Reaping the Harvest At, Y’Know, Harvest at Bellagio

There are so many great restaurants in Las Vegas, we tend to take some of them for granted. Harvest at Bellagio is one of these unsung Las Vegas restaurants, despite the fact we’re about to sing its praises. Look introductory paragraphs are hard, so let’s keep moving.

Harvest at Bellagio
The seafood platter ($50) will get things off to a rousing start. There’s gulf shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster salad, poke, king crab and snow crab.

Harvest’s full name is actually Harvest by Roy Ellamar. We tend not to call it that, however, because we honestly wouldn’t know a Roy Ellamar if we tripped over him.

Whoever he or she might be (it’s Vegas, you just never know), Roy Ellamar puts out a fine spread.

Harvest at Bellagio
Tear yourself away from the seafood for a minute to take part in a time-honored Las Vegas restaurant tradition, filling up on bread.

Harvest hasn’t been around too long. It opened in December 2015. Harvest was the result of an expensive renovation of a space previously occupied by Sensi. Roy Ellamar was a chef at Sensi.
Ah, the circularity of the restaurant universe.

Harvest at Bellagio
It’s fun seeing your food being prepared, although it can lead to feelings of inadequacy in one’s cooking ability. Or what we like to call “juliennenvy.”

Harvest at Bellagio is touted as a “farm-to-table” restaurant concept. We don’t entirely get the whole “farm-to-table” thing. Doesn’t everything in a restaurant come from a farm? Personally, we’d like to see a “farm-to-plate” concept instead, because the only place you should eating off a table is that “Tournament of Kings” show at Excalibur.

Harvest Bellagio
The Harvest salad is like an edible work of art, and we are not even a salad person.

Harvest at Bellagio is touted as featuring “New American cuisine and seasonal menus inspired by regional farms.” The dishes are also said to be “creative, market-driven dishes that celebrate regional produce in spectacular Sin City fashion.”

Oh, just put some food in our collective face, already.

Harvest restaurant at Bellagio
It’s entirely possible this was the smoked salmon toast. Note taking is for suckers.

The menu at Harvest is carved neatly into digestible sections: Pre-game dishes are divided into Garden, Ocean and Boards. Entrees are categorized as Ranch, Ocean or Vegetarian. Entrees run in the $35-50 range.

There’s a lot to love at Harvest, so pace yourself.

Bellagio's Harvest restaurant
This lobster just flew in from Maine, and boy were its pereiopods tired.

The signature cocktails at Harvest are irresistible, and showcased on an iPad menu. That’s a thing at Vegas restaurants at the moment.

Harvest Bellagio cocktail
The Pear Harvest ($17) won the night with Gray Goose La Poire vodka, Rekorderlig Pear Cider, Pallini Limoncello, Madagascar vanilla syrup, southwest prickly pear juice, lemon juice and brûléed pear, which seemed to be showing off a little with all the accent marks.

The only weak element of our meal was the filet mignon ($50). It was under-seasoned, but a lone less-than-stellar dish can’t diminish a meal consisting of so many others that are outstanding.

Harvest at Bellagio
The filet was pretty good, but in Las Vegas, it’s tough to impress when the bar is so high.

You’ll want to save room for dessert, although, good luck with that. Try the apple doughnut. We cut it open for your viewing pleasure.

Harvest Bellagio dessert
Apples only have about 40 calories, so if you ignore the “doughnut” part, you’re keeping to your diet.

You’re sure to love Harvest, especially if you love seafood. The mood is mellow and refined, and the service is what you’ve come to expect from a restaurant with entrees in the $50 range on the Las Vegas Strip. Specifically, your server will be professional, knowledgeable and possess just the right about of “leave us alone when we want to be left alone.”

Harvest at Bellagio
Notice how we foreshadowed the bar in that earlier photo caption? You’re not dealing with a gulf shrimp here.

Harvest is located at Bellagio’s Spa Tower, past the Essentials store. Yes, every Las Vegas hotel has a shop named Essentials. It’s the law.

Find out more about Harvest at Bellagio at the restaurant’s official virtual crib. Or something.

Enjoy more photos from Harvest by Roy Ellamar, and sorry about the hunger pangs. We’ll try to make the photos a bit more out-of-focus next time.

Harvest at Bellagio