Todd English’s Olives at The Bellagio Las Vegas Restaurant Review

Todd English's Olives at The Bellagio Las Vegas Restaurant Review


This Todd English's Olives restaurant review is part of a Las Vegas trip report for Virtuoso Travel Week. For the prior posts please see:

Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel Review: Virtuoso Benefits and Hyatt Points

The Buffet at the Bellagio Review: Breakfast and Brunch Buffet

Virtuoso Travel Week Explained and Why Use a Luxury Travel Advisor

Four Seasons Las Vegas Hotel Review

There IS a free lunch, at least at Todd English's Olives restaurant at The Bellagio, at least when you book The Bellagio with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor such as TravelSort (see How to Become a TravelSort Client) and choose lunch at Olives as your amenity. The lunch credit is up to $85, not including alcohol or gratuity, and in my view is by far the better choice, rather than 4 passes to the Bellagio Spa.

To get to Todd English's Olives, you walk through the casino and continue on through an atrium-like shopping area with high end boutiques; Olives is on the right, with the hosts to the left of the entrance.

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Reception


I was led to my table inside the restaurant, which is a bit on the dark side, with all the dark wood.

Todd English's Olives, Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Restaurant Seating


That said, if you reserve early enough, you could likely secure a table on the small outside terrace, with a beautiful view of the Bellagio pool and fountain (see first photo for view):

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Outside Terrace


The friendly server provided a lunch menu, including a Summer Prix Fixe offering:

Todd English's Olives Menu-Appetizers and Flatbreads


Todd English's Olives Menu-Pastas and Main Dishes


There was also an iPad with the wine list and other menus on it:

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - iPad wine list


The bread was decent, and some will especially enjoy the crispy lavosh style crackers. The bread, of course, comes with a trio of olive dips. They're quite intense, so a little bit goes a long way.

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Bread and Olive Dips

 

When I'd asked for recommendations, the server had mentioned the tuna tartare and beef tartare, among the appetizers, but I was in the mood for grilled octopus so I ordered that. While the chickpea stew that it came with didn't do much for me, the squid and octopus were grilled perfectly, tender and not rubbery at all, so I was very pleased with the dish.

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Grilled Squid and Octopus

 

For mains, the server recommended the Scallops and Prosciutto with Truffle Parmesan Risotto, so I took him up on that, and it was a fantastic, if quite rich choice. Scallops and prosciutto are a perfect combination anyway, and these were enormous, perfectly cooked scallops still slightly transluscent in the center, with very crispy bits of prosciutto, served atop a heady, earth truffle parmesan risotto. Yum!

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Scallops with Prosciutto and Truffle Parmesan Risotto

 

Dessert was pretty much out of the question after two such filling courses, but I did look at the dessert menu, again available in both regular menu form and via iPad:

Todd English's Olives Menu-Desserts

 

Todd English's Olives Restaurant Las Vegas Restaurant Review

 

And since I still had credit lift, I ended up ordering some cookies to take with me. My favorite of these was the chewy white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, although the peanut butter and chocolate chips cookies were good as well.

Todd English's Olives Las Vegas Restaurant Review - Cookies

 

The Verdict: While I'm often rather wary of celebrity chef restaurants, Todd English's Olives was a pleasant surprise, in terms of the quality of food. And service was excellent during my visit. As the inside decor is nothing special, however, I'd make a point of booking well in advance to secure outdoor terrace seating. Also note that the Virtuoso $85 voucher is valid for lunch only.

If you've enjoyed a free lunch at Todd English's Olives courtesy of Virtuoso, what was your experience?

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