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Recommendations for Romantic Anniversary dinner

luluj03 Sep 13, 2012 01:17 PM

My boyfriend and I are celebrating our anniversary and would love to find a romantic fine dining restaurant for Sunday night dinner. We need to catch a show at 9:30 that night, so it would be an earlier dinner (probably around 7). We are both foodies and really into wine, also hoping for a place with a spectacular view if possible - somewhere on the strip if not relatively close to the strip. Any suggestions?

  1. ellenost Sep 13, 2012 06:13 PM

    You should consider Le Cirque at the Bellagio. Great food, attentive service and beautiful room. I believe there is also a view of the Bellagio fountains. Le Cirque has become my favorite restaurant in LV.

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    1. re: ellenost
      luluj03 Sep 13, 2012 07:22 PM

      Thanks for that suggestion, that place is definitely on my radar now :). Have you ever been to Alize or Nove at the Palms by chance? Those are two others I have heard about that might be potential options.

      1. re: luluj03
        ellenost Sep 13, 2012 07:46 PM

        No I haven't been to either restaurant.

        1. re: luluj03
          zack Sep 14, 2012 09:25 AM

          Alize has solid french fine dining and is certainly romantic with awesome panoramic views of the strip.

          Picasso is what I would recommend though. If you've never been there, definitely give it high consideration. Reason I say that with qualification is because the menu hardly changes over the years. However, the food that they do put out, they have perfected. The wine pairing I had there was one of the best, options for regular and reserve pairings. Service from wait staff, both servers and sommelier, was impeccable. Plus you can't beat the art inside and fountain outside for a romantic evening.

          I have a dissenting opinion of Le Cirque. I had high expectations going into my 1st experience there earlier this year, mostly based on recommendations on this board. The food was great, no complaints there, but the service really soured the meal. My wife and I ordered the tasting menu, with tandem choices of each course so we can try everything. Without ordering alcoholic beverages (usually do partake, not tonight) nor bottled water (never do), we really felt ignored by the wait staff. This was especially apparent with VIP seated next table over and another birthday celebration in the room. Of course there were exceptions, with some servers being better than others, but overall I felt unwelcome and that one needs to spend $$$ in order to receive the excellent service I only read about.

          1. re: zack
            ellenost Sep 14, 2012 09:57 AM

            Funny: I had the opposite opinion of Picasso. Thought the food was fine, but when I dined there (about 10 years ago), I was definitely ignored by the wait staff, and seated no where near the coveted window seats. I was seated is almost an alcove-like space (no art work to admire).

            Sorry to hear that you were not happy with the service at Le Cirque. Usually when I dine in LV, I dine solo, and am not a big drinker (maybe a glass or 2). When I had dinner at Le Cirque in March, I was again dining solo, and the staff (and especially their GM) could not have been more attentive and welcoming. Even Chef Pugin came out to say hello. FWIW, I hadn't dined at Le Cirque in three years so no one knew me.

            1. re: zack
              luluj03 Sep 14, 2012 10:12 AM

              Thank you so much for your feedback, the current menus from the restaurants mentioned here sound fabulous. I'm sure we'll have a great experience at any of them. :)

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