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Female dining solo in Vegas

I'm going to Vegas in a week! I will be there for 4 nights -- two of them with a coworker and 2 of them solo. We are planning to have dinner at Nob Hill 1 night. The other night we are still discussing.

My question is for the 2 solo nights. I thought that 1 night I would go to the Buffet at the Bellagio. Will I be okay as a solo female at Vegas restaurants?

Here are some other places I'm considering for either the solo night or the other night with my coworker: Fiamma (at MGM), Café Babareeba, Mon Ami Gabi (Paris I think), B&B Ristorante (Venetian) Simons (Palm Place) Alex (Wynn) for the 3 course special, Stratta (Wynn) for the 3 course special, Picasso (Bellegio) or Bouchon (Venetian)

I can't go money crazy. We are on the company dime. I can supplement the spending on my other solo night. What do you all recommend?

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  1. Bouchon is great for a solo, especially at the bar.

    Bar Charlie has a 5-course meal for around $100. Bar-type seating perfect for a solo diner.

    Both Fiamma and Nobhill have prix fixe menus for around $60. You have to ask for it though.

    L'atelier is also a bar-style dining experience which works great for solo diners. They currently offer a 5-course menu for around $70 which I highly recommend. Again, they won't volunteer it, you have to ask for it.

    You won't go wrong if you decide to spring for Alex. It's one of the finest dining venues in town.

    Based on my experience and multiple reviews on this site, I've come to conclusion that B&B is a crapshoot. When they are on, they really deliver. Unfortunately, they can also go the complete opposite direction. Only being there 4-nights, I'd probably suggest going with places that have demonstrated more consistency.

    With all the fantastic dining options in Vegas, why subject yourself to the gluttonous mediocrity of the Bellagio Buffet? I say this because in honor of the current economy, a large number of the strip restaurants have prix fixe menus. This is a unique opportunity to rampage though some of the better venues in Vegas for reasonable prices. Buffets are a remnant of Vegas's not so distinguished past which seem to be slowly fading into oblivion where they belong. I'm sure as far as buffets go, the Bellagio is one of the better ones though.

    1. I plugged in your request and came up with L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon came immediately to my mind. I did a review of this restaurant, along with a few more, similar ones about 9 mos. ago. I could see the counter area as being great for a solo diner. We did the chef's tasting, and the sommelier's pairings, and the staff behind the counter spend a great deal of time discussing every aspect of the meal, and the wines. If you are in rapt conversation with the servers and kitchen staff, plus the sommelier, you are not likely to be bothered by anyone.

      I have dined solo, while my wife is in board meetings, etc., and have never felt uncomfortable anywhere in LV. I am not sure how it would be for a young lady, but cannot imagine that it would be THATdifferent. Still, the counter at L'Atelier should be perfect. If anyone bothers you, explain that you are in a conversation with the sommelier, and plan on continuing this for the rest of the evening.

      Please post your decisons and how well they worked out for you.

      Link to review:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5226...

      Hunt

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      L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon
      3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

      1. To answer your general question, restaurants in Las Vegas are used to catering to single diners. You shouldn't have any problem at all.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Definitely stay away from the buffet. I would agree with everyone that said L' atelier you will for sure feel comfortable there and you'll get to try some amazing food. Also Craftsteak would be good. I would go there before Fiamma. Cut in the Palazzo would be another option as well.

        2. i live in vegas and i eat out on my own all the time. just about anywhere is ok for women on their own. just pick what you like and go for it.

          1. I'm going to LV next week solo, and I have reservations at Alex (been there before by myself and was treated like royalty), Bar Charlie, and Le Cirque (also dined there solo a number of years ago and was treated very well). I've dined solo at Picasso, and didn't receive such a warm welcome. I've dined at L'Atelier Joel Robuchon in NYC, and it was very good. I've heard great things about Bar Charlie. I don't even like having breakfast at the buffet (definitely wouldn't want dinner).

            1. I have taken two solo trips to Las Vegas and never once felt uncomfortable. I STRONLY recommend Bouchon for breakfast, Le Cirque and my personal favorite Alize which was just a stunning dinner with a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip.

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              1. re: cgervais45

                Another frequent Vegas solo diner here! I second the idea of Bar Charlie. It is truly stunning! I really can't think of a place in Vegas where I have had a negative experience "because" of dining solo. I've been places where the food disappointed, but it wasn't due to my solo dining. Enjoy yourself and let us know how it goes.

              2. Thanks for all the recommendations. I might be even more confused now. Is the buffet at the Bellagio bad or just not up to foodie fanatic recommendation levels?

                I wish I could do Bar Charlie but I can't swing the $$$ of the prix fix menu.

                I've got Nob Hill planned with my coworker. She said a friend who is a Los Angeles chef recommended a steak place -- but the has to double check which one.

                How is Fleur de Lys?

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                1. re: Disneyfreak

                  The Bellagio buffet is good for what it is but I prefer to go to a restaurant where the food is being prepared just for me instead of a steam table. I go to buffets when with a group that wants lots of choices, etc. That said, you could bypass the line at the Bellagio buffet by going up and asking if there is room at the bar to sit.

                  1. re: Disneyfreak

                    Fleur de Lys used to be fantastic but they have gone through a lot of chefs in the last year and a half. I don't think they are on the same level as the used to be. I would hold off on them. Nob Hill just or is changing there whole menu for the better. You'll for sure have a great meal there.

