On my first night of this trip to Las Vegas I had dinner at SW Steakhouse at Wynn. I went into this dinner with plenty of excitement based on feedback from others, but I had a little apprehension as well.
My only visit to Wynn wasn’t very fun as the casino felt stuffy and boring. When I called to make reservations I was told that if anyone didn’t show for my reservation I would be charged $50 a person. I felt somewhat threatened by this, but I understood why that policy might exist. When I called back to adjust my reservation I was told that policy was never used. Very nice.
When my friends and I walked in we were greeted with smiles and had a drink at the bar while we waited for a table. I had a 9:30 reservation because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to wash up and change after the Thursday night football game (which paid for dinner). I’ve found that a late reservation can be hit or miss with food preparedness. Dinner was a hit on this night and was the beginning of a turnaround on my feelings about Wynn.
Dinner started with fantastic bread that is baked fresh daily on the premises. I don’t like to fill up on bread because I like to try as many different foods that come to the table, but it was difficult to stop eating. I’m happy to say that I stopped at one piece. Even though it was highly recommended I didn’t have a bacon cheddar muffin. The bread was a great sign of what was to come.
The others at table shared a variety of seafood appetizers and they all seemed to like it. I stuck with a Caesar salad that was excellent. We each also had a slice of bacon. I don’t think this is on the menu and it was damn good. A nice salty way to move the evening forward.
I almost always get a NY strip when I’m at a steakhouse for the first time. Because of the lack of fat strips are usually pretty easy to compare.
My strip was fantastic. In fact, it was one of the best I’ve had in a while. The steak was perfectly cooked. There was a nice amount of char on the outside of the steak and the inside was soft and pink as I wanted. I believe the steak was seasoned with just salt and pepper. The salt stood out, but wasn’t overbearing and the meat tasted fantastic.
I don’t recall all of the sides ordered, but the photo above shows that we had parmesan creamed spinach. I’m pretty sure that we also had the truffled creamed corn, butter roasted fingerling potatoes, and steamed asparagus. All of the sides were excellent.
If there was a down part of the meal it was our choice of wine. It didn’t have the body and full flavor I enjoy with steak.
One of the things you’ll read about Wynn is that their service goes above and beyond and the service at SW proved that to be true. Service was fantastic. We had two waiters that handled different parts of service and their work blended seamlessly.
Dinner at SW was fantastic and I would definitely go back again. The food, the service and the vibe were all really good.
If you’re on twitter I recommend following WynnLasVegas for info and tips on dining and everything at Wynn.
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