vegas dining? i know - wrong board--->but....
I believe you all will have some good ideas.
I am looking for somewhere nice/romantic, don't mind paying$$$ for good food but budget is an issue.
Any Angeleno suggestions?
Had a wonderful meal at Aqua in the Bellagio hotel last month. My companion and I each had the Chilean sea bass in a miso broth--we agreed it was among the best pieces of fish we had ever had. To start, I had some sort of raw fish salad which was wonderful (though I can't remember the details today), while my friend had a sublime oyster souffle. With a bottle of wine and a cocktail or two, the total was about $200 for two--and well worth it.
We had a fantastic dinner at Prime at the Bellagio. it is a high-end steak house that is right along the dancing water display, so if you go, make sure you get a window seat. The steaks were great but the sides were much more inspired than your average creamed spinach and potatoes. The service was outstanding and the decor is beautifully understated, not your average manly kind of steak house, wagon wheel stuff.
You should check out the Southwest board, they've been very helpful to me in the past but be patient because it's not that active.
I concur with Muhlyssa's recommendation of Prime. I would also recommend Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris. Quite a bit lower in cost than Prime, and obviously not the same type of dining experience, but excellent steak frites, a good selection of wine by the glass, and patio dining right across the street from the Bellagio fountains. Going back up (way back up) in price, I also like Andre's at the Monte Carlo. Excellent rack of lamb, sauteed fois gras, enormous wine list.
Joe -- I still don't know how to attach a link, but you can look this up. Several people on this board have waxed eloquently about a favorite chef, Saipin Chutima, who used to cook in L.A., and is now in Vegas at Lotus of Siam. (Intending to visit next time I'm in Vegas). Good luck.
I also had an excellent meal at PRIME. If you can get seated by the lake, it is a great experience. And for pure romance, you can't beat The Swan Room at AUREOLE in Mandalay Bay. It has a price fix menu at around 75 dollars, is very good food, and is totally romantic. A lovely room set by a small lake with swans.