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CaroInToronto Aug 10, 2009 04:51 PM

...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? :)

TIA!

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    lucasboden Aug 13, 2011 08:40 PM

    I have food sensitivities (gluten and crab) and eat mostly veggies and meats and my favorite buffet in order:

    Wynn
    Aria
    M Resort
    Cosmo
    Ceasars
    Here are some $$$ saving tips on Vegas Buffets:

    Most buffets allows you to pay breakfast prices if you pay before 11am. (10:30 am at M Resort)
    The Wynn is pretty expensive so I take advantage of this and always come before 11am if eating at the Wynn.
    If you go to M Resort before 10:30am, you can essentially eat lunch for $9.99 instead if $14.99. If you go on a Wed with an over 50-Senior, it is buy one get one free. (I went with my both my parents for dinner on a Wed. My dad was regular price. Mine was free. My mom's was 1/2 off. Dinner for 3 ended up being less than $40)

    Harrah's Buffet of Buffet allows you to pay $45 for 24 hour access to 7 different Harrah property buffets (including Spice Market at PH). This is great for weekends since single Brunch prices are pricey. (Buffets are not open 24 hours and usually close at 10pm, but if you eat your 1st meal at 8pm you can essentially eat again the next day as much as you want until 8pm)

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      WordOfDog Jul 9, 2011 12:26 AM

      One buffet? Make it count: Bellllllagio! Not a dessert person, but I tasted five or six All the sea bass I can eat? Really?!

      Seriously, I have been to a few other buffets, including the Wynn, but none since. Bellagio has a wide variety of interesting food expertly prepared to one's heart's delight.

      One downside would be the raucous cafeteria setting....lingering is not meant to be an option. While the scene is utterly bereft of ambiance, spectacle of it all makes for a multitude of ironies.

      Plunk your $40 down and check it out. Otherwise, I heard good things about the Rio.

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      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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        pepeletoke Feb 15, 2011 02:11 PM

        Even though I gave high ratings to RedRock about a year ago, we just got back from LV and we were really disappointed at RR, last year every dish was excellent, this year the food was just so-so. The prime rib was dried out, only one fish dish, tasted like most other buffets. We did go to M and liked it very much, but it took over an hour to get in 7:30 on a WED. Extensive menu, had food there that you don't see at other buffets......would recommend.

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          steiny33 Feb 15, 2011 02:19 PM

          That's exactly why I recommended M Resort for breakfast. I can't recommend them for dinner because I refuse to wait in line for it.

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            selfportrait93 Feb 15, 2011 04:09 PM

            Quality of RR buffet must be going down. I have not been there for over a year. I thought that the couple of times I dined there, the Prime rib was very, very good and needed very little knife action.
            Meanwhile, concur with M's buffet. Looks like the lines haven't changed a bit. Must still be pretty good to attract a crowd , especially with the hotel's location.

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              ellen4441 Feb 21, 2011 09:50 AM

              tnx for the Red Rock buffet, follow up !!
              I HATE dried out Prime Rib, in the same way I don't like seeing BLOODY RARE prime rib,
              espescially when their is only ONE roast available..
              (have'nt been to RR in a few years, so I don't remember how many roasts were out..)

              But, the best way , IMO, is to have a medium rare/medium roast come out of the oven...
              this way the ends should be medium well.....yet pink in the middle...

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              Red Rock Bar
              1729 E Charleston Blvd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89104

              1. re: ellen4441
                ciaogal Feb 21, 2011 04:48 PM

                Hands Down the best Buffet in Vegas is the Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Most creative food selection, many items are served in Copper/Cast iron serving skillets. Items like short ribs, truffled mac and cheese, braised pork belly. Seafood , Carving stations, Dessert Bar....it is spectacular.
                No comparison to Bellagio or the Wynn.
                It's a bit of a hike...but so worth the visit!

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                Bellagio
                3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                  ellen4441 Feb 22, 2011 06:10 PM

                  I was disappointed that there was NO PRIME RIB on dinner buffet, back in December,
                  Does anyone know if it IS on the buffet sometimes? The cashier had led me to believe
                  that it "should be on the dinner buffet, come on back", so I did ...

                  I feel that prime rib should be on every high end buffet every night, just my opinion!
                  However, I LOVED their GALBI BEEF KOREAN SHORT RIBS!!!!!

