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May 3, 2011 02:07 PM

Four Days in Vegas! First trip, help!

Hello All!

This is my very first post even though I have read these discussions thoroughly for my hometown Montreal. My husband and I are off to Vegas for our 7th wedding anniversary and we LOVE food.

We'll try anything but love good atmosphere and I really want our dinners to be unique experiences. Any thoughts? All suggestions are welcomed!

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  1. Let me start you off:

    Breakfast must tries:

    Bouchon in the Venetian- brunch on the weekends features great chicken and waffles, basically cannot go wrong with anything on the menu (except the corned beef hash) I have eaten everything on the breakfast/brunch menu. Always find myself coming back. The apple croissant and the strawberry croissants are so good.

    Tableau in the Wynn- another place you cannot go wrong with for breakfast/brunch/lunch. Dungeness crab club, pancakes, omelettes, eggs benedict.


    Sage in the Aria - cannot go wrong with this place, bold flavors, new American cuisine.

    L'atelier de Joel Robuchon - modern French cuisine, open kitchen where you sit and watch them cook. Buttery mashed potatoes, one of the best steaks in town, best appetizer burgers.

    I am sure there are more, but these are my favorites. Do you like steak, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, French?

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      All souds fabulous! Plus we're staying at Aria so that's awesome. We're into anything really and the more unique the better. We love steak, sushi, mexican, spanish, truly anything. Really, the most important thing for me is that our meals are a great experience and ones to remember!

    2. Agree about both Bouchon and Tableau for breakfasts. Excellent food and service is wonderful too! Both have lovely decors.

      For dinner, I highly recommend Joel Robuchon at MGM and e by Jose Andres at The Cosmopolitan. Food, decor and service at Robuchon are at their finest. E is a completely different experience, but in its own way also wonderful. Food is delicious and creative. All of the guests (maximum of 8) sit around a bar on comfortable chairs watching the chef prepare a multi-course tasting menu. I opted for the non-alcoholic beverage pairings that were perfect. Anthony, our host, made us feel very welcome. I felt as if I were dining in a private home. Everyone was friendly. Definitely plan to return.

      1. Congratulations on your seventh anniversary!

        One key issue is budget. Some people would blanch at the thought of spending $1,000 for dinner, while others might spend that on a single bottle of wine. First, here's the money-is-no-object group:
        Joel Robuchon (the big brother of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon): It might just be the best restaurant in Las Vegas -- as long as you have 3 (or 4 or 5) hours, and don't mind spending around $400/person, plus wine, plus tip. Their fourteen course meal is a marvel, as is almost everything about the restaurant. It's not precisely a romantic restaurant, but it would be a good choice for an anniversary dinner for foodies.
        Guy Savoy: in the same class as Joel Robuchon, its look is more modern and spare, and its service is warmer and more personal. While I prefer Robuchon to Savoy, others would reverse the order of preference.
        é by José Andrés: check the separate thread on this one. I have not been here yet, but I have been to Andres' original place in Washington DC (minibar) as well as his place in Los Angeles (Bazaar). I have no doubt that it will certainly offer a unique experience, and reviews in the other thread are very positive. Unlike the other places I've listed in this price category, you'll sit at a food bar instead of a table.
        Twist by Pierre Gagnaire: like é, you'll find unusual dishes here (think molecular gastronomy). While I thought it was very interesting, I thought the quality was inconsistent. Worth going to if you like to be challenged, but perhaps not if judged solely on the quality of the food.
        Barmasa: the best sushi and Japanese food in town, at prices that are too high for what you get. If you've been to Masa in New York (or Urasawa in Los Angeles), you'll probably be disappointed here. If not, you'll probably like the quality (if you haven't fainted from the prices).

        Next category -- very expensive, but not crazy expensive:
        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: I agree with A5 Kobe.
        Picasso: not too many years ago, Picasso was in the running for the title of best restaurant in town, as well as one of the most expensive. While newer places have arrived that are better (and more inventive), Picasso is still in my top 10, with prices much less than Joel Robuchon or Guy Savoy. If I were looking for a romantic restaurant for an anniversary dinner, this would be a very good choice.
        Bartolotta: excellent whole fresh fish flown in from the Mediterranean. The outdoor tables are great (unless you're in town during the heat of summer).

