Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant Spago is making a move on the Las Vegas Strip. After 25 years inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the restaurant is headed for Bellagio Resort & Casino this spring.
Spago is set to replace Todd English’s Olives, which closes this winter. The prime location offers front row views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio show through floor-to-ceiling windows. There will also be an open-air patio overlooking the Strip and Bellagio’s famed lake.
“Just as Spago is credited with beginning the Las Vegas culinary revolution, Bellagio transformed the casino-resort industry when it opened with the first collection of world-famous chefs and restaurants,” Wolfgang Puck told the press. “My partners and I are thrilled to join the Bellagio family and introduce our new Spago to the thousands of international guests the resort welcomes daily.”
In addition to haute cuisine with signature Wolfgang Puck touches, Spago will feature an artisanal cocktail program and an international wine list. The cocktail program is still in the works, but Jason Smith, the executive director of wine at MGM Resorts International, gave Old Liquors Magazine a glimpse of the wine list.
“The upcoming Spago at Bellagio will carry a focused list of old world and new world wines including first growth Bordeaux back to the legendary 1982 vintage and multiple selections of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti,” said Smith, a Master Sommelier. “From the United States, the list will focus on smaller producers of well-balanced wines that will be natural complements to the cuisine.”
The new Spago was designed by architects Massimiliano Locatelli and Annamaria Scevola of CLS Architetti. Its sleek look and feel— adorned with brass fixtures, rich smoked-oak wood floors, leather chairs and couches—was inspired by Spago’s original flagship location in Beverly Hills.
The main dining room will be decorated with luxurious chandeliers, modern art and an overall contemporary aesthetic. The focal point will be a chic bar and wine room, lit by a specially-commissioned neon light fixture.
“Wolfgang Puck is known worldwide for delivering exceptional restaurant hospitality,” Bellagio President and COO Randy Morton told the press. “From cuisine to service and, of course, style, he is intricately involved in all aspects of the business, providing first-class culinary experiences for his guests. Puck’s high standards are the same as those to which we hold our resort culinary program, making this an ideal partnership to continue elevating our dining scene.”
Guests will enter the new Spago from Via Bellagio on the resort’s north side. Spago at the Forum Shops remains open indefinitely.