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Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

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Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

Hey forum - I did a search for this topic and the most recent answer I could find was from early 2009, so I thought I'd ask again since restaurants can come and go so quickly in Vegas.

I'm a solo traveler going to Vegas for two nights as a little treat to myself before heading home for the holidays. I've been to Vegas many times, but this is my first time going alone, so most of the restaurants I know are either good for groups or very pricey "splurge" places. I'm looking for good solo dining place, nothing too outrageous, just a friendly, casual restaurant with solid food where I can get a properly mixed cocktail, maybe just eat at the bar. I had one very great and one very mediocre experience at Nob Hill Tavern at MGM Grand, so I probably won't return, but that's sort of the vibe I'm looking for. Suggestions? Thanks!

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1. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

As a solo traveler, I have not found any restaurant to be off limits. If I want a particular type of food, I will just go in and ask to be seated either at the bar or a table. So my advice would be to just pick what food you like and go.

I've read on here occasionally that a traveler felt they got attitude from their server when dining alone, but I have always had the opposite experience. The servers always seem to be very helpful and attentive when I'm dining alone.

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2. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

DOCG at Cosmopolitan. The food is great (its Italian) and the cocktails are wonderful. The restaurant is the casual sister to Scarpetta- both are Scott Conant restaurants.

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Grand Lux in The Venetian has always been a good place for me whence solo.

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4. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

Bouchon strikes me as both Upscale and Casual. It's a little expensive but it'd be great for a solo traveler.

Olives at Bellagio is Upscale and fairly Casual. You can sit at the bar there, if I remember properly.

The Grand Lux is always a great spot for anyone. Less Upscale more Casual but certainly a nice place.

THE Burger Bar at Mandalay would be good.

I'd think that just about any sushi bar in town would be good for a solo traveler.

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5. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

Try First Food @ Palazzo. Fits your "upscale casual" requirement and not pretentious. I've eaten solo there at the bar many times.

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6. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

I love upscale casual and dine solo that way often.

Yellowtail in Bellagio for sushi

B&B in Palazzo/Venetian

Sensei in Bellagio

Mesa Grill in CP


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7. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

We saw a couple of solo diners at Le Cave in Wynn and they were treated extremely well. I love a place with small plates as a great option for eating alone. I would also highly recommend Tableau for brunch or lunch as it is so elegant...and, the wait staff gushes over you.

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8. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

I've eaten at a number of the more upscale restaurants in Vegas solo. I tend to get there once or twice a year for conferences. I have never had an issue nor have I felt that I stood out dining alone. That could be that I travel a lot for my job and am used to eating at nicer restaurants alone. There have been a couple of times when they suggested that I eat at the bar instead of at a table. Most of the time I will oblige them and head into the bar. Though sometimes I do tell them that I would prefer a table as I want to spread out and do some work while I am eating. Its never been an issue and they just give me a table.

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9. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

Saw some solo diners at Wolfgang pucks bar and grill in MGM. Great food, upscale casual. Def recommend it.

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10. Re: Upscale casual dining for a solo traveler

The bar at Mastros (in the Crystals Mall) is very friendly, great food, TV's above bar, piano guy excellent.