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Jul 2, 2009 07:16 AM

Dinner before Phantom?

Hi all,

I've posted on here before, and received some helpful replies (thanks!) but I wanted to post again now that I know more about my plans.

I'm coming to Vegas the first weekend in August with my family. On Saturday night (our big night out) we'll be going out to dinner to celebrate several birthdays - a 21st, 24th, and 55th - then going to see Phantom at 9:30. We're staying at the Venetian - doing breakfast at Bouchon one of the mornings.

I need a nice place for dinner Saturday night. Fun, not too stuffy, but definitely nice. Expensive is okay - I'm more interested in value. I would have loved to try to sit at the counter at L'Atelier, but there are 7 of us, so that just seems like it would be too anti-social. They aren't huge foodies, but this is our big night out. That basically translates into would-prefer-French-or-Italian-or-something-safe. Or at least not seafood or ethnic.

Help! And thanks in advance!

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      1. re: mc22

        Lots of choices here.

        Bouchon is also a really good dinner venue showcasing the artistry of Thomas Keller. I highly recommend it. Daniel Bouloud across the street at Wynn would be a great French bistro type option if you didn't want to repeat Bouchon.

        CUT would be a good choice for a steakhouse venue. It's one of the best in town. The pretzel bread is downright legendary!

        Enoteca is Batali's less formal venue in the Venetian, but has excellent food nonetheless in a less formal atmosphere. B&B is the more upscale version of this. I've enjoyed the experience at Enoteca more. Great Italian wine selection at both places.

        I've seen just about every major show in Vegas and Phantom tops them all. Have a great trip!

        1. re: climberdoc

          CUT has added a pre-theater menu since we were there in April. I am going back to Vegas this weekend, and hope to try it. I'll report back if I do.

          Phantom is amazing! It makes a huge difference to see it in a theater that was specifically built for the production rather than seeing a touring company.

      2. I went to Cut last month for my B-Day. It was outstanding.

        1. Not sure if this works for you or not but there is a new package out that gets you a suite at either the Venetian or the Palazzo for $129 and includes two Phantom tickets and several other deals including a number of restaurant discounts within the two hotels.