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                    JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 23, 2011 12:45 AM

                    There was prime rib, roast leg of lamb, whole chickens, and chorizo-stuffed mahi mahi on the carving board when I went for a weeknight dinner a few weeks ago. In addition to the traditional jus and creamy horseradish, they had chimichurri and harissa for condiments.

                    And those kalbi were incredible. The whole meal was just... decadent. They nearly had to call professional body rollers to get me out the door.

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                    nolanani Feb 26, 2011 09:27 AM

                    I love a great buffet but I'm all about the vegetables, potatoes, and mostly the prepared salads. I don't give a whit about the carving board but love Chinese selections and a fabulous Creme Brulee. Does The Cosmopolitan have prepared salads (slaws, potato salads, macaroni salads, vegetable salads, roasted potatoes, salad bar perhaps?) in addition to the meats?

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                      monku Feb 26, 2011 02:27 PM

                      Check out some photo's from M Resort's Studio B buffet. 200 itemes everyday.
                      They got lots of salad selections and some very good creme brulee (my fav dessert too).
                      http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&am...

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                        nolanani Mar 1, 2011 05:14 PM

                        Thank you, Monku.

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                        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 27, 2011 01:43 AM

                        Yes. I tried a selection of the salads and enjoyed what I had.

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                          nolanani Mar 1, 2011 05:15 PM

                          Thank you, JK. I live for salads......and potato chips and nuts and vodka.....oh hell, I live to eat.

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                    gracefulbutcher Jun 29, 2011 05:59 PM

                    My husband and I are headed to Vegas in a little over a week. I want to go to Studio B at the M but I can't figure out how to get there from the strip. How did you get there or how would you recommend getting there?

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                      Lemoncaper Jun 29, 2011 08:05 PM

                      get in cab or car and head south on the strip, a.k.a. Las Vegas Blvd... one road all the way until you see M resort.

                      Also.... just tried Wicked Spoon coupld of weeks ago - Awesome !! My new favorite.

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                        Seth Chadwick Jul 2, 2011 12:08 AM

                        I agree about the Wicked Spoon Buffet. I have been twice and it has been stellar.

                        Such good food and lots of interesting dishes.

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                          Chandavkl Jul 6, 2011 01:32 PM

                          Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan is my new favorite too. M Buffet may seem to have consistency problems. We raved about it to two separate family members. They both cabbed it from the strip on separate visits (something like $35) and were less than impressed. Our last two visits there consisted of one stellar meal and one "Meh", so think twice about telling somebody to take a cab from town.

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                            dlew308 Jul 8, 2011 03:32 PM

                            Went to Wicked Spoon last Sunday. We liked it and will probably go again the next trip. Cosmo seems to have it all, good eats and a day pool club ;)

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                      steiny33 Feb 14, 2011 08:29 PM

                      I've been to every and I mean every buffet in the best hotels in Vegas over the last two or three years. My favorites are:

                      M Resort for their breakfast buffet. Biggest, cleanest, foodiest breakfast buffet in Vegas or anywhere for that matter with lots of variety.

                      Wynn for their lunch buffet. Clean, elegant, well prepared gourmet food.

                      Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan for their dinner buffet for current, hip, gourmet, decadent, creative foodie cuisine.

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                        issey Jan 28, 2011 02:21 PM

                        My favorites are the Wynn and Belligio but has anyone tried the Aria buffet? I'd love to hear the reviews and comparisons to the Wynn and/or Belligio.

                        Thanks!

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                          jamesmasonlv Jan 20, 2011 12:26 PM

                          I would say that, all odds being equal, and I know I'm gonna get nailed for it, I still think the overall best buffet on the strip is at the Wynn. I've eaten at almost every buffet in this town over the years, and I think the combination of really great eating options and a reasonable price make it the best deal overall. I wouldn't say that's necessarily true at lunch, but the Dinner Buffet is ALWAYS a good deal. Just about forty bucks, Freshly Steamed and chilled Alaskan King Crab legs, really really good shrimp, and the best Shrimp Shu Mai I've ever tasted anywhere (not just on buffet lines). They always have a bunch of innovative and tasty dishes, altho my friend and I, who go about once a month, always load up on crab first, and then use everything else as a follow-up. I will say that, if you don't like shrimp, crab, and other seafood, you might not be wild about it. Go and visit the Wynn Buffet. I think you'll really like it.

