spending anniversary week July 11-17
Staying at the Palazzo suites. Have dinner reservations at Eiffel tower on Anniversay night. Have not been there but understand the view is great and the food pretty good. Atmosphere is important. Alex will be closed that week and that was my first choice. We are from New Orleans and know great food and are real foodies, so other recommendations would be nice for the week. We will do several shows so a pre-dinner before would be nice. We have not been to Vegas in about 8 years so I know there iare a lot of new restaurants that have open. We are not drinkers but I will order a couple of glasses of wine so $300 for two for a couple of dinners if that is doable and a little less for the rest. Any help with recommendations would be appreciated.
There are many different options, several of them within easy walking distance of your hotel. If you haven't done so, you should check out the "Taste of Wynn" menu options available at both the Wynn and Encore (www.wynnresorts.com). Each restaurant offers a 3-course meal for between $28 and $89; depending on the property. We have tried several and found them to be a very good value.
Another interesting option is the current "Cut of the Week" at Charlie Palmers Steakhouse in the Four Seasons. Again, it is a 3-course meal, but with “bottomless” wine paired with each of the first two courses for a total of $48/person. The "cut" or meat will vary each week. This week (through July 3rd) it was a 14 oz. Veal Delmonico steak.
Several of the Bellagio restaurants are also offering several pre-theatre options. For example, Michael Mina has a 3-course meal for $59/person. It is only offered at the 5:30 and 6PM seatings. (http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/)
If you are planning to have a rental car and want to venture off of the Strip, I would suggest you consider Todd's Unique in Henderson. It is an easy drive from the Palazzo and offers some wonderful food and a nice wine list. Their wines by the glass aren't bad and are fairly priced. Todd is a master with seafood and his salads are indeed often "unique". (www.toddsunique.com) Another potential off-strip place is Marche Bacchus out in the Summerlin area (www.marchebacchus.com). This establishment has a wine store in the front, so the wine list is the "store". They charge $10 a bottle to serve any of their store wines in the restaurant - a pretty good deal compared to other restaurant mark ups! Marche Bacchus also has the advantage of being situated on small lake, so if the temperatures aren't too high dining outside can be very pleasant.
This is just a "quick list" and there are many others choices well within your price range. I would suggest a little internet research prior to your trip to create a short list of candidate restaurants.
Please let us know it turns out!
Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Back in its heyday, Eiffel Tower was "THE place to be"... But more recently, their food quality has lapsed. And IMHO, there are far better "special occasion restaurants" now open. Alex at Wynn may be just what you're looking for (and very close to Palazzo!). If you can venture a bit further up The Strip, try Aureole at Mandalay Bay for something very romantic. And if cost is no concern at all, don't hesitate to go for the very best at Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Paradise, NV 89119
This is not a recommendation, but instead a request if you have the time. Since you are from New Orleans and if you have the time, there is a Cajun restaurant called Lola's Lousiana Kitchen not too far from the Palazzo (taxi ride) on Charleston Blvd. It would be great if you visited and reported back on Chowhound since you are real foodies. I have not eaten there yet, but plan on doing so in the near future. Address below:
241 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas - (702) 227-5652
We just got back from Vegas and had a really outstanding dinner at Bartolotta at the Wynn - I'd highly recommend going there. They have a pre-theatre prix fixe menu for $69 that looked very good, and everything we ate off their regular menu was outstanding. We also had a great meal in the lounge at Bradley Ogden which is a nice central location for shows (we were going to O after and it was very convenient to duck across) and a bit of a lighter meal (their prix fixe menu is $29 for a choice of salads, a really outstanding burger or fish and chips, and butterscotch pudding) which was a welcome relief.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109