Asking My Girlfriend to Marry Me Restaurant Choices.
I'm planning a trip Sept 13-16 to Vegas staying at the Wynn. I plan on asking my girlfriend to marry me at a special dinner that Friday night.
I'm looking for a fine dining option with a very nice ambiance. I'd rather stay away from very loud or extremely crowded places. I understand its a Friday night, but I mean more in the layout of the restaurant and that the tables arent on top of each other.
I was thinking a nice steakhouse, maybe SW in the Wynn? I've also seen some good reviews of Le Cirque at the Bellagio? I've looked at so many restaurant reviews online I cant seem to find one that isnt good.
She isnt a foodie, so what I might be giving up in quality of food isnt as important as finding an ideal romantic/special setting. I assume any 4-5 star fine dining restaurant in Vegas will have excellent food anyway.
The nicest restaurant I've eaten at was Daniel in NYC and for those of you who have been there a setting like that is what I'm kind of looking for. It doesnt necessarily have to be exactly the same, but just somewhat of an idea of what I'm thinking of as far as setting goes.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Bartolotta at the Wynn has private cabana tables around the Wynn lagoon, which is unique. Best seafood in Vegas. Pricey, but not Robuchon/e/Guy Savoy pricey.
The Wynn is a fab choice and keep in mind that Vegas is very busy during the Sept 16th weekend..It's Mexican Independence Day and all the wealthy Mex's come up to party, so, make sure you reserve now for a table.
Country Club at the Wynn is a lovely choice..
Bartolotta at the Wynn is great too.
Le Cirque is wonderful..
Make sure you take her for lunch at Lotus of Siam for the best Thai in the US..order off the menu..
Chandelier bar at the Cosmo is fantastic for craft cocktails and a bottle of bubbly.
Congrat's and let the Wynn know what you are planning on doing and they are great on making things really special.
Let's second the Bartolotta suggestion, especially since by the middle of September the temperature will allow for a pleasant setting in the cabanas. They are ideal for your purposes. But if your girlfriend is not necessarily a "foodie", you might even consider one of the booths at The Barrymore (99 Convention Center Drive, in the Royal Hotel), which can make for a pleasant evening stroll from the Wynn (easier if you walk through to the Encore entrance). It will give you the quiet that you are looking for, with excellent service, and save your budget a bit to plan for the honeymoon.
Well, I got engaged at Picasso, which has a terrific atmosphere (although I am not a big fan of the food), so I can say that that worked! Another very traditional option would be the Eiffel Tower restaurant; they have these tiny tables for two that sit up against the window, and are clearly designed for the proposal/anniversary dinner. The food is solid.
The Barrymore is lovely, but it is in a bit of a quirky location.
I also think Scarpetta at the Cosmo actually has a very nice atmosphere, especially (again) if you can get a booth or one of the tables near the window, which overlook the Bellagio fountains. The food is really terrific and its also very accessible. The ambiance of the restaurant is quiet and professional; of course, when you leave you are in the Cosmo, which might be fun if you were looking to have a celebratory cocktail after.
In the Wynn itself, I'd recommend Bartolotta, but not really anywhere else. In the Venetian across the street, if you could get a small table outside at Bouchon, you might find that quite a special setting. I also really love CUT and consider it the best steakhouse in the city, and it has a dark and sort of sexy atmosphere.
Good luck and have fun!
Thanks for all the replies. I really appreciate it. I'm going to check all these locations out and make a decision.
I think you'll be very happy with your decision. My husband and I dined in a cabana at Bartolotta last July at 8pm and were very comfortable. The heat had died down (was still probably in the upper 90s) and they had cool mist blowing around the area. It was a truly romantic setting with impeccable service and food. Make sure to clue the restaurant in on your proposal plans ahead of time and I would imagine they'll ensure you're set up for success :)
Also my husband is not as adventurous of an eater as I am and he enjoyed every bite he took. I do remember hearing a man at the table next to us ask the server for something basic without seafood for his date and they prepared an off-menu pasta dish for her. Congrats and good luck!
You should be fine, even in August - not only are the misters well designed, but because of its placement in the Wynn structure, the area is out of late afternoon sun, and hence cools down well.
Butterfli311 beat me to the punch in terms of letting the property know your intentions - they have handled some special occasions extremely well for me in the past. Since you are staying there, go ahead and register for a players card, and that will bring a higher degree of attention. I have not gambled a penny on that property, yet continue to get first-rate standing at the restaurants (although as many talented chefs have moved on, the visits have been diminishing).
There is one dining suggestion, which has come up in past threads - the "Tasting Menu" is much different than at other high-end restaurants, and allows for a relaxed and intimate evening (the kind that you are looking for). Instead of being interrupted through a bevy of courses, you are served four times - Appetizers/Salads (usually about 5-6 different items), Pastas (three is standard), Main Protein, and Dessert (almost always way too much; not that it is a bad thing). It is a nice way to be able to set the pacing yourself, and if you are going to be sharing a life together, sharing through those courses can be a lovely commencement.
re: Dave Feldman
There has been an interesting "recognition" factor at the Wynn properties when making reservations, despite the fact that I am usually only there to dine (and not all that often these days, with Alex Stratta, Daniel Boulud, Richard Chen and others having vacated the premises). The calls go to their central system, instead of directly to each restaurant, and apparently it tracks all past trips to the property. There are no "points or bonuses" in play, but the service has been outstanding - there have been multiple occasions in which some special requests were made, and they were handled extremely well. Twice there were even follow up calls to ask if we were happy with our experience.
Part of this, of course, stems from a high-ticket nature - there were some evenings at Alex, Okada and Bartolotta in particular that were rather extravagant. So that would create the kind of customer profile that they would want to track. But it certainly would not hurt for anyone that is going to dine at a Wynn/Encore property to go ahead and register. At a time in which adding to the customer data base is a challenge for these and other properties, one just might be treated to a bonus level of service.
Top of the World at the Stratosphere. Good food - high class and a view that promises you will put her on Top of the World.
Married 32 years.