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Mar 8, 2011 05:57 PM

Fish Restaurants, Help!! Our friends want to eat at McCormick & Schmick's in Vegas. Noooooo!!

Heading to Vegas to catch up with some friends for a few days. About 3, exactly. So we'll have 3 dinners. But they're excited about going to McCormick & Schmick's. Um....I can eat there any day of the week, and it's a decent enough "take my 84 year old mom out for an early-bird dinner" kind of place. And I do love their Alaskan King Crab legs. But in Vegas? Really? I guess the answer is "maybe" because they don't have M&S in their state.

Can fellow CH-ers recommend a suitable alternative? Though I may have to conceed on this one as I may at least get them to Robuchon one of the nights. Which will probably blow their minds. And mine too I hope!

Any other options for fresh fish and excellent crab legs? I don't mean to be a total snob (ok maybe a little bit) but I don't get to Vegas all that often (last time=2004) and want to maximize my time there, but I also do want to make sure we get to see them as much as possible. And at least offer up alternatives when I present my dining recommendations to them. Thanks in advance for the recommendations and/or condolences.

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  1. Perhaps suggest Bouchon which is far better than M&S and which does have fish and shellfish on the menu. It's a Thomas Keller French bistro so they have typical bistro things such a sole meuniere, as well as great oysters, mussels, steak frites, etc. I thinkbeveryone should be happier there than at McCormick's

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: josephnl

      Thanks, I will definitely offer this up as an option!

      1. re: Galaxy Girl

        Bouchon is a good recommendation. M&S is not good, but is notorious in LAS for being the site where the former governor, Jim Gibbons, met the woman who accused him of assaulting her in the adjacent parking garage. So it is (in)famous.

        Crab legs are actually not all that easy to find, but for fresh seafood generally, you might also look at RM in the Mandalay Place shops, which is very good and specializes in seafood. Mon Ami Gabi, which is a bit less expensive than Bouchon, also has good traditional bistro seafood (Bouchon is better, but MAG has the positive of a great view of the Bellagio fountains, which is fun if people aren't in LAS often). Finally, American Fish, in the Aria, has a nice, interesting menu, and is, at the name implies, devoted to fish. The room is also cool (if you go, try to reserve one of the booths along the wall).

        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

        American Fish
        3730 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

        1. re: lvnvflyer

          Thanks lvnflyer, good info. We have MAG in Chicago and DC area (it's a LEYE group production, which are traditionally good but not fantastic unless you're talking L20 or Everest, but Gras is gone now, so who knows about L20 now), and personally am keen on a Keller restaurant or something different than I can get at home. Thanks for the details on the seating as well, that's helpful and appreciated. And love the info about the gov! Didn't know that.

          1. re: Galaxy Girl

            Do you insist on doing your fish noshing on The Strip? If not, Todd's Unique Cuisine on Sunset Rd., a 15-minute drive southeast of all the fancy Strip restos, always has fresh (well, as fresh as you can get in Las Vegas) fish and seafood items on an interesting menu. And Todd certainly has a deft hand with fish, doing them invariably with an imaginative twist or two. In my view, it's one of the best non-Strip joints in town - for fish or just about anything else. I try to get there once or twice every time I get to Las Vegas. Modestly priced, compared to The Strip. No crab legs, though.

            1. re: juno

              Thanks juno, appreciate it. Their mission is crab legs, specifically M&S, so I was hoping to present them with better alternatives. The crab legs are key though, and there is no M&S in their hometown. I have read good things about Todd's as well, and that's definitely going into the "other restaurant suggestions" pile if it turns out Robuchon is too over the top and we need to hit that by ourselves. Thanks!

              1. re: Galaxy Girl

                The Wynn buffet at dinner has crab legs. It is the best buffet in Las Vegas. They also have peeled jumbo shrimp at dinner.

                1. re: Eric

                  Went to the Wynn buffet ($38.95) two weeks ago and was disappointed by the size of the king crab legs and the shrimp are no longer "jumbo", but small like all the lower end buffets use. No raw oysters. Food was warm, not hot. Quite different than when they first opened.

