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3 Days in LV -staying at the Hard Rock without a car

schaf1 Jan 12, 2011 04:06 PM

Haven't been to LV in 25 years! Enjoy Italian, French and Spanish food in particular. Open to just about anything. On a bit of a budget- will splurge for one stellar meal. Wine is important. Is NV a BYOB state? If so, where to buy juice at reasonable prices?

Really appreciate your help!

Hard Rock Cafe
4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

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    Philber Jan 12, 2011 04:55 PM

    Most restaurants we have dined at allow BYOB, but not all. It is best to call in advance. Corkage will vary from place to place with the most expensive we have experienced being the Wynne/Encore where all the upscale establshments seem to charge a standard $50 corkage fee; Todd's Unique is $20 and Capitol Grill is $25. Suggest you call in advance to avoid any surprises. Note: Several restaurants have a 2 bottle limit.

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    1. re: Philber
      westie Jan 13, 2011 02:18 AM

      In response to the question of budget options near the Hard Rock (HR), here are some options:

      On Monday nights Rare 120 in the HR offers 50% off the entire food menu.

      Origin India, walkable from the HR, is an upscale Indian restaurant that offers discounted gift certificates through restaurant.com.

      Ago, an Italian restaurant inside the HR, offers a daily $12.99 prix fixe (pasta) menu that includes a glass of wine, entree, soup/salad and bread basket.

      Johnny Smalls in the HR offers all you can eat small plates for $19.99 Available Thur - Mon.

      Ago and Johnny Smalls also participate in restaurant.com though I am sure you cannot combine these with the specials.

      Origin India
      4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169

      Hard Rock Cafe
      4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

      Rare 120°
      4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169

      1. re: westie
        westie Jan 13, 2011 10:22 AM

        Note -I just learned that the $19.99 price for AYCE at Johnny Smalls now applies only to slot club members, but it is free to join the club.

    2. SteveTimko Jan 13, 2011 07:27 AM

      It would be a cab-ride away, but Lotus of Siam has a good wine list with reasonable mark ups.

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

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      1. re: SteveTimko
        SteveTimko Jan 13, 2011 11:05 AM

        By the way, you can bring your own wine if the restaurant allows it.

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        martyl9 Jan 13, 2011 10:35 AM

        car not needed in LV. cabs at every hotel. Roma's Italian Deli off the strip is the place to go. very reasonable priced food and italian wine list (no coctails). Looks like a deli but has tables for lunch and dinner. supposely they bake much of the breas served by the hotel's on the strip. Have eaten there the first night of each trip to LV for the last five years. food is always great. All order are big; suggest sharing.

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          schaf1 Jan 14, 2011 05:21 AM

          Thanks to all of you. I need to "do my homework". How is Marche Bacchus, the French bistro?

          For a splurge-is Circo worth it?

          Marche Bacchus
          2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

          3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. re: schaf1
            shamu613 Jan 14, 2011 03:27 PM

            Excellent, and a $40 cab ride from the Hard Rock. EACH WAY.

            Almost makes sense to rent a car for at least one day, huh?

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              ellen4441 Jan 18, 2011 06:05 PM

              that's a good idea, to rent a car for the day...
              for instance, I checked prices for car rentals at the Gold Coast/Orleans, and it was
              about 50 bucks...
              you would still come out way ahead ..
              and get to see some of the local sights on your own timeframe...

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          Dave Feldman Jan 14, 2011 07:55 PM

          If wine is a priority, Marche Bacchus might be a nice choice, especially because you can buy the wine in the store and bring it to the restaurant for retail prices. Don't expect experimental or mind-blowing food, but I enjoyed my one meal there quite a bit. On a nice day/evening, it's fun to sit outside and look out on the lake.

          Marche Bacchus
          2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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          1. re: Dave Feldman
            westie Jan 15, 2011 02:28 AM

            Marche Bacchus has a modest corkage fee of $10 which is waived on Monday nights. The restaurant also participates in the restaurant.com program.

            Marche Bacchus
            2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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            kevin25 Jan 18, 2011 03:54 PM

            try Kaizen-sushi. its right across the street from your hotel. If you like sushi. excellent menu very friendly folks. Our fAVORITE HAPPY HOUR midnight unti 4am thur night 2 for 1 drinks and it gets more fun as the night goes on. alot of locals and not the Okado type prices.

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              schaf1 Jan 20, 2011 07:52 AM

              Thanks much for your rec. Do you know if they have tempura/cooked food as well? My better half doesn't eat seafood!

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                kevin25 Jan 21, 2011 04:47 PM

                yes they do. check out their web site. tempura for sure. for other half BBQ korean ribs or a korean bbq roll even. baby broiled lamb chops(always good). teriyaki chicken as well. I would take better half over(its so close for you to walk) and sit at bar and let other half watch food being made and pick what looks good. I have done this with alot of non sushi people and it works every time.. ask the young guys at the bar to make something meaty and special. they are cool for what ever. 2 for 1 saporo helps....

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