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                            jackattack Feb 15, 2011 05:13 PM

                            Why would you get nailed for enjoying the Wynn Buffet? It's not like saying you frequent the Circus Circus buffet. And even if you did, BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU LIKE!!!

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                              monku Feb 21, 2011 05:54 PM

                              Went to the Wynn buffet Saturday night 2/19 ($38.95) and was a a little disappointed after going a couple times when the first opened. The entrees were not hot, only luke warm. Prime rib and veal short ribs were good. Alaskan king crab legs and the shrimp were smaller than they used to be, you get the same sized shrimp at the Main Street buffet downtown. Desserts were just so so, nothing outstanding.

                              The seafood Studio B buffet at the M Resort ($29.99) is a better overall experience with more entrees, the food is hot, but they have opilio crab legs and their dessert selection is larger and better than the Wynn. .Same sized shrimp as the Wynn. Beer and wine, cappucino, espresso and coffee drinks with alcohol is included in the price.

                               
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                                ellen4441 Feb 22, 2011 06:13 PM

                                I hear ya, Monku, that's a pet peeve of mine regarding buffets, LUKEWARM food...
                                Glad to hear the prime rib was real good, though, as I'm planning to try the WYNN buffet while I'm in Vegas next week...

                                1. re: ellen4441
                                  monku Feb 23, 2011 04:18 AM

                                  Have you ever been to the M Resort buffet?
                                  They have raw oysters and the other free amenities I mentioned.
                                  The Asian selections at the M are larger, Wynn only had 3 sushi rolls, M has at least twice as many sushi selections. The M dessert section is twice as big as the Wynn along with twice as many gelato flavors.
                                  If both were the same price my choice would be the M.

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                              Sabine12 Sep 17, 2009 09:09 PM

                              We're just back from a week in Vegas. Working on a full report, but I had to chime in here to say that we headed out to the M Resort one evening specifically to check out the buffet.

                              The M is waaay off the Strip to the south. They run a shuttle from the Fashion Show Mall to make it easier to get from A to B. It was a bit of a haul, but worth every minute of the trip.

                              The buffet was $23.95 (you can get a discount if you sign up for a rewards/players card at the resort) and included all-you-can-drink beer, wine and hard cider.

                              The facility is beautiful and very nicely appoinnted. The selection was tremendous, with everything from prime rib to rotisserie chicken to enchiladas to Thai curries to hummus to wood-fired pizzas. The food wasn't five-star, but it was much better than what you'll find on many LV buffets. Lots of good flavors, and everything was fresh. The surprising highlight? Sushi! Who knew?! The sushi was fantastically fresh and very high grade, and we got more than our money's worth just on sushi alone!

                              The dessert selections were extensive, but I thought they were of varying success. A fudgy brownie-esque cake was fantastic...the chocolate pie was just odd.

                              We had fun, had some pretty good food with some nice surprises, and thought that, from an ROI perspective, iit was a home run.

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                                shamu613 Sep 20, 2009 06:13 PM

                                Sssshhhh! Quiet. It's a secret.

                                Tell them all and the next thing you know, everybody will want to go the M. Then there will be lines...

                                Speaking of dessert. Did you try the chocolate souffle?

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                                  Miri1 Jan 1, 2011 08:22 PM

                                  I'm going to Vegas at the end of the week.... staying at the Paris. I've heard varying opnions on the buffet there, but I'm not looking for fancy. I just want fresh and with some veggie options since I'm a veggie (not vegan so eggs, dairy and fish are OK- shellfish is NOT ok either) Will the Paris buffet fit the bill or should I try elsewhere for my veggie palate?

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                                    jsfoodchat Jan 2, 2011 07:06 PM

                                    Over the years and vaious trips to Vegas I've eaten at most of them at one time or another. To be sure there are highlights and LOW LOW LOW lights. The buffet at the Riveria was probably one of my worst food memories period. Our local hospital caffeteria outdoes them handily. Gack!

                                    This last trip we ate at the Wynn buffet as we were staying there and it was convenient. It was fairly good. All high quality but it was just a big buffet.

