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Each trip to Vegas, I try to experience at least one fine dining spot. I've already dined at Picasso and Mix. At the top of my list are Joel Robuchon, Alex, and Guy Savoy, but I think they're a little out of my price range for this next trip. However, the following are fine dining places that have special prix fixe deals right now and are within my budget. What one restaurant would you recommend out of the following?

Michael Mina
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Fleur de Lys
Sensi
Aureole

Thank you, in advance, for your input!

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  1. I've been to all except Fleur de Lys, so I've leave that off my list. My top choice would be L'Atelier. It offers excellent food in a relaxed environment.

    Next would be Michael Mina. I have mixed feelings about this place. Service isn't always the best, and there are few dishes that stand out in my memory. On the positive side, many dishes are very good indeed.

    Next is Aureole. I've only eaten there once, but my meal was pretty good.

    Last: Sensi. I ate there just once - for lunch - but wasn't impressed. Caveat: a lot of people I respect disagree.

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    1. re: Larry

      Thank you for your reply!

    2. At the top of my list are Joel Robuchon, Alex, and Guy Savoy, but I think they're a little out of my price range for this next trip.

      You may want to look at this a little closer. The current economy has made Vegas, at least temporarily into a dining bargain town. Both Alex and GS currently have prix fixe specials for less than $100 for 3 courses. These are huge bargains considering the regular prices.

      http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/pdf/AlexT...
      http://www.caesarspalace.com/images/n...

      As far as your choices. I'd place Aureole on top of the list but as Larry stated, many chowhounds that I respect would claim the contrary. I really enjoy dining in their Swan Court and their 7-course tasting has been outstanding on multiple occasions.

      Michael Mina would be next. I find his restaurants to lack uniqueness. Others may disagree.

      L'Atelier may have the best food of the places on your list. The reason I rank it 3rd is the "sushi bar" type format which IMHO does not lend to a special occasion type venue. Depends on what you're looking for.

      Sensi does not deserve to be on this list.

      I've had great food but inconsistent service at Fleur de Lys. It is a beautiful restaurant, but I most often find myself next door at Aureole.

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      1. re: climberdoc

        Thanks for your reply! I was aware of the deals at Alex and Guy Savoy, but they both require very early seatings (before 7), and I'm not an early diner...so I'm definitely considering trying one of them, but I may decide I don't want to eat that early, which is why I'm asking for the best out of these other ones without time restrictions.

        1. re: climberdoc

          My choice would be L'atelier but also look into Joel Robuchon they are offereing 3-7 courses tasting ranging from $89-$195
          http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/j...

          1. re: EatFoie

            Wow, I wasn't aware of the $89 option at JR. However, it seems you only get two courses (entree and dessert), plus an amuse bouche and coffee or tea. Is JR that much better than L'Atelier that it's worth spending $89/person for two courses vs. $75/person for five courses?

            1. re: Foodie 4 Life

              The food I would say is equally as good. JR is more about the experience I would save up and do it the right way and get the 16 course. IMO L'atelier is the best food for the money in vegas.

              1. re: EatFoie

                Since none of the mentioned places are "fine dining" ---except by LV convention standards--suggest you go for the one which gives you the best deal / discounts.

                1. re: kel

                  What restaurants DO you like, 'cause you must be going to way better conventions than me?

                  1. re: kel

                    Are you referring to all the places mentioned in the thread?

                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      Exception to the following comment: Picasso: Unfortunately ate at each of the top listed 5 mentioned ones after the question/ statement (Mina-- --Aureola ): generally felt that it was over priced. that quality of ingedients was not fine dining, that service was not professional, etc. The only way I suggest going to any of the above is if you are on expense account, or the casino comped you, or otherwise if you got a big discount coupon from the hotel or restaurant.com

                    2. re: kel

                      I'm confused by the terminology. Please define "fine dining" and "LV convention standards."

                      Moreover, Michael Mina, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Fleur de Lys, and Aureole are often considered some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.
                      What exactly is your criteria that raises a restaurant into the level of "fine dining"?

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                      Michael Mina Restaurant
                      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              2. re: climberdoc

                I think I accidently reported your reply while trying to respond..sorry you should be fine though.

                I agree with you on Aureole nothing but great meals there.

                I loved the food at Michael Mina but found the wine pairing (and we sprung for the more expensive one) to well for lack of a better word, suck.

                I do not mind the sushi bar seating at L'Atelier..mainly because the kitchen action kept me rivited.

                I had a great tasting at Fleur de Lys, but we were lucky enough to have HK in the kitchen that night...think there was a VIP table in the private room.

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                Michael Mina Restaurant
                3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109