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Oct 13, 2008 07:40 PM

Le Cirque or Picasso? (Las Vegas)

OK so I'm off to Las Vegas for trip #2 and want this to KILL my last trip. Here is my set lineup but having a VERY hard time deciding between Picasso and Lecirque. While they both seem to have there advantages, I was wondering if anyone could compare the two.

-Lunch at Mesa Grill
-Dinner at Picasson or Le Cirque??????

-Breakfast at Bouchon Bistro
-Lunch at Enoteca San Marco
-Dinner at Fleur De Lys

-Breakfast at Tableau
-Lunch at Border Grill
-Dinner at SW Steakhouse

-Breakfast at Bouchon Bistro
-Lunch at Burger Bar or Delmonico's
-Dinner at B&B

-Breakfast at Bouchon
-Lunch at Mesa Grill
-Dinner at Michael Mina (Cookbook tasting menu since Nobhill no longer offers it)

Ok so any help would be awsome and appreciated GREATLY. I want this to be a very MEMORALBLE trip and I will be Solo AGAIN, none of my friends seem to want to spend the kind of money I do at restaurants...W/E. I will be staying at The Venetian which is why I chose Bouchon for Breakfast so many time as I'm in love with the place so don't bother giving my breakfasts recs. And I will be giving very detailed reviews of my trip for all you chowhounds out there as thats my main goal is to help yall!

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  1. When I dined solo, I liked Le Cirque better than Picasso. Service was much more attentive and food was better at Le Cirque. I was taking notes during both dinners (maybe Le Cirque thought I was a food critic). Funny thing though, I live in NYC and don't much care for Le Cirque in NYC.

    10 Replies
    1. re: ellenost

      Thanks ellenost. Thats what I was leaning towards. Picasso sounds very lovely but it seems to be somewhere to take a loved one rather than dining solo.

      1. re: cgervais45

        Have you tried Alex yet? If not, that's another spectacular place to dine solo. The staff made me feel like a queen. I've also dined there with my sister, and there was no drop in service dining solo.

        1. re: ellenost

          As much as I would like to, Le Cirque seems more playfull and fun and I want to be able to enjoy the fountain show throughout my meal! I will be replacing Fleur De Lys with Alize which will be nice as well!

          1. re: cgervais45

            cgervais45 -

            Why are you replacing Fleur De Lys with Alize?
            I was looking forward to what you had to say about FdL. There seems to be very little on the board about them and I was curious to see what you thought. Now I'm curious about Alize!

            As to your original post - I haven't been to PIcasso but have been to Le Cirque several times... and Le Cirque is marvelous.


            1. re: Cookiefiend

              Yeah I was having a hard time between FDL and Alize but I noticed Alize doesn't get much rec. on here and I want to review it for all to see how it compares to the others. Alize ambiance and menu appeals to me a little more.

              1. re: cgervais45

                I can't remember if you're going to be in Vegas before or after we are - we're in at the end of the month (in time for Halloween!) - but at any rate, I'll look forward to your report!

                1. re: Cookiefiend

                  I'll be in Oct. 27- 31rst leaving Halloween night. Where are yall planning on dining at?

                  1. re: cgervais45

                    B & B, Bouchon, Vintner's Grill (in Summerlin) and the last evening at Daniel Boulud's in the Wynn. It was a hard decision and I'm very much looking forward to some marvelous dinners. I was hoping to try the L'Atelier this year, last year we went to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion last year and it was incredible (in spite of our dining companions), but because we knew the wine list would be stupidly over-priced, we said 'not this time'.

                    I'd like to do a 'Dine around' sort of thing, and try different places for each course but Mr CF likes to know where he's going and stay there to enjoy himself - which is absolutely fine too. ;-)

                    I haven't planned our lunches - it depends on what the guys are doing - we just usually play it by ear.... I've got plenty of ideas from this board!

                    1. re: Cookiefiend

                      Yeah I'm VERY excited about B&B and currently trying to set up a customized pasta tasting menu as I already know what pastas and deserts I want to try. If all goes well this will be a very memorable meal for me. Have fun during your trip!

