"I've seen guests. They have four courses of the quail, even for dessert. This is true story...." So says Picasso Executive Chef, Julian Serrano. Las Vegas' Bellagio resort, a mountain of luxury afloat in an ocean of indulgence even in Sin City terms, sets the scene for the award-winning French Mediterranean cuisine Serrano lavishes upon guests at his restaurant Picasso.
Picasso, so named due to its regional fare hailing from the same areas of France and Spain where artist Pablo spent much of his life, has achieved AAA Five Diamond accolades for 11 years running, and Wine Spectator has knighted the establishment's 1,500-bottle wine cellar with its "Grand Award". Picasso dining experiences revolve around Prix Fixe and Degustation menus, with pre-theater menu, and vegetarian options also available.
Picasso is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Attire is business casual, and reservations strongly recommended, either by calling 866.259.7111 or 702.693.8865, or booking online.
An especially bright jewel amidst many gems sparkling up and down the Vegas Strip, Picasso delights diners both with Chef Julian Serrano's signature creations, such as Roasted U-10 Day Boat Scallops, Truffle-encrusted Lamb, and succulent Medallions of Fallow Deer, and well as seasonal and Eureka! visions, including New Zealand Tai Snapper showered with Court-Bouillon Sauce and Warm Quail Salad intermingled with sautéed artichokes and pinenuts.
Picasso's Prix Fixe Menu represents a 4-course dinner built around diners' choice of appetizer, starter, main dish, and dessert. Cost is $113 per person, with an optional sommelier's wine pairing for an additional $53. Eaters with a heightened sense of adventure--and belly prepared for a gourmet feast--might opt for the Degustation Menu, a 5-course, chef-selected dinner experience, for $125 per person. Degustation wine pairings add $68 to the meal cost.
Picasso subscribes to a rustic, yet elegant design, reflected in its vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, terracotta tile, and hanging pottery. Fine china table settings and extensive floral compilations add finishing touches, though the atmosphere's uncontested star is its artwork, original Picasso masterpiece paintings, as well as a collection of his handmade ceramics.
The Bellagio's famed fountain show, taking the stage nightly, is also visible from Picasso's lakeside patio, a full-service outdoor seating area with 16 tables that's open year-round.
Picasso Chef Julian Serrano
Julian Serrano's culinary talents have earned nationwide recognition and admiration; he has twice garnered the prestigious James Beard Award, once for "Best Chef in the Southwest" and one for "Best Chef in California." Serrano's Spanish descent infuses his cuisine with his heritage, while his affinity for French fare further enhances it with his passion. Serrano's culinary training hails predominantly from France, where he returns at least once a year to seek out new ideas and inspirations.
- Picasso Online Reservations: http://www.opentable.com/picasso-bellagio-reservations-las-vegas
- Picasso Prix Fixe Menu: http://www.bellagio.com/files/restaurants/picasso-prix-fixe-menu.pdf
- Picasso Degustation Menu: http://www.bellagio.com/files/restaurants/picasso-degustation-menu.pdf
- The Bellagio Fountains: http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx