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Bellagio
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Family friendly
Food
Bistro fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Sushi
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food
The menu is simple yet sophisticated and every dish is absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. There is an a la carte menu as well as a daily specials board, allowing you the opportunity to try the regular offerings and then seasonal delicacies.  The ingredients are fresh, well put together and perfectly cooked and the menus are well-rounded. The grilled calamari with avocado salsa, oysters and salmon tartar are unmissable – flavoursome, fresh and a perfect start to the meal. The salads are fresh, crisp and filling, served with warm bread and green, local olive oil.

Main course portions are large and, although pricey, worth it. The dishes to try include Thai-style kingklip, signature Bellagio fish lightly scented with fennel, and the seared salmon which is utterly sublime. On the specials board expect some healthy options such as grilled chicken with zucchini spaghetti. Look out for seasonal specials, such as pan-fried ox liver with onions as well as the East coast sole. Bellagio always offers a vast variety of dessert options for those with a sweet tooth. Look out for the chocolate soufflé, rich and decadent with just enough bitter chocolate to offset the sweet flavour profile, while the crème bruléé is smooth and decadent, topped with a crisp sugary crust.

Wine
A wonderful selection of both local and imported wines are available on the menu by both the glass and the bottle. Take advantage of this and pair your dishes with a gorgeous variety of elegant and sophisticated cultivars.

Service
The service staff is very well trained and informed and extremely professional. Not all of the staff know the wine list well, however, so if you have questions pertaining to specific wines, vintages and pairings, ensure you speak to the correct person. The staff are however friendly and knowledgeable about the cuisine and have a sharp eye and attention to detail to service and what is happening in the restaurant.

Ambience
The establishment is frequented by regulars and the ambience reflects this. There is a slightly uptight energy when you first arrive but as you settle down into your meal the energy warms up and you begin to appreciate the décor and the attention the detail that has gone into the space.

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The restaurant is ideal for lunchtime dining as well as dinner. Although it's in an office park, the restaurant is a secret gem and the tables under the trees make for lovely long lunches, sipping glasses of wine and mulling over delicious food.

(September 2016)

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  • Gwynne Conlyn

    Food
    The menu focuses on seafood, and each dish is handled with respect. The excellent salmon, for instance, is always prepared to one’s personal specification, prompted by a waiter. Starters include an excellent beef carpaccio served the classic way, ginger calamari with chilli and lime, and perfectly plump oysters. For lunch there’s a range of clever, crisp salads like the classic French niçoise, and a salmon salad with asparagus, salad greens, dressed to perfection in a dill mayonnaise. All the popular choices of seafood are there, often with a fresh twist. The homemade fish pie with dill is a perennial favourite. Winter’s culinary celebrations may include oxtail cooked as it should be, with a little adherence to the bone and not a fall-off-the-bone mishmash.

    Drinks
    They offer excellent by-the-glass wine options and a wine list that expands from there to celebrate top quality South African wines.

    Service
    These people take their work seriously and are on the ball and informed. Strong-minded owner Louise Castle’s eagle eye and firm hand ensures all round quality.

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    Although this gem hides in a business centre, huge glass front allows tables to spill out onto the sidewalk under trees, gorgeous in summer and winter. This is not hipster but rather sophisticated, laid-back cool. This is the perfect spot to linger for long lunches and dinners. It’s nice and quiet as well, despite being located off a busy road.

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    When available, the grilled sardines are a feast.

    (August 2015)

  • Gwynne Conlyn

    For a few years now, Bellagio in Illovo has drawn a steady stream of diners who appreciate its elegance and rate its seafood as excellent. Gwynne Conlyn heads to Bellagio to experience the offerings herself.

    Food
    The menu focuses on seafood, and each dish is handled with respect. The salmon, for instance, is excellent, and always prepared to your personal specification. Starters include an excellent beef carpaccio served the classic way; ginger calamari with chilli and lime; and perfectly plump oysters. For lunch, there’s a range of clever, crisp salads, including the classic French Niçoise, and a salmon salad with asparagus and salad greens, dressed to perfection in a dill mayonnaise. All the popular choices of seafood are there, often with a fresh twist. The homemade fish pie with dill is a perennial favourite. Winter’s culinary celebrations may include oxtail cooked just as it should be, with a little adherence to the bone and not a fall-off-the-bone mishmash.

    Drinks
    They offer excellent by-the-glass wine options, and the wine list expands from there to celebrate top-quality local wines.

    Service
    These people take their work seriously: they’re on the ball and well informed. Owner Louise Castle’s eagle eye and firm hand ensures quality all round.

