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Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:04 am
by DidItMyWay
Since we have been on the subject of Las Vegas lately (and there has been a lot of good hotel feedback), I wanted to see if anyone had any restaurant recommendations (preferably on the strip).

We're heading out there for a few days next month. We'll probably eat "Boglehead style" most of the time we're there, but would like to also go for a couple of nice meals.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:14 am
by tenkuky
Mesa Grill at Caesar's Palace
Pub 1842 at MGM
Mildly off strip: Lotus of Siam

:beer

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:20 am
by rocket354
I lived in Las Vegas for years. There's so many restaurants on or near the strip that it would help immensely if you gave a style and/or price range of restaurants.

Off the top of my head, a few of my favorites:

Pricier
Strip Steak (Mandalay Bay) - my personal favorite restaurant in Vegas
Prime (Bellagio)

Mid-tier
Wynn Buffet
Michael Mina (Bellagio)

Cheaper (for the strip, at least)
Hash House A Go Go (LINQ)
Burger Bar (Mandalay Bay)
Grand Lux Cafe (Venetian/Palazzo)

Off-strip, reasonably priced
Lotus of Siam
Fat Greek

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:46 am
by Doom&Gloom
Another vote for Lotus of Siam.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:58 am
by GoCubsGo2016
Just affirming the support for Lotus of Siam, do not miss if you like Thai.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:13 pm
by LarryAllen
We like going out to breakfast:

Cosmo buffet is off the chart! Don't eat for 24 hours beforehand. Lol.
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris - great french toast.
Peppermill - just past the Wynn - HUGE pancakes and huge breakfast drinks for those that need a bloody in the AM.
Cabana Grill at MGM pool area - food is not great but it's fun being right in the middle of the action.

For other meals we are moderate priced people. Some places we like:

Border Grill for Mexican - Casesars Forum Shops or Mandalay Bay.
Secret Pizza at Cosmo (you got to find it).
Tiki Room - downtown.
Joe's Stone crab - more expensive "fancy" dinner but not crazy priced.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:56 pm
by Atilla
Not on the strip, but Binion's Ranch is like stepping back in time. Steak is very decent, service & price is good and it's like stepping back into 1964. Excellent views as it's the top floor of Binion's casino with booths up against the windows on all sides. Finding it is an adventure in itself - you owe it to yourself to go there if you like a steak dinner. It really is a time warp. :sharebeer

Mon Ami Gabi is great for breakfast & people-watching. Food is good but not excellent.

Burger Bar at Mandalay is decent - we hit it at least once on every trip - reliable and easy if you are near.

La Cave at Wynn is another place we like to hit - nice outdoor seating.

Pub 1842 at MGM also a reliable choice if you are in the area. Never been dissapointed.

Two places I was dissapointed by - Prime at Bellagio. It was good, but for the prices they charged didn't wow me. Same for SW steak house at Wynn - huge meh for what they charged and I got a rumbly tiumbly the next morning from something I ate there.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:17 pm
by mega317
Craftsteak at MGM has been my favorite steak in Las Vegas but it's loud. Aureole in Mandalay for seafood, and that's quiet.

Don't let anyone come on this thread and suggest In N Out which looks from the hotels like it's close but actually a solid 15 minute walk from Las Vegas Boulevard, and also not good.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:27 pm
by HomerJ
Everything tastes good at 4:00 am after drinking all night.

I seem to remember some place downtown advertising a 16 ounce ham steak breakfast as a "Pound of Pig" special.

Man, that was one good meal.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:33 pm
by Theseus
Avoid Trevi at Cesar’s forum shoppe. It used to be our favorite stops. But it was the worst food we have had in a long time (anywhere not only Vegas) when we went there in February. Food was so stale and tasteless we had to send it back twice and had to speak with management and to was still bad after that conversation. And we are not fussy people at all.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:48 pm
by quantAndHold
Lots of good food there.

Mesa Grill. Food is excellent and happy hour food specials make it very reasonable.

