mirage locations was a "too cool for school" attitude from the service staff--not appreciated by me. Stack had one nice appetizer--the tuna tacos--and the presentations were very elegant, but the service experience put a damper on the whole night. The woman who was bussing my table was the nicest, most engaged person there--I wished she had been my server instead of my actual server. The server and bartender were totally disconnected from the patrons. The hostess was just apologetic.
LOS was incredible, which I've commented on in a different post.
Mon Ami Gabi was my fourth choice after striking out on several locations, all of which were closed between 2 and 5:30 pm. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed it, with a table inside next to the patio so I could see the Bellagio Fountains. I had the skate with caper sauce, garlic "chips" (fries) and a marinated vegetable trio. The skate was meltingly tender and seasoned perfectly, with a generous amount of capers. The garlic chips were thin ballotins of potato--nicely crisp, but I would have added more garlic.
All in all, I once again ran out of meals before I ran out of places I wanted to eat. Time to schedule a return trip!
DebbieW. You are spot on with the menu. It's nice for a group with different palates but it was too varied.
AlFerris. Sounds wonderful! I don't know if you saw "No Resevations" where Anthony Bourdain eats at Bouchon and was saying that Keller has an amazing relationship with his fish suppliers who gives him (alone) their best catch. The plateau certainly lived up to that! Bourdain also mentions that the fries where even better than his at Les Halles and like you, I didn't think that they there phenomenal.
Sorry you didn't have a better service experience at the Mirage. I try to avoid places like that in Manhattan b/c who needs that attitude when you are plopping down a nice chunk of change for a meal.
The dish at Mon Ami Gabi sounds great. I have to admit in the 4 days I was there I spent $5.00 on gambling. Who needs to gamble in Vegas when you could just spend your entire trip eating!!
Since you have your dinner itinerary planned and Burger Bar is already on your radar, I'll make a couple lunch recommendations.
I third the recommendation for Bonito Michoacan. Outstanding Mexican (NOT Tex-Mex) food and terrific margaritas. Make sure you order the guacamole prepared tableside.
If you have a car or are willing to wait for a cab to pick you up again at the end of your meal, Table 34 is an excellent restaurant in an odd location--a corporate office park. It's technically still in Las Vegas, but it's quite far from the strip.
It was a few years ago that I was there, but I really enjoyed the lunch I had at Border Grill at the Mandalay Bay. We sat outside at a lovely misted, shaded table that overlooked the pool.
If you eat a late breakfast (the breakfast burrito at--don't laugh!--the Excalibur coffee shop is enormous and delicious, filled with eggs, cheese, crispy hash browns and chorizo, and served with a side of really hot salsa and avocado wedges) have high tea somewhere. The Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio and the Verandah at the Four Seasons at the Mandalay Bay serve two of the best in town.
600 E Warm Springs Rd Ste 180, Las Vegas, NV 89119
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
someone mentioned Ba BA - it's similar to firefly so it might be worth comparing....or i think firefly has an asian "fusion" sister reataurant, dragonfly...might be a lunch option. you say no japanese - how about chinese ( chinatown is about a 1 mile from the strip westbound on spring mountain ) also, vietnamese and other asian specialties on this street. someone mentioned Michoacan...about 2 miles from the strip - good food.
You ask about after dinner drinks - how about before dinner drinks...hit MIX atop THE Hotel ( Mandalay Bay ) great view, decent drinks, interesting bathroom.... you can go post-dinner, but depending on time, might be a little crowded. Someone also mentioned Fontana Bar...not sure if it re-opened, if it did, it's a nice stop for drinks. Also mentioned - postrio - the make a very tasty lobster club sandwich - enjoy while watching the all the shoppers.
finally, if late arrival, several of the casinos ( like bellagio and venetian ) have noodle shops that are open late...the soups are very good.
Red 8 at the Wynn is a nice place for lunch....
The have some new lunch offerings as well as an extensive dim sum menu which is very good!
I have dined there many times for lunch as a solo diner....they also offer a communal table...which is a nice way to join other dining alone....
This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you! I read great things about Cafe Ba Ba Reeba but may go in a different direction since we are starting our trip at the Firefly.
Yes, KJS, we usually do pre-dinner drinks (although sometimes it's not always in my best interest..I can only handle so much) as well so we will be able to use almost all of the poster's recommendations. Just curious, I'm now accustomed to paying $14.00 a cocktail, are the prices in Vegas about the same as NY?
Have never been to the Wynn so may use that as an excuse to have lunch there. Thanks again everyone!
Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is one of my favorite spots for lunch. Some tasty tapas and fantastic sangria. Make sure to ask for a table on the patio.
For lunch I also enjoy Postrio, Olives, and Bonito Michoacan ( off the Strip ).
Nobhill is a great place for drinks and food as well. Some other choices would be the Fontana Bar at Bellagio, Mix at Mandalay Bay, and Picasso also at Bellagio ( they have a bar there but do not serve food at it ).
3715 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S # 1144, Las Vegas, NV
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Todd English's Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV