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tifschier Jan 17, 2009 08:16 AM

I saw an article in a local newspaper about how cheap Vegas is right now and one of the things it mentioned was that some of the top restaurants were now doing fairly inexpensive tasting menus to help drive in customers. I'm not talking really cheap - just less than you would usually pay for a multi-course meal at these types of places. Does anybody know which restaurants these might be? The article wasn't very specific and I can't seem to find it again. Also generally looking for recommendations on the best places to go - though I know there are lots of other posts about this on the board.

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    climberdoc RE: tifschier Jan 17, 2009 09:38 AM

    Both Daniel Bouloud and Tableau at Wynn have 3-course prix fixe menus for $49 if ordered before 7pm.

    Bradley Ogden has a 3-course menu for around 50 something dollars.

    MGM had numerous fall tasting menus which were very good values, but as of Jan 1 are no longer offered.

    The tasting menus at the "higher end" places like Guy Savoy and Alex seem to have prices that are immune to the current economy. No deals that I am aware of.

    I cringe as I type this but I may as well scoop groovingourmet and azbirdiemaker's obligitory rec for Rosemary's. Their tasting menu is quite a good value. If you don't have a car and don't want to spring for a cab, perhaps you can walk or ride a bicycle to the off strip locale (that's an inside dig and the digees know who they are) LOL.

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      afrikando RE: climberdoc Jan 20, 2009 12:17 AM

      why the cringe re: rosemary's, climberdoc? do you not recommend it? it's on my list for a trip in april. i'd rather not rent a car so we (a group of at least four) will be cabbing. how far/much are we talking from the strip? i'll be at paris.

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        climberdoc RE: afrikando Jan 20, 2009 06:30 AM

        That was an "inside" dig that you are obviously not the target of. I highly recommend Rosemary's as a great tasting menu "value" even with the approximately $60 cab fare. I can however think of at least a dozen better restaurant experiences right on the strip which surpass Rosmary's on every level except "value". If "value" is your motivating factor then by all means rent a car, get a cab, walk, bicycle and get there however you can. As you can probably deduce, value is not my main motivation in choosing a restaurant. I'm looking for memorable experiences and dine out infrequently enough to allow me to not worry about cost. I guess it begs the question, What am I doing in this thread about "deals"?

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          GroovinGourmet RE: climberdoc Jan 20, 2009 07:26 AM

          I call. Name your dozen, dude. Then read ALL the CH posts about those places. Mixed bags at best. Rosemary's consistently rates better for overall quality of experience.

          Don't get me wrong. I am thankful for you and the other misguided naysayers. If everyone "got" Rosemary's, it would be much harder to get in.

          And you failed to mention the bus. LOL

          Far and away the most economical way to get there.

          And for the OP, one of the nicest things about a tasting at Rosemary's is they offer exquisite beer pairings as well.

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            climberdoc RE: GroovinGourmet Jan 20, 2009 02:41 PM

            Now we're talking! This site lacks heated conversation. I threw out that bait just for you and the birdiemaker. Glad you bit groovin'.

            My take. Vegas has become a dining destination surpassed by only a few cities in this large country of ours. Furthermore, there exists no dining destination anywhere that boasts so many highly rated, high profile, high end restaurants in such a small region as the Vegas strip. "Misguided naysayers" such as myself and quite a few others come for just that reason. There are too many places I'd like to try to justify taking the bus to Rosemary's.

            Please don't get me wrong. I really have enjoyed my visits there and have been especially pleased with the "value". It is by no means on the same level as places like Alex, Savoy, Trotter and a number of other places on the vaunted strip. The ironic thing I see is that I doubt that the Rosemary's folks would claim to be that or even try to be. It's the folks who hate the strip despite what it has to offer who think Rosemary's is the next coming of whatever higher power you believe in.

