Just booked a 5-day trip to Vegas in December (longest time we've ever spent there, but it just worked out that's what I needed to do if I wanted to use miles for the flight). We already know at least some of the places we'll be going ->
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.
Lotus of Siam - somehow never went on our prior trips - won't miss it this time.
B + B - newly opened since our last visit, eager to try unless strongly discouraged by any responses here (though most comments I've seen on this board seem to be positive).
Bouchon - definitely for breakfast; have thoroughly enjoyed our dinners there too, but may skip this time if there's other good suggestions.
Other places we've already been include ->
Rosemary's - loved the 50% off wine on Sunday but were surprised that we were actually a bit underwhelmed by the food, particularly after all the glowing reviews. Perhaps expectations were too high.
Aureole - thought it was good not great. Love the wine list gadget and the tower.
Renoir - again, good not great (is this gone?)
Sushi Roku - had a pretty good sushi lunch.
Noodles (Bellagio) - great for a dim sum lunch.
Petrossian Bar (Bellagio) - nice for a little caviar or smoked fish snack and a glass of bubbly or shot of vodka.
So ... I'm looking for ->
- 2 other dinner suggestions
- lunch suggestions, lighter food and ethnic particularly welcome
- sushi - what's the best in LV?
- we'll probably take at least one day trip to Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire; anything worthwhile along the way?
Not to limit possible suggestions, but my own "not so short list" of places I've not yet tried and am curious about includes Alex, Boulud, Wing Lei, Okada, Red 8, Le Cirque, Picasso, Michael Mina, Fleur de Lys, Guy Savoy, Japonais (have been to the one in Chicago). I should probably note that S.O. probably only has patience for, at most, 2 full-blown tasting menu style dinners, and L'Atelier will be one.
Finally, lodging suggestions. We've always stayed at the Bellagio which I enjoy for its more subdued style and central location. I'm thinking about the Wynn or the Venetian for a change but am concerned that the Wynn is somewhat isolated (we like being able to walk to restaurants in other resorts) and that the Venetian may not be on par with the quality of the Bellagio. Thoughts?