10 Las Vegas Buffets That Master the All-You-Can-Eat Dining Experience
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
Las Vegas is known as much for its scrumptious smorgasbords as its celebrity chef fare and for good reason--the city has truly redefined the all-you-can-eat dining experience over the years. While the prices at most buffets have gone up considerably over the past decade, the quality of food you'll find at a buffet has improved, too. In fact, most buffets actually serve up a fairly high-end dining experience these days.
Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the first buffet on the Strip to really reinvent the wheel, offering a unique small-plates approach that was not only more sanitary, but also meant the fare was a lot fresher. After all, only so many individual plates could fit on the buffet line at one time. Since then, other buffets have followed suit, like Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, which made a name for itself when it opened in 2012 by offering more than 500 dishes daily.
Changing the game yet again, Bacchanal recently began offering lobster, caviar and whole market-fresh fish, too, which diners can enjoy for an additional fee. The new menu additions come a little more than a year after The Buffet at Bellagio introduced the first Chef's Table experience at a buffet, where an attentive waitstaff prepares an assortment of fine culinary dishes for guests tableside.
So whether you're looking for a new way to buffet or a reliable old favorite, our list of Las Vegas' 10 best buffets is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Dig in!
Feast Buffet at Red Rock Resort
The Feast Buffet at Red Rock Resort features an impressive selection of dishes from around the world, including Italian, American and Asian, at a fraction of the price you'd typically pay at a Strip buffet. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, offerings include such delectable dishes during dinner hours as sushi, pizza, barbecue (try the hickory-smoked pork ribs!) and fried shrimp. There's also slow-roasted prime rib and peel-and-eat shrimp available on Friday and Saturday nights, and a pasta station cooking up fresh shrimp scampi. The Farmers Market (salad) and dessert stations are huge, too, guaranteeing something for every palate. Be sure to try the tasty Spanish rice and the tender pork shoulder if they're available, and don't forget a slice of the freshly carved top round if the prime rib isn't offered. It's so tender and juicy, you might just mistake it for prime rib! (702-797-7777)
This woodsy buffet inside the Silverton may not be Las Vegas' biggest buffet, but what it does it does right. Open for lunch, dinner and its weekend Bellini Brunch, guests can choose from a fresh variety of dishes stemming from the world's most-wanted cuisines, including Asian, Italian and American. There's also a made-to-order pasta station where guests can choose the type of noodles they like (penne, linguini or fettuccine) and have the chef cook up a dish using a variety of mix-ins like onion, spinach and tomato. On select days of the week the buffet even offers fun themed nights, like its popular Polynesean Buffet on Saturday from 4-9 p.m. featuring tender suckling pig and flavorful BBQ pork loin. While all of Seasons' dishes are tempting, be sure to try the tasty tomato basil bisque soup if it's available and don't forget a side of the well-seasoned grilled veggies. (702-263-7777)
The Buffet at TI
A bit of a hidden gem on the Strip, The Buffet at Treasure Island easily takes the cake when it comes to the city's best selection of all-you-can-eat desserts. Offering everything from cotton candy and chocolate-covered strawberries to fresh-baked mini donuts, this sweet smorgasbord knows how to keep diners coming back for more. Its savory dishes don't disappoint, either, from the bountiful barbecue station to the freshly prepared pastas and gourmet salads. On weeknights (Monday-Thursday) there's even an ever-changing station that highlights a different type of cuisine, like German, creole or Mexican. Then on weekends (Friday-Sunday), the rotating station serves a variety of seafood items for Prime Rib & Seafood Night such as lobster bisque, crab cakes and stuffed flounder. Just be sure not to fill up on entrées, salads, sushi and sides--it can be tempting, but the desserts truly take center stage here. (702-894-7111)
A local favorite, this bountiful buffet at M Resort boasts more than 200 dishes for lunch and dinner daily. While the selection, which includes tender prime rib and freshly carved dried-fruit-stuffed pork for dinner, is impressive, what truly makes the buffet stand apart from other smorgasbords in the area is the complimentary beer, wine and cordials guests can enjoy with their meal. Diners can choose from unlimited pours of Vendange chardonnay, Merlot or white zinfandel, or go alcohol-free and enjoy some tasty Death Valley Root Beer on tap. On Saturday and Sunday, Studio B even offers a seafood buffet featuring such delicacies as Alaskan snow crab legs and lobster macaroni & cheese. These dishes join the buffet's usual seafood offerings for dinner, including fried shrimp and crawfish. Just remember to save room for dessert: Studio B is sure to have something for every sweet tooth, from crepes to mini cannolis. (702-797-1000)
Village Seafood Buffet
