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danieli10 Feb 20, 2014 09:58 AM

I am planning a fun birthday weekend for my wife and a group of friends. On the last night, it will just be me and my lady. I am planning an "old school" Vegas night out. We are starting out with a reservation at the Laundry Room for some crazy good cocktails. What would be a good dinner spot that has that old school Vegas vibe with great food (maybe more on the romantic side, but definitely a rat pack vibe too (Elvis can stay at home)?

Italian and steakhouse are the most likely option and we are leaning towards Italian, but I am open for other suggestions. Cost is not an issue and as we will be out and about downtown to start and are staying on the Strip - we are flexible about location.

This is meant to be a bit of a fun topic so have at it. The reviews on most old school italian spots are mixed at best and even the "top" italian places seem to invite a bit of dissent.

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    kagemusha49 Mar 3, 2014 08:19 PM

    Steakhouse at Circus Circus (way better than the rest of the place, Andre's at Mirage (old school French), Barrymore(?), Sage.

    1. Njchicaa Feb 28, 2014 06:30 PM

      I'm going to throw this one out there and may be totally slammed by the locals..... but we had a lovely, cheesy old-school Italian night at Casa di Amore.

      It is totally off of the strip and requires a car or cab. We had a blast there, though, even though Italian-American is the style of food that I make most of the time. The waiter was wonderful, the room was very "Vegas", there was a questionable 2-piece band playing "the hits", and overall we had a great night.

      This was probably the only place that we dined at where we felt a "Vegas" vibe. Everything else was too new and upscale and different.... We would totally go back there if we ever returned to Vegas.

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        VegasGourmet Feb 28, 2014 08:54 PM

        And casa will send a car to pick you up on the strip

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        VegasGourmet Feb 27, 2014 10:02 AM

        Seconding Bootleggers....especially on Monday night when Clint Holmes wife, Kelly, runs the open mic show.
        Great "red sauce restaurant" and a huge oil painting of Steve and Edie in the bar near the door.

        1. thingfiz Feb 21, 2014 04:07 PM

          danieli10
          FROM old school TO old school.
          please read my post below. you wont go wrong bud. the only other restaurant I did not include was The Flame. the only reason is because we didn't make it there THIS trip. definitely old school with very good food also. BUT you just can't beat the atmosphere and service at Hugo's Cellar. ask for a nice romantic spot. make reservations .you will need them. be sure to tell them if it a special occasion.
          READ POST----- "11 days in Vegas. I'll tell you where to go."
          as far as Italian, I LIVE next to little Italy so I have no input on that subject.
          let us know your results wherever your choice is........

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            BubblyOne Feb 21, 2014 04:20 PM

            I was taken to the Flame in January by a local, and the ambience was decent (original ceiling from the Bugsy Siegel days)..but the food was only OK.

            My filet was like an Omaha steak and the waiter over-poured our wine, which is a pet peeve of mine.

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              thingfiz Feb 21, 2014 05:28 PM

              you will notice I said we didn't make it there THIS trip. the place is worth going to but it's not in the same league as some of the other places I mentioned. you have to admit, it is OLD school and for the price I think it's worth it.

          2. Beach Chick Feb 21, 2014 07:06 AM

            Hugo's Cellar in the Four Queens Downtown is very old school and quite good..
            Hit up the Peppermill for breakfast.

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              trail 6 Feb 21, 2014 06:50 AM

              Bootlegger's Bistro

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                Philber Feb 20, 2014 03:33 PM

                Hugo’s Cellar in the Four Queens would fit the bill for an old school Vegas steakhouse. They present every lady with a red rose, service is formal, atmosphere is “steakhouse”, nice tableside salad & Bananas Foster preparation.

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                  Dagney Mar 3, 2014 06:14 PM

                  We are planning a June trip and have been debating strip vs non-strip options. Thank you for this suggestion...I'll check out Four Queens.

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                  QAW Feb 20, 2014 02:03 PM

                  If you are going to begin your evening at the Laundry Room, you should put Joe Vicari's Andiamo at the D (http://www.thed.com/dining/andiamo-st...) on the list of prospects. Just a short stroll after your cocktail hour, and while the restaurant is relatively new to Las Vegas, the original Andiamo in Detroit has been around for a couple of decades, and they aim for just the vibe you are looking for.

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                    Eric Feb 20, 2014 12:33 PM

                    The Golden Steer would probably fit the bill. I haven't been there; so, I don't know how good the food is. http://goldensteersteakhouselasvegas.com

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                      chewbacca Feb 20, 2014 11:37 PM

                      2nd Golden Steer. We loved it. Table side service as well.

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