                                    My husband insisted we go to the brunch at the Bellagio as we had been a few years before and it was so wonderful. After we ate there he remarked that it didn't live up to his memory. I had not remembered it being that hot and wasn't thrilled about going back.

                                    Spice Market had good crab (don't they all have crab??), Rio has Seafood, Paris had good creme carmel and pastry.

                                    At the end of the day, Bellagio and Wynn are probably the best for buffets (I liked the Wynn better) but there is only so much quantity one can eat at a sitting. Personally, I prefer something other than the buffet line.

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                                    Bellagio
                                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                              2. kathyvegas Aug 30, 2009 07:37 AM

                                I'm a local and have eaten at every buffet in town. Two got my attention. The buffet at the M Resort is my favorite. Great selection, good quality by buffet standards and good price. On the high end of the scale, the Sterling Buffet available only on Sunday's at Bally's has to be the most extravagant (and expensive at $65 per person). It's downright decadent and on the day that I dined there featured lobster, caviar with made to order blinis, beef tenderloin, perfectly roast lamb, exotic sushi, ostrich, braised rabbit and unlimited champagne.

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                                  blair_houghton Aug 30, 2009 03:30 PM

                                  What is the crowd like at the Sterling Buffet?

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                                    Dave Feldman Sep 3, 2009 06:49 PM

                                    I'm not sure if you are asking how crowded it is or what the demographics are. The Sterling Buffet is in a relatively small room, and because of the expense, the clientele tends to be a little more upscale and quiet. You can make a reservation for the Sterling Buffet, which is a big plus in the usually harried atmosphere of Sunday brunch buffets.

                                    As Kathy indicates, the fare at the Sterling is upscale, but I wasn't too impressed with the execution.

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                                      blair_houghton Sep 5, 2009 06:17 PM

                                      Oh! wait! Brainstorm.

                                      How would you compare it to the (good years) at the Terrace Room buffet at the Phoenician?

                                      That's the sort of thing I'd expect for $65 a seat. In fact, I may go tomorrow now I've thought of it. If it's still running. It's been quite a while.

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                                      kathyvegas Sep 5, 2009 02:05 PM

                                      Just a normal casual crowd. The setting is more sedate than other buffets and since they are only open for a few hours on Sundays there's no turnover at the linen-set tables. Once we were seated, we were encouraged to linger for a couple of hours sipping champagne and making our way around the different stations at our leisure.

                                      The reality of all buffets is that is by the very nature of the beast, they can't be haute cuisine. It's just not logistically possible to turn out perfect "gourmet" dishes for a buffet (go to Fleur de Lys for that!), but the options at the Sterling are definitely not what you'll see at any other buffet in Vegas.

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                                        grimaldi Sep 6, 2009 01:51 PM

                                        I'm somewhat shocked no one on this thread has even mentioned Zefferino's.

                                        I have been to every resort buffet in LV, and like many I, too, thought the Sterling Brunch was the end-all, be-all. When I went to Zefferino's, however, all of that changed. SB has king crab, crab claws, caviar, sushi, etc. Yes, it's all very nice. What it doesn't have is a great setting (Bally's Steakhouse?) and what I thought was a lousy dessert selection. Now, Z may not have the aforementioned offerings (that's why I listed them) but it had a far superior dessert selection, much better carved meats including the best lamb chops I have ever had, and an infinitely better atmosphere, on the second floor overlooking the Grand Canal at the Venetian. That may seem tacky to some but it was everything the SB was not. Service was better, the dining room wasn't cluttered, and the price was $55, significantly less than SB, and they pour unlimited French champagne as well. Also, unlike SB, Z had cracked lobster claws (which we all know has the best tasting meat of a lobster) and I must have eaten 20 of those alone. I cannot say enough about Z -- there is no better buffet in LV in my opinion. I guess it goes unnoticed due to its location. So be it. That just makes it easier to get a great table every time I go.

                                  2. BadtzMaroo Aug 15, 2009 10:16 AM

                                    I have been to Vegas Buffets for years, (back when the Circus Circus buffet was THE buffet in town, oh I am old) mainly because of my family's varying tastes. When you go to a buffet, everyone can get what they want. There is no "Where do you want to eat?" "I don't know, where do you want to eat?" ad nauseum.

