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The dishes are so good at The Oyster Bar at Palace Station that people wait up to an hour for one of the 18 seats at the live-action bar. The chefs will customize your order whether it’s chowders, pan roasts, gumbos, jambalaya, bouillabaisse or raw oysters.
"I was there once and eating next to a couple from Manhattan who said they’re total foodies and stay at the Wynn, but always come to The Oyster Bar whenever they’re in town. You’ll find tons of people like that whether in line or eating," says a representative of Stations Casinos.
The restaurant, which opened in 1995, just went through a makeover, bringing in all-new steam kettles, stainless steel upgrades, granite countertops and a marble-lined back wall for a look straight from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
Chefs cook right there in front of the guests, and more than oysters make the menu. Order up the Ciopinno with snow crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish, or go for a Creole gumbo.
Other things to know before you go:
You can order your dishes on a heat scale from 1-10.
The most popular item is the pan roast, sautéed with brandy, cream and tomato atop steamed rice. Try the Palace pan roast with shrimp, crab, chicken and Andouille sausage, or keep it simple with any one of those ingredients.
It’s open 24 hours a day.
Head here from 1 to 9 a.m. for Moonlight Specials. That means $3 16-ounce drafts of Bud Light, $5 wines by the glass and $10 for a half-dozen oysters on the half shell.