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Thursday 8/19 MIlestone Birthday Dinner-- Options on Strip?

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FINE. Since the original post had an ambiguous title, we're reposting with something more precise.

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OK, this is actually a joint birthday dinner for me and my husband (I turn 46 two weeks before he turns 50)-- mid-August (HOT!). We will be staying at the Mirage, so we're center Strip and ready to take a cab as necessary, but we'd like to stay on the Strip (lazy, what can I say?).

Our requirements:

-- Romantic ambience (flattering lighting is helpful at our ages)
-- Food quality ranging between superior and heavenly
-- Sommelier that will arrange wine pairings (see "lazy" above, combine with "wine-lushes")
-- Price not necessarily an object, but we're trying to avoid Joël Robuchon excess
-- NO JACKETS REQUIRED (no, we don't mean "only play Phil Collins CDs" [eeewwww!]; dress code cannot exceed "business casual", please)

Flood me with suggestions, oh you generous and wonderful Chowhounds, you! Help me show my wonderful husband how much I love him with some awe-inspiring Vegas grub.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Given the "Wine-Lush" comment, you may want to check into Charlie Palmers "Cut of the Week" offer. They are offering 3 courses for $48/person and this includes "bottomless" glasses of wine with the first two courses. The menu varies weekly.

    Here is the link for this week's menu:

    http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properti...

    Another great Wine-Lush offer is now available at the Capital Grille in the Fashion Show Mall (across the street from the Wynn). At lunch, $10 lets you enjoy a tasting of 10 different wines (for you to choose as much or as little as you prefer/and any combination of the 10 you prefer). For dinner the cost is $25. The list of wines is pretty good, especially at this price point!

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    Capital Grille
    3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 3300, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: Philber

      Is it really "bottomless"? I'm trying to book a restaurant for a bachelor party, and "bottomless" glasses of wine would be a huge plus.

      1. re: andytseng

        We have never had a problem, but have typically opted for no more than two glasses with each course at CP's and limited ourselves to a total of three glasses each at Capital Grille. At Capital Grille we have observed some patrons leaving 3-4 glasses, each half full, on the table as they exit. However, to avoid any surprises, you may wish to give them a call in advance.

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        Capital Grille
        3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 3300, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        1. re: Philber

          I called and they confirmed that it is definitely AYCD. Good times!

    2. We just celebrated a milestone birthday for my husband last week with dinner at Circo (Italian restaurant at the Bellagio). We both had the tasting menu, which was outstanding.

      The salad was seared ahi tuna over a tomato/cucumber/crouton base. Antipasto was sauteed calamari and shrimp in a tomato/black olive sauce. Then a pasta dish - ricotta, spinach and swiss chard ravioli in a butter/sage sauce (divine). This was followed by a fish course of sea bass, then rack of lamb (wonderful flavor, a bit fatty but plenty of meat in the 3 ribs served), and a couple of desserts that I don't remember by name but which provided a wonderful finish (raspberry sauce over a pastry and a peach/almond tart of some sort).

      I had the wine pairings noted on the menu (a mix of white and red), but my husband really doesn't care for most whites. The sommelier was happy to make adjustments for him, and some of the best wines we had were tailored for him specifically.

      We had a table by the window, and enjoyed the fountain shows every 15 minutes. The accompanying music was subtle, background music that didn't interfere with conversation.

      Overall, a lovely evening, and a fantastic meal. I was surprised by the relatively large portions for a tasting menu (including the size of the wine pours) - restraint with the early courses is advised! I think the tab ended up at $320 with tip for the meal. Highly recommended!

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      Circo
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      Bellagio
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV