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Aug 24, 2011 09:02 PM

Struggling with two dinner choices

Going to Vegas for family celebration and have been considering several potential choices for two dinners. We will have 11 people (all adults) prefer really well executed food, great service, fun energetic room yet not over the top noisy where table conversation is impossible. No real limit on cuisine or price point except unlikely to try the $150+ per person choice this trip unless the recommendations from this board are so compelling as to require it. We would like the two dinners to be somewhat different (not two steakhouses for example).

So, we are considering:

Charlie Palmer Steak
Le Cirque
SW Steak
Bouchon (considering for brunch more so than dinner)

I'd sure appreciate some timely advice as to what people's recent experiences have been at these or others.
Thank you.

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  1. Don't consider Bouchon for brunch. Do it!! :) Yum! Oh but they don't take reservations on the weekends, so you might be waiting a while with your 11-top.

    I haven't been to any of the other places sadly. I'm going in September and staying South Strip for the first time (I usually stay North), so I've been researching. And from what I've read so have a good list going.

    I heard Aureole is great and doesn't hurt the wallet too much. I'll probably end up there since I'm staying in that hotel...

    I'm planning on Craftsteak for my steak this time around. But I've read some reviews that people prefer SW Steak over Charlie Palmer...but Charlie Palmer is a good steak at a good price...

    Also, Sage...I've heard great things about that place. I've only read good reviews about Sage, but not many. I asked about the place on another thread but got no response.

    Goodluck! Hopefully more reply that actually know from experience! :)

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    1. Since you will have a large party (11), I'd recommend you contact all of your considered restaurants to confirm they can all accommodate your party size.

      Of your list, I'd drop Twist: I had a less than wonderful dinner there in April 2010. I found there were too many variations on a theme for each course (some worked and some didin't).

      I have had four great dinners at Le Cirque, and am planning to return to Le Cirque when I return to LV next spring.

      I also want to try Sage since I've read wonderful things about the restaurant.

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      1. re: ellenost

        I also had a rather forgettable dinner at Twist sometime back, the food was mediocre and ambiance seemed alittle cheesy, I would drop them from the list, you have others on there that would be much better

      2. Between some of the top venues closing and the others having the economy force them into prix-fixe specials, I would argue that your $150 limit will allow you to dine anyplace in Vegas including the top venues such as Guy Savoy and Joel R. At places like Charlie Palmer Steak, Aureole, SW and Bouchon you will be living-large with flowing wine (within reason) for that price. At places like Guy Savoy and Joel R you will likely be sticking to the prix fixe specials and nursing a glass of wine throughout the meal.

        I agree that you should call prior because of the large party.

        My favorites on your list are Bouchon, Aureole and CP Steak. I liked Sage but less than the predominance of opinions on this stie. Have not dined at Twist, SW or Le Cirque. I trust ellenost's recs and would probably go with Le Cirque over Twist if I had to choose between the two.

        3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        Charlie Palmer Steak
        3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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

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        1. re: climberdoc

          The wife and I had brunch at Bouchon on our last trip with our 13 month old. They accomodated us no problem and even helped at times to keep the young one happy. The chicken and waffles were so good. I'd definitely recommend.

          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        2. Charlie Palmer is still offering one of the best deals on the strip - the "Cut of the Week" for $48/pp which includes bottomless glasses of wine with the first two course. The menu varies from week to week so you may want to check it before making your reservations. The menu is usually updated by noon on Tuesday (CP is closed on Mondays).