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visiting..mandalay bay.

once again, its time for the "birthday visit" to vegas.
Last year we had an incredible dining experience at nobu.
We also had great meals at the burger restaurant at the mandalay
bay as well as bobby flays restaurant mesa.
We didnt make it to lotus of siam..(bad hangover)...so its on our
list this year.
Im seeking two other restaurants...no buffets (been there, done that),
no french food, no steakhouses.
Thanks so much...

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  1. Seafood at Aqua Knox in the Venetian was great. Kerry Simon's place in the Hard Rock is also quite good.

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    1. re: lilly1114

      simon's place in hard rock closed several months ago - he's opening a place at the palm's ( not sure when it will open ) and he had a place in luxor ( cathouse ) ...i was going to hit american bistro in luxor this week but i just read where the executive chef and others just left so i figured ...pass on that !!
      let's see - no french, no steak ....eating LOS ...thai...hmmm...i guess italian is an option - B&B at venetian, did you see my review of Charlie at the palazzo ( seafood ) might be worth a try ... nob hill at mgm, for american you got table 10 ( emeril ) at palazzo ( i did a review on that a month ago ) ...not bad...since you're willing to go off the strip, how about todd's in henderson or rosemary's or vitner grill on the westside ?

      happy eating !

      1. re: lilly1114

        Any comments on Sensi? Very good ratings on Tripadvisor, but a little mixed here.

      2. Nob Hill at MGM Grand is a great choice. I thnk it is the most underrated vegas resto. Lots of good menu chocies (including the famous Lobster Pot Pie which my wife swoons over). Get one of the booths by the bar--it is nicer than the regular part of the resto. I am going on April 11th and having the tasting menu ($125 per) and I will report back. The menu is on their website. It is also a fairly short walk from Manadalay Bay.

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        1. re: John Lowrey

          As long as you are at Mandalay Bay, I would go to RM Seafood, on the MB side of Mandalay Place. Upstairs is more elaborate than the casual downstairs cafe, but both are excellent (and downstairs they have fried Ipswich clams, with bellies, pretty rare in these parts). Another MB recommendation is Aureole. Finally, the Verandah at the Four Seasons next door is an excellent choice (for any meal).

          1. re: Friend of Bill

            thanks chowhonds for all those recommendations.
            Nob Hill sounds amazing...especially the yummy-sounding lobster pie.Thanks also for the tip about where to sit.
            We had a drink last year at RM...didnt check out the downstairs casual restaurant. Indeed, fried ipswich clams sound enticing.

          2. re: John Lowrey

            From John Lowrey: "It is also a fairly short walk from Manadalay Bay."

            Define, "short walk."

            1. re: The Old Man

              Maybe as compared to walking to, let's say, the Venetian! But everything looks LOTS closer in Vegas than it is. However there is a free tram that runs between the Excalibur and Luxor and Mandalay Bay, and certainly it's a short walk from the Excalibur over to MGM.

              1. re: Debbie W

                You are right Debbie and The Old Man--I have walked it and "easy" wasa poor chice of words on my part. I should have said "walkable".

                1. re: John Lowrey

                  Especially if you're dressing up for dinner. That said many people in the restaurants and shows look like they just came from mowing the lawn!

                  1. re: The Old Man

                    There could (should?) be an entire thread about just that - how people dress so poorly here when they are going to nice places.

            2. re: John Lowrey

              I think Nob Hill is underrated as well. I really enjoy that place. Yes, the lobster pot pie is fantastic - I had one about a month ago at Michael Mina @ the Bellagio. Out of this world!

              The chicken tettrazini is phenomenal as well. I haven't been in a while but I could've swore that I read where the CT is only available on a tasting menu now. Shame. That's good eatin'.

              1. re: azbirdiemaker

                reservations have been made for nobhill and lotus of siam...two more restaurants to reserve. Most likely...rm seafood (for that clam sandwich that was recommended) and ????...

                1. re: domesticgodess

                  you're gonna love nob hill! the banana tatin is to die for!!

            3. nobhill, seablue & fiamma @ mgm
              fix @ belaggio