Following up my review of the Las Vegas lunch places, here are the dinner spots (excluding In ‘N out from the road trip). These are obviously pricy places.
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (inside Crystal’s next to Aria)
Located in what is basically a mall, Wolfgang Puck’s Vegas venture packs a quality menu. I recommend sharing because you’ll want to try as many of these as possible. The butter lettuce salad and the veal ravioli are probably the best items we tried. The veal ravioli is understated in its seasoning, and the salad is well-composed.
We also had two of the pizzas, including the wild mushroom and the eggplant. I preferred the mushroom version (the eggplant is too starchy to make a good topping), though the crust is well-executed on both. The pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven and the flavor is solid, and the tomato sauce lacks the overpowering salt and sugar that chain pizzas are prone to.
Recommended, and more casual than most in the area. I might be back just for the beer.
Mastro’s Ocean Club (inside Crystal’s next to Aria)
A standard upscale seafood and steak place, Mastro’s has a pretty good wine selection and very good service – I should mention that up front.
The appetizer and sides are fine but the real stars of the dinner were the entrees. The grilled lemon sole with butter sauce is excellent, as is the rack of lamb. The filet mignon is very good, though not particularly different from any fine filet mignon. The grilled swordfish was well prepared but could probably benefit from a better sauce or seasoning, as the fish itself ends up somewhat bland.
The chocolate cake we had for desert was fantastic as well. I recommend going lightly on appetizers and saving up for entrees and desert.
A fine dinner, though I doubt I’ll be back – too many new places to try in Las Vegas.
Comme Ca (at The Cosmopolitan)
A French-inspired place that somehow manages to capture the atmosphere of an upscale Chili’s, Comme Ca surprised me with a wide seafood selection. The wine list is also good – highly recommend the Wild Horse Pinot Noir.
The salmon tartare and bone marrow appetizers were both very good, though I’d bet the salmon had been frozen for a while. As far as entrees, two of us had the prix fix menu with three goose-based pieces, each fairly well executed, though it would have benefited from something to offset the goose’s fattiness. The duck salad that came with this meal was very good, however. In addition, we had the glazed short ribs, which were excellent, and a Skuna Bay salmon, which was good but again suffered from the lower-quality salmon. (As you know, I claim a bit of an expertise in the area.)
Enjoyable meal, but I doubt I’ll be back to Las Vegas enough to return here.