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10-21-2004, 09:21 AM
hi, my wife and i are going to vegas this weekend. between long stretches of poker on the strip we want to go out to a restaurant for dinner. we usually end up eating at the bellagio buffet, or something like that, but have never actually been to a restaurant with waiters etc in vegas....except for coffee shop type places. we're not looking super high end....or even high end for that matter. price isn't really an issue....we want really good food.
any thoughts, recommendations?
thanks in advance,

10-21-2004, 10:01 AM
Olives in the Bellagio is casual but nice. Todd English's menu is always changing. I've dined there every time I stay at the Bellagio and I am never disappointed.

Here's a link.


Greg (FossilMan)
10-21-2004, 12:46 PM
Across the street and a little bit south on the strip is a shopping mall kind of place called Hawaiian Village (I think, something like that). Inside is an Indian restaurant I ate at during one trip this summer. Very good, very nice interior, not too pricey at all.

Later, Greg Raymer (FossilMan)

10-21-2004, 02:42 PM
If you want some of the best mexican you've ever eaten, go to Lindo Michoacan.
There's also a sister restaurant called Bonito Michoacan at 3715 S Decatur.

10-21-2004, 02:56 PM
pricey - nine, aweful atmosphere, superb cuisine, great "sights" i was seated next to nick & jessica last time i was there.

cheap- capriottis sandwiches, on my top 3 best sandwiches list (white house, AC. & phillipes, LA. other 2)

middle- noodles at bellagio, if you wife is cute she can walk into the poker room and get two comps that will cover the meal from a drooling floorman in a new york minute.

old school - lawry's (THE prime rib), im always in a good mood there

10-21-2004, 03:00 PM
My two recommendations -- both very underrated because they are off-strip (and not part of a casino):



Lost Wages
10-21-2004, 03:00 PM
Top of the World. (http://www.stratospherehotel.com/stratosphere_top_of_the_world_restaurant.html#) Great food, inexpensive (dinner for 2 <$100 sans drinks), best view in town, reservations get you a free trip up the tower.

Lost Wages

10-21-2004, 04:33 PM
I'd recommend the Commander's Palace at the Aladdin. At the ultra-high-end there is some better food in Vegas, but if I could only pick one restaurant at which to eat the rest of my life, it might well be the CP (well, the New Orleans original, but the Vegas location is pretty close).

10-21-2004, 05:35 PM
Picasso at the Belaggio is a superb dining experience. It'll set you back over $200, though.

Nine at The Palms is pretty great, too.

10-21-2004, 07:43 PM
Sabarro's at the monte carlo food court has great pizza.

if you like sushi and seafood in a relax fun atmosphere theres Todai in the desert passage. Its a chain restaurant but great sushi.

Gallaghers steakhouse in NYNY is also good,

10-21-2004, 09:42 PM
My wife and I go to Vega$ at least twice a year. Been there, done that with restaurants. If your taste bud is Lamb, I reccommend the fine dining at "William B's" in the Stardust Hotel and Casino. The price's are pretty reasonable compared to the other high end Hotels on the Strip.

The food and service in their Coffee shop and Buffet suck, But "William B's" is great. /images/graemlins/smile.gif

10-24-2004, 03:59 PM
Some suggestions

P F Changs - awesome fusion chinese - couple of locations - original across from Terribles Casino on S.Paradise.

Makino Sushi - the most unbelievable Sushi buffet I've ever seen (and I'm from Vancouver, the home of the cheapest all-you-can eat sushi in the world). Check out this link for location and a review (http://www.travel2vegas.com/makinosushi.html)

Any Wolfgang Puck place - Le Chinois and Spago in the Forum shops, and Trattoria Del Lupo in Mandalay Bay were excellent.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - always good, nice atmoshpere at the one on Flamingo.

For casual fun dinning I like the Cheese Cake Factory at the Forum shops and the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

/images/graemlins/smile.gif busguy

Oh and for a fast lunch the Mac & Cheese at the Harley Davidson Restaurant on the strip is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

10-24-2004, 05:24 PM
Drai's at Barbary Coast is excellent, old school, classy and romantic. ~$65 each

Mon Ami Gabi at Paris is great too. ~$65 each

Mandalay Bay has quite a few really nice restaurants.

10-25-2004, 12:40 AM
Rumjungle (http://chinagrillmgt.com/rumjungle/) at the mandalay bay was an interesting experience. If you have some money to throw at it (it wasn't cheap, though we had friends paying for part of our meal), their Fire Pit meal is more food than you could possibly eat but it's all amazing. Go starved though.

