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aasg Jun 14, 2011 12:26 PM

Can anyone recommend a good special occassion restaurant in Vegas that is accessible on foot from the Strip? I was looking for something in the $35-$45 main course range.

I was looking at going to Mesa, but it has mixed reviews and, although the dishes sound good, I am not sure if it would be the unique or destination dining experience I am looking for.

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    Bdav1818 RE: aasg Jun 14, 2011 01:15 PM

    I would skip Mesa Grill- I have eaten at the original Mesa in NYC as well as Bar Americain (another Bobby Flay restaurant), and they are both very overrated, and some of the dishes I've had are just not good. There are much better options for you.

    You didn't mention what types of food you would be leaning toward, but a few that come to mind that I think meet your requirements:

    -Nobhill Tavern- a Michael Mina restaurant in MGM (don't let the word "tavern" in the name through you off, it's a really nice place and the food and service I've had there have been excellent)
    -Sensi in Bellagio
    -Bouchon in Venezia Tower (Venetian)- Thomas Keller's french bistro. Delicious and reasonably priced (so much better than Mon Ami Gabi for bistro food). Nice dining room far away from the casino, and beautiful outdoor patio.
    -Bradley Ogden in Caesars

    I am only recommending places that I have personally eaten at, so take a look at the websites for each and if you have any questions, just ask!

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      aasg RE: Bdav1818 Jun 14, 2011 01:49 PM

      Both of us are pretty open to cuisines and so forth, so we didn't have particular leanings. Thanks for the quick suggestions! The menus look vey appealling, especially Bouchon and Bradley Ogden. Any words of advice about those two that might help us decide between those two?

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

      Bradley Ogden
      3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        Bdav1818 RE: aasg Jun 14, 2011 06:24 PM

        They are both great choices but I will do my best to help narrow it down a bit:

        As I said, Bouchon is in a separate tower of the Venetian Resort, so you are about as far away from the bright lights and sounds of Vegas as you can get while still being on the strip- the corridors of the Venezia are gorgeous and as you approach the restaurant, you will feel like you're going somewhere special. On the other hand, Bradley Ogden is right off to the side of the Caesars casino- you can pretty much see slot machines from your table (one or the other may be important to you, or maybe not). With that being said, once you are in the restaurant, Bradley Ogden has more of the "fine dining" feel to it.

        Bradley Ogden has a 3-course prix-fixe for $59 and it's an absolute steal. It usually features a few signature items and a few that change seasonally (you can order a la carte as well). Bouchon has a great cheese selection, and an awesome raw bar so that might give you a few more options than Bradley would.

        If I had to choose one of the two to eat at right now, I think I'd go with Bradley Ogden... if you ask me next week, I might say Bouchon :-)

        Hope that helps!

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

        Bradley Ogden
        3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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          aasg RE: Bdav1818 Aug 17, 2011 08:24 AM

          Thanks for the feedback. We ended up going to Bradley Ogden and it was a very enjoyable meal. We had the prix-fixe. I am still thinking about the Maytag blue cheese souffle.

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          Bradley Ogden
          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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            BubblyOne RE: aasg Aug 17, 2011 04:41 PM

            Wow, that is one of my favorites as well-divine.

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      Eric RE: aasg Jun 14, 2011 02:46 PM

      You may want to reconsider walking. It can take a minimum of thirty minutes and up to over an hour walking from hotel to hotel and then to the restaurant(s) of your choice. Also, don't forget that the summers are very hot and can still be in the 90 degree range at 2:00 am.

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