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Anniversary Dinner

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Suekel, Apr 13, 2016.

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  1. Suekel

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    As I tend to do, I am second guessing the dinner plans we've made for our upcoming 20th Anniversary in Vegas. It's a Wed night. I was all set to eat at Charlie Palmer, most likely trying the Cut of the Week special. I figure that would run us about $150 total (with tip, drinks for husband since he doesn't like wine, etc).

    However, I'm starting to wonder if I really want to limit us to just the COTW option, and if it's worth travelling from mid-stip where we are staying to Mandalay just for a dinner. I'm willing to go up to about $250 or even a little higher for dinner and am looking at other options. Here is some criteria:

    Can be a steak house or a place with a good steak option. I will want decent wine by the glass. We are staying at Bally's so something relatively center strip would be good. I'd like a "nicer" experience, ie: great service and atmosphere. We've eaten at Mon Ami Gabi and while it was good, I'm looking for a step up from that level of restaurant. While we like Sushi/Asian/seafood, I would prefer not one of those for this trip. I don't mind spending $$$ but would like to leave feeling we got our money's worth. So no $100 for a plate with 3 oz of meat, a green been and a smear of potato puree. :evillaugh:evillaugh

    Open to any suggestions, and thanks in advance.
     
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  2. ken2v

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    If you like MAG's take on a brasserie, then I suggest stepping up a level to Bouchon or DB Brasserie. I have not done Bardot but folks I trust with food decisions speak very highly of it. Pretty much every nice casino-hotel has one of those interchangeable chophouses so if going that route base the decision on decor/ambience and location. Happy Anny!!!
     
  3. Suekel

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    Thanks Ken, I will check those out.

    One thing I did not mention is, while it's not at all a requirement, a good prix fixe deal would be of interest too. We enjoyed the one we did at Table 10, although again I am looking for somewhere a step up from that.
     
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    SW with a table outside by lake of dreams can be pretty cool for an anniversary dinner. Great food and service as well and budget might be doable since your husband is not a wine drinker. Otherwise what Ken said even though i have not been to Bardot either but its on my to do list for my next trip. It better be good since it replaced American Fish who was one of my favourite restaurants in all of Vegas. Julian Serrano could also be an option at a lower price range then the restaurants mentioned earlier, the food its definitely excellent but I'm not sure its the atmosphere your looking for.
     
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    I think you already have the best option for the best price. Charlie Palmer's is a great restaurant and the COTW menu is the best value on the strip. Service is excellent and you will not leave hungry. Ambiance is perfect for an anniversary dinner. I wouldn't change a thing!
     
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    I highly recommend Cut at the Venetian/Palazzo. We went for our 39th anniversary last summer. Food was incredible, service was great the attention to detail was outstanding.
    For example my wife was wearing a dark dress so when we sat down they gave her a Dark Napkin.

    They even printed custom menu for us that read Happy 39th Anniversary on it.
     
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    I haven't tried it myself yet, but BLT Steak right at Bally's has a terrific deal through TravelZoo for dinner for 2. I've read several excellent reviews so far. Here are the details:

    $115 for a three-course dinner and drinks for two (reg. $208); view menu
    An amuse bouche and fresh Gruyere popovers to start; Las Vegas Weekly calls the popovers "heavenly"
    Two appetizers or salads, like the tuna tartare or wedge salad (up to $20 each)
    Two meat, poultry, fish or shellfish entrees, such as the 16-ounce New York strip or 10-ounce filet mignon (up to $58 each)
    A side to share, such as the truffle mashed potatoes
    A dessert to share, like the peanut butter chocolate mousse
    Cocktail or glass of wine per person (up to $15 each); view cocktail menu
    $225 for the dinner for four with drinks (reg. $416)

    Not sure when you are going but this offer is only good thru April 30 (I'm hoping they extend it for our May trip)
    Happy Anniversary!

    - Linda in TX
     
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    Craftsteak has a chefs tasting menu. You pick the type of beef. I.E. Prime, wagyu, Kobe. Tell the server your likes and dislikes as far as sides and apps. Then just sit back and let the food roll in. They start you with amazing rolls, then bring apps. Next up is three cuts of steak and awesome sides. They finish up with a desert assortment. They offer a wine pairing that is reasonable.
    The service level at craftsteak is special and perfect for a special occasion. They also do a phenomenal job with pacing. Let them know you are there to celebrate a special occasion and want to take your time and enjoy it. They will give you an unforgettable dining experience that is worthy of your 30th anniversary.


