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May 1, 2013 06:26 PM

Fine dining off the strip?

We'll be in Vegas for two nights before taking off on a road trip. We're used to New Orleans fine dining where a couple of people can drink a couple glasses of wine apiece and have excellent starter and main for closer to 100 than 200 total. I came on here to look for some suggestions and it seems like all the stuff on the strip is very expensive. 54 bucks for a piece of fish? Sorry, not my tax bracket!

We're staying at the Desert Rose Resort behind the Tropicana. We'll have a car. I'm looking for comfortable, unpretentious, but attentive and excellent dinner spots anywhere reasonably close to our hotel, not necessarily on the strip, where a grownup couple can have a fine dining experience for less than 150 bucks. Any suggestions much appreciated!

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  1. 2 places that spring to mind are Todd's Unique in Henderson and Marche Bacchus which is a bit of a schlep from your location. Both are civilized, unpretentious places. I haven't eaten at either place recently, although I've heard Marche Bacchus is on the upswing of late.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      Thanks for those ideas; I will check them out. I got excited reading about Rosemary's but it looks like that's closed, at least for now. Thanks again.

    2. I second Todd's and if you are going on Wednesday they don't charge for corkage.

      Marche Bacchus is on the upswing - our last experience there was very good and they have the $10 corkage policy on all wines bought in their very large shop!

      I would also suggest that you consider Table 34. They often have wild game as well as their normal menu items.

      1. I don't think you'll have as much trouble as you're expecting sticking to your budget yet staying fairly close to your hotel. Burger Bar, Ri Ra, Border Grill,Il Fornaio, Nine Fine Irishmen and one of our favorites:

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        1. re: HaroldandMaude

          I'm not sure any of your recs would generally be considered "fine dining" as the OP requested.

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            Not only that, all the restaurants are on the Strip when the request was for off the Strip fine dining.

            1. re: Eric

    , if you're gonna get nitpicky what they actually said was "looking for comfortable, unpretentious, but attentive and excellent dinner spots anywhere reasonably close to our hotel, not necessarily on the strip."

              I figured with just 2 days to enjoy Vegas, they're going to end up, like most visitors, doing most of their dining near the sightseeing. So I let them know there are some decent choices for "comfortable and unpretentious" near their hotel.

              David and Eric's idea of what they're looking for obviously differs from mine, so what? I don't consider Henderson to be "reasonably close" to their hotel, but so what?

        2. We love Hugo's Cellar. Romantic and old school. You can stay in your budget easily. Great service. It is downtown so you get free entertainment on Freemont Street after dinner!

          1. The Barrymore ( may work well for you. Nice old-school vibe if you reserve one of their booths, the service standards are a cut above most Las Vegas establishments, and the "50 under $50" wine program brings some well-thought out options. The kitchen has a deft touch in matching some unique accents to the main proteins, which means some interesting and well-balanced dishes (on the most recent visit the Moscovy Duck Confit was a good example, with creamy faro, Tuscan kale, tartufo cheese and truffle jus).

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            1. re: QAW

              I wholeheartedly second the Barrymore. It is definitely one of my favorite spots. Decor, ambiance, food and service are all there.

              1. re: QAW

                nice gem! we tried this last nice and it was very good. they just rejigged their menu and did not high light the "50 wines under $50" anymore. we got a cali pinot noir for about $65.

                she started with the vitello tonnato and i had the foie gras. the vitello was a bit tart after the richness of the sweet corn crepe with my foie gras.

                mains were sea bass and short rib. both yum. the sea bass had english pea rissotto. the short rib was melt in your mouth tender (7 hour braise).

                the service was very good with our waiters all very familiar with the dishes. ambiance was solid 1970. small quiet room. very enjoyable.

                1. re: QAW

                  I'll 3rd the Barrymore although it is in the saddest little hotel I've ever seen.

                  1. re: zmirzlina

                    What will be fun to watch in the years ahead is if The Royal actually becomes old-school chic. The owners are creative folks who have tried, and failed, to carve out a niche, largely because of that location, and in the past two years have pretty much let it sit there. But with the Convention Center now building out all the way to the Strip (taking over the Riviera location, following the soon-to-be scheduled leveling), and Resort World finally breaking ground across the street, The Royal will go from being one of the worst locations near the Strip to one of the better ones. It could ultimately be a success story for those involved, who have been gutting it out through some lean years. I wish them well on that front.

                    1. re: QAW

                      Is the Barrymore at the Royal on Convention Center Drive. LOL. Ken Uston used to call it the Royal Toilet. It sounds like a great restaurant though. I haven't spent much time on Convention Center Drive since they demolished the Landmark.