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Apr 15, 2010 01:02 PM

Tasting or Prix-fixe menu for big bday in Vegas

I'll be visiting Las Vegas with my husband and another couple (all in our 30s) next month. I'd like to go to an amazing dinner (in a nice, but not-too-stuffy atmosphere). I'm willing to pay about $200 p.p with wine or wine pairings, so I've been looking at Michael Mina at the Bellagio or Aureole. I've heard amazing things about Joel Rubuchon and Alex, but both of those seem to be $300+ per person. That said, if there's a place that's miles ahead of another, I'd consider it.
To give you an idea of our tastes, some of my and my husband's favorite meals of all time have been Le Bernardin and Jean Georges in New York. I've been disappointed by Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and I absolutely love the tasting menu at Providence in Los Angeles. (I much prefer seafood over meat).
In Vegas I've been to more middle of the road places (Rao's, Craftsteak, Nobu, Tao, Mesa Grill) as we're usually there to gamble and go out, but this time I'm looking to have a nice long dinner. Can someone recommend a restaurant? It doesn't have to be the best restaurant in all of Vegas, but I certainly don't want to be disappointed for the price.

Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

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  1. Both Aureole and MM are top-notch. Both have good tasting menus and would fit into your price range with wine pairings. I prefer Aureole especially when dining in the Swan Court which is more serene and romantic than the bustling main dining room. Aureole has a great wine program and attentive pairings.

    That said, you can currently dine at Alex for well within your price range. No you can't get their tasting, but you could easily order off their regular menu or even less expensive would be ordering off the Taste of Wynn which would leave you room to splurge on a better wine. Alex is one of the best in Vegas and is a step above Aureole and MM. If you're hanging at places like Le Bernardin and JG then Alex is in your league.

    I have not been to Robuchon but hope to try it soon.

    2 Replies
    1. re: climberdoc

      What is the difference between the atmospheres of the Swan Court and the regular restaurant? Which would be better for a party of four?

      1. re: lsla

        The regular restaurant is bustling, crowded and often loud. It definitely has a "hip" feel to it. It's a beautiful room with interesting angles and ultra high ceilings.

        The Swan Court is quieter with tables spaced further apart. There are large windows which look out onto a pond with beautiful white swans swimming about. One can go out to the pond for a drink or a break from the courses. Service is a bit more streamlined since the captains will be your main server. You pay $10/pp more for this. IMO it's completely worth the ten-spot. The Swan Court has booths which are made for couples and 4-top tables.

    2. Between Aureole and Michael Mina - I'd go for Aureole. MM is okay - don't get me wrong - but it's missing on the wow factor. Our dinner there was just okay, but I do love the Miso Glazed Black Cod. It's great.

      The best meal I've had in LV was at Joel Robuchon at the Mansion. It blew us away - service was stellar, the food sublime and... jeez it was just amazing. Really. Check the boards for other reviews. On our last trip to Vegas (January) Mr CF and I went to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - we loved it. More casual but still fabulous.

      I haven't been to Alex - but I've read it's excellent also.

      Le Cirque, at the Bellagio, is also wonderful.

      I, also, was disappointed by Fleur de Lys in San Francisco - which has kept me away from the one in LV. There's a new Jean Georges Steakhouse in the Aria - I haven't been to that one - I've been to the one is Scottsdale and it was enjoyable.

      Wishing a Happy Birthday to the birthday person!

      Michael Mina Restaurant
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV