Mesa Grill

★★★★☆
Award-winning chef Bobby Flay fires up spicy Southwestern dishes at this Vegas culinary outpost.
  • 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S

    Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  • 702-650-5965

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I love watching Food Network and always enjoy Bobby Flay's shows. But the food reviews here are so mixed, I was a bit hesitating to spend my money even for lunch at Mesa Grill in Vegas. My sister and I were too tired to find a better

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I love watching Food Network and always enjoy Bobby Flay's shows. But the food reviews here are so mixed, I was a bit hesitating to spend my money even for lunch at Mesa Grill in Vegas. My sister and I were too tired to find a better

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We just finished brunch here. What can I say. Wonderful service, food, atmosphere. The breads given at the start, the fries, that sandwich were all the best I've ever had. Very flavorful. I can safely say, it's the best food I had in the

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We just finished brunch here. What can I say. Wonderful service, food, atmosphere. The breads given at the start, the fries, that sandwich were all the best I've ever had. Very flavorful. I can safely say, it's the best food I had in the

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First, we made a reservation in person - they take your cc number and then if you don't show they charge you $50 PER PERSON for no show or party size change. Okay, a little ridiculous but we kept the reservation. We were seated promptly.

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★★★★★

First, we made a reservation in person - they take your cc number and then if you don't show they charge you $50 PER PERSON for no show or party size change. Okay, a little ridiculous but we kept the reservation. We were seated promptly.

Pros: Good service, good wine

Cons: Better food to be had

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This is a fantastic restaurant. The squash blossom appetizer was perfect. It was very light but had a rich taste (didn't know you could do that) and the jalapeno-mint lamb chop was very tasty. The waitress we had was quite possibly the best I've ever had in a restaurant. She knew the tequila menu like the back of her hand and suggested a tequila for our margaritas that was perfect and wasn't even one of the most expensive on the menu.

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★★★★★

This is a fantastic restaurant. The squash blossom appetizer was perfect. It was very light but had a rich taste (didn't know you could do that) and the jalapeno-mint lamb chop was very tasty. The waitress we had was quite possibly the best I've ever had in a restaurant. She knew the tequila menu like the back of her hand and suggested a tequila for our margaritas that was perfect and wasn't even one of the most expensive on the menu.

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This had to be the worst experience and worst food I've ever had. I called two weeks in advance to make reservations for Valentines day. The restaurant opens at 5 but they only had reservations for 8:45. That seemed a bit weird but we made them anyway. The lady told me on the phone that they had a special Valentines day menu and you could choose from 5 different meals for 70 dollars per person. We made the reservations. We got there at 8:45 only to find most of the tables empty. Weird that we couldn't get in any earlier....Then the waitress came up. She was rude and hasty. She didn't even give us the Valentines day menu. She gave us the regular one, and said do we want wine. We asked if she could recommend some wine and she said, "Oh I don't know there all good." So my boyfriend chose a red and I chose a white. They were both horrible. The meatballs were terrible, really dry and the sauce tasted like spaghetti-O sauce. I ordered the penne pasta with vodka sauce. The past was still hard and the sauce was cold. He ordered Veal and it tasted like grocery store gravy was poured all over it. Then we listened as the waitress asked the table behind us if they would like a Valentines day menu and if they would like a wine expert to suggest some wine with dinner. why weren't we offered that service. We're both well mannered and well dressed people. Then the bill came out to 180 dollars! This place is horrible. I would recommend that it's shut down. If you want a good Italian meal go to Batistas little hole in the wall on Flammingo and Audrey.

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This had to be the worst experience and worst food I've ever had. I called two weeks in advance to make reservations for Valentines day. The restaurant opens at 5 but they only had reservations for 8:45. That seemed a bit weird but we made them anyway. The lady told me on the phone that they had a special Valentines day menu and you could choose from 5 different meals for 70 dollars per person. We made the reservations. We got there at 8:45 only to find most of the tables empty. Weird that we couldn't get in any earlier....Then the waitress came up. She was rude and hasty. She didn't even give us the Valentines day menu. She gave us the regular one, and said do we want wine. We asked if she could recommend some wine and she said, "Oh I don't know there all good." So my boyfriend chose a red and I chose a white. They were both horrible. The meatballs were terrible, really dry and the sauce tasted like spaghetti-O sauce. I ordered the penne pasta with vodka sauce. The past was still hard and the sauce was cold. He ordered Veal and it tasted like grocery store gravy was poured all over it. Then we listened as the waitress asked the table behind us if they would like a Valentines day menu and if they would like a wine expert to suggest some wine with dinner. why weren't we offered that service. We're both well mannered and well dressed people. Then the bill came out to 180 dollars! This place is horrible. I would recommend that it's shut down. If you want a good Italian meal go to Batistas little hole in the wall on Flammingo and Audrey.

