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I have searched and can't find the answer to my L'Atelier questions:

(I've made a reservation for 6 ladies on a Monday evening in March during our 4-day visit from Toronto. It's once-in-a-lifetime for most of our group to travel to Vegas so choices have to be made carefully.)

1) Is it 100% counter seating or could we get a table so we can face each other? Is the counter seating comfortable (e.g. padded chair with a back rest)?

2) What is the price for food only? I'm worried it will be over my friends' budget limits of $100 for a 'nicer" meal. I hear e by Jose Andres is $160 for the tasting menu plus tax, with no a la carte menu options (is this correct?), so that's out even though it sounds better food-wise.

3) Does L'Atelier offer a la carte menu or only tasting trust-the-chef multiple courses? If a la carte, what is the price range of main courses?

P.S. We are also planning to eat dinners at Bouchon, B&B Ristorante, and either Lotus of Siam or Hot 'n' Juicy Crawfish. These dinners have to be $50 per person max budget for food and taxes. I can't seem to prebook Bouchon on open table, but we easily got reservations online at B&B and L'Atelier for March 2012.

We are planning lunches at Mesa Grill, Holstein's burgers or the hidden pizzeria in Cosmo, Wicked Spoon Sunday brunch (instead of Wynn), and one more undecided near Aria spa (perhaps China Poblano, Julian Serrano, or afternoon tea at Four Seasons or ?) Lunches should be under $30 ideally all in.

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  1. 1. There is table seating too. The chairs are not very comfortable. I think most if not all of the table seating also use the higher bar type chairs. I've dined there as a group of 6 at the counter. They gave us a corner so it was 3/3 and it worked okay. Sitting at the counter gives an entertaining view of the kitchen.

    2. $100 is a bit light unless you're just talking food (no drinks or tip). You can order the club menu which is a 5 course prix fixe for $95. Small plates (tapas/appetizer size) start in the high teens and go up rapidly. I think larger plates start around $40 and also go up rapidly.

    3. They ofer both tastings or ala carte. They've pretty flexible.

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    1. re: zippyh

      Thanks so much! What's typical on the club menu? Does everyone in the party of 6 have to get the same format (club menu, more courses, a la carte)?

      Does anyone have a link to an online version of their a la carte menu with prices or a photo of it?

      1. re: Food Tourist

        Menus are on the MGM Grand website. No prices though.
        They're very flexible. Anyone can order pretty much whatever they want.

        We ate there a few weeks ago. The club menu and the discovery menus that night were similar but not identical to what's listed on MGM Grand site.

        BTW, I think dinner all in for $50 at Bouchon or B&B is going to be very difficult.

        1. re: zippyh

          Agree re Bouchon or B & B. You can have an appetizer or two and a glass of wine and maybe get out for 50 bucks with tax and tip, but I don't see how you can have dinner at either of these for that price. Even being very careful with selections of food and drink, it will be difficult to get out of either of these for much less than $100 pp.

          1. re: josephnl

            I agree dinner all in at Bouchon or B&B (I'd re-think this one given my experience) for $50.00 for dinner is probably not going to happen.

            1. re: HoosierFoodie

              Uh oh. Where would you recommend instead of B&B? By the way, I think if the cost for main course and either app OR dessert was $50 plus drinks, tax and tip, that would be fine for most in our group.

              Or where else could you eat at the level of Bouchon for $50 all in dinner?

              What went wrong at B&B? I ate at Enoteca San Marco in August 2009 and thought it was decent, so assumed B&B would be a step up.

          2. re: zippyh

            How about BarMasa at Aria instead of B&B Ristorante at Venetian, or do the prices of those small portions add up too quickly, too?

          3. re: Food Tourist

            Menus with prices are here http://www.joel-robuchon.net/

            1. re: zippyh

              Awesome. Very helpful with prices. Club menu is $85. Seasonal discovery menu is $168. Pre-theatre express is $39 (before 6:45 pm daily). A la carte seems to be (main courses) range $38-70. Appetizers $28-59. Small tasting portions $20-38. Yikes. I really hope this one Michelin star puts the taste ahead of most in Vegas!

              1. re: Food Tourist

                Wife and I usually go to Las Vegas about 3 or 4 times per year. We went 3 times this year and hit L'Atelier two of the trips. We really enjoy L'Atelier and yes, we're using our own money to eat there.

