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Who's In, Who's Out of the 2013 Eating Las Vegas

Bouchon is out, out, out of Eating Las Vegas 2013: The 50 Essential Restaurants, the sometimes biting, oftentimes carefully thought out dining out guide put together by competing restaurant critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini.

"If this veto was purely personal, it would be justified alone by the ice-cold breakfast I was served the last time I dined at Bouchon—and despite the fact I was sitting with John and Max at the time, and every member of the management team came out to kiss our asses beforehand. After all, if that's what I got served under those circumstances, what is the average diner getting? But that experience aside, I just feel Bouchon is dated and past its prime," Mancini says in the vetoes section, where each author explains a restaurant they wanted in the guide and another votes it off the island.

That said, the guidebook includes three new restaurants in the top 10, including Marche Bacchus, Raku and Valentino at the Venetian. Eleven restaurants made the list, including newcomers Bread & Butter, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Kabuto, Le Thai and Public House at the Venetian. Others who finally cracked the top 50 include Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Due Forni, Fleur at Mandalay Bay, Mint Indian Bistro, Mix at Mandalay Bay and Sirio Ristorante at Aria.

With new restaurants in, that means old ones got the boot. Michael Mina at Bellagio, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental and BarMasa at Aria all dropped out of the top 10, while Aureole at Mandalay Bay, Bar+Bistro, Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace, Circo at Bellagio, DW Bistro, First Food & Bar at the Venetian, Los Antojos, M&M Soul Food Cafe, Sen of Japan and Settebello dropped out of the top 50 along with Bouchon. And only Bouchon landed in the vetoes section, suggesting things at the other 10 weren't up to par.

Other new vetoes in this edition include Cafe de Japon, Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas, Los Molcajetes, Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Place, the Saturday Night Truck Stop (which isn't a restaurant) and the buffet Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Also included, vetoes that still stand from years past and additional recommendations.
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Mint Indian Bistro

730 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-894-9334

Public House

3355 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-407-5310 Visit Website


3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.414.6200 Visit Website


5030 Spring Mountain Road, , NV 89146 (702) 367-3511 Visit Website


3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158 877-230-2742 Visit Website

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

3752 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89158 (702) 590-8888 Visit Website

Michael Mina

3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 693-7223 Visit Website

DW Bistro

9275 West Russell Road, , NV 89148 (702) 527-5200 Visit Website


3355 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-414-3000 Visit Website

Los Molcajetes

695 South Hoover Street, , CA 90005 (213) 383-4782 Visit Website

Wicked Spoon Buffet

3708 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-698-7000 Visit Website

Rí Rá Irish Pub

South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89119 (702) 632-7771 Visit Website


5040 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-676-1044 Visit Website

Los Antojos

2520 S Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89169 702-457-3505


3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 702-632-7777 Visit Website

Gordon Ramsay Steak

3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 946-4663 Visit Website

Le Thai

523 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 702-778-0888


3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 632-7427 Visit Website

Sirio Ristorante

3730 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89158 702-590-7111 Visit Website


3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, , NV 89109 (702) 770-3310 Visit Website