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Adorned with some original works by Picasso, this restaurant raised the city's dining scene a notch when it opened in Bellagio in 1998. Although some say Executive Chef Julian Serrano doesn't change his menu often enough, the artful, innovative cuisine—based on French classics with strong Spanish influences—is consistently outstanding. Appetizers on the seasonal menu might include warm quail salad with sauteed artichokes and pine nuts, or poached oysters with osetra caviar and vermouth sauce. Roasted milk-fed veal or sauteed medallions of fallow deer with caramelized green apples are other potential entree choices. S Sometimes a seasonal specialty menu may feature Alba white truffles. Dinners are prix-fixe, with four- or five-course options; a vegetarian menu and a three-course pre-theater menu also are available.

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  • Reservations essential
  • Closed Tues. No lunch.
Updated: 05-28-2014

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    This dining experience was not nearly as good as it should have been for the price point and the 5-diamond rating. It's best described as elegant banquent quality food. The service was stilted and impersonal. The waiter only checked on how we were enjoying the main course. Other courses were merely delivered to us in the style of table service resaturants like The Keg. The sommelier had obviously rehearsed knowledge of the selected vintages and delivered this information by rote. There was no opportunity for discussion or inquiry into what we thought of the previous pairing. The service was really deplorable for this class of restaurant. The wine pairings complimented one aspect of the plate and did not contrast or compliment other aspects of the food so flavors just kind of died. The sauces were lack lustre. The vegetables were generally steamed and were plated in a rather simple way. The size of the restaurant, the height of the ceilings and even it's location on the pool level prevents an intimate, luxurious and personalized dining experience. It's nice that you can see the Bellagio water fountains but you can get this experience at any number of other restaurants at Bellagio. At the end of the evening, the couple is presented with an elegant box with 2 boring cinnamon twist cookies, while the truffles and other pastries are left on a tray at the table. A treat you hardly want after 4 or 5 courses and dessert. A colossal disappointment. Not an establsihment for foodies.

    by kadencegrace, 8/17/10

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