We’ll start this edition off with some information I think you’ll find interesting

What Does This All Mean?

Restaurants

As of 6 October, 2008

by

Paul S. Felix

 

As a complement to my quarterly hotel/casino rating analysis, I’ve decided to do a similar job on the information on various food establishments in Las Vegas. Some of these restaurants are stand-alone establishments, while others are casino buffets. The task has been an interesting one, to say the least, but I think the results are informative enough to justify it.

 

A few notes are due, however, just to head off most questions, complaints, and/or criticism(s). In no special order of importance or relevance:

 

1.      With the hotel/casino properties, a running update is done every three months and changes to any properties ratings can be tracked and traced over time. With that tool, trends can be seen in a property’s performance, whether those changes are seasonal or whether some internal operation at the property has caused an improvement or decline in their performance.

 

The numbers here take into account all the changes that have occurred over nearly a five year period and should be considered a solid map of each restaurant’s performance abilities. Here, this restaurant analysis will be a one-time-only action. The work needed to gather and arrange this analysis has proven to be much greater than that involved with the hotel ratings, so the writer begs off doing another one.

 

2.      The list of restaurants included here is not intended to be, nor should it be construed to be, comprehensive. The eateries shown were selected using one primary criterion: did they gather enough rating “votes” to justify giving them mention? If they did not, they didn’t make the list, period. “Best Kept Secrets” may still be very well kept indeed, if they are not on this list. Without ratings, they don’t show in the pool drawn from.

 

If the reader knows of some restaurant he/she feels should have been included, it is recommended that they go to the website from which these ratings were drawn and leave a rating. For those who wish to do so, data was gathered from the “I Eat Vegas” website (ieatvegas.com). No direct link is provided here for a variety of reasons.

 

3.      Some of the information included in this list may be out of date. A good example is Binion’s Steakhouse. This place has undergone some notable changes in the last few years. The actual relevance of the data to the current operation, as opposed to its previous operation, is difficult to determine as ratings from both periods are included in the information used. Some of the restaurants listed had their last rating entry over a year prior to this report, so it is impossible to tell if their performance in the intervening time has altered for good or ill, or whether they are even still in business.

 

Also, some of the newest places in town might not be listed, either because the list from which this information is gathered did not yet include them or because they had not yet received enough ratings to qualify for inclusion. If a specific restaurant is in fact no longer operating, treat the information shown as a control factor; if an active establishment cannot perform at least as well as one that went out of business, they have serious problems to address.

 

4.      Very few specific indications are given about where certain restaurants are located. In limited cases, such as the “Steak House Circus” (indicating it is the Steak House at Circus Circus), such a name has been provided for clarification purposes only to avoid possible confusion with one of several other properties of the same or very similar name located elsewhere (most of which didn’t qualify for inclusion). Those familiar with Las Vegas “geography” may already be aware of where most of these places are. For those who aren’t, a brief note on restaurant location is included at the very end of this writing.

 

5.      The categories provided are not of the writer’s making, but were originated by the webmasters. After reading this analysis, any questions concerning the categories themselves should be directed to them.

 

6.      The information here is gleaned from a very broad demographic base. No effort has been made to divide these restaurants into discrete categories such as buffets only or fast-food only, etc. Whether a restaurant is high end or a lowly hole-in-the-wall makes little difference. If it has been rated enough times to justify inclusion it is listed.

 

Age and income of visitors, restaurant cuisine and/or theme, décor, location and a host of other potential sub-divisions were not considered; everything has been lumped together into a single melting pot. This can actually have a positive outcome. Should a buffet (sometimes strongly looked down upon) score noticeably better than a true gourmet restaurant, that fact should be noted, not ignored. There are doubtless reasons for this phenomenon of which the customer should be aware.

 

7.      The greenish color at the beginning of a category indicates the category winner. The reddish one indicates the bottom feeder. The bluish one near the middle indicates the first property that meets or beats the average score in the category. This property then becomes the performance benchmark; the rule by which all others are measured.

 

In Rate and Trust, there are no coloration marks, nor indications of an “average”. This is because these two categories don’t need them. In Rate, the raw average is actually 61. That would position Emeril’s (at #12) as the “average” performer in the category. This makes no sense because the huge number of reviews for the #1 thru #6 properties so hugely skews the average that it becomes meaningless from this perspective. Truth to tell, House of Blues would come closest to the real “average” for the category, but it was felt best to just ignore it here.

 

In Trust, those numbers are not comparative to each other as are those for the other categories. This area explores how much veracity can be given to the other category scores for that one property, and the impression a reader might get after viewing them. As they are not being compared to anything but themselves, there is no “average”.

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For anyone who has not been exposed to my format in the Hotel Analyses, some explanation has been provided at the beginning of each category giving a brief of what information it is supposed to address and how the reader might interpret that information.

 

RATE This category can be considered a broad-based indicator of “popularity”. Las Vegas boasts roughly 40-million visitors a year. That translates to something over 100,000 visitors a day. Not every one of those people come to the website to rate their experience, of course. But, it is possible to extrapolate, based on the number of actual votes received over a known period of time, how many actual bodies each “vote” represents. In this instance each vote is representative of somewhere very close to 8,000 actual tourists. On that basis, it’s easy to see that a property like Spice Market Buffet is indeed very popular. Their 454 votes, multiplied by ~8,000 comes out to over three million tourists (3,632,000) who have visited that restaurant over a period of not quite five years (the age of the oldest votes still recorded). Conversely Pullman Grille, which only received 15 votes, had “only” 120,000 visits over that same period of time, or 3% of the load Spice Market supported. That is a huge difference in “popularity”. Some of the particulars of why these two show so differently can be gleaned from a study of the information below. Compare properties and how they performed in the various categories and the reader should be able to construe a wealth of insight.

