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I already have reservations for Alex. We will be there over Labor Day weekend. I had hoped to eat at Fleur de Lys but just read they are closing. We will be a party of 4, who are foodies and like great wine, Would like to go to different hotel restaurants. Staying at the Wynn. Where would you go? I am on information overload. Looking for a great meal for the other 3 nights we are there. Thanks in advance

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  1. If by "nice" you mean similar cuisine and quality to Alex then I'd suggest starting with the Michelin ratings and cross-referencing them by reading Larry's no-nonsense, no ego summaries of his visits to get a sense of what they are like.

    http://www.michelinguide.com/us/lv_st... for Michelin and http://home.comcast.net/~lasvegasvaca... for Larry's great write-ups.

    The usual suspects for 'similar to Alex' are Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Picasso. For most people dining at two of these in 4 days would be enough (calories and budget) but if you want four Michelin quality French meals these would surely be among the best places.

    "Would like to go to different hotel restaurants" ... Wing Lei is a classy Chinese restaurant in the Wynn where you are staying, is on the Michelin one star list, and offers a change from all-French.

    We are doing a similar trip as yours in August and will be dining at Joel Robuchon (again), Alex and Bouchon, since I wanted to visit a Thomas Keller restaurant. So many great restaurants in Vegas ...

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    Bouchon
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Wing Lei
    3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: willyum

      Thanks for the reply. By different hotels, I meant that we would like to go to other hotels, not just the Wynn. We have been to Picasso previously. Joel Rubuchon and Guy Savoy may be a bit much in addition to Alex. How is Rao or B&B?

      1. re: sugarrkettle

        I had a chance to go to B&B a couple of years ago and it was just ok. If you have a need to eat Italian food then go ahead but it came across as a restaurant that was trying to hard to flip Italian conventions on it's head rather than a place for good food. After having the Degustation menu it was clear that the food centered around trying to be interesting at the expense of the customer's satisfaction

    2. I know you want to go to a variety of hotels, but I still feel like I had to recommend Bartolotta because the food was incredible and the wine list was seriously extensive while still having a good variety of price points.

      1. Aureole at Mandalay Bay was really special. Went there last summer. Food, wine, service, all top notch.
        Bouchon at the Palazzo was also really great.
        I know what you mean about information overload!

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        Bouchon
        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: grouchomarx

          Also should note that Aureole certs are commonly available at restaurant.com.
          There's about a 99% chance that there'll be an 80% off restaurant.com coupon code before Labor Day so you can get a $50 cert for $4.

          The terms say mandatory 18% gratuity on pre-discounted amount but when we used one there they didn't add it. (But yes we tipped about 20% on the pre-discount ammount). Service and food were very good.

          1. re: zippyh

            That certificate no longer appears to be offered. FYI.

            1. re: ndukka562

              For reasons known only to restaurant.com, all the Mandalay Bay restaurants are listed as Mandalay Bay Resorts rather than just the restaurant name.
              Aureole is there.

              http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.a...

              1. re: zippyh

                How does this work exactly? Can I only use one gift certificate from restaurant.com per visit? I'll be in Vegas a few days prior to Labor Day and this website sounds perfect.

                1. re: Sushi Otaku

                  I think it's one cert for a specific restaurant per month.
                  You can use certs from different restaurants.

        2. Alex is a great choice since it's my favorite restaurant in LV! Other favorite LV restaurants of mine are: CUT (Palazzo) and Le Cirque (Bellagio). Bouchon is wonderful for breakfast; I haven't been there (yet) for dinner. I was a bit underwhelmed at Joel Robuchon (nothing wrong with it, but it pales in comparison to Alex). I didn't care for the original Guy Savoy in Paris so I haven't bothered to go to the LV branch. Picasso was another less than spectacular dinner. In April I went to Pierre Gagniare's Twist (Mandarin Oriental); in two words: "don't bother".

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          Bouchon
          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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          1. re: ellenost

            Thanks. We have been to Picasso and while it was good, I didn't think it was anything special. Glad to hear the great review of Alex.

            1. re: sugarrkettle

              Hi there. We just returned from Vegas and dined at Carnevino and Fleur de Lys. I highly highly recommend Fleur de Lys. We were told that the switchover is slated for later in September, I can't recall the exact date. Also were informed that it actually may or may not happen. So, if you are able to book it, I'd do it and plan on having a fabulous evening. We enjoyed the Elegance menu and I was completely blown away. I have never tasted food that incredibly flavorful, even after dining at some nice places in the south of France and Italy. The service was top notch as well. Everything was beautifully paced and staff was professional, warm and welcoming. I couldn't have been more pleased with every aspect. We enjoyed an amuse bouche of cod and an extra course was sent from the chef that was halibut (and the Fleurtini is my new favorite drink!) The truffled onion soup defies description but should be on everyone's bucket list. I mean, even the bread service was insanely good with several choices (I chose rosemary foccacio twice and challa once)
              Carnevino was just okay when looking at things from a price/value ratio. My entree of egg raviolo tasted overly salty. The burrata heirloom tomato salad was heavenly and the wine list is amazing. We enjoyed a bottle of Rubbjano that was wonderful. Herbaceous, "old school wine" that had a nice acid level to pair well with a variety of foods.

              1. re: mom2dnz

                I had a perfect dinner at carne vino but it WAS pricey.

          2. How about checking out one of the restaurants at the Aria? We will be in Vegas next weekend and have reservations at Sage. I thought that the menu looked interesting and the opinions on Chowhound seem to have been favorable. We are planning on stopping by American Fish first for Happy Hour. We also have reservations for RM Seafood at Mandalay and Alex.

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

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            1. re: sushaskin

              I'd really like to hear your opinion of RM Seafood.
              We're trying to decide whether to try it later this month.

              We'll be going to Alex too.

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

              1. re: zippyh

                I'll try to report back when we return. We ate there years ago when it first opened and loved it but haven't seen much on it lately.

                1. re: sushaskin

                  So glad to hea r abotu Fleur de Lys!! I will call them today to make reservations. Also decided to try Sage as well. Thanks so much for this report.