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Hey fellow Chowhounders,

Where can we eat decently in Las Vegas for a relatively decent prices? We definitely want to have a fancy dinner one or two nights - but where can we eat well for under $40 per person for dinner?

Our party consists of 3 foodies, one vegetarian and one "all american" type eater.

Thanks!

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  1. Raku or LoS.

    1. Trevi at the Forum Shops is reasonable and has excellent food. The wild mushroom risotto is excellent and the Fazzoletto Bertolini is marvelous whether or not your a vegetarian. The spaghetti ice is fun. There are also familiar classics for the non-adventurous.

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      Trevi
      Forum Shops Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      1. I hate to burst your bubble but your budget of $40 for dinner will not get you into any fancy restaurant. You might want to check the Spring Specials at some of the hotel restaurants. Some two course meals are $30-40 but most are $60-70. And that's without drinks, wines, tax or tip.

        It will cover the cost at the best buffets and that might satisfy everybody but the foodies.

        Where are you staying and will you have a car? Maybe we can think of something off the strip if you have access to a car.

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        1. re: shamu613

          We don't need fancy - at least not every night. I guess the key word is decent - tasty. We're staying at the Venetian. Would it be super expensive to take a cab somewhere off the strip?

          Thanks for your help so far!

          1. re: cinnamon_girl

            Have to agree with linguafood on Lotus of Siam and Raku being great choices. You can spend more at either or be comfortably within your budget.

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

            1. re: cinnamon_girl

              For a fun night out call Casa di Amore, they'll send their limo to pick you up and then return you later to the Venetian..........www.casadiamore.com

              1. re: jackattack

                I haven't been to Casa di Amore but it wasn't my impression that it was an under-$40 for a full meal kind of place.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  With 5 people? Oh yes, certainly. Italian food is meant to be passed around and shared!

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    A cursory look at the menu confirms your suspicions Dave.

                    http://www.casadiamore.com/menu.html

            2. Ping Pang Pong has very good Chinese food. Roast Duck is great. They also have vegetarian dishes but I have yet to try them. : /

              You can also get away with a great dinner at Bouchon in the Venetian for 40/per person. Entrees range from $20-$35 bucks.

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              Ping Pang Pong
              4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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              1. re: A5 KOBE

                Ping pong.
                Vegas food in this range sucks though.

              2. Plenty of very good eating opportunities for $40 or less, but you have to be willing to leave the strip.

                My suggestions:
                Pasta Shop
                Lotus of Siam (Thai)
                Gaetano's (Italian)
                Firefly (Spanish Tapas)
                Grape Street Cafe

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                Grape Street Cafe
                7501 W Lake Mead Blvd Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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

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                1. re: Dave Lazar

                  Agreed. And here in Henderson, not too far from The Strip, one can try:

                  - Settebello (best pizza in town IMHO)

                  - Todd's Unique Dining (very creative, especially for the 'burbs!)

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                  Todd's Unique Dining
                  4350 E. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014

                  Settebello
                  140 S Green Valley Pkwy Ste 172, Henderson, NV 89012

                2. I would recommend Le Provencal in the Paris hotel. The dishes are mostly Italian, not French, and I've been there with a vegetarian with no problem. The food is certainly decent, the portions are large (as in take home half of the plate large), and the prices must have been reasonable. Just be aware that they have singing waiters so there will be some loudish music/singing at some point during your meal, but I certainly didn't mind. Not sure the foodies are going to be super impressed, but for a filling meal, it fits the bill.

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                  1. re: Veruka

                    Ate at Le Provencal last time in Vegas, was not impressed i had the ribeye (was Ok), my wife had risotto (terrible) way to salty. Will not go back.

                    1. re: pepeletoke

                      Sorry you had a bad experience! The two times we ate there, we both had pasta dishes and they were fine.

                  2. Bradley Ogden has a $29 prix fixe menu in the lounge - choice of two salads (I'm sounding like a fanatic but have the tomato salad, it was outstanding), fish and chips or a burger with fries, and butterscotch pudding with cookies for dessert. It was a really great meal, I was very very happy with the value for money. The vegetarian might have to go off the menu instead but it's possible they'd be willing to substitute something?

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

                    1. Go to the sandwich shop next to din'os if you know what's good for you cross the street from og's.
                      Best sandwiches i ever did have. I felt like I was'ntin Vegas.
                      Go there. Report back.
                      THEY MAKE THIER OWN MAYO.
                      GO. Thank me later.........
                      http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/20...

                      1. I just got back from several days in Vegas with a budget-conscious, vegetarian friend.

                        A few suggestions. First, have you considered doing fancy lunches instead of dinners? That might be cheaper. We went to the Mesa Grill brunch and got out of there for far less than $40 per person -- plus their brunch menu is fantastic.

