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Fun group dinner at/near Venetian Las Vegas

BBB Feb 5, 2008 06:55 PM

I'm looking for recommendations for a tasty & fun business dinner. It's a group of 10 with varied diets, everything from die hard beef eater to a fish only eater (I guess that's what you get with big groups).

I personally love Bouchon but wanted to try something new, maybe one of the new Batali restaurants? What is the best bet for a broad menu variety without compromising food quality? Prefer to stay with Venetian/Palazzo restaurants just for convenience sake.

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    Justjenn RE: BBB Feb 6, 2008 08:44 AM

    I really enjoyed Enoteca San Marco -- lots of options for the meat eaters to the veggies. Only thing tell them not to bring everything at once. Its not so stuffy or expensive and the food is solid (oh yeah yummy wine tooo)

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      Adam23 RE: Justjenn Mar 4, 2008 11:52 AM

      Agree. We just had a group of 10 there this past weekend. They made up some nice cheese and vege and meat plates for the table and then we had some nice wine and main courses. Prices reasonably and food solid.

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      foodgimp RE: BBB Feb 6, 2008 10:31 AM

      David Burke at the Venetian might be fun. They have a very eclectic menu that I am sure would have something for everyone in your party!

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        BBB RE: foodgimp Feb 6, 2008 06:48 PM

        I considered David Burke, but have not heard good things. I'm leaning towards Carnevino, giving in to the meat eaters. Has anyone been yet?

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          Honeychan RE: BBB Feb 6, 2008 07:27 PM

          I haven't eaten at Carnevino, as the sticker-shock stopped me. A steak dinner for 2, for $150? I don't think so. See if the Palazzo has a full menu +prices before you commit- I thought the prices were outrageous. I'd rather eat @ B&B.

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            Debbie W RE: Honeychan Feb 7, 2008 08:33 AM

            We were scheduled to eat at Carnevino next Tuesday and actually re-thought it based on the exorbitant prices and the lack of feedback thus far. I'm willing to take one for the team, but not at those prices!! I'm a fan of B&B though.

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              Carney RE: Honeychan Feb 16, 2008 12:52 AM

              have eaten at carnevino, best steaks I've ever had in my life. definitely worth the prices.

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              biondanonima RE: BBB Feb 7, 2008 07:20 AM

              Can't comment on Carnevino, but we stayed in the Palazzo this weekend and the bistro/steakhouse there, Morels, looked pretty good and the prices seemed fairly reasonable. Lots of non-steak choices too.

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                foodgimp RE: BBB Feb 7, 2008 07:21 AM

                I had heard the same thing about David Burke, but decided to try it anyway and was pleasantly surprised! My friend had a lobster "steak" that was delicious and I had Snapper cooked on a cast Iron plate that was amazing! The "Burke in a box" appetizer was good but not great. We split the Creme Brulee sampler for dessert. Five different flavors! YUM!!! (even the Grape was good!)

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                  mdietrich RE: BBB Mar 4, 2008 08:13 AM

                  David Burke is obviously a talented, creative chef...too bad that he is not onsite in Las Vegas to supervise the delivery of his creations. I had dinner there last night, it was a huge disapointment. I had a fish special that was terrible. $40 for a teensy, tiny, overcooked portion of halibut. No sauce, no flavor, what a joke. Maitre d' was warning me against other items on the menu. Spend you money elsewhere.....I will not return

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                    foodgimp RE: mdietrich Mar 4, 2008 11:12 AM

                    I am sorry. I feel bad that my recommendation did not work out for you. After hearing about other bad experiences, maybe I was the exception to the rule.

              2. BBB RE: BBB Feb 15, 2008 01:36 PM

                Do NOT go to Carnevino!!! We went this week and it is very obvious that they are still working out the kinks as the restaurant is still new. Service was slow and confused, long gaps between each course, the servers got mixed up with who ordered what at our table and sent cutlery/dishes to the wrong diner. I ordered the NY strip medium rare, it was practically raw and still cold inside. I sent it back to the kitchen and it came back overdone, medium well to well done around the edges and medium in the center. Many of our dishes were oversalted and inconsistent. I was really looking forward to this meal as I really love other Batali restaurants but was very disappointed. Hopefully they'll be able to work out the kinks soon.

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                  Justjenn RE: BBB Mar 4, 2008 12:34 PM

                  I really enjoyed Enoteca San Marco at the Venetian. Low Key, Fun, great wine and solid food. Service was a bit odd. They served everything at once -- apps, pizza and main dish...you might want to tell them to space everything. But the family style sharing was fun and the pork was yummy

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