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40th birthday dinner

loof | Mar 13, 201405:00 PM

My husband and I will be in Vegas next month to see my folks (who have retired to Henderson). They have offered to take me out to dinner to celebrate my birthday, which is lovely of them--but...let's just say they prefer volume over quality. Their idea of fine dining is pretty much the M Buffet.

I'm looking for restaurant suggestions that will appease my parents but won't suck on our end, either. Also of note: I can't eat gluten, and while I will eat meat, I'm not a huge steak kinda gal either.

Ideas I had included:

Mon Ami Gabi (husband and I have been before, and it's nice enough, but I kinda want to go somewhere new)

Raku is also another idea, though I'd again prefer somewhere we haven't yet been and I thought their sake prices were really high (and if we're dining with my folks, I'm gonna need some sake).

Mastros Ocean Club. I've heard mixed reviews, and I know it's pricey (I can't even find current menu prices online!), but it also seems like a lot of food (for a lot of money), which will at least appease them. Like I said I'm not a fan of huge slabs of meat, but they seem to have a respectable fish offering too? Partly it's because I'm craving a huge icy vodka martini with bleu cheese olives...

Chada Thai

LOS (but neither LOS or Chada scream "birthday!" to me)

Roy's (seems to get good reviews on TripAdvisor. but then again so does Cheesecake Factory...)

Sen of Japan (I have been before, but I'm less inclined as sushi isn't their thing)

Another buffet?! At least we can all get what we want?


Husband and I will be staying at the Mandarin. We'll be renting a car, but I'm leaning more toward staying on Strip for this one--though I can be convinced. Also would prefer somewhere not frighteningly loud.

We're from Portland, Oregon, so we're a little spoiled by great food at reasonable prices. ;)

Please help? Thank you!

Mon Ami Gabi,
Sweets Raku,
Sen of Japan,
The Cheesecake Factory
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