 

How popular are they?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Spice Market Buffet

454

16

Margaritaville

41

31

Seasons Buffet

25

2

Le Village Buffet

344

17

Steak House Circus

40

32

Postrio

24

3

French Market Buffet

248

18

Binion’s Steakhouse

35

33

Taqueria Canonita

24

4

Ports O Call Buffet

144

19

Mesa Grill

35

34

Feast Buffet

23

5

Grand Lux Cafe

113

20

Eiffel Tower

34

35

Redwood Bar

23

6

Circus Circus Buffet

112

21

Sterling Brunch

31

36

SF Shrimp Bar

23

7

Delmonico

75

22

Stage Deli

30

37

Chinois

21

8

Cheesecake Factory

71

23

Victorian Room

30

38

Great Moments

21

9

Mon Ami Gabi

71

24

House of Blues

28

39

Canal St Grille

20

10

Top of the World

63

25

Magnolia's

28

40

Roxy’s Diner

20

11

Hugo's Cellar

62

26

California Pizza Kitchen

27

41

Benihana Village

19

12

Emeril's

61

27

Courtyard Cafe

27

42

Le Provençal

18

13

Monte Carlo Pub

53

28

ESPN Zone

27

43

Monterey Room

17

14

Kokomo's

49

29

Canaletto

26

44

Nero's

17

15

Carson St Cafe

45

30

Don Miguel's

26

45

Pullman Grille

15

 

WINNERS: This column shows the top 1/3rd performers of the restaurants listed. Whether or not visitors thought well of them, is not a factor here, just the fact that they got votes. Notice that 12 of the 15 top performers are on the Strip and two of the other three are downtown (Hugo’s Cellar at Four Queens and Carson St. Café at Golden Nugget). The only true non-Strip restaurant listed is Ports O’ Call at Gold Coast, next to Rio. Whether this Strip location is a factor in their popularity is unknown but one can easily construe that to be the case. After all, not many Vegas visitors take the effort to depart the beaten track looking for food experiences of whatever sort. Spice Market Buffet soars head and shoulders above the competition. They are by far the most popular even with the changeover to Planet Hollywood from Aladdin’s. It seems a wise choice on the new owner’s part to leave this eating establishment essentially intact. It’s very popular and therefore a big money maker.

 

By the way, make note of Circus’ position on the chart. At #6, this is the highest score they post in the entire review. In fact, they score at rock-bottom last in seven of the categories. Why they are so popular is a small mystery, unless their other good Family score counts. No other property in these ratings scores that badly, that consistently. That’s kind of scary, if you ask me.

 

AVERAGE: These are the mid-grade performers; neither hot nor cold. Some of the specific reasons they do not score better or worse might be revealed by examining the specific category ratings. If a restaurant scores well in one category (say, Food) but very poorly in another (say, Value) it might be construed that the fare is good but visitors feel it a bit over-priced. They might or might go back (check Revisit) for that reason. One has to do a little thinking to find possible reasons for this ho-hum outcome.

 

LOSERS: These properties generally do not rate well for more than one reason. Checking the individual category scores can often show poor performance in several areas, culminating with a very low Revisit score. Some work must be done in determining what the root causes may be. Suffice it to say, anyone patronizing any of these restaurants is flirting with trouble in one form or another. There is some surprise (usually unpleasant) waiting in the wings for the unwary patron. Do your homework before going there.

 

OVERALL (Scale is 1 to 10): This category represents a restaurant’s at-a-glance performance. It is a composite of all the category information as well as the popularity (Rate) information above. It gives insight into the top performers regardless of specific venue or category performance. Use it as a highlight or quick reference.

 

Who’s the best of the best?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Pullman Grille

8.73

16

Magnolia's

8.21

31

Taqueria Canonita

7.95

2

Carson St Cafe

8.48

17

Redwood Bar

8.20

32

ESPN Zone

7.93

3

Canaletto

8.47

18

Margaritaville

8.18

33

Victorian Room

7.90

4

SF Shrimp Bar

8.46

19

Postrio

8.15

34

Ports O Call Buffet

7.87

5

Great Moments

8.44

20

Le Village Buffet

8.14

35

French Market Buffet

7.85

6

Benihana Village

8.41

21

Cheesecake Factory

8.13

36

Emeril's

7.85

7

Don Miguel's

8.37

22

Hugo's Cellar

8.11

37

Courtyard Cafe

7.84

8

Roxy’s Diner

8.36

23

Seasons Buffet

8.10

38

Delmonico

7.82

9

Mon Ami Gabi

8.32

24

Monterey Room

8.09

39

Spice Market Buffet

7.81

10

Feast Buffet

8.29

25

Stage Deli

8.04

40

Top of the World

7.80

11

Steak House Circus

8.29

26

Kokomo's

8.03

41

Le Provençal

7.72

12

Nero's

8.29

27

Canal St Grille

8.02

42

Mesa Grill

7.69

13

Binion’s Steakhouse

8.27

28

Eiffel Tower

7.99

43

Sterling Brunch

7.38

14

Grand Lux Cafe

8.26

29

Chinois

7.98

44

House of Blues

7.06

15

Monte Carlo Pub

8.23

30

California Pizza Kitchen

7.97

45

Circus Circus Buffet

4.38

 

WINNERS: These properties ended up with the best composite scores of all the restaurants included in this analysis. This “whole picture” can almost be used as a stand-alone measuring stick. If one eats at every one of these places, there is small likelihood of disappointment, at least in one’s general impression. The small fractions of a percentage by which these places are separated are actually more important than they may seem at first blush. Consider that this is a composite score factoring in almost everything raters said about them below. From Ambiance and Food quality to Service and price, even 1/100th of a percentage point can separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

 

AVERAGE: Again, these are the mid-range joints, the ones that didn’t perform well enough to justify high praise and not badly enough to earn real criticism. In Winners, the high/low difference was 50/100ths of a point. Here it’s only 25/100ths; a much narrower margin. These are the sort of restaurants where one can generally be satisfied with some portion of the experience but dissatisfied with others. The exact combination of pro/con will probably be different for each place. The overall effect, however, will probably be one of lukewarm ambivalence.

 

LOSERS: These restaurants are where disaster may await. Visitors were roundly and broadly unimpressed (even overtly disappointed). Whether it’s a result of poor food, poor service, price problems, décor fiascos, access hassles, patrons were not happy campers. Again, a careful check of specific category scores can yield enlightening info.

 

AMBIANCE (Scale is 1 to 10) This category attempts to express the general atmosphere within the restaurant. If the place is “themed”, how does that atmosphere or ambiance support or conflict with that theme? If there is no specific theme, how does its ambiance complement, contrast, or even clash with enjoyment of the meal? It could include anything from lighting, carpets, speaker-broadcast elevator music vs. live musicians, tables and curtains, tiles, art work and even the view out the wind(s) might be involved. It’s a sublimation of the look and the feel of the place, separate from the food, service and price.

