OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER AT LE CIRQUE WAS AWFUL.
WHERE'S THE TURKEY, MESSIEURS!!?
LE CIRQUE RESTAURANT RUINED OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER ! There was NO Thanksgiving experience! The food in tiny portions and some was OK but overall, disappointing big-time. The waiters were kind because I'm originally French so we spoke the language otherwise I'm afraid they would not have been as kind and friendly, frankly in all fairness. BUT THE "THANKSGIVING DINNER" itself, (at $145.00 per person PLUS-PLUS and, PLUS TIP of course), just horrible. They claimed it's "A French restaurant, Madame." Southern French that is, and that's why it was not really to be a Thanksgiving dinner... (??) On Thanksgiving in the U.S? I spend 2 weeks a year in the South of France and the food in France is NOT what they claimed! (Whom were they fooling here?!) And they did say it was going to be a Thanksgiving dinner menu on the Menu itself! Sorry, but that was a terrible excuse. The so-called "turkey" they finally served after we waited a long time, was just a tiny little patty in a fancy larger-than-life plate. NO stuffing. I searched and searched around my platter placed before me and found none. Nothing even close to anything resembling a piece of sweet potato, hopefully. NO vegetables unless they were in some kind of a "puree" hidden within a "petite bouchee," which I failed to recognize. I'm afraid to see what they would serve at Christmas! The decor is really pretty, just go and look at it, and get out fast! The hostess has a great air of pretense and appears quite visibly as if she would either rather NOT be there, and a hopeful type wishing to be posing for a magazine instead, or simply in some kind of a trance and with that certain "ennui" defining she is definitely better than the guests approaching her podium.
Our total price for two (yes, 2) was over $428.00.
We were so disappointed, when we returned home a couple of days later, we had to cook a real turkey dinner, but the memory of this Thanksgiving 2011 at Le Cirque at the Bellagio, left us feeling awful - not to mention bloated and hungry! (by the way, later that night, we wound up ordering room service )...
PS: I wanted to leave NO star, but they say in the Review I must leave a star. Otherwise, I'd leave none. (sorry, I'm just being honest).
Impeccable service - Incredible Food. We wish we could recall everyone's name. Daniel was our main assistant - we've decided to call him this because saying he was our "waiter" doesn't do him or his skills justice. He was utterly professional, personable, pleasant, not over-solicitous, and was just terribly impressive. The Sommelier was personable, appropriately humorous, informative and very helpful. Everyone was wonderful. The food was not only beautifully and creatively presented but it was just amazing. If we didn't like something not an eye was batted; off it went to be changed. The desserts were outstanding, clever, and generous (as were all the servings). Overall, the best dining experience we've had anywhere, but particularly in Las Vegas. As for price: on average this is a $200-$300 meal for 2. Having said that, we paid $180 at another eatery and the food was terrible, the service, fair. We were THRILLED to pay what we did for the gourmet delicacies and service we received. This isn't something we can do everyday mind you, but it was so worth it! If you want an amazing meal with THE best service you will EVER have, you need to make a reservation here. You simply cannot go wrong with anything on this menu from start to finish, or with any of the staff. Brilliant! We cannot wait to come back, nor can we recommend this work of art and professionalism enough. 5 stars.
Among Las Vegas Best French restaurants. Le Cirque is an absolute joy and I actually prefer it to Picasso.The 85 person room is attractive while not completely over the top. To start with, guests wearing dark clothing have the option of black napkins, which is a nice touch.I started with a combination of sauteed foie gras and foie gras terrine.As a entree, I chose the duck breast along with an excellent wine pairing.Each course was expertly prepared and attractively presented.Service is attentive and friendly.The tone of the service is more like Fleur de Lys than Picasso or Andres.The only minus is that some tables have a poor view of the Bellagio's fountain show.The general manager took time out to exchange a few nice words on my way out. In sum'a delightful neal definitely worth a return visit.A superb splurge for Bellagio guests.
AMAZING In Every Way!!!. To begin with we were given a wonderful table directly in front of the Bellagio fountains. The space is small and seats only about 80 people making it very cozy yet in a rich atmosphere. Then we were introduced to Tom, our waiter, who provided us with unpretentious service that was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. Then we were introduced to a very reasonably priced Terri Mor Pinot Noir that was recommended with our meal. The wine paired nicely with our 3 courses and was a spectacular suggestion. When the first course arrived, we were all overwhelmed with the explosion of flavor in every bite. The complex flavors of the escargot, butter, mini croutons and surprising anis left me speechless. For the second course I had the rabbit with domestic mushrooms in a Reisling sauce that was quite frankly priceless. That was followed with a perfectly presented chocolate souffle and petite fours that left absolutely nothing to be desired. An after dinner drink of sweet Italian sparkling wine was the perfect ending to a meal that may very well have been one of the best of my life. The two people that dined with me were equally as pleased as I was and would highly recommend this establishment to anyone willing to spend a few hundred dollars for a dining experience that would not be forgotten. I have been to all kinds of restaurants from around the world raging from New York to Paris and I honestly think that this establishment lived up to its 5 diamond reputation.
a nice place to eat when visiting las vegas. not as good as ny though.