        I agree with A5 Kobe about breakfast. My favorite is Bouchon. In addition to Tableau, MOzen is also good, as is The Verandah. I also have a soft spot for Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast: the food is merely OK, but I love sitting outside early in the morning, watching people and cars go by.

        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

        é by José Andrés
        3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: Larry

          Thank you so much everyone! True that my budget might be lower than other, I am looking for around 25-40$ per person but each suggestion looks amazing! Definites are now Mon Ami Gabi, Tableau and Sage. And I think L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is something to not miss.

          Any cheaper deals to keep in mind? Thanks so much to you all!

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

          1. re: talia0501

            I can't believe nobody mentioned Raku yet. Granted, it's not a swanky, high-end, ridiculously expensive place, but I had one of the best meals of 2009 there. It's a Japanese robata restaurant off the strip (short cab ride will get you there), the food is fantastic, and - especially compared to all other suggestions - more than affordable.

            Def make a rez, as it is rather small. You won't regret it, trust me.

            1. re: talia0501

              You are going to have a tough time finding $20-$40 per person at many of the restaurants mentioned in this thread. One of the best deals on the Strip is the "Cut of the Week" at Charlie Palmers in the Four Seasons. It is $48/pp for three courses with unlimited wine. Above your $40, but a great value.

              If you are interested in traveling off of the Strip there are a variety of excellent restaurants that meet your cost range. A few include: Lotus of Siam, Todd's Unique, Marche Bacchus, Raku, Los Molcajetes.

              Marche Bacchus
              2620 Regatta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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

              Los Molcajetes
              1553 N Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

              1. re: Philber

                My family and I had lunch at Lotus of Siam yesterday. We've gone there several times and never once had a bad meal. Best of the Thai restaurants anywhere.

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

              2. re: talia0501

                Happy anniversary. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a $25-$40/pp budget will feed you dinner at any resort's coffee shop or buffet.

                Average dinners start around $100/pp plus tax, plus tip, plus drinks. "Unique" starts at $200/pp plus plus plus.

                Closest to your budget for a really special meal might be Charlie Palmer's Cut Of The Week at $48/pp including bottomless wine.

            2. We had breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi (located in the Paris Hotel Casino) and loved it. The menu is large and the food and service was awesome. This is a great time of year to be sitting on MAG's patio and watch people go by. We love lunch there and go often, but the spectacle comes alive at night so try to make this place for dinner at least one night. You sit on the patio and look across the street at the fabulous dancing fountain show. You won't forget it.

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

              1. This will give you a pretty good idea of of the veiw from the Mon Ami Gabi patio at night.

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

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                1. re: The Drama Queen

                  Thank you all so much, I do realize that when I typed out a "budget" I was way off base! our first time there so my head is still cloudy with trying to visualize it all. But even if we're over budget, it the trip that counts!! And I'd much rather have spent money on good food than save money and regret it all later.

                  I have so many now on and off the strip that I need to write this all down and investigate tonight. Thank you all so much.

                  1. re: talia0501

                    I recommend you rent a car for at least one day in case you want to try the restaurants off the strip like:

                    Todd's Unique
                    Lotus of Siam

                    Rosemary's Restaurant
                    8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

                    Todd's Unique Dining
                    4350 E. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014

                    Aburiya Raku
                    5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

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

                    1. re: talia0501

                      Let me offer a suggestion: Google "fine dining restuarants in Las Vegas, then when you are into the website take a look at their menus. I have lived here for 12 years and we eat on the Strip quite often. There are many good restuarants that have an "under $40 per person" price tag. Don't become discouraged by the overpricing of some restaurants. In so many cases the food is no better just because it's overprice. They get that price because they can.

                      1. re: The Drama Queen

                        Name six restaurants ON THE STRIP with "fine dining" where one can eat under $40/pp with tax and tip.