 

Does it feel good to be here?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Benihana Village

9.21

16

Great Moments

8.52

31

Emeril's

7.78

2

Binion’s Steakhouse

9.17

17

ESPN Zone

8.51

32

Cheesecake Factory

7.77

3

Margaritaville

9.14

18

Hugo's Cellar

8.48

33

Mesa Grill

7.71

4

Top of the World

9.03

19

Carson St Cafe

8.46

34

Courtyard Cafe

7.70

5

Steak House Circus

8.97

20

Postrio

8.45

35

California Pizza Kitchen

7.66

6

Feast Buffet

8.95

21

Monte Carlo Pub

8.41

36

Victorian Room

7.64

7

Pullman Grille

8.93

22

Seasons Buffet

8.40

37

Chinois

7.61

8

Canaletto

8.92

23

Redwood Bar

8.37

38

Stage Deli

7.60

9

Taqueria Canonita

8.87

24

Nero's

8.35

39

Magnolia's

7.42

10

Roxy’s Diner

8.85

25

Don Miguel's

8.19

40

French Market Buffet

7.41

11

Mon Ami Gabi

8.78

26

Grand Lux Cafe

8.17

41

SF Shrimp Bar

7.39

12

Eiffel Tower

8.73

27

Le Provençal

8.05

42

Ports O Call Buffet

7.31

13

Le Village Buffet

8.73

28

Delmonico

7.89

43

Monterey Room

7.23

14

Kokomo's

8.59

29

House of Blues

7.82

44

Sterling Brunch

7.15

15

Canal St Grille

8.55

30

Spice Market Buffet

7.79

45

Circus Circus Buffet

4.53

 

WINNERS: If atmosphere is an important factor to your dining experience, then this category should get your attention. These properties were selected by other visitors as the best. Whatever their “theme” they’ve done a very good job at making the dining experience consistent, comfortable and even entertaining. One must, however, take the restaurant’s theme/cuisine into account before blindly jumping in. For example: if you don’t like heights then Top of the World and Eiffel Tower might not be places you want to go, no matter how well they do with their décor or atmosphere. Whereas, if you are a classic “Parrot Head” then the Jimmy Buffet inspired Margaritaville at Flamingo might do you well. It is, after all, a matter of taste (in more than one way).

 

AVERAGE: These are the places that come across as rather blah, in the opinions of visitors. There’s nothing to write home about regarding any of them. Their décor, and atmosphere don’t inspire much of anything; it’s just there, a part of the place.

 

LOSERS: With these restaurants, something is seriously amiss. Either their décor doesn’t well match a “theme/cuisine” or there are other problems. Perhaps they’re dirty, worn out, smelly, etc. There’s a major problem of some kind. If you are the type whose gastric integrity suffers when a piece of art on the wall clashes with the carpet, think twice about going to these places.

 

SERVICE (Scale is 1 to 10) This category goes directly to the heart of how one was treated by everyone from the Maître’d’, to the wait staff, bus staff, and onwards. A waiter spilling a glass of water or improperly opening a bottle of wine at another table may or may not be germane to this category, but slow service, incorrect orders, pushy or impolite staff, etc., are.

 

How were you treated?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Nero's

9.00

16

Carson St Cafe

8.35

31

Postrio

8.00

2

Pullman Grille

8.93

17

Redwood Bar

8.33

32

Sterling Brunch

8.00

3

Steak House Circus

8.82

18

ESPN Zone

8.29

33

Le Village Buffet

7.95

4

Benihana Village

8.78

19

Cheesecake Factory

8.25

34

Spice Market Buffet

7.89

5

Top of the World

8.76

20

Monterey Room

8.23

35

French Market Buffet

7.85

6

Eiffel Tower

8.73

21

Emeril's

8.20

36

Ports O Call Buffet

7.82

7

Binion’s Steakhouse

8.62

22

Canaletto

8.19

37

SF Shrimp Bar

7.82

8

Hugo's Cellar

8.61

23

Margaritaville

8.19

38

Roxy’s Diner

7.80

9

Great Moments

8.52

24

Mon Ami Gabi

8.19

39

Taqueria Canonita

7.79

10

Chinois

8.42

25

Kokomo's

8.18

40

Victorian Room

7.77

11

Magnolia's

8.42

26

Mesa Grill

8.14

41

Monte Carlo Pub

7.73

12

Canal St Grille

8.40

27

Feast Buffet

8.13

42

Le Provençal

7.66

13

Don Miguel's

8.38

28

Seasons Buffet

8.12

43

Courtyard Cafe

7.51

14

Delmonico

8.37

29

Stage Deli

8.10

44

House of Blues

6.50

15

Grand Lux Cafe

8.36

30

California Pizza Kitchen

8.00

45

Circus Circus Buffet

4.30

 

WINNERS: Not many people go to a restaurant expecting to be insulted by the waiter. Nor do they go to be treated as if their presence is an imposition on the staff’s valuable time. The properties in this column have been rated as the best in the way they treat you the customer. Notice the dearth of buffets in this column. These are more generally places where people go to be pampered by having someone who actually takes their order and serves them the meal, pours their drinks, and generally cares about whether the patron feels good about coming in. Whether these places are “best kept secret” grills and cafes or true gourmet havens makes little difference. Visitors were impressed with the treatment they got and told us about it.

 

AVERAGE: This can be viewed as the “no frills zone”. You go, the staff does their thing, you get fed and you’re on your way; no muss or fuss, no fanfare or drama.

 

LOSERS: These places have a problem. Whether service is slow, snobby, or staff is just overworked, these places just don’t seem to sit well with all the other people who have already gone there and left you a note on their experience. If you go, don’t expect much because you probably won’t get much.

 

FOOD (Scale is 1 to 10) This category speaks solely to the food itself. Taste is the primary consideration though other information can be included.