    Ambience
    Although this gem hides in a business centre, huge glass frontage allows tables to spill out onto the sidewalk under trees – gorgeous in summer and winter. It’s nice and quiet too, despite being located off a busy road. This is not hipster but, rather, sophisticated, laid-back cool. It’s the perfect spot to linger for a long lunches or dinner.

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    When available, the grilled sardines are a feast.

  • Bazil Stander

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    Bellagio is probably the only restaurant in Jozi currently managing to pull off an almost completely seafood-focused menu with contemporary style and finesse. The main menu offers a good selection of starters: wonderfully plump Namibian oysters, salmon carpaccio, tuna tartare, grilled sardines, Mediterranean fish soup and a selection of salads. Mains follow through with oven-roasted baby kingklip; seared salmon with asparagus, roasted cherry tomatoes and salsa verde; homemade fish pie with dill; and an excellent selection of sushi. There’s also a blackboard of daily specials that offers a selection of different linefish and even oxtail in winter. The flavours are fresh and modern, and plating unfussy yet sophisticated.

    Drinks 
    With an extensive wine list of carefully selected upper-end South African wines and MCCs available, and excellent options available by the glass, too, you will be seriously spoilt for choice.

    Service
    A relaxed, efficient and established front-of-house team keeps the tables turning seamlessly.

    Ambience
    This is a stylish, light, white airy space with touches of blue. It feels like an upscale, seaside, seafood bistro.

    And…
    Weekend lunches and dinners get very busy, so book well in advance.

    (July 2014)

  • Food
    Bellagio serves up superb seafood. The menu is continental, but leans towards Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, including sushi. There is always a salmon special, which never disappoints. The seafood risotto is slightly al dente, creamy and flavourful packed with perfectly cooked mussels, prawns, calamari and clams. Save room for the decadent cheesecake with the berry coulis.

    Wine
    An extensive wine list, with the notable addition of Bollinger Brut.

    Service
    Excellent. Warm and attentive.

    Ambience
    Classically elegant, yet relaxed. The light wooden floors, straw chairs and white and blue palette give it a classic Mediterranean feel.

    And...
    Bellagio is great for a large crowd with mixed preferences, because it serves consistently good quality food and has ample variety. There is also a private dining area that seats up to 50 diners. (NM, October 2012)

User reviews

  • I have followed the to ladies from Hyde Park to Bluebird to Illovo and have always enjoyed what was on offer. Sadly, the attention to detail was lacking and it seemed as if the well trained and experienced staff were just a bit lax when either of the ladies not present. so much so, my guest had to return the salmon and ginger dish - that he loved and 'ordered' when we decided where to go for lunch! Since then, my wife was not very happy with her Risotto and I was less than impressed with the prawn starter. Not one to make a fuss in a crowded place, I invited the head waiter outside and mentioned this to him. Been back last week - no great improvement! I know life - and restaurants - go through cycles - - I will wait for the "up" cycle before I return.
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  • This restaurant had managed over the years to be my favorite until today. I have just written a hellopeter report as well. Came here alone for lunch and the waiters made me feel unwelcome and out of place. It took three waiters a raised voice before I could be assisted. I can eat at so many other good jhb restaurants this disregard for client's needs will not be happening to me again (at least not from bellagio)
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  • Unfortunately this restaurant manages to deliver highs and lows, I've had great meals and today had a complete shocker!!!

    Ordered a fillet and was delivered a tough, chewy piece of rump, however, the owner was adamant that my in edible rump was in fact a delicious piece of fillet.

    I won't be rushing back!
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  • Fabulous new location! Wonderful new menu and same high standard.

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  • So delighted that Louise Castle has reopened her restaurant, now just off Oxford Road in Illovo. Even on the first day, the food, service and ambience was excellent. Bellagio is one of the most consistently good restaurants I have ever frequented.

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  • Great news hearing that Bellagio re-opens this Wednesday, Louise Castle has got it sorted so we can all enjoy this great regular haunt once more!

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  • Atmosphere not bad but service was rather average, even unattentive at times. New menu is rather simple and there are far too many 'SQ's on the menu. Specials were actually on the normal menu. Food was to the standard of the price but my plate was filled up with chips rather than fish. I would rate this this night out as average and medium low value for money.

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  • Lovely atmosphere, elegant yet casual - unfortunately the dish I ordered was rather disappointing - was described on the menu as being spaghetti with smoked salmon, vodka, and caviar in a creamy sauce. Very bland however - not even a hint of the supposed caviar or vodka in there. Will definitely order something different next time.

