Picasso Bellagio Julian Serrano Picasso
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Flamingo Rd.)
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cuisine: French
Spanish-born chef Julian Serrano steadfastly masterminds this marriage of art and food.
Openings: Open Wed.-Sun.


Picasso, Las Vegas, NV

Picasso Restaurant Review:

About the restaurant and décor: At this temple of gastronomy (and veritable Picasso museum), chef Julian Serrano and his solid team deliver a culinary performance to remember. Setting the stage in the dining room are prized original paintings, extravagant flower bouquets and elegantly dressed tables pushed comfortably apart. Select tables offer views of Bellagio's fountains, topping off the exquisite, romantic setting. There are quite a few top fine-dining restaurants in Las Vegas, yet we have an affinity for Picasso. The main reason is that, in contrast to most of Vegas' other imports which are associated with a famous chef, here the culinary star himself does the cooking.

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About the food: Since Picasso spent much of his life in the South of France and Spain, those are the influences Spanish-born Serrano follows. What's on the plate is straightforward, but presentations are dramatic, rich in vivid and contrasting colors, as well as delicious. Diners have a choice of menus: a vegan menu, the four-course prix-fixe or the five-course dégustation. Wine pairings, including premium selections, are available at an additional cost. In fall and early winter, Picasso also presents a Truffle Menu. Surrender to such delicacies as warm quail salad with sautéed artichokes and pine nuts; foie gras au torchon complemented by saffron pear chutney, candied walnuts and brioche; and butter-poached Maine lobster with curried carrot purée, vadouvan-spiced pistachio granola and Meyer lemon beurre blanc. End the meal with desserts like a green tea cheesecake and a warm chocolate fondant.

About the wine: Pairing recommendations are made from more than 1,500 labels, ranging up to $69,375 for a 1995 Romanée Conti. Admire the wine collection as you enter the space.