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My husband and I are staying at the Wynn in a few weeks, and looking into making a couple reservations. We like to dine at the resort we're staying at, and this is our first time at Wynn (dining or staying). I would love some opinions - which to avoid, which to try.

Daniel Boulud, Bartolotta, Okada, Wing Lei, Alex, SW, Tableau, Corsa Cucina, Red 8, The Country Club.

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  1. We stayed at the Wynn last month (loved it BTW - especially the quality of the restaurants) and enjoyed each and every one of our meals. We had dinner at Alex (worth the splurge; I had the tasting menu), Okada (beautiful restaurant - they have a dining room facing the lagoon and waterfall, a teppenyaki room, and a sushi bar), Daniel Boulud (one of our favorites - this was our second visit), S&W Steakhouse (my husband's favorite). We had lunch twice at Red 8, once the regular menu and once on a Saturday afternoon for their dim sum menu, and lunch at Tableau. No disappointments. We were with two other couples and one who have stayed at the Wynn before had breakfast every day and one lunch at the Terrace Cafe, and the other couple ate at Red 8 twice for dinner.

    TheDairyQueen just posted a wonderful comprehensive review of her visits to some of the restaurants in the Wynn.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489870

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    1. re: Rubee

      That's great to hear. I spent quite some time looking for other posts specifically about Wynn, and didn't find that many recent. I did read TheDairyQueen's post and was excited to read about a couple at Wynn.

    2. Across the board the Wynn has the best hotel restaurants in Vegas. My favorites are Alex, Okada and Bartolotta. The chefs have changed at Red 8 and Corsa Cucina, possibly for the better, and I have not tried either since the changes. Hopefully a Chowhound who has sampled them before AND after can update us on the changes.

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      1. re: masstech

        masstech, here's a thread about Red 8 "before" and "after."

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482903

        sebell, I don't have much more to say over and above my report, but I am very interested in hearing about Country Club--so, if you go, I would love to hear about it. Actually, I would love to hear about wherever you end up. Have fun!

        ~TDQ

        1. re: masstech

          I walked through the Wynn this week, and wondered: does anyone really eat at Bartolotta? It just looked insanely expensive to me, especially the by-weight fish and shellfish.

          I tried their buffet for weekday breakfast and was disappointed: I expected more from a place like the Wynn, both selection and quality. Just about the only items I thought were above-average were the baked goods, from the breakfast pizza to the pastries. I wished had more time to sit down with some ice cream, too.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Everything at the Wynn is insanely expensive, in my opinion--about a 10% premium over the other casinos in L.V., which themselves aren't necessarily cheap. The setting is lovely (and will look laughably dated in a decade), but you pay a price for it. There's no option for slumming it at Steve's place...

            I sure thought Bartolotta was pretty, though.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Yeah, but looking at the menu posted for Bartolotta, I figured that at $22 for 100 grams, a 2-pound lobster would be about $200 -- that's seriously expensive! I can have a tasting menu at French Laundry for that (when you figure in the cost of service).

            2. re: Ruth Lafler

              I was thinking of making reservations at Bartolotta for my trip next month or at other restaurants at the Wynn. I saw the pictures of the private gazebos and was quickly wowed . However, my cousin told me most of the restaurants there are bad. I have a culinary degree and always do my research on the place/price/etc base on my budget prior to picking. So I'm not quick to dismiss Wynn yet. But since I've never dined at the Wynn, I would like some recommendations.

              1. re: jenni_40

                bartolotta is great. expensive, but great.

                1. re: jenni_40

                  Who is this cousin guy? Some of the finest restaurants in Vegas reside at the Wynn. That's pretty well-substantiated (i.e. not just this guy's opinion). Alex competes for the finest in Vegas. Bartolotta was fantastic on my one visit. The family style tasting menu was unlike any tasting I've had. Quite spendy, but you really get what you pay for here. I did not dine in the private gazebos but will next time. I think that the bottom line is that the Wynn has some of the best restaurants in Vegas but also some of the most expensive. If you go ready and willing to pay you will be very satisfied. Don't expect any deals though.

