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Mandalay Bay recommendations?

I'll be staying at THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay for a 5 day stint in a couple of months with a group of 6 people. Previously, we stayed at Bellagio and Venetian. This is our first extended visit to the Mandalay end of the strip.

I'm looking for Chowhound recommendations good for this group of 6 and for smaller sub-groups of 2 for various lunches, snacks, cocktails and dinners over our 5 day stay. We tend to want to remain on foot (THE Hotel, Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons) rather than drive/cab extensively. Any ethnicity or style is good along the whole range of price points. We tend to like more relaxed atmospheres (eg. Olives at Bellagio; Cafe Boulud at Wynn; Bouchon at Venetian) rather than hushed or formal. No sports coats required for men please (Le Cirque).

Thanks much for your thoughts and recommendations.

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  1. I have eaten at Aureole inside the Mandalay Bay and found the food was wonderful, but the seating is a bit cramped. They use video cameras to see when you are close to being finished with a course, which I also found a bit disturbing. If you can get past that, I would recommend it.

    Fleur De Lys is also a sublime dining experience.

    I will not eat again at Prime at the Bellagio. The service and atmosphere was amazing but the food was overpriced. We ordered true Japanese Kobe and were left underwhelmed.

    For casual fare, the Burger Bar inside the shops at Mandalay Bay is a unique experience. Dont forget RM seafood. They also have a more casual bar attached to their high end restaurant. I sometimes go there by myself to scarf down a couple dozen oysters. The oysters there are extremely expensive, but well sourced (unless you live in a costal area and are used to awesome shellfish).

    If anyone wishes to eat a Buffet, the Manadlay Bay buffet is still one of the best weekend brunches on the strip. Ask to be seated next to a window overlooking the pool area. Great atmosphere, stone and dungeness crab, fresh berries and myriad food selections will please even picky eaters. (Disclaimer: I hope they havent changed their formula due to the economy as I have not eaten brunch there in close to a year)

    Enjoy your stay!

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    1. re: zendrive

      Go to Mix in THE Hotel for drinks for sure. Great view of Vegas and the weather should be perfect to have a cocktail on the terrace. I wasn't a huge fan of the restaurant--I found it to be mediocre and overpriced, but it's one of my favorite places for cocktails and I always take out of town visitors there. Red Square in Mandalay Bay is fun too...for drinks and/or dinner. Lots of vodka. Their menu is actually a lot more varied than I thought it would be (not just stroganoff and borscht!) and I've been very happy with my meals and service there.

      1. re: tear it up

        A drink at MIX is a must. I could stand on the patio looking out over the strip for hours. Best view in Vegas hands down.

        Red Square also has terrific drinks.

        I like China Grill, especially for some dishes. Their take on a Caesar is terrific, and the lamb chops (small, you can pick them up) and the beef dish with the tower of shoe string potatoes are both outstanding.

        A friend just ate at the Michael Mina steakhouse there and loved it. She is picky and she raved.

        I also had a terrific salad at the 'coffee shop' type restaurant just to the side of the casino. The last time I was there they seemed to have revamped the menu and everything was fresh and tasty.

        1. re: Tom P

          Ditto on the drink at the Mix. Try and time it for when the sun goes down and the lights come on. And whatever you do, don't miss going to the bathroom.....now THAT'S the best view in Vegas. (Seriously.....)

          1. re: janetofreno

            You are right about the bathrooms! So cool. China Grill has the second coolest bathrooms, worth a look in. (Travel Channel apparently features both bathrooms in a story they run)

    2. Don't miss breakfast/brunch @ Verandah (inside the Four Seasons). I've never been for lunch or dinner, but I would assume that it should be decent.

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      1. re: andyeats

        A second vote for MIX here. I had a wonderful meal here and the view is spectacular.

        1. re: andyeats

          Second Verandah (for all meals). Also like Border Grill, and RM Seafood (on the MB side of Mandalay Place) for fried clams.

        2. Trattoria del Lupo.
          I always enjoy that place when visiting the MB.

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            1. re: toncasmo

              I've had lunch there a few times and always enjoyed it....

              1. re: toncasmo

                My colleagues and I love Border Grill and go there everytime we have a business trip to Vegas (which has been just about every few months since Oct. 06). Also second Aureole and Trattoria del Lupo recs.

            2. Burger Bar and RM Seafood in the Mandalay Shops are both solid. Michael Mina's Stripsteak in Mandalay is probably my favorite steak place in Vegas.

              1. Skip the food at MIX, go there for a drink or two. The view is awesome. The food to quote Borat "not so much"

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                1. re: JB BANNISTER

                  I would also recommend the Burger Bar and RM seafood.
                  At the Burger Bar..try the chunky fries with truflle sauce. HEAVEN.

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