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Hugo's Cellar v. Pasta Pirate

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by FullPay, Aug 10, 2014.

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  1. FullPay

    FullPay High-Roller

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    With the loss of The Flame my wife and I will be looking for a new fine dining spot downtown. I have read a lot of online reviews of the Cellar praising the decor and service, but negative reviews consistently mention bad prime rib. Prime rib is not a difficult dish to execute, so it makes me wonder. Any goods or bads to share? Also, any discounts available for Hugo's?
     
  2. chinlover

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    Yes FullPay I am in the same predicament. I take my husband and friends each year in October for a birthday dinner at the Flame and I am trying to figure where to go. I am thinking Hugo's cellar or Andiamo. Any feedback would be great. Boy I am gonna miss the Flame and that Walleye!
     
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    Treated myself to Hugo's on my last trip after hitting my multi-royal. I can't saying anything about the prime rib because I didn't have it. I told the waiter I couldn't decide between the veal oscar, filet atlantis or the scallops...he said why not combine them all?

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    What I liked about Hugo's is that it wasn't all a la carte like many high end restaurants are. You can see the white asparagus and mashed potatoes on this dish, and there were some green asparagus stalks behind the steak as well. In addition, there is a table side prepared salad and bread ahead of the meal, along with a raspberry sorbet to clear your palate and then some chocolate covered fruits as complimentary dessert...but you can still order a full dessert if you like (I didn't have room).

    Overall impression of my meal at Hugo's? Well as you can see, I totally hated it, right?

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    I've never been to Pasta Pirate.
     
  4. Starz22

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    What I liked about Hugo's is that it wasn't all a la carte like many high end restaurants are. You can see the white asparagus and mashed potatoes on this dish, and there were some green asparagus stalks behind the steak as well. In addition, there is a table side prepared salad and bread ahead of the meal, along with a raspberry sorbet to clear your palate and then some chocolate covered fruits as complimentary dessert...but you can still order a full dessert if you like (I didn't have room). -Progrocker 2112

    I also like that it wasn't a la carte. The staff was amazing, the dining area was very elegant. The food was delicious. None of us had the prime rib, between us we had the scallops, queen lobster tails,steaks,a chicken dish,the escargot, and king crab legs. Not one complaint other than we didn't have room for desert. The women are greeted with long stemmed red roses. I enjoyed Hugo's so much I will make sure to eat there every time I'm in Vegas.



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  5. zignerlv

    zignerlv Low-Roller

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    I've dined at both, many times, and really like both a lot, but I don't see them as being too comparable. Pasta Pirate is a great value restaurant, whereas Hugo's is a gourmet restaurant. Very different. Which of the two would be better for you depends on what you are looking for. Both have online menus with prices, so you can compare see which has what you are looking for.
     
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    Just in case anyone is interested .... The Pasta Pirate at the California has a coupon in the Las Vegas Advisor for a "Buy One Entree / Get One Free", plus using your B-Connected points for a nice free meal for 2.
     
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    I had a decent steak there, but there's literally nothing special about the food. It's steak on a plate with sides. And, it tastes just as good as it sounds... a cooked piece of meat on a plate. Hugo's is definitely not in Flavortown.

    Flowers for the ladies is a nice touch and the tableside making of the salad is nice as well. The service is good and the atmosphere feels like you're in a cellar circa 1980. It's really a time capsule.

    Something your very elderly granny would enjoy but not necessarily the cup-o-tea I'm into.

    Never been to the pirate.
     
  8. Joe

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    We don't pay for the majority of our downtown food in Vegas. Pasta Pirate as mentioned is a value selection. We haven't been to Hugo's in decades and not the same as PP.

    I would suggest you also look at Redwood (Cal) or Second St Grill (Fremont). Both are a step up from PP, and very good! Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with PP and I enjoy watching the chefs prepare the food inside the glass enclosure.
     
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    No contest. Hugo's wins every time. But to be honest it's not fair to compare them. Pasta Pirate is more of a value type restaurant. Their food and service are both excellent. Hugo's is more of a special occasion restaurant. Been to both prefer Hugo's. Actually you might want to con side the Grotto at the Golden Nugget. Their Veal Parm is outstanding. Have a great time wherever you choose.
     
  10. Texas Gramma

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    If you belong to Four Queens Club 55 (for those 55 and over) you get 20% off in Hugo's. There are discounts all over the casino for card holders. I love Hugo's and a new love is next door at Andiamo's in The D. Both are wonderful. If you stay at The D ... they give you food dollars just like they give you freeplay dollars... very generous there with comps. Both places are an excellent value for fine dining.
     
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    The Redwood Room at the California has a nice dining atmosphere. The unadvertised porterhouse special for $24.95 is a great bargain. Their wine list is not large, but has some solid wines at a good price(by Vegas standards). Binions Steakhouse has the Old Vegas feel and has great views of the city, especially at dusk. I had the prime rib there last May, and it was pretty good. The Las Vegas Advisor has a coupon for Binions; I saved $27 off of my bill. I, like many people will miss the Flame...I really liked their stone crab special.
     
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    I ama BIG TIME Pasta Pirate fan ( and its a great value play).
     
  13. FullPay

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    Thanks for all of the fantastic input. I guess I was too limiting when I only mentioned two. Thread should have been fine dining downtown. We are not looking to celebrate an occasion, simply looking for a Thanksgiving meal which is not a buffet. Ten years ago we stayed at Bellagio on Thanksgiving and the buffet line was a three hour wait; fortunately I had made reservations at the VooDoo Lounge. Wonderful non-turkey meal. So mostly looking for a place that takes reservations. Binion's menu looks good and I like a view. I know that they have had a good rep for years. Anyone been there recently?
     
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