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Aug 10, 2009 04:51 PM

If one HAD to pick a buffet in Vegas...

...where would you go?

I'm travelling with a friend who is determined to "do" a Vegas buffet. There needs to be something decent. right? :)


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  1. If you use the search engine on this board, you will find a lot of threads on this very subject.

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    1. re: Eric

      Eric, I was curious, planning an upcoming trip myself to Vegas, so I did the search. I am sorry to say that there was not one decent thread on Vegas buffets, so if there is one that you can find, please copy and paste it here. I think that Carol is perfectly justified posting this, and I am interested in the replies, which would be recent ones mind you, not a thread that was started 5 years ago, like some of them are on here.

      1. re: Eric

        I love to see NEWLY REFRESHED threads !
        It's always a turnoff for me when I see someone say "Hey, check the search engines, buddy"... I'd rather they just say nothing at all, even though you probably mean well...

        1. re: ellen4441

          I agree !!! I like fresh ideas and maybe someone is new to the board who had not replied.

          1. re: Eric

            Try the Redrock buffet, my wife and I loved it. Great food hot and freshly cooked . We went on a Tues. and both thought the prime rib was outstanding. nice atmosphere.

          2. Spice Market Buffet - Planet Hollywood

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            1. re: soypower

              This is the only buffet in Las Vegas that I've eaten at and we enjoyed it. My friend wants to try the buffet at M while I am there this coming week. I'll let you know how it goes there.

              1. re: nearlywild

                I wasn't Mpressed (sorry, bad pun) with the buffet at M. Got in line early for the lunch opening and was one of the first seated, so I was expecting the food to be hot and fresh but other than a few exceptions, it wasn't. Luckily I had just signed up for their players club card and the buffet was comped, otherwise I would have been pretty upset if I had actually paid money for it.

                I will probably go again soon just to give it another try, and use my players points to pay for it. Perhaps I just caught them on a bad day before, but honestly I kind of doubt it. On a positive note, the desserts were excellent for the most part.

                To answer the OP's question, I agree with the above posters that the Spice Market Buffet is pretty good. It's been a while since I've been there, in fact I haven't been there since it was the Aladdin, but it's always been pretty good and haven't heard otherwise since the takeover. Also as mentioned above, the Bellagio buffet is pretty tasty too.

                1. re: nearlywild

                  I really liked the M buffet. I didn't taste anything that I didn't like and I loved the Kalbi. They also have beer and wine, some great desserts, and you can get espresso, cappuccino, or lattes. They'll also give you shots of Bailey's for your coffee. I enjoyed it more than Spice Market.

              2. I'll go out on the limb and I know I'll get hammered for it, but I'll say the Wynn or the Bellagio buffets are worth experiencing at least once.

                My warning is don't go to any dinner buffets on a Sunday night. My one bad experience at the Wynn was on a Sunday night and I could tell some of the food was left over from the Sunday brunch buffet after the crowds left for the weekend.

                The best buffet downtown is the Garden Court Buffet at the Main Street Casino....really no other competition downtown.

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                1. re: monku

                  I won't hammer you at all about the buffet experience at Bellagio or Wynn. I will be in Vegas in three weeks and our first meal is the buffet at the Bellagio. We have heard decent things about it and want to try it and I personally don't give two shakes who frowns upon our decision to do so.

                  Hopefully, it will be good and provide some surprises. Maybe it won't.

                  But, I have experienced plenty of "top notch" restaurants that have disappointment and left me wondering what the hullabaloo was all about.

                  Such is life.

                  1. re: Seth Chadwick

                    I liked the buffet @ the M resort...if only for the fact they offer so many different asian options. Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, chinese, japanese. Seafood was in abundance as was fresh, organic veggies..that are grown on the premises. Yes it is still a buffet...where you partake in mass quantities of food! Everything seemed fresh, well prepared. If anything the $14.95 price point for lunch..... was a good value.
                    The Bellagio Buffet may not have the breadth of fod options the M resort focuses on quality and freshness. It is well worth the $$...especially if you are comparing it to like buffets.

                    1. re: Seth Chadwick

                      I liked the Bellagio buffet I've been at least a half dozen times. Dinner is the best meal to go to....maybe avoid the Sunday night thing there too.

                      Picture from the Wynn Buffet...where else you going to get a dessert with gold foil on it?

                      1. re: monku

                        The buffet at the Paris is not bad either. Been to Bellagio as well and both are decent.

                        As for the OP, my choice would be to skip both and go to nice mid-priced restaurant instead. So much better. I can't stand buffets, but if you are forced to go as I was then I feel for you.

                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                          I absolutely hated the Paris dinner buffet (true, it was a Sunday night). Food was merely average and nothing special (especially disappointing since I had heard how different it was from the standard buffets). I was staying at the Bellagio, and should have gone there instead.

                    2. re: monku

                      they are DEFINATELY worth checking out at least once. just be pre pared to fork up a few more bucks than the other joints..

                      to give my opinion i really enjoy the sunday brunch buffet at the silverton. 16.99 and all you can drink champagne. compare that price to other joints.

                    3. A lot of people pooh-pooh going to buffets on this board. I can sort of see their point. There are often better food offerings for the same or even lower price point. But the thing is, buffets are quintessential Las Vegas, every bit as much as one-armed bandits and showgirls covered with neon pink feathers. What they lack in quality they can easily make up for with a dazzling array of international selections. So, I heartily encourage hitting a buffet.

                      I have been to five in the various trips I've been: Excalibur, Mirage, Planet Hollywood (née Aladdin), Paris, and Bellagio. Bellagio stood loftily above all comers. I remember one trip through resulted in roast venison, Southwestern dry-rubbed roast quail, and veal osso buco with gorgonzola polenta. This was at lunch. While not as good as, say, Mesa Grill, everything was competently prepared, and there wasn't anything that was notably ick. Planet Hollywood was a decent second. It's not the biggest buffet in town, but was quite noteworthy for its above-average preparations of international dishes, especially Middle Eastern. But then, with a name like Spice Market when you're at the Aladdin...

                      Paris was selected for breakfast, and was certainly worth a repeat, if anything for endless crêpes and the huge bowl of Rainier cherries (which I am sure would be replaced with a huge bowl of other impressive seasonal fruit at other times of the year). Mirage's buffet was just OK. It was a distinct step up from your average Old Country Buffet, but I didn't feel compelled to return. Avoid Excalibur at all costs. You will long for Old Country Buffet. I am frightened of the thought of Excalibur's all-day buffet promotion.

                      I have heard that Wynn's buffet is stellar, and considering that Steve built the place to out-class Bellagio, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.

                      1. My vote is for the SOUTH POINT buffet, espescially on a Wed. night for their PRIME RIB night.... it's real good prime rib!
                        (and unfortunately, many buffets don't have prime rib every night anymore!!)