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Apr 21, 2010 04:49 PM

Need Suggestions for Vegas - Dining alone

I will be in vegas for a couple of days next week for business and am interested in some suggestions. I have a couple of questions for chowhounders:

1. Any must eat on the Strip? Super highend is probably not my scene andI will be dining alone so looking for a place where you can eat at bar or communal table? Would like to avoid Italian. Any recs?
2. Vietnamese - any good vietnamese places to try? I will be cabbing it since these places are (way) off the strip?

I know #1 is a bit general but interested in hearing any thoughts. Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. I go to LV a lot by myself and really enjoy Bradley Ogden at Caesar's Palace. Great service at the bar (blanking on the bartender's name, sorry- but he is always there); they have a 3 course prix fixe of salad, burger or fish and chips and dessert for $29. Both main courses are excellent. Atmosphere is not too hipster either.

    Bradley Ogden
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    1. Where are you staying when in Vegas?

      I have enjoyed Mesa Grill in Caesar's as well when in Vegas by myself. The bartenders here are great. I have also ate at Koi in Planet Hollywood solo sitting at the sushi bar.

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

      3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      Planet Hollywood
      3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      1. re: aschaf

        I ate by myself at Mesa and had the opposite experience. Service was terrible and the food was mediocre at best. FWIW.

      2. You might check out L'atelier de Joel Robuchon. High end, but not super high end and you eat at the bar/ counter. I also like eating lunch at the bar just inside from the outdoor patio at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris.

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

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        1. re: Phil W

          Thank you! I will put all these on the list. I have been very interested in going to Robuchon. This may have to be my dinner Sunday. I've been to a few other Flay places but have not tried Mesa yet.

          Will report back after my excursions. I am actually staying at Luxor (saving some bucks for the company) but am willing to cab it for a meal.

          1. re: StrongIsland

            Consider Las Vegas to be about as friendly as any city for a solo dinner - the overwhelming majority of the places have attractive bar areas that will serve the full menu; parties of one are not unusual. As for Vietnamese, there are plenty of "good" places, but not necessarily something that would warrant a taxi - a good bowl of pho, a couple of bahn mi sandwiches, or some com tom (broken rice) can be found at excellent prices, but we do not have anything resembling the Slanted Door, Tamarine, Green Leaf or other more upscale options on the West Coast yet. We wait, and we hope.

          2. re: Phil W

            2nd L'atelier one of the best for a solo diner.

            1. re: SDGourmand

              I ended up at L'Atelier on Monday night. I had the langoustine, la cebette (onion tart), and the foie gras burgers. All were very good and I enjoyed the company of a mother and daughter who sat next to me. Tried a few of their dishes as well! Great place for the solo diner. Service was great; good wine recommendations and very accommodating with my questions. I would recommend this place but will warn that the price tag is substantial. I really wish i would have had the time though for the tasting menu.

              Thanks for everyone's help. Hope I can return the favor on NYC.

              1. re: StrongIsland

                Thanks for reporting back. Did you try any Vietnamese places?

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  Never got the chance. Too short a visit. But I i did go to Rick Moonen's Seafood in Mandalay Bay. I had oysters, shrimp and some soup. It was good but can't say my choices were actually a test of their cooking as much as their seafood buyer.

                  Next time I am in town I will have to hit up the vietnamese places. I also read alot of great things about a Thai place that sounded like a not to be missed place.