                If you're looking for a nice place around $50, consider the Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons/Mandalay Bay. That's 3 course including wine.
                They're closed Sunday/Monday I think. There's a different menu every week. Check the CP website.

                1. re: zippyh

                  http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properti...

                  $48 includes "bottomless" wine pairings AND 3 courses! Wow! A different cut of beef each day. But yes, they are closed Sundays and Mondays.

                  The problem is we want to hit something unique and tasty, special to Las Vegas Strip, but not identical to what we already get in Toronto.

                  1. re: Food Tourist

                    Funny, they seem to have replaced the Cut of the Week with a Michael Jackson menu for December (whatever the heck that is).
                    http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properti...

                    CP Steak atmosphere isn't real steakhousey and it's fairly nice but yeah, it's still a steakhouse.

                  2. re: zippyh

                    Even If you go to CP Steak for the bargain price of ~$50pp for food and wine, and if you have nothing else...not even a cup of coffee...with tax and tip you are talking about $70pp. It's just not realistic to do this kind of place on that kind of budget. If it were up to me (and it's obviiously not), I'd either go for fewer days or skip lunch and try to have a few good dinners and try not to worry about keeping it under 50 bucks.

                    1. re: josephnl

                      I've now stopped worrying about my companions' budgets. They can skip meals or eat at fast food places instead. We don't HAVE to stick together at all costs.

                  3. re: Food Tourist

                    Although, the prices listed on the MGM Grand website are quite different to the prices listed on the Joel Robuchon official website. I wonder which one is more updated/correct?

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      When we ate there a couple weeks ago, the discovery menu was $155 but the choice of mains were the quail or a beef, not the veinison as listed.

                      The price for the club menu was $95 but the choices of mains were different from what's listed now.

                      The other courses were what's listed on the MGM website.

                      Bar Masa is going to be really expensive. Easily more than B&B.

                      1. re: zippyh

                        Wow, thanks for the update and clarification, zippy and dlin.

                      2. re: Food Tourist

                        Go with the prices on the MGM website: http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/a...

                        I had the L'Unique menu back in June, and it was $59 as stated on the MGM website. The main Robuchon website is outdated ($39).

              2. A great meal for 6, properly done, @ Roubochon will run at least $200PP. No way it is worth it. Try Pamplemousse on Sahara. Been there about 40 years. Old fashioned and very good old fashioned French meny. Try the duck. Less than $500PP with wine.

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                1. re: alf1052

                  Do you mean less than $50 pp? We're not wiling to eat off Strip for our "good" meals as this is a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Vegas for most. However on the last night we plan to eat off strip at LOS or Hot 'n' Juicy. Pamplemousse sounds like something we have in Toronto.

                  Prices on menu here: http://www.pamplemousserestaurant.com... Looks like prices could add up to much more than $50 pp before drinks, tax and tip.

                  1. re: Food Tourist

                    If you're looking for 50 pp inclusive for dinner, with a party of 6 you'll also be charge an automatic gratuity estimate 20% and tax 8.1%. Just something you may not have anticipated. So, your $50 for dinner is really about $38, Lunch 23 and the big dinner $77.

                    Some places I'd recommend are Mon Ami Gabi, outdoor patio facing Las Vegas Blvd and the Bellagio fountains at the Paris Hotel (you can sit outside in LV in March). Good for either Lunch or Dinner First come first serve for the patio. Milos, which you have the original in Toronto has a great $20, 3 course lunch special. Spago at the Forum shops is Vegas' original fine dining spot. Either the cafe out front or the restaurant for dinner. Bouchon too, for either lunch, brunch or dinner is excellent. Olives at the Bellagio is good too.

                    For dinner, you could do B&B and that level of Vegas restaurant but, at that caliber restaurant many main courses are in the $35-40 range which already exceeds your budget. If you want to experience those places the pre-theater dinner specials are available in many restaurants for $49 or less but tax and tip will be additional. The one at American Fish at Aria is excellent. Have a great trip!

                    1. re: Molecular

                      This is truly one of the more helpful posts I've read on Chowhound. Thank you for the thoughtful response.

                2. Thank-you so much for this great thread. I'm going to Vegas on Tuesday and this is saving me a great deal of time and money.

                  Wonderful information and nice posters.

                  Will let you know where I ate.