            Great thing about Vegas is it has something to offer everyone. Local or "local types" such as yourself have havens such as Rosemary's, Todds, Vintner's etc where they can think that they have achieved dining utopia since all the "misguided" folks such as myself are packing into the strip places and paying strip prices. Thing of it is, I don't care. I've eaten three of the most memorable meals of my life on that horrible stretch of road. I've had some good meals at Rosemary's on the rare occasion that I'm off the strip.

            I really do get Rosemary's. I see it as pretty darn good food which is priced very well. If I were a west Vegas local, I'd probably be arguing your point. The way folks on this site have elevated to to supra-legendary status I find misguided and somewhat irritating at times.

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              zippyh RE: climberdoc Jan 20, 2009 07:28 PM

              I agree with climberdoc except that I didn't think the food was that great.
              We ate at Rosemary's back when it was in the Rio and had a very good meal.
              Last summer we went to Rosemary's and it just wasn't that good.
              My wife's chicken was massively oversalted. Service was poor.
              I will admit that our appetizers (foie gras and the bbq shrimp) were excellent.

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                kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 24, 2009 02:07 PM

                so i'm confused, where is your dozen ?

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                  climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 24, 2009 05:31 PM

                  Who are you talking to and what are you asking kjs. Seems that you are the confusing soul in the bunch. I'd still like to have the birdiemaker chime in on this one. This site lacks impassioned debate.

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                    kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 24, 2009 07:13 PM

                    i'm asking you climberdoc. you stated, " ...
                    I can however think of at least a dozen better restaurant experiences right on the strip which surpass Rosmary's on every level except "value". ... "

                    groovin' gourmet called you out on it, " ...
                    I call. Name your dozen, dude
                    ..."

                    you responded with everything but your dozen places. Do you have at least a dozen places or not ?

                    I might be able to come up with a dozen, most likely more but i'm not sure it's a fair list since i haven't been to all of them in a reasonable amount of time ( hmmm, in the last 12 months ? ) Heck, i haven't been to rosemary's since last summer. There are just too many places to hit in this town !!

                    sorry partner, i'm not confused. To the contrary, I agree with you that the site needs more debate. Sadly, i left the site for about 6 months or so because i probably took the debate on some threads a little too far and had my hands slapped.

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                      climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 25, 2009 06:11 AM

                      Now I get it. Okay, I'll give it a try. Remember though, I'm going off purely the experience and not factoring in cost to any extent. I'm speaking from the perspective of one who comes to Vegas for "foodie" vacations. I'll only list places I've been to. Hopefully I can make it to 12, or are you demanding a baker's dozen?

                      Guy Savoy
                      Alex
                      Restaurant and Bar Charlie

                      Okay those are the easy three in which Rosemary's is miles from being in the same league in terms of overall experience. I will concede that Rosemary's is also in a different price league, but that's not what you guys are calling me on.

                      CUT
                      StripSteak
                      Botero

                      Steakhouses usually don't hold a candle to most fine dining venues with their limited menus (steaks, wedge salads, 6inch cheesecakes, etc), stereotypical decor (dark wood, booths). The three above (and I suspect Craftsteak but have not been there) have elevated steakhouse dining to a "fine dining" level. They have done this with elevated service (multiple servers, amuse bouche, somms), creative appetizers, a wider variety of steak options including boutique type cuts such as wagyu, and desserts beyond the typical chocolate tart and cheesecake.

                      Bouchon
                      Daniel Bouloud

                      Both of these are French Bistro inspired menus. The food is executed quite well especially at Bouchon. If Bouchon, DB and Rosemary's were all lined up side by side, I'd choose the first two before the latter.

                      Alize
                      Aureole
                      Picasso

                      Now it's getting a bit exciting. The food at these places is similar quality to what you will find at Rosemary's. These restaurants are grand venues with impressive decor and/or spectacular views. This makes for a more memorable experience albeit more pricey.

