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Feb 1, 2011 06:55 PM

21st Birthday Dinner in Vegas... Recs?

So I'm celebrating my 21st in Vegas and wanting a rec for dinner. I'm interested in an upscale restaurant for an interesting, foodie experience and am open to all types of food. I'm looking for ~100 a person inc. alcohol, and preferably a restaurant thats on open table. Any recs?

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  1. My recommendations are:

    1. Revise your budget to the realities of prices in Las Vegas.

    2. Visit each hotel's website and seek out Winter or Spring specials.

    3. Visit during Restaurant Week.

    4. Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmers in the Four Seasons.

    Seriously... a $100 per person budget for fine dining with tax tip and alcohol is unreasonable in this town.

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    1. re: shamu613

      Seriously... a $100 per person budget for fine dining with tax tip and alcohol is unreasonable in this town.

      That's just flat out false!

      I can think of a dozen restaurants where you could easily come in under $100/pp including a glass of wine and likely an appetizer. With Alex gone you can dine at every Wynn restaurant on the Taste of Wynn which included appetizer, entree and dessert. Many of the Venetian/Palazzo and Mandalay restaurants have similar deals. You may not be able to enjoy Wagyu beef, white truffles, caviar or the really high-end wines, but you can realistically hit your price target.

      Stay away from Joel Robuchon (but not L'atelier), Guy Savoy, and Twist and the rest of the Strip should be open to you.

      My personal recs would be:
      Mesa Grill for Tex Mex
      Bartolotta for Italian Seafood (taste of Wynn)
      Country Club for lunch (burgers, salads, steak)
      Enoteca San Marco
      Charlie Palmers is a fantastic deal

      Being that this is a 21st bday keep in mind that alcohol can throw off your budget very quickly. You may consider bringing your own wines and paying corkage and/or having a little "preparty" in your room before dinner.

      Happy Bday! Let us know how it goes.

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

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

    2. So after speaking with my parents, the budget is much more flexible. I'm looking for something fun and young, with interesting food. Pretty open to all types of food. At the moment, we're strongly considering Twist- it seems like interesting food but I'm a bit put off by mixed reviews. It seems that people either rave about it or say it was awful. Another option is Aureole but I get the feeling that its a bit stuffier/older than what I'd want. Thoughts? Any other suggestions?

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      1. re: ajs489

        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Some of the best french food I've had, and the price tag isn't too high (esp. if Twist is under consideration). I highly recommend the Menu Decouverte de Saison, and they'll allow you to order different tasting menu's so you and your party can end up trying about 15 dishes or so if half of you order that and half order the club menu.

        And I've said it in other threads, but if you can get a reservation, my highest recommendation still goes to e by Jose Andres. The price is a little high ($250) but includes tax, tip AND wine (or apparently cocktails if you prefer.) It's about 20 small, extremely inventive courses. It's a really fun experience. So fun I'll be trying to grab another reservation there in June.