            3. Does anyone have advise on making reservations. It would be nice to just make them after we arrive, and plan out our days. Are there any that are hard to get in to, what are your experiences?

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              1. re: sebell

                I think you need reservations for every nearly every restaurant at the Wynn, except for the "casual" places: the Buffet, Terrace Pointe Cafe, Red 8, the New York Deli (Zoozacrackers--I assume, I never did see this while I was there), Sugar and Ice... and perhaps the "casual" Italian place next to the sports book (can't remember the name of it--that's Corsa Cucina, I think) Definitely you need reservations at Boulud & SW, and, I'm nearly certain for Okada, Bartolotta, Wing Lei, Tableau, The Country Club, and absolutely Alex.

                If you get the 5:30 reservation at Boulud, they'll probably be able to seat you with a great view of the Lake of Dreams on the patio. When we were seated at SW Steakhouse on a Monday night, the wait for folks without reservations was 45 minutes for a table for 2 and 2 hours for a table for six.

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Thanks. Looks like we'll make a couple reservations before we leave, to get the better seats. Our schedule is totally open so putting in our names and waiting a while isn't that big of a deal. It's great to have some advise on this!

              2. Just got back from Vegasand stayed at the Wynn. We were not particularly impressed when we came back to our room at 5 after being out most of the day to find that our room was not made up. We called the front desk and they offered to send housekeeping right away to clean it but we told them to do it when we went out for dinner. We called before we left to let them know we were leaving so housekeeping could get in. The room was stil not cleaned when we returned around midnight.
                We ate at Alex one night. The room was very elegant and the service was exemplary.
                The food was very good, but the price of the 3 course prix fixe of 145 was outrageous. The value is just not there. We scanned the menu at Bartolotta and noted that fish was priced at $14 per 100 grams. That is about 63 bucks for a 1 lb fish and I would uess that the fish is weighed whole, not after it is cleaned and filleted. Very pricy indeed. We had a good meal at Fiamma whose prices are a little more down to earth.
                It is hard to dine in a high end vegas restaurant without feeling that the prices are geared to the high rollers who are comped and fell like they are really getting the royal treatment when the see the prices that they are not paying.

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                1. re: neville nosher

                  Alex is not a "value" restaurant. If you go in thinking it will be, you will be disappointed in the lack of "value". If you can afford it and don't perseverate over the prices, you may just enjoy one of the finest meals money can buy. If prices are a concern to you, don't dine there. You will just be wasting your money.

                  1. re: climberdoc

                    "Value" is not the same as cost. Something can be very expensive and still be good value. If it really is one of the finest meals money can buy, then $145 might be considered a good value. I don't think nosher felt that the experience was as "fine" as the price tag warranted. If the price of something is not commensurate with the value received, it's a rip-off. No one likes to feel ripped off, regardless of whether they can afford it.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Nosher scanned the menu at Bartolotta and decided not to dine there because of the price. Perhaps a bit of homework prior to committing to Alex, which incidentally is one of the 2 or 3 most expensive restaurants in Vegas would have saved him this poor "value" experience. I suspect that his mind was made up about the value of Alex before the amuse ever hit his table. The exorbitant prices of the fish at Bartolotta turned him away indicating to me that portion size is included in his definition of value. Most knocks I see with high end places like Alex are people disillusioned by the small portions and high prices (see recent thread about Lauberge in Sedona). It seems to all come down to one's expectation going in and these days with all the info available, there is no reason to go into a high end, very expensive blind. I agree that "no one likes to feel ripped off", but there are people who will feel ripped off at a place like Alex independent of the quality of the experience.

                      1. re: climberdoc

                        I did my homework and certainly was not looking for a bargain basement dinner, and I definitely was not looking for large portions as I can rarely finish them. Since I knew what the approximate cost of a meal was, I did not suffer sticker shock. I simply felt that the prices were not merited.
                        I am happy that Ruth Laffler understands my perspective.