                      Barotlotta
                      Sinatra

                      My one experience at Bartolotta was grand and memorable. I have read a number of less than grand and memorable reviews however. Based on my single experience though, a more memorable experience than Rosemary's has provided me. Sinatra although somewhat new and likely to be perceived as gimmicky by some provided me with one of my most memorable Italian experiences ever. I think this place is destined for stardom.

                      So there's your baker's dozen. Just for fun:

                      Restaurants I would not choose over Rosemary's
                      Fleur de lys
                      B&B
                      Mesa Grill
                      Lotus of Siam
                      Okada
                      Enoteca San Marco
                      Stratta
                      The Palm
                      Charlie Palmer Steak
                      Spago

                      Bring it on...

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                        kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 25, 2009 10:38 AM

                        climberdoc - difficult to debate the issue when i basically agree with you !

                        probably the only place on your list that i find to be overrated is CUT - i've been there 2 times in the last 9 months and they didn't properly cook my steak either time. Honestly, for the price, i have a hard time forgiving this on one visit but two times ?!? next !

                        wait a minute - Aureole , i haven't been in two years so i can't really comment except my two visits there were laughable . Same goes for my visits to Mix but i've read a few reviews that suggest i need to try both again before i permanently flush.

                        for the most part , i agree with your list of restaurants "below" Rosemary's - i'm a little more forgiving to Fleur de lys since my first visit ( to the vegas outpost ) was so memorable. Spago is a close call but the cost means Rosemary's is a cut above .

                        for gimmicky - hit Switch. I'm kicking myself for convincing a friend to try Switch with me instead of Sinatra's, espcially since it was a free meal.

                        I wish i had the $$ to eat at Restaurant Charlie every week. I just hope it makes it.

                        Happy Eating !

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                          climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 25, 2009 12:23 PM

                          Aureole is one of those places that has delivered for me 5 times now. I read nothing but negative on this site about it. I can't explain that.

                          So my wife is taking me to Switch on Thursday to celebrate me passing my board exam. Our plan was to get their seafood tower which looks quite interesting and delicious in the picture on the Wynn website. What are your thoughts on Switch?

                          Bummer about your experiences at CUT. I think I'll keep going there until they disappoint me.

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                            kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 25, 2009 01:34 PM

                            as to Switch - just another damn steakhouse ! they have 3 house specialties that none of us tried - rabbit fricasse, a short rib dish ( i love short ribs but geez, enough with the short rib dishes ! ) and i forget the 3rd one.. i went "boring" with the bone in rib eye. my buddies went with the filet - they make a big deal out of that steak, " it's wet-aged for 55 days, no one in town ages it that long ! " oh really ? I actually laughed out loud. It made me think of the movie, " There's something about Mary." the scene where the hitchhiker carrying the body bag has the genius idea of 6 minute abs to compete with the successful 7 minute abs ( something like that ) - maybe it does make a diff. I prefer dry aged and sadly, the way my buddies wolfed down their steaks, i don't think they would know if the steak was aged at all !

                            the only other stand out for me was the jamon serrano salad - the dressing could use a little less oil but the rocquefort chunks with the serrano ham - i loved it. I thought the dessert selection was boring so i opted to pass on it. The dogs loved the rib eye bone !

                            as to the "show" - somewhat disneylandesque - and i really don't care for what i believe is the first "look" - open to the casino and the entryway to the casino - i guess it's for the pretentious, " see me, i'm eating at Switch."

                            After i make another pass through the mgm winter specials ( nob hill and hopeful sea blue, this week ) I think i'll give Aureole another try. I get 2 freeloader meals in march - i'm saving those for restaurant charlie and guy savoy and if my tax return is reasonable gotta hit the Mansion !

                            Happy Eating !

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                              climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 25, 2009 02:03 PM

                              I love steak, but what's the deal with the number of steakcentric places opening up. With the Palazzo's 3 steakhouses and Encore's 2, this is getting ridiculous. Someone in another thread suggested that in this poor economy it makes sense to serve steak which lasts longer and commands higher prices than other options such as seafood. I'm not sure whether that is their motivation or not.

