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Jaleo or Todd English's Olives on Sat. night?

Hi,
My husband and I are going to LV this wknd to celebrate my birthday. We'll be going to the Elton John concert on Sat night and Love on Sunday night so both nights we will have dinner following the shows, consequently we want to have good meals but they will have a late start (both after 9:30p) I've made reservations at Jaleo on Sat and Olives as well as Sage on Sunday. My recollection is that the Mirage is a ways from the Cosmo (where Jaleo is located) but closer to the Bellagio (where Olives is located). I booked Olives knowing that we'll leave the show and be hungry and will not want to walk too long to get to our dinner. Should we plan on going to Olives or make the effort to get to Jaleo?

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Todd English's Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Jaleo
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. The concert is at Caesars, so you want to take that into consideration. We went on Sat night and it got over at 930.

    Never been to Olives, but our meal at Jaleo was fantastic. The restaurant has a loud party atmosphere, so you may want to take that into consideration. Our server was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we had great service. All the food we got was fantastic as well. This was the best experience we had last weekend.

    Here is a map that will show you where everything is http://www.vegas.com/lounge/map.html

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    Jaleo
    3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    1. re: LisaN

      Please don't go to Olives. I love the Bellagio, but the food at Olives is, on its best day, mediocre. While I haven't been to Jaleo, I have been to e by Jose Andres, and the food was wonderful. I would expect that the food at Jaleo must be good too (or at least much better than Olives).

      1. re: ellenost

        Thanks for the input, everyone! Yes, based on tepid reviews (almost nothing on chowhound), I cancelled Olives, we'll do Jaleo on Sat and we will go to Prime at the Bellagio on Sunday, I recgnize it's probably not the best steak on the strip but the husband hasn't been to LV since '89 and wants to experience some of that Bellagio magic. I'm super excited for Jaleo, wish we could do e, but that will have to wait for the next trip, no shows, just dinner next time!

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        Bellagio
        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

        Jaleo
        3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        1. re: milly34

          While not the best, Prime is still very good. If you have time, try to squeeze in a pre-dinner cocktail on the patio (between Prime and Picasso).

          1. re: palmdoc1

            will do! Heard it will be warm this wknd, hope we can enjoy some of that in the evening!

            1. re: milly34

              Definitely go to CUT instead of Prime. It is ten times better. The bone marrow flan will change your outlook on food and life. LOL That is a dish that you will come back for. Or if you really like steak, Carnevino has the best steak on the strip. The dry aged porterhouse and dry aged ribeye are the best I have ever had.

              And definitely do not go to Olives. Jaleo is awesome. Seafood paella is really really good.

    2. I haven't been to Olives, but I can confirm that Jaleo is fantastic.

      I'm going to e in two weeks!

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      Jaleo
      3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      1. i have stayed at bellagio the last 2 years and olives is nice for a casual lunch and drinks but i would take a walk to cosmo. restaurants are very good and jaleo is great! went to e' early this year and had the time of our lives! enjoy love,it is one of our favorites!

        1. I am LV this week and have been here many times. Had dinner at both and while Jaleo was good it was not up to my expectations. Both Gambas and Pollo al Alijo were bland with no hint of garlic at all and the shrimp were overcooked!! Paella verdura was again, on the bland side with such small amounts of vegetables that you had to search around for them. For a disciple of El Bulli the food should be much better than this. I am not a huge fan of Todd English - I started with back in the 80's in Boston at Olives which was sensatoinal at the time and hae watched and experience him gong downhill ever since. The Raw BAr at the pub was great!! After that everything was a dissapointment. Clams were tasty but so oversalted that we couldn't eat them and the lobster rolls and Duck buns were tasteless with just tiny amounts of filling in huge soft squishey doughy pastry. Sorry to be so negative but I want a better experience for my $150. On the good side however, dinner at Nove (The Palms) was stupendous. Creative, well executed and delcious - everything that was brought to the table was bettr than the last course. We also had a fabulous lunch - dinner menu looks just as good at Barrymore in the recently redone Royal Resort just off the stip. Again, creative, thoughtful, well executed dishes. Vitello Tonnato, Lomo Asado, Lobster deviled eggs, Fish Tacos. Not to mention the resonable prices!! That's a keeper and the atmosphere is very cool as well. Enjoy!!

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          Jaleo
          3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. Milly, please post an even short review of where you're eating. I am off in a few weeks and have made plans for Fleur, DOCG and Milos but am considering other options. I was going to switch DOCG to Jaleo but am reconsidering after the tepid review.

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            Jaleo
            3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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            1. re: itryalot

              Back from a wonderful wknd in LV. Ate at Jaleo on Sat. night, Prime on Sunday. Dinner at Jaleo was overall very good, not spectacular, but very, very good. It was the perfect choice for what we wanted -- we were celebrating my birthday and wanted a place w great atmosphere and good food. We definitely got the atmosphere! The place was hopping w energy and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I guess my only gripe was that the dishes, overall were on the salty side and that in some instances, our food looked like it had been sitting in a pan for a while (the paellla specifically, a big bummer). Specific dishes -- Warm spinach salad with raisins and pine nuts, one of the too salty ones. Bread w tomato and serrano ham -- skip the serrano, made it almost unbearably salty. The lobster paella was the only paella available (note, you can only order the paella as main dish if your party is 6 or more. Otherwise you may only have a smaller portion. We had a 10p dinner, at that time we were only given the lobster paella as our choice -- it was disappointing. It was obvious we got the dregs of the pan, and the lobster portions we got had been cooked a long time before we got them... So sad about that, since the paella has been talked up so much in the forum. Strongest dishes, the veal cheeks, brussel sprouts salad and the cod w tomato sauce (that was our favorite). Desserts were good, the flan had an unappealing consistency, not custardy but more like Jell-o and should not have been served w ice cream. The almond cake w salted caramel ice cream had great flavor but was more like a mousse than a cake. We had sangria and I had cava. Thought the pricing was very fair, we'd definitely go back.

              Prime was a disappointment. Service was awful (we inexplicably had 2 waiters and felt like the both wanted to go home). I ordered the shortribs which were heavily sauced and one of the waiters indicated to me that a side dish was necessary (not the case as the dish came w cous cous). Also big turn off -- I ordered a cocktail called a french 75 which has champagne in it, but that's not the only ingredient. We were charged $26 for that drink (the price of a glass of champagne!). We asked if the pricing was correct and the waiter said, yes, it was, and he *could* have charged us $48 - the price for another, more expensive champagne per glass option on the menu -- but didn't. I thought that was such a poor way of handling us. We were underwhelmed. My husband ordered the filet mignon was was good, but not terrific. The biggest pro was sitting at a table in front of the bellagio fountain, we did have a lovely view. Guess it's true what they say -- you either get the food or the view!

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              Jaleo
              3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              1. re: milly34

                Geesh; too bad. Considering the economic climate, you'd think Vegas restaurants would be tripping over themselves to get the business. I plan on eating at Fleur (even though it just received a very lukewarm review on this site), got an email about E but we can't make it then, so I am waiting to hear back. I hope it would be good, but I am just not sure. And, we're not sure about one more place, maybe Milos or DOCG.

                1. re: itryalot

                  My review or the one I replied to? Fleur was fine, and if you go in expecting high quality food in pretty standard preparations and average service, you'll be ok. If you're expecting to be pampered and amazed by the food, you'll be disappointed. Do be sure to buy the Restaurant.com coupon- the current 70% off code is "Share".

                  We loved China Poblano (we had a mid-afternoon lunch there), but I will readily admit my love for Mexican taco stands.