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Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

THANK YOU to everyone for your great comments and suggestions. We are in the process of making our final decision this week....BUT
We have called 4 different restaurants to make our reservations and ALL of them are closed for some reason on the 13th of Dec (many closed for the entire 3 days we are there)

Is there a reason so many of the fine restaurants are closed during this time frame?????

Thanks
Wineguydfw

Nov 18, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

4 Days in Vegas – Dining Report

We are planning a trip in Dec (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814933) and your delicious description of Le Cirque just pushed it way up our list....Thanks

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Le Cirque
Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

For the buffet, we really want our crab legs so it looks like:
-Bellagio.
-M Resort
-Wynn's
Does anyone know if the legs are split already at any/all of these buffets or would we benefit by fedex some crab zippers to the hotel ahead of time?
Thanks again to all that are helping us with our decisions...Hope I can return the favor for anyone wanting to dine in DFW soon.

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Breaking my heart that we won't be there on a Sunday...That is EXACTLY what I am looking for a decadent buffet experience! Will have to plan a Sunday trip soon!
Thanks

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Is Le Cirque still open in Vegas? We heard it was closed? Gonna check online after this reply!

Unfortunately, Robuchon may be a bit rich for the entire party. Wife and I may have to make a weekend getaway for that one. Unless I win big at a table after we arrive...hmmm hadn't even thought about gambling yet..
Thanks

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Le Cirque
Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Wicked Spoon is holding in second place due to the overwhelming comments re: quality. We REALLY want those crab legs.... Great insight though and very much appreciated....I am ready to push it up a notch just for the mention of MARROW!

Thanks

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

All great suggestions....I am all for LoS, but not sure all of my brothers-in-law are Thai fans. We may try to hit this for lunch on the last day if we didn't OD the night before.
I think the old school dining would be fun, waiters in tuxedos, tableside preparation of Caesar salad, bananas foster etc....Awaiting group verdict.
Thanks

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Sage is under review by my wife(along with Swan Court) now. Your thoughts between these two?
L'Atelier is still sitting on top for me, but not sure the whole crowd likes the "bar" idea.

Thanks

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Swan Court at Aureole, just made the new list too. Wife is reviewing the menu now.
Don't really want to gaze at the herds of fellow tourists while eating, so Mina's may get bumped off.

Thanks

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Thank you for your insight...I had é on my radar, but read $250 a person and knew thought that might be a bit much per person for the whole group to agree on. L'Atelier though may be spot on! We like the menu and concept and that has climbed right up to the top THANKS! With Scarpetta right behind it along side Mina.

Great tip on the crab at Wynn's. I hear it can be quite a wait, even on a week night. Is it worth it?

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Moderate would be $75-100 average per person for 3+ courses...Expensive would enter the $150+ per person.
We were afraid of the biz casual dominance in most places, a few of you fellow chowhounds pointed out some likely hat and jeans free ideas that we are thinking about.
I have already crossed Rio off the list, too many poor marks.
Do you believe the buffets have switch from Alaska King due to cost?
Thanks for all your input

Nov 02, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas

Chef and Wine Professional need advice on MUST do's for my first trip to Vegas

Quick background....
Both MAJOR FOODIES...
Wife...CIA grad and Pastry Chef (so desserts must be top notch)(she no longer cooks but you know once a chef always a chef)
Me...Certified Sommelier(on my way to Master someday?) and a VERY adventurous eater

Both travelling to Vegas in mid-December with my wife's sisters and spouses(6 people total).....
This is my very first time to Vegas and I have asked a few of my wine buddies but I want a few fellow ChowHound's two cents.....

1st night, Tues 13 Dec2011 will be dinner for all couples... 4.5 adventurous eaters and 1.5 not so

-Willing to travel by cab or any means necessary if the experience is worth it
-Budget upper end of moderate to expensive..again if the experience is worth it
-Open to most types of cuisines, prefer rich and decadent
IMPORTANT-----Really want a dining experience, jackets and cocktail dresses with classic fine dining ambience, exceptional quality, great presentation, outstanding service, creative menu.. prefer NOT to see fellow patrons in t-shirts and ballcaps (this really can spoil the evening for us, America has gotten WAY too casual)..<stepping down from soapbox>

Currently under consideration...
=Michael Mina's- which one has steaks cooked in Beurre Monte(butter)?
=Jaleo's - I LOVE paella!
=Aureole - Would likee to see the Wine Angels
=Olive - Friend knows the sommelier there (possibly free wine!)
=Hugo's - sounds like it could be fun and tasty in old school Vegas way
=Would consider any Daniel Boulud or Jean George suggestions as well

Okay that is night one and THANK YOU to anyone that has read on. I know this is a lengthy post.

2nd night, Weds 14Dec2011..Boy's night=BUFFET night...girls are going to a CdSoleil show and we have stretchy pants ready to go
-Same criteria as above, travel and budget are open if experience is worth it
MUST HAVES:
-Quality Crab legs, prefer Alaskan King Crab but will settle for higher quality of other species shellfish, Lobster a major bonus
-Prime Rib of above average quality, would like an overall great carving station
-Comfy booth, we plan to be here for quite a while

THANK YOU AGAIN to anyone and everyone that read this long posts and offers some wisdom and insight....

CHEERS
Roy aka WineGuyDFW

Oct 30, 2011
WineguyDFW in Las Vegas