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mares404 May 17, 2010 06:52 AM

Hi! I'm very excited about my upcoming trip to las vegas in late June. I've never been and very much look forward to trying out some great restaurants. I've compiled a little list for dinner and am curious what you all would think/change.

1.) L'atelier
2.) Micheal Mina (We originally wanted to go to le cirque but were very disappointed to learn that they are closed the days we're going to be there!)
3.) Rosemary's
4.) Mix
5.) Alex

any feedback would be much appreciated!

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    baderin May 17, 2010 07:39 AM

    I'm not a tonne of help because I haven't been to any of those restaurants for dinner, but I can highly recommend MiX at least for drinks and the view. From what I understand in the evening the balcony is bottle service only, so I'd suggest maybe going an hour early, sitting outside and having a pre-dinner drink and watching the sunset - I know that there's no cover charge in the early evening.

    Otherwise all I can say is that we're going for 5 nights in early July planning L'Atelier and American Fish (another Michael Mina restaurant) so I'll be interested to hear your review!

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

    1. Larry May 17, 2010 08:57 AM

      I've been to each of the restaurants except MIX. All are at least good. Here's a somewhat wordier response:
      1) L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. An excellent choice! It's in my Vegas top 10 list. If wallet and waistline allow, go for the nine course Discovery Menu.
      2) Michael Mina. I have mixed feelings about this place. I've been there several times, and the food is very good - but it's not exciting. If you're looking for seafood, my two favorites are Bartolotta and RM Seafood (the 5 course tasting menu is a bargain at $65).
      3) Rosemary's. It's good, and its prices are lower than comparable Strip restaurants. However, it's no longer one of the best in town - not because it's gone down hill, but because so many good places have opened in the last five years or so. If I lived nearby, I'd go frequently. As a visitor looking for a special experience, it's not worth the long drive.
      4) Mix. Haven't been there.
      5) Alex. Another excellent choice - to my mind, even a little better than L'Atelier. Like L'Atelier, it's French, but so different that I wouldn't worry about getting bored! I've greatly enjoyed every meal I've had there.

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

      RM Seafood
      3930 Las Vegas Blvd S 134-200A, Las Vegas, NV

      1. Bat Guano May 17, 2010 08:59 AM

        Just went to Michael Mina last week. Gf and I had the pre-theater menu - appetizer, entree and dessert. I had the salad and Lobster pot pie, gf had the tuna tartare and olive-oil-poached halibut. Everything was really good; the tuna tartare and lobster pie were extra charges on top of the prix fix menu cost, but well worth it. I will be reliving that lobster pot pie for a long time: a whole lobster, which the waiter said was 1-1/4 lb., baked in a copper pot with a pastry crust, the tail sections cracked and cut up, and the claws de-shelled completely. It was in a brandied truffle cream sauce that was absolutely delicious - a wonderful combination with the lobster, with which it was infused since it was cooked together. Lobster was perfectly cooked - tender and succulent. Some vegetables mixed in also. Amazingly good.

        The halibut was actually almost as good: just-cooked, moist and flaky, delicious. A nice-sized fillet also.

        Desserts were good too, but we were so full by that time that we didn't finish them. Wine selection was good - we had a very nice Gruner Veltliner - and no more overpriced than other places in Vegas.

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

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          mares404 May 17, 2010 10:07 AM

          Thanks all for the prompt responses! I was still a little iffy on Michael Mina, we just sort of slotted it into the spot where we were going to go to le cirque since they were both in the bellagio and we have tickets for "o" that night. Our flight actually leaves at 11pm so with enough planning we may even be able to enjoy a sixth dinner! Has anyone been to twist? It looks quite interesting.

          I would be happy to post my reviews once we return

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

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            Larry May 17, 2010 10:32 AM

            I've been to Twist, but haven't had a chance to write up a review yet. The short story: some food is excellent, and some is just...well...strange. Example: dessert consisted of five items, many of which were very good. However, one was just plain weird. "The Evil" consisted of a large number of ingredients, including tomato, dried tomato skin, eggplant, and pepper ice cream. This restaurant is very expensive (at least for the tasting menu). For the price, there are better restaurants in town, but none that offer such an unusual experience. If you go, stop at the bar next door, for some great views of the Strip and areas east.

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              ellenost May 18, 2010 07:45 AM

              I agree with you on Twist. The wine list is incredibly overpriced (2X more than other comparable restaurants). Food was good, but too many variations on a theme.

              Alex is my most favorite restaurant in LV. Food, decor and service are the best.