                        1. re: neville nosher

                          I guess I'm thrown by your dissing of Alex on the basis of "value". If I'm looking for a deal, I'll go to the all you can eat salad and breadsticks or the neverending pasta bowl at The Olive Garden (this is an example since I've never been to Olive Garden). If I go to Alex (or the like) I'm likely going to drop a big chunk of change. For that I gain a wonderful memorable meal and a great evening in general of fine food, wine, service and pampering. "Value" plays no part in the enjoyment. It's a flat out splurge.
                          Rosemary's is a good example of "value". It's well-executed, finely presented and not overpriced. It's by no means the best Vegas has to offer, but for "value" perhaps it is.
                          Our difference stems from the fact that when I dine at Alex, the concept of value has been thrown out the window for the evening. There is no other reason to dine at Alex other than pure indulgence (unless you are filthy rich). I have amazing memories of my two meals there which would not be so amazing if I were obcessed with "value".
                          Perhaps the concept of value would be a good separate thread.
                          Peace!

                2. I have stayed at the Wynn many times and think the restaurants are some of the best on the strip..
                  Love Okada for sushi..somewhat reasonable and outstanding sushi.
                  Really enjoy Boulud's and I brought my own Silver Oak..food was very good and our meal was under $200 for 2 and that was app's/salad/entree/dessert/port with 1/2 bottle of champagne to start.
                  Country Club was there for drinks and app's but seemed like going to the club at home.
                  Alex gets rave reviews but have not been.
                  Zooza for deli sandwiches are very good, especially after partying all night.
                  We always get room service the next day and the kid cheeseburgers are some of the best.
                  I am a huge fan of the Wynn and have never had a problem..the rooms are stunning and love the beds with the fab linens..
                  Have a great time sebell!

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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Thanks! We are really looking forward to the trip. We are obviously not looking for good value/prices in dining, we want really unique experiences with the finest meals. I am a huge sushi fan so Okada will definitely be a stop. Bartolotta looks like a beautiful place, has anyone sat around the lagoon area?

                    1. re: sebell

                      Hi..
                      We had one of our best meals ever at Boulud's and we had tableside lagoon with the incredible water show and found the food along with the value to be one hell of a bargain..
                      Okada has great lagoon view tables too.
                      I don't know many places at the Wynn that aren't fab and you get that 'unique experience'..
                      I have to have a 'value' plan..when I go..the 'old money' way in me won't let it happen any other way.. :(
                      Have great time!

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        I had one of the best meals of my life at Alex last November-better than The French Laundry and on par with Per Se in New York. Food is top notch and the overall experience is unlike most other restaurants in the US.

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          We ordered the prix fixe menu at Boulud and dined on the patio so we could watch the water show and I agree, we thought it was a great value overall.

                          We thought everything we ate at the Wynn was fantastic; but for certain, it is not bargain dining. But, we never felt ripped off. It's one of those situations where you pay $9 for an order of har gow (at Red 8, for instance), when you're used to paying $3.50 for it maybe, elsewhere. If the har gow at Red 8 weren't terrific, you'd feel really angry. But, it WAS terrific and the restaurant is lovely, and the service is attentive. Sure, you can get it cheaper elsewhere, but, really, there's nothing to complain about. You're paying a price premium because it's going to be good and you're dining at the Wynn in LV. They can command a premium, so they do.

                          ~TDQ

                    2. I"m kind of surprised by how many people rave about Boulud's with the water view in Wynn. I'm thinking of switching from B&B in palazzo with NO view and not a great atmosphere (I've read on here) to Boulud's for a birthday dinner. Will it be special enough?

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                      1. re: shellie

                        Well, the Lake of Dreams is a little cheesy (I posted a photo of the view of the Lake of Dreams show in my Las Vegas Soup to Nuts post if you want to get a sense--sorry, you can't hear the music!)--but, it's free entertainment, and I really enjoyed it.

