Las Vegas has always been about excess. From the poker table to the hotel suites, bigger definitely means better.
This mentality has trickled down into Sin City’s food culture where buffets, the ultimate in excess, have traditionally reigned supreme.
Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic has seen many of the city’s famous buffets like Aria Buffet, The Flamingo’s Paradise Garden Buffet, and Le Village Buffet, close.
To make matters worse the famous Las Vegas buffet pass, known as the Buffet of Buffets, is no longer operational.
This means visiting more than a couple of Las Vegas buffets could become quite expensive.
With that in mind, our advice is to pick your buffet carefully.
Luckily, Sin City still has a number of excellent buffets that you can sink your teeth into.
Here is everything you need to know about our favorites.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
Where: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Brunch is $64.99 (for adults) and $32.50 (for children aged 4-10); Snow Crab Brunch is $79.99/$39.99; Dinner is $79.99/$39.99; All you can drink is $19.99.
What’s unique? After a $2.4 million makeover Las Vegas’s biggest buffet is back and looking better than ever.
With nine kitchens and 15 changing daily specials, no two meals are ever the same at Bacchanal buffet.
There has been a real effort to bring different cuisines into Bacchanal and the results are an amazing array of options including Chinese dim sum and Laotian cuisine.
Some highlights include fantastic carving stations with options including smoked brisket and prime rib. While at breakfast time you can help yourself to a number of freshly squeezed juices.
Try the: Red velvet pancakes; Chipotle bourbon BBQ oysters; Snow crab legs (Snow Crab Brunch only).
Style of space: Designed and updated by Tetsuo Aoyagi, Bacchanal buffet is a glass and stone wonder. The gorgeous space feels less like a buffet and more like an upscale restaurant with plenty of light and space.
Hours: 3:30pm – 10:00pm (Monday – Thursday); 9:00am – 10:00pm (Friday – Saturday).
Where: Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road.
Cost: Breakfast is $24.99 (for adults) and $12.99 (for children aged 3-11); Brunch is $32.99/$19.99; Dinner is $36.99/$21.99; Lobster Dinner is $64.99/$54.99; Crab Feast Dinner is $58.99/$48.99; Prime Rib Dinner is $42.99/$29.99.
What’s unique? A.Y.C.E is known for having the best seafood of any buffet in Las Vegas.
The Palms has doubled down on this reputation by hosting a hugely popular all you can eat lobster dinner on Wednesday nights. People also visit A.Y.C.E for weekend champagne brunches as well.
Excellent service is all but guaranteed with servers going above and beyond to make sure your meal is as enjoyable as possible.
Be aware that Wednesday’s lobster dinner is extremely popular. Get down to the buffet well before A.Y.C.E opens to register for a table. You don’t have to wait in line all day; they will text you when you need to join.
Try the: Lobster dinner; Crab legs; Prime rib; Gelato.
Style of space: A homely design with clear signage. The tables and seating are well-spaced, making for a comfortable experience.
Hours: 8:00am – 11:00am, 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday); 8:00am – 11:00am, 2:00pm – 9:00pm (Wednesday); 8:00am – 11:00am, 4:00pm – 10:00pm (Friday);
9:00am – 4:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Saturday); 9:00am – 4:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Sunday).
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The Buffet at Bellagio
Where: The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Brunch is $44.99 (for adults Monday-Thursday), $49.99 (Friday-Sunday); Dinner is $66.99; Children aged 5 and under eat free of charge; Children aged 6-11 eat for 50% off adult price; Beverage package is $24.99.
What’s unique? The Buffet at Bellagio is one of a few high-end buffets in Las Vegas. It is known for its live action cooking stations and a 600-seater dining hall.
As it only serves dinner three times a week, The Buffet at Bellagio is mainly seen as a brunch destination.
During brunch hours you can design your own omelets, help yourself to piles of crustaceans, and enjoy Asian specialties such as Hong Kong Barbecue buns.
Try the: Eggs Benedict; Mini gyro; Rotisserie Chicken; Shrimp shumai.
Style of space: Not as grand as you might expect given it is in the Bellagio. The buffet and dining area is still a comfortable, clean space.
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm (Monday – Thursday); 8:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Friday – Sunday).
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Where: Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Brunch is $46.99 (for adults); Dinner is $65.99; Gourmet Brunch is $50.99; Gourmet Dinner is $70.99; Children aged 3-9 eat for half price.
What’s unique? It’s incredibly luxurious. Both the room itself, with 16 live cooking stations (including a pan roast station), and the food are of the utmost quality.
Many dishes are cooked fresh to order and the range of dishes is truly staggering. In other words, The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is the ultimate buffet dining experience.
Try the: Thai chicken wings; Unagi sushi; Truffle mushroom pizza; Key lime tart.
Style of space: The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is one of the grandest buffet dining rooms in the city – and probably the world.
White tiled floors and colorful drapes mix with palm trees and columns to create an exquisite atmosphere.
Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Daily).
Garden Buffet at South Point
Where: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Breakfast is $14.95 (for adults); Lunch is $18.95; Prime Rib and Champagne Brunch is $26.95; Prime Rib Dinner is $26.95; Seafood Night is $44.95; Children three and under eat free; Children aged between four and eight eat half price; Club members get a $3 discount on all meals.
What’s unique? As an off-Strip location Garden Buffet at South Point is a lot cheaper than some of the other buffets on this list.