                                    The M Buffet was great when it first opened. The price was reasonable. With the varying discounts, we were able to spend $30 for three people for a lunch buffet. The food was fresh and tasty. Unfortunately, it has gone down hill. The food now sits too long. The discounts are not as attractive and last time I was there, the fire alarm kept going off unnecessarily. I am surprised people don't partake of the all you can drink wine and beer station as often as I think people would. I suppose if you drink enough, you can forget about the overcooked food. Oh and the expresso bar used to be all you can order and now it is limited to one coffee per person when they go up. Boo.

                                    I also used to like the Buffet at Mandalay Bay. The salmon station was quite good. Again, the place has gone downhill.

                                    I think the Wynn, Bellagio and MGM Grand Buffets are on par with each other, depending on the day you go and the selection that you get. It is not a bargain but you get a good variety of food. The line at the Wynn is FAR TOO LONG on some days.

                                    When people talk about the Rio Buffet, they talk about the Village Seafood Buffet. I have never braved that long, long line. I head over to the other buffet at the Rio and it has always been satisfying to me. I enjoy the good selection of Asian food, especially the noodle bar where they will make pho fresh for you. Non-teatotalers will probably enjoy the cocktail specials that they announce every hour.

                                    I personally think all the station casino buffets suck. However, my family loves them because they are the locals' casino and you can get a lot of variety of food for $10 for lunch with your discounts and such. If you had to go to a station casino buffet, go to Red Rock.

                                    The Harrah's buffet is a yawn. I mean it is all right but nothing to write home about. I think I have the same comment for the Golden Nugget.

                                    Back in the day, I really liked Ceasar's Buffet. However, I haven't been for years and I don't know if it is still any good.

                                    You know, you don't have to do the hotel buffets, people. If you want something off the beaten path for a good price, try the buffets at certain ethnic restaurants in town. Great Korean all you can eat, cook at your table, buffets in Chinatown, for example. India's Oven has a lunch buffet (a bit of a hit and miss - when they are good they are very good but when they are bad ...) Lotus of Siam has a Thai lunch buffet but you have to get there early or the food sits too long. Also, I think the place needs a remodel, NOW!!!

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                                      phantomdoc Aug 15, 2009 12:58 PM

                                      I hit the lunch buffet at Lotus of Siam a few times in January, when taking continuing ed classes at the Hilton. The turnover seemed brisk enough that the food did not sit so long. Not great but pretty good.

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                                        nearlywild Aug 15, 2009 01:08 PM

                                        I just wanted to add that the M might not limit the espresso bar anymore. When I ate there a few days ago, I made several trips. I know she recognized me because she made a comment about my last cup and asked how I liked it. I even got two cups at the same time for myself and to bring back to a dinning partner.

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                                          Honeychan Aug 15, 2009 04:47 PM

                                          Yeah, I had lunch at the M on 8/5, with no limit on the espresso.

                                          I've eaten there 3 times, all have been quite good. Being a local, I really never crave buffets, but this one is close (as is the South Point's) and it's one that had great variety. I've only been dissapointed with the tempura served, it was a bit too soggy for my likes. The Thai curries are tasty.

                                          I detest ALL Station buffets. Unclean, greasy and just UGGH.

                                          I miss the old Rampart buffet, it was so good, so many years ago.

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                                        Heyteacher Aug 15, 2009 09:55 AM

                                        Since I'm a vegetarian, I only eat at breakfast buffets - more selection for me to eat and MUCH tastier IMO. My favorite of all time is the buffet in Paris - fresh, tasty and reasonably priced!

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                                          attran99 Aug 13, 2009 10:18 PM

                                          I've been to the Paris and Bellagio buffets. I enjoyed Paris for breakfast...loved their crepes and cheese selections! The desserts were good as well. The Bellagio has a decent steak tartare...though I did not like the toast points it was served on. Seafood offerings were fresh, and I did enjoy their oysters. Desserts here are simply amazing!
                                          On our last trip, my sister and her BFF went to the Wynn buffet, and they enjoyed it. Desserts were by far the best, but they did enjoy the carving stations (i.e. lamb, prime rib...to name a couple of offerings) and they had an interesting selections of salads and soups that were presented very well...gazpacho being one of their favorites from the meal. They would go back for more.

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                                            deb Aug 30, 2009 03:12 AM

                                            Kudos attran99!

