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I'm heading to Las Vegas in September. I typically visit Delmonico, B&B, Bouchon, etc. This will be my 5th visit, so I'm interested in branching out a bit this time around. I am staying at Mandalay Bay and interested in restaurants on the strip. Closer to my hotel is preferred, but of course not a must.

I currently have dinner reservations for: Scarpetta, Craftsteak, and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Does anyone have opinions on these restaurants, or can point me in a better direction? Scarpetta has gotten some mixed reviews, but hear the bread basket is pretty amazing.

Other places I would like opinions on: Aureole & Sage...Oh and the Verandah for brunch. Sounds like people like the huevos rancheros there. Is there any brunch out there equal or - dare I say - better than Bouchon?

Money is not an issue (this is Vegas baby).

Thank you very much!

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Last time i was there I had 2 memorable dinners, the first was at e` in the cosmopolitan which has been well talked about and was fantastic, the other was at Robuchon...Robuchon was not that great, which is what made it memorable because of the cost associated with it vs the expecations. I found Robuchon to be generally fine taste wise, but thought the service was mediocre and the atmosphere was stuffy at best....I realize that my opinion on that may be somewhat of the minority and perhaps they had an off night, but I would have preferred someplace else for the money. (If you do go though ask for the limo service there, they bring you in the back Mansion area of the MGM..that was cool)

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    1. re: ajpocp

      Thank you for your reply!

      e'...I've heard REALLY good things about e'. I'll add it to my list! Good call!

      And thanks for your input on Robuchon! I've heard good things, but was worried about the atmosphere. I really dislike stuffiness. It puts such a damper on the meal.

      Thank you ajpocp!

      1. re: dmblady4ever

        I had another great trip to LV this past April, and "e" and Joel Robuchon were my favorite restaurants. E lived up to all of the high praise that it has received on this board. I went to Robuchon with a bit of anxiety since I was not thrilled with it on my first visit in 2007. Based on the high praise from a trusted palate who is a regular "hound", I made a reservation, and I had a fantastic time this visit. From the limo ride from The Wynn through dinner (which had some amazing dishes and wonderful service) through my return limo ride back to The Wynn, I had an amazing time (and I was dining solo too). The atmosphere at Robuchon was definitely not stuffy; I found it quite festive.

        I look forward to returning to both e and Robuchon next spring when I return to LV. I'm also planning to return to Le Cirque and finally try Sage.

        1. re: ellenost

          Excellent. I think I will keep my reservations at Robuchon then! Thank you very much!

      2. re: ajpocp

        Had a great experience at Atelier in March....highly recommend it.

        1. re: ajpocp

          ajpocp, your're referring to Joel Robuchon, however the original poster mentioned L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (it's more a casual non-stuffy cousin).

          Of the original posters picks I found L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon to be great. They delivered my favorite dining experience on the strip.

          I also really like Sage and I highly recommend dining there.

          The tasting menu I had at Aureole was good, but I think you can do better for the money.

        2. Someone recently posted the thread about over-rated/under-rated restaurants in Las Vegas. On the over side I have several of your options, l'atelier and Bouchon leading the charge. IMHO, Sage far surpasses your other choices. The veal cheeks...heavenly! That menu is just awesome and I can't wait until we are there in Oct! Someone else mentioned e and it is worth every cent. One of the best meals I have ever had in LV!

          You mention the Verandah at the Four Seasons and again, I couldn't recommend it more (way more than Bouchon). Yes the Huevos Rancheros legendary. I love the buffet too (I am not a buffet guy either but theirs is excellent). And sitting outside is so tranquil. And what a better way to start your day. Dare I say it has the best coffee on the strip? Not to be missed either is the breakfast at Tableau in Wynn. I had an Elk Sausage/Scramvled egg concoction that was so rich and delicious. Again, way more interesting and complex than the breakfasts you get at Bouchon. I don't hate Bouchon (it is good, not great) I just believe the hype is way too much.

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

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          1. re: LVI

            MMM I think I'm leaning towards a visit to Sage.

            And thank you so much on your report on the Verandah. I've been to Bouchon too many times to count since I head to Napa frequently as well. So I want something new and Verandah is walking distance to where I'm staying...so if I can, I think I will try for a table outside and an order of the best coffee on the strip! :)

            Thank you for your input LVI!

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

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