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36 hours in Vegas...suggestions/critiques of our itinerary please?

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My boyfriend and I will be in Vegas the last week of September for the front end of a long weekend trip out west. We will be arriving on Wednesday (early evening) and will be staying at Mandalay, and will be leaving on Friday afternoon. This leaves us with 2 dinners, lunch on Thursday, and brunch on Friday (breakfast Thursday will be grab and go, as he heads to the casino and I head to the pool). As far as our budget goes for dinners, we would like to do something fairly upscale, but not to the point of Robuchon or Guy Savoy. We had originally planned on e by Jose Andres, but decided that this would not be within our budget. Here are my thoughts for each meal:

Dinner options:
L'Atelier
Jaleo
Sage
Bouchon
Charlie Palmer (or StripSteak, which was his suggestion)

As far as lunch on Thursday, we were thinking Fleur since it is in our hotel, but I am open to suggestions....reviews I looked at on CH were not overwhelmingly positive.

We were thinking the buffet at Paris on Friday, which he likes...I've only ever been to brunch at the Wynn, but I've seen good things on CH about Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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

StripSteak
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. I'd do Aureole (Swan Court) for dinner one night (pick up a $50 restaurant.com cert for $4; StripSteak is usually available too) and probably L'Atelier or Sage for the other dinner.

    For lunch consider Milos in the Cosmo.

    Bouchon for breakfast Friday.

    1. L'Atelier is easily the best/most fun restaurant on the list, but also the most expensive. When my wife and I went she ordered L'Unique menu (must be ordered before 6:15 PM) and I ordered the menu club. We shared the food and it ended up being a pretty good deal. If you go, be sure to get the counter top seating.

      For the 2nd restaurant I would pick either Sage or Jaleo. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, I'd go with Jaleo. That said, I highly recommend Sage as well. You can't lose with either one.

      Bouchon is a great breakfast choice.

      Personally I found StripSteak to be disappointing.

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

      StripSteak
      3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

      Jaleo
      3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      1. Please skip the buffet at Paris. I've tried both the breakfast and dinner buffets, and was disappointed twice. I've also read good things about Wicked Spoon.

        1. agree, buffet at Paris is not good anymore, used to be great!

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          1. re: vegasmike

            HOw about Bellagio/Wynn or Cosmopolitan buffets then. Someone else would have to chime in on which to go to on a Fri night.

            1. re: itryalot

              We just went to the Wynn buffet. It was the only buffet in Vegas I had ever been to. While the food was "decent" alot of it somehow just tasted cafeteria like and I felt that my $80 could have been put to much better use. We LOVED Jaleo.

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              Jaleo
              3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109