                      1. re: cgervais45

                        Be sure to try the Mint Lamb Purses - they're ohmigod good... and the doughnuts with the chocolate sauce - need I say more?

                        You have fun too!

    2. On my last trip to Vegas I dined at Le Cirque, Picasso, Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, and Alex. Le Cirque was great for the group I was with that night. There were six of us and not everyone was a foodie. Their menu has a wide variety which worked well for us since we could order many different items that looked good and taste a bit of everything. The dining room is small and whimsical. The tables are practically on top of each other and it gives the room an intimate feel. The food at Le Cirque was excellent but for my taste the portion size may have been a bit large (I enjoy many smaller tastes). The service was polished but not snooty and I could tell the staff enjoyed what they do for a living. There are windows to look out at the fountains but the room draws your attention inward rather than focusing on the show outside.

      Picasso was our favorite experience overall on our trip to Las Vegas. The food was not the most amazing we experienced (Alex and Guy Savoy took that title,) but the service, ambience and pace of the meal were truly world-class. The staff at Picasso were entirely focused on making sure we were treated like kings and queens. It is one of the only restaurants I've dined at where any request we had for the kitchen was taken care of on the spot without hearing a server give an excuse why some request can't be done or trying to explain the restaurant's "rules" regarding their menu format. The dining room at Picasso is much larger than Le Cirque and more open. The tables are well spaced, and the windows looking out at the fountains are much larger and offer a better view from almost anywhere in the room. The food was as good as what we ate at Le Cirque but portions were smaller and their menu allows for more variety (five courses instead of three). Our server offered us a table on the patio after dessert to enjoy coffee and tea and to watch the show. He anticipated every need we had and was perhaps the most gracious server I've ever met.

      I'm not sure where I'd go in Las Vegas if I were dining solo but I'm sure that neither would be a bad choice (of the two I'd go back to Picasso just because of the excellent service I received). I would also throw Alex into the mix. The restaurant is beautiful, the service is outstanding without being too stuffy, and the food there is wonderful.

      8 Replies
      1. re: mscherzberg

        how does Alex compare to Le Cirque in terms of price?

        1. re: jamtart12

          It's not too bad, their prix-fixe menu was $145, Le Cirque was around $100.

          1. re: mscherzberg

            Alex is $165 Prix Fixe, Le Cirque $98.
            Alex is $210 Tasting, Le Cirque $145.

            1. re: uhockey

              Sorry to be a pest, but would anybody know what the tasting menu(or equiv) @Picasso runs?

              1. re: ns1

                Picasso is $113.00 for 4 course and $126.00 for the tasting menu I believe. Check for more details on it.

                1. re: cgervais45

                  There is no pricing to be found anywhere @The Bellagio site, but that's pretty damn reasonable.

                  Thanks! Your reports have been most helpful

                  1. re: ns1

                    If you go to and click on picasso and then click the + sign where it says DESERTS it will tell you the price and the price with wine pairings!

      2. One of the most under rated aspects of Picasso is their ability to adapt. I will not go into the food and service aspect as I feel it is the #1 restaurant in LV (All aspects considered) but when a place can be so accommodating and not miss a beat it makes me want to return over and over. Lastly, if you want, Picasso does have a unpublished corkage policy. So if you have a super special bottle that you'd like to enjoy while dining in the lap of luxury, do bring it. Fwiw, I am rarely charged when I bring my wine as I am sure to involve one of, if not the best sommelier (master sommelier for that matter) in Las Vegas, Robert Smith. And lastly, two 1/2 years ago when Guy Savoy opened I had the pleasure of dining at Guy Savoy for the opening as one of the people in our party was Jean Louis Gerin, who was Guy's protégées in France. He LOVED Picasso. And I asked him if he had a choice of 1 meal @ Guy Savoy or 3 @ Picasso (because that is about the price ratio) he unhesitatingly said Picasso. (The other restaurant we dined at was LOS and he was blown away by it!) Although he was quick to say that he would deny that if asked!!!