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Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

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Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

LONG time lurker, first time poster. I didn't want to join and make a post until I had a trip in at least the planning stages, and finally that's the case.

My wife and I last visited Las Vegas in 2003 and ate at pretty much all our meals buffets (Bellagio and Flamingo), mainly for convenience and flexibility. We're planning to return in a few months (not booked yet - waiting for best offers), and this time I want to do restaurants instead, at least for dinner.

Inasmuch as this will be a trip in honor of both our 40th birthdays, we'd like to try a few upscale places on the strip. Here are the wrinkles: both of us do not like places that feel too fancy or snooty, and in terms of food we're not fans of Italian or French cuisine, and we don't like places that only have exotic or bizarre dishes. I know - picky picky....LOL!

Really we just want a place that will be a cut above in terms of ambiance and food quality, but where the people (clientele and staff) and food are down to earth. Price is not an issue, though we'd prefer not to creep a lot higher than the $100-$150 per person neighborhood.

Are there places on the strip that seem to spring to mind? If so, recommendations would be very much appreciated.



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1. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

I think you would like FIX at Bellagio. You may be able to check out their menu online.

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2. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

Olives at the Bellagio would also fit that bill

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3. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

Joe's Stone Crab. Great food. Zero pretention.

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4. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

So where are you staying ??

To name a few among many more...

Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio

Delmonico at the Venetian

Kokomos at the Mirage

Olives at Bellagio

Country Club at Wynn

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5. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

The Range Steakhouse in Harrahs. The food was excellent, and there were people there wearing anything from tshirts & jeans to dressy clothes and it didn't seem to matter to the people who worked there. Very down to earth, great steakhouse in my opinion.

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6. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

We went to Prime in Bellagio during restaurant week. I think it was like

$52.00/person - a steal IMO. At first, I felt awkward ordering off the "special" menu, but the waiter made us feel very comfortable. The room is beautiful, especially if you get a table by the windows to view the fountains and the food was fantastic!

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7. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

There are a number of Steak Houses that would work, including Delmonicos at Venetian. I also might recommend Emerils at MGM.

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8. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

I love Prime at Bellagio, but think you might find it too stuffy.

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9. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

I haven't found too much "snootiness" in the Vegas restaurants, and this is coming from a female who loves fine dining but doesn't own designer clothing and has obvious tattoos on her arms and rarely orders wine. Even at the most expensive places the servers seem pretty friendly. Since you don't like anything Italian or French, it seems like Steakhouses, Seafood, or American Cuisine would be the best. If you like Southwest Cuisine give Mesa Grill at Caesars a try, the food is good and the servers are friendly. As for Steak (that isn't too stuffy/'snooty) I liked the food and service at Botero. SW is good too but I don't think the servers aren't as "down-to-earth" as you'd like. Emerils would be a good choice as well. If you go downtown you could try Hugos Cellar, not the finest dining around but the service is great and it has an oldschool feel to it. There are few new places at Aria that you could try- Julian Serrano, Sage, and American Fish look the most interesting to me.

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10. Re: Restaurant that's upscale, but not snooty

i happen to think Bradley Ogden has some lovely cooking and was very welcoming and reasonably priced, considering the quality!

Looking at the posts and your request, i think it would be perfect for you.


and Joe stone is also great, but actually pricier than Bradley Ogden!


Personally, been to Olives several times and have never thought it was all that, and the mrs is not a meat eater, so can't comment on Prime!