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Prime vs Mesa Grill

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by rmarkmeis, Feb 3, 2017.

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  1. rmarkmeis

    rmarkmeis Tourist

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    Trying to decide between these 2 restaurants to take my wife and parents. Any opinions?
     
  2. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Prime is about as good of a steak joint as you'll find (though the service leaves a bit to be desired). Mesa is a tourist trap (run, don't walk).
     
  3. Hogman

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    I have never eaten at Prime but the 2 times I have eaten at Mesa Grill I enjoyed the food and I would go back. I have eaten at Prime at the Beau Rivage and it was great
     
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  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Both are good, but quite different.

    Part of decision might lean towards where you are staying, how far parents want to walk, etc.

    Prime does a very nice job based on my 3 visits. Old style steakhouse, dark,etc. Expensive.

    MESA is more open, brighter, louder. Still good but I see it more like a mid day meal for us.

    How did you happen to pick these two places?
     
  5. RPMCanes

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    Prime is outstanding in every detail IMO
     
  6. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    Enjoyed being trapped at Mesa grill as the food was great!. It can get a little noisey but not killer.
     
  7. jbee

    jbee Low-Roller

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    It has been several years since we have ate there. Enjoyed the food. Remember, Mesa is Southwestern flavored food.
     
  8. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Yea... generally Southwest menu, but they do have lots of the standards including fish, steak and my favorite - Big Ass Burger - okay not the name, but it is big.

    Oh yea.. menu link
     
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  9. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    PRIME is an ├╝ber-expensive steakery, as joints of that ilk tend to be. Our first time there years ago we vowed never to go back owing to the airs and what was delivered overall for the price. Hey, every joint messes something up some time. A client took me back, and it was generally improved -- the meat has been w/o fault both times. They paid. I'd still not.

    MESA is cookie-cutter, and that's not necessarily a slam. Let's go with formulaic. We've eaten there more often. The first time was a flop, and that was right after opening. There have been no problems since. You have more diversity on the menu and the environment is lively and more vibrant-chill. (On a personal level, SW is a staple in our kitchen, and we cook all the time from this joint's cookbook.)

    Totally different animals, vibes, styles, eats, experiences.
     
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    ardee It's only money.

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    What ken2v said. PRIME is your basic top-end steakhouse, with all that entails. We prefer Delmonico or The Country Club. MESA GRILL, OTOH, is flashier, less full of itself and has a much wider menu to choose from. We have eaten here more than a few times and have always come away happy.
     
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  11. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    But it's a tourist trap.:goofy:
     
  12. thecarve

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    I'm sorry if my opinion offended anyone.

    Apparently my experiences (plural - one mediocre, one pretty awful) have been the exceptions rather than the norm. I'm glad to hear that, I suppose.
     
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    I've popped in and glanced at the menu at Mesa and was not impressed.
     
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    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    I just thought it was funny but not offended at all.:feedme:
     
  15. Hogman

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    I think that they try to do to the restaurant what the airlines are doing, I have always felt crammed in there a few too many tables.
     
  16. grosx2

    grosx2 Have fun storming the castle!

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    Mesa did earn a Michelin star back in 08 or 09, so there's that....

    But like others have said, they are very different restaurants, but both very good. Decide what type of food you would prefer, and choose accordingly.
     
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    No. MESA isn't "a tourist trap".

    MESA has really good food and sweet prices to go along with it. I never had a bad experience and bobby knows his stuff.

    If MESA is a "tourist trap" might as well say EVERY celebrity chef restaurant is a "tourist trap"
     
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    Count me in as another vote for Mesa. My wife and I love that place. We're at the point where their shrimp corn tamale is a staple of every Vegas trip for us now.
     
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    Agree. Mesa Grill is always on the agenda. Even if I don't do a full meal, I love to pop in for that tamale & one of their margaritas. I have never eaten at Prime.
     
  20. rmarkmeis

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    Thanks for input everyone. Based on initial posts I cancelled Mesa reservation and made one at Prime. Now I'm not so sure based on the latter posts. There are so many great places, I'm not sure how I settled on Mesa vs Prime. I guess I chose Prime mainly because I'm staying at Bellagio and thought I can just bill to the room. I chose Mesa because Bobby Flay seems like a great chef and I drool over his food when I see it on TV.
     
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