Moderately priced, fun Vegas spots on the Strip
A group of girlfriends and I will be in Vegas this summer, and we're looking for some restaurant recommendations for fun, moderately priced restaurants on the strip. We'd like to keep the entrees in the $20-30 range, and aren't looking for a "fine dining" experience, but something nicer than a food court restaurant or chain like the Cheesecake Factory.
We enjoyed Mon Ami Gabi and Olives on our last trip, and like the looks of Border Grill and possibly Raos. Any other suggestions? We love types of food.
Border Grill is great, but I think it's better for apps/drinks than a full dinner- I've been there many times and the best thing they do is their ceviches, so if you like that type of thing, it's a must.
Also check out Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria in City Center at Crystals- they have excellent pizzas, but also really nice salads and starters. It's a fun place, their sangria is fantastic and they do an all day happy hour in the bar area.
If you like Spanish tapas, Jaleo in Cosmo and Julian Serrano in Aria both can't be beat- depending on what you order, they might be slightly outside your price range, but really worth it for a fun dinner with a group. Julian Serrano is slightly more upscale in atmosphere, where Jaleo is a bit livelier and fairly casual. I've been back and forth on this, but I just ate at both for the third time at each last week, and I think I'd give the edge on food to Julian Serrano.
Postrio and Spago are very do-able in that price range and I have had some great food at both places. Lasagna at Postrio was amazing and I have had an awesome Carbonara at Spago but sadly it is not on the menu anymore. :( Another spot that is kind of new but definitely worthy is Public House in the Venetian. It is pretty much a bar with great food. Heck, Holsteins makes a pretty nice burger and the atmosphere is fantastic there.