In 2012, The View opened in Tivoli Village with Johnny Church at the helm and the place was oozing with the potential for greatness (or at least… very good-ness?). Church has worked for the likes of Charlie Palmer, Bradley Ogden, Michael Mina, and Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, his stint didn’t last long before he departed for Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room and recently opened MTO Cafe downtown. The good news is that much of The View’s contemporary American menu remains.
The small plates menu has plenty of familiar items that will appeal to the masses and unique takes on traditional dishes like their chicken pot pie nuggets. Starting off the meal was a beautifully presented charcuterie platter and selection of cheeses that were more than satisfying, but could have used a wider variety.
If you’re not a fan of truffle oil, staying away from the mushroom risotto might be a wise decision because its heavy use was too much even for a truffle oil-loving person like me. The tuna nachos consisted of diced fish atop five crispy wonton chips with arugula, avocado, and lime crema. Presentation won out over taste, however as the tuna tasted somewhat “off.” Things improved with their fried chicken, a not-so-typical non-breaded bird. It was closer to a pan roasted chicken with crispy skin and perfect seasoning.
The place wasn’t busy on the Friday night we dined there, but the adjoining cheese and wine shop was hopping during happy hour. The space is rater odd, as it’s an open restaurant in the midst of many small shops on the second floor of the market at Tivoli. But, the comfortable furniture, the view overlooking the fountain, and the relaxed vibe make it a spot worth checking out.
420 S Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145