                        Bar menus also are a good option. The Bradley Ogden bar menu is a very good deal and you can sit at a table in the bar, so it feels like a nicer meal. It's not truly "fine dining," but the food is very good. I wanted to go to Guy Savoy's bar for their menu, but it was closed during their visit. However, it has a mix-and-match selection of small plates that you and your foodies can try for under $40 per person.

                        Off the strip, Lotus of Siam is a very good choice. (I think Raku is, too, but was unable to get over there for this trip.) For a fantastic lunch deal, the lunch buffet at Namaste -- directly next door to Lotus of Siam -- cannot be beat. It had more than 20 items, and only three had meat. It's a great place for vegetarians, and both the veggie and meat dishes were excellent. Two of us ate their for $20.

                        You also might check out the menus and restaurants listed on restaurant.com. Several of the restaurants at Mandalay Bay have deals through that site. Usually, you can buy a coupon for $25 off a dinner (requiring purchase of two entrees or a minimum expenditure) for $10. However, you can also find coupon codes online that tend to cut the $10 price by 70%, so you can often get a $25 coupon for $3. I think Mix, RM Seafood and Border Grill all have deals available on that site. (I’ve seen Aureole and Stripsteak coupons on that site in the past.) Looking quickly, I also see that Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys has a deal where you can buy a $50 coupon for $20 that requires you to buy two prix fixe dinners. With a coupon code, you could probably get that that $50 coupon for $6. And unless things have changed, Fleur de Lys has a vegetarian prix fixe menu. I think they have a $65 prix fixe menu, so the savings will bring you fairly close to $40 per person before tax and tip. (Caveat that gratuity is added to the total before you get the discount, so that will add to the price.) Enoteca San Marco at the Venetian shops is also a restaurant.com option.

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

                        Border Grill
                        3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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

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

                        Enoteca San Marco
                        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

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                        1. re: Jwsel

                          any suggestions for a birthday celebration? going with family of about 15, but don't want to spend a fortune on alcohol. are there any BYOB places?
                          how about authentic chinese food in chinatown? do they allow you to bring yourown?
                          we are american born chinese, so looking for AUTHENTIC chinese food, or anywhere else you can suggest for a large group. Thanks in advance.

                          1. re: traveling

                            I'm not familiar with Vegas Chinese food. However, I think Lotus of Siam would be fantastic for a large group, since you would be able to sample a lot of different menu items and the prices are reasonable. IIRC, LoS has a very good wine menu, so I assume they would charge corkage.

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

                            1. re: traveling

                              I don't know if you looked at my commentaries on genuine Chinese food in Vegas, but for me, KJ Kitchen on Spring Mountain isit. LOS is incredible Thai....

                              1. re: traveling

                                Our Chinatown restaurants are supposedly about as authentic as you can get. Asian tourists go by the busload from the Strip & Downtown to shop & eat there.

                                Here's the link to the Chinatown site:

                                http://www.lvchinatown.com/

                            2. It's in a "colourful" location, but the steakhouse at Arizona Charlie's Decatur might be close to what you're looking for. I don't recall the name, but just call AZCD and ask for the steakhouse. The Cavalier over on E. Desert Inn might also be a good idea, just pull them up via search engine. Bob Taylor's Ranch House, especially the lunch menu, should also be what you're looking for. You'll have to drive a bit to get there, but you can find them on the web or in the phone directory pretty easily.

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                              Bob Taylor's Ranch House
                              6250 Rio Vista St, Las Vegas, NV 89130

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                              1. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                                The steakhouse at Arizona Charlies-Decatur was the Yukon Grille, but it closed a few years ago. The only restaurants that remain are the buffet and coffee shop.

                                1. re: westie

                                  I wasn't sure if the Yukon Grille was still open or not. That's why I posted for them to call ahead & I also gave a few alternatives. The steakhouse at AZ Charlie's Boulder is still open, right?

                                  1. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                                    RoyOfTheRovers - the Yukon Grille @ AZ Charlies Boulder is open Thur-Sun. I noticed that they have 3-course prix fixe menu on Thur and Sun nights for only $15.95 with slot card. They also offer 10% off their regular menu with slot card as well.

                                    1. re: westie

                                      Thanks for the info, mate. Since I'm over here in the West Vlly. I don't get down around Boulder Hwy. much any more. To anyone looking for cheap yet quality dining here in LV I suggest getting to know the local casinos. There are several that are less than a ten minute drive off of the Strip.

                              2. There are a ton of places to eat in Vegas for under 40 a person. It just depends on what your in the mood for. The Peppermill comes to mind first. Huge portions and great food. Ellis Island Casino has very good food too and there is the Steak Special for under 9 dollars and it's a full meal with a Beer or Rootbeer that is brewed on the property.