Coming To Las Vegas For 50’th Birthday, Looking For Good Veal Restaurant

I’m coming to Vegas on Sept. 13 through the 16th. My 50th Birthday is the 13th. I would like to know a GREAT place to dine, that has a nice selection of Veal on the menu.

If that is not available then a place for good reasonable food period. I want to really enjoy my birthday to the fullest.

Thank you,

Pat Williams

Ted Responds:

Congrats on the big birthday coming up!

Offhand for veal:

Onda – The Mirage
Brasserie PUCK – Crystals at CityCenter
L’Atelier by Joel Robuchon – MGM
Grotto – Golden Nugget
Brio Tuscan Grille – Town Square (1/2 mile south of Mandalay Bay)
Olives – Bellagio

Not my area of specialty (veal) but that any one of those places will be a great meal. I’m partial to Brio and you get the bonus of checking out Town Square (well worth seeing, see end of this post for details). Plus, the bill won’t be as scary as some of those other places listed but it is still really nice.

Perhaps we’ll get some additional input from readers when we post this. Post comments below.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor

Las Vegas Trip Report – Stayed At Aria, Great Restaurants, Terrible Service

I’m a long time Las Vegas visitor so I just had to stay at the new hotel Aria, in City Center. The hotel was disappointing, although the restaurants were great. Particularly, American Fish and Mastro’s Ocean Club in Crystals.

I had several service problems at Aria. Aria staff didn’t clean my room one day because, “they had no one to clean it.” Or, so said the supervisor. I asked to see the Hotel manager when checking out to provide management some “feedback” about the hotels operations. Management was too busy to speak with me in person. I declined the phone conversation.

The Aria has very low quality quest services. I will not stay there again. It’s amazing that they can charge exorbitant rates and get away with that kind of service. Makes you wonder why visitors continue to put up with that nonsense when there are so many other choices to spend your vacation cash.

We saw Daughtery, LifeHouse and Cavo at the Orleans Casino. Great show, nice casino, friendly staff. Barry Manilow was good over at the Paris. Tickets are a little pricey for his show, but I thought he did a nice job.

Steve from Loveland, OH

Ted Responds:

Aria service is getting TERRIBLE reviews (including from you) and yet their CEO recently noted that service at MGM Mirage (Resorts International) properties have been improving. Something will have to give. Aria is having trouble getting the room rates that the 12 year old Bellagio commands and this isn’t helping. Unfortunately, complaints about service at Aria are all over the internet. Hard to believe they picked the cream of the crop from their other hotels. And in this economy with 14% unemployment here, you would think that the employees would be all over themselves to provide amazing customer service.

I agree… restaurants and the bars and lounges at CityCenter: Expensive but top notch. Love it. But service for the the hotel…. not good. Not funny to pay that kind of money and get Imperial Palace service.

Orleans Las Vegas is a great place to see a show. We often suggest checking out The Orleans for people who want to sample a “locals” hotel casino. They have a free shuttle from Bill’s Gambling Hall on The Strip. Call ahead for current shuttle information.

Barry Manilow is hanging in there… remember… he’s not 25 years old! Still getting great reviews for the show and his energy.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor