A warm desert night spent watching the silhouette of a crowd gathered to take in the dancing Bellagio Fountains creates one of the most authentic moments in Las Vegas. Rivulets of water sway back and forth, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” plays and for a moment everyone on the Strip becomes transfixed by the same magical sight — no easy feat in Las Vegas.
Whether seen for the first time or the hundredth, the dancing water never fails to awe. Starting with shows every half hour each afternoon and crescendoing to shows every 15 minutes until midnight, the Bellagio Fountains are worth seeing again and again. Those who haven’t seen them from an open-air restaurant patio with a cocktail in hand and a medium-rare steak on the way should add the experience to their dining dance card.
Whether the view comes from up above or up close and personal, these five restaurants offer picture perfect views of the Bellagio Fountains.
The French way
Las Vegas turns romantic on the patio of Mon Ami Gabi. Nestled beneath the Eiffel Tower of Paris Las Vegas, Mon Ami Gabi offers sweeping views of the Bellagio Fountains and classic French food. The patio across the street from the fountains offers the perfect setting for crepes in the morning, croque monsieur in the afternoon, and steak frites au poivre in the evening.
Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-944-4224
The Italian experience
The charming terrace of chef Julian Serrano’s waterfront restaurant Lago offers a vantage point so close to the Bellagio Fountains that one could practically reach out a hand and touch them. The menu, which features Italian small plates, matches the captiv with crostini, charcuterie, pastas and seafood dishes. On Sundays when the fountain shows begin at 11 a.m., Lago serves a coursed brunch including duck and polenta, panettone toast, and tiramisu.
Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7111
The view from the south
Perched on the third level of the Cosmopolitan, this Italian restaurant enjoys a different vantage point of the Bellagio Fountains. Scarpetta, named after the shape bread takes when dipped in sauce, features a menu that bears a similarly sumptuous tone with dishes such as duck and foie gras ravioli, veal osso bucco with saffron polenta and seared sea scallops. For a truly decadent experience, the chef’s tasting menu offers a chance to try a variety of dishes.
Scarpetta, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-698-7960
A dreamy Asian view
In true Bellagio style, Jasmine offers elegant cuisine with views of the fountains. The cuisine spans Hong Kong Cantonese, Sichuan, and Hunan dishes served in a chandelier-adorned dining room. Menu highlights include wok-tossed Peking duck, braised kobe short ribs, and ginger fried rice.
Jasmine, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 866-259-7111
A less frivolous view
The opulence of the Bellagio Fountains doesn’t have to involve a tuxedo and a lavish meal. At Beer Park, jeans and a beer work just fine. Located at Paris Las Vegas, the elevated sports bar serves Bavarian sausage, beef brisket burgers, and tater tots loaded with IPA cheese sauce, along with beer and draft cocktails on tap.
Beer Park, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-444-4500