Chica at Venetian Serves Up Latin Flavors With Feminine Flair

We finally got around to checking out Chica restaurant at Venetian, and this under-appreciated dining destination is as appealing to the palate as it is pleasing to the eyes.

Yes, Chica opened in May 2017, but we are very busy and important.

Let’s take a gander at this seductive eatery, assuming people still take ganders. We, for one, have never seen anyone leave a gander, but we don’t get out all that much.

Chica Venetian restaurant

We sort of want to have a completely consensual relationship with this interior design.

The chef behind Chica is Lorena Garcia.

Garcia is known for competing on “Top Chef Masters,” a series whose entire purpose is pretty much to make those of us who are clueless in the kitchen feel even more clueless. It’s believed Lorena Garcia is the first Latin-American woman to open a restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, as hard as that is to believe.

Garcia, born and raised in Venezuela, is not only a chef, but a cookbook author and cookware designer. She also designed us some scrumptious food.

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These empanadas were by far the best, and possibly first, we’ve ever had.

You know the food is good at Chica because we did brunch, and we are not a brunch person.

You also know the food is good if we voluntarily tried the grilled Peruvian octopus. If you’re into food with suction cups, you should try it, too.

Chica Venetian Las Vegas

We would not know an aji amarillo sauce if we landed in a vat of it, but it was tasty nonetheless.

The Dulce De Leche French Toast (translation: milk of the dulce) was great, although next time we’d get the macerated berries on the side as it overwhelmed our favorite part, the bread. It’s not called Macerated Berries Toast, after all.

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Fun fact: It’s a myth you can get hairy palms from excessive maceration.

Chica says of itself, the restaurant gives guests “the opportunity to explore the flavors of Latin American cuisine as one culture, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, among many more.”

This food gets around. All due respect.

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Chica is home to some world-class guac.

The interior of Chica matches the appeal of the cuisine, and has an irresistible interior design with lots of Latin American flair like ironwork and large pieces of art reflecting the restaurant’s feminine theme.

Chica Venetian

Some restaurants just give good vibe.

The beverages are in plentiful supply as well. We even tried the Some Like It Hot, despite it having zero Captain Morgan. The Some Like It Hot is a margarita with a twist, featuring Dos Armadillos Reposado tequila, lime juice, papaya jam and Scotch bonnet peppers.

Chica also makes some mean Bloody Marys and an excellent margarita. We know how you are.

Chica Vegas

We make no apologies for not remembering which cocktail this is. That’s one of the ways we decide how good a cocktail is.

You may also want to try the mimosa deal⁠—bottomless champagne with a choice of fresh-squeezed juices like orange, guava, grapefruit and pomegranate ($25). Technically, they’re health drinks. Because juices.

If we remember correctly, which is highly unlikely, Chica is located between The Dorsey Cocktail Bar and Yardbird.

Chica Las Vegas Venetian

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You can check out the various Chica menus on the official site.

Thanks to the team at Chica for hosting a portion of our meal so we could try things we wouldn’t normally. Looking at you, Peruvian suction cups.

There are tons of great dining options inside the Venetian, Palazzo and Grand Canal Shoppes, but Chica is definitely a stand-out.

7 thoughts on “Chica at Venetian Serves Up Latin Flavors With Feminine Flair

  1. Andrew

    18 bucks for a fancied up burger and 17 bucks for a breakfast burrito,and I bet they come in a fancy “small but look at the presentation ” size. It’s no surprise White Castle and In N Out have locations on the Strip nowadays. You may want to walk downstairs at Grand Lux Cafe’ to save some bucks and get guaranteed huge servings too. Geez….

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  2. Lookie Loo

    How much did your meal cost for everything you had?

    Menus may include pricing, but it would be helpful to know how much you paid for the items you ordered. The food was good, but knowing how much the total bill is for what you had is helpful in determining the overall value.

    Would you spend that much to do it again? That’s another helpful tidbit you could provide us. Decent value may not equate to willingness to spend that amount for the same experience.

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    1. Andrew

      He can’t tell you because he’s recovering from the kidney operation…

      Let’s face it : there is no more value on the Strip. These restaurants married the resort fee mentality : since customers can afford resorts fees an parking why shouldn’t we charge them more for the same stuff we’ve always been serving ? Vegas has become pretty much like Walt Disney World, wich means they’re not interested in having them come back 3 times a year and spend 50 for each time,they want to you to go once a year and spend 150 so that they can save production costs and market for a higher customers turnover.

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      1. James the Greek

        All these restaurants charging an arm and a leg — or a kidney if you prefer — suggests to me that there are a hell of a lot of people out there with a hell of a lot more disposable income than I have.

        What should we set the over/under on Scott’s tab at, $75?

        Setting the over is a bit tricky, as we don’t know if he dined solo or not.

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    2. Scott Roeben Post author

      It came in about $100, with about four cocktails and multiple entrees. We probably wouldn’t have ordered all that if I weren’t writing about the place, so I’d say in the $60 range for two people if you don’t go crazy on the drinks.

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