Olives at Bellagio

Feb 6, 2001 7:17 AM

A dazzling chandelier and glass display sets the tone for the elegant atmosphere of this Via Bellagio eatery. Tracing its roots to Todd English’s Boston-based restaurant, Olives features an a la carte menu that includes cod cakes with lobster rumoulade and Boston baked beans; lobster salad on toasted brioche with sweet onion and chive vinaigrette; and spaghettini with roasted tomatoes, toasted garlic, basil and bread crumbs. For a real treat try the tuna carpaccio on crispy flatbread. Always save room for tiramisu.

Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town

As part of last fall’s multi-million dollar expansion, Sam’s Town unveiled its new Firelight Buffet. The bright-and-airy restaurant is bathed in natural light emanating from 25-foot tall windows. Programmable thematic lighting also helps set the mood for dining. Moreover, the dining room opens up to the pastoral Mystic Falls Park where large trees surround a rushing waterfall. With more than 600 seats, the Firelight Buffet features a wide variety of food items located on several different display cooking areas, including open rotisseries, omelet stations and carving stations. The buffet also has a bar where diners can purchase beer, wine and cocktails.

Dinner, light show served nightly at Center Stage Restaurant

One of downtown’s best dining rooms features a dinner show — the glittery Fremont Street Experience. This classic dining room has for more than two decades charmed its guests with its first-rate food and breath-taking view overlooking Fremont Street. The menu is a blend of Continental specialties with an Italian accent. Among the house favorites are the Chilean sea bass, orange roughy franchese, Alaskan salmon filet and prime rib — slow roasted and served with natural juices. Other good choices are the steamed Alaskan King crab legs, breast of chicken parmesan, and Stage porterhouse steak.