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Jan 13, 2010 07:12 PM

Las Vegas - Bartolotta review

So, last week my sister and I went to Vegas. I kind of wanted to try Picasso, but she is a bit picky, and her two favorite foods involve Italian and seafood... so we ended up at Bartolotta.

We went on a Monday night and did not have reservations. The entire restaurant was extremely empty when we got there, and we were seated after a little bit of a wait. To be honest, the girl was kind of snooty. Whatever.

When we walked into the place, it was beautiful. The ambience is lovely. We were seated upstairs. I would suggest trying to get a seat downstairs... it was dark, so what was beyond the huge window in the restaurant was difficult to see, but I can only imagine it was amazing.

Our server was nice. She brought over the menus, but I did have to ask specifically for the Taste of Wynn menu. I did not detect any difference in her demeanor when I asked for it... still just as friendly. It took a while to figure out what to order. I have issues with committing to an entire entree, and prefer a tasting menu. Alas, too expensive for me at this point. The regular tasting menus started at $135/person and went up from there. The Taste of Wynn menu looked to be a good value (my sister ended up ordering from that, more on that in a bit), but the desserts on it were not particularly appealing to me. I decided ordering several appetizers for myself... Our server described the appetizers as being very small, but they were not. I ordered 3 of them (she made them sound REALLY small)... definitely should have gone with 2. Ah, well...

I didn't write down what I ordered, and I am looking at the menu online, and am not seeing all of it there!! So weird... but one dish was some sort of firm white fish in an anchovy sauce with arugula... the fish was lovely, cooked perfectly and fresh, but was SO salty. Even paired with the tiniest amount of the anchovy sauce was incredibly salty. I still finished it all. I also had the 'lasagnette con ragu di crostacei- “rags” of pasta, lobster, shrimp, langoustines, crab, white wine, tomato.' It was okay. Nothing exciting. Rather bland, even with the amount of seafood in it. I did not finish this dish, definitely my least favorite. The last appetizer I order was some sort of tortellini filled with a white fish, and it was served with clams. I don't see it on the menu online, but it was AMAZING. The tortellini was probably the tastiest I have had in a long time. Delicious. I'm sorry I can't remember the name.

My sister ordered from the Taste of Wynn menu. She ordered the 'risotto ai frutti di mare -
risotto with clams, scallops, shrimp, langoustines, calamari.' Was pretty good. Nothing special. Lots of seafood in there, which was nice. For her main course, she chose 'Brodetto Di Pesce All’Abruzzese - Abruzzi style seafood stew, clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari.' This was also good, but nothing special. I love seafood, and this place advertises that they fly in fish fresh daily from the Mediterranean... but I just wasn't blown away. For dessert, there were two choices, and she chose 'Sformato Di Cioccolato Al Latte, Crema Di Mascarpone, Gelato Al Caffe’ -Milk chocolate mousse, mascarpone cream, Illy caffe espresso gelato.' This was yummy. Even though we were completely full, we managed to finish the entire dessert.

The total bill came to $150, not including tip. We did not have any wine. Our server was really nice, but the service itself wasn't so good. Any time I needed a refill on water, it took forever. Not impressive. The bread basket was average. Nothing special.

To sum up, the inside was very beautiful, but the food just wasn't very memorable. Would I go back? Not at all, given all the other places to try. If for some reason, I was to end up there, I would try one of their whole fish next time... keep it simple.

K, hope that was helpful!! (My first review on CH, I feel so.... good, after having read other people's posts for years)


Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Thanks for the excellent review!

    I think that in order to appreciate the fresh fish from the "old world" that it flown in daily, you need to actually order the fish entree. They will typically bring a somewhat disturbing display case to your table with the day's offerings. I've not gone wrong going that route. In fact, I dined there a couple weeks ago and the fresh fish offering from the Taste of Wynn menu was a sea bream and was superb.

    I too was not excited by the desserts offered on the Taste of Wynn menu. I went with the Liguarian lemon cake which was absolutely stellor. A moist, soft cake infused with some type of "dreamy" liquor while being crispy of the outside almost as if it had been seared. This is the second best restaurant dessert I've had the first being the sticky rice with mango at Lotus of Siam.

    We were flanked on both sides by parties who did the full tasting menu. Even though the service was attentive and personable, it's hard not to feel neglected when everyone around you is receiving the "royal treatment". I'll probably do the full tasting next time.

    3 Replies
    1. re: climberdoc

      I will be in Vegas at end of Jan, and am very interested in the whole fish. Did you get to pick the fish for Taste of Wynn menu? The price is very reasonable. I am wondering if selection is limited.

      Their tasting menu is family style. Do you know if it can be ordered with just 2 diners? There seems to be too much food.

      1. re: foggy_town

        The tasting menu can be done for two people, and having it served family style is actually a pleasant way to experience it - instead of one dish at a time it is broken down into appetizers/salads (usually about 5-6), pasta (3 different kinds), and then a whole fish. It is a nice way to sit back and relax, especially if it is warm enough to be outside.Those courses are just about right in terms of getting to try a lot of different flavors without being saturated with too many calories, but dessert is a different matter; they have brought a lot more out than we expected on all of our visits. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing,..

        1. re: foggy_town

          No, they serve one fish each night on the Taste of Wynn. I was quite happy with the sea bream they served me.

      2. My visits to Bartolotta have been about 180 degrees different than this account. One of those visits - three in total - was with my parents who are neither big nor adventurous eaters, and they loved it too. Agree with the other reply that said you need to order the fresh Mediterranean fish to get the best out of this menu. Likewise, Bartolotta is tough to hit at its optimum if you are on any sort of limited budget.

        One hint here as with pretty much any fine dining place on the Vegas Strip: whatever night of the week, busy or quiet, it's always best to book ahead. Drop ins don't get a lot of love.


        Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: mczlaw

          Agreed on the part about needing to order the fresh fish. Silly me. If I went back, I would definitely do that.

          I disagree on the limited budget portion... the taste of wynn menu did have one of the fresh fish as an option for an entree on its menu. Also, from what the server indicated, had the two of us shared one of the larger fish, and ordered an appetizer or two, we would have come to about the same total as we did ordering other things.
          The service seems to be an issue that has been brought up on previous threads, and did not seem to be a result of dropping in. I have had fine dining meals in Las Vegas where I did not have a reservation, and have not had issues with service. I didn't feel love from the hostess, and perhaps that WAS a result of not having a reservation, but the overall service seems to have issues regardless.

          1. re: Sapa

            My bad for being less than clear. I was referring to the hostess station. Servers there do tend to be brusque, though in my experience not incompetent or outright surly. Just not the warm and fuzzy that many prefer.

        2. Sorry to disappoint. Our service, server, and meal were just average. The server wanted to be any place but helping his guests - and the service was slow. We had the Arugula Salad, Pasta w/lobster appy, and Turbo fish for dinner. We ordered potatoes and zucchini with the turbo fish that obviously had been sitting under the warming light for too long. Our reservation was at 5:30 pm - so really uncalled for. Our wine was very good - but at almost $300 for dinner - go some place else.

          Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
          3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109