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Feb 3, 2010 10:21 AM

Beautiful Restaurant, Fun Restaurant and One with Excellent Food

I'm going to be in Vegas Presidents Day weekend and I'm looking for three restaurants:

A beautiful one--Price is no object for this one. I was thinking of maybe Picasso? Any other suggestions?

A fun restaurant--Any fun light-hearted vibe would be great. If possible, it would be great if this one wasn't too expensive.

A restaurant with out-of-sight food:--Any type of food would work for us--American, Japanese, Indian, French....Expensive is ok.

I'm not a big fish eater so an all-fish menu can pose a problem. Thank you in advance for any recommendations you can give!! Appreciated! Full reports will be posted.

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  1. A beautiful one- I would suggest like you said Picasso or even Mix before it becomes a club has some great views as does Nove at the Palms. That said I think picasso is the better all around.

    A fun restaurant- Ok I will probably get hammered for this but do this ...Go to B and B sit at the bar have a good glass of wine and order the Lambs Tongue Salad..Then go to Enteco San Marco and have a great but reasonably priced meal. Sit outside (its actually inside lol but feels like your at a Disney version of Italy.) Also I really like the Vibe at little Buddah at the palms its like Vampires or Gothes crossed with Buddism.

    A restaurant with out-of-sight food- Joel Robuchon, L'Atelier (also by Robuchon), or Guy Savoy...I would include Bar Charlie but that is heavy on sea food.

    1. this is a good thread! id also like to know the most beautiful.

      I've been to a few in vegas, and the MiX was probably the most beautiful. its a white room with red table settings. it has glass balls hanging from the ceiling. pretty dark room. the view is amazing.

      hopefully theres a more visually stunning place so its not all downhill from here

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      1. re: thatdarnblake

        I've made a reservation at Mix! And will report back!

      2. I found Raku to be not only fun -- the small portions of robata skewers and other small dishes let you try a good variety of things -- but also fantastic with regard to the food. It's off the Strip, but totally worth the 6 minute cab ride. Seriously, I'd say I had one of my best meals in 2009 at Raku.

        Another big plus is that it's not expensive, and they have Sapporo on tap.

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        1. re: linguafood

          Beautiful - Alex at the Wynn. "Food as high as art", best Sommelier palate I have ever experienced, FINE dining $900 USD for 2 (everything you could order very over the top!)

          Fun- Mesa Grill at Caesars. Bobby Flay won't dissapoint.

        2. For fun I recommend Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. It's a great option during happy hour. They have happy hour from 3 to 7 Monday through Friday. $3 tapas and half off sangria.

          If you're idea of a good time is getting tipsy on some champagne sangria while taking in an early dinner, then this place is a blast. There is better food in Las Vegas, but their tapas are very tasty and not too heavy before a night out on the town.

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          1. re: Wabash70

            Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is closing (for good) around that time -- February 15, I believe.

            1. re: Larry

              Really? We'll be there on the 24th and that's where we were going to go. Looks like we'll be heading to Firefly.

              1. re: Quattrociocchi

                Ba Ba Reeba will be shutting down on February 15th, but the space will re-open about a month later as a Mexican restaurant (probably changing the menu around more than the decor), and still under the Lettuce Entertain You umbrella. Rumor has it that they are even planning to have a taco cart out front, to take advantage of the pedestrian traffic that the location brings.

                1. re: QAW

                  Awwwww ... this is disappointing to hear. I thought that the tapas there were really good and the sangria even better. Even though it was part of the LEU group, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was head & shoulders above Firefly.

                  Sign 'o' the times, I suppose.

                  1. re: QAW

                    Really? Well, I just hope the Mexican restaurant is better than most of the other Strip options. (The only good one I've found so far is Border Grill @ Mandalay Bay, but I do want to try Taqueria Canonita @ Venetian soon.)

                    It's so sad to see Cafe Ba Ba Reeba close for good. So is Stripburger also going? IMHO that was the part of the LEU space underperforming (at least food wise).

            2. Beautiful: Aureole at Mandalay Bay is great, and they have an amazing wine list. You'll probably also do well at Picasso at Bellagio where the menu is more Continental.

              Fun: If you want a fun French bistro, try Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. For fun (but still refined) Mexican, nothing beats Border Grill at Mandalay Bay. Or for something a little more on the rowdy side, Society at Encore and First at Palazzo are fabulous "sophisticated diners".

              Excellence: Sinatra at Encore and Ago at Hard Rock have the best Italian. Nobu at Hard Rock offers beautiful Japanese with a touch of Peruvian.

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              1. re: atdleft

                We went to Mix! It was beautiful. The food was very good--I particularly like the Madelines at the end. The view was top-notch. We had a coupon and they were a tiny bit snotty about it--which was a bit of a downer.

                We also went to Enteco San Marco. The atmosphere was fun--opera singers in the "square" and so on. The food was good but not great. The service was pleasant, and overall, so was the whole experience.

                Thank you all so much for your recommendations!

                1. re: foggybottom123

                  btw, a few nights ago I was given the responsiblity of finding a nice place for a group of 10 to eat..with several caveats: it had to be within the Venetian and it had to be reasonably priced....(oh, and I had about a day's notice to snag a reservation...)...We ended up at the Enoteca San Marco. It was my first time eating there....I have to say: it worked within those parameters: the food WAS good, if not great, and there were a few standouts: specifically the calzone my friend ordered (which surprised me...I'm not a calzone fan...) and the salads (very nice fresh ingredients)...oh, and delicious roasted beets. I had the rigatoni with roasted cauliflower and very much enjoyed it....Desert was also special: a fried date cake made with semi-local ( about 100 miles away) dates from China Ranch..served with vanilla gelato and honey. They do have an extensive wine list, but its heavy on the Italian wines (which I'm not familiar with...). I also think the wines are a little pricey given the overall atmosphere and price-point of the restaurant.... The waiter did do a good job of steering us to a nice wine within our budget....And I agree, the atmosphere is very fun; you do have the sensation of sidewalk cafe dining..... I was the only "local" in the group, and the tourists all really enjoyed it. She Who Paid the Bill gave me a thumbs up at the end...apparently I had done a good job of keeping within her (somewhat limited) budget......

                  BTW, the night before some of the same group had snacks and drinks at Taqueria Canonita...the tacos were ok, not great: but there are a couple of pluses: the salsas were good, and there are some great tequila tastings available....and they can be accompanied by a shot of sangrita....a hard thing to find in Vegas casinos.....