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TDS1 Aug 14, 2011 01:23 PM

I travel to Vegas yearly and always go to a few buffets during my trip. My favorite has been the Wynn dinner buffet - in particular I have enjoyed the Alaskan King Crab as well as the lamb chops. I have read a few reviews from a month ago saying that the King Crab is no longer served and is now snow crab, and even a mention that the lamb is no longer served. I will be going in about a month, so I know things could change before then.

But, has anyone been very recently and comment on whether is was king crab or snow crab? Was lamb chops still served? If one or both items are gone, I will probably skip the Wynn in favor of the Bellagio, which I believe is still serving king crab. I also plan to try the Wicked Spoon this trip as well. Thanks for the help!

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3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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    itryalot Aug 17, 2011 07:56 AM

    I want to try one of the buffets - Bellagio or Wicked Spoon. DH loves dessert, but we are looking more at the proteins served - fish, seafood, meats and cheeses. Will you post details when you return? Years ago, we went to Wynn and it was so unforgettable that I had to call the others on the trip to remind me which buffet we attended.

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    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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      ns1 Aug 17, 2011 05:09 PM

      i was there 2 weeks ago and king crab + various lamb preparations were in full effect (saturday dinnertime)

      pretty sure carving table that night was prime rib + lamb

      no lamb chops in sight though (because I would've eaten them all)

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        TDS1 Aug 17, 2011 06:47 PM

        Nice - Thanks ns1 - Great info. I will stop by when I am there to see if they are still doing it. I will be going for a Friday dinner, so hopefully it will be there.

        itryalot - Happy to give a report on the buffets when I return. Looks like it will be Wynn and Wicked Spoon for this trip.

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          TDS1 Oct 1, 2011 05:22 PM

          Just an update for anyone interested. I went on a Friday night about 2 weeks ago. They were serving "Alaskan Bairdi Crab legs". While they look somewhat like king crab, alas they are snow crab legs. So, it does appear that king crab is gone from the Wynn. They did have rack of lamb at the carving station - so at least that has not changed!

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            Rick Oct 8, 2011 08:16 AM

            Did you make it to Wicked Spoon? If so, how was it? It's the only buffet we have planned for our upcoming trip, want to make sure it's worthwhile.

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              TDS1 Oct 9, 2011 08:20 PM

              Rick-

              Yes I did have a chance to go to the Wicked Spoon (actually, I went twice). Everything is impressive at the Cosmopolitan - it's definitely a must see. I enjoyed the Wicked Spoon more than the Wynn buffet. The number of items is smaller, but I would say on average the quality is much higher. My opinion of the Wicked Spoon is that about half of the items are average to above average in quality - but the other 50% of the food is outstanding. Some of the seafood dishes such as the Salmon, Red snapper, and shrimp and grits, were among the best I have had (buffet or otherwise). In contrast, I have always found the seafood items at the Wynn lacking. They had this huge bowl of blackberries, rasberries, and blueberries which were perfectly ripe and among the largest I had every seen. Oh, and I forgot about the macaroni and cheese bar with about 15 premium items to mix in. Korean short ribs - really good. Some amazing desserts - they had this chocolate log filled with cream (it's a good thing I waited until the end of the meal or I would have only eaten that). The gelato was outstanding - very creative choices. Overall, the dinner was well worth it in my opinion - you have to be a bit selective in what you choose - but it was pretty easy to spot the good choices - not sure how often the items rotate.

              In contrast, when I returned for brunch, my opinion wasn't as good. For $29 on weekend, I was expecting a similar quality. However, it proves that for breasfast type items that is really hard. Had I paid $20 or less, it might have been a different story. I would still brunch here personally and dine for dinner only.

              This is definitely my new favorite dinner buffet in Vegas. The Wynn still has lamb and the Bellagio has King Crab and Chilean Sea bass, but overall the number of well made dishes is much higher at the Wicked Spoon. Plus the dining room atmosphere is calmer and nicer appearing than either Bellagio or Wynn.

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              3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                Rick Oct 12, 2011 09:23 AM

                Thanks for the reply back, we were going to go during lunch time, but sounds like we may want to go for dinner instead.

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        Beach Chick Oct 1, 2011 05:49 PM

        I was just in Vegas at the Trump but we usually are part of the Wynn tribe and love their buffet but you must get over to Lotus of Siam about a mile away on Sahara in a funky strip mall but its one of the best Thai meals ever..
        Cheap and good..go for lunch and get there at 11:30am.
        Country Club at the Wynn is a great place to dine too.

        www.wynnlasvegas.com

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          fledflew Oct 3, 2011 02:30 PM

          Although I love LOS, I'm not a fan of the lunch buffet. It's just like any other mediocre Thai lunch in my opinion (except that it's been picked through by all the other diners). I usually only find 2 or 3 items that actually interest me. If I find myself there at lunch, I just order off of the regular menu.

