Hello Vegas Hounds!
We are SF Bay Area Hounds heading to Law Vegas for the first time in over a decade for a summer getaway and would love feedback on potential eating itinerary. DH and I have been there once before kids, but it was more than 10 years ago, before our kids were born. They are now 7 and 10 year old well-behaved kids who can eat unusual fare and quietly sit at nice "white tablecloth" restaurants. With that said, I've never taken them to three Michelin star restaurants as I don't want to spend $300 per kid on food they may not appreciate.
We are in Vegas because other relatives asked us to meet them there.
My goals for this trip are to relax by the pool and enjoy some good food. Generally, when we vacation, we tend to prefer farm-to-table cuisine, seafood, or unusual ethnic fare we can't normally get. We also love cocktails!
Food is the priority for us when we travel as a family. I plan our vacations around the meals. Yet budget is not a concern so I'm happy to take my kids right at opening (like 5:30!) to "nice" restaurants or have lunch at places known for being "hipster hangouts" and not kid-friendly in vibe.
We also enjoy "destination" adventures like snacking at the Ferry Building in SF with oysters and clam chowder (plus grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids) from Hog Island, bread from Acme, more cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, charcuterie from Boccalone, etc.
We regularly enjoy ethnic cuisines like Afghan, Burmese, Indian, Korean, Fijian, Lebanese, and Peruvian, as well as "standard" ethnic fare like Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, etc. as well as "Californian" or European-influenced fare. However, my 7 year old has peanut and fish allergies. Thus, we usually avoid any restaurant that regularly uses peanuts (e.g., Thai or Vietnamese) due to cross-contamination concerns even though I love those flavor profiles. This is why I'm not putting Lotus of Siam on our list to be safe.
Please don't suggest other Asian restaurants unless it's truly spectacular (we have plenty of amazing Asian food here and I'm really picky about my Chinese food, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants).
I'm less concerned about restaurants that serve fish, so we regularly eat at sushi and seafood restaurants. I don't know about Vegas' sushi restaurants, but I've read about a few seafood buffets and my 7 year old loves crab, lobster, and other shellfish, so she still has some options besides fish.
My husband is also lactose-intolerant, but we find most chefs can accommodate this (though he often gets very sad substitutions when we do tasting menus at restaurants that rely heavily on cream/cheese).
I'm assuming we will get Uber/Lyft as we are staying on the Strip. Let me know if you think we should rent a car to get to outlying restaurants. My research thus far seems to have focused on Strip restaurants or downtown restaurants.
My list so far is below, but I need more ideas (especially options for lunch):
- Joel Robuchon (I'll leave the kids with relatives for this meal, assuming I can get the reservation)
- Picasso (I may opt for the pre-theater menu since we'll have the kids so we can go early)
- Le Cirque (again, pre-theater menu seems like a good option if we have to bring the kids)
- Bacchanal buffet at Caesar’s (any other buffets worthwhile?)
Thanks in advance for any insight or feedback you can share.