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Aug 8, 2010 07:26 AM

1st time in Vegas in Sept - Staying at Encore. Restaurant Recs?

Hi All,

I am going to be in Vegas for the 1st time in Sept (staying at Encore) for 4 days/ 5 nights in Sept.
I'm just looking for some restaurant recommendations (Some higher end, some mid-priced, some low). We do not want to eat out "fancy" every night but are foodies that appreciate the finer things.

We wouldn't mind having one or two fancier meals and then having some lower priced dinners the other nights. We would like to stay close to our hotel if possible but would venture out if it's worth the time.

We love sushi, french food, dim sum, Italian, american, tapas, everything really.

We do not want to spend more than $120 per person incl everything for the fancier meals.

Also, Breakfast recommendations close to the Encore?

Thanks so much,

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  1. Staying at Encore, you should definitely check out the Taste of Wynn menu being offered at all Encore and Wynn restaurants. They are a great value and cover the full spectrum of gourmet to more casual cuisine. Prices range from $29/per person to $89 per person. We haven't been disappointed with any of their specials.

    1. I'll try to be as brief as I can (generally not). We too will be staying at Encore in Sept. for 4 nights. So far we have Raku and Bartolotta booked. The other 2 nights are open and trying to decide with CUT/Steak House at Circus Circus/Julian Serrano/B&B/Vintner's Grill (off strip option) among the possibilities (open to any suggestions please!). I too, like yourself LOVE food and consider myself a freak of sorts when it comes to food. This will be my 12th year with this group and approx. 25th year visiting Vegas (I am a young 46…well at least I feel so when in Vegas). By no means a local but have experienced/witnessed the culinary changes over the years. I too LOVE sushi. But I would avoid having in Vegas. While I have not been to the new Bar Masa in City Center (so far some very mixed reviews for a staggering price) I have been to most of what is considered the top choices. And I would only consider returning to Sen of Japan. All others are expensive and quality hit and miss. (Will be happy to elaborate more if you need but there are many posts here on CH that discuss this.) As far as breakfast is concerned, I am not a fan of Society in Encore (not bad just unimpressive), very much like Tableau in Wynn and Bouchon in Venetian but think Verandah in Four Seasons in THE best, year in and year out. I dream about the Huevos Rancheros. Their Sunday Buffet (I am NOT a buffet fan at all) is also VERY good. Of the super ultra places, Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon (l'Atelier is cheaper off shoot and is often mentioned and often praised. Personally I find it good but way over hyped), both are wonderful meals (Guy more modern in style while keeping firmly rooted and JR more traditional) at a HUGE price. I can go on and on but as I said, I will keep it short!

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      Sen of Japan
      8480 W Desert Inn Rd Ste F1, Las Vegas, NV 89117

      1. Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery are both very good for breakfast. They are a 10-15 minute walk from the Encore. If you want to save some $$$ check I haven't gone in a while but they might still have some finer restaurants there like Fleur de Lys and Mix. Make sure to to a search for discount codes on the Internet. I picked up a 50$ gift card for Stripsteak for something like 4$.

        Unfortunately for your budget I don't think you can afford the more luxurious places like Guy Savoy or Joel Robuchon. Joel Robuchon still is my absolute favorite dining experience ever in any city.

        In my opinion, Raku is a must eat when you go to Vegas. It is very inexpensive though if you don't have a car the taxi is about 15$ each way.

        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109