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Wynn Las Vegas

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-770-7110

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$20-$40

Daily 8am-10pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

One of the most expensive, and best, buffets in town.

Where is it?

At Wynn Las Vegas on the North Strip.

What kind of food is served?

You name it, they probably got it.

What is the atmosphere like?

A beautiful garden setting with small-ish rooms giving the place a more intimate feel.

How is the service?

Both the serving station staff and the wait staff are very attentive.

What are the prices like?

Very expensive for a buffet - heck, it's expensive period. Expect around $20 for breakfast, $23 for lunch, and nearly $40 for dinner and brunch.

What else do I need to know?

It's worth the cost.

What's the bottom line?

There's a reason people rave about the experience of eating here.

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FULL REVIEW

I've been whining a lot lately about how expensive things are getting in Las Vegas. From room rates to show tickets, prices have launched into the stratosphere and I'm not talking about the tower with all the rides on it.

Especially galling, in my opinion, are the almost obscene prices being charged at the buffets. Once a terrific, low-cost alternative to the more expensive sit-down and be served restaurants, the average dinner buffet at a Strip hotel now hovers around $30 per person. While there are a few that justify those types of prices, most of them are not worth it in my opinion.

So when I saw the price list for The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas - breakfast is $20, lunch $23, dinner $35-39, and weekend brunch $39 with champagne - I was prepared to get my whine on again. But I just couldn't do it.

Let's start with the room, one of the most beautiful in all of Las Vegas. Flooded with natural light and tons of blooming flowers and trees, the space is broken up into various dining rooms that provide a more intimate feel. You may not be able to totally fool yourself into thinking you're having dinner in a traditional restaurant, but it definitely has none of the eating in a barn feel of many big buffets.

The food spread is epic. Seriously, I had just eaten at a smaller buffet the day before and you could've fit four of those into the space that the Wynn buffet serving area takes up.

To try to list all of the food offerings would be silly, not just because the list would be so long but because the menu items change regularly. But like most modern buffets, the various stations serve up a wide variety of dishes from all corners of the globe plus plenty of fresh salads, fruits, and desserts.

It was brunch when we visited so I focused mainly on the breakfast style items. Made to order omelets were a three-egg wonder, packed with your choice of more than a dozen different ingredients (I did the traditional ham and cheese and was very happy with my non-adventurous choice). Breakfast sausages and bacon were available at several different locations, all perfectly prepared and almost sizzling hot even by the time I got it back to my table. Pancakes came with my choice of syrups and toppings and there was a station serving huge, fresh strawberries tossed in cream and cinnamon.

Elsewhere around the room were egg dishes of almost every conceivable iteration, French toast and plenty of baked goods, make your own breakfast burritos, and even a breakfast pizza.

But the breakfast items only took up about half of the space, the rest being filled with the lunch part of brunch. A carving station served tender slices of a variety of meats; a Chinese station had plenty of Asian favorites; a seafood station had piles of crab legs and shrimp; and that was just the beginning.

Unlike most buffets, this one is highly interactive, with many of the dishes made just for you to your specifications. Even the stuff sitting under the warming lamps appeared to be recently prepared and I didn't experience a hint of the "warmed over" taste you'd usually expect.

The dessert area was one of the largest I've ever seen, a satisfying change of pace from what most buffets offer in this part of the meal. Baked goods of all stripes were present plus hand-scooped ice creams, Bananas Foster, bread pudding, and more.

Looking back on it, yes, $39 is way too much to pay for a brunch buffet. I probably would've been just as happy at one of the locals' places paying a third of that. But I didn't leave the Wynn Las Vegas buffet feeling like I had spent too much. Instead, I felt like I got my money's worth.

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