Overall Score: B
Vegetarian options?: B
No matter where you go in Las Vegas, you can find fine dining. Carbone, within the Aria Resort & Casino, is no exception. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel, this restaurant is reminiscent of Italian American dining from the 1950’s. The dining room is a beautiful room with booths and tables centered around a spectacular chandelier. Dim lighting and soft music add to the romantic atmosphere. There is also a bar and table seating around the bar for a more casual setting.
Even though we were here during busy spring break, we had no trouble getting a same day reservation on a Monday. When looking at the menus online or in front of the restaurant, I realized that no menu had the cost of each selection. Nor does the menu explain what’s in each dish. Not until you sit at a table and are handed a menu can you see the prices of each dish. (I found a website that has the complete menu. Click here to see the menu and prices.) Food is expensive here: baked clams are $21; a chopped salad (big enough for two) is $17; pastas range from $20-$35; and meat dishes will cost $40-$50.
After being seated, we were greeted by a sommelier, offering to help with our wine selection. The least expensive red wines were priced around $15-$20 a glass. Service is shared by many waiters, but the main waiter is called a “captain.” It did appear to me that all of the waiters were men, at least on the day we were there (not that I minded!). Water, wine, bread, and fresh chunks of parmesan cheese arrived first.
When trying to decide on a dish, it was confusing to figure out what each dish had in it, as there was no description. Therefore, as a vegetarian, this made it difficult for me to know what dishes were meat-free. The waiter was very accommodating and helped me find a meat-free dish, but I had to ask a bunch of questions.
My husband and I shared a chopped salad which was fresh and flavorful. Some salads were made fresh at the table and assembled by the “captains,” but the chopped salad was not.
Our food arrived in a timely manner and was plated nicely. Both of us ate a different meat-free pasta dish which was appropriately sized for one person. The pasta was fresh and delicious, and we really enjoyed it. Later, the dessert cart offered four options and we shared a slice of traditional tiramisu. The tiramisu was wonderfully flavorful, light, and tasty.
Overall, we really enjoyed the food, the service, and the ambiance of Carbone. I was disappointed in the high prices of both their food and drinks. A medium plate of noodles without meat doesn’t need to cost $25. There obviously is a high markup on their prices. This knocked their grade rating to a B. Also, the fact that their menu is so “clean” and has no description of the dishes was incredibly frustrating. What if someone is gluten-free or is allergic to dairy? Listing the ingredients or having a better description of the meal would definitely help.
Definitely a date night restaurant, Carbone offers a wonderful ambiance and delicious food. If you have a tight budget or are traveling with children, you’re better off at the buffet or another more casual restaurant. But if you are looking for a memorable Vegas meal, Carbone would be a great choice.