                        As the Wynn restaurants go, I thought D.B.'s prix fixe menu (3 courses for $50) was the "best value." But, I would also say that for me the experience was more of a romantic, table for two kind of thing. I don't know how it would be for a group of 8 (I was too busy staring into my sweetie's enchanting eyes to notice if there were any groups there.) Maybe someone can chime in on that.

                        It would be special enough for me, but I tend to be more of a casual eatery kind of person anyway. They describe themselves as a brasserie, which, I their short-hand way of saying "a little more casual," but I think the setting is lovely enough, the service efficient enough, and the chow good enough to seem "special."

                        ~TDQ

                      2. Stayed at the Bellagio, but dined at The Wynn. We had a fabulous dinner at Alex (best of the vacation)--much better than Joel Robuchon. We also had a very good sushi dinner at Okada; we made the reservation at Okada after we finished dinner at Alex for two days later without any difficulty. Next time, we're planning to stay at The Wynn.

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                        1. re: ellenost

                          ellenost

                          We feel the same about Alex as you. The tasting menu is the best I've had yet. We have been looking forward to trying Joel Robuchon since it is touted to be on a similar level. Did you have the 16-course menu? The reason I'm asking is that yours is the first post I've seen stating Alex is better than JR.

                          1. re: climberdoc

                            We didn't have the 16 course tasting menu at JR mainly because we preferred the courses of the "smaller" tasting menu. Don't get me wrong, but having dined at Alex the previous night, JR couldn't hold a candle to Alex in terms of the decor, food and service. Service at Alex was incredibly proper, but very warm. I had asked about the Riedel wine glasses (since I was in the market to buy some) and the waiter sent the sommelier to me discuss wine glasses--nice touch. The room at Alex is marvelous; at JR we were seated in a smallish room that had plants (my sister originally thought they were fake).

                          2. re: ellenost

                            We've been contemplating the tasting menu at Alex, and it's great to hear some reviews specifically on that! Thanks for the thoughts.

                            1. re: ellenost

                              That is how my trip is planned for next month. Staying at Bellagio, and planning to dine at the Wynn. Okada is a good choice? So far, all the comments about Okada here have been good. What are some top choices to consider when dining at the Wynn and is it hard to request for a table by the Lake of Dream??

                            2. sw steakhouse has the MOST incredible truffled cream corn. i don't think i have ever had a better side dish.

                              1. just got back from Wynn. We had a mediocre lunch at Red 8. thought value was not good. We had steamed dumplings and sent them back because they were frozen in the middle. We ate at the buffet twice for breakfast using points we earned on our casino card. It was good- nothing special - but lots of variety. my favorite part was the candy apples. We also had sandwiches at one of the very casual restaurants (I forget which one). again it was fine- nothing special. We did not dine at any of the high-end restaurants so I can't comment. But there was a reference to B&B above and we had a fabulous dinner there.

                                1. I recently ate at the Country Club, and really loved it. Very elegant and classy, the best golf-course views would be during daytime. I was there for dinner, and the food and service were impeccable. The hightlights for me were: a thick veal chop in a truffle sauce, heavenly creamed corn, and well-done (as in excellent) creme brulee for dessert. My husband ordered the blackened-cajun ribeye, and he was very very happy with it. Very tender and flavorful.

                                  Zazoo Crackers makes some fantastic baked goods. Their cookies i've had, and blondies? Excellent.

                                  1. One unexpected nicety at the Wynn is that they have a killer cheese plate in the coffee shop that you can bring back up to the room if you need a night off. With 2 little ones, we did it twice and were happily surprised by the selection/quality.

