The Bellagio hotel helped usher in the gourmet dining movement in Las Vegas and its namesake restaurant for Michelin award-winning chef, Michael Mina, has wowed patrons since opening its doors in 1998. At hotel known for having some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Sin City, Michael Mina continues to be a “must-visit.” The menu specializes in fresh seafood fare while putting a decadent spin on classic American dishes. Even as more and more new restaurant concepts pop up on The Strip each year, Michael Mina continues to standout against the masses.
Chef Mina has parlayed his culinary expertise to become one of the most successful restaurateurs of our time. He is the founder of the Mina Group, which he partied with former tennis star Andre Agassi in, a restaurant management company that has 18 stand-out restaurants currently operating, including the namesake restaurant at Bellagio. Michael Mina’s executive chef, Benjamin Jenkins, has taken the original concept that Mina started and further enhanced the dining experience by infusing even more flavors and dishes.
As Mina got his start with his celebrated San Francisco establishment, he brought his impressive wine connections to Sin City, putting together some impressive tasting menus. The signature tasting menu is stellar and allows you to feast on six delicious courses. You’ll start off with the domestic caviar parfait and Michael Mina’s famous tartare of ahi tuna, which is freshly made right at your table, two ideal openers that are plated perfectly. Then you’ll move onto the succulent miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, before getting to the signature lobster pot pie and the American Wagyu ribeye “rossini.” Be sure to save room for the chocolate mandarin mousse, which pairs smooth chocolate with hints of citrus flavor for an unforgettable sweet treat. This is tasting menu is specially prepared and runs $115 and you can the option of Sommelier wine pairing for an additional $65 or go go the premium wine pairing for $88. With Michael Mina’s deep selection of wines on hand, you really can’t go wrong with either option and the expert staff will help select the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Additional tasting menus include a vegetarian option, which features dishes like kabocha squash ravioli along with Japanese tasting dishes. Michael Mina also features a seasonal menu, which is always fresh and currently includes dishes like hamachi crudo, wild turbot and veal lion. Simply put, you’re not going to find fine-dining tasting menus like these anywhere else on The Strip.
If the signature tasting menus are too much, you can order dishes a la carte. A longstanding favorite and absolute must-try here is the lobster pot pie, which comes loaded with fresh lobster meat, baby vegetables and rich lobster-truffle cream sauce that will blow your tastebuds away. For dessert lovers, in addition to the aforementioned chocolate mandarin mousse, we highly recommend trying Michael’s root beer float, which comes served with sassafras ice cream and a warm chocolate pecan cookie.
Michael Mina remains one of the best gourmet restaurants in Las Vegas and for very good reason. The combination of fresh seafood and creative spins on classic dishes make this a Sin City dining experience you will want to indulge in again and again.
Michael Mina at Bellagio Hotel & Casino
3600 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109