        2. SDGourmand May 17, 2010 11:04 AM

          I wouldn't waste your time with Mix or MM. Mix is way over priced for what you get. Service was awful there as well. I still do not understand why Ducasse put his name on this restaurant. Mina is ok nothing really special IMHO and the restaurant is kind of ugly. Needs some renovating. I would look into Sage and Jean George at Aria and Twist and Mandarin. I've posted pics of Sage and Jean George on another thread.

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            Philber May 17, 2010 02:39 PM

            I would suggest you reconsider on Rosemary's. Although we have only dined there once, it was very disappointing. (My review was posted on Chowhound on 22 Febraury if you are interested.) If you are looking for an "off strip" restaurant I would recommend Todd's Unique on Sunset. My wife, daughter and I dined there on Saturday night and it was excellent.

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              mares404 May 17, 2010 04:35 PM

              Thanks again for all of the responses. I am surprised to hear the negative reviews about Rosemarys, I had just heard so many good things. Michael Mina and rosemarys are both dispensable (I have a giftcard for mix) . I was considering wing Lei, fleur de lys, twist, or anything else you might recommend! I am trying to avoid steakhouses since we have so Many good ones in Miami.

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

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                damama May 17, 2010 07:08 PM

                Here's another vote for Rosemary's. Yes, it is off strip and it isn't fine dining but it comes close and is a great meal especially for the price.

                It is no more than a 15 minute drive from the Strip. If you don't have a car, you might consider renting a car for the last day and using it to go to Rosemary's and then drive to the airport and leave it there.

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                  LVI May 18, 2010 06:32 AM

                  Here is my opinion as a tourist, not a local, on Rosemarys. It is a very good restaurant 20+ mins from the Strip (no way you can make it in 15 minutes from the casino, especially on Fridays and Saturdays). And like other posters have said, the novelty has worn off and there are just so many new restaurants that have opened that it really offers nothing new or special. If it were 30-40% less I would agree that it may be worth the effort to get there. However, it is not cheap, the food, while very good, is nothing imaginative and the many times I have been I have never had that experience that made me go WOW. If you crave a drive to a strip mall with no views and minimal atmosphere or just want to get off the strip to eat good to very good food then go to Rosemarys. If you are like most tourists that have a limited time in Las Vegas eat at the multitude of good to great restaurants that Las Vegas has to offer.

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                    Jase May 18, 2010 04:41 PM

                    I like Rosemary's and I visit Vegas regularly and usually have a car. That said, I definitely would NOT recommend it to someone in your situation as a destination place. Their prix-fixe is actually pretty reasonable. I think the restaurant itself is nice enough. When I spend several days in Vegas, I'll usually end up there for a meal for a break away from the strip. I find it takes me the same amount of time to get there driving as it would be for me to get to any high end strip restaurant, so the time is not a factor for me.

                    But all that said, for someone with limited time and meals with no car, i don't think it's worth the trip. So no, not a negative review, just setting your expectation levels.

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                      susancinsf May 19, 2010 08:30 PM

                      Count me as another who was not that thrilled with Rosemary's. I posted a lukewarm-at-best report a year or two ago. One of my issues was that the wine list was quite marked up. Wine aside, I did not find it to be a good value, particularly for someone like me, coming from San Francisco (at the time, I've since moved) where there are many restaurants with better food and more elegant surroundings, that cost less.

                      I think the point made by LVI and others that other Las Vegas restaurants are getting better (making Rosemary's less compelling given its location) is a good one.

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                    snowbordinglife May 17, 2010 08:04 PM

                    I would pass on Mix, we went there about a year ago and was not impressed. The view is great, I would suggest to go there for drinks but that is about it. If you are looking for a couple other suggestions I would go with a local place "Firefly" and Jullian Serano in Aria. Both are small plates tapas and very good. If you are looking for another super high end place Guy Savoy which is very enjoyable. Two great spots for lunch are Olives a Bellagio and Todd English PUB at Aria . Have fun.

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                    Bellagio
                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                      baseballfan May 18, 2010 07:58 PM

                      Second the rec for Todd English PUB. We ate there twice on our last trip. Once for dinner and a second time for lunch where we sat at the bar. Great beer selection as well as a fun menu. At dinner, we did a selection of items from the raw bar which were all excellent and very fresh. We then split the lobster rolls and the Kelley's sliders which were delicious.

                      At lunch we split a pound of the roasted turkey from their carvery portion of the menu. Also excellent. Very fresh and served warm with a variety of breads and condiments. The fries are also quite good.

                      All of the desserts are made in house. We had the strawberry ice cream which was to die for as well as the molten chocolate cake which was a nice compliment to the ice cream.

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                        mares404 May 18, 2010 08:54 PM

                        Alright. Well based on all of your recommendations, I am leaning towards revising the list as follows! It's a bit french-heavy, but I suppose it will do.

