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Help! I Need Tapas/Small Plates Suggestions Near Venetian

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by ExVegasLocal, Nov 14, 2014.

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  1. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    We are visiting in a couple of weeks and I need the creative suggestions of the VMB'ers. You see, my husband had stomach surgery a few years ago. He can only eat small amounts at a time. This means that buffets are out of the question for us. There are few things as frustrating to me as paying $40-$50 for a buffet only to watch him eat five small bites and push back from the table. As for fine dining, it embarrasses me to share an entree. Shared entree = smaller bill = smaller gratuity = inattentive service. (I was a server a very long time ago. That's just the way it is. Servers work for tips. Where there is reduced tip potential, there is often reduced service. And though I am a good tipper, there is no way for the server to know that I will compensate him/her well for good service, regardless of the amount of the bill.) For us, a restaurant that serves small plates allows us both to enjoy the meal.

    We are staying at the Venetian. We have a show to attend at the Wynn and a show to attend at Paris (on different nights). I'm looking for excellent tapas/small bites suggestions for dinner. Here are the criteria:

    1) Firefly is out. We have been there many times.
    2) Sushi is out. We both despise seafood.
    3) They must be enroute from Venetian to Wynn or Venetian to Paris, or inside Wynn or Paris.
    4) Budget is up to $200 per meal, including wine and gratuity.
    5) Bonus points awarded if they accept reservations.

    So far, the only place I can think of is La Cave at Wynn. But I'd like to come up with a few to choose from. Let me hear your ideas.
     
  2. 44inarow

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    I know that this is outside your distance parameters, but not by much, so I'll throw out Julian Serrano at Aria, which is one of my favorite restaurants in town. There's also Jaleo at Cosmopolitan; I've never been to the Vegas location, but the DC one is very good.
     
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    Me gusta Julian Serrano, también.

    But if you need to keep it within your stated geographic area, you could do a lot worse than La Cave at Wynn. It’s certainly not groundbreaking with respect to creativity. But I’ve always had excellent meals there, the wine and beer lists are good and it’s actually reasonably priced for a restaurant in a high end strip hotel.

    Sorry, I realize that I didn't really add anything to the discussion. :eek:
     
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    You could always try Otto at the Venetian and simply avoid the mains.
    My wife and I ate there the other night restricting our choices to the antipasti - excellent prosciutto and salami, a salad and one item each from the fritti (arancine) and the verdure selections.
    You would struggle to hit the $200 eating this way unless your wine choices are especially pricey, and we found service was perfectly attentive.
     
  5. ExVegasLocal

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    Thanks for the reply, 44inarow. As for the evening at Paris, I thought about Julian Serrano, but that is quite a hike. Jaleo is a possibility, but still a bit farther than I wanted to walk.

    As for Wynn, it looks like Society Cafe may have some interesting appetizers/small plates as well as some tasty entrees that might please us both. It gets pretty good reviews on Yelp. Any thoughts on Society Cafe from you VMB'ers would be appreciated.
     
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    Another vote for Julian Serrano
     
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    We like Society Café, but it's convenient for us as we stay at Encore every trip. Their bar area is small but nice and we prefer eating at the bar. Food is solid as is service. I wouldn't consider it a tapas place as your choices are going to be pretty limited. Can't remember ordering anything there we didn't like, so there's that. Nice wine selection. We eat at La Cave most trips and love the place. Enjoy.
     
  8. ExVegasLocal

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    For the evening at the Wynn, we have chosen the Society Cafe because he likes their appetizer menu, while I like their entree menu. That night happens to be Thanksgiving, so if I'm lucky, they will offer a turkey meal for me. They allow reservations, so that one is a lock.

    For the following evening at Paris, we are still stuck. So far, it is looking like Jaleo at Cosmo might be our best bet. But I would love some more suggestions around that area.
     
  9. ExVegasLocal

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    For the evening at the Wynn, we have chosen the Society Cafe because he likes their appetizer menu, while I like their entree menu. That night happens to be Thanksgiving, so if I'm lucky, they will offer a turkey meal for me. They allow reservations, so that one is a lock.

    For the following evening at Paris, we are still stuck. So far, it is looking like Jaleo at Cosmo might be our best bet. But I would love some more suggestions around that area.
     
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    Sensi at Bellagio. I would recommend Julian Serrano over Jaleo.
     
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    Julian Serrano gets another vote here...
    Giada also serves a long list of small plates and even the entrees are in tiny portions.
     
  12. ExVegasLocal

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    Sensi leans too heavily on seafood, which neither of us enjoy. We have chosen Olives at Bellagio because a previous reply mentioned Otto at Venetian, which got us thinking about Italian. Olives is easily accessible from Paris. He can order a flatbread and/or salad, while I can try a pasta dish or the tenderloin. Who knows? Maybe we will be able to see the fountains. For some reason I'm under the impression that Olives is closing at some point, so I had better give it a go before it is too late.

    Thanks all for the suggestions! You guys are the best!
     
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    La Cave, located at Wynn, is tapas style. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas. We usually go twice each visit.
     
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    What about Border Grill in the Forum shops? Is that considered tapas/small plate style?
     
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    Lots of dim sum selections at Red 8 in the Wynn.
     
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    I like Martorano's in Paris. I've gone several times and we've order several appetizers and a side of gnocchi or split a main. The service has always been excellent.

    Also, we've never had poor service and often order 1 entree plus an appetizer or two. I generally tip 20-25% plus. I understand what you are saying that a server doesn't know what kind of gratuity they'll get, but honestly, it's never been an issue.
    If you're still concerned, what about a happy hour with multiple appetizers.
    Jaleo in the Cosmo is a small plate restau..... as another suggestion.
    Also....a second vote for Giada's. Lots of choice for small plates......excellent service as well.
     
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    I've been to border grill @ Mandalay, and don't remember many small plate options, but the menu at the new location is supposed to be different.

    In addition to jaleo, china poblano @ Cosmo has both dim sum, and individual tacos on the menu.
     
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  18. ExVegasLocal

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    A happy hour with small plate offerings would have been great. I've always wanted to try Mix, but it's not convenient to the Paris where we will be seeing a show.

    I tried to get Giada's but there were no reservations available at the time we needed them. Though surprisingly they had a few available at the very beginning of the dinner service.

    Jaleo was a close 2nd, but again, their menu leans heavily on seafood choices which means we are relegated to a much smaller number of choices.

    We secured a 7:00 pm reservation at Olives for a Friday night, so I'm going to hold onto that. It doesn't have as many appetizer/small plate options as I'd prefer, but the location, menu, reservation availability, and possible view sealed the deal.

    Society Cafe at Wynn for Thanksgiving dinner and Olives at Bellagio for our Friday night dinner is what we are going with. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  19. Bommen

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    Julian Serrano had a happy hour between 3.30-5.00 during weekdays this summer, dunno if its still availible.
     
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