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Need Mid-range dinner ideas

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Hey Chowhounds,

My dad suggested we take a father-daughter trip to vegas and put me in charge of restaurants. I know he's going to shrug and say "spend whatever" if I ask, but I don't want to present him with a list of dinners that will cost 200/meal. He might not care, but I rather do, especially since he'll be a dad and refuse to let me pay.

I'd love to find some good ideas where good entrees are in the 20-35 range.

We'll both eat anything, and since he and my mom retired to New Mexico, he's always desperate for the gourmet food he was spoiled on when we lived in an NYC suburb.

Any ideas? If not, what are really going to be spectacular and worth the price?

Thanks as always!!!

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  1. Where are you staying and will you have a car?

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    1. re: Eric

      I think the LVM (venetian) and we're road-tripping up, so we will have a car. Thanks for that-- I didn't think to add it. We'll also be seeing a show one of the nights so we'd need a pre-theater menu, and he's big on an after-dinner drink somewhere else, if you can think of a bar or two with some atmosphere, dad-friendly...

      thanks again. I know this trip is important to him, so I want to hold up my end and find some neat things. We went to Vienna together when I was in college, years ago, and he still asks if I remember some of the meals/drinks we had every holiday.

    2. Firefly on Paradise (just east of the strip) would be a good choice, although you won't be able to try as many different things as if you had 3-4 people. Get some sangria and a bunch of small plates to share.

      Most of the "fine dining" places at Mandalay Bay are on Restaurant.com. You can pick up a $50 coupon for $2-$3 (after discount code). Stripsteak, Aureole, RM Seafood, and Border Grill are all on there. As long as you spend over $100, you get $50 off. Look into First Food & Bar at the Venetian. They're on Restaurant.com too and their coupons go as high as $100 off $200. Lots of chefs eat at First Food & Bar.

      Aria has pre-theater dining at most of their restaurants. Check out Sage and American Fish.
      http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/ea...

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      1. re: ah6tyfour

        I'm a big fan of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, specifically their weekend $29.99 tapas style brunch. It very relaxing and not crowded, and each dish is made fresh to order. Best part is you can order as many items as you would like. They also have a $5 unlimited mimosa add on, which my wife says was excellent. They are listed on restaurant.com which makes it a bargain.

        For "fine dining", I think it's hard to beat Charlie Palmer's "Cut of the Week" at the Four Seasons. It's $48 for 3 course prix fixe with unlimited wine. That's the best deal I have found in LV for an excellent restaurant.

        1. re: TDS1

          A strong second for Charlie Palmer COW. A couple of cautions though. They only offer a single menu, no substitutions allowed. So, if you or your dad don't care for the entree, it may not be a good option. In addition, they tend to run out of the advertised wines toward the end of the week, substituting with wines of equal value. Having said that, I haven't had any issue with their substitute wines. They typically post the COW menu on Tueday mid day.

          If you are looking for a high end lunch, I would recommend Milos three course lunch for $20.12.

          There are several good off strip options if you want to drive a bit:

          Todd's Unique in Henderson - our go to local's dining place
          Vintner Grill in Summerlin
          Marche Bacchus (Outdoor dining by a lake, excellent wine selection and $10 corkage on any wine purchased from their store, their list is actually a retail wine store)

          1. re: Philber

            I totally concur with the recommendation of Todd's Unique - go on a Wednesday and there is no corkage fee.

            Mache Bacchus participates in restaurant.com as well.