Las Vegas is full of so many unique styles of restaurants it is hard to choose where you want to eat and what kind of food that you want. It all depends on how far you want to go from your hotel that you are staying at and what your budget is. One restaurant that I found very unique is Circo located at the Bellagio. I found there to be some pros of the business but I also found a few cons too.
As you walk into the glass doors of the restaurant the atmosphere will immediately catch your eye. It looks as if you are entering into a large circus tent. The colors of the room are made of bold yellows, reds, and oranges. The tables are covered with bright yellow table cloths and the windows are covered by multi colored striped curtains. The atmosphere is definitely playful and fun, but I am not sure I was too fond of the whole colorful circus theme in a fine dining style restaurant. I think it was a little too much color for me. It was definitely a better fit atmosphere for family dinners versus a romantic date out with your loved one.
The upscale Tuscan food menu offers a variety of items for guest of Circo. If you have ever been to or heard of Le Cirque in New York City, which is in the same restaurant family as Circo, they are very similar. The only difference is that Circo prices are much more accommodating to its guests and the atmosphere at Le Cirque is more sophisticated while Circo goes for Vegas style bold and fun.
The wine list at Circo will take you awhile to look through. They offer over 900 distinguished bottles of wine from all over the world, with many of them being specialty wines from Italy. The prices for bottles range from $30 and up.
The menu includes items such as Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Seafood Chioppino, Muscovy Duck with Dried organic fruit in a port wine cream sauce, Mediterranean Sea Bass, Chicken Riscotto, Pasta Bolognese, Quail, and Pork Tenderloins wrapped with Prosciutto. They also serve classic clay oven fired thin crust pizzas there that I heard are really tasty.
One of the best things about Circo is their deserts. Pastry Chef Jaret Blinn makes some mouth watering irresistible desserts to enjoy. Two examples are a panna cotta, which is a cream filled donut that is served with a chocolate dipping sauce and the tutto chocolate, which is chocolate mousse, ice cream and crumb cake. Both of these succulent treats were voted Best in Vegas by Vegas Life Magazine. Other items they serve items are Molten Chocolate cake, Strawberry Soufflé, Grand Mariner Soufflé, and a few other. Everything on their dessert menu sounds so tasty you will have a hard time deciding.
Some of the cons of the restaurant were we ordered a bottle of wine first, then an appetizer, our bottle of wine came after we were done with our appetizer, and it wasn’t busy at in the restaurant so that could not be the excuse. For my meal I ordered the Asiago and Spinach Ravioli with a Swiss Chard and I did not care for it. The ravioli was very dry and the sauce was very bland. When I told the server about it being dry and bland he said to me next time I think you should try the Sea Bass it is a lot better and walked away. My friend that was dining with me ordered the Pork Tenderloins and he said that they were very tough and not good at all, but he ate them anyway.
When we got our bill the bottle of wine that I ordered was $80, I was charged $170 for it. I told the water and he said no I ordered the $170 bottle. Luckily the bottle was still at our table and I showed him the label, then found the brand on the wine menu and showed him the price. He never apologized to us at all. When the host came back and gave us our new corrected bill she set it on our table and asked us to look it over to see if we had any other “issues” with it before she walked away.
A waitress walked past us as we were eating and I asked her if I could get a refill on water and she looked at me and said I am sorry this is not my section. I was amazed at how rude a few of the employees there were. There were a few of them that were very friendly to us though just with casual talking. Only 3 of them all in one night were rude to us. The only highlight of the night was the tutto chocolate desert we ordered.
I do not recommend Circo for those tourists that are traveling on a budget. Prices for meals range from $16 or more. For those looking for a romantic date and don’t mind the bold atmosphere, ask for a table by the window and go later at night. You get an amazing view of the strip and also the Bellagio water fountain show.
Circo is open 7 days a week from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Their dress code is business casual. I am hoping if you decide to eat here that you will have a better dining experience then we did.
Overall, it was a fun and playful place, but just not for me atmosphere wise. Then the rude service didn’t really help the experience at all. I thought for price of the entrees, the food and presentation was awful. Maybe we just happen to stop here on an off night for the business, I don’t know. But with everything that happened, I do not think that I will be going back anytime soon in the future.