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Bellagio / Lago / Openings / Julian Serrano / Closings / Circo / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Remember those restaurant rumblings coming out of Bellagio in April? One is finally coming to fruition. Circo closed over the weekend to make way for Lago, a new concept by Julian Serrano (behind Picasso at Bellagio and Serrano at Aria.)
Closings / Bellagio / Restaurants / Eating / Fine Dining / Circo / Dining / Julian Serrano / Lago / → All Tags
Over a year after the announcement, Circo at Bellagio has sadly served its last meal. It has been around since the beginning of the fine dining revolution, brought here with sister restaurant, Le Cirque, by now legends of Vegas, Steve Wynn and Elizabeth Blau.
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The MGM Resorts property and the World Poker Tour recently announced the high-roller Alpha 8 tournament will be part of the annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic taking place December 5-20. The Alpha 8 event, and its $100,000 buy-in, will start Dec. 18 and last for three days.
The Strip / Bellagio / Bellagio Fountains / Tiesto / EDM / DJs / Wet Design / → All Tags
TiŽsto, the superstar DJ whose name is practically synonymous with Las Vegas nightlife, is moving on up on The Strip.
Usually, TiŽsto can be found at MGM Grand where he has a residency with mega-club Hakassan and the party pool, Wet Republic. But now, Vegas visitors who stroll along the picturesque Bellagio Fountains will be treated to a medley of three of the DJ's songs, accompanied by soaring blasts of water.
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From the alternate universe files: Bellagio will dive into The Strip's obsession with superstar DJs (albeit a few years late) with the debut of a new fountains production featuring an "exclusive three-song medley" by TiŽsto.
The new show will premiere September 17 at 7 p.m. As a press alert details:
It's been 12 years, but Bellagio is finally getting egg-y with it again. Ok, that was horrible. We can guarantee, however, that the resort's newest art exhibition will be anything but.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will once again host a presentation of exquisite Fabergť creations beginning November 14. The last time it did so was back in 2002.
Eating / Dining / Restaurant Week / Restaurants / Fine Dining / Milos / The Cosmopolitan / Aquaknox / Venetian / Prime / Bellagio / Sage / Aria / → All Tags
Las Vegas' Restaurant Week is coming up shortly, and with it a chance for diners to loosen their belts a few notches. A spot out there you've been meaning to try? A dish you've been hearing so much about? Here are just a few of the best spots to make the most of this Restaurant Week now underway through August 28.
One of the best ways a Restaurant Week dining menu can benefit you is by putting a typically expensive restaurant back into your price range. For example, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan is notoriously expensive, but their $50.14 three-course dinner is an incredible steal. Just the entree of grilled Mediterranean sea bass is knocking on the door of fifty, but with a salmon tartare and their famous grilled octopus as appetizers, this is a deal. A sommelier wine pairing with your courses is $30 more.
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The very first buffet this writer ever went to in Las Vegas was a tough act to follow. It was Bellagio's and it was fabulous. I had forgotten about that first time until this past week when I was taking some visitors there. When I was a Vegas buffet virgin, I had a very atypical ďfirst time.Ē
I had only been in Las Vegas a few months and had been on the hunt for a cut of meat I was used to finding in any grocery store on the east coast: flank steak. While this isnít a necessarily great cut of meat, I had a family recipe marinade that made it quite scrumptious. I checked out several grocery chains and also some carnicerias and kept coming up dry. I donít know if there was just a shortage that summer in Vegas or what, but I couldnít find my beloved flank steak anywhere.
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What defines the dining character of Vegas (more than buffets)? The all-American steakhouse, of course!
Steakhouses in Las Vegas run the gambit from classic ranch house-style (The Steakhouse at Circus Circus) and high-concept dining spots (Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris) to hip "clubstraunts" (STK at the Cosmopolitan). With the immense variety, it's easy to strike out on your own and hit a dud. Not all steakhouses are created equal, but there are a handful that really make their mark as "essential." There are many that serve up an amazing steak or have an amazing story to go along with them (Herbs & Rye among the best of both), but few are so egregious to miss as those below.
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If you ask most what the defining cuisine is for our lovely metropolis, you will start a fierce debate on whether that lofty crown goes to steakhouses or buffets. To the rest of the world, and for good reason, Las Vegas is the city of buffets.
In fact, the modern concept of an "all-you-can-eat" buffet is said to have been created in 1950s Las Vegas by Herbert "Herb" Cobb McDonald, a publicity and entertainment manager. He is also credited with cementing Vegas as a national convention destination, the key to early Vegas success. In the 1956 novel The Muses of Ruin, William Pearson wrote in apt words his feelings on the new phenomenon:
At midnight every self-respecting casino premiŤres its buffet ó the eighth wonder of the world, the one true art form this androgynous harlot of cities has delivered herself of.... We marvel at the Great Pyramids, but they were built over decades; the midnight buffet is built daily. Crushed-ice castles and grottoes chill the shrimp and lobster. Sculptured aspic is scrolled with Paisley arabesques. They are, laid out with reverent artistry: hors d'oeuvres, relish, salads, and sauces; crab, herring oyster, sturgeon, octopus, and salmon; turkey, ham, roast beef, casseroles, fondues, and curries; cheeses, fruits and pastries. How many times you go through the line is a private matter between you and your capacity, and then between your capacity and the chef's evil eye.
Today, the Vegas buffet has evolved into a generally homogeneous entity, but there are a few that go above and beyond the norm.
VegasChatter Flashbacks / Hotels / Hotel Rooms / Bellagio / Room Renovations / Remodels / → All Tags
Way back in 2007, our sister site HotelChatter was not impressed with the rooms at Bellagio, one of the premier (obviously) hotels on The Strip. For all the talk about Bellagio being the best in town, we found the room decor to be nondescript, non sequential, and non-stylish. It was dominated by a massive brown armoire which overpowered the room. In the bathroom, we found some very questionable wallpaper. We also noticed a stain on the headboard. See for yourself just how "BLAH" this room was in 2007 in the video below.
Well, it took a few years, but Bellagio finally upgraded their guest rooms in 2011 and, boy, was it an improvement.
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Las Vegas does a lot of things right when it comes to food. There are great choices for fine dining, poolside dining, casual dining, and very casual dining. But, when it comes to room service, the food is often bland, uninspiring and, in some cases, cold.