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Guide to Last-Minute Valentine's Day Dining in Las Vegas

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgAs one of the busiest restaurant nights of the year, finding a Valentine's Day reservation can be daunting. With the wealth of excellent dining options around town, and especially on the Strip, most of the high-end restaurants and popular picks are already booked up. But despair no more, Eater has selected a cadre of places that still have a few tables available. Most of these restaurants have a prix-fixe menu with some flexibility in terms of course selection, but some of them also offer their standard menu along with some specials for the evening, especially in the dessert arena. Without further ado, a last-minute guide to Valentine's Day Dining in Las Vegas.

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Bouchon Bistro

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Thomas Keller's expansive bistro is serving up love at first bite, with a few special courses to spice up the night's selection, such as lobster risotto, foie gras and duck confit gateau, pan-seared Petrale sole "bouillabaisse," and truffle french fries. There's a special chocolate gateau with a raspberry coulis for dessert.

First Food & Bar

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This hip, neighborhood spot inside The Shoppes at the Palazzo serves up an arousing prix fixe themed as "Get a Room," with such dishes as lobster & corn bisque, warm goat cheese souffle, crab-stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, and honey citrus creme caramel, all for $69.96 per person. (Yes, that price is correct)

ENVY The Steakhouse

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A special three-course prix fixe will be prepared for Valentine's Day at this romantic spot in the Renaissance Hotel, starting with a red endive salad with champagne vinaigrette, either braised short ribs or espresso-rubbed filet mignon for entree, and cheesecake lollipops and chocolate truffles for dessert.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro

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There's a special $65 four-course prix fixe at this cozy French bistro, starting with carrot ginger soup, then moving onto foie gras terrine or tuna crudo salad for appetizer. Entree choices include roasted chicken, braised short ribs, or roasted Saint Pierre. Desserts boast vanilla pound cake or coffee pain de genes with mascarpone espresso cream and Guanaja chocolate mousse.

P.J. Clarkes

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Go big at the now legendary P.J. Clarke's, with a $199 meal for two on V-Day that includes a bottle of wine. The prix fixe starts with jumbo shrimp cocktail, then a choice of familiar apps such as caesar salad or New England clam chowder. Mains get a pick-two out of four, with choices include Bone-in ribeye, double lamb chops, twin broiled lobster tails, and filet mignon surf & turf. For dessert, there's chocolate-dipped strawberries and red velvet cake with vanilla gelato.

Restaurant Guy Savoy

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The Valentine's Day menu at this Michelin-starred flagship of Guy Savoy has ten courses for $360, and starts with the chef's famous "concasse" of oysters. There's line-caught sea bass, foie gras, the classic artichoke and black truffle soup, crispy veal sweetbreads, and Guinea hen "en Cocotte." Desserts star comte mousse black truffle, blood orange, and plenty of chocolate.

Serendipity 3

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There will be a special "Adam and Eve" special that starts with a bottle of special branded Serendipity sparkling wine. Dishes include a garden of Eden Parmesan stacked salad with roasted tomatoes, cucumber and beet ribbons; sweetheart half-roasted chicken panzanella; angel hair pasta with rock shrimp, garlic, asparagus and roasted tomatoes; and a molten chocolate cake for dessert. $75 per person.

Center Cut Steakhouse

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The special four-course prix fixe at this sleek steakhouse inside the Flamingo starts with two glasses of Champagne, followed by lime-poached shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad for two, then either a beef Wellington or steak Diane filet mignon. There's sides like jalapeno creamed corn, lobster mac & cheese, and grilled asparagus. Chocolate-mousse or white chocolate passion fruit cream ends the meal. $85 per person.

STACK Restaurant & Bar

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The three-course menu starts with a choice of lobster salad with brown butter, parmesan and black truffle; and beef carpaccio served with frisée salad, grilled wild mushrooms and leek vinaigrette. Entrée choices include the enticing Steak for Two, a porterhouse sliced and served with truffle mashed potatoes and STACK’s signature sauces. Dessert is a Chocolate Raspberry Trio, chocolate mousse cream pie, chocolate raspberry bon-bons, and chocolate raspberry float. Couples can end the night with a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast. $150 per couple for the earlier seating.

