Just got back from a quick trip to Vegas August 8 to 11th. Dinner at Samba at the Mirage was okay but not great. An all you can eat Brazillian steakhouse where they keep bringing you grilled meat until you tell them to stop. Hit or miss -- some good some not. Around $40 per person not including drinks.
Joes Seafood, Prime Steaks and Stone Crabs in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Absolutely terrific. Stone crabs as an appetizer were fresh and delicious and I'm not even a crab fan. Steaks were outstanding -- bone-in ribeye and bone-in filet. I'm a big Arnie Mortons fan, and these were right up there, better than Ruth's Chris, Delmonicos, Prime and the other top places. Great room and excellent staff. Pricey -- $167 for 2 with one drink -- but worth it.
Dinner at Commanders Palace in the Desert Passage at the Aladdin. I've been here before and had a fabulous meal, and they did it again. The food is different, and always flavorful. Mock Turtle Soup was outstanding (newcomers should try the soup times three appetizer to sample their various soups). Had foie gras gumbo -- very unique and very delicious, though exteremely rich. Creole filet mignion also excellent. Dessert of Bananas Foster was perfect (not surprising, since it is one of their specialties.) Excellent wines by the glass -- good, unique choices and a knowledgeable staff to make suggestions, but not push anything. Dollar for dollar I've found Commanders Palace to be the best and most consistent big name place in Vegas. (But I'll give Joes another visit to see if it can give it some competition.)