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The Strip: A Steakhouse, A Buffet, and A Reasonably priced restaurant

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Hi there,

I'll be heading to Vegas from California for a few days later in Summer, and will be staying on the strip and have access to a car. We prefer places that take reservations or have shorter lines.

Help would be appreciated:

The two of us are looking for:
- A steakhouse for either lunch or dinner, for no more than $50 per person (doesn't include tax and tip) with either prime rib, bone-in rib eye, strip. We were considering CUT, Carnevino, and Delmonico, but are open to suggestions. ( If there is a non-steakhouse restaurant in Vegas that would be ultra memorable, for no more than $50 per person that would work too!)
- A Buffet for weekday lunch. We like crab legs, and seafood, but are also meat eaters and are considering Studio B buffet- but if you know of a better one, we'd love to hear your suggestion. Under $25 per person. (Also, is there a best time to go?)
- A few restaurants for lunch/ dinner that are under $25 per person- (though ideally, we'd love to find a place for less than $20 for both of us- are there no "cheap places on/near the strip" with decent food? ) Places that are good value for the money. A few ideas: Lotus of Siam, Estiatorio Milos... Tacos Gordos...

Suggestions welcome. Thank you!

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  1. Definitely do Estiarorio Milos. We had a great lunch there.

    We did dinner at both Carnevino and Delmonico and enjoyed them both, but $50 will get you a steak and a glass of water. Add in sides and drinks and you're closer to $100 a head.

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    1. re: Njchicaa

      Yikes, about the steak and water. I guess we'll have to adjust our fancy dinner budget upward!

      Thanks for the vote for Estiatorio Milos. We'll definitely keep it in mind!

      1. re: terramassu

        Also E. Milos lunch is a good deal if you don't order a cocktail. We did and they were $16 each... which brought the price per head to $38 before tip. Still worth it, though, IMO.

    2. I am a fourteen year resident of Las Vegas. Most of the steakhouses on the Strip, including the ones you mentioned, are a la carte at dinner. Their steaks at lunch are also a la carte. You may want to consider The Flame at the El Cortez which is Downtown or The Prime Rib Loft and/or Canal Street both of which are located at the Orleans. The Orleans is in West Tropicana about a mile west of the Strip. Except for a food courts at some of the casinos, you're not going to find lunch or dinner for $10 per person on the Strip. There are no cheap eats on the Strip. Expect to spend on the higher end of the $25 per person range to eat. I would do either Wicked Spoon buffet at the Cosmopolitan or the Bellagio buffet before the buffet at The M. The Wicked Spoon is only open for brunch and dinner. It is closed between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The Bellagio buffet doesn't close between meals. Dinner starts at 3:30 pm. Get in line and pay before 3:30 pm and pay the lunch price and stay for dinner. Both are in your price range for brunch/lunch. Ellis Island Casino microbrews their own beer and root beer. They have an off the menu $8.99 steak special. It includes a twenty ounce beer or root beer, soup or salad, ten ounce top sirloin, green beans and choice of rice or potato. They also have very good BBQ. They start serving the BBQ at 4:00 pm. You need to their at 3:00 pm to get your name on the list. I give you some off the Strip recommendations that fit your price range if you list the types of cuisine you like.

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      1. re: Eric

        Thanks for chiming in! Hmm.. as far as the types of cuisine I like, it's a long list, in no order,: Greek, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, French, Healthy/Light/Vegan/Vegetarian, Middle-eastern, Vietnamese, seafood... and lots more... In short, I eat anything and am adventurous in regards to food. Though, I don't find myself craving "American " food too much, however, my dining companion also appreciates a good burger, pizza or hot dog . Though he is a creature of habit, I'm sure he can be convinced to try a new restaurant while we're out there.

        1. re: terramassu

          A happy compromise on the Strip would be Mon Amo Gabi for lunch. Some off the Strip restaurants would be Shish Kabob House, Table 34, Rincon de Buenos Aires, DW Bistro and the oyster bar at Palace Station. All of these restaurants, in addition to those you mentioned in your original post, have their menus online.

        2. re: Eric

          I was really excited to eat at Prime Rib Loft but was disappointed by the prime rib. The prices were less -expensive than most places that we visited. Meals came with potatoes and I think maybe a salad. (I always decline so I have more room for the meat) My husband said his prime rib was better than what we get locally. I preferred the local version.

          We are split on it. I wouldn't go back but my husband and friend said they definitely would.

