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Aug 1, 2010 01:09 PM

Penn & Teller pre-show dinner

My husband and I are going to see Penn & Teller Wednesday night. We have to pick up our tickets at the box office, and since we'll have to schlep over there from the Strip, I thought we might as well have dinner at the Rio or nearby beforehand. But I haven't exactly seen any glowing reviews of places nearby.

I saw that Buzio's was recommended by a few on this board, but after doing my research, I wasn't too impressed. I've read horror stories about the seafood buffet, and, at this point, am leaning toward All-American Bar & Grill, though I'm not too excited about that option either.

Is it even worth getting dinner at Rio, or are we better off going to Rio and getting the tickets, going back to the Strip for dinner and then coming back to Rio for the show?

Cost: Under $100 would be nice.
We're both foodies. I'll eat almost anything.
Restrictions: My husband isn't a big fan of noodles or Latin food.

Other details:
+ Staying at the Bellagio, Wednesday through Saturday.
+ Thursday night dinner will be at Julian Serrano.
+ During the day Friday we're renting a car and going to the Hoover Dam; we'll have lunch out there.
+ We're going to hit up the Bellagio buffet at lunch at some point.

Any other suggestions for dinner or reasonable lunch options would also always be appreciated, but this Rio dilemma is the most pressing question right now. Thanks for your help, guys!!

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  1. Out of curiosity, why do you feel like you have to pick up your tickets so early before the show? I believe their show begins at 9pm, so if you get there about 8 or 8:15 to pick up your tickets you'll have no problem...
    Maybe go to Bouchon at the Venetian for early dinner then over to the Rio for the show...You could definitely have a nice dinner there for around $100.

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    1. re: LongIslandChef

      We bought the tickets through a third-party vendor, which warns that we must pick up the tickets from the box office no earlier than three hours before and no later than one hour beforehand.

      Because of that, I wanted to see if there really were any decent restaurants at or near Rio that could help us avoid the runaround -- as I said before, we're staying at the Bellagio, so even going to Bouchon at the Venetian (which I would love to go to, but could surely do Friday night when we have no other plans), down on the other end of the strip, and then going to Rio from there seems like we'd be doing a lot of moving around to make sure we picked up our tickets before 8.

      1. re: mvjd

        Nora's Italian Cuisine is very good and less then a ten minute car ride west of the Rio if you want to try something local. It is at Flamingo and Jones at either the northwest or northeast corner. You can take the bus between the Rio and Nora's. It is one bus and runs every twelve to fifteen minutes.

    2. Eat at ping pang pong at the gold coast right across the street.
      Hard to find good food in lv in the under 100 4 2 range but that should do it.
      Service is ok-good.
      Food is solid.

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      1. re: ChrisG.PersonalChef

        Thanks for the suggestions -- we ended up opting for the American Fish pre-theater menu early, giving us plenty of time to make it Rio beforehand.

        I'll report back!

      2. You'll be right near Spring Mountain Drive, where there are an array of Asian restaurants, not just Chinese but Japanese (Raku, Monta, Ichiza, etc.) and Vietnamese.

        4355 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 205, Las Vegas, NV 89102