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mindracer Apr 6, 2010 10:49 AM

We're first time visitors celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary, will be staying at Luxor for four nights in late April, and will have a rental car. My partner is generally a vegetarian, but wants a good steak for our anniversary dinner. For health reasons, she can't indulge in gastronomic excesses, so a meal involving several courses isn't really an option. We're willing to spend up to around $250 for dinner that might include a couple of glasses of wine. We'd prefer a reasonably quiet and somewhat cozy atmosphere to a large and/or somewhat sterile space. Swan Court at Aureole sounds like the kind of place we'd enjoy.

A three course dinner seems as if it would be a perfect choice. I checked menus, including some prix fixe choices, at several restaurants, including Auerole, Stripsteak, Carnevivo, Charlie Palmer, Tender at Luxor, about which I've seen virtually no information on the Vegas board, along with other options. The choices are mindboggling. Is Tender decent enough to warrant a visit for a special occasion dinner? While my partner can't devour an entire large cut of beef alone, she generally prefers the flavor of a strip steak to that of a cut she can manage alone (think petit filet). Do most restaurants welcome sharing of entrees?

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    Sushi221 RE: mindracer Apr 6, 2010 12:40 PM

    Husband and I spent a LOVELY evening at Aureole last year. It was our first real tasting menu experience so we dont have much to compare to but I can say it was amazing! Worth every penny. We have two small children so spending hours eating and even walking out onto the Swan Court area was so relaxing. Service was exceptional and the wine pairings were spot on! The food was simply amazing. We did the 7 course but I believe they have a 3-4 course. Even the 7 course wasnt an overwhelming amount of food. I did give my husband the majority of my beef entree but was able to eat the rest of the meal and I am not a huge eater (weight 105 lbs). Hope you and your partner find the perfect spot! We sure did.

    1. BubblyOne RE: mindracer Apr 7, 2010 10:00 AM

      I go to LV a couple of times a year and have eaten at most of the major restaurants, although not at Tender (not wild about the hotel, sorry). I loved Aureole as well, but you might consider Prime at The Bellagio. The room is gorgeous (very romantic, with a view of the lake and fountains) and although their emphasis is on steak, they offer a wide range of choices. They don't list prices on their site, but it would be well within your budget w/o major drinking.
      Also, keep in mind that with the economy as bad as it is, especially in LV, most places offer prix fixe options that may or may not be advertised on their sites and change frequently. You might want to make a few reservations at your top picks and then check them out once you get to town, since it's your first visit.
      Good luck!

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      Bellagio
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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        chazcat RE: BubblyOne Apr 7, 2010 05:00 PM

        Prime at the Bellagio is execellent and one of my favorite places in Las Vegas. If you go there, when you make your reservations ask to have desert served to you on the patio, very romantic.

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        Bellagio
        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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          mindracer RE: chazcat Apr 8, 2010 05:39 AM

          Thanks for all suggestions. I hadn't considered Prime, but will definitely check further, since it sounds like it would fit the bill

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            BubblyOne RE: mindracer Apr 8, 2010 08:06 AM

            Also, consider my rec to make a few reservations and decide once you get into town (just don't forget to cancel the others). You will want to see The Bellagio anyway, it's just stunning between The Conservatory and the Dale Chihuly ceiling in the entry. Most of the restaurants have menus posted outside, so you can see the offerings during the day and it's a nice walk around the Strip.

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            Bellagio
            3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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              mindracer RE: BubblyOne Apr 15, 2010 07:49 AM

              Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

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                BubblyOne RE: mindracer Apr 15, 2010 09:20 AM

                Please report back, want to hear where you ended up:)

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          jpb RE: BubblyOne Jun 21, 2010 09:21 AM

          We made the mistake of eating at Tender. 'Nuff said. Please don't.

        3. shamu613 RE: mindracer Jun 22, 2010 09:54 AM

          Check the Prix Fixe menu at Fleur de Lyse, next door at Mandalay Bay. The restaurant is closing soon. Hubert Keller is a spectacular chef and his menu may fit. Call the restaurant and ask. Maybe they can help.

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