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jjensen1 Mar 6, 2010 05:07 AM

Hey - my wife and I are staying at the Encore at the end of month. we are currently booked into 4 restys (will do something casual after Mystere one night).

le Cirque (wife always wanted to try)
Bouchon
SW Steak
Sinatra

What are the latest reviews, thoughts on these 4? We enjoyed Wing Lei the last time, but have since read a lot of -ve things, so scratched that. I personally also wanted Stratta, but my wife thinks Sinatra is suppose to be a lot better...again, true?

Also, thoughts on our casual spot after Mystere? Was thinking of going to Mandalay and going to Burger Bar or Border Grill.

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    zippyh Mar 6, 2010 04:32 PM

    Sinatra is a nicer, fancier room than Stratta. Stratta is more casual.
    Of the two, I'd go with Sinatra but if you're looking for a wider range of Italian fare, then Stratta. Also, be ready to hear the same damn Sinatra songs over and over again.

    I've had the ossobuco at both and they were both good. I think I preferred Stratta but I think it was a special and isn't always on the menu.

    Stratta is open late a few nights a week so you might consider hitting them up after Mystere if the timing works. They have a few pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and some egg dishes.

    One problem with Wynn/Encore is that except for Stratta a few nights a week and the deli counter in the drug store, there is no late night dining. Oh, and the lobby bar in the Encore has items from room service.

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      jjensen1 Mar 7, 2010 04:23 AM

      Thank you, have you been to Border Grill, or can you recommend another mexican?

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        atdleft Mar 7, 2010 08:47 AM

        I have. Border Grill is hands-down the best Mexican restaurant on The Strip! However, you do know that it is a bit of a hike from TI?

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          maestrette Mar 7, 2010 04:01 PM

          Isla Mexican is in TI, which would make it an easy stop after Mystere. It gets mixed reviews on here, but I've eaten there 5 times and never had a bad meal. A contemporary take on some traditional dishes. I love the guacamole with roasted pumpkin seeds. Of course the main reason we go is for the blackberry mojitos - our favorite cocktail on that end of the strip.

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            atdleft Mar 7, 2010 09:37 PM

            Meh. I will agree with you that the drinks are good, but I wouldn't go for the food. The guac isn't bad, but the enchiladas they do there don't have enough flavor for me. A better pick on that end of The Strip IMHO is Taqueria Canonita at The Venetian.

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              Jwsel Mar 21, 2010 10:13 PM

              That is a scary indictment of Mexican on that end of the strip. Taqueria Canonita is meh at best.

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              Taqueria Canonita
              3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                atdleft Mar 22, 2010 08:19 PM

                Well, it's not perfect... But IMHO Taqueria Canonita is best Mexican option you'll find on the north side of The Strip. And yes, it's pretty much a scary indictment of most comida mexicana you'll find on the entire Strip. The best Mexican option you'll find on LV Blvd. is Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, and it's one of the few Mexican restaurants in town that I can actually call "excellent".

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                Border Grill
                3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

                Taqueria Canonita
                3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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          zippyh Mar 7, 2010 10:19 AM

          Went there once about 5 years ago. I don't really recall anything about it other than it was kind of cold sitting outside. I wouldn't go to much effort to return. I'd consider it if we were in the vicinity though.

          Similarly with Burger Bar, unless you're in the vicinity, I wouldn't make much effort to go there. It was a decent enough burger but to me, it was just a burger.

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            jjensen1 Mar 7, 2010 12:05 PM

            what about SW? I have read all of the posts about steakhouses, but they focus on CUT, Charlie Palmer, etc...I dont mind the atmospher (went to DB last year), but how is the quality at SW?

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              zippyh Mar 7, 2010 03:25 PM

              Never been to SW. We usually go to Cut now for steak although we did go to Stripsteak a couple weeks ago. It was pretty good.

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                maestrette Mar 7, 2010 04:04 PM

                I've eaten at SW several times. Good quality, but not ultra special. We were RFB, so it was comped. If I were paying, I would probably choose CUT or perhaps CarneVino, both of which I found to be excellent.

        3. ellenost Mar 9, 2010 08:57 AM

          I had a great dinner at Le Cirque at the end of last March; I highly recommend it.

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            Beach Chick Mar 22, 2010 08:48 PM

            I would do Bouchon for breakfast..add Alex at the Wynn for splurge dinner..Burger Bar at Mandalay for late lunch or early dinner.
            Okada is really good for sushi at the Wynn..
            Heard good things about Sinatra but have not been.
            Lotus of Siam off the strip for Thai is incredible..just won a James Beard award.
            Country Club or DB Brasserie for good food that won't break the bank at the Wynn.

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              Chargenda Mar 23, 2010 07:09 AM

              to clarify, Lotus of Siam was just nominated for an award, it did not win.

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              Lotus of Siam
              953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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                Beach Chick Mar 23, 2010 08:58 AM

                Thank's..meant nominated..very happy for them!

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              fishyak Apr 1, 2010 10:29 AM

              1) Bouchon rules.
              2) Instead of Burger ar, you might want to try BLT in the Mirage and a lot closer. Very good burgers. Milk shakes with booze. Try Grandma's Treat, a caramel shake w/ Maker's Mark. That'll either knock you out or power your up for a return to the tables.
              3) Maybe Diego's in MGM for Mex. food. DIego's varies real mole recipes, good salsas, margaritas and the coffee is served with bits of chocolate. But "real" Mex. food is an oxymoron, not only on the strip, but maybe in all of LV. (No pozole, menudo, or birria anywheree on the strip, but I am just a visitor and don't spend the time to really go digging.)

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              Bouchon
              3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                linguafood Apr 1, 2010 10:46 AM

                BLT Burger kicks Burger Bar's ass. Much, much better, and also much closer to Encore.

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