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Business dinner quandary - steak&potatoes vs the vegetarian

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  • SE_ME Jun 3, 2010 12:55 AM
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I am trying to select a restaurant for a business dinner in Vegas the end of this month, approximately 35 people. Most of the attendees are your typical steak & potatoes guys, they don't like seafood. Not even the smell of it. Nor ethnic foods. Or what they consider "fussy" restaurants like L'Atelier, Daniel Boulud, Sage, etc....all the places I favor. I would select CUT, SW Steak, N9NE, or Charlie Palmer and be done with it. But....

The lone vegetarian isn't comfortable in steakhouses. He is very pleasant and undemanding about it, he just declines to participate.

So with that said, is there a nice, fairly priced restaurant that would satisfy my steak-lovers without alienating the vegetarian? I was hoping for a steakhouse that included at least one vegetarion entree. Not an special request or a grouping of sides, but a legitimate vegetarian option. I'm failing to find anything, Carnevino seems like the closest option. Nobhill Tavern (no vegetarian entrees, but more varied) and Bradley Ogden (does this border fussy?) are also contenders.

Though I guess we'll be required to arrange a prix fixe menu in advance, so that would probably circumvent the need for a tableside special request. But the spirit of the question remains...a quality vegetarian entree along with great steaks.

Thanks in advance!

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

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  1. Michael Mina has a veg tasting menu but that probably comes under the fussy/expensive categories.

    Mesa grill have a veggie dish as does the effiel tower.

    Its pretty slim pickings though if you dont go to an italian or asian place and even then everything seems to contain bacon.

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

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    1. re: lipgloss

      Bacon is an Asian restaurant?

    2. I was going to suggest Carnevino (even though the word "meat" is in its name!) which you have already thought of. There are pasta dishes, appetizers and salads that contain no meat. Also, I don't consider this place particularly "fussy."

      1. Perhaps BOA at the Forum Shops: pretty fun atmosphere, and they have a number of dishes, including a pasta entree, that would work for the vegetarian. I have to say, I don't consider Sage fussy at all and think that they could accomodate your group really well, but BOA might be another good option.

        1. Thanks for the feedback. I'll add Sage back on the list and will check out Michael Mina. I am being selfish and steering the selection to places I haven't tried before, hence the omission of Mesa Grill.

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

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

          1. I would happily eat an entire meal of the vegetable sides and appetizers at Craftsteak. I believe the only vegetarian entrees are pastas (there is always some form of mushroom risotto).

            1. Bradley Ogden will probably be good for everyone. There's plenty of meat and potatoes, along with vegetarian options. It's one of my top faves in town. :-)

              Craftsteak is also a solid choice. I know "steak" is in the name, but there's good reason why it's also called "vegetarians' fave Vegas steakhouse". The veggie dishes are SO GOOD, even the carnivores in the group might forget about the meat!

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

              1. Better late than never on the update? Hope so!

                I ended up going with Sage. I love Craftsteak too, but it was just too expensive for the group menu. The space was perfect; they have a nice room for big groups at the back of the restaurant and the decor was trendy yet comfortable. I thought the service at Sage was great (being the organizer and the bill payer, that is not a surprise), but afterward several of my customers were complaining about not get drinks frequently enough.

                Gnocchi was the vegetarian dish and while delicious it was minuscule in size. Let's just say it wasn't the only dinner I bought that night. No one around me got the third option, the roasted chicken, so I can't comment on that. The kobe flat iron steak was the most popular item. I thought it strange that they didn't ask for a temperature preference on the order. Sure enough, lots of unhappiness over temps. I prefer my meats MR to rare, and received a well done. A dining companion prefers well done, and wouldn't you know it he got the lovely bloody steak. If he had been sitting closer to me I would've swapped, but alas he was at the other end of the 30 person table.

                Even though my steak was not cooked to my preference, it was still really good. I usually send back well or even medium-well steaks but this remained very tender and juicy even without the pink. I heard the same from several other people. I think the biggest complaint was portion size, lots of folks were still hungry when we left the restaurant.

                Large group dining is always a challenge, but overall I was pleased with Sage.