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  9. vrak01

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    The Manfriend and I just dined a few nights ago at Mastro's in the Crystals shops (you can charge it to your room if you're staying at an MLife property like Mandalay, btw, which is always a bonus because it's nice to get tier credits even if you're spending the money anyway). We shared an appetizer of bone marrow, a Caesar salad, a giant ribeye, and a single side of their Gorgonzola mac as well as one bottle of the - ahem - more affordable Champagne options and a butter cake for dessert. Including a 25% tip for the incredible service that we received, we hit $250 and it was worth every. single. penny. A similar meal at some steakhouses of equal caliber on the Strip will easily run you several hundred more; we all know that in Vegas, the sky's the limit! However, it's nice to know that even there, a great meal in a memorable location with fantastic service can be both fancy and relatively affordable.

    Happy Anniversary!
     
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    +1 to Ken's ideas. Though, I have been to Bardot and I think it's probably the best of the bunch. I've not tried any of their steak options, but I'm sure they're good - the roast chicken, lamb and pork chop are fantastic and the mac 'n' cheese is a must. Also, wine and cocktails are actually fairly reasonable for a fine dining spot on the strip.

    If a steakhouse is what you want, SW is my favorite (with Carnevino and CUT not far behind) and if the weather allows, al fresco dining on the Lake of Dreams would probably make for a romantic anniversary date.
     
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    Thanks so much for all the input so far. I wI'll be checking out all the places recommended. It's much appreciated!
     
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    Happy anniversary! We had our anniversary dinner a few years ago at the Country Club at Wynn. The service was impeccable and the food was really good. I had a filet, hubby had the bison ribeye, everything was cooked perfectly. We did 2 sides, but after bread and salad, we really shouldn't even split one side dish. They brought out 2 different desserts, one for our anniversary and one for hubby's birthday.

    I also love love Mastros Oceans Club at Crystals. We've never had a bad meal there and their service is spot on.
     
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    Bumping this thread because my husband is driving me crazy, and if he keeps it up next week's 20th Anniversary may be our last. :mad:

    He doesn't want to have to wear pants. Yes, a grown ass 54 year old is balking at having to wear big boy pants for dinner. :bang::bang:

    So, are there any half decent steakhouse relatively center strip where he can wear *nice* shorts (no cargo, pressed ) and a collared shirt and docksider type shoes and not be sneered at? I want to make reservations and this is becoming a thing. I've decided pants are not my hill to die on so advice to tell him to get the f**k over it isn't what I'm hoping for.
     
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    I've done the golf look -- NEVER cargo, no flip-flops, no wife-beater or tee -- at Craftsteak, Delmonico, Charlie Palmer and a few others. I've also done them wearing a sport coat (and slacks). Done them in slacks and golf shirt. It's Vegas. I've seen plenty of people better attired in resort casual than what some think looks good in business/dinner wear -- it's about the look, how you carry it and the quality, not just covering up your knees.

    You and Terri should compare notes! lol
     
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    Ahhhh, thanks Ken. That makes me feel better. He actually tried to suggest Battistas and I blacked out from rage for a moment. Think we've scrapped Charlie Palmer because a) COTW entree has been steak two weeks in a row and I have a strong feeling it will be pork or lamb next week and b) we have no reason to be way down that end of the strip other than dinner. So now considering Delmonico, BLT, Striphouse, and Gordon Ramsey (among others. Haven't counted out DB Brasserie either).
     
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    I've seen men in shorts at Mastro's many times.
     
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    Battista's is grounds for divorce. And a serious bit of culinary recalibration.
     
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    I've eaten at Delmonico and Gordon Ramsay. I prefer Delmonico mainly cause Ramsays is too noisy which is why I won't go back to Tao. If you're still considering DB I agree with ken - very good.
     
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    I spit out my coffee when you said "blacked out from rage". In suggesting Battista's after you have put in all this time in finding the perfect place for you and hubby, truly makes it evident that hubby cannot be allowed to ever pick out any restaurant.
     
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    My number one advice is something closer to YOUR hotel. I have never understood the effort sometimes taken to travel to a restaurant - unless it is really something special. Between options at Paris, Bellagio or Caesars you can enjoy dinner and not bother with the travel.
     
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