Bring a Big Appetite to Las Vegas' 10 Best Buffets

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas was once known as the home of the all-you-can-eat buffet, but the city has refined the buffet experience in recent years. While most buffets are no longer considered cheap, the good news is that the quality of food has improved significantly.

Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas not only serves an impressive array of high-end dishes, it also provides individually sized serving portions. This innovation was a welcome move away from big vats of food with communal serving spoons, and the upscale food selections are a big crowd pleaser.

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is another buffet that emphasizes quality--and they prepare 500 dishes daily. Bacchanal offers lobster, caviar and an assortment of seafood like crab, scallops and oysters, among many other dishes.

One thing that hasn’t changed at the buffet is the line, but lines move quickly, so you’ll be inside sooner than you think. Some buffets offer a line pass for an additional fee. If you sign up for the casino’s frequent player card, you may get additional discounts at the buffet and other restaurants.

While buffets aren’t the incredibly cheap option they once were, you can find some buffet deals off the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. Breakfast is generally the least expensive meal of the day, regardless of the buffet you choose.

Still wondering where to satisfy an all-you-can-eat craving? Read our list of Vegas' 10 best buffets to get some ideas.

10. Feast Buffet at Red Rock Resort
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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 and shrimp for only $24.99. 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 mistake it for prime rib.

9. Cravings Buffet at the Mirage
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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 definitely the defining idea here. 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 and quality of food available. Special menus are offered during holidays. Cravings also allows guests to take out their favorite items from the bountiful offers at this buffet, a truly unusual feature for any Las Vegas buffet.

8. Garden Court Buffet
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At one time, Las Vegas was once called the "Buffet Capital of the World." The city's culinary style has evolved, but there are still plenty of all-you-can-eat spreads although buffets aren't always the inexpensive option they once were. Main Street Station's buffet is still affordable, and it's loaded with the wide variety of dishes you expect to find at a buffet. Located just off Fremont Street, this buffet has been known as one of Downtown's best buffets for years. Diners have plenty to choose from, and the limitless portions are a great idea if you're trying to fill up big eaters. With the wide selection of dishes, everyone is sure to find something they like.

7. Sterling Brunch

Every Sunday BLT Steak transforms itself into the Sterling Brunch, an opulent and expensive brunch buffet of legendary status. The Sterling Brunch is a bit of a rarity in Las Vegas--it's 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 $90 per person, it's a splurge. You 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. In addition to the traditional buffet line, you can also place an order with your server for items like lobster bisque, eggs Benedict, Caesar Salad and a chopped vegetable salad.

6. Studio B
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A favorite buffet with Las Vegas locals, Studio B buffet at M Resort boasts more than 200 dishes for lunch and dinner daily. The selection size is impressive, and also includes unlimited beer and wine at no extra cost. Quality here is on par with anything found on the Strip, but at a lower cost. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Studio B offers a seafood buffet and a seafood brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. A prime rib brunch is offered on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a new champagne breakfast will wake up your Sundays with bubbles from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. No matter what meal you stop in for, remember to save room for dessert since Studio B is sure to have something sweet and delicious.

5. Le Village Buffet
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Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas consistently wows diners with its scrumptious spread, which highlights fare from several prominent regions of France as well as featuring plenty of American dishes. 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. They also offer an all-you-care-to-drink special.

4. The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
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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. Don't miss the sweet patisserie, featuring warm pastries, chocolate fountain dipped delicacies and an array of tasty cakes and other creations made daily by the buffet's pastry chefs.

3. Wicked Spoon
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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 most innovative buffets. 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. Their "bottomless beverage" packages offer unlimited refills on certain drinks for a two-hour window. 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. Wicked Spoon also offers a happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring select beers and cocktails for $5.

2. The Buffet at Bellagio
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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. Caviar is served during dinner service Fridays and Saturdays. 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.

1. Bacchanal Buffet
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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. 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, Australian lamb, hand-made dim sum, pho or baked-to-order chocolate lava cakes. Since the popular Bacchanal Buffet serves over 3,000 people every day, be sure to take advantage of the interactive check-in kiosks to avoid long lines.