 

Was it right? Was it good?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Benihana Village

9.05

16

Le Village Buffet

8.47

31

ESPN Zone

8.03

2

Pullman Grille

9.00

17

Postrio

8.37

32

Feast Buffet

8.00

3

Canaletto

8.92

18

Magnolia's

8.35

33

Seasons Buffet

7.96

4

Carson St Cafe

8.88

19

Roxy’s Diner

8.35

34

Margaritaville

7.92

5

Cheesecake Factory

8.83

20

Monte Carlo Pub

8.33

35

Canal St Grille

7.85

6

SF Shrimp Bar

8.69

21

Spice Market Buffet

8.32

36

Courtyard Cafe

7.77

7

Grand Lux Cafe

8.59

22

Chinois

8.28

37

Taqueria Canonita

7.75

8

Kokomo's

8.59

23

Steak House Circus

8.27

38

Mesa Grill

7.74

9

Nero's

8.58

24

Great Moments

8.23

39

Ports O Call Buffet

7.73

10

Delmonico

8.57

25

Hugo's Cellar

8.19

40

French Market Buffet

7.72

11

Mon Ami Gabi

8.57

26

Redwood Bar

8.16

41

Monterey Room

7.70

12

Binion’s Steakhouse

8.54

27

Sterling Brunch

8.15

42

Victorian Room

7.70

13

Stage Deli

8.53

28

California Pizza Kitchen

8.14

43

Le Provençal

7.33

14

Don Miguel's

8.50

29

Eiffel Tower

8.11

44

House of Blues

6.92

15

Emeril's

8.47

30

Top of the World

8.06

45

Circus Circus Buffet

3.90

 

WINNERS: All other considerations aside, it doesn’t matter how good the wait staff, how comfortable the atmosphere, how well priced the meal; if the food isn’t any good the rest can go hang. These places got the most attention for how well their food is.

 

AVERAGE: You go in, you sit down, you order, you eat, you pay, you leave; nothing special. It’s generally filling and there are no real overt objections. Like Service, it’s sort of another “no frill zone” where there’s generally nothing notable either direction.

 

LOSERS: Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Though these places might not truly earn the appellation of Ptomaine Palaces, their fare is not considered very good for one reason or another. Food quality isn’t always the answer; over- or under-cooked food and bad recipes aren’t always the real problem. Sometimes very limited selection can degrade a rating. One would have to read the actual written commentary from some of these places to understand just exactly why their ratings came in so low, but short of that I can only counsel extreme caution before eating at any of them.

 

VALUE (Scale is 1 to 10) This category addresses whether or not one feels the experience (primarily food, but ambiance and service can be included) were worth the money spent. When viewing this category, one must keep in mind the “quality” of the specific restaurant. A high rating for Hugo’s Cellar should not be construed as unduly comparable to a high rating for ESPN Zone or House of Blues. As indicated earlier, the demographic base addressed must be generally understood before a true picture can manifest. People who are used to dropping $400 to $500 a meal at one place might think that spending half that amount at a different place is a real bargain, whereas someone who thinks $50 a head for a meal is pretty stiff would run screaming from a place that charges that much just for an appetizer. It’s relative.

 

Was it worth what you paid?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

SF Shrimp Bar

9.52

16

Grand Lux Cafe

8.15

31

Binion’s Steakhouse

7.42

2

Magnolia's

8.92

17

Canaletto

8.11

32

ESPN Zone

7.29

3

Monterey Room

8.82

18

Courtyard Cafe

8.03

33

Nero's

7.23

4

Don Miguel's

8.69

19

Steak House Circus

8.00

34

Emeril's

7.21

5

Ports O Call Buffet

8.58

20

Victorian Room

7.93

35

Margaritaville

7.19

6

Great Moments

8.52

21

Stage Deli

7.86

36

Sterling Brunch

7.18

7

French Market Buffet

8.45

22

Canal St Grille

7.80

37

Le Provençal

7.16

8

Roxy’s Diner

8.45

23

California Pizza Kitchen

7.74

38

Taqueria Canonita

7.12

9

Monte Carlo Pub

8.41

24

Benihana Village

7.73

39

House of Blues

7.07

10

Redwood Bar

8.41

25

Chinois

7.66

40

Top of the World

6.79

11

Pullman Grille

8.33

26

Le Village Buffet

7.64

41

Eiffel Tower

6.70

12

Cheesecake Factory

8.28

27

Mon Ami Gabi

7.64

42

Kokomo's

6.69

13

Carson St Cafe

8.24

28

Hugo's Cellar

7.53

43

Mesa Grill

6.62

14

Seasons Buffet

8.24

29

Spice Market Buffet

7.46

44

Delmonico

6.53

15

Feast Buffet

8.21

30

Postrio

7.45

45

Circus Circus Buffet

4.44

 

WINNERS: Getting one’s money worth is of vital importance in any business transaction. If you feel ripped off, you certainly won’t feel you had a positive experience. When that feeling is connected with food, you can get really peeved. This one category alone can determine whether or not a customer will ever return for another try. Poor food is tolerable, if it’s cheap. Expensive food can be justifiable if it’s good enough. But bad food at a high price is just not something anyone is willing put up with more than once. Most of the picture for each restaurant can be impacted here. Ambiance, service, popularity, food quality, etc., can have effects of various degrees on whether or not a customer feels they are happy with the bill. But that final decision ultimately comes down to the bill itself. The properties in this column are those that have been determined to provide the best value for what was received.

AVERAGE: These properties sit in the middle of the pack. They seem to charge a reasonable price for what they offer, but to some degree or another they just don’t seem to really get anyone’s attention.

 

LOSERS: With these places, customers have indicated in droves that they are not happy with what they spent here and don’t appreciate being charged so much for whatever was received, however much or little it was. You can certainly go there, but be prepared to feel like you’ve paid too much.

 

ACCESS (Scale is 1 to 10) This category relates to how easy the place is to find and get into. Is it inconveniently located? Does it require reservations? Are its hours of operation odd or very limited? If one has to call for reservations 6 months in advance, wait in line for 4 hours, or can only eat during a three hour time period, the Access rating can be very low. If it’s easy to get in over a broad time period with little to no waiting, then the Access rating should be fairly high. An example of this difference can be seen by comparing the Margaritaville at Flamingo vs. Top of the World at Stratosphere. Access is very different, as it should be.

