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Favorite websites/forums to find restaurant recommendations in LV (other than Yelp)?

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Sep 18, 2014
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Retro/Old School Italian-planning a "Rat Pack" dinner

I'd suggest Rao's at Caesars Palace. Family-style Italian, ideal for a large crowd, the food is much better than you'd expect (and very good), wine list is meh but approachable, not terribly expensive, and the atmosphere is laid back. This is from 2 different meals there, both with large groups. Carnevino could be an option, more steakhouse but solid Italian, but it would be much more expensive. There's Carmine's in the Forum Shops, but I've heard mixed things.

Sep 10, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

In Search of a Great Burger

This is my source for Vegas burger reviews:
http://www.vegasburgerblog.com

Apr 06, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Yusho (LV)

Yusho Chicago rocks. I haven't eaten a bad thing there over many meals. Looking forward to visiting it in LV on my next trip.

Mar 26, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

help pick one fab dinner

I agree. My dinner at Sage was mediocre. There are so many better options in Vegas.

Mar 22, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

help pick one fab dinner

Agreed. Easy choice.

Mar 20, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Group Dinner - On Strip

Rao's at Caesars is good for a crowd. Family-style serving. I've done a few group dinners there. Food is crowd-pleasing, wine list is okay but well-priced for groups.

Mar 20, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Wynn restaurants

What happened? I've only heard good things, other than it being very expensive.

Feb 24, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

best craft cocktail bar?

Oh, yeah, how could I forget. +1 on The Laundry Room. It's downtown, and you need a reservation (search for how), but worth the effort for sure.

Feb 19, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

best craft cocktail bar?

Mandarin Bar. Great cocktails, rarely crowded, and the best view of the strip.

Feb 18, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas
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Twist or sage?

Twist - yes

Sage - meh

Jan 09, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

an honest look at vegas steak

I found STK to be highly mediocre compared to the other great options. And it wasn't just the blaring Black Eyed Peas soundtrack. The blue cheese bread was inedible. My steak tartare was bland and had no egg. My steak was forgettable. And the wine list was short and obvious. With so many other awesome options, like Carnevino and Delmonico, Ramsay and Stripsteak, I'll never go back.

Jan 03, 2014
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Notes from the weekend

Very true. The crowd I came with on this trip wasn't up for off-strip detours, even though I extolled the virtues of Raku. I'm hoping my spring trip takes me to Chada, which is on my list of places I haven't yet tried.

Nov 11, 2013
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Notes from the weekend

Carnegie Deli - just like I remember it. Solid, if a little insane.

STK- meh. Steak was the best part, but the blue cheese bread was in edible, and my steak tartare was uninspired and needed an egg on top. Wine list was shamefully thin and obvious.

Todd English PUB - second time here. Good for lunch and sandwiches, with a great beer list. All food is very fresh.

Hakkasan - the big wild card of the weekend, and it really impressed. Food was all top notch. Highlights were the quail appetizer, and the lamb chops. Wine list is outstanding - deep, diverse, and thoughtful.

Carnevino (bar menu for lunch) - the spago pasta, one long noodle with braised lamb, may be the best thing I've eaten in a long time. Added plus of nice choices of wines by the glass.

DOCG - also very good, though the pisto pasta, very similar to the spago above but with duck, didn't achieve the same heights. Wine list is excellent.

What I love about eating here is that, even after so many trips and so many meals, there's always new gems to discover.

Nov 10, 2013
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Sage or Le Cirque?

I haven't been to Le Cirque, but Sage was highly disappointing. I realize that's a minority view on this board, but the food was meh, the wine list was uninspired, and the service was mediocre. Way too many better restaurants in LV. Like the ones you've chosen.

Nov 05, 2013
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

What's the most romantic restaurant in Vegas?

Bartolotta at the Wynn has cabana tables.

Oct 25, 2013
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Asking My Girlfriend to Marry Me Restaurant Choices.

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.

Jul 16, 2013
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Sage or e?

e, by a mile. No comparison.

May 26, 2013
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Good cocktail recommendations? - Venetian vicinity preferred, but open to any location

Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin. Best cocktails on the strip, secluded and quiet, amazing views, and a bench in the elevator.

Dec 26, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Lounge/Bar to surprise husband for Vegas 40th bday get together

The bar at the Mandarin is by far my favorite. Amazing views, excellent cocktails, older crowd, isolated and pretty quiet (even late). So good for a crowd to talk. And not too far from MGM (relatively).

Dec 07, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

e worth it? and whats the rate now, or order some tastings at jaleo

Worth every penny. I went about 18 months ago, and went back 3 weeks ago, and it rocked my world both times.

Wine options have expanded - we were offered the wine list this time, and we ended up ordering a bottle of cava instead of the set pairings, which I enjoyed much more.

Oct 02, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Girls Weekend in Vegas

For a group, mid-range (for Vegas), and non-steakhouse, I'd suggest Jaleo (at Cosmopolitan) or Julian Serrano (at Aria). They both have excellent paellas, and I enjoyed the food at both. Scene is more fun at Jaleo, and IIRC its wine list is a bit more interesting.

Oct 01, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Cocktails

Any ideas for where to find a well-mixed drink, some mid-strip? Mandarin Bar is probably my favorite discovery (including the bench in the elevator), both for the view at twilight and for the excellent drinks. Has anyone discovered anywhere else for a nice drink, say between Caesar's and MGM?

Thanks

Sep 03, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Is e worth it?

e is just not your typical tasting menu experience. Given the intimate nature of the room, and the ongoing conversation with the chefs who are preparing the food inches in front of you, the meal flows smoothly. At pretty much anywhere else, sure, a 15+ course tasting might feel rushed in that amount of time. But I would offer that the average time spent by people should not be your reason to skip such an awesome, awesome meal.

Jul 09, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Is e worth it?

Absolutely. One of my favorite all-time meals.

Jun 29, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy or Twist

Thanks. Any idea what the difference is between the regular and premium pairings?

Jun 22, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy or Twist

The contract we just signed for September says $195/per without tip or wine, which was different from when I ate there 18 months ago, when they were still at $250 all-in. I'm also curious to hear what the wine pairing is priced at. No matter what, it'll still be worth every frickin' penny.

Jun 22, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

HELP WITH OUR ITINERARY!!! 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP!!

My 2 cents, just to confuse things further:

Lotus - don't miss
Craftsteak - very good, but Carnevino is better and more interesting (and I was underwhelmed by CUT)
Sage - highly underwhelming
Jaleo - solid choice (paella is wonderful), and a fun room
Payard - good choice for lunch
Happy hour - Mandarin bar with its amazing view and some of the best cocktails on the strip

Also agree that Milos for lunch and Bouchon for breakfast.

Jun 22, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy or Twist

Wow, thanks for the up to the minute info, and to everyone else. We're going back to e one night, and Lotus another night, so this is going to be a hard decision to choose between GS and Twist.

Jun 20, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy or Twist

a report would be really appreciated - thanks, lechonbaboy

Jun 14, 2012
marcdhauser in Las Vegas