While it might lack the grandness of some other Las Vegas buffets, Garden Buffet still boasts six live cooking stations, opportunities to create custom dishes at a Mongolian grill, and even bottomless Bloody Marys included with breakfast.
Try the: Osso Buco; Shrimp ceviche; Apple strudel.
Style of space: Garden Buffet is a simple space with bright murals and carpets.
The tables are very well spaced, and the room is pleasantly lit. It won’t take your breath away but it’ll definitely do the job.
Hours: 7:00am – 10:00am, 11:00am – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Monday – Friday); 8:00am – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Saturday – Sunday).
Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, South Las Vegas Boulevard 3708.
Cost: Breakfast is $38 (for adults) and $19 (for children aged 5-10); Brunch is $49/$24; Lunch is $45/$22.50; Children under four eat for free; Bottomless Beverage package is $24; Specialty Bottomless Beverage package is $40.
What’s unique? Wicked Spoon has become famous for elevating buffet dining.
Instead of food being available in massive dishes, each item is available on a small, single serving plate, improving both hygiene and presentation.
As one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, Wicked Spoon prides itself on its ever changing menu and deluxe dishes. This is the closest you can get to a fine dining buffet.
Try the: Bone marrow; Shrimp and grits with bacon; Squid ink pasta.
Style of space: Wicked Spoon has a modern, suave style that is expected of premium hotel casinos like The Cosmopolitan.
Beautiful light fittings, artworks, and room design all combine to make the view inside almost as enjoyable as the food itself.
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm (Monday to Friday); 9:00am – 4:00pm (Saturday – Sunday); Please note that Wicked Spoon is not currently open for dinner.
The Buffet at Excalibur
Where: Excalibur Hotel and Casino, 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Weekday brunch is $28.99 (for adults) and $16.99 (for children aged 5-11); Weekend brunch is $31.99/$17.99. The Drinks Package is $14.99.
What’s unique? The Buffet at Excalibur is seen by many as the best buffet available in Las Vegas at this budget-friendly price point.
The buffet is packed full of traditional staples including pizza but where the buffet really excels is on the drinks front.
Drinks packages are cheap, and the cocktails are known to be some of the strongest on the Strip.
Try the: Biscuits and gravy; Bread and butter pudding; Margaritas.
Style of space: A lot like the food, the design of The Buffet at Excalibur is nice but not incredible. Pretty light fixtures illuminate a simple space complete with both chairs and leather seating booths.
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm (Monday – Sunday).
The Buffet at Luxor
Where: Luxor Hotel and Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Cost: Weekday brunch is $28.99 (for adults) and $16.99 (for children aged 5-11); Weekend brunch is $31.99/$17.99; Children under four eat for free; Bottomless Drinks package is $14.99.
What’s unique? The Buffet at Luxor does not serve the best food on the Strip. Like a lot of other MGM-owned casinos, the buffet serves simple classics which are better suited to people looking to fill up than enjoy an amazing culinary experience.
That being said, it offers great value and there are some nice touches including a homemade pizza station and a 30-foot salad bar.
The buffet is also known for having brilliant service with staff members being polite, competent, and eager to assist.
Try the: Pizza; Chorizo scrambled eggs; French toast.
Style of space: Like the rest of Luxor, the buffet has an Ancient Egyptian theme. Sarcophaguses, columns, and dark, dramatic lighting all create an atmosphere that children will absolutely adore, making this the place to go for families with young kids.
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm (Monday – Sunday).
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Garden Court at Main Street Station
Where: Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel, 200 North Main Street.
Cost: Brunch is $23.99 (for adults, Monday – Friday); Brunch is $26.99 (Saturday – Sunday); Dinner is $32.99; Children aged 4-10 eat for half price; Children 3 and under eat for free; Loyalty club members with emerald status or above get $3-$4 off per meal.
What’s unique? Just away from Fremont Street, Garden Court is more laid back than the buffet options found on the Strip.
This makes for a much more relaxing dining experience with smaller queues and better service. The food itself is relatively simple but executed to a very high level.
Try the: Hawaiian stew; Portuguese sausage; Coconut banana cream pie.
Style of space: Thanks to its Victorian decor,Garden Court is one of the most beautiful buffet dining rooms in Las Vegas.
It has incredibly high ceilings complete with illuminated metal arches. Exposed brick walls and a tree that sits near the center of the dining hall complete this stunning room.
Hours: 8:00am – 2:00pm (Sunday – Thursday); 8:00am – 2:00pm, 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Friday – Saturday).
Market Place Buffet
Where: Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin, 221 North Rampart Boulevard.
Cost: Lunch is $19.99 (for adults) and $12.99 (for children); Prime Rib Dinner is $30.99; Aloha Night Dinner is $30.99; Deli Night Dinner is $26.99; Weekend Champagne Brunch is $31.99; All You Can Drink Beer and Wine is $7.99; All dinners and brunches are $17.99 for children aged 12 or under. Those with members and players cards will receive a small discount.
What’s unique? Market Place is the only buffet in Northwest Las Vegas.
It is known for its cheap prices and an abundance of themed nights including Aloha Night Dinner on Saturdays and Deli Night Dinner on Mondays.
Market Place is quieter than the Strip-based buffets but note that you can still expect to wait in line a while during peak times.
Try the: Matzo Ball Soup; Lechón; Cannoli.
Style of space: White walls and wooden floors give the Market Place buffet a clean modern feel. Furniture is basic but the overall feeling is of a functional, well-designed room.
Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm (Monday, Thursday & Friday); 9:00am – 2:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm (Saturday – Sunday).
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