Lotus of Siam. If I’m thinking of the right place, our cab driver couldn’t believe we wanted to be dropped there, but the food was great.

Le Thai (Fremont St). Just an ordinary Thai place, but the food was really, really good.

Sage (Aria hotel). Upscale.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:27 pm
by Doom&Gloom
quantAndHold wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:48 pm Lots of good food there.

Mesa Grill. Food is excellent and happy hour food specials make it very reasonable.

Lotus of Siam. If I’m thinking of the right place, our cab driver couldn’t believe we wanted to be dropped there, but the food was great.

Le Thai (Fremont St). Just an ordinary Thai place, but the food was really, really good.

Sage (Aria hotel). Upscale.
I have been told that Lotus of Siam burned down a few years ago and re-built in a much nicer area.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:30 pm
by Chadnudj
I've heard great things about the southern fare and friend chicken at Yardbird at the Venetian.

And I can attest that the sushi at Yellowtail at the Bellagio is phenomenal (albeit pricey, but that's pretty much par for the course in Vegas these days)

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:41 pm
by MindBogler
Doom&Gloom wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:46 am Another vote for Lotus of Siam.
This is an excellent Thai restaurant but be forewarned that the wait times can be fully absurd (2 hours+). I "waited" almost 3 once, which entailed taking a cab elsewhere to have drinks and then returning. I suggest dining here outside normal hours for a great meal that doesn't make you angry in the process.

Another good place is Sushi Samba (it is loud but the food is good):
https://sushisamba.com/las-vegas/

Have the Caipirinha to drink, its outstanding.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:43 pm
by MindBogler
Doom&Gloom wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:27 pm I have been told that Lotus of Siam burned down a few years ago and re-built in a much nicer area.
I was there just a few months back, the restaurant is brand new -- they didn't even have their liquor license yet.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:01 pm
by scottgekko
I like to find less 'commercialized' places in Vegas.

It's off the strip, but check out Piero's. It's an old school Italian place. If you've ever seen the movie "Casino", this was where they filmed the scenes for the restaurant owned by Joe Pesci's character. I went there because of that and go back because it's really good!

Also, a less pricey option is Battista's that is behind the Flamingo. It's been at the same location since 1970 and house wine is included with the meal. I had the chicken parm and it was awesome.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:21 pm
by BruDude
Vegas local here. For those voting for Lotus of Siam, check out Chada Thai & Wine. The owner was the former wine sommelier at Lotus and IMO it is better than Lotus overall, a lot of other locals share the same opinion. Lotus is amazing, no doubt, but you can go to Chada without the wait and it's a little cheaper. Waiting 2 hours for any restaurants kind of sucks. You can eat like a king at Chada for $30-50/person, most dishes are $8-20.

Thai - Chada, Lotus of Siam
Sushi - Sushi Hiroyoshi, Kabuto. If you want all-you-can-eat, Goyemon.
Steak - Delmonico, Cut
Downtown - Kitchen at Atomic, Eureka, Carson Kitchen
Chinatown - Chada Thai, Ramen Sora, Hachi, Hobak
Seafood - Herringbone
French/not insanely expensive - Bouchon
Upscale - Picasso
Really upscale - Joel Robuchon, L'atelier
Tacos - Tacos el Gordo
Cocktails - Oak and Ivy (downtown)
Casual drinks/food - Yardbird, Public House at Venetian (get the poutine, pair it with a Uinta Labyrinth, thank me later)
Hidden gem - The Barrymore, their foie gras tortellini in brown butter sauce might still be the most memorable entree I've ever eaten. Don't think they have it anymore though.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:01 pm
by quantAndHold
Doom&Gloom wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:27 pm
quantAndHold wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:48 pm
Lotus of Siam. If I’m thinking of the right place, our cab driver couldn’t believe we wanted to be dropped there, but the food was great.
I have been told that Lotus of Siam burned down a few years ago and re-built in a much nicer area.
I bet that’s the place then. Five or six years ago. It was in some sort of Asian strip mall. Food was amazing.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:13 pm
by Doom&Gloom
quantAndHold wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:01 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:27 pm
quantAndHold wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:48 pm
Lotus of Siam. If I’m thinking of the right place, our cab driver couldn’t believe we wanted to be dropped there, but the food was great.
I have been told that Lotus of Siam burned down a few years ago and re-built in a much nicer area.
I bet that’s the place then. Five or six years ago. It was in some sort of Asian strip mall. Food was amazing.
That's the place. It was kind of like a strip mall plaza with the parking lot in the center. The last couple of times we went we were accosted in the parking lot by a panhandler. I was not sad to hear it had been relocated.

