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Jun 19, 2012 03:52 PM


We have just too many things which we want to try and need to narrow it down. We are leaving Wednesday June 20th and going through Sunday night. We tend to eat 2 meals a day plus snacks so we have 5 dinners and 4 lunch/brunches. Here is my list.

Sage- dinner (if you insist we keep this, what do we order? Never had oxtail.

Craftsteak- dinner (this restaurant has seemed to get high praise in the past)

Lotus of Siam- dinner- will be our first time, non negotiable unless lunch is recommended

Jaleo- dinner- non negotiable

Comme Ca- dinner- non negotiable unless lunch is recommended- have Groupon

That's 5 dinners already!!

Holsteins- (lunch/dinner)

Wolfgang Puck for pizza/salad- (lunch/dinner) non negotiable as per my wife

DOCG- lunch/dinner for pizza/wine/salad

China Poblano- lunch/dinner

Payard- lunch (recommend restaurant or take out counter is fine?)

Julian Serrano- lunch (never been and we love tapas)

Also- assorted happy hours, see our issue?

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  1. Oh yeah, I also wanted to go to Table 10 for the $10 gumbo. We were not happy last year with the happy hour there but thought that it would be kinda neat to try Emerils gumbo.

    1. Insiders talked us out of Craftsteak when we were in Vegas in May and suggested Prime at the Bellagio instead. It was very good. China Poblano for lunch is an excellent idea. Sit at one of the counters and watch them make the food. Make sure to order lobster tacos!

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      1. re: mangiare24

        Thanks. Guess I should read some of the past steakhouse reviews. Just running out of time. As far as steak goes, spending top dollar on a piece of meat which melts in my mouth sounds great. I thought that craftsteak was the goto place. Maybe things have changed.

        1. re: mangiare24

          We've been to Vegas three times and to Craftsteak every time - I love it there. I'd leave it in (and I'd order the braised short ribs!). That being said, it's the only steakhouse I've been to Vegas, so I have nothing to compare it to.

          Agree on China Poblano for lunch.

        2. I would recommend Milos at the Cosmo for lunch. It's a great deal at $20.12 for three courses. We have also tried the three course at Payard and found Milos to be much better.

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          1. re: Philber

            Perfect. That rules out the Payard brunch. We ate the $20.12 Milos lunch last year and even though we found it to be a good value we are deciding to rule it out this year in favor of different experiences. Two years ago we had the Croque (Monsieur, Madamme?) from the takeout window and found it surprisingly delicious so I think we may go this route again. (Not to mention the chocolates and pastries)

          2. I was in Las Vegas for 5 nights in March, and went to the first four of the five places you listed for dinner as well. I actually ended up enjoying Sage the least, which was very unexpected, given the good things I had read about it on this and other boards, and based on reviews by my mother, who had gone two times in the past. I possibly had the worst short ribs that I have ever had (oddly cooked, not tender, weird texture for short ribs). However, I really enjoyed the egg appetizer and my mother enjoyed her steak. Not sure if the short ribs are always like that, or if I went on an off night. Lotus of Siam was amazing. I think they have the same menu for lunch and also a buffet, but everything I have read has suggested sticking with the menu and not getting the buffett. I highly enjoyed Jaleo (which I think I liked slightly better than Julian Serrano, which I went to on a previous visit in 2010). I also enjoyed Craftsteak, but liked CUT better on a previous visit., in terms of service and quality of the steak. I would also recommend The Barrymore, which is slightly off the strip, in a small, older (but revamped) hotel called The Royal Resort. It is a newer restaurant that evokes an "old Vegas" feel with good American food.

            1. Also, I have highly enjoyed Bouchon (Venetian) and Tableau (Wynn) for brunch.

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              1. re: jovialetr

                Bouchon has always come with a bitter dismissal as we will NEVER be awake early enough to make brunch. I have not heard amazing things about dinner.

                1. re: eastbaysanfranman

                  After reading some threads I think CUT will now replace Craftsteak and we are pretty set on trying it.