Frequented by the rich and powerful, the original restaurant opened in the early 80s on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood. As THE place to be, the restaurant grew every bit as famous as the patrons that dined there, and the name Spago made its way into movie scripts, magazines and even novels (author Jackie Collins was fond of writing her 80s characters as lunching at the eatery). The undeniable success of Spago caused subsequent locations to open approximately a decade later, with the first additional launch at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. More specifically, the restaurant is located inside the hotel’s shopping complex, called The Forum Shops.
A series of high-end retail boutiques are located within the shopping center (Cartier, Armani, Chanel, Fendi etc.) set adjacent to the hotel and casino and with a set-up designed to look like shopping outdoors. Even the ceiling is painted to look like sky. Perhaps then it’s not so surprising that a restaurant like Spago is perfectly suited to the surroundings, and consists of not only a restaurant but also an ‘outdoor’ patio.
The menu features mainly American and Italian cuisine with everything from brunch to dinner – from soups and specialty salads to choice cut steaks, chops, and seafood. Several gourmet pizza selections are available from the brick ovens, and the dessert menu boasts an abundance of decadent choices that will leave you struggling to decide what to order.
Our intention was to have dinner at Spago and sample the braised short ribs, which we had been told were superb. However, a change of schedule saw us arrive midday instead, so lunch on the patio was in order. A Margherita pizza and a chicken salad sandwich on cherry & walnut bread more than filled the spot, tantalizing every single taste bud with every single bite. And though we hadn’t left much room for dessert, we threw caution to the wind and tried the Tropic Tart and the Chocolate Passion Layer Cake. Delicious! Everything was perfect – from the ambiance to the first-rate service, to the meal. Bravo!
It goes without saying that the price of your meal will depend on whether you’re there for brunch, lunch or dinner, and will further depend on what you order. But if you’re trying to budget and are looking for something a little more specific, we estimate the average meal with a beverage at $40-$50… and you will savour every bite