Pros: over nice looking restaurant

Cons: everything else

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I was really impressed with the food and drinks here. Everything you order is going to impress you, trust me. I had a rock shrimp appetizer and a spicy plum-sauced chicken with tamale for dinner, and both were out of this world. Make a reservation and come hungry!

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★★★★★

I was really impressed with the food and drinks here. Everything you order is going to impress you, trust me. I had a rock shrimp appetizer and a spicy plum-sauced chicken with tamale for dinner, and both were out of this world. Make a reservation and come hungry!

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We called to get reservations at 1:00 p.m. for 5:00 p.m. and were told there were no reservations "inside" until 5:45 p.m. We arrived at 5:30 and the place was almost empty which we found very annoying.
It's a lovely restaurant -- but the music was so loud, we couldn't hear each other!
Our waiter was experienced and knowledgeable, but very condescending. He took our order and brought us our cold bread. We were served our entrees and never saw the waiter again until he "shoved" the dessert menu in my face. He never asked if our meals were OK or we needed anything else.
The pasta was cooked very well - al dente. However, the sauce was nothing special. The meatballs were almost gristly -- texture was not appealing.
We wouldn't have minded paying the big prices, if the food and service were high quality. Disappointing and aggravating.

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★★★☆☆

We called to get reservations at 1:00 p.m. for 5:00 p.m. and were told there were no reservations "inside" until 5:45 p.m. We arrived at 5:30 and the place was almost empty which we found very annoying.
It's a lovely restaurant -- but the music was so loud, we couldn't hear each other!
Our waiter was experienced and knowledgeable, but very condescending. He took our order and brought us our cold bread. We were served our entrees and never saw the waiter again until he "shoved" the dessert menu in my face. He never asked if our meals were OK or we needed anything else.
The pasta was cooked very well - al dente. However, the sauce was nothing special. The meatballs were almost gristly -- texture was not appealing.
We wouldn't have minded paying the big prices, if the food and service were high quality. Disappointing and aggravating.

Pros: Lovely restaurant

Cons: LOUD music and condescending employees

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We could not have been happier with our experience at Empress Court. Not only was the food fabulous but the service and the atmosphere were just as enjoyable. This dinner was comped for us but we would go again to pay for a night out again too. Its typically around $35 or so per person. With a two or a group, there are dinner specials that include different courses for each. Its well more than enough to fill you up. I would definitely suggest reservations even though I do not believe it is required.

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We could not have been happier with our experience at Empress Court. Not only was the food fabulous but the service and the atmosphere were just as enjoyable. This dinner was comped for us but we would go again to pay for a night out again too. Its typically around $35 or so per person. With a two or a group, there are dinner specials that include different courses for each. Its well more than enough to fill you up. I would definitely suggest reservations even though I do not believe it is required.

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I was only able to dine at the bar with a very limited menu. I had pasta and salad. The meal was promptly delivered. The bread that was served was rather good. The olive oil was very strong with a heavy after taste.
In Vegas one can do much better. I will go back one day and try lunch (if they do lunch). For a few dollars more I could have had a better Italian meal at many locations in Vegas. Rao`s at Caesars is not easy to find either. A sign or two to show the direction once in the casino would be nice. They will have it together. Rao`s is new. A little time and the correct music and it will be very difficult to get a table.

