Here’s Why Olives By Todd English Is Better Than Ever

Sip on a martini while taking in an American bistro reminiscent of a 1920s supper club

After nearly two decades at Bellagio, Todd English has reopened his iconic nouveau-American bistro inside the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. And honestly, we must hand it to the hotel’s owner Richard “Boz” Bosworth. Not only did Boz have the foresight to resurrect this much-loved eatery, but he managed to build an absolutely stunning room. And given Olive’s previous position on the Bellagio’s fountain this was important. 

A Warm, Welcoming Ambiance

Here the room is reminiscent of a 1920s supper club. Golden and brown tones bounce light to create a warm glow through the 185-seat room and while there is live entertainment, it adds energy rather than kitsch. What’s more, Boz or English somehow managed to coax Andy St. John, one of the city’s most notable General Managers who previously led Carbone and Al Solito Posto, to lead the front of house so service is very much on point.

Courtesy of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Must-Try Dishes

While the menu is sizable, we like that it offers both shareable and more individually composed plates.

Standouts include a honey cake topped with sevruga caviar as well as a tuna tartare to start. Follow that up with either a well-executed Caesar or Greek salad or a flatbread (the fig and prosciutto and Bronx bomber are notable offerings).

As for the pastas, we like their ricotta-stuffed ravioli, pappardelle with rabbit ragu and traditional rigatoni alla vodka; while the wood-grilled aged NY and branzino along with the veal parm standout amongst their proteins.

For libations, the wine list features a solid selection of old world selects and the bar offers both classics and playful martinis, which honestly is where it’s at.

For more information or to secure a reservation head to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas’ website.

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