Sweetheart Deals

Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence. In a town noted for excess, there is no shortage of places to celebrate a meal with your lover. Here are five of the best for the money:


Chef Eric Klein will offer a six-course extravaganza featuring spring lamb and a chocolate dessert assortment. $95 per person, the Forum Shops at Caesars, 369-6300.


The five-course menu has lobster risotto and Mojo wild black-striped bass. $70 per person, the Renaissance, 784-5716.

Society Café

Chef Kim Canteenwalla’s three-course menu includes Tomato Two Ways, a Jidori chicken tasting and XXXL chocolate cake. $110 per couple, Encore, 770-5300.

Nove Italiano

The glorious Strip views from atop the Fantasy Tower are equaled by the superb cuisine of Geno Bernardo. A five-course Italian menu plus chocolate-covered strawberries is $75 per person. The Palms, 942-6800.

Marche Bacchus

The ridiculously romantic terrace faces a pond. Gaze at each other over a four-course dinner that includes champagne and pan-fried sole on crab risotto. $75 per person, 2620 Regatta Dr., 804-8008.

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