Red Square

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The recently renovated Red Square will have a five-course dinner that starts with an amuse of caviar. Then there's smoked salmon pizza, a Czar salad and then stuffed Maine lobster served with caviar beurre blanc. Molten chocolate cake ends the meal, along with a chocolate dipped strawberry and mint chocolate ice cream. $100 per person.

There are some additions to the menu for Valentine's at this old-school remake of the classic New York Italian restaurant. Think beef carpaccio, beef Bolognese lasagna, red snapper, and red velvet heart for dessert, which is layered with cream cheese buttercream and covered in a white chocolate glaze.

FIX Restaurant & Bar

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This modern restaurant inside the Bellagio features simple New American fare in a slick space. The V-Day prix fixe includes Caviar "chips and dip," Surf & Turf for two, which is a 48 ounce dry-aged porterhouse served with a two-pound stuffed lobster and truffle-creamed spinach. A Nutella Chocolate with fresh strawberries is the sweet ending. $125 per person for the early seating.

Bar + Bistro @ The Arts Factory

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This hip restaurant is serving a prix fixe infused with J.Lohr Estate wines. The aphrodisiacs are plenty, starting with oysters and chilled lobster in a warm saffron broth. Then there's asparagus topped with poached quail egg and black truffles. The main event is a fig-glazed chocolate dipped pork rind, along with a Latino short rib and scallop ceviche. A warm chocolate ganache acts as dessert, served with artichoke honey ice cream. $85 per person.

Charlie Palmer Steak

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A large selection awaits for diners at Charlie Palmer Steak, with apps starring citrus marinaded prawns, maine lobster salad ($15 supplement), and a trio of hawaiian ahi tuna. Mains include 10oz filet mignon, 16 oz. NY steak, dover sole and even Japanese A5 Kobe Beef upon request (probably for an additional charge). Sides are served family style and dessert has a choice of butterscotch creme brulee, chocolate cake for two, or spiced apple galette. $100 per person.

Brand Steakhouse & Lounge

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A simple three-courser is featured for Valentine's at Brand Steakhouse, starting with Beau Soleil Oysters with white balsamic granite and smoked salmon roe; then moving onto Lamb “Lolly Pops” with natural jus and herbed marble potatoes; and the Pan Roasted Black Bass with braised fennel and basil drizzled with saffron aioli. Dessert serves a Blueberry Shortcake topped by Grand Marnier whipped cream and vanilla sponge. $70 per person.

Aureole

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This sleek space in Mandalay Bay is starring their excellent wine list, with wine pairings to go along with their prix fixe menu for V-Day. Oysters and King Crab leg start the meal, then a dover sole filet served with eggplant caponata and jamon iberico. Main course is a duo of veal tenderloins and sweetbreads while dessert serves a strawberry and champagne vacherin. Starts at $95 per person with $55 for wine pairings.

Comme Ça

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This modern French brasserie inside the Cosmopolitan is serving a special four-course Valentine's menu for $99 per person, beginning with a creamed cauliflower soup, then a duck confit agnolotti with kurri squash. Main course is an American Wagyu ribeye steak or a vegetarian "steak" & potato using butternut squash. Dessert is a white chocolate and raspberry heart bavarois.

Social House

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This Asian-inspired restaurant starts off each V-Day dinner with a glass of sparkling sake, then moves onto a special a la carte menu made for the holiday (no prix fixe, which could be a nice departure). Special dishes include sesame garlic poached lobster, Inaniwa udon noodles served with grilled shrimp, and a chocolate spice layer cake for dessert.

Rí Rá Irish Pub

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There are few Valentine's Day specials available at this cheery Irish pub inside Mandalay Place, with shrimp francesca and roasted fig and almonds for appetizers. There's a garlic chicken "kiss of death" (sure to be a hit), Filet oscar, and lobster Newburg, served with wild mushrooms in a thick sherry sauce and topped with crab meat, Bearnaise and sauteed asparagus. There's a mini-wedding cake for dessert, featuring red velvet cake and raspberry coulis.