Some buffets in Las Vegas have a night devoted exclusively to seafood, but this off-Strip favorite specializes in delicacies from the sea on a nightly basis. Boasting more crustaceans than King Triton's kingdom, the Village Seafood Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino features an assortment of fresh catches imported from around the world representing dishes from the Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, Baja region and North and South America. Guests can pile their plates high with snow crab legs, shrimp, fresh-shucked oysters, freshly prepared sushi and even lobster. Other must-tries include the Cajun crawfish, Manhattan clam chowder, Brazilian black mussels and tasty shrimp and grits. Despite its name, the Village Seafood Buffet offers a selection of traditional buffet fare, too, including succulent prime rib and a delectable dessert station, guaranteeing there's something for everyone to dive into. (702-777-7943)
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Not your typical buffet by any means, The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas truly serves up an elegant all-you-can-eat dining experience. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a lavish Saturday/Sunday brunch, it features 15 live action cooking stations offering an array of hot and cold dishes, including fresh seafood and freshly grilled meats and sausages. Signature items include the Alaskan Opilio crab legs, waffle-battered fried chicken, Wagyu lasagna and oven-roasted prime rib. Guests can also indulge in a variety of desserts, including candy apples, gelato and build-your-own crepes. For those with dietary restrictions, The Buffet boasts an assortment of vegan items unmatched by any other buffet in Las Vegas, so vegan guests can feast upon the fabulous fare as well. (702-770-3463)
With its trailblazing small-plates approach, Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas truly revolutionized the Las Vegas buffet when it opened in 2010. While a few other buffets in town have since adopted the individual plates concept for their fare, Wicked Spoon still remains one of the city's best buffets based on its impressive selection of dishes alone. Open for brunch and dinner seven days a week, Wicked Spoon boats a multi-ethnic spread of top-quality dishes in a sleek, sophisticated setting. Highlights include a made-to-order omelet station during brunch hours and a new seafood station for dinner where guests can create their own dish from a selection of broths/sauces and fresh seafood options like scallops, halibut and shrimp. There's also an array of freshly carved meats available throughout the day, like the flavorful house-cured smoked bacon, and a mouthwatering dessert station featuring 18 different flavors of gelato and sorbet. (702-698-7000)
Often hailed as one of Las Vegas' best buffets, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace boasts more than 500 items for guests to choose from daily. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch, a team of seven specialized chefs oversees the preparation of the majority of the food in front of diners, creating a truly interactive environment. There are nine different open kitchens available--Mexican, Italian, Japanese, American, Seafood, Chinese, Pizza, Deli and Dessert--each offering their own plated, made-to-order and mini-dishes. Additionally, the buffet recently added even more options to its expansive menu selection by giving guests the option to enjoy lobster, caviar or whole market-fresh fish like Norwegian mackerel as part of their meal for an additional fee. Not a big seafood fan? Don't worry--Bacchanal Buffet features the most impressive carving station in town, with prime rib, brisket, rotisserie chicken and several other succulent items for meat-lovers to salivate over. (702-731-7928)
The Buffet at Bellagio
Offering a gourmet all-you-can-eat dining experience that's unmatched anywhere else in Las Vegas, The Buffet at Bellagio serves some of the finest cuisine in town, like freshly carved Kobe top round. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch, guests can revel in a variety of sumptuous selections from Italy, China and Japan as well as fresh seafood and traditional American delights. Live-action cooking stations offer meals made-to-order, or for a truly unique fine-dining experience, guests can experience the city's first Chef's Table within a buffet. Ideal for special events or large family gatherings, the experience is available nightly for dinner with advance reservation and includes a team of skilled chefs who pamper guests from beginning to end, preparing an assortment of fine culinary dishes tableside. Guests are welcome to indulge in the buffet's regular offerings throughout the multi-course meal, too, so don't forget to try the king crab legs. (702-693-8255)
Le Village Buffet
Le Village Buffet may not be the newest or biggest buffet on the Las Vegas Strip, but that doesn't mean it isn't still one of the best. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the charming Paris Las Vegas buffet consistently wows diners with its scrumptious spread, which highlights fare from several prominent regions of France. Guests can dine in a charming French village setting while feasting upon such delicious dishes as the lox scrambled eggs with asparagus for breakfast or the juicy prime rib for lunch or dinner. There's also a crepe station inside of the buffet that makes an assortment of sweet and savory creations (10Best recommends La Caprese made with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, balsamic reduction, fresh basil and pesto sauce). If you like seafood, Le Village Buffet offers split crab legs during dinner hours, and don't forget about the yummy yogurt macaroons for dessert! (702-946-4966, 702-946-7000)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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