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radman123 Jun 13, 2012 05:25 PM

Looking for a place at City Center with excellent food

Please avoid any place that is vastly overpriced (Las Vegas has a tendency to do that, ya know!?)

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    radman123 Jul 8, 2012 09:58 AM

    I decided to eat at SAGE at Aria -- Excellent. Unique, delicious, and relatively reasonable for Vegas prices, anyway

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      Dave Feldman Jun 15, 2012 12:30 AM

      Radman,

      I think some of the misunderstanding is that you used the word "overpriced" rather than "expensive" in your initial post. You probably meant that advisedly, but you might have meant that you weren't looking for a place that didn't provide value, but you'd be willing to shell out mucho bucks for a place that merits the expenditure.

      But I feel like I'm in Alice in Wonderland if we are really referring to Sage or Milos as "moderate." Compared to a few fine dining restaurants, I'd agree. The average price for a complete meal in Las Vegas in the latest Zagat's is $47.53. But Zagat Guides are heavily skewed toward upscale places. Many of the places that I visit frequently are not listed in the guide, presumably because they are not upscale enough, or are "ethnic," or are off the beaten path (I can't prove it, but I'd guess that a good percentage of respondents to the questionnaire are tourists). The average tourist, the average local, and I'd guess the average Chowhound, doesn't eat in places as expensive as Milos or Sage often, let alone Guy Savoy or Robuchon, very often.

      It's true that Milos has a bargain lunch (much as Jean-Georges and Del Posto do in NYC), but a vegetable side at dinner at Milos costs almost as much as their very limited prix-fixe lunch. It is very easy to spend more than $100 for food alone at Milos or Sage.

      The average tourist spends approximately $70 on food per day, and of course, locals much less.

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        radman123 Jun 15, 2012 12:28 PM

        THANK YOU for your tips....from my own research my first choice was SAGE as well -- seemed to be a good fit...I made a reservation

        I expect to spend a lot at nice places in Vegas -- but some places take it a bit too far.

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          eastbaysanfranman Jun 15, 2012 07:43 PM

          I thought that L Altier was expensive until I saw the long painstaking process the chefs use to make mashed potatoes on television.

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          kagemusha49 Jun 14, 2012 02:40 PM

          Sage is not vastly overpriced. It's not cheap but you can certainly keep the cost down - for example by having two appetizers instead of a main course - plenty of filling appetizers. If you want cheap and high quality you probably should go to Lotus of Siam off-strip or Milos in the Cosmopolitan (not too far away)

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            Dapuma Jun 15, 2012 12:16 PM

            Milos lunch deal is quite a good value IMO for 2011 or 2012 whatever it is now

            The shrimp app is great, they were out of the barrimundi but had another white fish which is quite good, the dessert i didnt care for but my wife liked it

            The service is very slow, which i believe they do to encourage drink purchases - so the "deal" can add up fast if you are having drinks but other than that it is worth checking out for lunch

          2. ellenost Jun 13, 2012 07:10 PM

            The perfect restaurant for you is Sage at the Aria: delicious food, attentive service, good-looking room at moderate prices. Definitely on my list when I return to LV in a few years.

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              LVI Jun 14, 2012 12:05 PM

              Agree Sage is excellent, good service and a nice space, and by all accounts it is worth every penny. But unless you are comparing to Tokyo, I wouldn't consider Sage "moderate". It's not Guy Savoy or Robuchon expensive but it is expensive.

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                ellenost Jun 14, 2012 12:08 PM

                I live in NYC, and Sage is not epxensive to me.

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                  LVI Jun 14, 2012 01:30 PM

                  As well as I. $$$$ in Yelp, $85pp in Zagats. It is without question excellent and worth every penny, no matter how expensive it is...;-)

                  It is NOT vastly overpriced for what you get though.

                  Raku, I would consider that moderate, and excellent.

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              Eric Jun 13, 2012 06:13 PM

              What do you consider to be overpriced?

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