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Deciding between Mesa Grill, Spago, and Mon Ami Gabi... NEED HELP!!!

stever215 May 7, 2012 08:46 AM

Greetings fellow chowhounders!

I am going to Vegas sometime in the next month and have narrowed down most of my restaurants. I want to decide on my last dinner between these three. I was wondering out of these three, which has the best food and which has the best atmosphere.

I am having trouble deciding and need help. A full analysis would be greatly appreciated.


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    frankcarter May 8, 2012 09:16 AM

    only been to mesa grill out of those but really enjoyed it

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      Pegmeister May 8, 2012 09:30 AM

      I've only been to Mon Ami but enjoyed it. Outside seating is the most sought after but it was hot so we opted for the bar. Bartender (Erica) was attentive and pleasant. She genuinely seems to enjoy her job. I had the seafood crepe. Now, coming from Boston I wondered how seafood would be and I was not dissapointed. Seared scallops were cooked perfectly lightly caramalized on top, shrimp was cooked properly as well. It was a very relaxing dinner which we enjoyed after a long flight.

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        eastbaysanfranman May 8, 2012 07:30 PM

        I have not been to Spago but will be going in June. Between Mesa Grill and Mom Ami Gabi that's a no brainer. We've been to Mom Ami Gabi for brunch and while it was really cute, the food quality just wasn't up to par when there are so many other choices on the strip. The Mesa Grill was unreal. Southwestern fare for that much money had me a little nervous at first but it was just absolutely delicious. Every bite of food was an experience. My waiter explained to me that they almost had a Michelin star but did not receive it as it is located in a Casino. Try the prickly pear Margaritas when you get there. (If you drink)

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          Larry May 9, 2012 10:52 PM

          "My waiter explained to me that they almost had a Michelin star but did not receive it as it is located in a Casino."
          Your waiter was -- to put it delicately -- confused. Back when Michelin was rating restaurants in Las Vegas, virtually every starred restaurant was in a casino.

          If memory serves, Mesa Grill got a star early on. However, a list I've kept shows that by 2009 Mesa had no star. That doesn't speak well of the restaurant.

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          baseballfan May 8, 2012 09:04 PM

          I love Mesa Grill and try to at least have lunch there when I am in Vegas. My favorite thing there is the burger...just absolutely delicious!

          1. rednyellow May 8, 2012 10:58 PM

            I guess I'm the exception here. I ate at Mesa once and it was overwhelmingly mediocre and bland. Factor in the price and it was very bad. Mon Ami Gabi is fine and I haven't been to the vegas Spago,

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              Dave Feldman May 9, 2012 09:26 PM

              You are not alone. The two times I've been to Mesa Grill, the only element that impressed me was the bread basket.

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                frankcarter May 9, 2012 09:37 PM

                Anyone have any info about spago?

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                  Dave Feldman May 9, 2012 10:06 PM

                  I'd be a useless source: at there once, more than ten years ago, with a different chef at a time when it was a less ambitious restaurant.

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                    nolanani May 10, 2012 12:25 PM

                    We had reservations at Mesa Grill 8 years ago for my birthday. After looking at the menu we left and ate at Spago. The food was very good but the restaurant was very quiet and formal. On the other hand Mon Ami Gabi is fun, lively, and the scallops and chicken Frites are fantastic. The outdoor seating is a bonus but I usually eat at the bar.

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                century81 May 10, 2012 12:35 PM

                Had very good meals at both Mesa and Spago.
                Service was better at Spago. Mesa packs people in and I feel hurts service.
                Had a poor meal at Mon Ami Gabi a few years ago and havent been back since. Will give it another go my next trip.

                If you get a waiter with a horrendous fake french accent....RUN !

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                  breezey May 10, 2012 01:18 PM

                  I was so excited to go to Mesa Grill last year and was quite disappointed in the experience. The food that I ordered, was, as a previous poster very bland (I ordered an item that I saw on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, not the best thing I ever ate). Thought the experience overrated.
                  We like to go to Spago for a great salad and pizza and never have been disappointed in service and quality of food. Cannot comment on Mon Ami Gabi, just never found the time to get there.

                  1. A5 KOBE May 10, 2012 02:06 PM

                    All three of those places are very good lunch spots. Best atmosphere has to be Mon Ami Gabi because you are literally sitting on the strip and can watch the Bellagio fountains but food is just okay.

                    The best food can be found at Spago which is great for lunch or dinner but might have the worst atmosphere, unless you are into eating in a mall setting with people passing by. The pasta dishes are amazing.

                    Mesa Grill is a great lunch spot. Atmosphere is okay but the waiters pretty much mention Bobby Flay like he is there all the time and some of the food is hit or miss. I love the chopped salad and the shrimp tamale. Some of my other favorites there are the shrimp tacos and the grits (omg the grits) but that is only available for weekend brunch.

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