Review: Bouchon at the Venetian, Las Vegas, USA
There are hundreds of restaurants in Las Vegas but there are only a few terrific breakfast restaurants that are located close to the Las Vegas strip. While there are ample buffets and other Starbucks coffee shop types restaurants, the Bouchon at the Venetian brings me back whenever I am through town. Read on to see why this restaurant is so special. . .
This post is one chapter on our trip during the end of the pandemic to Las Vegas, United States of America. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and Alaska Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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✈️ Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Las Vegas via Alaska Airlines
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Autograph Collection, Las Vegas, USA
- Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Las Vegas, USA
- What it Actually Costs to Eat at Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, USA
- Marriott’s Grand Château Las Vegas, USA
- My Experience Renting as a Hertz President’s Circle at Las Vegas International Airport
- Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, Las Vegas, USA
- Bouchon Restaurant at the Venetian, Las Vegas, USA
- The Club at LAS Lounge, Terminal 3 – “E” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
- The Club at LAS Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
- American Express Centurion Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
Review: Bouchon at the Venetian, Las Vegas, Venetian Hotel Nevada, United States of America.
Thomas Keller is one of my absolute favourite American chefs. I’ve been a fan of his having visited The French Laundry in Yountville Napa Valley, in addition to Ad Hoc and Bouchon at the Venetian. After several exceptional dining experiences, this review might be a little biased in favour of his restaurants, but it’s still worth a post on how our brunch experience was.
About Thomas Keller:
Thomas Keller is the first American Chef to earn 3 Michelin Stars and the first to hold 3 Michelin Stars at two restaurants “The French Laundry” and “Per Se” simultaneously. As of the time of writing, he currently holds 8 Michelin stars distrubuted across 3 at The French Laundry, 3 at Per Se, 1 at Bouchon (Yountville location) and 1 at The Surf Club. His restaurants are regularly on the San Pellingrino Top 50 Restaurants list.
Thomas Keller is also a cookbook writer and has produced a number of cookbooks that range from highly approachable to highly complex. There are quite a few of them in our household and they’ve definitely added to our “at home” dining experiences.
Bouchon Las Vegas at the Venetian is a version of the Bouchon Restaurant as drawn from Yountville (Napa Valley), California, USA location. The menus and decor are virtually identical. The space has even been endorsed by the late Anthony Bourdain who described the place as “the best restaurant ever”. It’s easy to see why.
Booking a Brunch at Bouchon:
My experience getting a reservation here was pretty easy. I booked well in advance through Open Table reservation systems. I was easily able to get a booking on a weekend Saturday morning approximately two months in advance.
We were able to secure a reservation through Open Table and earn 100 point just for dining.
Arriving to Bouchon at the Venetian:
We were staying at Marriott’s Grand Château Las Vegas the night before our visit. On Saturday morning, I woke MrsWT73 up early and we had a leisurely walk up the Las Vegas strip towards the Venetian.
The Bouchon Restaurant at the Venetian is located in a tucked away corner of the hotel. It’s worth allowing an additional 5 – 10 minutes from the front doors to the restaurant. Las Vegas casinos and their hotels are huge, and this location isn’t exactly conveniently located to anything. Instead, it’s tucked away on the tenth floor. This requires an elevator ride and a bit of a walk.
Being well away from the noise of the Casino itself, there are some occasional interesting hallways to look at while you’re on your way up to the front doors.
Inside Bouchon at the Venetian:
On arrival at the restaurant, our reservation was confirmed. We were immediately seated. The decor of Bouchon at the Venetian is french bistro oriented, with high ceilings, small bistro tables, and white paper table settings.
On our way in, we passed by the spacious oyster bar.
Like any french bistro, the room offered blackboard specials. The space was brightly lit as a result of high floor to ceiling windows that were west facing. It allowed a lot of daylight into the space, making it bright and cheerful.
This type of environment is just suited to great eating. Similar to what an Irish Pub is to drinking, a french bistro environment is always a great prelude to fantastic dining.
We were promptly introduced to our waiter who was attired in the usual french bistro attire; white shirts over black apron over striped trousers.
There is also an upload of the official menu for those that are having a little difficulty reading the fine print of the photograph.
There are no unlimited mimosa drink offers here unlike other restaurants located on the Las Vegas strip. This is serious dining, with the food is equally as powerful.
After placing our order, some fresh baguette was placed on the table. Bouchon runs its own bakery, so the french bread you get will be baked in house. The bread was placed right on the table like it would be in France. We had a great time breaking it apart with our freshly sanitized courtesy of dispensers at the front door after the pandemic hands.
I also went for a glass of champagne for brunch. You only live once.
Brunch Course: Bénédict au Crabe
Jumbo Lump Crab with Bouchon Bakery Muffin, two poached eggs, sweet corn, inion confit, hollandaise sauce.
For the main event, I enjoyed a Crab Eggs Benedict described as jumbo lump crab with a bouchon bakery muffin served with two poached eggs, sweet corn onion confit and hollandaise sauce. The dish wasn’t served with any potatoes, although it was pretty filling on it’s own.
On the palette, it was a chunky meal between the shredded crab and the corn rolling across the tongue. It was a unique south western combination that I hadn’t had before and an intriguing regional taste on a french Eggs Benedict.
Brunch Course: Croque Madame
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich served on brioche with a fried egg, and sauce mornay served with pommes frites
MrsWT73 went with her french favorite, a Croque Madame. After many business visits to France, this was always on her menu.
While a french bistro sometimes offers a side cylinder of french fries, today’s version was strewn all over the plate.
I was asked to “assist” with the French Fries. They were mighty tasty but did appear to be quite intimidating on the plate.
The Check was about $100 after two entrees and three glasses of champagne. It was pretty reasonable for a decent and filling quality breakfast brunch.
The Bottom Line: Bouchon at the Venetian Las Vegas
The Bouchon at the Venetian Las Vegas remains among my favourite breakfasts in Las Vegas. A quality french bistro is something to be enjoyed but the Bouchon Restaurant brunch is pretty over the top. We’ve visited before and we will visit again. Make sure you take some time to visit Bouchon at the Venetian Las Vegas while you’re in town.