                  If you want a seafood buffet go to the M Resort Studio B seafood buffet ($29.99). Opilio crab legs, not king crab legs. Includes beer, wine, espresso, cappucino and a larger selection of desserts than the Wynn.


                  1. re: monku

                    Eric and monku, thanks for the additional details. Much appreciated!

      1. re: jackattack

        jackattack, thanks! I have never been to Joe's despite millions of trips to Miami and Chicago. I just might float that up as an alternative.

      2. galaxygirl...
        i feel your pain...
        when our family gets together either here or orlando ..they only want to go to red lobster or outback...
        imho if your on vacation or even just a long weekend ...why the hell would u eat what u can get at home??
        try something different for a change...but i usually get out-voted (mostly my MIL only listens to my SIL)
        oh and when we visit the zoo MIL wont eat in the zoo..cuz the animals are "dirty"

        i tried getting them to one the teppanyaki grill places...oh no they said open grill at the table!!! that would be dangerous...
        or i tried suggesting texas de brazil..Oh No...people carrying sharp skewers around..the kids could get hurt!!

        i can understand if it is something that they dont have at as far as M&S u may just have to indulge them...
        and then try to steer them to the better places around town the rest of the trip

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        1. re: srsone

          Omigosh your stories are hilarious!! Way worse :) No M&S in KY, but the good thing is that they are definitely open to trying someplace with us like Robuchon (yay!), Savoy or Sage. And in the end, if I can get them to Robuchon, then I will go to M&S for them. They're like family, and that's what it's all about, right? Finding a happy medium. But I would love to introduce them to something like Robuchon (fingers crossed, I already made the reservation tee hee hee) and see how they react. It's just a few days...we get in Sunday night, leave Weds morning. They've got shows scheduled, so I'm just waiting to get their thoughts so I can fine-tune my dining agenda (no shows for us, I'd rather eat). Sadly, e is closed Sun-Tues (I am crushed) but we have plenty of other choices!! It should be fun!

          1. re: Galaxy Girl

            if u can find a happy medium that may be the best u can hope for...
            i never do...
            usually my wife and i end going to the other places by ourselves...and then just nod and say thanks for the other places...and smile...

            so let us know what happens... :-)
            maybe i can live vicariously thru chow..getting your family/others to try new things...

            1. re: srsone

              For sure! It's all ironic, actually....we're heading back to Chicago for a week and will end up taking my mom out for dinner to M&S on Sunday....4:30 seating. She's in an assisted living facility so going out is a big treat for her. And it's perfectly good enough, we'll have a decent meal. But I will let you know how our Vegas dining turns out! It's still a few weeks away. Happy eating!

              1. re: Galaxy Girl

       if i was visiting chi-town..
                i would want to go to.david burkes,mortons,G&G, lou malnatis,ginos east...
                and i would even try a hot dog with a frickin salad on

                1. re: srsone

                  We'll have Lou's when we get in Saturday night, though Gino's is my favorite (we're a divided household). Skip Morton's, you can have that in many other places. Hit Chicago Chop House or Gibsons. Personally the Long-bone Tomahawk Ribeye at CCH was the best steak of my life. But many great, great, great restaurants in Chicago. And we love our Chicago dogs!! :) No ketchup.

        2. UPDATE: M&S is averted, thanks to our later arrival on Sunday. Unfortunately Robuchon is off the table too as a group ($$$) but that will be our Sunday dinner. Lotus of Siam Monday night, and Tuesday looking to be an early, small-plates type of option (jaleo) or Bouchon, with dessert after their show.

          Robuchon for dessert? Le Cirque? Any other suggestions for a good dessert option? 10pm ish. Not to be too touristy, but Serendipity III could be an option but I will have been at the one in NYC on March 30th with friends from the UK. But that certainly doesn't rule it out. :)

          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

          Le Cirque
          Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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          1. re: Galaxy Girl

            isnt there a payards in vegas...??
            i have seen him on tv and his stuff looks awesome...