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Feb 25, 2009 07:01 PM

4 nights in Vegas

We are spending 4 nights in Vegas.Staying at Encore .Need some suggestions.One special birthday dinner,maybe steak?Also need a Japanese recommengation,lunch breakfast.

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  1. For breakfast head over to the Venetian and eat at Bouchon, you can't go wrong there. If you have a car, take a ride to Rosemary's for lunch, the food and service are on par with the best of Vegas and the prices are very reasonable (about $27 for a 3 course prix fixe). Make sure you get the Beef Carpaccio with Maytag Blue, heavenly!

    If you don't have a car, Mon Ami Gabi would be my next choice for lunch. Go late, around 2:30-3pm and ask for seating on the patio. You'll enjoy good service and very good French Bistro food (get the pomme frites!) on one of the only patio dining areas in Vegas with a view of the Bellagio fountain show across the street.

    I had a fantastic (albeit expensive) dinner at Shibuya in the MGM, so I could recommend that for dinner if your budget allows.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    1. One of my favorite Steakhouses in Vegas is right next door at the Wynn. It's called SW Steakhouse and it is wonderful. Beautiful view of the Waterfall too!

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      1. re: foodgimp

        I would second the recommendation for breakfast at Bouchon. I really enjoyed the Oeuf au Gratin. And be sure to get a banana nut muffin too!

        1. re: foodgimp

          We were thinking to try Cut at Palazzo. Would you recommend SW over Cut?

          1. re: babyblue

            I have never been to CUT. I am sure either one would be fine.

            1. re: babyblue

              I'd pick Cut over SW but it's not like SW is bad.

              Since you're already in the Wynn, I'd do Okada.

              Cafe Society in the Encore was fairly good for breakfast although nothing too special.
              Steak and egg sliders were good.
              We always like Bouchon for breakfast.

              1. re: zippyh

                I'd second the recommendation on CUT
                Bavarian pretzel bread
                Dungeness Crab & Louisiana Shrimp “Louis” Cocktail
                Great Steaks
                really good sides (Creamed Spinach with Fried Organic Egg )

          2. For a special dinner, I highly recommend Alex at the Wynn. You might like Okada for Japanese food (also at the Wynn). I was thinking about trying CUT for steak (my other choice was Le Cirque, and the other posters recommended Le Cirque over CUT). I've heard great things about Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons in Mandalay Bay. I'm a big fan of his Aureole restaurants.

            1. Breakfast: The Verandah at the Four Seasons and Tableau at Wynn. Bouchon in Venetian is a runner up.

              Japanese: Bar Charlie if $ is no object. Raku off strip 1/3 to 1/4 the price.

              Steak: I have no short answer. Personally I feel that steak restaurants in Las Vegas are not a culinary strong suit. That doesn't mean that I think they are all bad and are not worth dining in. It's just that I have never had that collective WOW experience in any. That being said I would say that if you are talking special experience, Prime would fit that description. I have never had a bad meal here and my steak has ALWAYS been cooked as ordered. The atmosphere is wonderful as the dining room overlooks the Bellagio fountains (you CANNOT see fountains from the entire room so I would request a seat near/by the windows when you make a reservation). The comfort factor here is as close to 10 as you can get. The service, while bordering on stiff, is professional and reminds me more of fine dining than a steak house.

              1. You should hit Lotus of Siam (otherwise known on the boards as LOS) for reasonable amazing Thai food. If you hit it early, you might go back (as we typically do).

                Have had great Japanese at both Okada (Wynn) & Nobu (Hard Rock). 2nd recs for Bouchon.

                Have not really steaked in Vegas.

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                1. re: ccl1111

                  Sounds great I have some really good suggestions.Thanks.

                  1. re: ccl1111

                    How far is LOS from Encore?We wont have a car.

                    1. re: babyblue

                      From Encore you are less than two miles to Lotus, a short cab ride.

                      1. re: QAW

                        So we have reservations at Alex,Resteraunt Carlie, Tableau for breakfast.Can't decide between Okada or Cut.

                        1. re: babyblue


                          The choice between Okada and CUT is purely a mood decision. If you are looking for sushi, teppan and similar Japanese fare then Okada is one of the best choices on the Strip. I enjoyed their omakase but found it a bit too expensive for what it was.

                          CUT is a modern steakhouse with excellent service, creative apps (i.e. more than just crabcakes and wedge salad), multiple tiers of steaks including Nebraska cornfed, American Kobe and Japanese Wagyu, and memorable desserts. Thus far this is my fav Vegas steak venue. I'd say it's more of a "fine-dining" experience than your grandfather's steakhouse with the oversized martinis, steaks brought to your table on a forklift and cheesecake taller than the Trump Tower.

                          You will likely not go wrong with either (again, unless you are bargain shopping).