        3. There are tons of places for your under $25 p.p. lunch/dinner, but use that car and get off the strip.

          If you order judiciously, you can get out of Lotus for that amount. Estiatorio Milos is only affordable at lunch on the special -- drinks are, as described, very expensive.

          You can eat to your heart's content at Tacos El Gordo, lunch at Chada Thai is only $9 p.p. (with a GOOD glass of wine, $15), Viva Las Arepas makes a filling, cheap lunch, Monta (2 locations) has great ramen, etc.

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            Cool, thanks! If you had to choose one restaurant of the ones you mentioned, is there a preference for a restaurant that is either your favorate or a "must visit"?

            I've heard a lot about Lotus, i.e. " best Thai food in America.." And I've heard good things about Milos. Or alternate question, Milos or Lotus?

            1. re: terramassu

              I don't know where you are in California. If you are in L.A., you've got many great Thai options available to you, and good Greek food is hard to come by.

              I think the food is better at Lotus, and at Milos your choices are more constricted, but I think the lunch special menu is pretty good: http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/p...

              Note that there are supplemental charges for some of the appetizers and entrees at Milos.

          2. It's been a while for me, but if it's still as good as it used to be the Steakhouse at Circus Circus may be what you're looking for. It was the best steak deal on the strip in days gone by, and this was for a real, excellent, aged on the premises prime steak, not a cut-rate thing. According to the current menu, the basic steak dinner with sides hits your price point of $50 exactly.

            Any recent opinions on the place?

            1. Is'nt Bacchanal buffet getting most of the hype now? At least it was first on my radar.

              1. We went this past Jan and I was very much looking forward to Estiarorio Milos and we were very disappointed. I hate t contradict the positive reviews here but thought I'd throw in my $0.02.

                Here is my review from yelp:

                "We went for the price fixe lunch. Don't bother. Go somewhere else. It isn't worth the $20.13.

                Service wasn't attentive (had to repeatedly ask for more water or another beverage). I had the lobster and I could barely cut it with a knife! Was so chewy that I didn't even finish it.

                The dessert was not edible. Tasted like soap."

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                1. re: RedBeans04

                  Hmm, fair enough.

                  1. re: RedBeans04

                    I also went in January - it was excellent

                    1. re: kagemusha49

                      I'm so bummed that we had such a bad experience! I'd say we should try it again based on all the good reviews but I'd hate to waste another meal there.

                      Maybe their regular lunch and regular dinner is better than the 3 course special?

                      1. re: RedBeans04

                        I had the lunch special - I did upgrade to the octopus ($10 more) and it was great - but the regular offering looked pretty darn good too

                        1. re: RedBeans04

                          I was there for the lunch special in late March and loved it. In fact, all 3 of us loved it. We had the bagel appetizer and the mezze platter, the whole fish and the shrimp/couscous, and the yogurt martini dessert. I would 100% go back there. The price is now $22.13.

                    2. So here's what we did:
                      -Lotus of Siam: Ordered the garlic prawns, which was memorable and delicious though it was deep fried. The shell was edible, and it was a hearty amount of shrimp meat. There was some oil perhaps a chili garlic oil on top. We also got crispy rice appetizer, which had sour and spicy notes which counteracted the oil. We also had the duck curry, which had a deep, rich taste of coconut milk. And, we ordered the drunken noodles, which is a sweet savory take on flat rice noodles, which we had with the sea bass. Overall, delicious, and we were definitely ordered a lot of food. Though people say that there are small portions, most of the dishes we ordered were fried, so we were full.
                      - Buffet: Ended up splurging on Buffet instead of Steakhouse and went to Cesar's Palace. Impressed that they had hot crab legs and the tomahawk steak and lamb chops were well seasoned and cooked tenderly. I really enjoyed the molten lava cake and the potato gratin with a strong truffle flavor.
                      - Estiatorio Milos: Octopus, Bass, and Yogurt. Highly recommend this place. Great service, octopus had the perfect texture, the grilled bass was light and simple- with lemon, olive oil and very moist. The yogurt was heavenly. My date ordered the tomatoes and feta appetizer, and I liked the freshness of the ingredients with a little vinagrette. He ordered the lambchops which were also cooked nicely and highlighted the lamb flavor. The walnut cake was a bit on the dry side, but had this ice cream on top that tasted almost rustic and like a forest. Also liked the sourdough wheat blended bread and olive oil with zataar.