Dining at Andre’s restaurant Las Vegas inside the Monte Carlo was an interesting experience that had both high points and low points.
The entry to Andre’s definitely had “wow” factor. There is a small bar and hostess podium where the guests are greeted and then escorted to the dining room which is behind closed doors. When the door is opened and you are welcomed, it’s a feeling that you are entering a place that is very special and exclusive. The room is rather small with an intimate atmosphere. Here’s something I thought was cool. The chairs have a little built-in shelf underneath for your purse. Awesome!
We started with a Kir Royale to drink that was of course excellent. I enjoyed the Caesar Salad to start and my husband tried the delicious Wild Bison Carpaccio. For entrees we chose the Hoisin Glazed Duck Breast with puree of Butternut Squash with Currants and Almonds and the Ribeye with Roquefort Mashed Potatoes and sautéed Spinach. The duck was wonderful. The sauce outstanding. The ribeye was a little undercooked, but tender and flavorful. For Dessert we indulged in a Creme Brulee with Berries and a fabulously decadent Chocolate Souffle. Both were worth every calorie.
After dinner, if you’d like to enjoy a nice Cognac you have the option of going to the Cognac and Cigar Lounge on the second floor. It is a great way to finish an evening out. The room is warm and cozy with a fireplace at its center and a collection of fine Cognac that is simply amazing. A lighted case has a display of some of the rarest Cognac in the world. It’s like a museum of Cognacs. Very impressive.
The service was top-notch. Every staff member; hostess, busperson, servers, sommelier and manager were
right on point for attention to detail and a friendly, caring manner.
I loved the entry to the dining room, but honestly I think the decor is ugly. The wine list was over priced and had a very poor selection of wines by the glass. There was only one choice for a Cabernet, one choice for a Pinot Noir, and one for a Merlot. Although our meals were both delicious, the presentation left a lot to be desired. The duck was sliced and laid over the vegetable in a very nondescript way. The same with the ribeye. The portions are too small. You can easily expect to have a check of $200 or more
for two people enjoying a 3 course meal and a glass of wine. At those prices you shouldn’t leave hungry. The only thing that wasn’t small was the Caesar Salad, which I didn’t finish because I wanted to save my appetite. Ha! I should’ve filled up on it. We literally stopped at a drive-thru on the way home. I wasn’t expecting giant size, but there should be a happy medium.
Andre’s is a sister restaurant to Alize at the Palms and the creation of world renown chef Andre Rochat. Alize has an incredible view of the Strip, outstanding service and delicious cuisine. I’d have to say that we preferred Alize over Andre’s.