A throwback to the days when dinner shows ruled America's evening entertainment landscape, the Mayfair Supper Club opened this month at the Bellagio Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Live entertainment, expertly crafted cocktails, classic dishes and a stunning location overlooking the world-famous Bellagio Fountains evoke the Prohibition era, when music and food melded for enchanting nights on the town.
The Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio reinvents the concept of a dinner and a show for 2020.
"Supper clubs of the mid-1900s were the foundation for our country's best artists and cuisine, which the Mayfair celebrates and modernizes for the '20s of today," said Sean Christie, MGM Resorts International's president of events and nightlife.
The Bellagio waterfront and tales of Neptune influenced the vision of London- and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studio: A sea-green Murano glass canopy, coral-inspired wall lights, scalloped-edge banquettes and a ceramic shell wall are among the decorative features.
The space previously housed Hyde Lounge.
Cocktails at the Mayfair have a theatrical flare: A citrus bubble atop a drink called the Lemon Drop pops and releases aromas to enhance the drink's flavors.
Appetizers include a wagyu hand roll with caviar layered with horseradish cream, tontaksu sauce and a gold leaf.
One of the classic American entrees prepared tableside is the Mishima Farms wagyu prime rib ($68), which is slow-roasted for seven hours. The Dover Sole Veronique ($120), deboned in front of the guests, is finished with a brown butter sauce, Champagne and fresh grapes. A whole-roasted chicken ($79) comes with garlic-lemon jus and sausage stuffing. Sides ($16) include green bean amandine and roasted squash.
A music box holds a selection of deserts at Mayfield Supper Club.
The Cigar, a hickory-smoked concoction of chocolate and hazelnut, leads the dessert menu. A music box that arrives at the table holds a selection of after-dinner treats.
"To honor what made New York's supper club scene in the early- to mid-1900s so special, we refined menu offerings from those establishments to present contemporary twists on classic American cuisine," said Ari Kastrati, MGM Resorts international chief hospitality officer. "Dinner at the Mayfair will be just as fun as the entertainment as both the culinary and production teams work together to deliver an experience that awakens all of the senses."
Dinner service begins tranquilly with a pianist for "Cavi-Hour" with caviar specials, sharable entrees and the cocktails. As the sun sets, vocalists front a multipiece band and costumed performers appear for a jazz-era feel. As the night progresses, the energy intensifies with performers, bartenders and waiters joining the immersive production.
After 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, live musical acts and dancers accompany a menu that includes steak, sushi, salads and desserts. Jazz favorites are the focus on Sundays.
Entertainment at the Mayfair is by No Ceilings, the entertainment company behind productions for shows such as "America's Got Talent" and "The X Factor." No Ceilings collaborates with choreographers, musical directors, makeup artists and costume designers to create a new experience each night.
"Las Vegas represents an escape where anything is possible," said Dennis Jauch, one of No Ceilings' founders. "The vision for the Mayfair allows us to break the mold for what's been done in Las Vegas before and create a spectacle within a restaurant designed to dazzle with showmanship, cutting-edge performances and endless surprises."
The Mayfair Supper Club is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Go to https://bellagio.mgmresorts.com/en/restaurants/the-mayfair-supperclub.html for more information.