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Hi All,
I come to you for some much needed help. My mother-in-law has gathered her far flung children for a birthday celebration in Vegas. It is her 60th. My husband and I, as well as his sister and significant other, are more than able to pay for a fabulous dinner out (our last trip to Vegas we got to do the wonderful Alex tasting menu--yum!) and, our tastes trend toward the more extravagant. Here's the problem. My husband's little brother and girlfriend as well as his other sister have little cash to spend. We are already picking up the tab for my mother-in-law's room, tickets, show, dinners, etc., so paying for everyone is out of our price range or we would gladly do that. So after scouring all the boards, internet, etc. I am having trouble coming up with a solution. Where do we go for a nice dinner befitting a 60th celebration on the strip, but where the less cash flush siblings won't feel like they will have a heart attack when the bill comes? My mother-in-law loves French/Asian fusion but French or Asian would do. We are staying at the Signature at the MGM, but that doesn't have to factor in to the decision. If it were my choice we would take her to Alex, Okada, Shibuya, Sage, or the like, but those prices will be too high for some in the group. We would like to stay on the strip. The dinner will be for a party of 8. Any mid-level restaurants with nice ambience where we can hear each other talk and does not feel like it is in a mall or part of a chain? Places like Grand Lux, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, Buca di Peppo all have outposts in Chicago and are really not what we're looking for. Maybe a place that has a $60- $70 or under per person option or a place where there are both high-end as well as lower priced options? HELP!
Thanks as always,
Robin

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Shibuya
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1144, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Okada
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Grand Lux Cafe
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Perhaps Charlie Palmer Steak at 4 Seasons? They've got the Cut of the Week menu for $48 including wine.

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    Charlie Palmer Steak
    3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

    1. Would Rosemary's work? Off the strip, but would be perfect for a 60th celebration. http://www.rosemarysrestaurant.com/in...

      If Rosemary's is too expensive, how about Lotus of Siam? It's off the strip, but great food. http://www.saipinchutima.com/#/HOME-0...

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      Lotus of Siam
      953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

      1. An off strip option is Todd's Unique in Henderson. If you are from Chicago, I'd sort of equate it to Sola both in price and influences; it's got some Asian touches on the menu, and the food is very very good. It's not too far off the strip, and it's got some nice round tables for a party of eight.

        On the strip, I'd consider Bouchon; you might be able to do that price there, although it would be tight with wine/drinks. However, Bouchon does have cheaper options. I took my mother in law there and although we were treating she immediately beelined for the least expensive option on the menu (the quiche). Bouchon has a very nice atmosphere and would be festive.

        Another festive off strip option to consider is Marche Bacchus. Marche Bacchus is located on a small lake and has very pretty outdoor seating. Part of the deal is that you pick your wine in their retail shop and then pay $10 over retail for corkage; they have a wide selection of wine and this allows a bit more cost control. I think you could easily come in at your price point and the food is very solid, traditional French.

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

        Marche Bacchus
        2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

        1. While some of the off-strip suggestions in this thread are good food at good price points, your transportation costs for a party of eight from the MGM to places like Rosemary's or Marche Bacchus are going to take the evening to the same price level as a high-end Strip restaurant. Lotus of Siam is a bit closer, and worth a long consideration. Unfortunately, Strip price points remain exorbitant, even in these times. As mentioned above, the "Cut of the Week" at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons is a tremendous value, and the quality of service is what you would be looking for on this kind of evening. But how about some of the "Taste of Wynn" menus? You can check them to see if they come near the comfort levels, and the service and ambience will fit. Canaletto at the Venetian can also provide a nice setting, at a bit more reasonable price point than most Strip properties.

          Here is the current "Cut of the Week" menu at Charlie Palmer Steak, so you can have an idea of the concept -

          "Bottomless Glass" Wine Pairings

          First Course

          COMPOSED SALAD
          BABY ARUGULA / JULIENNE OF FALL APPLES / OREGON BLUE CHEESE
          HAZELNUT VINAIGRETTE

          NUSCHESE / PINOT GRIGIO / VENETO / ITALY / 2008

          Main Course

          MEDALLIONS OF FILET MIGNON
          TRUFFLED CELERY ROOT / SYRAH REDUCTION

          NAVARRO CORREAS / SYRAH / MENDOZA / ARGENTINA / 2008

          Sides (served family style)

          HONEY GLAZED ROOT VEGETABLES
          THREE CHEESE GNOCCHI

          Dessert

          TOASTED HAZELNUT TORTE
          AUTUMN MAPLE SAUCE

          $48.00 per person

          1. Shibuya at the MGM has a Fall tasting menu for $59. http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/s.... I really liked Shibuya and ordered a few plates and thought the tempura rock shrimp and sashimi with crispy onions were delicious.

            The other fine dining restaurants at MGM also have prix fixe Fall special menus that you could take a look at.

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            Shibuya
            3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV