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ButterBuddha Apr 12, 2013 09:14 PM

I'm going for the first time soon, anyone have suggestions? Going to be staying at the Cosmo and have reservations at Joel Robuchon so far. Other places I'm interested in are

Sage, Cut , Carnevino, Raku, Guy Savoy, and of course the buffet at Wynns

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    owades RE: ButterBuddha Apr 12, 2013 10:41 PM

    There's a reasonably active Las Vegas board on Chowhound, which is probably the best place to ask about this. My top Las Vegas recommendation would be Lotus of Siam on East Sahara, often counted as the best Thai restaurant in America. I've never been disappointed by anything there except the difficulty of getting a reservation and the wait for a walk-in table.

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      Steve Green RE: owades Apr 13, 2013 07:45 PM

      Yes on Lotus. Unless you book well in advance, dinner reservations are difficult. However, if you show up for lunch at 11:30, you can usually get in with no wait. Skip the buffet though, and order from the menu. Topnotch food at slightly higher prices than the average Thai restaurant. It's not too far off the strip, so the cab charge shouldn't be too bad. That said, as was noted above, you can rent a car in Vegas cheaply.

      ilovepumpkin: As for the "great local places out towards Red Rock" -- please enlighten us -- I've lived here for 11 years, and I have no idea what places you're talking about.

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        ButterBuddha RE: Steve Green Apr 13, 2013 08:10 PM

        What is cheaply and is it easy to navigate the strip in a car or is it trafficky? For a car rental I'd do 100$ a day max

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          Steve Green RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 08:40 PM

          The mods don't like this kind of OT discussion, but you can generally rent a car in Vegas for _well_ under $100 per day. Check the car-rental websites.

          It can be quite trafficky on the Strip. The other day, (midafternoon, weekday), it was actually quicker to get on the freeway for a one-exit hop, than it would have been to drive the mile on the Strip. We locals do that sort of thing often, as well as using other shortcuts.

          Feel free to write me offline and I'll answer your non-food questions, as this post will probably get deleted.

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            okfnjesse RE: Steve Green Apr 17, 2013 09:16 PM

            I would definitely not recommend renting a car while in Vegas. It's so easy and relatively cheap to take a cab everywhere.

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              Eric RE: okfnjesse Apr 17, 2013 09:30 PM

              Taking a cab is cheaper than renting a car? I live in Las Vegas and we have among the highest taxi cab rates in the country.

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                okfnjesse RE: Eric Apr 17, 2013 10:12 PM

                renting a car is going to cost between 25-50 a day. You can typically traverse an average day in Vegas (assuming you're staying on the strip not living in Vegas) for that much or less. You also get the added bonus of being able to be drunk and have someone drive you around to the entrance of every place you want to go to. The alternatives are parking in the self-park and walking a lot, or using valet and having to tip valet dudes. Living in Las Vegas and visiting Las Vegas are two different beasts.

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                kagemusha49 RE: okfnjesse Apr 17, 2013 11:43 PM

                I always rent a car when I visit Las Vegas. It only takes the airport round trip and one or two off-strip visits to pay for the car vs cab. Oh and then you save a whole bunch of money going to great restaurants vs strip prices

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                shamu613 RE: Steve Green Apr 17, 2013 11:30 PM

                If you plan to stay on The Strip for all your activities, do not rent a car. Take cabs, the bus, walk, whatever.

                OTOH, if you plan activies far off the strip, it's FAR more economical to combine the off Strip activities on one day and rent a car for that day.

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                  Eric RE: shamu613 Apr 18, 2013 02:30 PM

                  Plan on spending a minimum of $15 every time you exit a cab in Vegas. It costs $3.50 just to enter the cab plus the fare and tip.

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          ilovepumpkin RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 12:20 AM

          Get off the strip. There's some great local places out towards Red Rock.

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            Eric RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 06:35 PM

            What types of food do you like? What is your budget per meal? Will you have a car? I'm a fourteen year resident of Las Vegas. I'd do the Bellagio buffet over the Wynn buffet. If you plan on dining off the Strip renting a car for two days would be much cheaper than taking a cab to certain restaurants. Las Vegas has among the highest cab rates in the country.

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              ButterBuddha RE: Eric Apr 13, 2013 07:20 PM

              No budget and I love steak but can't eat it every day just looking for fancy places (Michelin stars James beard or celebirty chefs) to splurge since it's Vegas, no point in going and dining at an average place

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                ButterBuddha RE: Eric Apr 13, 2013 07:32 PM

                Btw why do you say bellagio over Wynn? I'm mainly going to stuff up on king crab

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                  Eric RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 07:48 PM

                  The last several times I went to Wynn the buffet did not have king crab legs. While the Wynn buffe is better then most, the quality is not as good as it was in the past.

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                    ButterBuddha RE: Eric Apr 13, 2013 08:08 PM

                    No king crab legs?!? I better call them before going dang. I'll probably get lazy and eat at the wicked spoon at least once but the whole point of a Vegas buffet for me are those legs

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                      Eric RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 08:27 PM

                      The Wicked Spoon is great. However, it is only open for brunch and dinner. It is closed between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Brunch doesn't have King crab. I don't know about dinner.

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                chrisdds98 RE: ButterBuddha Apr 13, 2013 08:54 PM

                i enjoyed my dinner at le cirque more then at Savoy and rubochon (and a lot less $$). other places to consider are bouchon, l'atelier rubochon, e by jose andres,

                1. Njchicaa RE: ButterBuddha Apr 16, 2013 06:01 PM

                  Our dinner at Carnevino was good but very very expensive... with mediocre service. I don't think we'd go back unless we won the MegaMillions.

                  1. ellenost RE: ButterBuddha Apr 17, 2013 08:13 AM

                    Loved the Innovation/Inspiration menu at Guy Savoy when I was in LV last month. Always love Le Cirque at the Bellagio which is next door to the Cosmopolitan. Liked Sage both times that I had dinner there in the past 2 years, but liked it better last year. Less impressed with CUT: loved it on my first visit in 2010, and disappointed with my dinner in 2012. You should consider e by Jose Andres since it's in your hotel. Dined at Robuchon three times, and loved it only once (the second visit). Liked Bar MASA very much, but it's very expensive. I'm not a buffet person.

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                      ButterBuddha RE: ellenost Apr 17, 2013 01:22 PM

                      Thanks Elle! Those are some great recommendations

                    2. Njchicaa RE: ButterBuddha Apr 17, 2013 01:42 PM

                      Definitely do the $22 lunch special at Milo's. Its at the Cosmopolitan. Also, if you like Mexican, the weekend brunch at Border Grill (Mandalay Bay) is wonderful.

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