Bellagio is a firm Joburg favourite. It’s a little pricy but the delicious food and great service make it worth every penny. The pasta and steaks are spectacular, perfectly cooked to melt in your mouth. Seafood is a highlight and the seafood risotto with clams, mussels, calamari and prawns was wonderfully creamy and well presented.
They have a good selection of vegetarian options as well as gluten-free pastas. For starters, there’s a souffle of three cheeses served with a salad of baby spinach, caramelised walnuts, sliced pears and mint vinaigrette. Or opt for an oyster shooter with tobiko, sake, ponzu sauce and spring onion.
For mains, try the spaghettini with smoked salmon, vodka, sour cream, dill and caviar, or the seared salmon served on a bed of asparagus, new potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and salsa verde.
The dessert menu changes weekly, but the chocolate-based ones are irresistible.
Bellagio has a wide variety of local and international wines as well as cocktails.
Be sure to make a reservation. Staff are welcoming, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu. Take their excellent recommendations for wine pairings. Waiters are attentive and constantly check on the tables but in a non-intrusive way.
This small and cosy restaurant is situated in an office park in a quiet, almost secluded area. It’s small and cosy but offers a fine dining experience complete with crisp tablecloths and a romantic and formal vibe that matches the food. The crowd is older and formal, but not so it’s uncomfortable.
A romantic dinner, first date or intimate birthday dinner.
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Bellagio Illovo is definitely one of Johannesburg’s hidden gems ! Love the decor , flowers and ambience and the food and service is exceptional! Complimentary bread baskets and zucchini fritti - which is rare these days ! On our last visit we had the salmon ceviche, the soufflé and shared the seafood risotto . All perfect! Understated elegance and unobtrusive staff. Great wine list !
I have been going to Bellagios for many years, ever since its Blu Bird days when it was excellent, but sadly to say every time I go now it seems to have deteriorated a little bit more. I went with my extended family on Friday night and it truly was a horrible experience: poor, unattentive service; dirty beer on tap full which couldn't be resolved for some reason; and less than mediocre food (my pasta tasted like it had been store-bought frozen). Although the bread, as ever, was excellent. Not enough to change my mind though: I won't be back.....
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.
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)
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.