                              Try Sinatra when you can. I was reading in some magazine that Steve Wynn sought out the chef to open a highend Italian venue. Sometime after the idea for the Sinatra theme came along and the chef agreed to it. The osso bucco was downright legendary. After that statement, I hope like heck that they come through for you.

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                                LVI RE: climberdoc Jan 28, 2009 09:05 AM

                                I am the "someone in another thread" that you mentioned and it really was more thinking aloud about the steak/protein vs fish/other highly perishable items. However my reason for chiming in isn't that subject but rather the "can of worms" about Rosemary's. I couldn't agree more with your statement. While Rosemary's is, no doubt, a quality restaurant, it is by no means what it is built up to be. In Zagat's it is rated 28 for food, tied with Guy Savoy, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Joël Robuchon, Nobu, and is rated above Picasso, Lotus of Siam, Alex, and the list goes on. This, IMHO, is comical. How can Rosemary be rated the same as Guy Savoy? Higher than Picasso? Too much Kool-aid being consumed!

                                I, like others on the Southwest board, am not a LV resident. Yet I like to keep in touch with the city's dining scene from afar as I visit up to 5x a year. I work in NYC and am lucky to have one of, if not the greatest, collection of restaurants concentrated in such a "small" area. Like climberdoc eluded to, I am not entirely concerned (although with the economy that is changing) with the price points of LV restaurants. It is a variable that I factor in when I plan a trip. Yes, I am sympathetic to those that are more cost conscious and local residents. When I come to LV, I am usually there for 2-3 days, tops. So the idea of getting into a cab to schlep all the way there (this is kind of a stab to those that say "Oh, just take the 10 min cab ride to Rosemary's) is most unappealing. And it is not cheap (around $75-100 rt, if not more). If I am in town for a week either visiting my buddy or at a hotel w/a rental car, then yes I would consider going.

                                And THANKS for the Sinatra recommendation. I would never in a million years try a restaurant called Sinatra. Sounds too gimmicky and cheesy. However your comments/review have shed a different light. I am heading there in March so I will be sure to report back.

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                                  climberdoc RE: LVI Jan 28, 2009 09:24 AM

                                  I though the same gimmicky and cheesy thoughts of Sinatra before visiting. That changed quickly when the first thing you see when walking in the restaurant is the token Oscar award in a glass case. It seemed to lend some legitimacy to the theme. I hope you enjoy it.

                                  I hope that groovin and birdiemaker enter this thread at some point to come to the honor of their beloved champion. It would be a lot of fun to debate the Rosemary's vs. Bouchon celebrity death match.

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                                    LVI RE: climberdoc Jan 28, 2009 10:55 AM

                                    You will not get the Bouchon nod from me, although breakfast has been my only experience there. Not sure what all the fuss is about at breakfast. Yes it is good but not on the same level as The Verandah or Tableau.

                                    BTW, I have read about Sinatra and apparently Steve Wynn is a close friend of the Sinatra family. He is one of very few, if any at all, that have had the Sinatra name lent to them. The Oscar is the REAL Oscar lent from the Sinatra family for the best actor in a supporting role in 1953's "From Here to Eternity". Also Paul Anka has apparently lent his Gold Record for writing "My Way". I guess there are other Grammy Awards scattered around the restaurant.

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                                      climberdoc RE: LVI Jan 28, 2009 11:45 AM

                                      Bouchon was just an example. I have a love/hate thing with Bouchon. When they are on it's hard to beat. When they aren't though, well it's memorable in a not-so-good way.

                                      Heading to Vegas tomorrow after a heinous stretch at work. We are celebrating my passing my board exam with a seafood tower at Switch (talk about gimmicky). Apparrently, the chef is know for his seafood and I've always been intrigued by the seafood towers I've seen. This is as good a time as any. Second night will be the tasting menu as Restaurant Charlie and third night the winter prix fix at Nobhill. A well needed trip!