10-25-2004, 01:19 AM
Spectacular looking place (even the bathrooms). I thought the food was just OK, but there certainly was a lot of it. I'd go there just for a drink and eat at the noodle shop.

OTOH, one night while at Rumjungle, there was a young woman straddling her, um, date. And I'm talking a live straddle here.

10-25-2004, 06:26 PM
McDonalds next to Circus-Circus. Hmmm..."Good." /images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Men the Master
10-25-2004, 07:03 PM
Each time my buddies and I go to Vegas, we always make it a point to go to the Klondike Casino on the Vegas Strip, just south of the Mandalay Bay. The gourmet spaghetti is excellent and the baked chicken is superb. Breakfast ain't bad either with their house specialty of Canadian bacon, choice of eggs, and homemade hash browns. The Klondike Casino restaurant presents a dining experience that will bring gastronomic memories that will last a lifetime. Yum! /images/graemlins/tongue.gif

10-25-2004, 07:18 PM
That's a great choice. And if you really want something classy there is always the buffet and Circus Circus.

10-25-2004, 08:04 PM
Delmonico Steakhouse (http://www.venetian.com/dining/dining.cfm?ID=1) at the Venetian is the best food I have ever had, bar none. It's not cheap (about $70/person), but absolutely incredible. Reservations highly recommended.

10-27-2004, 08:54 AM
i'd like to thank everyone for responding to this post. it made our stay in vegas really fun.....well even more fun.
friday: we had lunch at Tabla (the indian restaurant at the hawaiian garden mall). it was buffet for 10.95 and it absolutely rocked! many dishes....all wonderful. we also had a nice cup of chai. this place reminded me of india...without all the wild monkeys. i don't think we ate dinner that night....we played the 1-4-8-8 1/2 kill at monte carlo til the wee hours.
saturday: pork chop and eggs at binions-- yum. my wife's steak and eggs not so good. tough steak. i told her that pork and eggs is a better match anyway.
dinner at commanders palace at aladdin. the smoked duck gumbo was one of the best soups i've ever had. the white bean and lamb soup was nice. the crab cake was really good. our entres were ok...maybe we ordered wrong. i had the steak and crab, my wife had a grilled fish. great service...nice place.
we didn't eat on sunday till just before we had to go to the airport...around 5pm. we had a few slices from the pizza place in the monte carlo food court. and they were excellent.

poker: the 2-6 excalibur, 2-4 plaza, and 2-4 luxor were super super loose...my wife absolutely cleaned up. i had a nice comeback at the luxor and finished 100 down.

thanks again everyone. bon apetit....


10-27-2004, 04:14 PM
For east-coasters who don't have the pleasure of In n Out, grab one while you're there!

10-27-2004, 07:32 PM
For east-coasters who don't have the pleasure of In n Out, grab one while you're there!

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seconded. (though i'm midwest)

10-27-2004, 11:37 PM
You're better off getting a Fatburger. Trust me.

10-27-2004, 11:56 PM
fatburger is nothing without the egg, and even then they don't beat in-n-out

10-28-2004, 12:35 AM
A long time ago at the Hustler there was a cute lady with her chair backward, sitting with her chest against the chair-back. Legs spread on either side of it. You get the picture. Typical way for someone to sit if getting a massage, but in this case there was no masseusse. I forgot who said it - I think it was Josh - but the line was: "now that's what I call a live straddle."


10-28-2004, 12:28 PM
Agree totally about the egg, couldn't disagree more about In N Out.

10-28-2004, 04:54 PM
that's where we ate on friday night!! double fatburger with cheese and skinny fries......was excellent. the fried egg option is nice.

11-08-2004, 03:40 AM
Just got back from a weekend in Vegas where I was put in charge of a 7pm Saturday night dinner for 8. Of course, I was informed of this at 5pm. My friend brought his laptop, so I remembered this thread and decided to give the Commander's Palace a try. Tasty food, wine, and atmosphere. Thumb's up! And at about $70 for the works, it was a fair value, as the restaurant is pretty nice. Plus, every other decent place wouldn't have had room for us on such short notice and we had a couple non-meat eaters(no steakhouses) with us as well.

Just wanted to say thanks for the reviews(I picked it because it was one of the few that had multiple solid reviews in this thread) and I will be trying to check out some of the other restaurants listed here next time I go.