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May 7, 2009 12:31 PM

What is the best restaurant in MGM Las Vegas?

We are only going to be there for two days so I want to make sure we make the most of it. Can you help?

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      1. It depends on what you are looking for and your budget. If you are looking for lower cost fare in a fun atmosphere, Nobhill can not be beat. It is a Michael Mina establishment. Seablue is also in MGM, but I have yet to dine there.

        1. Impossible question to answer. There are a bunch of great choices there.

          For an over-the-top gourmet experience JR at the Mansion is up there with the best in Vegas. Go ready to pay big and you will likely come out with the experience of a lifetime.

          L'Atelier is the toned down version of The Mansion. Much more reasonably priced. Seating is bar-style. Food is excellent. Very popular with SW Chowhounds.

          Nobhill and Seablue are both Michael Mina restaurants. I've been to Nobhill and liked it a lot. Calling it "lower cost fare" could be a bit misleading depending on what you consider low cost. Obviously check the menu online before going.

          I've had good experiences at Fiamma (Italian) and Shibuya (Japanese/sushi). They are not the best of their classes but are reasonably priced and will likely deliver for you.

          For steak, Craftsteak is often spoken of along with the best steakhouses in Vegas. Again, I'm not sure if it's the best but you won't go wrong if you try it.

          All the MGM restaurants (except the Mansion) have spring prix fixe menus which can save you some coin. From your post, it's really not clear what you're looking for. This should give you a start.

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          1. re: climberdoc

            Good call. The "winning answer" is somewhere in between, depending on what the OP really wants.

            For me, Joel Robuchon @ The Mansion is #1. L'Atelier is #2.

            Seablue is way, way down my list, and I am a MM fan. Have not done Nobhill, but the MM crew in SF says that it's great. They also panned Seablue, so they did get my attention. With restaurants like these, a chef can have totally different levels of involvement. Some are just a signed document and the use of a name. Some are actually part of the chef's "family." Either can be good, but it's usually not BECAUSE of that particular chef.

            Just some personal observations,


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Nobhill had very good food and service on par with the food. It was however no match for the creativity and inventiveness at L'atelier. If one is looking for a more "comfort-food" type experience then Nobhill would be the choice. For a more high-end fine dining experience L'atelier wins. I have not been to the Mansion so I can't comment on that. Have not been to Seablue either.

              1. re: climberdoc

                Thanks for that. We've not had the number of meetings in LV, as we once did, so we have not been to a lot of places. Still, the ones that we have done have been very good to excellent.

                The Nobhill rec. came from a wine steward (won't mention his name) and three servers at MM's eponymous restaurant in SF. They gave some detail on Mina's presence at some of the LV properties, and did tout Nobhill. They also felt, as I did, about some of the other restaurants. Apparently, much of the staff from MM's SF travel to the properties in LV, and seem to know what is going on.



          2. I've tried both NobHill and SeaBlue. Both were very good. I'd also have to agree with climberdoc that Nobhill is not cheap. My sister and I ate there last year and spent around $200, no wine. The food and service was excellent at both restaurants, and I've told numerous friends about both restaurants as well. I guess it depends what type of food and ambience you're looking for.

            I've also eaten at Fiamma Trattoria and Emeril's also. Both were good, but not spectacular, and if I had to choose, I'd go with either Nobhill or SeaBlue. I've also heard quite a bit of good things about CraftSteak too, although I've never dined there myself.

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            1. re: Bran808

              Heading up that way ourselves this week. If you had to pick between NobHill or SeaBlue which would your preference be? The spring tasting menu at NobHill looks more interesting to me but the complete menus for both look tempting. Haven't eaten at either previously, have been to Michael Mina at the Bellagio in the past.

              1. re: ziggylu

                At Nobhill, the biggest turn off was that we had booked reservations a month in advance and arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation time slot, but never got seated until 20 minutes after our reservation. If the hostess or the bartender had been even slightly accomodating, it would've been ok. Both of them seemed as if they wanted to be somewhere else. However, once we were seated, everything turned around for the better. And of the course the delicious Lobster Pot Pie didn't hurt either.

                At SeaBlue, the thing I remember most was the food. From the create your own salad, to the perfectly cooked seafood in those Moroccan tagines, or the simply delicious desserts. Every thing was on point that night. Food was spectacular, service was great......couldn't ask for anything more.

                My vote goes to SeaBlue on this one. I honestly think you'd be happy with either one though.

                1. re: Bran808

                  Joel Robuchon has done a little menu change to help with the tough times. They are letting you create your own tasting menu from 3 course which is 95 to 6 course which will be 195. They are offering a good variety to choose from. They just made this menu change two days ago. They still offer the 16 course for 385.

                  L' atelier has a 7 course for 148 I believe. I just ate there on Sunday and it was fantastic as always. L'atelier is definitely the best in vegas for the money.

                  Nob Hill just recently did a menu change as well, having nothing over $28. I haven't had a chance to try it but it looks really good.

                  1. re: SDGourmand

                    L'atelier also has a 5-course spring tasting menu for $75. You have to ask for it though. I found it to be a good value. Wine is real expensive though and if you're not careful it's easy to spend that amount on by-the-glass wine alone.

                    1. re: SDGourmand

                      Where did you find those tasting menus from JR? I don't see them on the MGM website.

                      1. re: climberdoc

                        I have been at MGM for the last 5 days so I saw it there. Give them a call maybe they can email it to you.

                      2. re: SDGourmand

                        Thank you for the update. I'm sure that the OP will greatly appreciate it.