                                      Sinatra really had a genuine feel to it. The actual Oscar was quite impressive. The food and service really delivered on my visit there. I think Frank would have liked it.

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                                        LVI RE: climberdoc Jan 28, 2009 12:01 PM

                                        Bar Charlie my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! Tell Desi, Sommelier, that I said Hi. He is truly one of the best sommeliers in LV. Entrust him to do a wine paring for you (make sure it fits your budget though!!!) and it should provide to be one of the best meals of your life. I am jealous!

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                                          climberdoc RE: LVI Jan 28, 2009 12:34 PM

                                          Uh. Who are you? Does Desi know you as LVI?

                                          We are going to try the restaurant side this time. They have a nice looking tasting menu. My wife is pregnant and can't/won't eat raw dishes, so we'll have to do Bar Charlie later in the year.

                                          http://www.yourrestaurantconnection.c...

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                                            LVI RE: climberdoc Jan 28, 2009 12:40 PM

                                            I have known him since he started @ Picasso. I have a group who goes every Sept. and we bring down our own wine and sit on the patio at Picasso. This year we went to Bar Charlie sans wine. I am a big Sine Qua Non fan if the other hints are not enough. (Not really into putting my real name on here, if you know what I mean!)

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                                              QAW RE: LVI Jan 28, 2009 01:05 PM

                                              Actually the opportunity for Climberdoc to deal with Desi will come at Switch - he moved over there when the Encore opened.

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                                                kjs RE: QAW Jan 28, 2009 04:39 PM

                                                I was very impressed with Desi at Restaurant Charlie - I heard he moved over to Switch but i did not see him when i tried Switch a few weeks ago. This actually concerns me - for Desi to "Switch " from Charlie makes one wonder what's the future of Chef Trotter's place ( he hasn't had much luck in sin city )

                                                As to my spin on Bouchon ( if anyone cares ) - i am more of the savory breakfast type not the dessert breakfast type so Bouchon does not impress me when the sun is up. I did enjoy the foie gras terrine but at almost $50 ? hmmm - i thought the terrine at anisette ( santa monica ) was on par and it cost less than $15 . I did have an incredible lamb dish at Bouchon. bonus points for the restaurant location and the service

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                                                  climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 28, 2009 05:32 PM

                                                  The pork shoulder at Bouchon sounds boring, but was as savory and rich as any shortrib out there. I have had inconsistent experiences there covering the ends of the spectrum. My last two have been positive though.

                                                  One real pet peeve that has emerged: in spite of an excellent by-the-glass selection wines are brought out in their standard cheap glasses despite them having good and varietal-appropriate glassware. It irritates me to receive a big, spendy glass of Bordeaux in a cheap, small glass and have to request an appropriate glass.

                                                  I was done with Bouchon for breakfast after one trip for the exact reason kjs states. Just can't do the dessert-type food so early in the am. Makes me sluggish for the rest of the day.

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                                                    Debbie W RE: climberdoc Jan 28, 2009 09:34 PM

                                                    I agree about the dessert-breakfasts at Bouchon, which is one reason I prefer dinner there. I do like the boudin blanc dish though.

                                                    To kjs: I have enjoyed the foie terrine at Bouchon a couple of times, one time all by my lonesome as my entree. I don't care how good it is at Anisette, and how much less expensive, my single experience there was marred by such terrible service as to put me off ever returning.

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                                                      kjs RE: Debbie W Jan 29, 2009 09:09 AM

                                                      you ate the whole enchilada ( terrine ) !!! I'm impressed - i tried to ( my roomie had a taste but she's not a big fan of foie gras ) - i was tempted to ask for a little doggie bag but opted to leave a little in the jar.