                  2. I'll third the rec for Bouchon. I ate at the bar there on one of my trips last year. Totally comfortable and delicious food. I've splurged for a birthday dinner for myself at B&B and had a great time. I was treated well by my waiter and the sommelier.
                    I think the reason folks are telling you to not go to the Bellagio buffet is that, well, it's a buffet. If you have your heart set at doing a buffet, you can't choose much better than the Bellagio. But, it still has that "cattle car" feel of lots of people moving around, waiting in a line to see the food and decide what you want.

                    1. Le Cirque, Alex, Bouchon, MiX, and Payard are all "can't miss" options that would be a good call solo or with your coworker.

                      1. I am in a similar situation to the OP and am wondering if reservations are typically needed for a solo diner at any of the places mentioned? I am happy with eating at the bar, if that makes a difference. I will be there Sunday- Wednesday. I haven't narrowed down my list, but L'Atelier, Bouchon, B&B, Bar Charlie and Alex are all on the list.

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                        1. re: cookiegirl

                          I would make a reservation at L'Atelier just because it's so tiny in there. It would be better to be safe.

                          1. re: cookiegirl

                            I recently returned from my trip and wanted to report back as well as to thank everyone for their suggestions. My first night, I went to Bouchon, where I had a quiet meal at the bar, which was perfect. I started with the soup special - creamy spinach, which had a lovely fresh taste without being too heavy. I then had the leg of lamb with panisse, roasted tomatoes and wilted arugula. It was all perfectly cooked and so flavorful. I'd never had panisse before, but it was a great change from potatoes. I'm sure dessert would have been spectacular, but I was already full so decided against it.

                            The second night, I went to Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. I had the Black Angus burger with cheddar, caramelized onions and a fried egg with the sweet potato fries. The burger was cooked perfectly medium rare and had good flavor, but kinda fell apart and made a big mess. I'm ambivalent about the sweet potato fries. I think they were a bit too thin and crunchy for my taste. With a beer, it was $26, which I thought was a bit much.

                            Night number 3, I splurged at L'Atelier and am so glad I did. I ended up doing the 5 course menu, which ended up being just the right amount of food. I started off with the ($29 - ouch) Kir Royale and the amuse bouche, which was a foie gras parfait with port reduction and parmesan foam. It was fantastic and a great palate cleanser. The first course was spring vegetables (eggplant, zucchini and roasted tomatoes) layered with incredibly fresh mozzarella. It was very fresh and exactly how spring should taste. Next was a langoustine wrapped in phyllo dough with basil pesto. For the third course, I selected the pork belly with the famous Joel Robuchon mashed potatoes and onion confit. This was probably my favorite course. The pork belly was pure piggy goodness and the potatoes were amazing -- I don't even want to know how much butter was in my small serving. I then had the cheese plate with a triple cream, sheeps' milk and goats' milk cheese. Sorry, I don't remember the names. Finally, I had the selection of ice cream with pistachio, caramel, yuzu, raspberry, and blackberry. Honestly, by this point, I was so full, but thought they were all good. I'm a huge pistachio ice cream fan so that was my favorite. I thought I was finished when my cappuccino arrived, but I had struck up a conversation with the people sitting next to me and they insisted I try the Iberico ham with toasted tomato bread. The ham was melt-in-my mouth delicious, but I was beyond the point of being able to truly appreciate it. The total bill came to $165, and it was worth every penny. I loved sitting at the bar watching the chefs prepare each dish. It's perfect for a solo diner and I would definitely return.

                            For my last night, I went to Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn for the 3 course Wynn Special, which is offered for $48 prior to 7 pm. I had a lovely cream of artichoke soup to start. For my entree, I had the Scottish salmon (very slightly overcooked, but very tasty) with asparagus and radishes. For dessert, I had the chocolate hazelnut fondant with coffee ice cream, which was amazing. Along with my cappuccino, I received a selection of adorable petits fours. I only ate two - the blueberry muffin that was delicious and the chocolate macaroon, which I thought was so-so.

                            I was able to walk right into all of these restaurants without a reservation. It seemed that a lot of higher-end restaurants were fairly quiet. I ate alone and felt very comfortable in all the restaurants, each of which had a different vibe.

                            Most days, I had breakfast and lunch at my conference, but was able to escape for lunch at Wichcraft at the MGM for lunch one day. I had the meatloaf sandwich with bacon, cheddar and tomato sauce on ciabatta, which was divine. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get back there to try anything else.

                            I look forward to returning to Vegas if only for the food. I will now be eating salad for the next month to make up for all the splurging I did there.

                            1. re: cookiegirl

                              Very nice report. Thanks for posting.

                              As a guy, who often has to dine alone, while wife is in meetings, I appreciate the solo-dining info, though have to admit that it can be different. Glad to know that you had a good time, and understand the salads. I swore off foie gras, immediately prior to my physical this week. Now that it's done, I can't wait.

                              Hunt

                              PS glad that you like L'Atelier, LV, as we greatly enjoyed it, and this was a week after dining at Robuchon's Soho restaurant.

                          2. I recently took a solo trip to Vegas and had a lot of great meals.

                            Bouchon was fantastic for breakfast.

                            I had a wonderful experience at B&B--both the service and the food were top notch.

                            I also enjoyed Mesa Grill, and Guy Savoy. I initially felt uncomfortable at Guy Savoy, but was quickly put at ease by the friendly and professional service.

                            I sat at the bar for most of my meals. I was able to get a table at both Bouchon and B&B, however, without a reservation.

                            Enjoy! And be sure to report back on all of your great meals.

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                            1. re: ries27

                              Thank you for your report. While I do not fit into this particular category, the question gets asked on many boards quite often.

                              Glad that you had some lovely solo dining.

                              Hunt