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★★★☆☆

I was only able to dine at the bar with a very limited menu. I had pasta and salad. The meal was promptly delivered. The bread that was served was rather good. The olive oil was very strong with a heavy after taste.
In Vegas one can do much better. I will go back one day and try lunch (if they do lunch). For a few dollars more I could have had a better Italian meal at many locations in Vegas. Rao`s at Caesars is not easy to find either. A sign or two to show the direction once in the casino would be nice. They will have it together. Rao`s is new. A little time and the correct music and it will be very difficult to get a table.

Pros: Very good warm bread

Cons: Loud rock music

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Mesa Grill is Bobby Flay's restaurant inside of the beautiful Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino. This place has such amazing and tasty food, it's definitely a place to go!

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Mesa Grill is Bobby Flay's restaurant inside of the beautiful Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino. This place has such amazing and tasty food, it's definitely a place to go!

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Took a client here for a business lunch. Our reservation was honored and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The service was perfect as we were obviously talking business - they were careful not to interupt us. The meal was really spectacular and a memorable place.

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Took a client here for a business lunch. Our reservation was honored and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The service was perfect as we were obviously talking business - they were careful not to interupt us. The meal was really spectacular and a memorable place.

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My family and I went out to eat and we picked Mesa Grill for a new place to eat. We like the eat at fine dinning time to time but this place left a bad taste in my mouth before we walked in the door. To make reservations you have to give out your credit card information and if you dont show up they will charge you $50 per. person. Which is stupid because we been to Delmonico's, Rosemary's, Wolfgang puck and so on and we never had to do that. Which was stupid to begin with.

They sat in the worst place in the restaurants, our party was for 6 and they at us at a round table in the back corner of the restaurant. What made it bad is that where my mother-in law had to sit was the station for the staff to get water, flatware, glasses, and what not. So there was always someone bumping into her or just about to drop something.

The food, for the price you pay it wasnt that great. It if was cheaper it would of suited better. My husband got the veal, I got the duck, my sister in law got the chili, my brother in law got a steak, my father in law got a beef dish of some sort, and my mother in law got the duck. I dont know why they listed the side dishes because all of them came with the tamale. We waited over 45 mins to get our food and when it did came it my father in law's was ice cold and mine 2 and half raw. I asked to have it at medium and it came out raw raw like raw sushi raw. We tried to get the attention of our waiter but he was talking to a couple forever about the wine list. When he started walking towards us he went right past us and talked to the table across from us. We had to grab one of the staff wearing a suit. He said sorry and grabbed our plates. My sister in law saw the guy in the suit dump our food and talked to our waiter. My father in law's food came back right away but mine took about 20 mins to make. I would of thought it would take less time since they push to sell the duck hence having it ready. Mine finally came back and it was hot. My husband's veil was a bad cut of meat, it was all fat and very little meat. My brother in law's steak was over done and he ordered medium rare. The outside of the steak was burnt and the lady the next table over had to resend her food back because she had the same issue. The staff kept warning us the food is spicy but when we got it there was little "heat" to it and not a lot of spice. So I guess they dont know what spicy is.

Our waiter never once checked on us the whole meal to see how we were doing. Not once. The waiters were more interested keeping your glasses full of water. Every 10 secs. our glasses were getting filled while we were sitting there for 45 mins plus to get our dinner. It was so bad that we had to wave down our waiter to order some appetizers to pass the time. They were soooo small it could feed just one person. So we had to order 2 more. We got the pancake, grits, and spicy tuna and salmon tartares.

When it came time to get the bill because we wanted to get out since we been there for almost 2 hours. The guy in the suit gave us the dessert sampler for an apology. The choc. cake was nasty, it was soggy, like it was under cooked. The best thing they had was the choc. peanut butter mousse.

We will never go back again. We highly recommend going other restaurants for fine dinning. You will pay about the same price as of Mesa Grill.

Pros: you will always have a glass full of water
Cons: you have to give your credit information before you step in the door, they pack it to tight for seating, our waiter was never there and somewhere else, our food took close for an hour to get to our table, they say their food is spicy and its not, they serve food cold and meat half raw, the cooks cant cook, and the price was way to high for what we were eating. They should at least knock $10 off the dinner entree prices.