                                                      sorry to hear about Annisette - i've eaten there 3 tijmes, two were at the bar ( very attentive ) the other , not so great service and the tables waaaay to close for my comfort - i was literally rubbing elbows with my neighbor !

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                                                    climberdoc RE: kjs Jan 30, 2009 03:57 PM

                                                    So I dined at Switch last pm in celebration of passing a major board exam. As stated my intention was to do their seafood tower for two with a nice bottle of white burgundy.

                                                    Restaurant has a really hip, vibrant feel. We were seated immediately upon arrival and did have a reservation. We were immediately graced with the switch were the walls either change or disappear and the ceiling flips over to a whole other theme. Pretty cool but very gimmicky. I was not as impressed the second time around. Lots of $ must have been spent on this.

                                                    I immediately asked for the som and Desi was not on. We worked with Todd who was very helpful in picking out a half bottle of burgundy. He was knowledgeable and didn't suggest the real spendy choices until I inquired about them. Got a bottle I was real happy with.

                                                    The tower was quite impressive with generous servings of east and west coast oysters, crablegs, lobster, scallop cerviche, shrimp and ahi tuna tartare. All was excellent, but after a while it began to feel a bit gluttonous. I don't think I've ever eaten that much shellfish at once. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm now over the seafood tower thing. It was a great, over the top celebration gesture and I can now say I've had one. Probably won't do it again though. Bread served was a baguette and cranberry role both of which were not real memorable.

                                                    We ordered an apple dessert which was quite tart and overly flaky. The rum ice cream with it was very good. Very disappointing.

                                                    Overall, I can't really comment accurately on Switch. Didn't have an entree. I think the seafood tower was as good as a seafood tower can be. The menu is as previously described, steak heavy. I'm sure you can get a great steak there as you can at dozens of places all over the strip and beyond.

                                                    When Encore opened, I guess I assumed that Steve Wynn in his usual style would outdo himself and the restaurants at Wynn. I was hoping for an over the top place rivaling Alex which is definitely not present at Encore. Sinatra was a great Italian venue and Switch was, well I'm not sure, but neither are pushing 5-star quality.

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                                          Debbie W RE: LVI Jan 28, 2009 11:55 AM

                                          I also think there are some pictures of a much-younger Steve Wynn with Frank Sinatra outside the restaurant, at least I recall seeing them when we were peering into the closed restaurant two weeks ago.

                                          IMO dinner at Bouchon is better than breakfast. I like Bouchon a lot. I like Rosemary's a lot, though as I've stated before I would never, ever recommend that someone go there if they have to take a cab there. Both restaurants are very good at what they do, good at being themselves. It's kind of like the saying I read somewhere a long time ago, "A cat is a cat and that is that." I don't think Bouchon and Rosemary's are anything alike, so why the deathmatch!

                                          I can't wait to get an offer from the Encore. I loved it inside there. If the offer I got today from Mandalay Bay ($69 rooms) is any indication, I shouldn't have to wait too long. Maybe in time for the annual post-tax-season trip in April.

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            climberdoc RE: tifschier Jan 19, 2009 06:18 PM

            MGM just posted winter tasting menus at most of their restaurants. I'll be checking out Nobhill in a week.

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              xigua RE: climberdoc Jan 21, 2009 06:24 AM

              Can anyone opine on the Joel Robuchon $75 prix fixe please? Planning to visit this coming weekend.
              Thanks!

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                kjs RE: xigua Jan 24, 2009 02:09 PM

                i went to the $75 fall prix fixe - amazing ! the surprise for me was dessert was the top dish. Also pleased that they included cheese and dessert. i'm checking the winter line-up now to see what i'll hit.

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                  kjs RE: xigua Jan 24, 2009 07:17 PM

                  xigua - looked at the winter menu for L'Atelier - it's the same as the fall menu ! As much as i liked it, how about a little variety ?