 

Is it convenient to get to and get in to?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

SF Shrimp Bar

8.86

16

Canaletto

8.23

31

Delmonico

7.74

2

Postrio

8.50

17

Taqueria Canonita

8.20

32

Hugo's Cellar

7.74

3

Carson St Cafe

8.48

18

Courtyard Cafe

8.18

33

Eiffel Tower

7.67

4

Margaritaville

8.48

19

Feast Buffet

8.17

34

Binion’s Steakhouse

7.62

5

Victorian Room

8.48

20

Stage Deli

8.13

35

Spice Market Buffet

7.61

6

Monterey Room

8.47

21

Kokomo's

8.08

36

Emeril's

7.59

7

Pullman Grille

8.46

22

Don Miguel's

8.07

37

Cheesecake Factory

7.54

8

Mon Ami Gabi

8.43

23

Grand Lux Cafe

8.03

38

ESPN Zone

7.51

9

Great Moments

8.42

24

Magnolia's

7.96

39

Canal St Grille

7.50

10

Le Provençal

8.38

25

Chinois

7.95

40

Steak House Circus

7.40

11

Roxy’s Diner

8.35

26

Ports O Call Buffet

7.93

41

Benihana Village

7.26

12

California Pizza Kitchen

8.29

27

Le Village Buffet

7.89

42

House of Blues

7.00

13

Nero's

8.29

28

French Market Buffet

7.83

43

Sterling Brunch

6.43

14

Monte Carlo Pub

8.28

29

Seasons Buffet

7.76

44

Top of the World

6.36

15

Mesa Grill

8.25

30

Redwood Bar

7.75

45

Circus Circus Buffet

4.75

 

WINNERS: Location isn’t the only aspect of this category. Certainly where a property is can make a huge difference on how many customers it gets and whether those people feel the trip worth the effort. For tourists staying on the Strip, going to Henderson just to eat a meal might seem a bit extreme. But that sort of access is only part of the picture. If a restaurant is located in a casino, where in that casino is it? Is it easy to find without a lot of direction inquiries or confusing signs? Are there long lines? Once one is inside is the seating reasonable or is the place crowded and hard to get around in? If the restaurant is a stand-alone business, is it easy to get to? Can it be seen from the road, or is it tucked into the back side of some strip mall where only the most experience cabbies with an aggressive GPS system can find it? Last, but certainly not least, there is the handicap access question. If you or someone in your party has difficulty getting around (walker, wheelchair, crutches, etc.), would this place pose extra difficulties for them or would they be able to get around with no more trouble than anywhere else? Are tables too close together? Is seating limited only to booths or tables, possibly rendering some people unable to use the facilities? There can be a wealth of information about a restaurant in this category if you give it the right perspective. The properties here did the best job, overall of providing ease of access of various sorts: location, entry, and use.

 

AVERAGE: These are a mixed bag and, unfortunately, we cannot detail how different each might be from the other despite the similar ratings. One must be careful to do some research in advance and plan a trip to them, not trust to spontaneous impulses.

 

LOSERS: These guys have major trouble. Many of them may suffer from multiple problems. Let’s look at one example: Eiffel Tower. Reservations are generally required. They can’t be gotten to just off the street; one has to enter the casino and use a special elevator. They aren’t very handicap friendly, despite some passing nod to ADA regulations during construction. The number of people they can serve at one time is strictly limited, and even getting in and out can be restricted by the elevator schedule. One has to plan well in advance before going and must include plenty of time into the experience. Other properties in this column can suffer from similar or equivalent negatives regarding access and use.

 

FAMILY (Scale is 1 to 100) This category indicates the percentage of visitors who answered “Yes” to whether a property is family or kid friendly. Would parents be comfortable taking their children there, or is there something about the place that might not be appropriate for kids? Two examples come immediately to mind. One is whether there might be some “adult” form of entertainment (like topless waitresses), or whether the place is just so swanky and requires such a high level of “sophistication” by the patrons that children just wouldn’t be able to handle it. If one is looking for a place to take the kids, the list as given works admirably. If one wants to avoid children during a meal, I might suggest you read the chart backwards, from bottom to top to locate the places that are least likely to have children underfoot.

 

Is the place “kid friendly”?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Courtyard Cafe

96.29

16

Monterey Room

70.58

31

Pullman Grille

40.00

2

Seasons Buffet

96.00

17

Le Village Buffet

69.47

32

Emeril's

34.42

3

Feast Buffet

95.65

18

Grand Lux Cafe

67.25

33

Steak House Circus

32.50

4

Roxy’s Diner

95.00

19

Magnolia's

64.28

34

Top of the World

30.15

5

French Market Buffet

92.74

20

Benihana Village

63.15

35

Mon Ami Gabi

26.76

6

Ports O Call Buffet

91.03

21

Taqueria Canonita

62.50

36

Sterling Brunch

25.00

7

Carson St Cafe

86.66

22

ESPN Zone

55.55

37

Kokomo's

24.48

8

Stage Deli

86.66

23

House of Blues

53.57

38

Canaletto

23.07

9

Don Miguel's

80.76

24

SF Shrimp Bar

52.10

39

Hugo's Cellar

20.96

10

Spice Market Buffet

79.34

25

Postrio

50.00

40

Eiffel Tower

17.64

11

Cheesecake Factory

78.87

26

Chinois

47.61

41

Redwood Bar

16.66

12

Le Provençal

77.77

27

Monte Carlo Pub

45.28

42

Delmonico

16.00

13

California Pizza Kitchen

74.07

28

Victorian Room

45.16

43

Binion’s Steakhouse

14.28

14

Circus Circus Buffet

72.32

29

Canal St Grille

40.00

44

Nero's

11.76

15

Margaritaville

70.73

30

Mesa Grill

40.00

45

Great Moments

9.52

 

WINNERS: The “Family Friendly” experiment of the early 90’s was a complete bust at least as far as the hotel/casino market was concerned. But, with meals there’s a whole different climate. Without judging whether or not tourists should bring their own children to Las Vegas with them, we also have to admit to the fact that Vegas has people of its own with their own children. A desire for restaurants where the entire family can go is quite understandable and the locals are not restricted from using the same dining facilities as the tourists. The properties in this first column are those that visitors have said provide an acceptable atmosphere for parents to bring children, whether they’re locals or out-of-towners.

 

AVERAGE: Various aspects of these places lend them a mixed bag of kid/family friendliness.

 

LOSERS: Being located in the “Loser” column here actually isn’t a real detriment for any property as it might be in another category. These properties score badly with parents who had kids with them, but score very well, relatively, for those who don’t want to deal with children while they eat. It’s a personal preference and that perspective should be kept firmly in mind when judging whether or not one is considering eating at one or more of these restaurants.

REVISIT (Scale is 1 to 100) This category indicates the percentage of visitors who said “Yes” to going back, if they had a chance. This can be called customer loyalty or satisfaction at one’s own discretion. I suggest that the larger the “popularity” score the more one consider it “loyalty”. After all, those numbers didn’t rack up like that exclusively on one-time customers.

