Sharing the Encore Resort atrium with Sinatra, Switch is truly unlike any other restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. Though the food is great at this French-inspired restaurant, it shares the spotlight with a unique design that combines dining with theater. Diners watch in awe as the décor of this restaurant literally “switches” roughly every twenty minutes, approximately five times throughout the evening. The ceiling tiles turn over, the walls retract and rotate, and 18-foot chandeliers reveal themselves for a dining experience that is as entertaining as it is tasty. Dreamed up by Steve Wynn as a way to combine food and theater, Switch literally draws a crowd outside the restaurant as people line up to watch its complex décor transformations, which include three different walls and two ceiling changes.
Along with its own dinner show, Switch offers up French-inspired seafood and modern steaks from former Le Cirque chef Marc Poidevin. The menu is certainly on par with the excellence of the restaurant’s design, offering delicious hot and cold appetizers, pastas and risottos, entrees, chef’s specialties, sides, desserts, and more. Everything is cooked with an emphasis on seasonal and fresh ingredients.
To start things off, the SWITCH Seafood Tower is an exquisite and beautifully displayed tower of oysters, jumbo shrimp, tuna tartar, lobster, and bay scallops ceviche. For a delicious and hearty follow-up, try the perfectly cooked Bone-in Rib Eye, a succulent portion of natural beef specially aged for Switch. Or if steak doesn’t appeal to you, order the Chef’s signature Stuffed Organic Cornish Hen, served with dried fruit and foie gras stuffing. And to wrap up the meal, we recommend the Baby Banana’s Foster, a simple but delicious classic that’s not too sweet.
A revolution in dining, Switch combines great cuisine with spectacle. Diners who tire of stuffy, upscale dining establishments and boring, tried-and-true mom and pop eateries will love the excitement of this modern restaurant. And though it would certainly draw customers even if it didn’t offer good food, Switch is worth a trip for the menu alone. By the time you’re done eating, you may even forget the walls are changing – what’s on your plate is much more interesting.