Vegas' lagoon-side steakhouse

75 Tables

Banishing all thoughts of stuffy, dark steakhouses are the warm, sophisticated environs of the recently refreshed SW Steakhouse on the shores of the Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas. Named after the resort’s famous proprietor, Steve Wynn, the restaurant doesn’t skimp on luxurious details, from the decorative stone pieces carved in Jerusalem to the authentic Kobe beef from Japan.

The Look

Hospitality and warmth define the direction that executive vice president of design Roger Thomas has gone with his update of Vincente Wolf’s original design for Wynn’s American steakhouse.

You will arrive via a glamorous little bar and lounge with teak walls, granite floor and recessed copper ceiling. Flattering lighting in the tailored, modern space highlight the cuisine, the amply stocked bar and the stylish patrons themselves.

Steve Wynn’s favored horizontal lines are overwhelmingly featured, inspired by the naturally striated sandstone that makes up the Las Vegas valley, and are expressed in Italian Tucci marble accents. In fact, the only striking use of vertical lines is found in the lounge — a large canvas by local artist Tim Bavington echos the striated theme.

Colors throughout tend toward cream, oatmeal and copper, and fabrics are impossibly thick and plush for an overall effect that is welcoming and unpretentious.

The Eats

If you’re a fan of the Food Network show Best Thing I Ever Ate, you might already be familiar with executive chef David Walzog’s now-famous chili-rubbed double rib-eye. (With one foot firmly in the surf, and the other on turf, Walzog simultaneously helms the ocean-to-table Hawaiian fish program at Wynn’s adjacent seafood restaurant Lakeside.)

Options for meat lovers go far here, with bone-in and boneless rib-eyes, a petite grass-fed strip and traditional New York strip, two sizes of filet mignon, two dry-aged steaks and three double cuts for those willing to share.

SW is also one of few restaurants in the U.S. offering certified, authentic Kobe beef from Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. Choose from the evening’s available cuts and be presented with the animal’s noseprint and pedigree. Japanese wagyu from the Kagoshima and Shiga Prefectures are also available, as is domestic wagyu from Idaho’s Snake River Farms.

Complete the picture with any of 13 side dishes, including the more health-conscious harissa-glazed carrots and sautéed vegetables or the decidedly decadent crisp potato rosti with chive cream and sturgeon caviar. As with all Wynn restaurants, vegetarian and even vegan options abound.

Desserts, too, are decadent. The fairground-gone-luxe funnel cake is a good way to end an indulgent experience. The crisp, fluffy slices come with sauces of crème anglaise, salty caramel and fudge.

The View

Bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out, SW has a climate-controlled patio for year-round outdoor dining. It’s located at the base of Wynn’s 40-foot waterfall and the resort’s urban mountain.

Dining outside at the Vegas steakhouse also puts you in the front row at Lake of Dreams, which comes alive for shows every half hour from dusk till 11:30 p.m. Each show pairs music with imagery created by holographic technology, puppetry and more than 4,000 lights, which drench the area in color.

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