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San Francisco hounds four nights in May thoughts appreciated on the following itinerary....

Hello fellow hounds,

My boyfriend and I will be heading to vegas at the end of May for four nights, staying at the Encore. We'll be coming in on Wednesday morning and leaving on Sunday night. We're celebrating his 30th birthday.

I think dinner is sorted but would love to know your thoughts. Also would like suggestions on breakfast and lunch spots not more than $25/person for just food.

Here's what's in store just for dinner.

1) Wed night: Mon Ami Gabi
2) Thurs night: Joel Robuchon
3) Fri night: Stratta
4) Saturday: Little Buddha (still not sure about this spot) Thinking some kind of pan asian/asian place for Saturday night to change things up.

Thank you so much for all the help.

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Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Little Buddha Cafe
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Stratta
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. We really enjoyed Sage back in dec and chef Shawn was very nice and was planning to stay there the first six months to make sure everything is perfect.

    1. Hello Vegas hounds,

      So my initial post is being revised a bit after a little more searching

      Still going Joel Robuchon and considering a trip to Mon Ami Gabi. Hoping to get impressions of the following places:

      Firefly on Paradise
      Shucks Oysters Bar
      Olives for lunch
      Dowtown cocktail lounge for drinks (hear they are seasonal and tasty).

      Also hoping to get tips on where to find awesome eggs benedict.

      Thank you again for the feedback

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      Mon Ami Gabi
      3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      1. re: hannah

        For eggs benedict, Verandah at the Four Seasons is great and on the Strip. But personal favorite is Weiss Deli in Henderson. He makes the hollandaise sauce fresh.

        1. re: hannah

          I would skip all the places you've mentioned in the updated post, save DCR(very decent cocktails). I might look at serrano-tapas, great oysters can be found a lot of places(bouchon, daniel, , etc. seablue-great happy hour $1 oysters), country club at wynn. lastly, my presonal peference is bounchon over mon ami, but since you are from SF, bouchon may not be an option.

          also, id definitely skip little buddha and stratta. search these boards, there are a lot of threads about every kind of cuisine you might prefer. i agree with mrsjoujou, been to sage 3x, and every meal was great.

        2. If you're looking for Asian, why not hit Lotus of Siam? It's one of the best in the state, if not the country.

          I've never eaten at Olives, but I've seen and heard nothing but bad things.

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

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          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Well if you are going to DCR for drinks which I like why don't you go for a walk down freemont and go to firefly at the plaza. Same restaurant, same food, nicer restaurant EXCEPT that you have to walk through the icky Plaza. You are going to hear different stuff on firefly, Its ok ...some dishes are way better than others.

            Olives is ok for lunch (nothing special)..for dinner it was a trainwreck. And if its pretty out it's worth waiting for the patio.

            Mon Ami is just ok nothing that is going to blow your socks off but it is reasonably priced and I have had some decent meals. but nothing real foodie about it ..again great patio but you can't get a reservation for it...you have to wait.

            I am sure the blow your socks off meal for you is Joel Robuchon .

            As far as Little Buddah....I like it and its a pretty place ... AND you guys are 30 and the Palm definitely has a scene. Again the food is ok nothing special and its a place with a young vibe so as far as a change up it might be good. Although I have to say i would hit my change up by going to N9Ne at the Palms for steak exploring the Palms and skipping Mon Ami.

            Also I like Lotus a lot and if you want to go foodie Asian its the way to go. But if you want a fun vibe and good asian you might try Social House...I have heard excellent things about it from people I trust (although your bill will be 4 times what it will be at Lotus of Siam but you are paying for the scene)

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

            1. re: Justjenn

              One more thing .. I see you are from San Fran. No asian food in this town is going to blow your socks off like Slanted Door in your town...Im just saying :) I loved it.

          2. Thank you for all the tips!!

            I'm sure Joel Robuchon will definitely be the knock out meal. I think we'll definitely try to check out Sage as well. I saw that Bouchon does have a patio which is one of the reasons I was looking at olives (been to the one in Napa and alway been reliable).

            I'll make sure to report back on how it ends up....

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

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            1. re: hannah

              End of May? Typical temperature for that time of year is triple digits up until sunset.

              Now... how does sitting on a patio sound to you?

              1. re: shamu613

                Actually the end of May is just about ideal for evening dining al fresco in Las Vegas. Over the last week of the month the highs average 92-93, and the lows are 67-69. In a dry climate dining outdoors in the mid 80's in the evening is quite pleasant. So your timing is not bad at all.