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Jul 3, 2011 05:18 AM

Only in Vegas?

Hi! My husband and I will have 3 nights in Vegas next spring/summer as part of a 3 week roadtrip (we will be on holiday from the UK). For one of our 3 nights we would like to splurge on a meal although I would like to stick to a max of $200 per head. I have read these boards in quite a lot of detail so know what the top choices seem to be at the moment for the best food, but I have noticed that a lot of the restaurants mentioned are the children of restaurants elsewhere in the US and the world such as Joel Robuchon's restaurant empire (we have one in London as well). I would like to have a meal that is a totally Vegas experience, but with top notch food. That doesn't mean I would rule out Robuchon if chowhounders felt there was something about that particular restaurant that made it 'only in Vegas'. It could be the decor (ostentatious?) or a view perhaps? Or is there a restaurant that really is both unique to Vegas and very worth a trip? I would definitely like to go somewhere with a bit of showmanship! I do like the look of Le Cirque, but I know that is also a NY restaurant as well. Any ideas?

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

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  1. I would try either Picasso or Sage, neither of which you will find in London or Europe.

    1. e by Jose Andres (in Jaleo) is relatively unique, even though Jose Andres has these "restaurant within a restaurant" concepts in Washington DC (minibar) and LA (Saam at the Bazaar). A few of the dishes may be the same, but the experiences are totally different. I can only speak of e vs. Saam and none of the dishes were the same. Haven't been to minibar, though. FYI, e is now $160 without tax, tip, or wine/alcohol.

      3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      1. re: deepfry7

        When I had dinner at e in April, the cost was $250 including tax and tip.

        1. re: ellenost

          The $250 also included beverage pairings (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

          1. re: ellenost

            Yep, unfortunately they changed the pricing schema. They said it was too confusing to people, but it was cheaper than the current, more "traditional" pricing.

            1. re: deepfry7

              When did e drop their price from $250 to $160? Do you know how much they're charging for the non-alcoholic beverage pairings?

              1. re: ellenost

                I think early June. Non-alcoholic pairing was like $50 or $55, if I recall. So $160 with tax, and the automatic 21% (weird split up of 18% tip and 3% service charge) is $206. So if you just get the non-alcoholic pairings, it's more than the $250 flat fee, that came WITH alcoholic pairings (adding extra tax and tip).

                So it looks like they did the change to not "confuse" their customers, but they also did it in a way that ends up being more expensive if you get any pairings.

                I'm not really complaining. I had a great meal/experience.

                1. re: deepfry7

                  Agreed. E was one of my most favorite dinners in April (after Robuchon). Look forward to my next visit. BTW, someone posted that their recent dinner at e did not include the wonderful foie gras.

                  1. re: ellenost


                    My most recent dinner there (June 23rd) did not include the foie gras. But hopefully it'll be back on soon. When I asked Anthony about why they took it off the menu he said it a seasonal thing and it would be back come winter time. IMHO, I thought the food was even better the second time around, even without that wonderful foie.

                    Back to the original question, for a $200 limit I would also recommend e over any other place in Vegas. If you want to splurge a little, get the wine or non-alcoholic pairings. I chose to go non-alcoholic last time and for $55 I thought the drinks were wonderful. The wine/drink pairings have improved as well, and I was quite jealous of the people having drinks that night.

      2. Lotus of Siam. Called, by Gourmet magazine, the best Thai restaurant in the United States.

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

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          1. re: mocozeke

            The Lotus of Siam in NYC is no longer affiliated with the Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas. The Lotus of Siam in NYC is a mediocre expensive restaurant serving tiny portions.

        1. Andre's at the Monte Carlo. 7 course with wine pairing.

          1. Sorry it has taken me so long to come back to this thread - I am really grateful for all your responses.

            You will be pleased to know that I already plan to go to Lotus of Siam - we adore thai food so it is a bit of a no brainer. Because it is off strip and stuff, it isn't really the unique vegas experience I am looking for so I want to pick something else as well. I am having a think about e, but am leaning towards Sage at the moment because I think the cost of e will end up being huge.

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

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            1. re: pinchy

              very unique vegas, delicious paired with dazzling, lavish stunning and sexy, and if nice spring/summer night, add amazing views: Foundation Room at THEhotel, Mix at Mandalay, Aureole, Lavo gorgeous decor, Tao, off-strip T-bones at Red Rock Resort, outside by the fire pits brings to mind that you are fine dining in the desert! Okada at Wynn, dramatic views of waterfall, request one of the private dining options, including the outside 'floating pagoda table',


              Lavo Restaurant
              3327 South Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 1760, Las Vegas, NV 89109