Las Vegas made a reputation for itself as the home of the all-you-can-eat buffet, but the city has redefined the 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 impressively.
Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was among the first to re-think the buffet concept, offering a unique small-plates approach that reduced waste and eliminated the big pans of food with communal serving spoons. They also offered high-end specialties like bone marrow and sushi, then something entirely new. 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. Bacchanal also offers offering lobster, caviar and whole market-fresh fish, too, which diners can enjoy for an additional fee.
The trend for quality food continues to increase as more people re-discover the Las Vegas buffet. The prices may be higher, but buffets continue to offer a great food value for the cost.
Whether you're looking buffet with a whole new style or a reliable old favorite, our list of Las Vegas' 10 best buffets is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.
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 and fried shrimp. There's also a Friday Night Surf and Turf special, with all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and shrimp for only $26.99. 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)
Cravings Buffet at the Mirage
The Cravings Buffet at Mirage has a sleek modern design to complement its selection of international foods. Instead of focusing on a single type of cuisine, Cravings offers everything from pizza to barbeque, with stops along the way for sushi, Chinese food, turkey, and prime rib. Guests enjoy eleven international cooking stations and unlimited beer and wine. Quality is the idea here, which is appropriate for the Mirage, a property that remains a cut above the middle-of-the-road Las Vegas hotels without going overboard on its luxury quotient. Like many popular buffets, Cravings can get crowded on the weekends, but it's worth a short wait in line. It's a moderately-priced buffet, so expect a bill that reflects the variety of food available. Special menus are offered during holidays. (702-791-7111)
This 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)
Every Sunday Bally's Steakhouse transforms itself into the Sterling Brunch, an opulent and expensive brunch buffet of almost legendary status. The Sterling Brunch is a rarity in Las Vegas, a long-running event that isn't showing any signs of going away. An aura of old-fashioned exclusivity gives the Sterling Brunch an atmosphere that's great for special events and holidays like Mother's Day. This is definitely not a bargain-buy buffet. At $85 per person, it's a splurge. You do get a full array of upscale food choices for that price: caviar, lobster, sushi, oysters and filet, for instance. Bring a big appetite to take advantage of indulgent dishes like truffle mashed potatoes, banana bread pudding French toast and charcuterie. (702-967-7258, 877-603-4390)
A local favorite, Studio B buffet at M Resort boasts more than 200 dishes for lunch and dinner daily. The selection size is impressive, and also includes complimentary beer, wine and cordials with the meals. 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Studio B offers a seafood buffet. 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)
Le Village Buffet
Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas consistently wows diners with its scrumptious spread, which highlights fare from several prominent regions of France. It 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, Le Village offers guests a charming French village setting while serving such delicious dishes like the juicy prime rib for lunch or dinner, or the decadent truffle macaroni and cheese. If you like seafood, Le Village Buffet offers split crab legs during dinner hours, and don't forget about the macaroons and vanilla bean crème brulee for dessert. Le Village Buffet is also the only buffet in Las Vegas to offer reservations on OpenTable, so guests don't have to wait in long lines. (702-946-4966, 702-946-7000)
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. Some of the types of dishes hungry diners can choose from include Asian and Italian cuisines, meats at the carving station or prepared on a grill, hot and cold seafood, ceviche, wood-stone oven fired pizzas and a crepe station for Friday and Saturday dinner service. Splurge on a VIP package for an additional $20 per person and you'll get a line pass, a glass of Champagne, sangria or mimosa, plus a 10% discount off of your next visit. (702-770-7000)
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. In addition to frequently changing specialty stations serving seafood, meats, and other selections, look for the dessert station featuring 18 different flavors of gelato and sorbet. (877-893-2001, 702-698-7870)
The Buffet at Bellagio
The Buffet at Bellagio offers a gourmet all-you-can-eat dining experience unmatched anywhere else in Las Vegas. This buffet serves some of the finest cuisine in town. 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. (702-693-8865, 866-259-7111)
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. Bacchanal Buffet features an impressive carving station with prime rib, brisket, rotisserie chicken and several other succulent items for meat-lovers to salivate over. If that's not enough, fill your plate with chilled king crab legs, roasted Southern Carolina shrimp and grits, hand-made dim sum, pho or baked-to-order soufflés. (702-731-7928)
About Terrisa Meeks
Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but she especially enjoys exploring the Southwestern United States.
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