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  • Absolutely fabulous ambience, fresh flowers everywhere, view,  great salads and risotto to die for. Honeycomb ice cream too delicious.

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  • The worst restaurant experience in a long time. Poor service and dull, cold food. Avoid at all costs.

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  • Such a lovely place! Food was amazing and the service great. Thanks so much!

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  • My husband and I had an early diiner here yesterday - wow - it was amazing!

    Lovely vibe, friendly and helpful staff!

    I had the salmon with soy and honey glaze - beautifully done and amazing flavours!
    Definite must have!

    The chocolate fondant is also well worth the wait - I suggest to have it with the ice cream.

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  • Amazing food, every time. Spicy tuna sushi a must!
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  • Wow! Créme brulee ice cream! So yummy.
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  • Great wine selection!
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  • Best pasta Ive had in years! And the chocolate praline will change your life!
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  • Their desserts are to-die-for divine! If you are on a diet, stay away!
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  • Whether its for a glass of champagne and a bowl of their hot crispy chips or a lavish meal with a superb wine selection, you will not be disappointed! And the fish and mussel soup is so yummy youll want seconds! Do yourself a favour and get to Bellagio as soon as possible, because if you havent been you are missing out!
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  • Whether its for a glass of champagne and a bowl of their hot crispy chips or a lavish meal with a superb wine selection, you will not be disappointed! And the fish and mussel soup is so yummy youll want seconds! Do yourself a favour and get to Bellagio as soon as possible, because if you havent been you are missing out!
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  • Well, perhaps a Monday evening is not the best time to visit. Service was at best mediocre, with waiters having poor knowledge of the specials. The ambience was interrupted continuously by a piercing screeching sound I was told came from an oven. After other customer complaints, it was eventually resolved. The salad was boring with little dressing, and my king prawns were dry. And to top it all, one of the wine specials, the Haute Cabrière chardonnay pinot noir, was out of stock. Not the best dinner for my daughters birthday celebration.
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  • Last week, I once again had the pleasure of visiting Bellagio. Yet again, it was excellent. My salmon was cooked to perfection. The service from Louise and her team was again efficient, friendly and professional. Well done.
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  • We are regulars at Bellagio in the Blubird Shopping Centre not only because we are passionate about seafood but because we enjoy its relaxed yet stylish ambience. My husband is a deep fried hake and fish cakes man whilst I am more inclined towards the sushi side of things. And Bellagio has never disappointed! The hake batter is always crisped to perfection and the fish itself tasty and juicy. The fish cakes (which are served with the most excellent crispy-on-the-outside chips!) are real fish cakes! Besides the sushi that is wonderfully fresh, my favourite dish is the salmon tartar – chilled raw salmon fillets minced and served with caviar, white and green onions and capers. It is absolutely delicious! If I am feeling a little peckish, I have it with a bowl of rice from the sushi bar. Now that’s a good idea!We have also on occasion tried the chicken pie which is scrumptious and the Bellagio beef burger. We were delighted to find out that the beef burger is the same burger that Louise (the owner) made famous at Ricardo’s restaurant in Hyde Park many years ago!
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  • Loved the specials board with all the decadent fresh and seasonal food. And those zucchini fritters are addictive! It is great to have a chef / owner who knows the global trends in foods and brings them to Bellagio.
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  • What a decadent place to have a girls lunch on a Monday afternoon. The chef really understands that pasta and risotto should be done al dente and the sauces were done to perfection. Unobtrusive waiters, French music and not to forget the heavenly bread baked on the premises.
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  • Bellagio is one of the most consistant restaurants in Johannesburg. Louise Castle has a very loyal following where ever she goes. The food is imaginative, tasty and service excellent. I would be happy to recommend this to anybody wanting a charming evening out or if they are planing to impress clients.
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  • I am working on contract in Johannesburg at the moment and was delighted to discover the delightful Bellagio. Louise Castle is a gracious hostess and nothing is too much trouble. The food and sushi is magnificent and every visit is a happy experience for me and my friends.
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  • Bellagio has become my favourite restaurant during the last three months and I feel compelled to put pen to paper and sing their praises. The waiters are very knowledgeable and competent, the specials always mouth-watering. Our entire family looks forward to our weekly visits to Bellagio.Truly a world-class restaurant
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  • I took three international guests to Bellagio for dinner. It was so refreshing not to have to worry about the service which was impeccable or the food which was perfect. The portions were the perfect size and we could not fault a single mouthful.The attention to detail of the decor and the personal attention by the owner and chef, Louise Castle made us feel like it was a special occasion.My guests will most certainly return everytime they are in the country.
