- My husband and I spent $325 to have brunch at a private gazebo inside the Bellagio Conservatory.
- The meal included three courses from Sadelle’s Café, the restaurant adjacent to The Garden Table.
- Even though people watched us eat the meal from afar, I loved this experience and would do it again.
- This article is part of “Moments to Memories,” a series highlighting joyful, exciting, and unforgettable experiences.
Every time I take a trip to Las Vegas, I visit the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Stationed directly next to the hotel lobby, the 14,000-square-foot botanical garden features a seasonal showcase of sculptures, plants, flowers, water features, music, and digital projections.
The display changes five times a year — summer, spring, winter, fall, and Lunar New Year. So no matter how many times I visit, something new awaits. As an added bonus, entrance is free.
When the Bellagio debuted The Garden Table, a private dining experience inside the Conservatory, in 2022, I knew I had to try it. So during a recent anniversary trip to Vegas, my husband, Jason, and I headed there for a prix fixe, our first reservation of the weekend.
The Garden Table is open for brunch from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the three-course spread is $125 per person, excluding tax and tip. You can book online or over the phone, and I recommend securing a spot a few weeks in advance since there’s only one table that seats up to six guests for brunch.
The dishes come straight from the adjacent restaurant, Sadelle’s Café. Originating in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the upscale brunch spot now has locations around the world. If you can’t get a reservation at The Garden Table, brunch at Sadelle’s in the Bellagio is a fun, delicious alternative.
You can also head to The Garden Table for a three-course dinner between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It’s slightly more expensive than brunch at $225 per person, excluding tax and tip. Only four people can dine at a time, so like I said before, I recommend making a reservation.
Dinner at The Garden Table comes from celebrity chef Michael Mina’s eponymous seafood restaurant in the Bellagio. Though we didn’t try the dinner service this trip, we’ve dined at Michael Mina’s Bellagio restaurant in the past and highly recommend it.
The dress code for The Garden Table is business casual, with the Bellagio suggesting that men wear shirts or polos. Guests aren’t permitted to wear shorts, sports apparel, tank tops, or open-toe shoes, which isn’t the most common for brunch.
When we arrived for our 1 p.m. reservation, the host escorted us around a velvet rope, up a ramp, and into the gazebo, where we found a glass-topped table set for two. The tablecloth, napkins, and place settings were all in hues of green and brown, blending into the surrounding garden instead of detracting from it.
We took a moment to walk around the gazebo and admire its details. The ceiling and posts were covered in faux greenery, and the railings looked like bent branches.
We also had plenty of time to admire the Ed Libby-designed summer display, titled Majesty: The Grandeur of Nature, which is showing until September 9.
The pièce de résistance is a 28-foot-tall sculpture of Mother Nature’s hands holding a giant bouquet of flowers, with water splashing into the pond below. It was directly to the right of our table, and to the left, we had a clear view of cascading wisteria. Quiet music played in the background, and the air smelled like flowers.
If I imagined an adult fairy tale, The Garden Table would be it.
People could see into our gazebo, but it still felt surprisingly private, which I credit to the decor. The gazebo’s low ceiling, dim lighting, and faux greens made the space feel separate from the rest of the Conservatory.
Brunch began with a glass of sparkling wine, and the server came by to refill our glasses throughout the meal.
We each made toasts to our anniversary, took in the views, and savored the moment. The service never felt rushed, and we had ample time between courses to talk, people-watch, and relax.
After a while, the waiter arrived carrying a three-tiered rack with our first course: smoked salmon, avocado toast, kouign-amann (sweet Breton cake), and cheese Danishes.
Then, they set down two types of bagels, cream cheese, and a small bowl of caviar, complete with a mother-of-pearl serving spoon. The presentation was so lovely, I almost didn’t want to mess it up. But I was seriously hungry, so we dug in.
I didn’t know there was more than one course, so I was surprised when the waiter arrived with menus. My recommendation for those having brunch at The Garden Table is to pace themselves – the prix fixe menu includes a lot of food.
After looking over our options, I selected the French toast, which was crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. It came with a large serving of fresh berries and maple syrup on the side.
Out of the two dishes we had in the second course, the French toast was definitely the winner.
We also continued nibbling on the remaining items from the first course — not because we were hungry, but because it was that delicious.
We really didn’t have any room left for dessert, but there was no way I was passing up cheesecake topped with raspberries and whipped cream.
The piece of cake was large enough to feed four so we, unfortunately, had to leave most of the decadent dessert behind.
We sipped our final glass of champagne and enjoyed our final minutes in the gazebo.
Whenever I tell someone I dined at The Garden Table, they often ask, “Isn’t it weird to have people watching you eat?”
I’ll be honest about the only downside to this experience: You’re on display the entire time you’re at the table. And there were definitely awkward moments. For example, about halfway through our meal, I looked up and saw a woman in the Conservatory pointing her phone at us, appearing to take a video of our experience.
Most people are polite enough not to stare, but it’s impossible to be in the center of the Conservatory, one of Las Vegas’ most popular attractions, and not be seen. My husband and I didn’t care though. We were able to enjoy one another’s company.
If you prefer a quieter experience and still want to book The Garden Table, consider the 7 a.m. time slot. We stayed at the Bellagio during our last trip to Vegas, and when I got up early to photograph the Conservatory, I found it almost empty.
When we factored in tips and taxes, our total came to $325. In my eyes, it was money well spent, and we’d return in a heartbeat.
The menus change seasonally, just like the Conservatory’s display, so The Garden Table will always feel new (though I’ll be really disappointed if the French toast isn’t on the menu next time).
Brunch or dinner is pretty pricey for an everyday meal, but it’s certainly worth the splurge for an anniversary or special occasion. Three weeks after our anniversary trip, we’re still talking about this meal.