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The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-414-3888

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$15-$30

Daily 24 Hours

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

From the folks who brought you the Cheesecake Factory, this café offers lots of food, moderate prices, and a lively setting making it a solid alternative - especially for 24 hour diners and cheesecake lovers.

Where is it?

At The Venetian on the Center Strip. Note there is a second location at the neighboring Palazzo.

What kind of food is served?

Very extensive from Breakfast (omelettes, waffles, cereals), lunch & dinner appetizers (potstickers, calamari, crabcakes), salads, flat-bread pizzas, burgers and sandwiches (pot roast, pork tenderloin, grilled chicken), pastas, oven and broiler specialties (Yankee pot roast, Mongolian steak fajitas, grilled pork chops), steaks and seafood, a full bar and wine list, and of course CHEESECAKE! - from Oreo to Banana Crème to (my favorite) white chocolate raspberry... and beyond. Everything was very good and the portions were huge. Get a room with a mini-fridge for leftovers.

What is the atmosphere like?

The Venetian's Italian theme continues here with elaborate murals, bas-relief sculptures and molding, and marble table tops at the soft-leather booths. It is lively - meaning kind of loud - so intimate conversations are probably not an option. An open "café" fronts the casino and the foot traffic by this part is legion.

How is the service?

Very friendly but a bit on the slow side. Our server had too many large tables to deal with. Casual observations of other areas lead me to believe this might have been an aberration.

What are the prices like?

It isn't cheap - prices range from around $15 all the way up to the $30's but the majority of the food is in the $15-$25 range. Considering the size of the portions, that isn't too bad.

What else do I need to know?

Did I mention the cheesecake?

What's the bottom line?

I don't usually recommend chain restaurants but if you need something "safe" and known, this is one of your better bets in Vegas.

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