 

Would you go back?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Benihana Village

100.00

16

Monterey Room

88.23

31

ESPN Zone

81.48

2

Pullman Grille

100.00

17

Nero's

88.23

32

Chinois

80.95

3

SF Shrimp Bar

100.00

18

Victorian Room

87.09

33

Great Moments

80.95

4

Carson St Cafe

97.77

19

Feast Buffet

86.95

34

Hugo's Cellar

80.64

5

Magnolia's

96.42

20

Stage Deli

86.66

35

Steak House Circus

80.00

6

Roxy’s Diner

95.00

21

Le Village Buffet

86.33

36

Kokomo's

79.59

7

Cheesecake Factory

92.95

22

Ports O Call Buffet

86.20

37

Emeril's

78.68

8

Margaritaville

92.68

23

Courtyard Cafe

85.18

38

House of Blues

78.57

9

Monte Carlo Pub

92.45

24

Canal St Grille

85.00

39

Mesa Grill

77.14

10

Canaletto

92.30

25

Seasons Buffet

84.00

40

Top of the World

74.60

11

Don Miguel's

92.30

26

Postrio

83.33

41

Delmonico

73.33

12

Grand Lux Cafe

89.38

27

Redwood Bar

83.33

42

Le Provençal

72.22

13

California Pizza Kitchen

88.88

28

Taqueria Canonita

83.33

43

Sterling Brunch

71.87

14

Mon Ami Gabi

88.73

29

French Market Buffet

83.06

44

Eiffel Tower

70.58

15

Binion’s Steakhouse

88.57

30

Spice Market Buffet

82.19

45

Circus Circus Buffet

34.82

 

WINNERS: No business survives long without repeat customers. The restaurants in this column have done the best in building a good foundation of customer loyalty. three of them scored a 100, meaning that literally every person who left a rating said they would go back and eat there again. That’s very impressive.

 

AVERAGE: Visitors are a little “iffy” with these properties. Though the responses are generally positive (82% to 88% of respondents saying, “Yeah, I’d go back,”) one still has to wonder, at least a little, why they don’t measure up to the performance levels shown above? What is it about that few percentage points between Magnolia’s and Courtyard Café that might make you hesitate to go there, if that decision were to be made simply off of this category?

LOSERS: Again, the numbers really aren’t that bad, all things considered. Fully 3/4ths of most visitors have said they wouldn’t have a problem going back. But that one-in-four who said, “NO!” to that question is what really gets my attention. I want to know why that person said he/she wouldn’t consider going back, thank you very much!

 

TRUST This category is one of my own inventions and doesn’t really run on a “scale” like the other categories. It is a composite score giving an indication of how much stock a reader should put into the rating information given. A property which has very few reviews is subject to wild swings in the numbers as new reviews come in. Thus a strongly rated review (good or bad) can cause a large shift in a property’s position on the chart. As more reviews come in, this phenomenon decreases. The average point is about where those wild swings should cease altogether. Numbers above the line give a good, solid impression of what a visitor’s experience will be like at a particular property. There is little likelihood that a visit there will depart noticeably from the impression given by the reviews or contain unpleasant surprises. Numbers below the line indicate a high likelihood that a visit will depart, in one or more significant ways, from the impression given by the raw numbers, and that that departure will likely be unpleasant.

 

How reliable is the information above?

 

WINNERS

 

 

AVERAGE

 

 

LOSERS

 

1

Spice Market Buffet

379.56

16

Circus Circus Buffet

40.52

31

Sterling Brunch

27.59

2

Le Village Buffet

304.00

17

Steak House Circus

38.63

32

House of Blues

27.55

3

French Market Buffet

212.51

18

Binion’s Steakhouse

38.33

33

Benihana Village

27.41

4

Ports O Call Buffet

130.92

19

Magnolia's

34.92

34

Feast Buffet

27.21

5

Grand Lux Cafe

108.38

20

Victorian Room

33.01

35

Roxy’s Diner

26.94

6

Cheesecake Factory

73.56

21

Stage Deli

32.97

36

Postrio

26.79

7

Mon Ami Gabi

70.38

22

Mesa Grill

32.93

37

Taqueria Canonita

26.62

8

Delmonico

60.73

23

Canaletto

31.82

38

Redwood Bar

26.00

9

Monte Carlo Pub

56.61

24

Don Miguel's

31.72

39

Great Moments

23.83

10

Hugo's Cellar

56.54

25

SF Shrimp Bar

31.46

40

Canal St Grille

23.82

11

Emeril's

54.17

26

California Pizza Kitchen

31.08

41

Pullman Grille

23.73

12

Top of the World

52.82

27

Courtyard Cafe

29.68

42

Chinois

23.46

13

Carson St Cafe

52.29

28

Eiffel Tower

29.64

43

Nero's

22.31

14

Margaritaville

45.58

29

ESPN Zone

28.46

44

Monterey Room

22.14

15

Kokomo's

45.39

30

Seasons Buffet

27.80

45

Le Provençal

18.57

 

In this category there really are no Winners or Losers. This category simply indicates, as said, how much trust you can put into the other ratings information as given. The trick is to take this as the “grain of salt” to go with all the other information. The lower on the list a property sits, the bigger that grain of salt should be. How much stock do you put into other people’s opinions? Are you the type that cares about what other people say, or do you have a highly developed sense of adventure? Just be aware that this category is merely a “hedge” on the ratings information. Low scoring properties aren’t necessarily bad. Usually their low position here is because they don’t have a lot of reviews and there’s the possibility that the information given is suspect because of the extremity of some of the content. You should do a little of your own research before deciding finally.

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THE MATRIX

 

Each restaurant is listed on the chart below by the number of times they met or beat the average score in each category. Restaurants listed with the same # are listed by their Overall score, best to worst. The number in the box shows what position they occupy on that particular category list, while a blank shows that they didn’t make at least average. For each blank in a category you find unimportant, raise that restaurant to the next higher number group. For each blank in a category you find very important, lower that restaurant one category group. This should give you a basic list of restaurants that should best meet your initial tastes and needs. Further adjustments can be made at your own discretion, according to your own criteria. I highly recommend that you not visit any restaurant that has a score less than a “5”. I have nothing personally against any of them, mind, it’s just that these restaurants have scored so poorly, in so many areas, that you are flirting with disaster (in one form or another) if you go there; it is likely that you will have an unpleasant experience and somehow regret your decision.

