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We made reservations for Julian Serrano’s around 5:30 prior to seeing Zarkana. But, the reservations were unnecessary because there were only 2 other parties there in a large dining room. We’ve been to several other tapas restaurants in Vegas, so we were looking forward to comparing this experience.
If you are seated in the round tables with the heavy leather chairs, as we were, be prepared to have a difficult time getting in and out of the chairs because they are very heavy and don’t slide on the carpet.
You can see the dining room is filled with oranges, reds, and dark browns, which gives a luxurious Spanish feel. I also loved being able to see the chefs work in the kitchen, which you can see in the photo above behind the bar area.
We started off dinner with a couple martinis, which neither one of us finished. They just weren’t as good as some others in Vegas. Olives is still our favorite place to get cocktails.
Tapas at Julian Serrano’s
We decided to forego the pricey Zarkana dinner menu, and ordered a few tapas. The Spanish chicken croquettas were just ok, but the arugula aioli dipping sauce was ‘no bueno’.
The service was fine, but I wasn’t overly impressed. We had to wave our server down a few times to ask for water he forgot to bring.
My husband wanted the grilled rib eye steak with a mushroom demi glaze and mashed potato. Again, it was fine, but nothing special, and he didn’t care for the sauce. We splurged with the Lobster Fideua, which is a half lobster tail with red pepper over angel hair pasta. This was our favorite dish, but unfortunately we were already $100 in and we were still hungry.
We were so disappointed, that we decided to skip the dessert at Julian Serrano’s. Later that evening after the show, we both felt sick and were up half the night. Needless to say, we won’t be returning.
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm