Bellagio is one of Illovo’s hidden gems, serving fantastic, value-for-money Mediterranean food. For starters try the beef carpaccio with celery, mushroom, parmesan shavings, rocket and dijonnaise sauce. The beef is tender and complements the peppery rocket salad very well.
For mains, try the famous salmon burger or the veal parmiggiano, made with baked crumbed veal, cooked in a chunky tomato-and-basil sauce and topped with parmesan cheese. The seafood risotto, also worth a mention, is packed with delicious prawns, calamari and mussels. The chef’s specials change weekly to accommodate what is fresh and in season.
Try the tiramisu from the small but delicious dessert menu that changes weekly.
Bellagio has a full bar on offer with a wide selection of both local and international wines being featured. Special varietals like the Villamonte Series M and the Bourgogne Bouchard Pere Fils can also be found on the list.
The service is slow for a busy restaurant, but the waiters make up for it by being knowledgeable on the menu and offering good wine suggestions. The specials and dessert menu change every week, so you need to ask the waiters what’s on offer.
Bellagio is a fine-dining restaurant, perfect for a lunch date with your girlfriends, a business lunch or a special romantic dinner for two. The white linen tablecloths, crystal glasses and blue-and-white nautical cushioned wicker chairs create a classy but relaxed ambience, reminiscent of a café in the south of France.
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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.