 

As in the with the Hotel/Casino reviews, I have color coded some of these column. Those columns headed in blue are the ones that I feel are the most critically important. If a property scores badly in one or more of these areas, they might not deserve my business. If several other people tell me that some place has bad Service, Food, or Value, or that they just won’t go back for whatever reason, I’m surely going to reconsider whether or not I might go there.

 

Name

#

Rate

Overall

Ambiance

Service

Food

Value

Access

Family

Revisit

Trust

Grand Lux Cafe

10

5

14

26

15

7

16

23

18

12

5

Carson St Cafe

8

 

2

19

16

4

13

3

7

4

 

Don Miguel’s

8

 

7

25

13

14

4

22

9

11

 

Mon Ami Gabi

8

9

9

11

24

11

 

27

 

14

7

Le Village Buffet

8

2

20

13

 

16

 

26

27

21

2

Cheesecake Factory

8

8

21

 

19

5

12

 

11

7

6

Pullman Grille

7

 

1

7

2

2

11

11

 

2

 

Canaletto

7

 

3

8

22

3

17

16

 

10

 

Benihana Village

7

 

6

1

4

1

28

 

20

1

 

Roxy’s Diner

7

 

8

10

 

19

8

8

11

6

 

Feast Buffet

7

 

10

6

27

 

15

15

3

19

 

Magnolias

7

 

16

 

11

18

2

2

24

5

 

Stage Deli

7

 

25

 

29

13

21

21

20

20

 

Great Moments

6

 

5

16

9

24

6

9

 

 

 

Nero’s

6

 

12

24

1

9

 

33

 

17

 

Monte Carlo Pub

6

 

15

21

 

20

9

9

 

9

 

Margaritaville

6

 

18

3

23

 

 

35

4

8

 

Monterey Room

6

 

24

 

20

 

3

3

6

16

 

Ports O Call Buffet

6

4

 

 

 

 

5

5

26

22

4

SF Shrimp Bar

5

 

4

 

 

6

1

1

 

3

 

Steak House Circus

5

 

11

5

3

23

19

 

 

 

 

Binion’s Steakhouse

5

 

13

2

7

12

 

 

 

15

 

Redwood Bar

5

 

17

23

17

26

10

 

 

 

 

Hugo’s Cellar

5

11

22

18

8

25

 

 

 

 

 

Seasons Buffet

5

 

23

22

28

 

14

 

29

 

 

Kokomo’s

5

 

26

14

25

8

 

21

 

 

 

Canal St Grille

5

 

27

15

12

 

22

 

 

24

 

California Pizza Kitchen

5

 

 

 

 

28

23

12

13

13

 

Postrio

4

 

19

20

 

17

 

30

 

 

 

Courtyard Cafe

4

 

 

 

 

 

18

18

1

23

 

Delmonico

4

7

 

 

14

10

 

 

 

 

8

French Market Buffet

4

3

 

 

 

 

7

 

5

 

3

Spice Market Buffet

4

1

 

 

 

21

 

 

35

 

1

Chinois

3

 

 

 

10

22

 

25

 

 

 

ESPN Zone

3

 

 

17

18

 

 

 

22

 

 

Taqueria Canonita

3

 

 

9

 

 

 

38

17

 

 

Victorian Room

3

 

 

 

 

 

20

20

 

18

 

Emeril’s

3

12

 

 

21

15

 

 

 

 

 

Top of the World

3

10

 

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eiffel Tower

2

 

 

12

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Provençal

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

37

10

 

 

Mesa Grill

2

 

 

 

26

 

 

43

 

 

 

Circus Circus Buffet

2

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

Sterling Brunch

1

 

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

House of Blues

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Closer Look

 

In this final section we’re going to examine some selected properties, comparing their performances to see if we can gain some insight not only in how to interpret some of the above data, but to see if we can make some sense out of some of the results.

 

RATE

Winner: Spice Market Buffet located in Planet Hollywood (formerly Aladdin’s – South Strip). Total score = 454, translating to about 3,632,000 visitors over a 5 year period.

 

For this comparison, the green highlight is the best score, yellow is second, blue is third, and pink is lowest.

 

 

Spice Market

Le Village

French Market

Ports O’ Call

Overall

#39 – (7.81)

#20 – (8.14)

#35 – (7.85)

#34 – (7.85)

Ambiance

#30 – (7.79)

#13 – (8.73)

#40 – (7.41)

#42 – (7.31)

Service

#34 – (7.89)

#33 – (7.95)

#35 – (7.85)

#36 – (7.82)

Food

#21 – (8.32)

#16 – (8.47)

#40 – (7.72)

#39 – (7.73)

Value

#29 – (7.46)

#26 – (7.64)

#7 – (8.45)

#5 – (8.58)

Access

#35 – (7.61)

#27 – (7.89)

#28 – (7.83)

#26 – (7.93)

Family

#10 – (79.34)

#17 – (70.58)

#5 – (92.74)

#6 – (91.03)

Revisit

#30 – (82.19)

#21 – (86.33)

#29 – (83.06)

#22 – (86.20)

 

Spice Market (Planet Hollywood), with the worst Overall score of these four, doesn’t seem to score well in any other category but Rate. They were voted to have poor Access and Value, meaning they’re difficult to find and/or get to and most patrons generally considered their fare over-priced – causing up to 20% of their visitors to say they would probably not go back. Their Family score is not very good which may actually be a plus for them, considering it means a low likelihood that children will be present or a problem during a meal. Their best scores come in Ambiance (people like the way it looks and feels). Patrons said Service (the way they’re treated) was reasonable, but not notable, and the Food was fair.

 

Le Village (Paris) scores better in most categories. Paris and Planet Hollywood are adjacent hotel/casino properties so it is difficult to tell, at least for now, why Spice Market would be more popular with tourists.

 

French Market (Orleans) is the most Family friendly and scores will with Value. Everything else is sort of ho-hum, but generally better than Spice Market. Again it’s difficult initially to see why they aren’t as popular as Spice Market.

 

Ports O’ Call (Gold Coast) has the best Access and Value. Their Ambiance is considered poor as is their Service but visitors seem to forgive them, scoring them with the best Revisit (customer loyalty) of the batch. Once more the missing puzzle piece isn’t immediately apparent.

