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Off strip restaurants in Las Vegas near Summerlin

We are staying at Red Rocks and interested in getting out and about to off strip restaurants. We'll have a car so traveling around town isn't necessarily a problem. We've always stayed on the strip so this will be our first real Vegas adventure. Love to get recommendations on some upscale, some lunch stops and some great local food (ethnic cheap eats whatever) - really anything that you all love. We are foodies and open to anything. We'll probably do the buffet at RR one time (because weirdly enough I love a good buffet....) but otherwise want to get out and about!

Thanks all!

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  1. Marche Bacchus is a great choice in the Summerlin area. There are numerous posts on the board discussing their great lakeside dining, extensive "wine list" and $10 corkage. It is a one of LV's favorites.

    Another option is Garfields in the same shopping plaza - have only been there for lunch, but service was good and food was excellent.


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    1. re: Philber

      Garfield's was never on my radar but DH insisted that we go there after he heard that the restaurant is named for his favorite cricket player Sir Garfield Sobers and that one of the owners is somehow related. So we went there for brunch last Sunday. It was a bit of a special occasion (a late anniversary celebration since DH was traveling on our actual anniversary). I must admit that I too really enjoyed the food and service. We took advantage of their bottomless brunch: you buy the first Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Bellini for 10 bucks and the rest are free. The Bloody Mary's are very good. We started with the grilled artichoke: steamed and then finished on the grill and accompanied by a delicious garlic aioli. Both of us had egg dishes for mains: Florentine and Benedict. Both were tasty; I thought the hollandaise was a bit lemony but for some reason a lot of things have been tasting too lemony to me lately so it might be a weird taste thing I'm going through. However, the components were perfectly cooked, especially the eggs - beautifully poached. We had a lovely table by the windows overlooking the lake, and if it hadn't been so windy we probably would have sat out on the deck. The staff was kind enough to let us finish our third round of Bloody Mary's while watching football in the bar and then trying to sober up a bit for the drive home. I recommend it for an upscale lunch/brunch.....to give you an idea of the kind of crowd there, the two guys at the table next to ours left about the same time we did...and each got into his own Lamborghini and drove away. That and the cricket theme pretty much turned the place into DH's new favorite haunt:-)

        1. re: herbert1

          yes. common internet speak. Although I do have a friend that used to call her ex D..K Head and abreviated it DH in her emails...until her friends kept asking her why she was still calling him "Dear Husband" when he was clearly neither...:-)

    2. I spent 5 days at Red Rock recently and one important point is that you can hop right on 215 and you can be on Spring Mountain, the heart of Chinatown, Raku, Monta, etc., in less than 20 minutes. Without the Strip or I-15 traffic, you can often make it there as fast as from a mid-Strip property.

      DeMarco's is a five-minute drive from the hotel and offers quite good pizza, sausage, and salads from the children of the owner of the great DiFara in Brooklyn.

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        I second the recommendation for Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar. Brooklyn pizza transported to Las Vegas. Also since your at Red Rock, I'd also suggest Rocco's NY Pizza which is right across the street in the same plaza as BJ's Restaurant (which btw only has mediocre pizza)

        Rocco's Ny Pizza
        10860 W Charleston Blvd Ste 190, Las Vegas, NV 89135

        Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar
        9785 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

      2. For upscale just 2 min down Charleston, go to Vintner Grill www.vglasvegas.com/. For lunch, I like BJ's www.bjsbrewhouse.com/ right across the street.

        1. You can try Technique, the student-run restaurant for Le Cordon Bleu Vegas.

          Three-course lunch is $10 and Four-course dinner is $15 (or three-courses for $10, you just lose out on an app).

          I've tried quite a few of these culinary school restaurants in a few different cities, but Technique Las Vegas is consistently good.

          You can expect good food, but service can be a bit spotty since students run the front of the house too. Steaks also tend to lean on the rarer side. I guess the students try to play it safe and would rather serve it slightly under than have it overcooked and in need of a redo.

          It's a good experience and a cheap meal. If you're in Summerlin, you should give it a try.

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          1. re: ah6tyfour

            Oh, you can also try Due Forni. http://dueforni.com/due-forni.pdf

            They have great pizzas. You can choose from either a Neapolitan-style pizza or a Roman-style pizza. The Tartufo pizza is the best (and also most expensive) pizza on the menu.

