Lakeside at Wynn serves Hawaiian seafood, line-caught by family fishermen in Hana, flown to Wynn and served fresher than even restaurants in Maui. Chef David Middleton creates simple preparations to showcase them, alongside an exotic variety of oven-roasted lobster, crab and aged prime steaks. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award-winning restaurant offers a unique energy, positioned directly on Wynn’s Lake of Dreams.
“About as amazing a setting as it gets in Las Vegas. This is an impressive place on lots of counts. Wow a future spouse by reserving the center lakeside table, or earn high marks with a boss who can’t believe how quickly the mahi-mahi gets from Maui to his or her plate.”
- Conde Nast Traveler
Named for its prime location at the edge of the Lake of Dreams, this modern, ultra-chic room is renowned for a menu anchored by the finest fish and shellfish. Lakeside’s unique dayboat ocean-to-table fish program showcases Chef David Middleton’s deft hand with seafood. Working closely with small, sustainable fisheries in Maui, he brings the freshest sea treasures from Hawaiian waters to the Las Vegas Strip. Oven roasted lobsters and king crab, prepared simply or chili rubbed, with a choice of drawn butter, basil yuzu or harissa sauce, are other crowd-pleasing favorites.
Expertly charred ribeyes, dry-aged Tomahawk, filet mignon, and both domestic and Japanese Wagyu steaks make Lakeside a beguiling spot for carnivores as well.
Ideal for sharing, the shellfish plateau is a celebration of Maine lobster tail, shrimp cocktail, oysters and King crab legs. Other popular appetizers include the charred Spanish octopus with red cabbage and wild rice, hazelnut romesco; Alaskan king crab pasta with oyster mushrooms and basil meyer lemon sauce; and the seared big eye tuna with avocado-wasabi puree and pineapple salsa. The Maine lobster bake, served with King crab, shrimp, pancetta, roasted fennel and potatoes – is a taste of the shoreline on one platter.
Surrounded by pine-topped hillsides and nestling a three-acre lake, Lakeside’s spacious outdoor dining terrace is a spectacular setting for dining al fresco. At nightfall, the Lake of Dreams becomes an outdoor performance theatre, with a multimedia experience that combines puppetry, an immersive soundtrack and lighting for a truly unforgettable spectacle.
Without question, even if you need to loosen your belt buckle. Lakeside’s pastry chef Michael Outlaw has a genius way with updating classic desserts – from his warm chocolate cake with whipped crème fraiche and cocoa sauce to the cookies and cream Baked Alaska with crisp meringue and milk chocolate ganache or the tiramisu souffle with mascarpone ice cream and chocolate sauce. But Lakeside’s real sweet tour de force is surely the pineapple upside down cake – made with rare white Kaua'i sugarloaf pineapples imported exclusively by Lakeside, and embellished with brown sugar toffee and coconut sorbet.
The specialty cocktail list at Lakeside complements the kaleidoscopic nature of the outdoor entertainment with such drinks as “Strawberry Spritz”, “All Night Long” and “Smoke on the Water”. But surely the most popular concoction here is the “Lakeside Smash” – a superb mix of Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, house made hibiscus grenadine, watermelon and lemon juices with mint.
Wynn Las Vegas is home to an impressive total of five Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winners, including Lakeside. This aptly named restaurant sits at the edge of the shimmering Lake of Dreams. As befits Las Vegas, this is no ordinary lake, with a 90 foot curtain waterfall and imaginative light shows. Lakeside’s 400-label wine list is a spectacle for wine lovers. The selections hail from around the world, with a special focus on California and France. Each is a perfect complement to chef David Middleton’s seafood-centric American menu, showcasing snapper, mahi mahi and swordfish caught in Hawaiian waters.
- Travel and Leisure