Delicious Italian food.
Went here Saturday night after trying to get a reservation all day finally something opened at 6:15. We didnt want to eat that early but did have a 10 o clock show at Mirage...LOVE was amazing. Anyway we didnt get seated until about 6:30 so we had a chance to have a drink at the bar. Great cocktails by the way!
Ordered the meatballs and the clams as an appetizer and were soooo yummy. I ordered the pasta with peas and prosciuto and my boyfriend ordered the osso bucco. Both sooo good, the meat fell off the bone.
I dont know why other people put this retaurant down but we definetly thought it was very good and highly recomend it. Unfortunately we didnt have room for dessert but i hear the dessert at emeril's new place is amazing and also there is a payard chocolate shop across from this restaurant so that could be worth checking out.
ask yourself this: are you ready for a letdown?. i am a huge fan of bobby flay so i had high expectations when i came here. unfortunately the inconsistency across the menu items did not merit the hype. to begin with, the tiger shrimp tamale was palatable, but the bbq duck pancake was sickeningly sweet. our entrees ranged from very good (lamb porterhouse chops) to mediocre (16 spice duck breast) as well. frankly, i could not taste one spice in the duck! service is attentive by vegas standards and the wine list has a good variety, but for a restaurant that charges $50 per no-show in a party i expected more.
I was sooo excited to finally get to my favorite FoodTV star's restaurant. I've been dreaming about this for years. We came across the country with reservations at Mesa and a $200 birthday check from my parents for my husband who is a big southwest fan. He had a shrimp tamale appetizer that he enjoyed. I had tuna and salmon tartare that could have used a bit more flavor. Husband enjoyed his salmon entree (so I can't totally complain), but I ordered a seared tuna entree that I couldn't finish. I am a huge tuna fan, but this was seasoned with some type of cinnamon/nutmeg spice. I just couldn't stomach a Christmas-y flavored tuna. Luckily we had the $200 from my parents, the bill with 2 drinks each and tip was $199.
The service was also slow and uncaring. It got to the point where I was turned around in my chair, staring at the kitchen hoping to get our entrees. Our waitress caught my eye several times and said nothing. It was a Wednesday night. I'm not the type to demand free things because of slow service or (to me) unpalatable food, but for a $200 dinner that I was so very excited about, I did have to say something.
Maybe it was just a bad night for me, but I just want to remind people that no restaurant is perfect. Keep your expectations in check.
-Bummed in NC
Wonderful Night. I went on a date here a week ago and it was a wonderful night. The restaurant is well spaced out and you never feel crowded and the waiting staff was attentive and friendly. The food was wonderful and I regret not having room for the dessert. I highly recommend it...
I Cringe at American Italian Restaurants, But This Won Me Over. Dime a dozen, Italian eateries are. My husband and I allow ourselves to be dragged to one only a few times per year and under the strictest parameters: No pope room, honor system wine, all you can eat anything, or fake Nonni's anywhere. Wait, it gets stricter: Not only must the gnocchi be tender not mushy, but the staff must correctly pronounce it and our friends who recommend it must be able to make their own outstanding pasta dumplings. The chef must be willing to pull any seafood dish off the regular menu if the supply isn't ideal. And strictest still: 90% of the menu must not be something that you can whip up at home to simple deliciousness with EVOO, garlic, dry aged cheese, balsamic, tomato-anything and some fresh basil. Rao's rules. Look, there are many super unique and delicious M&P ristoranti in the top 25 metro US cities. This is a Vegas resort restaurant. Which don't often come close to rivaling the best authentic ethnic restaurants anywhere - from street markets in 3rd world cities to Manhattan. Rao's isn't the most innovative, but they sure aren't cheesy. In fact, I don't think cheese appeared on any one of the 6 courses we ordered. I would eat here again anyday and you should read my review for Capital Grille before you think I'm that easy. This place offers comparable white linen, dark wood ambience, superb and gracious service that is quick, knowledgable, cheerful, unpretentious but never ingratiating or oppressive. The booth fits 4 adults beautifully, my hubbie is a 6'5" 235 lb. pro footballer and I'm 6' and athletic and we never felt cramped, nor did our friends. Who cares what others are wearing - that's so superficial. If you're looking then you'll notice that you are Las Vegas, land of the indebted obese white people on escapist vacations they can't afford. I've been to Italy, io parlo la lingua, lived in Manhattan. This is about eating great food for the value in Vegas and I'd eat anything on the Rao's menu again.
Everything has some heat to it.. Walked into Mesa without a ressie, there happened to be three seats at the bar so we perched up there. The bartenders were excellent. Very informative and friendly. They were ontop of water and wine service and clearing stuff out of the way when finished with it. The filet portion was perfect for splitting with my mom. The goat cheese fundido was delish (just make sure a lot of cheese agrees with your stomach!), Everything here has some heat on it. lots of rubs and spices. If you don't like southwestern flair I would not recommend Mesa (except perhaps the Filet which is versatile). The side portions are plenty for at least 2-3. Next time I am cooking at home I will be trying to replicate their pesto mashed potatoes. They were excellent!
TASTE BUDS WATER AND I PRACTICALLY DROOLED. MMMMMM! GREGORY ALAN WHEELER TIMMS CREATOR AND OWNER OF THE NEW CEASERS PALACE CASINO AND RESORT IS A SPLENDID CHAP SUCH A REFINED INDIVIDUAL ! HE HAS CREATED THIS RESTAURANT AND HAS DONE A TERRIFFIC JOB CREATING THIS MENU! ALL THE CREDIT GOES 2 GREG THE CULINARY WIZARD AND MASTER OF DESIGN! IVE EATEN HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND KNOW JUST LIKE MANY OTHER RESTAURANTS THE SO-CALLED FAMOUS CHEFS IS NOTHING MORE THAN PROMO GIMMICK FOR RESTAURANTS TO CLING 2 SOME SORT OF INDIVIDUALISM,REGARDLESS THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING AS WELL AS THE SERVICE! MR.GREGORY ALAN WHEELER TIMMS YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
Avoid on Saturday nights!!!. I just ate at Mesa grill yesterday and was very disappointed. The over atmosphere of the restaurant is ok. However, the food is very over priced and was served to us cold. Unfortunately, the wait staff was also slow and uncaring. I would say, avoid this place on Saturday night as they get overwelmed and you will get forgotton service wise. The portions are extremely small, so if you go, have a snack first. (Nice for 50 bucks per person!) If you do go, make sure you stop at the shadow bar directly across. It's very cool!
Simply the Best. I love this place. We go to Vegas about 3 times a year and I can't wait until I can eat here again. The food is wonderful. I have never had a bad meal. The prices are reasonable and the service is great. This is my favorite restaurant of all time. Not too fancy but not to dull - just PERFECT!
Good food and fun service. We had our concerns about Mesa Grill but they came through big time. The food was very good (but heavy). I had the veal and my wife fish. The fish was borderline over cooked but the flavor on both was great. The tamale appetizer very good and the dessert (flan - not exactly) was as well. Ask to sit in Encina's section..she and the buss boy provided excellent service.
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