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Asperges Feb 19, 2010 02:37 PM

I'm going to be in Vegas on business (staying at the Venetian) and was wondering what the best solo dining options are. Ideally, I'm looking for something like, say, the bar at NY's Union Square Cafe or something - excellent food with a civilized but casual vibe. Does that exist on the Strip?

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    selfportrait93 Feb 19, 2010 03:30 PM

    Can't go wrong with Bouchon. They also have a bar area for solo dining and conveniently
    situated within the Venetian.

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      QAW Feb 19, 2010 04:43 PM

      You will find Las Vegas to be about as friendly to the solo diner as anywhere, and the Venetian/Palazzo complex is filled with some great options. One suggestion might be to do a "menu crawl" to view the specials at each location - it only takes a few minutes to check out the offerings, and the particular vibe that evening, of some top quality places

      1. Larry Feb 19, 2010 05:04 PM

        I also recommend Bouchon. For something even more casual, consider First Food & Bar. Chef Sam DeMarco (the same guy who ran New York's First in the 90's) offers food reminiscent of diner fare, but better quality.

        1. atdleft Feb 19, 2010 05:58 PM

          At the Venetian/Palazzo complex, you can try Bouchon, First, and Taqueria Canonita.

          And if you can handle taking the monorail south from Harrah's (just a short stroll from The Venetian), head over to MGM to try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Not only is there bar seating, but you can order from some of the best French wines around while watching the chefs cook your meal before your very eyes!

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            kairajade Feb 22, 2010 08:56 AM

            I frequently visit Vegas on business and often eat solo, I have found that most places receive solo diners well and often times pay additional attention to them. I have had some great conversations with chefs and waitstaff simply because I was eating alone. I do always bring a book but I am very chatty.

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              Asperges Feb 22, 2010 11:59 AM

              Thanks so much for the recommendations, everyone!

            2. Manassas64 Feb 26, 2010 11:02 AM

              I was just in Vegas by myself (female) over superbowl weekend and ate all my meals by myself. I sat at the bars at Wolfgang Puck's Grill in the MGM Grande, Mesa Grill in Ceasars and Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian. Great experiences at all of them. Vegas is great for going solo, I never have a bad time.

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                Gypsyfish Mar 1, 2010 03:38 PM

                I ate solo at Bouchon twice and was treated very well. I also enjoyed the seafood bar at Harrah's where I sat at the bar and had an interesting conversation with the man behind the bar about the oysters.

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