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Affordable but great Vegas meal? Staying at Encore.

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I'm going to Vegas this week for a few days (business and pleasure). Already have reservations at Alex for one special night, Wing Lei for another more social night, and am looking for a casual (or not) meal for the third night that won't break the bank (since the other two surely will).

I've been to Batali's San Marco, and while I do love the (cheesy) setting of the Venetian, the food was eh -- compared to Pizzeria Mozza, or Batali's more upscale places I've been to.

Can anyone recommend a place for a foodie who loves great atmosphere (and I do love gimmicky, when it's well done), but who doesn't want to spend 100 a head? I'm willing to do a buffet, but only if the food is actually great.

Thanks so much!!

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  1. casual places I would suggest are society at encore, blt burger at mirage, or mesa grill at caesars.

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    1. re: SDGourmand

      thank you! all of those look great.

      1. re: sallie33

        I'll second Mesa Grill.

        Skip the buffets. You'll be glad you did.

        Try Bar Charlie. They have "date night" which is their economy-driven prix fixe menu for $40pp. I've not had that particular menu, but have greatly enjoyed their 14-course tasting menu which was amazing. This is a great deal!

        Daniel Bouloud at Wynn and Bouchon at Venetian could fit the bill if you are interested in French bistro food. Both are excellent and you could get out for significantly less than $100pp.

        Enjoy Alex. It's one of the best places in town.

        1. re: climberdoc

          bar charlie seems intriguing... that's a good deal, not the cheapest, but i love how intimate the space is. i think we'll try that, and keep DB and Mesa in our back pocket.

          and btw, I've had breakfast at Bouchon and loved it. i'm sure it's great for dinner, but i want to try as many different places as i can.

    2. It might be only "kinda sorta" casual, but (especially if you're into meat) I suggest Samba at the Mirage.

      1. I just came back from Encore last weekend. You are sure to love it. Try Sinatra. The signature Italian that I found to be excellent. Not cheap but by NO means egregious. The pasta dishes are mid $20's and entrees, like the osso bucco or the veal milanese are high $40's low 50's. Great restaurant. Walked into Botero, did not eat but was busy and a lot of raves. May I ask "Wing Lei for another more social night" what makes Wing Lei social? While I enjoyed our Peking Duck there last week I would by no means say it was a "social" restaurant. Quite opposite. It is fairly quiet and sedate.