Andre's

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This classic spot still remains one of the more romantic dining rooms in Vegas. The five-course prix fixe has either a smoked salmon and caviar toast or cold roasted carrot soup to start. Then a cold seafood plate or chestnut soup with foie gras and wild mushroom. The rest of the menu features scallops, veal cheeks, peppercorn-crusted filet mignon, and more. Dessert is a trio of fruit-based treats.

Due Forni Pizza & Wine

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A great deal if dining off-Strip is preferred. Due Forni is doing a special $60 meal for two that starts with stracciatella al forno with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and house made bread, heart-shaped lobster Ravioli served with butter sauce. Then there's pizza bresaola with thinly sliced cured tenderloin, creamy casatica, red onions and fresh spinach. Finish with dolci cannoli filled with valhrona chocolate and strawberries and topped with toasted almonds.

Strip House

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Of course there's the crazy 24-layer chocolate cake to get for dessert, but before getting there, Strip House inside Planet Hollywood is offering some special V-Day dishes including Kataifi wrapped crisp shrimp, mozzarella and braised artichoke salad, and a surf & turf featuring an 8 oz filet mignon and broiled lobster.

Phil's Italian Steak House

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Located inside Treasure Island, Phil's is serving a four-course dinner for $75 per person, starting with oysters or prociutto-wrapped scallops. Then there's either a lobster chowder or caesar salad. Main courses include rack of lamb, seared sea bass, or a Chateaubriand for two. Dessert is (no surprise there) chocolate Coeur a la crème with a raspberry compote.

Border Grill

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No prix fixe here, just some great Latin-inspired dishes such as Tuna ceviche, braised oxtail quesadilla, chile-crusted porterhouse for two, ancho-chili seared pork tenderloin, and upsidedown caramelized plantain cake for dessert.

The MeatBall Spot

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Another reasonably priced V-Day meal at Carla Pelligrino's casual restaurant. At just $24.95 per person, each diner gets a glass of sangria to start. Then there's a caprese salad, classic meatball bruschettaa and rigatoni in a spicy meat sauce for entree. Dessert is a heart-shaped ice cream sandwich.

Tender Steak & Seafood

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This romantic restaurant inside Luxor is serving a $75 prix fixe that starts with a lobster ravioli and artichoke crab ragout. Then there's a crisp greens salad with Persian cucumber in a black currant vinaigrette. Entrees include a choice of either beef tenderloin with roasted asparagus or a salmon served with organic faro pilaf. Dessert is a trio of sweet including a Grand Marnier creme brulee, red velvet shortcake, and chocolate sorbet.

Bouchon Bistro

Thomas Keller's expansive bistro is serving up love at first bite, with a few special courses to spice up the night's selection, such as lobster risotto, foie gras and duck confit gateau, pan-seared Petrale sole "bouillabaisse," and truffle french fries. There's a special chocolate gateau with a raspberry coulis for dessert.

First Food & Bar

This hip, neighborhood spot inside The Shoppes at the Palazzo serves up an arousing prix fixe themed as "Get a Room," with such dishes as lobster & corn bisque, warm goat cheese souffle, crab-stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, and honey citrus creme caramel, all for $69.96 per person. (Yes, that price is correct)

ENVY The Steakhouse

A special three-course prix fixe will be prepared for Valentine's Day at this romantic spot in the Renaissance Hotel, starting with a red endive salad with champagne vinaigrette, either braised short ribs or espresso-rubbed filet mignon for entree, and cheesecake lollipops and chocolate truffles for dessert.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro

There's a special $65 four-course prix fixe at this cozy French bistro, starting with carrot ginger soup, then moving onto foie gras terrine or tuna crudo salad for appetizer. Entree choices include roasted chicken, braised short ribs, or roasted Saint Pierre. Desserts boast vanilla pound cake or coffee pain de genes with mascarpone espresso cream and Guanaja chocolate mousse.