I cant rate the cocktail menu because we never got one. Our waiter didn't bother to give us one even though he showed it to other people.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family and I went out to eat and we picked Mesa Grill for a new place to eat. We like the eat at fine dinning time to time but this place left a bad taste in my mouth before we walked in the door. To make reservations you have to give out your credit card information and if you dont show up they will charge you $50 per. person. Which is stupid because we been to Delmonico's, Rosemary's, Wolfgang puck and so on and we never had to do that. Which was stupid to begin with.

They sat in the worst place in the restaurants, our party was for 6 and they at us at a round table in the back corner of the restaurant. What made it bad is that where my mother-in law had to sit was the station for the staff to get water, flatware, glasses, and what not. So there was always someone bumping into her or just about to drop something.

The food, for the price you pay it wasnt that great. It if was cheaper it would of suited better. My husband got the veal, I got the duck, my sister in law got the chili, my brother in law got a steak, my father in law got a beef dish of some sort, and my mother in law got the duck. I dont know why they listed the side dishes because all of them came with the tamale. We waited over 45 mins to get our food and when it did came it my father in law's was ice cold and mine 2 and half raw. I asked to have it at medium and it came out raw raw like raw sushi raw. We tried to get the attention of our waiter but he was talking to a couple forever about the wine list. When he started walking towards us he went right past us and talked to the table across from us. We had to grab one of the staff wearing a suit. He said sorry and grabbed our plates. My sister in law saw the guy in the suit dump our food and talked to our waiter. My father in law's food came back right away but mine took about 20 mins to make. I would of thought it would take less time since they push to sell the duck hence having it ready. Mine finally came back and it was hot. My husband's veil was a bad cut of meat, it was all fat and very little meat. My brother in law's steak was over done and he ordered medium rare. The outside of the steak was burnt and the lady the next table over had to resend her food back because she had the same issue. The staff kept warning us the food is spicy but when we got it there was little "heat" to it and not a lot of spice. So I guess they dont know what spicy is.

Our waiter never once checked on us the whole meal to see how we were doing. Not once. The waiters were more interested keeping your glasses full of water. Every 10 secs. our glasses were getting filled while we were sitting there for 45 mins plus to get our dinner. It was so bad that we had to wave down our waiter to order some appetizers to pass the time. They were soooo small it could feed just one person. So we had to order 2 more. We got the pancake, grits, and spicy tuna and salmon tartares.

When it came time to get the bill because we wanted to get out since we been there for almost 2 hours. The guy in the suit gave us the dessert sampler for an apology. The choc. cake was nasty, it was soggy, like it was under cooked. The best thing they had was the choc. peanut butter mousse.

We will never go back again. We highly recommend going other restaurants for fine dinning. You will pay about the same price as of Mesa Grill.

Pros: you will always have a glass full of water
Cons: you have to give your credit information before you step in the door, they pack it to tight for seating, our waiter was never there and somewhere else, our food took close for an hour to get to our table, they say their food is spicy and its not, they serve food cold and meat half raw, the cooks cant cook, and the price was way to high for what we were eating. They should at least knock $10 off the dinner entree prices.

I cant rate the cocktail menu because we never got one. Our waiter didn't bother to give us one even though he showed it to other people.

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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.

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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.

Pros: food

Cons: little pit pricey but worth it

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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...

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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...

Pros: Food

Cons: Hard to find in the hotel

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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.

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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.

Pros: Delicious, discreet and comfortable ambience, superb service, good variety

Cons: The sommeliere could be more assertive in recommended pairings

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Mesa Grill is sure to entertain your mouth as well as your spirit. With a great menu, that screams Bobby Flay, which I love!! The food was awesome and the staff the best. A must order.. the Tamale, and the Burger :)

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★★★★★

Mesa Grill is sure to entertain your mouth as well as your spirit. With a great menu, that screams Bobby Flay, which I love!! The food was awesome and the staff the best. A must order.. the Tamale, and the Burger :)

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Ill be the first to admit that I was concerned that the Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's restaurant in Ceasar's Palace, would be more hype than quality. That is, until we got there and saw the open kitchen churning out the huge burgers with beautiful presentation. We ordered the Tiger Shrimp and Roasted Garlic tamale which was excellent for an appetizer and beautifully presented. The meal improved from there with every dish presented creatively and with flair and color. The staff was very friendly and told us that Bobby Flay even pops in every now and then. It is worth the visit next time you get hungry while gambling!

