Best Buffets In Las Vegas
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"Best Buffets In Las Vegas" is based on 4 sets of criteria; 1. Variety - Too much of one thing is not a good thing, 2. Quality - All steaks are not created equal, 3. Cost - You get what you pay for, but it should be reasonable, and 4. Atmosphere - Nothing spoils a good meal faster than a mad house packing in a cattle call that skips past the salad bar, digging fingers into trays to sample one of everything before loading up their plates.
Rio's Carnival World Buffet
3700 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
1. This entry is frequently rated by trust worthy (including yours truly) periodicals as being the best of Las Vegas. Variety is king at Rio's Carnival World Buffet with over 300, from “around the world”, dishes available to tempt the palate. The selection makes it feel as if you have walked into the world's biggest food court . From pizza to perfectly folded omelets, teppan yaki to sushi, Korean BBQ to prime rib, Carnival World Buffet has something for everyone. The desert menu is enormous with over 70 different cakes, pastries and gelatos to sent to seek out and destroy all of the pre-vacation hard work you spent on the treadmill. But hey, that's what you did it for in the first place. Bring your Thanksgiving dinner pants along for this buffet, no matter the time of year.
2. All dishes are made fresh daily, if not hourly (is “minutely” a proper word in this instance?), with the standard for high end buffets in Vegas; live cooking stations. Quality is never in question at this Rio eaterty.
3. The Price is very reasonable considering what you get at Carnival World. This isn't a typical off the strip buffet, thus not one of those “Do Vegas for under $#'s a day” itinerary options, but its definitely budget friendly compared to what you pay at most upscale hotel buffets.
Breakfast $14.99 plus tax, 8am-11am Mon-Fri,
Lunch $16.99 plus tax, 11am-3:30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner $24.99 plus tax, 3:30pm-10pm Nightly
Saturday & Sunday Champagne Brunch $24.99 plus tax, 8am - 3:30pm
Breakfast & lunch children 4 – 8 $4 off adult price
Dinner and brunch children $7 off adult price
4. The Rio Carnival World Buffet has recently upgraded to a more contemporary design putting it at the top of the list whereas before it may have been penalized due to the influx of superior interior décor constructed masterpieces found at the high end hotels in Vegas. Although it still doesn't necessarily find itself at par with some of these award winning dining “galleries”, the atmosphere category is placed as the #4 criteria for a reason. You come to a buffet to eat, first and foremost, and thus the Rio Carnival World Buffet takes top spot.
The Buffet @ Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard
1. With cuisines that include Traditional North American, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and a hardy seafood selection, The Buffet at Bellagio is a one of the leaders with respect to variety. A champagne brunch (probably the best one of all champagne brunches in LV) takes place on the weekend for those looking for a classed up afternoon dining experience.
2. You want quality? There is no worry about freshness at The Buffet at Bellagio with several live cooking stations out front for public viewing. Executive John Botkin oversees the whole operation to ensure the best quality food is served at this exquisitely high end buffet.
3. The Buffet at Bellagio isn't the cheapest in Las Vegas, but the price not only reflects the location, it serves as a direct correlation to the quality of food that it brought in and prepared.
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
GOURMET DINNER $36.95
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WEEKEND BRUNCH $24.95
With Champagne $29.95
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
4. Its the Bellagio, the atmosphere and crowd speaks for itself. This is the closest thing to fine dining you can find with a line up of patrons, plates in hand.
Cravings Buffet @ The Mirage
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard
1. Las Vegas is the land of excess and the Cravings Buffet at The Mirage is no exception. Variety at this buffet comes more in the form of tremendous mounds of shrimp and prime rib in addition to a delicious worldly menu.
2. The Cravings Buffet at The Mirage is renowned for its quality, also with a bevy of cooking stations that not only entertain the viewing public, but ensures that the “5 second rule”, or “1 second rule” for that matter, never comes into play.
3. The price is on the upper end of the scale at Cravings, but again, quality and price go hand in hand.
Daily: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Children Ages 5 to 10: $9.95
Monday - Friday:
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Children Ages 5 to 10: $12.95
Daily: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Children Ages 5 to 10: $16.95
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25.95 (includes Champagne)
4. There is undeniably an art to dining, and the Adam Tihany designed Cravings Buffet at The Mirage is a testament to this fact. An artful, multiple LCD TV decorated wall, playing images of the awaiting buffet in action, lines the entrance of Cravings to tempt one's appetite in a contemporary manner. The lime yellow toned lighting lulls diners into submission as the tasteful selection in front of them beckons. This location comes quite close to the ultimate buffet experience.
The Buffet @ The Wynn
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
1. With large variety on hand and a regularly changing menu, the Buffet at The Wynn keeps things interesting. The breakfast set up seems like they took an ihop, dressed it up in classy splendor, and stuck it in the hotel buffet. That is a good thing, in case you were not sure about the reference. Lunch is perfectly accented by Asian influences and seafood selections. Dinner is of the standard high end buffet variety. Again, this too is a compliment, and the desert variety is one of the largest on the Las Vegas strip.
2. Don't let the warming lamps fool you, the “turnover” is constant and food is prepared fresh and frequently with the consistently heralded Las Vegas buffet live cooking stations in action at all times.
3. The price reflects the standard pricing for the variety and quality found at any “Best Of” buffet in Las Vegas.
Breakfast 7:00am-11:00am $14.99
Lunch 11:00am - 3:30pm $16.99
Dinner 3:30pm - 10:00pm nightly $23.99
Champagne Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 3:30pm $23.99
Children four to eight years of age receive $4 off listed price.
Children three years of age or younger eat free.
4. The atmosphere is one of the best in Vegas, with natural lighting and lush flora (decorative flower arrangements and trees) everywhere, especially exuberant and attractive during the holiday season. The wide open expanse makes it feel more like a large scale fine dining restaurant than a buffet.
Spice Market Buffet @ Planet Hollywood
3667 South Las Vegas Boulevard
1. “Planet” is the key word at the Spice Market Buffet, with a worldly variety at your disposal (consumption). Stand out ethnic choices include Mexican and Middle Eastern selections and given the good old American brand reputation, the traditional North American menu is excellent. The dessert set up is also a major draw for this Planet Hollywood eatery.
2. At this point in the list, its a safe bet to assume that any consistently top ranked buffets, such as the Spice Market Buffet, in Las Vegas offer nothing but the best since all eyes are on these establishment at all times.
3. The price could be cheaper given the “average Joe/Jane” popularity of this establishment, especially when comparable to the pricing at some of the more upscale buffets (above) in Las Vegas, but you won't leave one proportionate dollar dissatisfied at the Spice Market Buffet.
Breakfast: Daily, 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ($14.99)
Champagne brunch: Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ($25.99)
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ($18.99)
Dinner: Daily, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. ($27.99)
4. Don't expect images of Arnie, Bruce, or Stallone bearing down on you within the décor of this famed Hotel/Casino. The set up at the Spice Market Buffet is very “user friendly” in that it is well lit, well signed (by regional cuisine) and set up to flow even during busy times. It's not the fine restaurant experience as found at the above Top 4, but it definitely exceeds any expectations you may have had in the first place.