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Unkle Al Feb 4, 2010 06:37 AM

I need recommendations for a nice dinner at Mandalay Bay. I am hoping for a nice place, not too noisy and not too expensive (food only – appetizer, entrée and dessert around $40.00 per person).

Please help!!

  1. invinotheresverde Feb 4, 2010 07:10 AM

    Forty bucks is going to be almost impossible at any of the better restsurants at Mandalay, unless you go prix fixe.

    RM Seafood's prix fixe looks solid and it's only $55.

    Fleur de Lys isn't too much more, at $65. I recently had a great meal there, though spotty service. The room is gorgeous and remains quiet, even when full.

    If you don't go the prix fixe route, Lupo may be your best bet, although appetizers are in the very high teens and basic pastas are over twenty.

    I think you'll have to up your budget to find what you're looking for.

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    1. re: invinotheresverde
      celticfoodie Feb 4, 2010 07:15 AM

      I agree with the above poster your are better off at Lupo for that price range. I ate there in late dec and had soup, and a pasta for around that price. I was not expecting much for some reason, but the service was great and my pasta was suberb. I wish i could remember what i ordered...

      1. re: celticfoodie
        azbirdiemaker Feb 10, 2010 01:19 AM

        Only judging one aspect the OP's post here but Lupo is anything but quiet. In fact, it was designed to be noisy and create a "bustling" atmosphere. Tile floors, high ceilings, open patio ... etc.

        I'd second Fleur de Lys if it's possible. It might cost a few bucks more but well worth it, IMO. The dining room is gorgeous and I can't think of one thing that I've ever had that that disappointed me.

        1. re: azbirdiemaker
          climberdoc Feb 10, 2010 05:35 AM

          I don't think that Fleur de Lys will be posssible with the OP's price limitations. I've enjoyed the food there as well, but on 2 of 3 occasions the distant, uninspired service has overshadowed the food. There are places (like B&B) where uninspired service seems to be part of the show they are putting on and is somewhat forgivable. This is not the case (at least for me) at Fleur.

          1. re: climberdoc
            atdleft Feb 10, 2010 02:26 PM

            No, it may just be possible. Last I checked, Fleur de Lys is now doing nightly $55 prix fixe dinner specials. Next time I'm at Mandalay, I'll be checking it out.

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      climberdoc Feb 4, 2010 07:17 AM

      The pre-theatre menu at Aureole comes in at $45 for 3-courses:


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      1. re: climberdoc
        invinotheresverde Feb 4, 2010 07:19 AM

        Even at $55 (after 6:30), that's a deal!

        1. re: climberdoc
          atdleft Feb 7, 2010 11:49 AM

          Are you sure? When I was there in December, the prix fixe menu was $55. Still, it's a great deal and the food is DEFINITELY worth it!

          1. re: atdleft
            zippyh Feb 7, 2010 05:09 PM

            It's $45 before 6:30.

            1. re: zippyh
              atdleft Feb 7, 2010 05:19 PM

              Well, they must have reintroduced this just recently. I believe my reservation was for 5:30 PM in December, and I was still charged the $55 per person price on my bill. Whatever the actual price, it's still a great deal and worth going.

              1. re: atdleft
                zippyh Feb 7, 2010 06:26 PM

                Were you sitting in the swan court? I think there's a $10 surcharge there.

                1. re: zippyh
                  atdleft Feb 8, 2010 09:53 AM

                  Nope, I was by the wine tower. Odd... But whatever. That was then, and I was happy with the food.

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          Strider Feb 5, 2010 10:08 AM

          Make sure you check out www.restaurant.com for a discounted gift certificate. They have quite a few of the Mandalay Bay restaurants on there. Use coupon code 'APE' and you can get a $50 GC for only $8

          As always, check the fine print, some of the offers have minimum orders as well as mandatory tip.

          1. atdleft Feb 7, 2010 11:52 AM

            If you're into innovative New American fare, try Aureole at "Restaurant Row". The prix fixe menu is only $55, but everything on there is SO worth it! If you want Mexican, then try Border Grill at the convention area. La comida es muy excelente... And the bill won't be too pricey, either! (Last time I took my dad there, my bill came in under $100 with tip included, and we both had drinks and dessert.)

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            1. re: atdleft
              Unkle Al Feb 8, 2010 09:35 AM

              Thank you all for your kind help. I think that I will be goint to Lupo.

              1. re: Unkle Al
                atdleft Feb 8, 2010 09:52 AM

                Please let us know all about it! I've been to most of Wolfgang Puck's digs, but I haven't yet tried Lupo. I'm curious as to how the cuisine matches up here.

                1. re: atdleft
                  Poerz Feb 10, 2010 07:21 AM

                  I've eaten at Lupo several times and enjoyed it. One of the best Carbonara's ever and a nice glass of wine sitting "outside" and watching the hordes enter Mandalay was worth every penny.

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