Julian Serrano Tapas - Aria
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- 73%Luxury Travelers
- 66%Nightlife Lovers
- 56%Business Travelers
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- Julian Serrano Tapas - AriaMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 2
it's really 1 star but i'll be generous with an extra star because of the water guy (who should have gotten all our tip since he's the only one who paid us any attention.)
food and service were meh. and prices were okay. most of my friends had sandwiches that came with a side salad or fries and a small shot of gazpacho (thought it was ok)... I had very disappointing steak salad.. the steak was dry, the salad itself kind of tasteless and the portion wasn't even filling.
service was less than attentive (except for the water guy), it took about 30 minutes to get our food.. everyone around us got their food before we did, and when it came time to pay the bill, i had to track someone down to swipe my credit card and waited 10 minutes to get the slip to sign.
maybe it was an off-day. i don't know but next time I'm in vegas, i'll pass on this one.
- Julian Serrano Tapas - AriaMember ofFoodiesLuxury Travelers
Excellent tapas in the Aria Las Vegas! I highly recommend the beef and cheese and also the Valencia Paella. It has a very bright and festive atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. Definitely worth checking out and after the meal try the chirps!Recommended for:
- Julian Serrano Tapas - AriaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
All I can first say is "wow". This place was amazing. I went with a large group and they customized our dinner. We all shared chef's special of tapas for around $55 each. There was so much food that we were in disbelief as they kept bringing out more dishes. The staff was great and I love how they could even customize our dinners to range from $55 to $75 per person depending on if you ordered paella. Although I love paella, I don't think I could've eaten another thing. I highly recommend this place!Recommended for:
- Julian Serrano Tapas - AriaMember ofFoodiesWellnessLuxury Travelers+ 3
Tapas restaurant with a vast menu and an incredibly cute environment. All dishes we ordered were great... Creative flavor profiles and everything was cooked properly. Bring a few friends and share plates. Service was mediocre but that's my only complaint.
- Julian Serrano Tapas - AriaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to Review
The Julian Serrano Tapas Restaurant carries the name of its executive chef, Julian Serrano, who has made a name for himself in Las Vegas as the celebrated chef at Picasso's at the Bellaggio for the past decade. Prior to that, he was the head chef at the world famous Masa's, in San Francisco.
Here in the Aria at City Center, the grandiose, massive and latest project of MGM Hotel Group, it adds a nice modern Euro feel to the ultra modern and art infused City Center complex, and adds a splash of mediterranean hot colors to the understated Japanese-like hotel color motif of the Aria hotel. It's like a saucy Flamenco dance hall in the middle of the hi-rise offices of corporate giants in the Shinegawa section of Tokyo. Or like the Guggenheim's museum in Bilbao, Spain amidst the rustbelt of the surrounding aging industrial factories that once were the heart of that city.
It was later on a Thursday when we came, and it was fairly unoccupied. Sat at the bar and was professionally waited on with a lot of attention, owing to the sparse crowd. The room is large and very open; there are dozens upon dozens of bar seats, the ideal tapas location, strung along one side of the restaurant. The ambiance is a classy-festive feel and decor, but very pro in service.
The specials were told, but they were all fairly heavy and hearty, and we were in a lighter mood, it being about 9:00pm. So we opted for 4 light dishes:
-Marinated Olive Medley ($3) about 5 different offerings including pearl onion
-White Ceviche ($10) This was light, with just a touch of onions and tomatoes, served with a wafer and garnished with cilantro and radicchio
- Escalivada ($8) - were roasted bell peppers and mushrooms in olive oil with a baguette toast slice
- Avocado Cannelloni ($10) this was a light cannelloni wrapped not in noodle, but thin avocado slices topped with chopped nuts, and sided with a dollop of guacamole topped with watercress and a side splash of aioli
With a Gin and Tonic, the bill was $43.24 before tip, and satisfaction came with the refreshing flavors with the creative and traditional dishes from Julian Serrano at Aria.