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Be&B or AquaKnox or another restaurant at the Venetian?

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My husband and I will be in Las Vegas next weekend and we have tickets to the 10 pm Blue Man Group Show. So we were looking for a very nice meal at the Venetian pre show. I originally booked AquaKnox, but changed it to B&B but now I am not sure. We live in NY and frequently dine out at very fine restaurants. So we would really like a very good meal and nice dining experience. We like many cuisines so that is not an issue. Which would you choose? Or another restaurant at the Venetian?

Thanks,
Susan

by the way, we have booked Sensi and Bouchon for our other nights in town.

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. If I was from NYC, I'd not go to B&B, b/c I think Babbo is better (and a lot closer!) We've eaten at both Babbo and B&B and while B&B is good, Babbo was a whole lot better.

    Bouchon is my #1 choice in that complex and I see you already have booked that. We had a very good meal two weeks ago at CUT, which is the Puck steakhouse; I would recommend it. Otherwise, I'd consider crossing the bridge to the Wynn and looking at some of their Taste of Wynn specials, including at Bartolotta and Alex. It's not a long walk and you will easily be back in time for the show.
    When Charlie Trotter's and its tremendous bar were in the Venetian, that was an easy recommendation; since it closed, it's hard (for me) to pick something outstanding other than Bouchon.

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

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    1. re: lvnvflyer

      Thanks, we have not eaten at Babbo, even though we live just outside the city and both work in the city. But we should!

      I checked Wynn's restaurants and they appear to be booked. I guess I was afraid to go outside of the hotel. Show is at 10 and I already an eating at the ridiculously early (for us) time of 7:30.

      Do you have any other suggestions? Are AquaKnox and B&B just not worth it? I checked out CUT, while my husband loves steak houses, they are really not for me. And the prices seem very high. I am willing spend on other cuisines; just never liked spending that kind of money on steak. Now Corton in NY is another matter!

      Susan

    2. Susan, do yourself a favor and get in a car and head up Spring Mountain road (less than 5 min) to Raku. While the dining room is minimalist compared to some of the glitzy Venetian/Palazzo/Wynn/Encore restaurants, the quality and diversity of their food is unparalleled. I dream of the fried tofu in that earthy sensational broth with mushrooms floating amongst the green onions. While that may sound a little dramatic in description, you will understand why this single restaurant gets more positive reviews (and very little negative) on this site than I think any other restaurant when/if you go. There are items from the simple (fried chicken wing) to obscure (Kobe beef tendon…one of my FAVORITES but not for everybody). And if you do decide to go you must make a reservation as the secret is out and it is always busy. Are B&B/Carnevino/Aquaknox/Bouchon/CUT (et al) bad places? Not at all. They are just nowhere near as exciting as Raku. And you will have plenty of time to make your 10pm show.

      1. I thought B&B was good, but just like Del Posto here in NYC, it is overpriced for just good.

        Bouchon is one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas.

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

        1. I do not recommend B&B or Batali's other restaurant Carnevino. Service and food are sub-par at best. Carnevino was bordering on highway robbery and staff were disrespectful.
          Cut is much better and Bouchon is my go to in Vegas. I have also heard good things about Delmonico's, but dont have first hand experience.

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

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          1. re: century81

            I also cannot recommend B&B, either. For about the same reasons above......

          2. One of the sad/funny things I've witnessed in LV was a couple slamming down their food and drinks @ Le'Atilier in the MGM to get to Ka on time. We were all at the sushi bar area part of the restaurant and we were sitting with a Canadian chef who was planning on a 4 hour dinner experience. To wind up rushing a nice dining experience to make sure you get to the show on time puts your dining experience at risk. I suggest that you break "the rules" eat early and simple. Save the big night dining experience for another evening.

            In the Venetian, Bouchon is my "go to" spot. Across the street at the Mirage try BLT for good simpler fare.

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