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Las Vegas - perfect place for birthday dinner without breaking the bank

My mom and I will be in Las Vegas in January for a girl's only birthday celebration for her - it is an important birthday but she probably wouldn't like me sharing which one. We are staying at the Bellagio and am looking for a special place for dinner on her actual birthday. We already are going to Lotus of Siam another night and Rosemary's for lunch. Recommendations for about $75 - $100 per person (including wine) would be most helpful. Any kind of food is fine. Thanks in advance!

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  1. My first choice would be Daniel Boulud Brasserie @ the Wynn. It is a classic French Bistro w/ wonderfully prepared food and an excellent wine list. Ask for a table by the window and enjoy the Lagoon area w/ the Light show!

    I just entertained some clients last week @ Olives in Bellagio. It was wonderful from the Onion Focaccia and olive tapanade to the well presented and prepared entrees. The sommelier was wonderful and helpful as I was on a budget...and picked out some wonderful choices......

    Another great place is Fiamma @ MGM.....it is similar to the Fiamma that was in Scottsdale...though the atmosphere in Vegas is a little more subdued and elegant.

    NobHill is also wonderful and shouldn't break the bank...try the Lobster Pot Pie...Michael Mina's signature dish!

    1. I would go to Rosemary's for the special Dinner but since you are already going for lunch I won't try to talk you out of it but you should look at the menus.
      I got to disagree with Ciaogal I only like olives for lunch ( so actually i might swtich olives and rosemary's up)
      For 100 bucks a person a lot of places are very doable -- Sensei, craft steak, Enoteca San Marco, Nobu (if you don't order like 800 pieces of sushi), Mesa Grill, Bouchon..you got a lot to choose from.

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      1. re: Justjenn

        I'll disagree with both y'all when it comes to Olives. Single worst (supposedly) fine dining experience to date. Service was abhorrent, food was unmemorable. Plenty of better and more deserving choices in town.

        I'll second that emotion for Sensi. The room is stunning, the food is an unusual fusion that works, and while overall service was not quite as on top of things as Rosemary's, our waiter was excellent. And it's certainly convenient!

      2. Thanks for your recommendations. We might go ahead and switch Rosemary's for dinner based on this. We are going to a show at Mandalay Bay - is there a restaurant there that would be worth it? It would be nice to choose somewhere close.

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        1. re: sunshineinaz

          Here is a list of ratings of all the restaurants at Mandalay Bay. I can personally vouch for Verandah's for the weekend buffet, rm (although I don't rate it as highly as this website does--maybe a 16 out of 20 not 18 out of 20) and Fleur de Lys as being okay. If you scroll down about half way down you will find the listing for Mandalay Bay.

          http://vegasmadeeasy.com/hotelguide.php

        2. I always like border grill but its nothing fancy. And i have heard great things about stripsteak but its pricey. Stay away from RUm Jungle.

          1. Thanks for all your help. Trying to decide between Stripsteak, RM and Fleur de Lys. Which would you choose?

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            1. re: sunshineinaz

              i've eaten at all 3...though rm was only apps at the bar ...it's a stretch to get a meal w/wine at stripsteak and fleur de lys with your budget...sharing apps/sides at stripsteak...you might be able to do it...it's fun to do that w/ a group anyways ( as you probably know most vegas strip resort restaurants - the wine price range is rather extreme ) - i think stripsteak is much more relaxed ( but hip/cool ) then fleur , but i don't consider fleur to be "uptight and pretentious" ....hmmm maybe i'm uptight and pretentious !! anyways..an option might be go to 55 degrees ( in the mandalay mall area ...it's the closest space to the casino ) ...it's a wine store...do a tasting...pick out a bottle or 2 and take it to the restaurant you choose - the corkage at fleur de lys is $35...my guess it will be the same at stripsteak ....just a thought.

              enjoy !

            2. Stripsteak . Everyone I have talked to has told me that Fleur de Lys is completely uptight and pretensious. I can do without that when I forking over good money for food.

              1. Bouchon can not be beat, it is phenomenal. I was just in vegas and was completely disappointed with daniel boulud brasserie. I had high hopes because i love all his restaurants in NYC. the food was up to the standard but they totally overdesigned the room and it does not match the character of the food, so much so that it affected how i tasted the food. Also the music from the outside wynn water show is really loud and annoying.

                I ate at B and B ristorante and it was incredible. Best italian sommelier I have ever come across tell him what you like and he will take you to a new region that you have never had before and open up your eyes and palette. The grilled octupus app is amazing and they make the best pasta you can find in america.

                B&B and Bouchon are my favorite vegas restaurants. I also like circo and nobhill quite a bit. Pinot brasserie is good and very underrated.

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                1. re: samurai221

                  Certainly agree with Pinot Brass being underrated. We always stay at the Venetian, eat at Bouchon at least 4 times between brk and dinner. Favorite restaurant, great wine guy too - Paul Peterson. Love B&B as well, will have to ask their wine guy for rec's. Plus Pinot lets you bring in your own wine without a corkage fee. Have always wanted to try other rest's (besides olives for lunch) but am afraid nothing will compare. BTW, used to love NobHill when we stayed at MGM, but it seems as though their prices have doubled!! Bouchon is still very reasonable and hasn't succumbed to the greed factor.

                2. I just wanted to thank everyone for their help. We went to Stripsteak and it was wonderful. Went over budget but it was well worth it. I had the lamb and it was great. The service was excellent too. Also tried Rosemary's and Lotus of Siam for the first time and I can see why everyone raves about them. Great trip and great food to match!