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Jul 17, 2010 06:49 AM

Toronto CH first visit to Vegas...looking for recommendations

Hi Vegas CHs!

Booking my first trip to Vegas for Sept. 9-14 (will have 6 days 5 nights)...
I can't afford to do the best of the best all day every day- but want some recommendations for restaus that have the exciting/interesting vibe of Vegas without compromising on the food... Something I would find at home in Toronto....

Haven't looked too much, but was considering
Buffet at Bellagio

we are staying at Encore...but will travel. Also- local good eats would be great to know about- it doesn't all need to be gourmet, just delicious!

Thanks for the recommendations!

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Also from Toronto, typing this in the Vegas airport wifi!

    Mesa is played out, but good for a lunch. I am not a buffet person, but ate at the bellagio one a couple years ago. It was meh.

    Best value rest is Julian Serrano at aria. Great tapas, great prices.
    Raku, which is off strip but near the Wynn is an amazing Japanese resaurant in the style of hashimoto in brampton (though not quite as amazing).
    Wing lei in Wynn has a Peking duck tasting menu for something like 70 bucks that is brilliant.

    We just ate at twist, sage and american fish, all aria, all excellent, though on the expensive side.

    Hope this helps. Westjet has just paged us!

    1. Raku, Alex, Sage - just don't eat at any restaurant that has more than 4 letters in the name.

      Just kidding about the 4 letters, but they were my favorite meals in vegas a few weeks ago. The Taste of Wynn menu at Alex may be the best bargain ever. Okada was pretty good and a nice quiet, calm setting by the waterfall, but Raku was better and cheaper.

      When you wake up early, walk across the bridge to the Palazzo and through it to the Venetian and go to Bouchon for breakfast. Sooo much better than any option at Wynn/Encore. About 15-20 minute walk, but almost all indoors. If you get there really early (they open at 7) you can comfortably sit outside by the fountain.

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      1. re: seal

        Thank you both- very helpful!

        Any other thoughts? Am willing to travel.
        What about for a day trip to the Canyon- anything worth trying while on the go?

        1. re: shariberri

          If you take the Summerlin Parkway, you'll miss everything. Drive out westbound on Charleston from Las Vegas Blvd. ...

          M & M Soul Food

          Jamms Restaurant (great local's place for breakfast or lunch

          Roy's Restaurant (possibly the only celebrity chef whose restaurant is NOT on the Strip

          Vintner Grill

          Nora's Wine Bar

          Leopold's Bakery (The best bakery in town. Starbucks right next door.

          Agave Restaurant

          Vintner Grill
          10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

          Leopold's Bakery
          10260 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

          Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria
          1031 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

          Jamms Restaurant II
          1029 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

          8701 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

          Agave Restaurant
          10820 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

          M & M Soul Food Cafe
          3923 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102

      2. Also from Toronto here. A matter of personal taste I would recommend the Buffet at Wynn over the Bellagio. As for Japanese I haven`t had an amazing one in Vegas. Raku seems to be recommended across the board.
        I think Vegas has much better steak houses than Toronto for sure. I would recommend Lawry`s and the new addition CUT (I haven`t tried it but has good reviews)
        Bochon is good for breakfast so is the Bakery/cafe in Paris.
        If money is no object than go for Robuchon there is nothing even close to it here in Canada IMHO.

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        1. re: elvisahmed

          Another Toronto resident just returned from the Wynn. The best meal I had on this trip was Bartolotta - the most amazing pasta I've ever had. I also really enjoyed American Fish. On a less expensive note, walk through the Palazzo into the Venetian to Taqueira Canonita for Happy Hour (2-7) - $6 appetizers and $5 margaritas. And the lounge menu at Bradley Ogden - $29 prix fixe menu has a truly incredibly tomato salad as well as a very excellent burger, great value for the money.

          Also, don't order food from the pool bar at the Wynn - stale pre-made sandwiches. Duck inside and get something to go to take back with you if you're sunbathing for a day.

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