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Disappointed with Rosemary's

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As four year residents of Las Vegas my wife and I have frequently heard the rave reviews for Rosemary's, but we live on the East side of town making the commute a bit of a challenge. On Saturday night we finally had our chance to give it a shot! We both elected to go with the prix- fixe menu - three courses for $55/each. This seemed like the best value as the price of many of their entree's approaches $40. One of the nice things about their approach to the prix- fixe menu is you can mix and match appetizers/salads/soups/desserts for two of your courses and select any entree. (Note: there are a few items that aren't availabe on the prix-fixe option, but they are clearly annotated on the menu.) I suppose this dining "flexibility" helps justify the price - keep in mind you can get a 3 course meal at Daniel Boulud's in the Wynn for $42.

I started my meal with the Panko Crusted Crab Boulettes ($15). I found them to be lacking in crab, but the cucumbers and sauce were very good. I then had the Wilted Spinach Salad ($12.50). It was a nice salad with a bit of a zip to the sherry mustard dressing. For my entree I ordered the Rack of Lamb ($39). The lamb was good and cooked to the requested medium rare, but the potatoes were average and the kalamata olives didn't match well with Rosemary Bordelaise sauce. Overall I felt the dish was significantly over salted.

My wife opted to start the meal with the daily special salad ($12.50). The salad was a mix of greens with vinagrette with goat cheese dumplings and candied pecans included. It was excellent - best dish of the entire meal. For her entree she ordered the Seared Sea Scallops ($36). There were only four moderately sized scallops served, a bit skimpy for $36!. The mashed potatoes and parsnips were quite good. Again we both felt this dish was significantly over salted. For dessert she selected the Tres Leches cake, the daily special. This was very nicely done; as moist as you would expect and a lovely flavor.

General comments: Service was very attentive and professional. Serving sizes were on the large side - three courses were too much for us. Plate presentation was very nice with each course presented on appropriate plating and well garnished. The restaurant was much louder than we had anticipated with conversations drifting easily across the entire dining room. The place was packed and there were approximately 15 people waiting to be seated when we left.

All-in-all we both felt there are numerous dining options in Las Vegas offering both better pricing and quality.

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Rosemary's Restaurant
8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Thanks for a balanced and thoughtful review. I've only been to Rosemary's once, and I'm not sure I liked it as much as you did, but my visit was many years ago. I'd be curious what places you think are superior and a better value.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      Some other recommendations which we believe are superior and a better value include: Off-strip - Todd's Unique in Henderson and Marche Bacchus on the West side of town. On-Strip: There are some great values and outstanding quality available at Wynn/Encore; A Taste Of Wynn menu's are a really good starting point.

      1. re: Philber

        OK, I admit it. I was secretly hoping you found an undiscovered gem on the East side. It's surprisingly how seldom someone recommends a restaurant on the East side north of Henderson and south of, say, Charleston. But thanks!

    2. Rosemary's is a great choice for Sunday night as many of the other restaurants on the strip are closed..the chefs come to Rosemary's on their noghts of...Wine by the bottle is 1/2 price on Sunday night ..This review is based on one visit ....the food is terrific

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      Rosemary's Restaurant
      8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

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      1. re: LAC06488

        After coming to Las Vegas for so many years and eating at many of the restaurants on the strip, I was looking for a local experience. I found Rosemary's to be a great change at a reasonable price. I was there with a friend on Sunday night and we both had the prix fixe. We found the food to be excellent the service very attentive. We left very satisfied.

      2. Unfortunately for Rosemary's it can be hit or miss. We go there quite often and one time it is great and the next time we swear we won't come back. Went to Todd's the last time out and I wanted short ribs which is one of their specialties and they were out. I had the fish, it was so-so. Guess it's back to Rosemary's for another try.

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        1. re: vegasmike

          I am surprised to hear about the fish at Todd's - Todd usually does a great job with seafood. We have dined there many times and never been disappointed. Having a desire for the short ribs and going with seafood could definitely be a let-down. What type of fish did you have?

          1. re: Philber

            No restaurant bats .1000, I suppose, but both Todd's Unique and Rosemary's have a high batting average with me. I've been going to both, when I'm in Las Vegas (about twice a year), almost since both opened for business, and I've yet to take a bad mouthful in either one. For anyone who tries to avoid the brawl that has become The Strip, these are two of the best go-to off-Strip restaurants. As Philber above has mentioned, Todd's is ordinarily strong on fish and seafood, but just about everything on the menu is imaginatively done, even the meatloaf that pops up every now and then. I regard Todd's as a smaller east-side version of Rosemary's, maybe just a cut below Rosemary's (and a cut below in price as well). No corkage charged on bring-your-own-wine at Todd's on Wednesdays, when a couple can easily dine there for between $75 and $100, all in.

        2. You'll have to add me to the "not impressed list". Have visited Rosemary's twice over three years and would much rather go to Marche or Todd's before returning to Rosemary's. I thought that Rosemary's was very loud and the food wasn't special.

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          Rosemary's Restaurant
          8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117