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Ill be the first to admit that I was concerned that the Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's restaurant in Ceasar's Palace, would be more hype than quality. That is, until we got there and saw the open kitchen churning out the huge burgers with beautiful presentation. We ordered the Tiger Shrimp and Roasted Garlic tamale which was excellent for an appetizer and beautifully presented. The meal improved from there with every dish presented creatively and with flair and color. The staff was very friendly and told us that Bobby Flay even pops in every now and then. It is worth the visit next time you get hungry while gambling!

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I finally got a chance to try Rao's at Caesars. After everything that I had heard about the NY eatery I was expecting the best Italian meal ever. What a let down.The service was sub par. We spent allot of time waiting, and it was very rare the server came by to ask if we needed anything. I tried the Rao?s bottled EVOO that was on the table for the bread. It was horrible. I've never had such a terrible tasting olive oil in my life. I asked for butter which I never do in an Italian restaurant. We started with the Antipasto for two. For $25 I was expecting a little more. Two not so ripe tomato slices with two slices of mozzarella, a few olives, some tasteless prociutto, and parmigiano reggiano cheese. AND blue cheese! Who ever saw an Italian antipasto with blue cheese on it! I ordered the Fusili con Cavolo e Salcicce, italian sausage, cabbage in San Marzano tomato sauce. It was in a word, disgusting. As any Italian would know San Marzano tomatoes are the best. My mother will not use any other kind. This plate had absolutely no tomato taste at all. It wasn't nice and red and flavorful like a San Marzano sauce should be. It was pinkish and watery. My guest ordered the Orecchiette con Broccoli Rabe, italian sausage, broccoli rabe in evoo. She at less the half the dish and just pushed it away. I tried a bit and it had no taste at all. Normally anything made with broccoli rabe, garlic, and olive oil would make any Italians mouth water. But this was not even worth the effort of picking up the fork. We should have stopped, but we ordered dessert. Ricotta cheese cake. It was flat and dry. Normally a good ricotta cheese cake should be light and high, the cheese moist and with some texture. The crust was dry and brittle, obviously over cooked. If this is what the NY Rao's is like, I'm glad I was never able to get in.There are much better Italian restaurants in Las Vegas that you could try instead of wasting your money here.

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I finally got a chance to try Rao's at Caesars. After everything that I had heard about the NY eatery I was expecting the best Italian meal ever. What a let down.The service was sub par. We spent allot of time waiting, and it was very rare the server came by to ask if we needed anything. I tried the Rao?s bottled EVOO that was on the table for the bread. It was horrible. I've never had such a terrible tasting olive oil in my life. I asked for butter which I never do in an Italian restaurant. We started with the Antipasto for two. For $25 I was expecting a little more. Two not so ripe tomato slices with two slices of mozzarella, a few olives, some tasteless prociutto, and parmigiano reggiano cheese. AND blue cheese! Who ever saw an Italian antipasto with blue cheese on it! I ordered the Fusili con Cavolo e Salcicce, italian sausage, cabbage in San Marzano tomato sauce. It was in a word, disgusting. As any Italian would know San Marzano tomatoes are the best. My mother will not use any other kind. This plate had absolutely no tomato taste at all. It wasn't nice and red and flavorful like a San Marzano sauce should be. It was pinkish and watery. My guest ordered the Orecchiette con Broccoli Rabe, italian sausage, broccoli rabe in evoo. She at less the half the dish and just pushed it away. I tried a bit and it had no taste at all. Normally anything made with broccoli rabe, garlic, and olive oil would make any Italians mouth water. But this was not even worth the effort of picking up the fork. We should have stopped, but we ordered dessert. Ricotta cheese cake. It was flat and dry. Normally a good ricotta cheese cake should be light and high, the cheese moist and with some texture. The crust was dry and brittle, obviously over cooked. If this is what the NY Rao's is like, I'm glad I was never able to get in.There are much better Italian restaurants in Las Vegas that you could try instead of wasting your money here.

Pros: Close to better resturants at Caesars.