                                    1. Just returned from Wynn. We had a very pricey $63.00 breakfast at Tableau, but you can't beat sitting in their beautiful garden room. Sort of torn between it being worth it or not; they do have a good variety of fresh-squeezed juices, portions are big, presentation was gorgeous, and the service was fantastic. I would recommend going to Tableau during the day as then you can fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

                                      Wing Lei was probably the best restaurant experience we have had this go-around in Vegas. Beautiful and elegant Asian room, and try to get seated near the window which looks out onto the garden. We were seated at a table beside Steve Wynn himself and his wife and we thought, heck the food must be good if he's eating here. Service was discreet and 5-star. A special dress-up date place. And the desserts are killer. Must orders -- Peking Duck Salad with Truffle vinagrette and the house-made chocolate ice cream.

                                      We had the Saturday Champagne Brunch and thought that overall buffet was very good -- small amounts are made frequently and so everything remains fresh. We didn't opt for champagne, but I noticed it was the Frexenet brand from Spain, which I've heard is pretty good. You can also have bloody marys if you don't like champagne The candy apples were cute a cute touch, but the hits were: tender bbq baby back ribs with corn and pepper relish, grilled salmon with grainy mustard sauce, and the lotus-wrapped sticky rice, sushi, the big chewy cookies and the chocolate cake and chocolate ganache tarts. tons of giant peel and eat shrimp. Misses: The prime rib was disappointing -- a bit tough, and the fried chicken was bland bland bland, green tea mousse was bitter. Puzzling: About 9 different types of ceviche, which from what I noticed went mainly untouched. Our waitress was a bit spacey, but service was ok.

                                      Sugar and Ice doesn't sound like it offers much, but the food is great if you're looking for a chicken caesar, burger or breakfast bagel. Ice cream was just ok, I would probably go to the new Expressmente (gelato and coffee franchise from Italy)instead, which just opened at the Venetian's Palazzo tower a short walk away. Free wireless internet as well.

                                      I think Red 8 has gone downhill -- didn't eat there, but tables noticeably empty during prime dining hours and they have introduced a 3-choice "lunch special", which is new and probably to draw in more customers.

                                      If you're looking for good food at good prices, a new Grand Luxe Cafe opened up at The Palazzo next door as well. The fresh-baked rustic apple tart with vanilla ice cream is our fave. Warning: portions are huuuuuge. We got around this by ordering 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert and sharing all three between the two of us.

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                                      1. re: sweeterpea

                                        Thanks for the report. How fun to dine next to Steve Wynn and his wife! Too bad to hear about Red 8--I enjoyed my meal there, but it was really more of an afternoon snack than a real meal, so, perhaps not representative of the full experience. Bummer about the ice cream at Sugar and Ice--still, glad to hear it's otherwise a decent, less expensive option at the Wynn.

                                        ~TDQ

                                      2. Tableau was GREAT! There is a dessert item which is basically little donuts that you dip in a mug of hot choclate. Does not sound like much, but it was INCREDIBLE... my wife and I still talk about it over 6 months after the fact.

                                        1. Just got an e-mail from the Wynn on hotel rates for the resort room at $159 a night..during the second week of May..love signing up for the e-specials..
                                          They had a special at Tableau for Mother's Day too..

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                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                            We ate a birthday dinner for 7 at Daniel Bouloud last week. For value, if you go before 7, you get the three course price fixe menu for $50, my husband was lead to believe it was not available after 7. Everyone's food was very good and we could see the Lake of Dreams for entertainment. Two cautions, drinks take away from the value at $15 each for mixed drinks and $60 for the cheapest bottle of wine (which was pretty good) if that is a factor for someone (We were looking for value because of what some members of my family consider to be a philosophical aversion to overpriced food and drink and others of us think of as cheap-we did have the drinks anyway). The other was that my husband asked for a birthday cake for his mother's big birthday when he made the reservation in advance of our trip and the restaurant did not have the cake when we came. If you do something special like that, call when you get there to make sure it will be done. My sister-in-law and I visited the hotel that morning and ordered her a corsage which was on the table when we arrived. She and I thought the Wynn was very pretty but it probably will look dated with time and it seems to be an in place so I am not surprised to hear that prices in some places there are high. On the other hand, we stayed at the Bellagio and some things there are very overpriced as well-Las Vegas definitely charges as much as people will pay.