I have a confession to make: I love buffets. Especially good ones, though I am rather easy to please when it comes to food. While it always makes me cringe to see the morbidly obese chowing down enough food to feed a small village or slimy kids putting their hands on everything, I think buffets often get a bad wrap. When used properly, a buffet is an avenue to a delightful array of food from around the world, where a small sampling of each makes for a memorable meal.
A few months back I dined at The Buffet at the Wynn during a trip to Las Vegas. I have tried many buffets in Las Vegas over the years, but without a doubt the Wynn is now my favorite. Not only was the selection superior to the competition, but the quality of the food was excellent.
As you can see from the pictures below, I had quite a bit to eat, but did not gouge myself. My meal began with fresh-baked bread, a cup of chicken tortilla soup, and a salad with delicious walnut vinaigrette dressing. Next came a small slice of turkey, prime rib, and lamb chop with sweet corn on the cob and al dente green beans. Perhaps the best part of the meal came next: freshly prepared pasta with pesto sauce and toasted garlic cheese bread garnished with fresh tomatoes and olive tapenade. The fish looked too good to pass up, so I had a small piece of salmon and halibut. Last came dessert, and this is where the Wynn particularly stood out compared to other buffets. A team of pastry chefs were busy in the open kitchen whipping up delicious sweet delight. The pecan pie was exceptional and even the fruit was ripe and sweet. The selection was beyond extensive.
I could only eat so much and there was a great deal of food that I did not sample, particularly the wide selection of seafood and Asian specialities. That section of the buffet, especially the crab counter, attracted the biggest crowds. The Indian food also looked very tasty.
At $42, the price was a bit steep compared to some of the competition, but I felt the meal was worth it. The only issue was the lines. Like many Vegas buffets, the lines stretched several hundred feet and the wait time to get a table was more than two hours. Thankfully, I was able to use the express line, but if you don't get one of the priority cards, make it a point to eat early or late. Otherwise, you will be waiting in line for two hours. No joke.
When it comes to buffets, the Wynn is definitely a place I will be returning to.