And for the OP's info: they do accept reservations. (Or at least they did in the past.)

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:14 pm
by WestUniversity
Did not see either of these listed:

For dinner Bouchon in the Venetian (the restaurant not the bakery)

For breakfast the Peppermill...

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:27 pm
by oldcomputerguy
Some of my favorites, off the top of my head, your mileage may vary:
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, northwest corner of Flamingo (good burgers and tropical beverages)
  • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab, at Caesar's Palace (take a large party)
  • Burger Brasserie, in the connecting walkway between Bally's and Paris (snacks, drinks, sandwiches, sort of a French-themed sports bar)
  • Le Village breakfast buffet, inside Paris (IMHO better than most of the "buffets" in LV; stay away from the buffet in MGM Grand)
  • Battista's Hole-In-The-Wall Italian Restaurant, behind The LINQ (old-style family-run Italian restaurant, your choice of bottomless glasses of house red or white wine included)
Interestingly, for grab-and-go, the pizza at Sbarro in the lower level of Bally's was pretty decent.

For the most dangerous milkshake you could ever desire, try the "Super Nova" monster milkshakes at Cafe Hollywood, inside Planet Hollywood. DW had one there a couple weeks ago, the menu called it a "Chocolate Comet Super Nova", the waiter called it a "diabetes milkshake". It probably should have been registered as a weapon of (body) mass destruction.

As I was typing this, I went to MGM Grand's website to look up the name of my favorite LV stir-fry restaurant (Grand Wok), only to find that it closed earlier this year after 19 years in business. :(

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:54 pm
by CRC301
So many good places! These are the ones that I always seem to remember:

Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan for breakfast. Don't let the name offend you; the egg sandwiches are fantastic. The line is always long though but it's worth it.

Wicked Spoon buffet at the Cosmopolitan. So much food to choose from and it is all delicious! Go hungry!

Yardbird at the Palazzo/Venetian. Chicken and waffles... Enough said. They had a really good Bourbon cocktail there too. I can't remember the name but it was served in a mason jar.

I wouldn't consider any of the above super expensive either.

If you have vegan and/or vegetarians eating with you, all the restaurants at the Wynn have special menus for them. I would assume they're still providing those options even though Mr. Wynn is no longer in charge (he's vegetarian apparently).

Harvest at the Bellagio was really good too but in the expensive side. It's farm to table and what I had was very tasty. They also had a good Bourbon cocktail I can't remember. Lol

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:31 pm
by vtjon
We like to try all kinds of off-strip places and are relatively frugal. We always go to the Egg-and-I which is great, especially if you like breakfast food. Waits can be sort of long on the weekends. They have several locations though we typically go to the one on Sahara. If you like buffets, the buffet at the Orleans Casino is pretty good for the price ($12-$15 or so).

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:38 pm
by Moy1212
For BH style.

Ellis Island Casino and Brewery. Behind Bally’s Casino on Koval Lane.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 pm
by Dilbydog
Didn’t care for Joel Robuchon, to be fair I’m not a fan of the French cuisine, but the misses loved it. Nobu in Caesar's is my go-to favorite.

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:13 pm
by DidItMyWay
These are great! With all of these suggestions, it looks like we will be good for the whole time we're there. The restaurant recommendations I received from Bogleheads for a previous vacation didn't disappoint, so I'm looking forward to trying some of these.

Thanks all. :)