                        1.) L'atelier
                        2.) Wing Lei (imperial duck tasting menu!)
                        3.) Fleur de Lys
                        4.) Mix (Like i said, i have a large gift card!)
                        5.) Alex

                        ....and now I have to start thinking about lunch and breakfast!

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                        Wing Lei
                        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                          invinotheresverde May 18, 2010 09:04 PM

                          The best thing going at Fleru de Lys right now is their tapas menu. I think you can order the whole menu for around $90 total, and it'll feed three hungry people. With all the extras they threw in, maybe four.

                          We went for a formal dinner, but my parents went the next night and had many of the same items for half the cost. You should definitely check it out.

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                            mares404 May 19, 2010 04:03 PM

                            Thats the first I've heard of the tapas menu. Sounds interesting!

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                              invinotheresverde May 19, 2010 08:06 PM

                              The Vidalia cream shooters are amazing.

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                      librarydragon May 19, 2010 09:25 AM

                      Let me add my vote for Alex. It really ranks as the best place I've ever eaten in Vegas and rivals most others I've had in France.

                      If you are looking for Italian check out the Trevi in the Forum Shops. The fazzoletti was terrific. My husband is NYC Italian and still raves about it. Here's my interview with the chef: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/a...

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                      Trevi
                      3500 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste G09, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                      Trevi
                      Forum Shops Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                        mares404 May 19, 2010 04:03 PM

                        Thanks for the advice, i will look into it for lunch!

                      2. atdleft May 19, 2010 11:07 PM

                        OK, I've done everything except Alex. So for now, I'll put Alex aside and comment on the other four:

                        - L'Atelier is amazing! And you can either go a la carte or take advantage of one of the great prix fixe menus.

                        - Michael Mina is one of the top seafood joints in town, but if you're either a major carnivore or a vegetarian, he also has menus ready for you.

                        - Not that long ago, Rosemary's was considered the top off-Strip restaurants in town. And while it is still considered a Las Vegas trailblazer, there are now a number of great off-Strip restaurants likely to knock your socks off even more.

                        - Mix is one of the best, hands down. It's an experience not to be missed!

                        So if you're looking for something off-Strip, here are some other suggestions:

                        - Marinelli's at The M in Henderson IMHO is the best off-Strip Italian restaurant with solid pastas and more treats to be found inside.

                        - Marche Bacchus has been the talk of the town for some time. In fact, most local foodies would say it's overtaken Rosemary's to become the new top Summerlin area restaurant. If you like your French bistro with a little Caribbean twist, you'll dig this.

                        - Raku on Spring Mountain in Chinatown is a hidden Japanese treasure that's quickly becoming THE hangout for "in the know" Vegas foodies.

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

                        Marche Bacchus
                        2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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                          mares404 May 20, 2010 06:24 PM

                          its a shame raku is not open for lunch. We've started looking at a few lunch options and have come up with:

                          Bouchon (brunch)
                          Capriotti's Sandwich shop
                          Burger Bar
                          Lotus of Siam
                          Memphis Championship BBQ (or some other BBQ place)
                          Not sure on the last one

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

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

                          Capriotti's
                          324 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

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                            Larry May 20, 2010 07:20 PM

                            Those are some good choices. I can personally vouch for Bouchon, Lotus and Burger Bar. If you're looking for one more, how about First Food & Bar (at the Palazzo)? It's a cross between a bar and a diner, but with somewhat fancier food.

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

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                              mares404 May 22, 2010 08:42 AM

                              it almost seems as though lunch and breakfast are even harder choices than dinner. its incredible how many options there are- Miami is a relatively bare culinary destination when compared to LV

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                                JoeyH Jun 18, 2010 03:55 PM

                                One of my favorite lunch spots is Mon Ami Gabi. The food good and the atmosphere at the sidewalk tables is very nice.

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

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                          foodismylife Jun 7, 2010 09:58 AM

                          latelier is spot on
                          add guy savoy at the bar for affordable tastings and the wine list is also affordable
                          lotus of siam of course at dinner only
                          in n out burger for late nite soaking up of the alcohol
                          wynn breakfast buffer
                          mon ami gami for people watching and steak frites and onion soup
                          emeril's banana cream pie
                          bartallota for exotic fish
                          border grill for great mexican and drinks

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                            palmdoc1 Jun 7, 2010 10:38 AM

                            Foodis, just wondering, why you said "los of course dinner only?"

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                              LVI Jun 7, 2010 12:29 PM

                              I laughed at that also. I think they mean to say stay away from the buffet as compared to the regular menu.

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