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A local's 40th Birthday Dinner w Friends in SF - 10/20

Bobabear, did the table in the main area work? I realize I may end up not being able to do even a semi private room, but want to be able to feel like we're a bit removed from the rest of the dining on a busy Saturday night...

A local's 40th Birthday Dinner w Friends in SF - 10/20

Cool, actually going on Sunday to Bar Agricole for brunch, will check it out...

A local's 40th Birthday Dinner w Friends in SF - 10/20

I'd like to host a group of about 8 friends to my birthday dinner. I'd like a remarkable, unhurried, dining experience with emphasis on the food, and while I want ambiance to be beautiful, I do not want a highly formal dinner (a la Gary Danko, Fleur De Lys, etc.). To give some perspective on what I envision, I'd love to do a dinner at Boulette's Larder, but unfortunately it's beyond my price range. I'm looking at a budget of between 100 to 150 per person. I was thinking Quince but would love to get some additional ideas of semi-private dining rooms that would host a group like us. I'm curious about Dixie in the Presidio, I like the fact that it's a little off the beaten path and that it's Humphrey's cooking, but have not seen any reviews posted. I'm looking at October 20 (a Saturday).
Thanks for any suggestions...

Jaleo or Todd English's Olives on Sat. night?

Back from a wonderful wknd in LV. Ate at Jaleo on Sat. night, Prime on Sunday. Dinner at Jaleo was overall very good, not spectacular, but very, very good. It was the perfect choice for what we wanted -- we were celebrating my birthday and wanted a place w great atmosphere and good food. We definitely got the atmosphere! The place was hopping w energy and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I guess my only gripe was that the dishes, overall were on the salty side and that in some instances, our food looked like it had been sitting in a pan for a while (the paellla specifically, a big bummer). Specific dishes -- Warm spinach salad with raisins and pine nuts, one of the too salty ones. Bread w tomato and serrano ham -- skip the serrano, made it almost unbearably salty. The lobster paella was the only paella available (note, you can only order the paella as main dish if your party is 6 or more. Otherwise you may only have a smaller portion. We had a 10p dinner, at that time we were only given the lobster paella as our choice -- it was disappointing. It was obvious we got the dregs of the pan, and the lobster portions we got had been cooked a long time before we got them... So sad about that, since the paella has been talked up so much in the forum. Strongest dishes, the veal cheeks, brussel sprouts salad and the cod w tomato sauce (that was our favorite). Desserts were good, the flan had an unappealing consistency, not custardy but more like Jell-o and should not have been served w ice cream. The almond cake w salted caramel ice cream had great flavor but was more like a mousse than a cake. We had sangria and I had cava. Thought the pricing was very fair, we'd definitely go back.

Prime was a disappointment. Service was awful (we inexplicably had 2 waiters and felt like the both wanted to go home). I ordered the shortribs which were heavily sauced and one of the waiters indicated to me that a side dish was necessary (not the case as the dish came w cous cous). Also big turn off -- I ordered a cocktail called a french 75 which has champagne in it, but that's not the only ingredient. We were charged $26 for that drink (the price of a glass of champagne!). We asked if the pricing was correct and the waiter said, yes, it was, and he *could* have charged us $48 - the price for another, more expensive champagne per glass option on the menu -- but didn't. I thought that was such a poor way of handling us. We were underwhelmed. My husband ordered the filet mignon was was good, but not terrific. The biggest pro was sitting at a table in front of the bellagio fountain, we did have a lovely view. Guess it's true what they say -- you either get the food or the view!

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Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Oct 18, 2011
milly34 in Las Vegas

Jaleo or Todd English's Olives on Sat. night?

will do! Heard it will be warm this wknd, hope we can enjoy some of that in the evening!

Oct 13, 2011
milly34 in Las Vegas

Jaleo or Todd English's Olives on Sat. night?

Thanks for the input, everyone! Yes, based on tepid reviews (almost nothing on chowhound), I cancelled Olives, we'll do Jaleo on Sat and we will go to Prime at the Bellagio on Sunday, I recgnize it's probably not the best steak on the strip but the husband hasn't been to LV since '89 and wants to experience some of that Bellagio magic. I'm super excited for Jaleo, wish we could do e, but that will have to wait for the next trip, no shows, just dinner next time!

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Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Oct 13, 2011
milly34 in Las Vegas

Jaleo or Todd English's Olives on Sat. night?

Hi,
My husband and I are going to LV this wknd to celebrate my birthday. We'll be going to the Elton John concert on Sat night and Love on Sunday night so both nights we will have dinner following the shows, consequently we want to have good meals but they will have a late start (both after 9:30p) I've made reservations at Jaleo on Sat and Olives as well as Sage on Sunday. My recollection is that the Mirage is a ways from the Cosmo (where Jaleo is located) but closer to the Bellagio (where Olives is located). I booked Olives knowing that we'll leave the show and be hungry and will not want to walk too long to get to our dinner. Should we plan on going to Olives or make the effort to get to Jaleo?

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Todd English's Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Oct 12, 2011
milly34 in Las Vegas

Good Spot for Graduation Dinner in San Fran?

I can go about 60 pp. And the finicky ones will be happy if they can get steak and potatoes. They're just not very adventurous (but I am!).

Good Spot for Graduation Dinner in San Fran?

Howdy. I'm in San Francisco and graduating from law school, early May. Will have a contingent of about 10 folks for dinner after the event. Will have 2 foodies, a toddler, 2 finicky eaters in the bunch. Any suggestions for good place for this bunch in San Francisco proper? Thanks!