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Las Vegas - Need Restaurant Recommendation Please!

mc22 Jun 1, 2009 12:35 PM

Hi all,

I will be in Vegas for a weekend at the beginning of August celebrating my sister's 21st birthday with my family (all adults). Where would you recommend for dinner? Price not an object - I am looking for somewhere that is special without being either stuffy or crazy. I haven't been to Vegas in a long time, so I am a little in the dark about what my options are.

thanks for your help, chowhounders!

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  1. Larry RE: mc22 Jun 1, 2009 01:02 PM

    There are some wonderful restaurants in Las Vegas, if price is truly no object. However, that can mean a cost of $500 per person, or even more if you like good wine.

    Most frequently mentioned are probably Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy. Both are formal, but I don't find them stuffy. In particular, Guy Savoy has a pretty friendly staff. Alex is also a good choice - not quite as expensive, but still with excellent food.

    If these are too expensive, or you want more details, just holler!

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      mc22 RE: Larry Jun 5, 2009 08:59 AM

      Hmm... maybe a little bit less? Not because I don't think we'd be willing to spend the money but because my parents are the type to only order an entree - they aren't too into the tasting menu route (unfortunately). I really am not sure what makes sense!

      For example, I thought l'atelier looked like the type of thing this group would like, but we're 8 so sitting at a bar won't work! Grrr.

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        Larry RE: mc22 Jun 5, 2009 10:03 PM

        Picasso (at Bellagio) might be a good choice. It's one of the better restaurants in terms of food (easily making my top ten list), and its atmosphere is impressive without being stuffy. Meals are either four or five courses (no a la carte dining), but courses are reasonable size.

        Another personal favorite is Bartolotta (at Wynn). It's an Italian restaurant that specializes in fresh fish flown in from the Mediterranean. The whole fish is prepared simply (oven roasted, I believe), with a choice of several very simple sauces. The bad news: you have to buy the whole fish, and it tends to be expensive. I've heard others say that the pasta is also good here, but in my four trips I've never really gotten to that side of the menu.

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