birthday dinner in downtown Reno
I love the Santa Fe, but it may be a bit casual for the birthday dinner OP speaks of. The Steakhouse is good as is La Strada in the Eldorado, but for more of a fine dining experience I would head to LuLou's or Sezmu - both 5 minute drives from Harrahs. Within walking distance (along the river) is Daughters Cafe on the corner of First & Bell. They serve dinner only on Fri and Sat nites, and have a lovely outdoor patio and really yummy food.
Reno, NV, Reno, NV
1470 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502
670 Mount Rose St, Reno, NV 89509