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                    adk RE: xigua Feb 1, 2009 12:10 PM

                    I'll be in Vegas this coming weekend and am trying to decide between L'atelier de Joel Robuchon and Picasso. If the tasting menu were $75 it would make my decision a breeze, but I just called and was told it's ~$150! Am I missing something, or has this "special" been discontinued?

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                      Debbie W RE: adk Feb 1, 2009 04:31 PM

                      My guess is that you asked about their "tasting menu" which they stated is $150. The "winter special" is something different and per the MGM Grand website is good through March 31st at $75. When we did the "summer special" last summer at L'Atelier we had to ask specifically for that menu, it was not proactively offered to us. Same was true at both Craftsteak and Nobhill. I have issues with that. I bet if you call L'Atelier back and ask about their "winter special" you will get a satisfactory answer. But I don't think you have to call, just make your reservation.

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                        xigua RE: Debbie W Feb 5, 2009 04:21 AM

                        I finally wrote up my experience at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. I too found it disingenuous that the server will only give you the winter prix fixe menu after being asked, but for $75, i think it was a good meal, quite substantial in size and a good representation of what they do there.
                        http://orderinny.wordpress.com/2009/0...

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                        LVI RE: adk Feb 2, 2009 06:32 AM

                        Picasso and L'atelier de Joel Robuchon are really 2 different experiences IMHO. I prefer Picasso to L'atelier de Joel Robuchon for many reasons. I find that Picasso is consistently excellent. Its major flaw is that the menu does not vary as much as it should. The food has NEVER let me down and has always been excellent. It is consistent where I think L'Atelier is inconsistent. Plus I prefer the ambiance of Picasso to that of L'Atelier. Not that I do not like the food bar at L'Atelier, but dining amongst real Picasso (not only real Picasso art work on the walls but the rug was designed by Picassos nephew or some other relative) but the staff and the fountains of the Bellagio make this truly one of the best all around dining experiences in Las Vegas ($ notwithstanding). For the record, the best IMHO, is Lotus of Siam. Ambiance minimalist, at best, but nothing can compare to the food quality/expense ratio.

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                      mofo313 RE: climberdoc Jan 21, 2009 03:54 PM

                      Thanks for the tip

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                        bennycheeks RE: climberdoc Jan 22, 2009 12:44 AM

                        I saw your note and also booked a reservation (for 6) at Nobhill. I saw on a separate post that their bar was really great too.

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                          climberdoc RE: bennycheeks Jan 22, 2009 02:15 AM

                          Check out this site

                          http://www.michaelmina.net/mm_nobhill...

                          I'm going to try to score one of those tables inside the glass. I'm really excited to try this place.

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                            John Lowrey RE: climberdoc Jan 22, 2009 08:07 AM

                            CD: I have eaten at Nob Hill twice and sat in one of the glass booths each time. We really liked the booth and the food. On our last visit, the couple in the booth next to us were acting like it was a private booth rather than glass but we enjoyed the show. The drinks and service were great too. The menu has undergone a major makeover. I know you will give us a great report after you try it. . Mention that you want a booth when you reserve.

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                              mofo313 RE: John Lowrey Jan 23, 2009 10:37 AM

                              After seeing this thread we booked a table at Sea Blue for next Saturday. $95 for a tasting menu and wine pairing seems like a great deal - especially for a Mina restaurant.

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                                afrikando RE: mofo313 Jan 24, 2009 01:44 PM

                                Seablue's winter tasting menu looks tasty, mofo! If the sommelier is good, then that's an awesome value. Their 'market salad' thing is intriguing, though putting cabrales on salad mystifies me.

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                                  mofo313 RE: afrikando Jan 27, 2009 11:06 AM

                                  We'll be spending most of the day watching hoops so I wanted something on the more casual end of upscale dining. I'll do my best to report back after the trip. Our group does a Friday night dinner at Del Friscos to kick off the weekend - I figure seafood on Saturday should be a good balance after Friday's red meat feast.

