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4 Nights in Las Vegas - Friday Night Arrival Dinner Recommendation?

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Hi all,

I am taking my sister to Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving for her 21st birthday. We arrive Friday evening, and leave on Tuesday morning. We've scouted the dining options a bit, and so far we are planning:

Lotus of Siam on Saturday night - haven't made a reservation, thinking around 8 or so.
Bouchon/MOzen Brunch on Sunday - not sure which to do, thoughts?
Firefly on Sunday night - probably going to see O at the Bellagio, and thinking to eat around 10:15 afterwards
Sage on Monday night - made a reservation already.

We aren't worried too much about lunch, there seem plenty of places that sound appealing to grab a bite that won't cost too much. However, we are undecided about where to eat dinner on Friday night after we arrive.

We're staying at Caesar's, so somewhere in close proximity to Caesar's would probably be best. We'd prefer to eat somewhere mid-range (closer on the scale to LoS or Firefly than to Sage). We felt a bit underwhelmed by some of the options at Caesar's: Mesa Grill has quite a few reviews of bland, uninspired food that's not worth the price, and Payard Patisserie's menu doesn't sound as appealing as say Mon Ami Gabi, where we plan on eating lunch at some point?

Anyone have any ideas they'd be willing to share?

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Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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

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  1. Consider Taqueria Canonita at the Venetian. Get a seat overlooking the Grand Canal. It's a great place to relax and really feel like you're in a different world after traveling from LA. I'm a local here and my husband has taken me here a couple times for dinner. Yes, it's Mexican - but it's upscale, amped up Mexican.

    Enjoy a Marguerita from their list of creative choices. Start off with the crab cake appetizer. If you're at all like me you'll enjoy the Santa Rosa Barbacoa de Puerco. It's almost worth swooning over. It's barbecued pork in a chipotle sauce roasted in a banana leaf. Tastes like it was made by someone's very proud Mexican grandma.

    You are far away from the gambling. You can go shopping at the Venetian before or after dinner and it's just a lovely experience in my humble opinion.

    Here's a link: http://www.venetian.com/Pages.aspx?id...

    Hope this info is helpful.

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    Taqueria Canonita
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    1. Dollar for dollar, taste for taste, ingredient for ingredient Payard absolutely trumps Mon Ami Gabi.

      For the Friday mid-range dinner, perhps Otto - Batali's Pizza, Pasta, and Cheeses place in the Venetian.

      http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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      Mon Ami Gabi
      3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      1. I've been to both MOzen and Bouchon for breakfast, and they are both some of the best breakfasts I've had anywhere. I give the nod ever so slightly to MOzen, but you'll be extremely happy either way. Oh, if you do go to MOzen, head up to the Mandarin Oriental's sky lobby to take a look around; they have hands down the most beautiful check-in counter in Las Vegas.

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

        1. I've had two fantastic experiences at Mesa Grill and its my must do restaurant when I go to Vegas. The first time I was with a large party celebrating a birthday and everyone loved their meals - steaks were great, pork tenderloin and sweet potato tamales were delish, mushroom and truffle quesadillas yum! Second time with a smaller group and we shared a bunch of appies and had many beverages. The shrimp and roasted garlic tamale is my all time favourite as are the yucatan chicken tacos (oh and the queso fundido!). Cactus pear margarita to finish it off - divine!

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          Mesa Grill
          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. You have one of the best LV burgers right in your hotel, Bradley Ogden. Their $29 lounge prix-fixe includes a choice of salads, the killer burger or fish and chips and dessert. Really an excellent value for quality ingredients and great service.

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            Bradley Ogden
            3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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            1. re: BubblyOne

              I love the burgers at Mesa Grill and was just there last week enjoying one. When I told the bartender how much I was enjoying it, he suggested I try the burger at Bradley Ogden next time. Interesting to recommend another restaurant, but I am definitely trying it next time I am there.

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              Mesa Grill
              3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              Bradley Ogden
              3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              1. re: baseballfan

                Thanks everyone for your replies! I'm here waiting on my sister: going to probably end up at Bradley Ogden or Mesa Grill tonight, and will go with uhockey's endorsement of Payard for lunch, plus MOzen on Sunday for brunch.

                One monkey wrench in the machine: On Monday night, Sage is only having the lounge menu served! We were really enthused about their dinner menu, but the lounge menu isn't as appealing. Anyone have some last minute suggestions for a really good meal on Monday night?? This was earmarked as our splurge dinner night, so we would love to eat somewhere with outstanding food. I know Alex is closed on Mondays, any other suggestions?? Help greatly appreciated again!!

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                Mesa Grill
                3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. re: afrosamurai

                  Funny, we were planning on going to Sage Wednesday when they called today and let me know they'll only have the lounge menu this week so I cancelled.

                  Just made reservations for Cut.

                  We're going to L'Atelier Monday.

                  1. re: afrosamurai

                    On my trip last month, Bradley Odgen was only open in the lounge/bar on Monday and Tuesday-which is where I wanted to eat anyway, fortunately. I asked and business is too slow to keep the entire place open on those nights, and they are not the only one. Maybe change plans if you can get a reservation for tonight?