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Feb 17, 1999 07:28 AM

Bellagio In Vegas

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I am going to The Bellagio in Vegas next month and can
only have one dinner at the hotel (booked up other
nights). Does anyone have a suggestion as to which in-
hotel resteraunt to choose. Thanks !!

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  1. Bill,

    I was just in Las Vegas, and visited the Bellagio.
    Unfortunately, my brother insisted on trying the
    buffet. I'm not a Las Vegas buffet fan, so I admit I
    entered with a jaundiced eye.

    There ARE some attractions to the buffet: unlimited
    smoked salmon (fair); pre-split huge King Crabs (not
    as watery as most buffet crabs but not particularly
    tasty); grilled eel (delicious); and fresh oysters on
    the half-shell (not particularly great ones but

    Otherwise, the rest of the offerings were pedestrian,
    no better than the (mediocre) Mirage buffet. I'm
    sorry I can't help you with the restaurants, but I
    just wanted to argue that, regardless of what you
    hear, the Bellagio buffet is not superior to the other
    better buffets in town.

    1. In general, I have not had good experiences in eating
      at Las Vegas branches of "name" restaurants. My
      experience in eating at the Bellagio branch of Aqua,
      the well-known San Francisco seafood restaurant, was
      no exception. The huckleberry sauce on the fois gras
      appetizer was cloyingly sweet, heavy handed, and
      overpowering. As a former resident of the Puget Sound
      area of Washington state, I'm crazy about the wild blue
      huckleberries that grow there, and looked forward to
      harvesting them as an annual fall ritual. But their
      flavor is very intense, and their use, especially in
      non-desert dishes, should be very judicious. At Acqua,
      use of the huckleberries lacked restraint and showed no
      concern for balace of flavors. (By the way, on a
      recent visit to Pacific's Edge restaurant at Highlands
      Inn in Carmel, California, I ordered (with trepidation)
      another fois gras appetizer with huckleberry sauce, and
      it was wonderful, with the huckleberries providing just
      a subtle accent of flavor.) I did enjoy the mussel
      souffle at Aqua. But the tuna tartare was drenched in
      sesame oil, again showing no concern for proportion or
      balance of flavors. One should expect a much higher
      standard from a restaurant that charges $11-$19 for
      appetizers and $28-$34 for main courses. The wine list
      is similarly overpriced. I'm no expert on eating in
      Las Vegas (if you really want to eat well, hop a plane
      to Los Angeles), but I recently saw something on TV
      about a truck stop four miles or so from Las Vegas that
      was supposed to have good biscuits and gravy. Now,
      THAT would be something to check out!!

      2 Replies
      1. re: Tom Armitage


        I've eaten at the diner with the biscuits (and
        passable Tex-Mex food, too) but forgotten the name.
        It's definitely north of the city and a favorite with

        I do think you can eat well in Las Vegas, but I agree
        that most of the branches of upscale restaurants are
        disappointments (haven't been to the LV Chinois).
        Emeril's is totally hit and miss; Coyote Cafe is good
        but not up to the level of the Sante Fe or DC

        In my experience, the best restaurants in LV are
        inexpensive non-American places. One historical
        establishment is the Green Shack, the first restaurant
        in L.V., which makes made-to-order fried chicken,
        beautifully fried, but not particularly tasty. This
        fried chicken was originally served to the laborers
        who built Hoover Dam.

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          I went to Rio in Vegas and it was fabulous. I love buffets and this one was international. My family found it delicious and it had something for everyone. If anyone goes, hope you enjoy it!