Vegas dining picks for this weekend
We're going to be in Las Vegas for 3 days over this coming weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon). My main motivation for the trip is the food and my DH and the other couple we're traveling with aren't necessarily obscessed with where we eat, but are generally along for the ride. I've been researching on this board for a while and have picked out what I think will be our best bets. We are pretty much game for any type of cuisine, in particular we all love a good steak but my traveling companions won't do sushi. The super high-end, wallet busting places are out (no $300+ pp meals for us).
Here are the restaurants I have planned. Please let me know your thoughts and/or make specific menu recommendations if you've dined there. Thanks!
Lunch: Mesa Grill or Burger Bar
Dinner: Bellagio Buffet -- my travel companions insist we must visit a buffet... :(
Lunch: Enoteca San Marco (or Burger Bar or Mesa if we haven't gone yet)
Well, we're back and we did Mesa Grill (brunch menu on Sat), Wynn Buffet, Cut, L'Atelier, Bouchon (brunch) and Tableau (breakfast).
Mesa Grill was serving brunch when we showed up Sat afternoon. Had the chicken/sweet potato hash eggs benedict and it was really good. Could have used some more contrasting textures, but the flavors were great.
Wynn buffet for dinner on Sat was less than inspiring, but generally what I expected given that it's a buffet. My previous visit we did the Bellagio buffet, which I preferred to Wynn's.
Bouchon for brunch was really nice. Ordered the chicken and waffles and the roasted half-chicken was prepared perfectly and the accompanying sauce was to die for. The bacon & chive waffles were the perfect accompanyment. Plus, the pain de epi that they bring out is soooo good (not to mention the housemade cherry jam). We really enjoyed this meal.
Cut for dinner was really good, but didn't blow us away (except when we got the check, lol). I ordered the Wagyu ribeye, which was flawlessly cooked with a nice sear. It tasted great. Side dish-wise: the potato puree had a rich potato flavor and was buttery smooth. Thethe field mushroom/pepper dish was also nice. Overall the experience was good (service, decor, ambiance, etc), but don't go there looking to walk away feeling like you got a good "value". Go for the indulgence.
Tableau for breakfast was very enjoyable. I had delicious huckleberry pancakes that managed to be light and fluffy but filling at the same time. The pastry basket (especially the mini turnover) was is worth ordering. I would have been very satisfied with a pile of those mini turnovers and nothing else :). My companions raved about the bacon and hashbrowns. Plus they give you a fancy little baggie of trail mix to take with you. Not better than Bouchon for brunch, but a really nice breakfast none the less.
L'Atelier was just awesome. Coming frrom upstate NY, this type of dining experience was a real treat for me. I ordered the 9 course tasting menu, which at $150 felt like a great value given all the care and precision that went into every course. I'm still thinking about the scallop dish and that unusual but delicious grapefruit sorbet course. Really enjoyable experience sitting at the bar and interacting with the waitstaff and great entertainment watching the kitchen work throughout the meal. We were close to a leg of Iberico ham and got to watch them gingerly carve paper-thin slices all night long. My only (very minor) complaint was that instead of the 90 minutes it was billed at, our 9 courses took closer to 3 hours. So if you go, be prepared for the amount of time required (or make sure to let the waiter know you need to speed things up).
All in all we had great dining in Vegas.
Thanks for the feedback. I was recently at Cut and we found better value in the meal by not ordering the wagyu or really expensive cuts. We had the porterhouse and it was one of the best, if not, the best porterhouse I've had. We couldn't decide what was better, the filet or strip.
I ate at Tableau for brunch last visit to Vegas and didn't think the food was special, though the restaurant itself is quite stunning. That said, I'm not a fan of Bouchon -- definitely enjoy Mon Ami Gabi or either the Wynn or Bellagio buffets more.
I'll be in Vegas as well this weekend! Our plans are:
Evening snack at Bubble Bar at Guy Savoy
Brunch at Wynn buffet (we're staying at the Wynn, and I'm hokey enough to enjoy buffets)
Dinner at Raku (tried Sen last time and liked it, looking forward to this meal too)
Brunch at Serendipty 3 (our traveling companion really wants to go)
Dinner at Bartolotta (too bad they're no longer doing Sunday suppers at Charlie Palmer steakhouse)
Lunch at Society Cafe Encore (hey we're in the Wynn and short of time for lunch)
Dinner at Stratta (ditto above, but we may change this. Originally planned on going to CUT but our traveling companion just announced his temporary vegetarianism)
I'd love to visit Twist but want to wait for it to settle down -- looking forward to reading CH reviews soon!
Mesa Grill's shrimp tamale appetizer was the best tamale I ever had, and their cocktails are quite good too. That said, their other dishes were fine but nothing special. But would go there over Enoteca San Marco.
Definitely vote for L'Atelier -- such an intriguing meal, would definitely revisit sometime. Make sure to sit at the counter and chat with the guy (or gal) who's serving you food, it makes it such a nice interactive experience and you learn quite a bit.
We were in Las Vegas right before T-day and ate at Bouchon, Cut, and Tableau.
Honestly, unless you were staying at the Wynn, I'd skip Tableau. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but I don't think it would be worth the effort to go there.
We always go to Bouchon for breakfast/brunch when we're in Las Vegas and it didn't dissappoint. Same with Cut.
With respect to hamburgers, I had just the opposite experience. My two meals at Burger Bar have been good (very good burgers, sweet potato fries and milk shakes). My meal at BLT was disappointing (a medium rare burger that wasn't juicy, and onions rings that were mediocre; the shake was very good).
Well, clearly, people seem to disagree on this one. All I can say is that at Burger Bar, I had the Kobe burger which was a rather small & fairly taste-free patty. I had added only cheddar and caramelized onions, the latter of which also had little flavor.
The BLT Burger which I had was juicy, flavorful, and a good portion. I also liked the fries better, tho I have to admit I can't make a totally fair comparison as we had skinny fries at Burger Bar, and fat fries at BLT.
I'll be in Vegas this weekend also - wish it was a foodie trip, but am visiting family who lives there. Your weekend picks sound amazing - VERY similar to what I would pick! DH and I are planning lunch on Saturday (away from family) and it will either be at Burger Bar or Enoteca San Marco (1st choice was actually L'Atelier but they don't serve lunch). Considered Bouchon, but we have a reservation for the new LA location in a few weeks so will wait for that. Have loved Mesa, Tableau and Cut (in LA). Since it seems like we have similar taste, I would consider squeezing in Payard Patisserie & Bistro for breakfast or dessert. I have been to the Bellagio buffet (for breakfast/lunch) and have really enjoyed it. Have a great trip!!