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Walking distance to the Venetian/mid-price range/good for a group/Saturday night?

janetofreno Oct 27, 2010 09:58 PM

A group of colleagues is going to be in town for a brief meeting next week...they invited me to have dinner with them on Saturday; and I think their main motivation was the hope that I would pick a good restaurant. But the requirements aren't easy, and I'm hitting a blank, as I spend so little time on the strip....help please!

The requirements:

Mid-price range. This group is definitely on a budget, yet want a nice dinner out with a few drinks. Nothing over 50 to 60 bucks a person before drinks; less expensive than that would be better. Actually the 30 to 40 range before drinks would be great, but I might be dreaming on that one....

Reasonably quiet: One place we considered is the Enoteca San Marco, but it always seems very noisy. However, many of us ate there together six months ago and enjoyed our meal...so its a definitely possibility. OTOH, The group will want to have some real conversations. Actually, a semi-private room would be even better.

Will handle a group of about 10 to 12 without insisting on special menus. And remember, I have a little over 10 days to get a reservation for a Saturday night, so super-popular places are probably out.

This group comes from all over, and is very diverse in tastes, background, and ages. So nothing too out of the mainstream is probably best.

Walking distance from the Venetian.

So Hounds, am I missing anyplace obvious? Someone made a reservation at Dal Toro at the Palazzo, but I had never heard of it and the reviews are mixed...(although the cars look kind of cool), so I have been tasked to see if there is anything better....

I will go to the nearby hotel sites and check places out, but thought I would check with the hounds first...

Enoteca San Marco
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Dal Toro
3325 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

  1. Phood Oct 27, 2010 10:16 PM

    I've walked from Lotus of Siam to the Venitian. Luscious Thai food and good wine list. I'm not mainstream. Cabs work, too.

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

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    1. re: Phood
      janetofreno Oct 28, 2010 11:02 PM

      I don't think this group will want to walk to Lotus of Siam.....besides, I've been invited out to eat there a day or two earlier, so I'm not as motivated into trying to talk the group into going there. I was instructed to definitely keep it walkable....

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      Dave Feldman Oct 27, 2010 11:24 PM

      I think you COULD get within your upper limit at Bouchon or Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian itself, but if someone orders an expensive steak? I've enver eaten at Pinot and it seems to be infrequently written about here.

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      Pinot Brasserie
      3355 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Las Vegas, NV 89113

      1. skaboy Oct 27, 2010 11:25 PM

        Hey janetofreno,

        FYI, Enoteca changed first week of Sept to Otto, another of his themed restaurants.

        You might try some of the restaurants across the street in the fashion how mall. Cafe Ba ba Reeba has become El Segundo Sol a mid-priced eatery. Here's a link to restaurants there http://www.thefashionshow.com/dining-....

        Good Luck.

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        1. re: skaboy
          janetofreno Oct 28, 2010 11:03 PM

          You know, I ate at Enoteca the first week in October, and I didn't even notice it had changed. Menu was slightly different, come to think of it, but many of the same dishes were there. Food seemed about the same....

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