Help with Vegas Restaurants

Old May 6th, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Help with Vegas Restaurants

My girlfriends and I are early 30s and (for some strange reason) have never been to Vegas! I have been doing a lot of research on restaurants, but it is confusing because there are so many options. The ones spoken of the most are super expensive... any ideas where we could go for great food and fun atmosphere but not crazy expensive? We're heading out there next weekend from Dallas.

Any tips on nightlife are also appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:51 AM
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It kinda depends what part of the strip you are staying. Most people like Mon Ami Gabi since it's mid range and across from the Bellagio fountains.

The best deal in Vegas, IMHO, is the Ellis Island Brewery. They have a steak dinner special that is not on the menu that you have to ask for to get. It used to be $5 but it is probably a buck or two more now. The crowd there has to be seen to be believed. Really old locals betting on penny slot machines. I find it more interesting than the expensive casinos on the strip. It's a block behind Bally's (mid-strip).
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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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Also, search on yelp.com and chowhound.com
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Old May 6th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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Thanks! We are staying at the Bellagio. Most of us are ok on the money front, we just have one that is currently unemployed and can't blow $100 on one meal.
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The Liitle Buddha Rest. at the Palms was really fun and not too expensive if you order a bunch of the small plates or a few apps. It has a great atmosphere, too. As for nightlife, again, the Palms has a bunch of clubs, also across te street at the Rio is the Voodoo Lounge on the Top floor. If you want a really cool Old Vegas experience for drinks, try the Peppermill Lounge, on the strip. I think it's near the Riviera, would need a cab from Bellagio. It has Pink velvet couches, a fire pit and cool mixed drinks. We always go here for a few drinks!

When you get there pick up some of the magazines/brochures for 2 for 1 offers on restaurants. The margaritaville cafe at the Flamingo is fun for lunch and you can people watch from tables near the strip. For beginning gambling try Osheas which is next to the Flamingo. It is a tiny casino but has lower limits and very friendly, willing to help dealers.
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One way to enjoy great food at the better places is the bar menus! (We find full meals are too much food, anyway.)

Check the hotel websites, as many of the top restaurants have wonderful prix-fixe menus, sometimes "early bird", some not.

There are plenty of moderately priced places with very good food.

Or, have a nice lunch and light dinner/supper.

A great place for a quiet/relaxing, amazing, breakfast is Tableau at Wynn.

If you're ravenous, a great place for really good, cheap, food, is Victoria's at Bill's (though almost always a wait), where they also have some of the best Chinese in LV (cheap).

We LOVE Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast (especially on the terrace), but the noise level is deafening at dinner time.
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One of my favorite places is off the Strip at a Spanish tapas bar called Firefly. The food is wonderful and the prices aren't too bad. Since it's small plates/tapas style, you can order as much or as little as you want to control costs. It can be very busy since it's popular with the locals. My favorite dishes are the empanadas, croquetas, and filet mignon sliders. You can order several desserts, too, since those are tapas-style portions, too.

www.fireflylv.com
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Old May 6th, 2010, 01:31 PM
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We like visiting the Hofbrauhaus. It's a few blocks off the strip, but the food and atmosphere are fun. Admittingly not as good as the original in Munich, but we really liked it and it's a bit cheaper than eating in one of the strip restaurants.

http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com/
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Across the street from Bellagio is the Paris, which has a good moderate-priced French restaurant Mon Ami Gabi (mentioned above), which is especially good at breakfast but I like it anytime, and it offers a great view of the Bellagio fountains. Paris also has Le Burger Brasserie, which offers fancy burgers without being too pricey, and a creperie which is a fast and cheap-ish lunch.

At the Venetian, the Grand Luxe Cafe is a good value, and if you want to splurge a little, SushiSamba at the Palazzo is hip and fun and mixes Brazilian and sushi. It offers small plates so it's easy to share without spending too much.

There are great places at every budget in Vegas, and you can always eat a food court at lunch to save for dinner one night. And a lot of people do a late buffet breakfast and get by with only 2 meals. It's easy to do if you don't get up until noon.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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There are SOOO many restaurants to choose from in Vegas. If you're into a Blues feel, try House of Blues for lunch or dinner. It's at the Mandalay bay Hotel. At the Mirage there is the B.B. King's Blues cafe and club. I've enjoyed both of them very much.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 06:51 AM
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You will find many choices of good mid-priced restaurants in the Forum Shoppes at Caesars and the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. If you are doing some shopping at the Forum Shoppes, Spago (which was one of the first "celebrity" chef restaurants in Las Vegas) is a good pick for lunch or dinner.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 07:27 AM
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Thanks all!!
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Old May 7th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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We liked Mon Ami Gabi too - nice view of the fountains since it's right across the street from the Bellagio. Olives in the Bellagio is great for lunch and probably the best place to view the fountains if you sit out on their patio. Don't miss the Jean Phillippe Patisserie with the world's largest chocolate fountain.
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One more - we really liked the Burger Bar, a Hubert Keller spot with great burgers, beer, and shakes.
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We did the bar menu at Bouchon, when we didn't want to eat a lot before a 10pm show. Worked perfectly and was under $100. It was a great experience.
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Have a look at Ba Ba Reeba. Fun atmosphere, small plates, affordable, outdoor patio, and great people watching! I love this place.

http://www.cafebabareeba.com/vegas/
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Check out Town Square south of Mandalay bay for some great happy hour food and drink specials. Blue Martini is great fun for HH 4-8 and then live bands after, the place is usually packed with a fun crowd without having to pay a cover and ridiculous drink prices. Also at town square, yard house, tommy bahamas, (Kana?)latin bar, grape(wine bar) all have great HH hour specials. You can find great specials on the strip also, Venetian has several in Grand Canal Shoppes-Zeffirinos's and the Taqueria both have good Happy hours, across the street at Fashion show Maggianos or Ra Sushi has good food and HH.
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Irego - Unfortunately Ba Ba Reba is closed. It was replaced by a Mexican restaurant by the same people. Haven't had a chance to try that one yet.

Prix Fixe menus are a great way to go if you want to eat at some of the top restaurants without spending too much. This may be a little out of date but will give you a little idea of waht to expect: http://www.vegashotelspecial.com/ind...g-on-a-budget/

I also like Mon Ami Gabi, Burger Bar and Grand Lux. All are moderately priced and have good food.

P.U.B. by Todd English in Crystals at CityCenter is good too. The lobster rolls are great.

Another good way to save money is by using Restaurant.com gift certificate. See http://www.vegasdealsdirect.com/2010...ertificates-3/ for a list of restaurants at Las Vegas resorts that accept the certificates.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 06:57 PM
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Burger bar at Mandalay, Bouchon for breakfast or bar menu for dinner is great at the Venetian.
Wynn DB Brasserie..great 4 course for $50.
Country Club @ Wynn, Lotus of Siam, off strip for the best Thai and love Little Buddha at the Palms!
In and Out double double are always good after too much drink.

All restaurants are excellent and reasonable.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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All restaurants in Vegas are not excellent and reasonable.

The most reasonable restaurants are not on the strip. Going just a few blocks away from the strip will save you a lot of money.
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