Bright, fresh and welcoming, Lakeside is one of the most overlooked restaurants in Las Vegas, perhaps because there are so many excellent fine dining choices at the Wynn and Encore resorts. But make no mistake: Lakeside offers one of the most spectacular seafood experiences you’ll ever have.
Oven-roasted lobster or king crab is the specialty of the house, prepared simply or with red chili rub and served with drawn yuzu-basil or spicy harissa butter. But it’s not too late for one of Lakeside’s new favorites, the Maine lobster bake—a summer classic featuring a 1.5-pound lobster with mussels, clams, sweet corn, potatoes, smoked sausage and cippolini onions. Each bite is a transportive experience.
Favorite openers include the king crab and avocado salad, charred octopus with Spanish chorizo and tarragon-speckled lobster bisque. And when it’s time for the main event, you must consider a selection from chef David Walzog’s meticulously crafted Hawaiian dayboat ocean-to-table fish program. Walzog works closely with small, sustainable fisheries in Maui to provide fresh sea treasures you won’t find anywhere else like monchong, shutome swordfish and Pacific ono. Choose your own preparation, condiments and accompaniments in order to customize your meal and co-create a dish you’ll never forget. Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas, 888-352-3463; daily 5:30-10 p.m.