Great steak, shellfish plates and funnel cakes.
That sums up a typical night at SW Steakhouse, the steakhouse so good it gets Steve Wynn's initials.
The restaurant's large patio directly on the Lake of Dreams offers prime seating for guests to watch the water shows. But besides the view and the elegant wood-toned décor, rich with earth tones and coppery sheen, SW Steakhouse delivers amazing cuisine.
Executive Chef David Waltzog and Chef de Cuisine Carlos Guia deliver a splendid chorus of all things traditional steakhouses offer (including a number of nightly specials) but with an upscale, best-of-the-best twist.
The shellfish platter features fresh jumbo shrimp, just shucked oysters, three kinds of sauces, lobster, crab and of course, lemon wedges.
A baby iceberg blue cheese wedge salad is served with thick sliced bacon, Roquefort dressing and sweet heirloom tomatoes, even in March.
Traditional Caesar salad with garlic paprika croutons, tuna tartare and beef carpaccio are other starters you may want to indulge in.
Main courses feature several cuts of mouthwatering beef, including a bone-in rib-eye, bone-in New York strip steak, a porterhouse for two and a chile rubbed double rib-eye.
There are also other things on the menu, but as you would expect, you don't go to Fatburger to get a hot dog, so kindly refrain from going to SW Steakhouse to get anything but steak. If you must, the restaurant does have some great alternatives to beef, including salmon, chicken breast with an herb butter and lamb chops.
Sides include an amazing creamed corn with truffles, parmesan creamed spinach, au gratin potatoes and mushrooms and leeks.
You can also add additional toppings to your steak, including Main lobster, foie gras, blue cheese or bacon and shallots.
For dessert, the aforementioned funnel cake is your "gotta try." Six personal-sized funnel cakes come out on branches of an elaborate tree, surrounded by fresh giant strawberries, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. What more do you need?
Though it's hard to get beyond the funnel cakes, you might want to venture into the chocolate soufflé cake. Just be sure to ask your server when you place your meal order.
If I haven't swayed you to give SW Steakhouse a try yet, you're probably either a vegetarian or not coming to Las Vegas anytime soon.
-- Review by Nikki Neu