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Vegas May 21-24, trying to decide between restaurants in Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand

LauOnLaw | May 7, 2012 03:33 PM

Greetings fellow Chowhounders!

My girlfriends and I are going to Vegas Monday, May 21 to Thursday, May 24. We are Canadian, from the West Coast (Vancouver), all in our late 20s / early 30s, working in professional careers (lawyers, teachers, photographers) and with spouses/partners. So, we have a decent amount of money (but are by no means wealthy), and our uber-trendy clubbing days are long behind us. We all love to eat and make good food and good wine/cocktails/beer and are adventurous eaters. We love getting a great deal, but also want good food (so, sadly, e by Jose Andres and Joel Robuchon are both out simply because of cost, but we'd be happy to spend $50-$100/person for dinner (incl. wine)).

It's our first time in Vegas.

We're staying at the Mandalay Bay and have tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's KA on Tuesday at 10:00pm (at the MGM Grand) and Cirque du Soleil's O on Wednesday at 10:30pm (at the Bellagio).

I'm hoping that the Chowhounders can provide me with an opinion on our various restaurant choices:

Monday lunch - Estiatorio Milos (so excited about the $20.12 prix fixe lunch!)

Monday dinner - Hoping to eat at a restaurant in Mandalay Bay. We are deciding between Charlier Palmer Steak ($48 for the Cut of the Week prix-fix 4 course menu, including bottomless wine pairings) or Aureole ($85 for 4 course prix-fixe Parallel Tasting menu + $55 for wine pairings; but we can get $50 gift certificates for $20 at

Tuesday dinner - Hoping to eat at a restaurant in MGM Grand, or somewhere close by. Fiamma, Nobhill Tavern, and Craftsteak all look good in MGM; alternatively, the Cosmopolitan restaurants look amazing - and we could consider Jaleo, Scarpetta, or D.O.C.G.

Wednesday dinner - buffet at the Bellagio. It's $29.99/person and we figure it will be our Vegas buffet experience!

Any thoughts on our choices of restaurants for Monday and Tuesday night dinners? Thanks so much in advance, and I will definitely post reviews afterwards.

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