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Where to eat a nice dinner casually dressed

  • j_b Jul 30, 2011 06:12 PM
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We are coming to Las Vegas for the day only. No luggage. No doubt for comfort we will be dressed in shorts and sandals--no t-shirts or ball caps. I would love to experience Le Cirque, but would not be comfortable if we were dramatically under dressed so that can wait for another trip.

Where can we get a quality relaxed meal, on the strip or a short walk, dressed very casually?

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

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  1. You can really almost eat anywhere. Went to JR at the Mansion for my birthday and the table next to us were all dressed in Jeans and Hoodies (Designer Jeans and Hoodies but still jeans and Hoodies) I would just say exactly what you said in your post to the host or call ahead and do the same thing. I would be shocked if anyone had an objection. Your own personal comfort level ...that I can not address.

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    1. re: chris2269

      I agree with the op...most would feel terribly uncomfortable going to Le Cirque wearing shorts and sandals. I honestly don't know if they would seat you. I think the same goes for many of LV's top spots such as Joel Robuchon , Picasso, Guy Savoy, etc. Nevertheless, I'm sure that casual dress would be fine at many places...but I'll leave it to some locals to make recommendations.

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

      1. re: josephnl

        Agree if he just shows up. Make a call or talk to someone in the restaurant saying exactly what the original post situation is and the restaurant would be stupid not to have him. Also lived in Vegas for 15 Years and go back regularly. I like dressing up personally (kinda fun) but the term "local" in this day in age especially with Vegas 4 hours from CA (OK I drive fast) is useless.

        There are a ton of great High end burger places. I would recommend one but that opens up another whole can of worms.
        Tod English P.U.B. is a good choice as well.
        If you can get off strip Raku and Lotus of Siam (cab ride which compared to most larger cities is not cheap...I discovered after leaving Vegas the cab ride from Circus Circus to the Mirage was the same as from Manhattan to Brooklyn)

    2. Bouchon at the Venetian. It's a fun place owned by Chef Thomas Keller. It's lively with delicious food and drink - and can be casual.

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

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      1. re: SparkleKristy

        Thank you for the reply. We live near San Francisco and have enjoyed Bouchon in Napa (Yountville) a couple times. Great braised short ribs!

      2. Le Cirque is over rated. Try Craft Steak at MGM for a more casual dress code and very good restaurant. Also, Twist is a good option over at the MO.

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        1. re: OCdine4fun

          Absolutely disagree! Le Cirque is an outstanding restaurant, certainly one of LV's best...but not a place to go dressed casually.

          I, personally, am not a fan of any of Tom Colicchio's restaurants, Craftsteak included, and think that there are far better steakhouses in LV.

          I think that for casual LV, I would opt for Lotus, Todd's PUB, Raku or Bouchon. Nice casual...shorts, leather sandals (not flip-flops), and a nice sport short would be fine at any of these

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

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

          1. re: josephnl

            Raku loks great. We have a 9p flight. Is Raku worth the trip?

            What about Emeril's New Orleans Fish House? If that isn't casual enough, then Todd's PUB looks good.

            1. re: j_b

              I'm confused about whether you are coming at 9:00 p.m. or leaving at 9. Either way, Raku is a far worthier destination, IMO, than Emeril's or Todd's. And it's relaxed. And shorts-friendly. And open late.

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              Emeril's
              3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                We are flying in for the day from Oakland, for my wife's birthday. Our flight home is 9p, so Raku looks to be out since they don't open until 6p. Since it's a day trip, in concept we would like to stay on The Strip.

                Looks like I need to plan a longer trip, and include Raku and Le Cirque on our agenda!

                The other place I am considering, after canceling Le Cirque and talking to the Bellagio, is Sensi at the Bellagio.

                1. re: j_b

                  Yes, unfortunately Raku would be out then. Better to save it for next time, when you can enjoy it at a leisurely pace.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    I am down to (in approx. this order):
                    * Sensi
                    * SushiSamba
                    * Emiril's
                    * Todd's P.U.B.

            2. re: josephnl

              absolutely disagree as well. Le Cirque is great and the experience can hardly be beat.

              I'd say Bouchon might be your best bet!

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

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

              1. re: thatdarnblake

                We decided on SushiSamba. It fits the casual vibe we are looking for, and we are eating early so not sure if we will want a full meal or just a few small plates.

                My wife is from Hawaii. We have heard that since many Hawaiians take trips to Las Vegas there is some good Hawaiian food to be found, she has one particular recommendation (I don't remember) so that will probably be lunch. Spam musubi, saimin, etc.

                1. re: j_b

                  Let me suggest that you go for the Brazilian seafood items rather than the sushi.

                  1. re: kagemusha49

                    Thank you. That makes perfect sense.