 

Here’s what I see as a possible answer: Spice Market is located in Planet Hollywood. This property is directly south on the Strip of Le Village’s Paris location, possibly acting as a buffer between Paris and other properties to the south which rate high on the Family score in the hotel analysis (MGM Grand, NYNY, and Excalibur). For families moving from casino to casino, Spice Market would get overflow from these southern properties sooner or more easily than would Paris. To the north there is a marked drop-off of other notable family friendly hotel/casino properties. French Market Buffet and Ports O’ Call are both located off-Strip. Ports O’ Call apparently is given enough credit for price that Access is not viewed as much of a problem. This seems to be a rare exception to the general rule of tourists not wanting to go out of their way for food. Their Value makes them very attractive. French Market doesn’t get the same level of a break despite their good Value score.

 

To my mind, Spice Market’s superior popularity is more a condition of opportunity for parents looking for a convenient nearby eatery and more families coming from the south around MGM, NYNY and Excalibur tend to stop off at Spice Market rather than making their way one more property north to Paris, especially since Le Village has such a dismal Family score. Spice Market is the nearest and most relatively family friendly of the batch, and thus the most popular.


It will be interesting to see the long-term effect the transition from Aladdin’s to Planet Hollywood will have on Spice Market’s popularity. The new owners of the property may have made a wise decision to keep the buffet operational as is, for now, but I’m sure they will be unable to prevent the cross influence from the rest of the operation from affecting the restaurant. As the casino’s demographic shift makes the entire property ever less Family Friendly, will that translate to a less Family oriented focus at the buffet, and thus cause a loss in popularity? I see it as a solid possibility. The old atmosphere of Aladdin’s lent a strong supportive role to the buffet, theme and all. The new PH not only doesn’t support the buffet’s “Theme” or Ambiance, but in many ways actually undermines it. It will be a sad day when/if this restaurant ends up closing because the demographic shift of the hotel/casino which spawned it alters so radically that the people who go there people just stop liking the restaurant.

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The Heavy-weight

Winner: Benihana Village – keep your eye on Sterling Brunch

 

For this comparison, the green highlight will be the lead performer, yellow the middle performer and pink the worst performer.

 

Benihana Village

Hugo’s Cellar

Sterling Brunch

Rate

#19 – (19) Average

#11 – (62) Winner

#21 – (31) Average

Ambiance

#1 – (9.21) Winner

#18 – (8.48) Average

#44 – (7.15) Loser

Service

#4 – (8.78) Winner

#8 – (8.61) Winner

#32 – (8.00) Loser

Food

#1 – (9.05) Winner

#25 – (8.19) Average

#27 – (8.15) Average

Value

#24 – (7.73) Average

#38 – (7.53) Loser

#36 – (7.18) Loser

Access

#41 – (7.26) Loser

#32 – (7.74) Loser

#43 – (6.43) Loser

Family

#20 – (63.15) Average

#39 – (20.96) Loser

#36 – (25.00) Loser

Revisit

#1 – (100.00) Winner

#34 – (80.64) Loser

#43 – (71.87) Loser

 

Truth to tell, Benihana’s Village seems to be a hands-down winner. They score at #1 in tree categories, primarily with Food and Ambiance. They are also a Winner in Service, and though their Value score is only Average, it is still better then the scores of the other two. The vaunted Sterling Brunch at Bally’s, however, may be the more interesting story. Of these three, the Sterling Brunch has the reputation for being the “classiest”. They get good advertising flaunting the food and ambiance, and get a lot of praise at least from the culinary industry. But, according to people who have actually gone there, they fall a bit short of their billing. Fully six of the eight categories put them in the Loser categories not just against these other two restaurants, but against the full field of 45 included in this analysis. They show only as Average and those categories are Food and Popularity against the larger field and as Losers against the two above. To sum what we see for the Brunch we have mediocre, over-priced food served in a relatively uncomfortable environment. It’s difficult to get to, possibly for more than one reason. To top that off, the service isn’t all that hot. As a result a fairly high percentage of patrons (~28%) said they wouldn’t subject themselves to it ever again. Thus word spreads and their popularity suffers. Oh, and by the way, if you have children with you, you really don’t want to take them there either.

 

It seems the Brunch’s rep is totally a manufactured faced; advertising dollars spent by the hotel/casino property to prop them up. If I could but a bug in management’s ear I would recommend that they address these rating issues before they became terminal.

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To avoid over-saturation we’ll draw these analyses to a close. Hopefully some insight has been given into the restaurant picture in and around Las Vegas. Hopefully this analysis has provided the reader with a tool which, over both short- and long-term, will help the decision making process regarding where to eat while visiting.

 

Please remember that the information here is mostly just my opinion of other people’s opinions. Real live people, recently returned from a visit to Las Vegas, left these ratings for us to see and use. All I have done is re-package them for easier access and use, and provided what I hope is some insight into how to interpret that information. I hope is does you some good.

 

Good Luck, Have Fun and VIVA, LAS VEGAS!

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List of Restaurants and their locations:

 

Benihana Village – Las Vegas Hilton Kokomo’s – Mirage

Binion’s Steakhouse – Binion’s Le Provençal – Paris

California Pizza Kitchen – Mirage Le Village Buffet – Paris

Canal St. Grille – Orleans Magnolia’s – Four Queens

Canaletto – Venetian Margaritaville – Flamingo

Carson St. Café – Golden Nugget Mesa Grill – Caesars Palace

Cheesecake Factory – Caesars Palace Mon Ami Gabi – Paris

Chinois – Caesars Palace Monte Carlo Pub – Monte Carlo

Circus Circus Buffet – Circus Monterey Room – Gold Coast

Circus Steakhouse – Circus Circus Nero’s – Caesars Palace

Courtyard Café – Courtyard Marriott off Strip Ports O’ Call Buffet – Gold Coast

Delmonico – Venetian Postrio – Venetian

Don Miguel’s – Orleans Pullman Grille – Main Street Station

Eiffel TowerParis Redwood Bar – California

Emeril’s – MGM Grand Roxy’s Diner – Stratosphere

ESPN Zone – NYNY Seasons Buffet – Silverton

Feast Buffet – Red Rock SF Shrimp Bar – Golden Gate

French Market Buffet – Tropicana Spice Market Buffet – Planet Hollywood

Grand Lux Café – Venetian Stage Deli – MGM Grand

Great Moments – Las Vegas Club Sterling Brunch – Bally’s

House of Blues – Mandalay Bay Taqueria Canonita – Harrah’s

Hugo’s Cellar – Four Queens Top of the World – Stratosphere

Victorian Room – Bill’s Gambling Hall/Saloon (formerly Barbary Coast)

 

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