Todd English's Olives is always busy. Open for lunch and dinner, this popular restaurant at Bellagio is in a prime location, by the entrance from the Las Vegas Strip in the retail corridor. In addition to a bar area and dining room, there is a patio, which overlooks the Fountains at Bellagio.
The menu features a selection of Mediterranean and American dishes, with English's signature twist. Try dishes such as lamb ribs slow-braised on creamed corn in a rich lamb reduction. Grilled squid and octopus in a vinaigrette of chickpea, toasted garlic, tomatoes and parsley could come right from a trattoria on the Adriatic coast.
Don't miss one of the restaurant's traditional wood-oven flatbreads with imaginative toppings. There are also pastas and little dumplings of goat cheese in black-olive-flavored wrapping. Just as good are the butternut squash tortellini and entrées as diverse as cold-water halibut on a silky white-bean purée and a New England-inspired (the original Olives is in Boston) whole Maine lobster on cheddar-cheese potatoes, crackling from a Ritz cracker crust. Olives' vanilla-bean soufflé for dessert is so good it should be outlawed.
-- Staff report