Cons: The juke box gave me a headache

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After living in NYC most of my life and hearing about RAO's and NEVER able to get a reservation. ( Rao's in NY is not really a restaurant, it's a private club with One seating nightly) We decided to try RAO's in Vegas where we now live. THE FOOD IS JUST OK. Nothing special. The booths are way too small for 4 people. The service however is GREAT. Everyone is friendly, but the owner only talks to celebrities and high rollers. We came dressed up and discovered that there is NO dress code (people in shorts and ballcaps) The last time we were there they served SOURDOUGH bread!!! SOURDUGH!! They have had different bread every time we've been there. They should just buy the BEST bread in town at Montesanos Bakery on Sahara. They should stop shoving their brand name products in your face at every turn, stop being so full of themselves and stop trying to cram as many people through the door as possible. Be selective, charge more, SLOW DOWN!!! Make it an eating experience not just another Italian joint. And they can dispense with the goomba Sopranos-esque feel they are trying to create too, who needs it. I felt like I was in the Disney EPCOT centers Brooklyn Pavillion, too contrived!! Just serve greatfood and provide great service.

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After living in NYC most of my life and hearing about RAO's and NEVER able to get a reservation. ( Rao's in NY is not really a restaurant, it's a private club with One seating nightly) We decided to try RAO's in Vegas where we now live. THE FOOD IS JUST OK. Nothing special. The booths are way too small for 4 people. The service however is GREAT. Everyone is friendly, but the owner only talks to celebrities and high rollers. We came dressed up and discovered that there is NO dress code (people in shorts and ballcaps) The last time we were there they served SOURDOUGH bread!!! SOURDUGH!! They have had different bread every time we've been there. They should just buy the BEST bread in town at Montesanos Bakery on Sahara. They should stop shoving their brand name products in your face at every turn, stop being so full of themselves and stop trying to cram as many people through the door as possible. Be selective, charge more, SLOW DOWN!!! Make it an eating experience not just another Italian joint. And they can dispense with the goomba Sopranos-esque feel they are trying to create too, who needs it. I felt like I was in the Disney EPCOT centers Brooklyn Pavillion, too contrived!! Just serve greatfood and provide great service.

Pros: OK FOOD

Cons: BOGUS SCENE

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We love this place... The room is very warm, upbeat and fun. The staff in knowledgable and friendly. The wines by the glass are top notch and the food is great. We've been there 5 times and always have great food and service. The prices are very reasonable and I love that they still have their Holiday ornaments and lights up - like they do back East. It is still Winter so why not?
The music pumps throughout the dining room and on a few occassions a man has walked around the room singing with the tunes. Fun and different. The photo lady doesn't bother you and it fits perfectly with Old Vegas.
If you are looking for a good time, good food and wine and great memories, try and get into RAO's.

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★★★★☆

We love this place... The room is very warm, upbeat and fun. The staff in knowledgable and friendly. The wines by the glass are top notch and the food is great. We've been there 5 times and always have great food and service. The prices are very reasonable and I love that they still have their Holiday ornaments and lights up - like they do back East. It is still Winter so why not?
The music pumps throughout the dining room and on a few occassions a man has walked around the room singing with the tunes. Fun and different. The photo lady doesn't bother you and it fits perfectly with Old Vegas.
If you are looking for a good time, good food and wine and great memories, try and get into RAO's.

Pros: Food, Wine, Ambiance, Service

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It's good Italian food, to be sure, but nothing any more remarkable than what you can find in abundances in New York, San Francisco, or even Los Angeles. Rao's had a nice atmosphere that made you forget you were in Las Vegas for a few hours -- except for the lady taking picktures and hawking photograps and the meatballs (not the food) who were putting out a kitschy, con queso goodfellas vibe. Get the meatballs for sure. Beyond that, the food was unremarkable.

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★★★☆☆

It's good Italian food, to be sure, but nothing any more remarkable than what you can find in abundances in New York, San Francisco, or even Los Angeles. Rao's had a nice atmosphere that made you forget you were in Las Vegas for a few hours -- except for the lady taking picktures and hawking photograps and the meatballs (not the food) who were putting out a kitschy, con queso goodfellas vibe. Get the meatballs for sure. Beyond that, the food was unremarkable.

Pros: Atmosphere, meatballs

Cons: Overhyped

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