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Jan 6, 2012 10:18 AM

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/ 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 For lunch, I like BJ's 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.

            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