When I say "buffet," you may think Luby's or Golden Corral. Nah, man, you gotta change your perspective. When Las Vegas does a buffet, they do it up right: crab legs, sushi, custom made pasta, and dessert spreads strong enough to break the diet of any CrossFit bro. These buffets aren't "cheap" but you're in Vegas. Treat yo' self! You will definitely want to make reservations when available to skip the line. If not, be willing to wait over an hour to get in.
5 Best Buffets on the Las Vegas Strip:
1. The Wicked Spoon
Location: The Cosmopolitan
Price: Weekday brunch 24$, dinner 38$; Weekend brunch 38$, dinner 41$ (Plus tax)
The Wicked Spoon brings style to the buffet. Instead of a bland iceberg salad bar, they have a Italian panzanella bread salad, chickpea salad, hummus, and a broad selection of cheeses. They have a traditional carving station featuring prime rib and pork loin, but also feature an Italian, Asian, and Seafood station with more options than you could possible try. Get the bottomless drink option (15$) which will cover your mimosas, Bloody Marys, house red or white wine, or PBR draft for the next two hours.
2. Bellagio Buffet
Location: The Bellagio
Price: Breakfast 23.99, Lunch 27.99, Dinner 38.99, Weekend Brunch 32.99 (plus tax)
A classic, the one that started it all. The huge spread offers unique dishes you are unlikely to find elsewhere like ahi poke, elk prime rib, and a white chocolate Nutella parfait. The Bellagio, in my opinion has the best dessert spread on the strip. They also have gourmet (42.99 plus tax) and Chef's Table (+25$, reservation required) dinner options for those willing to pay extra.
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Location: The Mirage
Price: Breakfast $18.99, Weekday Brunch $23.99, Weekend Brunch $28.99, Dinner (Mon-Thurs) $30.99, Dinner (Fri-Sun) $32.99 (plus tax)
The hidden gem of buffets, balancing a good price with excellent food. The 11 food stations give you plenty of options: Chinese, noodles, Oven fresh pizza, sushi, custom salads, seafood, and barbecue. The best part of Cravings is that every adult (over 21) entry includes unlimited seasonal beers, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
4. The Buffet at Aria
Price: Breakfast $22.99, Lunch $26.99, Brunch (Sat-Sun) $32.99, Dinner $37.99, Gourmet dinner $42.99 (plus tax)
This is a sleek and modern buffet and the go-to if you like Indian cuisine (they have a tandoor oven that constantly bakes fresh naan). Even if you don't like Indian, this buffet offers plenty of options but excels in their seafood selection. Don't skip dessert; the grasshopper cupcakes, rocky road rice krispy treats and the wheel of gelato are amazing! Bottomless mimosas, champagne, premium beers and wine are available for an additional 16.99$.
5. Bacchanal Buffet
Location: Caesar's Palace
Price: Weekday Brunch $39.99, Dinner $54.99; Weekend Brunch $49.99, Dinner 57.99 (plus tax)
The Granddaddy of the Vegas buffets in both price and offerings. The Bacchanal is unfathomable with it's nine show kitchens spanning 25,000 square feet. No matter your diet, you will leave satisfied. And don't worry, the wait staff is trained in rolling customers safely back to their rooms. The Bacchanal does not take reservations but does feature a virtual wait list so you can play while you wait.
Note: Las Vegas food tax is 8.1%