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  • I took three international guests to Bellagio for dinner. It was so refreshing not to have to worry about the service which was impeccable or the food which was perfect. The portions were the perfect size and we could not fault a single mouthful.The attention to detail of the decor and the personal attention by the owner and chef, Louise Castle made us feel like it was a special occasion.My guests will most certainly return everytime they are in the country.
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  • I was very dissappointed with a recent Sunday lunch trip to Bellagio, Blue Bird Centre. The service was very poor, with our waiter seldom passing our table & constantly getting things wrong. I had sushi which was fine, but my friend had a pasta, which was completely undercooked & tasted like spaghetti & tomato sauce out of tin. Even after complaining to the waiter, no manager came over to apologise to us. Very disappointing indeed.
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  • A group of 10 people booked for a Sunday dinner to celebrate a visit of 4 friends from Germany, based on my recommendation of a previous good experience. What a mistake! Salad was appalling with one slice of pear in the pear and parmesan salad, the rest lettuce), Risotto was inedible and raw, and service was virtually non-existant. What was passed off as a creme brulee was floury, and some guests had to ask for their coffee at the end of the evening three times, and then were given caffeinated instead of decaffeinated coffee. Of the ten people, six were grossly unhappy with their food. The other four were our guests, and I believe were too polite to complain. I was hugely embarrassed, and will most definitely not be returning to this restaurant again.
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  • The food is generally good here however most of the specials (on a Saturday night) were already finished at 7,15pm and one of the party had the risotto primavera which was appalling.The service is not great - waiters stand around and do not seem interested in serving people except when it is really packed, then strangely enough the service was better!The ambience is fair!I would definitely go back for the teppanyaki tuna - this dish is awesome!
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  • We went to Bellagios on Sunday for lunch for my daughters birthday with a party of 5. What a shocking experience. My husband ordered a salad and the others sushi. The salad arrived but no sushi. After about 10 minutes we complained at which point it finally arrived. Two minutes later they arrived with the chicken pies and announced that if they did not bring them they would sink in the middle. I was furious and approached the owner. She gave us a lame excuse and then said we could have deserts on the house. Of course when the bill was presented we were charged for the deserts. We simply paid the bill and left. A few weeks prior to this experience we were smoked out by a large table. The manageress at the time said it was a difficult table. My husband insisted they shut the doors to the balcony. We decided to give them a second chance. This restuarant was the new kid on the block. We will wait a year before we go back.
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  • My friend booked a table for us at Bellagio and specifically asked for a table inside. She also confirmed this telephonically on the day. Despite this, we were seated at a table by the balcony railing, where it was really cold and unpleasant – the canvas walls don’t really help.We could see an unoccupied 2-seater table inside the restaurant and asked if we could move there. We were told that the table was reserved and the people were on their way. This table stayed unoccupied the whole night! Why we couldn’t move there is beyond me.Instead, halfway through the main course, we were moved to another 2-seater table inside, which was so squashed in between other tables, we could hardly move. Other patrons and the waiters had to squeeze past, with their behinds basically in our faces. Very unpleasant and left us with a bad taste.The basic English skills of some of the waiters leave a lot to be desired. Although the food was good and very tasty, I’m not sure we’ll be back.
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  • It must be a minority view - because the restaurant was very full, but we really had a dissapointing experience at this new trendy place. The menu really is interesting and we had great expectations when ordering, but the reality of the food was well below the promise. This is a fish restaurant, one would expect them to be able to grill a fillet of fish, but mine was dry & tough with no flavour or moisture left at all. With maybe one or two white wines under the R 100 mark this place is not cheap, and not one dish was especially tasty or memorable. What is needed is a chef on the serving area who loves the restaurant & sends back badly prepared meals, but there is no such quality control. We seem to love this kind of trendy place with little substance in Jo-burg, maybe its the sushi, but I just dont get the appeal...
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  • After booking a week in advance we were shown to a table outside on the dingy terrace where workers where still fixing the awnings. When I asked the Maitre d about this he saiod that they were fixing the awnings, no apology or smile. He was the rudest staff member Ive come across in years. When I asked a lady there selling wines about this she said youre lucky you didnt have the other one! Why are these people in the service industry?The food was mediocre (I train chefs) and no effort at all was made to accomodate a 7 year old in the party. The best part of the meal was the bread. The staff shoud be trained to ask how patrons would like their burgers cooked.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
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