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                              kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 27, 2009 10:51 PM

                              hit Nobhill tonite for the winter menu. Mixed feelings - a three course meal that lasted 2.5 hours ! the service was sloooooooow. The food, a mixed bag. the roomie went with the scallop fritter, the cioppino and the apple cobbler. i went with the carmelized sunchoke soup, the prime short rib and the citrus tasting ( citrus souffle, lemoncurd ice cream and grand mariner gelee )

                              the highlights - the cioppino, the short rib and the citrus tasting ( although the gelee was a no-show )

                              the lowlights - the slow service meant warm not hot appetizers. The pre-meal cocktail was a no-go because they ran out of bing cherries ( it took them 5-10 minutes to tell me this )

                              Throughout the meal, the roomie and i sensed some attitude from the server. At the end of the meal, i requested a moment with the manager. advised him that i've been to their establishment 6-7 times in the past and this was the worst service of the bunch; basically told them that they were not on their " A " game, not even their "C" game. He apologized profusely, offered a dessert wine and gave me his card and offered to buy dessert the next time we visit. Hmmmm, i'll sleep on it but it's doubtful i'll return. To think i just ate at nob hill in december and had an amazing meal. as much as i understand there might be off nights for a restaurant, i'm more understanding if it's a sizzler then a high-end place like NH.

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                            kjs RE: climberdoc Jan 24, 2009 02:11 PM

                            http://www.mgmgrand.com/dining/winter...

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                            Cordsniper RE: tifschier Jan 25, 2009 07:08 PM

                            My boyfriend and I went to craftsteak this past weekend and had the tasting menu. We were rather disappointed by some of the food; the two steaks were both dry and bland and they weren't very hot when they came out, one appetizer was just long slices of prosciutto which was not only awkward to eat but pretty boring. The highlights were the scallop entree, the lobster bisque and the sweet potato puree. Unfortunately, I think we could have done better for the money we spent.

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                              zippyh RE: Cordsniper Jan 28, 2009 03:06 PM

                              That kind of matches my experience back in November except I didn't like the sweet potato puree as it was too sweet for me. I really liked the lobster bisque but the

                              It sounds like you had the same menu as we had in November which is strange since what's listed on the MGM Grand website is different (eg no bisque, no prosciutto). Also I could have sworn that last week it was listed as $79pp and now it shows $60pp.

                              Service was kind of crappy too but they comped us some drinks so we didn't go away mad so much as disappointed.

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                                Debbie W RE: zippyh Jan 28, 2009 03:22 PM

                                We did the summer special at Nobhill last summer and it was disappointing, whereas our prior meal there had been really good. We ended up with five comped Cable Cars because they didn't honor my reservation in terms of the specific table reserved, and then the hostess was simultaneously nasty and clueless about it. But I had to ask for the drinks on the house. OTOH our server that night was good. The food was kind of mediocre, nothing special. We enjoyed the summer special at Craftsteak much more. L'Atelier was in the middle. I would go back to Nobhill but only for their regular menu.

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                              traveling RE: tifschier Sep 30, 2013 11:37 AM

                              We are frequent visitors to Vegas looking for any updates to restaurants offering tasting menues or dinner specials. Refer to this tread often but it's time to revisit. What's new in town? We have a car and will be in town in November. Love any cuisine except Chinese. Thanks

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                                Eric RE: traveling Sep 30, 2013 03:15 PM

                                Canal Street at the Orleans is offering a good deal for two for dinner. http://static.boydgaming.net/orleansc...

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                                traveling RE: tifschier Oct 6, 2013 09:02 PM

                                That's sounds exactly like what we'd be interested in. Any suggestions for places on the Strip? We'll be there for 7 nites.

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                                  Eric RE: traveling Oct 6, 2013 09:20 PM

                                  Check out the Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmers at the Four Seasons. As the name states, the menu changes weekly. http://www.charliepalmer.com/charlie-...

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