                                            Steak Tartare at a buffet - you're a brave person and my hats off to you!

                                          2. Sid Post Aug 13, 2009 06:45 PM

                                            A couple of my buffet reply's seem to have been deleted in other threads. I think this forum in general really looks down on buffets. However, buffets are a good option for SOME people. Not everyone wants a formal sit down dinner. Plus, not going to a buffet in Las Vegas is like going to Munich during Oktoberfest and not going to one of the beer tents!

                                            I'm looking forward to a return visit to Las Vegas in a few months. I will NOT return to the Paris Paris (Le Buffet) or the Mirage (Cravings) buffets. Spice Market has been consistently good when I went.

                                            It sounds like the Wynn and Bellagio buffets should be considered. Has anyone tried the Mandalay buffet recently?

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                                              climberdoc Aug 14, 2009 07:10 AM

                                              You are like the buffet champion defending the honor of the poor damsels in distress. They need champions like you since it seems like the Vegas culinary scene is no longer anchored by the resort buffet. In fact, some major resorts (Palazzo, Venetian) have made the decision that they are better off without the obligatory buffet. One could make the argument that until Vegas rids itself of its sordid past (buffets, 24-hr casino coffee shops, etc) it won't be spoken of alongside other great culinary destinations even if it deserves to be.

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                                                QAW Aug 14, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                We should add one caveat here, which will make future developments in Las Vegas interesting to watch - the Palazzo/Venetian complex did not necessarily make the decision to go away from buffets, but rather to go away from in-house food services. All of the restaurants under that extended roof were farmed out, including the coffee shops (Grand Lux Cafe). That may well be where the real future trending begins, although the M resort took a different direction, since the owners had a strong food & beverage background. Next up would be the various towers under the City Center umbrella, which appear that they are trying to have all food services handled by vendors, but watching that development step-by-step has either been a Comedy or a Greek Tragedy, depending on the side of the fence from which one is watching. The Aria is still promoting upcoming venues for Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Jean Phillipe Maury and the Maccioni's (a sister to Circo at the Bellagio), but it will be interesting to see what actually happens.

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                                                  climberdoc Aug 14, 2009 07:52 PM

                                                  Perhaps this is the "snobhound" in me coming out, but I would be shocked to see a buffet pop up in the CitiCenter complex. I predict there will be a "coffee shop" but it will be and upscale, high-priced venue similar to Society at Encore. Will be interesting to see how this pans out.

                                                  It's quite satisfying to me that buffet threads on this site inevitably are highjacked by tangents like this. Perhaps Sid Post and his followers should start their own offshoot sitel

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                                                    Sid Post Aug 15, 2009 08:52 AM

                                                    Is there no room for a buffet in your world?

                                                    Maybe I'm not a true chowhound in your mind because I don't want to spend huge sums in a formal setting. Some of the best food I have eaten has been served in small German towns in a beer tent with various meat products and local beer. Then you have all the ethic food choices in the Netherlands in addition to the daily catch. I still wish I could get good herring fresh off the boat where I live ... mmm fresh herring and onion.

                                                    There are numerous BBQ joints in the SouthEast that I have not seen duplicated in the west. Classic Tex-Mex, Sonoran, and various central American places serve me well with excellent and informal meals. Chowhound worthy? I don't know but, the food is excellent.

                                                    Buffets as noted, can run from truly aweful to pretty darn good. No, they won't stand up to Michelin multi-star places but, they are accessible to most people. Not everyone can afford to drop $100+ person on dinner. And, there are people like myself that like something less formal. Sure, I can put on a suit and tie but, when I'm on my own time I am happiest at a good BBQ/Tex-Mex/Ethic place where a pair of Dockers or Blue Jeans and a Polo shirt are proper attire and I can avoid all the SNOBBERY I have encountered in the more formal places.

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                                                      climberdoc Aug 15, 2009 01:57 PM

                                                      I have no issue with affordable restaurants. In fact, one of Vegas' finest is Lotus of Siam where'd you have to struggle to spend more than $50pp. Burger Bar is even less expensive than that but still quite memorable. Enoteca is right there in the same boat. I consider these places inexpensive and Chowworthy without a doubt.

                                                      My issue is with the gluttonous mediocrity which defines the buffet whether inexpensive or not (i.e. no difference between Circus Circus and Bellagio). We are already an overweight, overfed society who doesn't get enough exercise. Do we really need this? Is an app, entree and dessert not enough for you to eat? It needs to be!

