Las Vegas Buffet
I know what I'm about to ask has probably been 'beaten to death'. However, I was hoping for some fresh answers
Wife and I are taking first ever trip to Vegas in March.
One of the evenings, we would like to eat at one of the buffets on the strip that you experts recommend......I'm looking for the following
1) No more than $30-$35 pp
2) great quality food
3) Not annoyingly crowded....we will be going probably 9 pm
4) Somewhere not too far from Mirage.....we are seeing that Cirque Du Soleil Beatles show before
Thanks for your suggestions
i love buffet's...but i love sitdown places too !!!! I still say for $30 there ain't nothin' on the strip that will come close to beating that price for what you get - heck...just eating a salad then stock up on king crab legs and then a dessert or 2....what will that cost you at any strip restaurant ...$40....$50....$60 ...at least !!!
Go to bellagio....not sure how busy it will be...factors are weekend trip, are you there during march madness, etc
I don't think any buffet accepts reservations and although I found the food ok -- I hated the set up and it annoyed me. Bellagio is solid but I still stand by my Alladin choice , I love their Mediterranean Grill . All in All I hate buffets for 35 bucks take a 10.00 cab ride to Nora's or Firefly and have a good meal.
With the price limit you knock out Wynn and Bellagio but Planet Hollywood can just barely sneak in. It is not quite as good as when it was the Alladin but is close enough to still be one of the best.
The strengths are a good mid-east section, desserts, and fairly competitive crab. Its weaknesses are the Mexican, Italian and salads. However most Italian and Mexican sections in buffets are not that great either so we are talking about a small disadvantage versus others not a disaster.
Paris was better but recently has slipped a little. If you go during a slower period and talk to the waitresses they might mention that the cooking batches are larger now which slightly impairs quality. This is where Wynn has an advantage over most other buffets.
Cravings is a hit or miss buffet at the Mirage. I liked it because the quality of prime rib was high and their chinese was much stronger than average. However, their selections are limited and they don't have that many more things to choose from than a smallish buffet like the Hilton even though Cravings is very spread out in a modern design. If you can find enough to like, then it will be good. If not then it will not be a good buffet.
I'll second the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. I was out there in June and ate at the Rio, Wynn and Spice Market buffets. I definitely think the Wynn buffet had the largest and tastiest buffet of all three, but Spice Market Buffet was a fair second--mostly because the selection is not as large as the Wynn. It is an excellent value though, for the price and the quality of food. Rio had a great selection, but I think the quality of the food was not that good.
Most of my better buffet experiences involved slow grazing over a period of 3-4 hours. Small portions, no bulking up on cheap food like lettuce or pasta. Champagne helps, but isn't absolutely necessary. I've done that at both breakfast and dinner.
You can eat an early buffet then see a late show, but it's usually impossible to reverse that order. Most buffets are closing around 9:00PM. What's left close to closing is generally not terribly appetizing.
The better buffets, Paris, Belagio, Wynn are in the $35-40 range, just slightly out of your budget. The cheaper buffets are frankly, not worth your time nor money.
If you are visiting on a weekend, expect everyplace to be crowded beyond belief. Weekend waiting times at a popular buffet at 5:30PM... 30 minutes. At 7:00PM... hour and a half.
All too often, tourists expect to be able to do _everything_ anytime they desire. On most weekends, there's often 250,000 other people with strikingly similar expectations. I would suggest choosing which activity is more important and devote your time to that. In my opinion, the only way one can have a great meal and see a great show in one night is to dine at an early seating at the same hotel before the show. YMMV.