I ate at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant (ETR) at on 12/26/07, after arriving in town that same day. I did not think I would need a reservation, as I came to Las Vegas on 12/26/06, staying for 3 nights and never needing a dinner reservation as all of the restaurants I saw were half empty. For some reason this year, Vegas was very crowded immediately after Christmas, so I called ahead for a reservation and was told the earliest they could accomodate me was 9 p.m. They also required a credit card number to hold the reservation, which was a new practice to me, even though I have dined at many high end restaurants in Vegas over the years. Before leaving for Las Vegas, I had perused the online menu at ETR and was leaning toward Beef Wellington as my entree. After being seated, however, our waiter (who has been with ETR since its 1999 opening) suggested the chef's tasting menu. He promised that we would not leave hungry, citing other chef's tasting menus around town that left the customer both hungry and lighter in the wallet. I was initially put off by the $98 per person price, but realized I would probably spend that much for the wellington ($54) and its accompanying a la carte starters and sides. My guests and I all elected for the 7 course tasting menu, which consisted of food portions that got bigger with each course. Remembering the details of each course is difficult, but they included a sampler of seafood, a celery soup, a salad, a filet of sturgeon, venison loins, and a chocolate souffle for dessert. When we got done, were so full that we could barely walk out of the restaurant. On a different note, I read in a previous review how expensive the alcohol was, so none of us ordered any. My only dislike was the incessant amount of flash photography (everyone wants their group pictures taken there) in such a dark setting. But on a culinary level, the food was excellent, gave a great sampling of the tastes of the restaurant, and well worth the $98 per person.
Pros: Excellent food, great view of Bellagio's fountains
Cons: Too much flash photography from other tables was a distraction