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Jan 14, 2009 12:38 PM

Good, inexpensive restaurants in Vegas

I'm going on a company trip to Vegas next week. Because it's a work thing - I need to keep the expenditure's below $50 per meal. Anyone know of any good restaurants where that can be done?

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  1. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba--Spanish tapas. We had our (combined) bachelor party dinner here with 15 people, at well under $50/head.

    1. Are you going to have a car? Types of food?

      1. There are quite a few places that you could do for your budget. Off the top of my head ...

        Bouchon advertises their average check at $55/pp and I think you could have a great meal there for a good price. You might not get to order the foie torchon or have 4 courses but you could certainly get it done and it's definitely a don't-miss.

        Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay is an easy choice as well. Maybe not filling enough for dinner but for lunch you want to make sure to try it.

        Lotus of Siam is probably doable with your budget and without some of their award winning wines. Dave Feldman could give more info on this choice.

        Someone will, undoubtedly, suggest Mesa Grill. I don't personally care for it. I think it's over hyped and not really all that great but a lot of people swear by it. This would fit the bill on your budget though.

        I like the Cafe Ba Ba Reeba rec. You'll get a lot of people who will suggest Firefly over this and to each their own. Although it's corporate, I think CBBR does a much better job with the food and their sangria is fantastic.

        If you have a car and are willing to drive a few miles, the dinner prix fixe at Rosemary's is an outstanding value for $45, I think it is. **Disclaimer** ... there are several entrees that require a surcharge to the prix fixe but you can still enjoy yourself. The website has a ton of info on it.

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        1. re: azbirdiemaker

          "Someone will, undoubtedly, suggest Mesa Grill."

          I would have said the same about Rosemary's but you beat me to it.

          Have you been to Vintner's? Just dined there yesterday for the first time and was quite impressed with the creativity of the menu, ambiance and breadth of the winelist. As much as l enjoyed it though, I don't see myself driving across town, getting a cab, renting a car, taking the bus, or any other crazy means of transport that have been recommended to people staying on the strip to get to Rosemary's.

          To the OP: your budget is not real restrictive. You could afford an entree and glass of wine at all but the few most expensive places in Vegas. As azbirdiemaker stated, you may have to pick and choose but it is doable.

          1. re: climberdoc

            Eh, maybe it's because I used to live about two blocks away from Rosemary's but I have always really enjoyed my meals there. I think they go above and beyond, as a business, with all the promotions they do for their clientele ( Prix Fixe, Ladies Night Wednesdays, "Industry" Mondays, 1/2 off wine Sundays, etc. ) when, honestly, they don't really need to. All in addition to thinking the food is great. Not for everyone's taste but I always found it appealing. My rec on Rosemary's was primarily aiming at getting the most bang for the $50 ( albeit with a drive ).

            Yes, I've eaten at VG several times. I had a dish there that I will talk about probably forever ... Lamb Spareribs with Apricot Glaze. Oh. My. God. These were some of the tastiest morsels I've ever eaten. On the fatty side ( but ... I mean, it's lamb ... ) but oh so heavenly. I also had a scallop dish there with a sweet corn risotto that was fantastic. All that being said, there are a couple things I dislike entirely about VG - 1. The location, in an office building where you need a GPS to find it without signage. 2. The video poker at the bar. I mean, seriously? 3. The design/decor. It reminds me of a southern plantation house ( maybe that was the aim? ) but I don't think it fits with their food. Just one man's opinion.

            1. re: azbirdiemaker

              Yeah. The video machines were really out of place. I guess it brings in $$ though so it's hard to fault them for it. I'll have to try that lamb sparerib.

              1. re: climberdoc

                Oh and FWIW I agree that the $50 round-trip cab ride to and from Rosemary's is not exactly worth it. I wouldn't suggest that for someone. However if the OP, or anyone visiting Vegas, has a car and wants to get away from the hectic pace of the Strip and doesn't mind a 15-20 minute drive, then I do think that Rosemary's is a good rec.

                1. re: azbirdiemaker

                  The bus stops at the strip mall housing Rosemary's, and runs pretty late to get you back into town. Unless one is planning to close the place down, that is the most economical way even with wheels.

        2. I think Monte Carlo's cafe is good food and reasonable, they also have a good cafe at Wynn called ZooCrackers (sp?!) Great sandwiches and hamburgers. Def under $50

          Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay, Border Grill and Diablo's at Monte Carlo are a couple of options

          1. Tableau for lunch is around 40-50 bucks and really good.

            Like someone else said Bouchon is great, both for breakfast and dinner.

            Rosemary's offers a 3 course dinner for around 50 dollars and well worth it.