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            rednyellow Oct 3, 2011 06:01 PM

            I agree. The lunch buffet doesn't compare to the dinner menu.

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              Dave Feldman Oct 4, 2011 07:50 PM

              Just to be clear, the lunch and dinner menus are identical, although if you order off the menu, the servers sometimes forget to tell you about specials at lunch.

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          Rick Nov 6, 2011 05:41 PM

          We went to Wicked Spoon and Wynn, both for lunch. Disclaimer that we went to Wynn at 2:30 and so were able to sample some of the dinner entrees as well. I really enjoyed both, but give a slight edge to Wynn. I really loved the dessert section at Wicked Spoon, the gelato was excllent, much better than the gelato at Wynn. Wynn did have the split crab legs on the buffet (for dinner) but they were kind of small, served cold, not very meaty, I had 4 halves and didn't feel compelled to get more. They also had rack of lamb that was good, not great, and good prime rib. Wicked spoon had excellent pasta, particularly the gnocchi and the butternut squash ravioli. You really can't go wrong with either buffet. My gf got $10 unlimited champagne with the Wynn buffet, her glass never got empty and the champagne seemed good enough especially considering the price. If you have the time I say visit both buffets, you won't be disappointed. Lunch seems to be the far better value, I wouldn't have been nearly as impressed spending the $40pp on dinner at Wynn as I was paying the $24 for lunch.

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            Food Tourist Nov 7, 2011 03:41 PM

            Thanks - good comparisons in your review. Rick, which day of the week did you dine at each?

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              Rick Nov 7, 2011 04:34 PM

              Wicked Spoon was Saturday, Wynn was Friday.

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                Food Tourist Nov 7, 2011 04:37 PM

                Thanks. I'm looking for a Sunday brunch rec. I imagine these places don't take reservations?

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                  Dave Feldman Nov 7, 2011 09:16 PM

                  As far as I know, of the big buffets, only Bally's Sterling Brunch takes reservations. I believe that the smaller Country Club Sunday Brunch does take reservations. I'm not a big fan of the Sterling Brunch, that does feature real champagne and upscale dishes, which I don't think are at all exceptional in execution. What I did like about the Sterling was the relatively serene atmosphere.

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                    Food Tourist Nov 8, 2011 05:04 PM

                    Thanks Dave. I imagine most buffets are unleashed chaos and noise! We'll stick to either Wicked Spoon or Wynn -- do lineups start right away at opening hour or can we wait til 11 am to arrive?

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                      Dave Feldman Nov 8, 2011 10:45 PM

                      Sorry, I've never been to brunch at either buffet, but I'll bet another Chowhound knows the answer.

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                    Rick Nov 9, 2011 07:15 AM

                    You probably already saw, but Wicked spoon doesn't do the traditional Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. They only do Brunch and Dinner, every day. We went to Wicked Spoon around 10:45 on Saturday and there were just four or five people in front of us and we were seated within just a few minutes. Wynn at 2:30 on Friday there was one other couple in line and we were seated immediately. That being said, I happened to walk past the Bellagio Dinner buffet around 6 pm one evening and the line was huge . . .

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                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                      Food Tourist Nov 9, 2011 07:59 PM

                      Thanks! Yeah, I was forced to eat at 5 pm when I wasn't even hungry yet just to avoid the impending lineup at Bellagio on my last visit.

                      Does Wicked Spoon also offer an unlimited champagne deal or any other drinks specials? I know the hotel in general does a champagne deal on Mondays.

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                        Rick Nov 10, 2011 05:05 PM

                        I didn't notice any unlimited drink deals at Wicked Spoon, but didn't really look either.

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                          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 11, 2011 09:20 AM

                          Wicked Spoon includes a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or glass of bubbly with brunch. They might have an unlimited deal, I forgot to ask last time.

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                            Rick Nov 12, 2011 09:38 AM

                            Please edit my previous posts, we went to Wicked Spoon on Thursday not Saturday! All the days blurred together I supposed lol. We were definitely not offered a free bloody mary, mimosa, or glass of bubbly with brunch. I don't recall any tables around us having them either. We only paid $22 for brunch, but the weekend brunch is $29, I wonder if the free drink is only on the weekend?

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                              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 12, 2011 06:57 PM

                              They may have changed it since I went in the summer.

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