          2. Vintner Grill is good. Also I really enjoyed Agave which is like mexican fusion. It's not a well-reviewed place but I thought my meal was delicious and maybe I enjoyed because my expectations were low.

            Vintner Grill
            10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

            Agave Restaurant
            10820 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

            1. Marche Bacchus is great. It could be too windy this time of year to enjoy the patio though.

              If you want pizza and great salad we love Sammy's Woodfire, not Brooklyn style, it's CA style. Closest location to Summerlin is the one on W Sahara

              Not upscale but locally owned with a huge menu including items you don't see at the average Mexican restaurant is Viva Mercado's on S Rainbow they have a web site too.

              I lived in Vegas for over 10 years and those are some of the places we miss eating at.

              1. Thank you all so much! All of these sound great - wish we had more time to try them all out. It's going to be great to get off the strip!

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                1. re: duck001

                  Breakfast at The Omelet House on Charleston and be sure to get the S P U D S !


                  1. re: jackattack

                    I had breakfast at The Omelet House last Thursday for the first time. I picked it mainly for the location (was meeting a friend staying on the south strip for breakfast , and was trying to find somewhere that wouldn't be too much of a hassle with traffic for both of us...). But it turned out to be a good choice: we both enjoyed our meals, and they were nice about letting us sit in a prime booth for a couple of hours drinking cup after cup of coffee and catching up in person (we are normally internet friends who live on opposite sides of the country:-). I have to admit I was not as enamored of the spuds as you are; to me they are just glorified home-made thick chips. But I guess that's a good thing. What I DID really enjoy was the corned-beef hash: very meaty and definitely home-made. Also the eggs served with it were perfectly cooked over-easy ... love it when the yolks are runny enough to cover the hash! A good off-strip place for breakfast that is convenient TO the strip.....

                    1. re: janetofreno

                      We have enjoyed Technique several times, but our most recent visit in May was disappointing. The menu was not the same as the one on their website, the number of courses has been reduced from 4 to 3 and the price have increased by $1. We each ordered the sea bass entrée, but were advised Atlantic salmon was being substituted. My wife's 3-courses were a delicious beet salad, the salmon entrée accompanied by rice, and a coffee flavored panna cotta. The salmon was very plain except for a dab of sauce on the side. My order was an unconventional Caesar salad with a mediocre dressing, a flavorful skirt steak that came with ½ of a baked potato and a delicious creamed spinach/carrots mix plus bananas foster. Overall the meal was okay, but not as good as on our prior visits.

                      1. re: janetofreno

                        For breakfast the BEST place in Summerlin by far is The Bagel Cafe. It's NY Style Bagels, Omelets, Sandwiches, etc, You can't beat it!!

                        1. re: Jms821

                          Obviously written by one of the owners of this place; mediocre at best and, since there are some really good breakfast places in the area of town the contributor has a heavy prejudice and probably financial?

                  2. I highly recommend Via Brasil on Ft. Apache and Charleston.

                    1. I have discovered that there is a real problem in Las Vegas with restaurants. If you do not want to spend a fortune and eat on the strip the neighborhoods offer almost nothing but strip mall family type restaurants or franchises. The food, atmosphere and service is mediocre to say the least also prices here are higher for this type food than they should be I am from Soho, New York and have yet to find any small bistro or otherwise equivalents out here. It is not for lack of trying the good ones go in and out fast. Marche Bacchus does not deserve its reputation and it is cold in the winter. It is also difficult to find for a tourist some GPS systems can't find it. I remember the Vinter Grill as being good but no gold stars. I have heard the Grape Street Cafe is good It is on Buffalo and Lake Mead. Brio Tuscan Grill is fine it is a chain and in an upscale shopping center called Tivoli Village. Lolas is good Cajun food. Frank and Finas is a good mexican choice. I don't eat Chinese food because of the salt but the restaurants on Spring Mountain are supposed to be good.There is NO GOOD LOCAL FOOD. I have no idea what local Las Vegas food would even taste like probably MacDonalds LOL .

                      1. If their lunch/dinner menu is anything like their breakfast, you can't go wrong at the Outside Inn on Charleston and Hualapai. Went there yesterday for breakfast and had the best stack of pancakes I've had in a long time. Others at the table raved about their dishes, especially their signature breakfast potatoes. The place is clean and reasonably priced.