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Sep 17, 2009 11:17 AM

Trip Suggestions? (Las Vegas)

Coming to LV in October and was hoping to get help with my possible list of restaurants.
We're staying at the Four Seasons but were hoping to spend a more medium amount on dining out (150-300 for two).

So far I'm thinking Origin India when we get in (about 4pm) Wed.

and then since we won't be hungry till late possibly Raku. No car so we'll have to taxi.

Thurs: Brunch at Tableau
snack at Double Helix?
Dinner at DB before 9:30 Love show.

Friday: Brunch at Verandah
Early dinner at LOS before trek to U2 show.

Sat: Brunch at Hash House a Go Go

Snacks at Verandah

Dinner Fleur de Lys? or Alex (cheap menu) or?

We live in SF but have never been to Fleur and the one here has gone downhill by all accounts, so if that place is a miss let me know!

Thanks for your help!

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    1. Fleur has been a bit erratic for me. I've had a fantastic meal there and a couple less than fantastic meals.

      I'd go with Alex. It's undoubtedly one of the top venues in Vegas currently. Any menu you order there will be memorable with inventive food and exquisite service.

      I can't say anything negative about your proposed lineup. Tableau and Verandah are some of the best brunches in town. I've dined at Hash House in San Diego which I believe is quite similar. It's the ultimate in breakfast "comfort food". You won't likely need to eat again until dinner.

      Double Helix is a great wine bar with some pretty good food courtest of Emeril's Table 10. Works good for a light snack and glass of wine.

      LOS is one of the most notable (at least of this site) restaurants in Vegas. Great food, good service and surprisingly good wine list. Is it as good as this site would lead you to believe? Probably not. But still pretty darn good.

      Have a great trip!

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      1. re: climberdoc

        Thanks Climberdoc, that's what I was wondering about.
        How would you rank Alex compared to L'Atelier?

        1. re: Missmoo

          Completely different experiences. Depends what your looking for.

          Alex is made or special occasions. I dine there on average once yearly. You pay the price there but in return you get inventive dishes, 5-star service all in the setting of a grand dining room. It's the type of venue where you really want to dress up for even though they don't really have an overly formal dress code. If you have the money for it, it's not to be missed.

          L'Atelier is a place I frequent a couple times a year. Less pricey than Alex and also much more formal. The setting is a "sushi bar" type format where you have the pleasure of watching your food being prepared. L'Atelier seems like an ideal place for "foodie" types like myself to have a less formal but top quality meal while dressed casually. Their seasonal tasting menu is fantastic and a great value.

          If I had one last dinner I'd choose Alex over L'Atelier, but both places deserve high praise.

          You may also consider Charlie Trotters, especially if you enjoy exquisitely prepared seafood.

      2. Make sure you get reservations for Raku if you decide to go. Unfortunately, my last visit to Vegas, I was unable to secure reservations for the time necessary and instead went to Sen of Japan.

        Fortunately, they were able to accommodate us. We'd been to Sen before for sushi, but this time opted to sit at a table for leisurely eating & nice conversation. We split the omakase, a couple more dishes (soft shell crab $19 and calamari w/baby pepper $11) and a large bottle of beer. All told, our bill was $120 for 2. And I have to say, their omakase ($55 for 3 cold dishes & 2 hot dishes) were upscale versions of what you might find @ Raku. While Raku is pretty darned good pub with a great selection of food, Sen might be an alternative if you can't get seated @ Raku. The only downside is that if you don't have a car, it might be a bit out of the way...even w/a taxi (it's in Summerlin).

        1. I think you have a good line up, but if you are interested in L'Atelier, I'd definitely give it a try here. I think it is excellent.

          On another point, are you sure you don't want to rent a car? I ask only because the U 2 concert (which we also have tix for) is a good ways off the strip and I am not sure that taxis are readily available at Sam Boyd. Also, candidly, it will open up a lot of dinner options if you have a car.

          Origin Inida is terrific, by the way, and Verandah is a great brunch spot, although Bouchon is also excellent for breakfast or brunch (although you may have been to Bouchon in Napa Valley if you are SF based)

          1. I liked but did not flip over Fleur. If you want a great steak, I love PRIME at the Bellagio. Though you have two very good steak places at the Mandalay Bay complex: Charlie Palmer Steak and Michael Mina Steak.

            Be sure to go to the top of theHotel, to the bar, Mix (not the restaurant) for a drink as the sun goes down. It is by far the best view in Vegas.