try to go earlier in the evening
Excellent Food, Excellent Service. Like every Relais & Chateaux we've been to, this place was wonderful! We made reservations online and it was as easy as clicking some buttons, even for a long-weekend Saturday night (which we did, maybe a few weeks prior to our trip to Vegas). I believe there are two general seating times. Be sure to book the 6-6:30 pm reservation, if you have theatre plans afterwards. Oh, and most importantly, be sure to request for the fountain view. There are only three table against the French doors with max seating for four people per. On the day of our reservation, we accidentally walked into Circo. However, the sister restaurant was quick to point us in the right direction when the saw us walking in slightly overdressed for their venue. Le Cirque is tucked away next door... hehe. The hostess asked us if we needed to check in our coats or if we desired a cocktail in the bar before proceeding to dinner. We asked to have our cocktails at the dinner table, which was fine. During the course of the entire experience, the staff was very attentive. The FOOD... oh, the food. It was a SPLENDID tasting! Oh, and the wine pairing is a must have. (Who needs to pound their head trying to figure out what wine should go best with what?s on the menu when the sommelier has done it for you?!)
Never again- rude manager.
Wait until you hear this story. My girl and I were scoping out restaurants to have our wedding reception dinner in Las Vegas. We started at Circo (the Italian sister restaurant to this place). After going with our sister and brother, the four of us decided Circo was very bad indeed. The bad omen was cold coffee to start. It only got worse with pasta that was undercooked (I like al dente, but come on); and the sauce was cold and with little flavor. The prices were also extremely high given the low quality. I will say this though- the decor was entertaining and I liked the monkey on the bicycle (a la a real circus). Anyway, here's where we get to the drama: we told the new catering manager about the poor food and said that we decided not to have our reception dinner there. She begged us to come back "at her invitation and her treat" to try the French side at Le Cirque. We thought about it and said, "what the hell."
That night, it was just the two of us, and we were very interested in trying the food for our future wedding. From the moment we sat down, the waiters and maitre d' tried to push expensive wines on us. We tried a glass, but didn't want to get drunk because we were there to test the food. The atmosphere was stuffy; but the food was actually very good. I loved the rabbit spaetzel. At the end of the meal, the maitre d' comes over and plops down the bill. We had planned on tipping, but the catering manager had said it was "her treat," so we just put a healthy tip down. The maitre d' came back and demanded payment for the meal: a whopping $430 for 2. I told them that I wasn't paying, and they needed to speak to the catering manager. Conveniently, she wasn't there, and they claimed they couldn't find her. The waiters began pestering us, and my girl got so uncomfortable after they held us hostage for 15 minutes, that she wanted to pay. I wouldn't let her. Ultimately, they let us go. BUT I WILL NEVER GO BACK. THEY ARE COMPLETE JERKS.
Horrible Food, Service, Space.
I arrived with my party of four 5 minutes before our reservation time. After being escorted to the restaurant, I came to discover that we were actually scheduled twenty five minutes earlier and our table had already been passed along to another party. Confused with the time, I quickly scrambled through my Blackberry to find the confirmation email. After retrieving the email and showing the hostess, she rudely informed us that there is nothing she can do and that we have to wait, never once apologizing for the restaurant's mistake. After standing awkwardly by the door for around 30 minutes, the hostess finally led us into the restaurant utilizing a ridiculous "French" accent.
For a hotel that is so large in size, I have no idea why the restaurant was smaller than my room at the Wynn. Tables were placed too close to other tables to the point where it was difficult to get seated without almost knocking the neighboring tables dinner. The decor was not that impressive, very similar to that of Cheesecake Factory. Although city search suggests this restaurant to be a "quiet and romantic" restaurant, I completely disagree it was also very loud, very similar again to the Cheesecake Factory. Our tables were with chairs with half armrests and wheels and the other two chairs were the only red office desk style chairs in the restaurant. The restaurant was very understaffed with waiters rushing and spilling drinks on our table. Although very strict over the phone about their dress code, looking around the restaurant I spotted t-shirts, Tommy Bahama shirts, and even JEANS!
As far as the food, the rabbit dish was a mess and lacked any flavoring. The filet mignon was very dry, overcooked, and had a rough texture. The escarcot had no taste flavor. The restaurant never brought out a wine list until asked several times to do so. This restaurant truly lacks professionalism and presentation! Horrible service for a $150 meal, I highly suggest ALEX at the Wynn instead.
Seasonal continental cuisine is served to fine diners under a circus big top..
Overlooking Bellagio's 8-acre lake with dancing fountains, this French restaurant has whimsical, elegant decor with a colorful, swooping, silk-tented ceiling and wall panels of circus-themed art. Executive Chef Marc Poidevin and Pastry Chef Patrice Caillot serve succulent offerings like black tie scallops tied with black truffles, consomme de boeuf with foie gras ravioli, salade mesclun, roasted duck with honey-spice glaze with figs, and roasted lobster in a port-wine sauce.
One of the best in Vegas.
The restaurant is quiet, and cozy. Other's have mentioned that the tables are too close together- I didn't feel that at all.
The food was some of the best I've ever had.... try the chef's tasting menu: course after course of very small items, and at the end you're completely full and satisfied.
I visited with my dad, and although this is a "romantic" restaurant, I didn't feel uncomfortable- two men in a romantic restaurant can sometimes be uncomfortable. Not so here- the staff identified that this was dad and son and made us feel at home.
The service was outstanding. We never had to wait, or ask for anything.
For a $450 meal, it was everything that it should have been.
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