We'll be down in Vegas next weekend Jan 11/12 and are looking for our one fine dinning experience. The group is 6 guys - all professionals (well, some might say I'm not) and everyone is celebrating turning 40 this year. We're looking for somewhere with a reasonably lively atmosphere. So romantic and stuffy-ish restaurants are out - would prefer a modern feel but want to avoid places where the "scene" is the only redeeming feature of the restaurant. Friendly and professional service is a must. No particular cuisine is sought - I'm kind of up in the air on whether steakhouses make the cut. We're staying at the MGM Grand and I would prefer to get out of the hotel. No particular budget in mind but would expect $100 to $200 pp would do the trick. As much as I'd give it a go - some of the ultra expensive restaurants would be a bad choice as not everyone is on the same budget.
Some restaurants were suggested by one of our group:
Picasso, Nobhill, Valentino, and Le Cirque. From what I've read on the board, the latter two are to be avoided. Nobhill sounds quite good - but is at our hotel which I'd like to avoid.
Other places - I've seen on CH that sound like might work - Alex, L'Atelier, B&B, Bradley Ogden, N9NE, Bouchon. Not sure about $ and atmosphere of those restaurants.
Any advice on which to pick or avoid of the above? Any I am missing?