                                                      I must admit in my college years the Carnival World Buffet at Rio was quite a treat. It was cheap with great variety and surprising quality (for a buffet). What I realized over the years was that anything that was a hair better than mediocre made it seem like I was making out like a bandit. In no way is this Chowworthy.

                                                      As for snobbery. I've rarely encountered it at the places where'd you'd most expect it. I don't go to those high-end places looking for value or deals however. I'm fortunate enough to be able to order what I desire without much concern for cost. Snobbery will rear it's ugly head in restaurants of all price levels if the diner seems more interested in getting a deal than appreciating the quality and artistry of the food.

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                                                    phantomdoc Aug 14, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                    On a side note the Grand Luxe Cafe is olive garden with art.

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                                                      shamu613 Sep 14, 2009 01:56 AM

                                                      To be more accurate, Grand Luxe Cafe is The Cheesecake Factory with higher prices and limited menus.

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                                                        Larry Sep 14, 2009 07:03 AM

                                                        To be even more accurate, it's the Grand Lux Cafe (no "e" in "Lux").

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                                                          shamu613 Sep 20, 2009 06:10 PM

                                                          You're absolutely right. I stand corrected.

                                                          I've been involved in a thread about the proliferation of "shoppes" around Las Vegas recently and I seem to have allowed my "e"s to run around unfettered.

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                                                            Larry Sep 20, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                            The only reason I noticed is that I've been spelling it "Luxe" for years, and recently noticed my own error!

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                                                    JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 14, 2009 04:07 PM

                                                    One could make that argument, but that argument would be patently ridiculous. While we're classing up the food, how about we only serve top-shelf liquor at all the bars and require all employees to be tastefully dressed? The Las Vegas Strip is a monument to sordid decadence in all forms. You can order a margarita the size of your head to go for a ridiculously low price, stroll down the Strip while sipping on said margarita, have your picture taken with a showgirl wearing forty pounds of feathers and sequins (thirty-nine pounds of which are headdress), play blackjack and craps until the wee hours, go eat at 4:30 AM to soak up the gambling-fueled booze, and the waitress STILL says "good night" as you head to bed while watching the sun rise. This is one of the things I love about Vegas; While I can go up there with thousands of dollars and dine like it's my last week on earth, I can also go with a mere pittance and still have a fantastic time.

                                                    Like it or not, we Chowhounds are in the minority. I believe that if Vegas thumbed its nose at its "sordid past" it would be the end of Vegas as we know it. The buffets and 24-hour coffee shops are there to serve a slightly larger market than us: Gamblers. Did you think that all those blackjack tables are just there to while away time in between meals? Buffets are great to casinos for one reason: Instant food. Once inside, people don't have to wait for a waitress to take their order; they just go get their favorite dishes, eat, maybe go back for seconds, and get right back out to gambling. The players' club line pass comp is a win-win: The players feel special because they don't have to queue for half an hour to get a table at peak times, and the casino has a person that they know is spending money at the tables while they would have been standing in line instead. By the same token, the 24-hour restaurants keep players inside the building when they might otherwise go to Denny's, where they'll finally see a clock (you do know there are no clocks in Vegas casinos, right?), realize it's 3:30 AM, and head right to bed instead of going back over to the craps table.

                                                    I think another reason that Vegas isn't seen as a world-class dining destination is because the Strip caters almost exclusively to tourists. Never mind that you can walk from Guy Savoy to Bradley Ogden to Bobby Flay in Vegas as easily as you can walk from Panda Express to Cinnabon to Hot Dog On A Stick in your local mall, or that Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, and Thomas Keller all have restaurants within 2.5 miles of each other; for locals if it's on the Strip, it might as well be on the moon. There's just nothing we can do to change that. Las Vegas already IS one of the foremost dining destinations in the world. There just isn't anything like it anywhere else on the planet. However, it is first and foremost a tourist gambler's paradise. The food is always going to play second fiddle to Lady Luck. That's the way it has been, and that's the way it will be.

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                                                      robinsilver Aug 14, 2009 05:56 PM

                                                      Very interesting take on Vegas dining JK. Only one thing I think you have wrong, I would call New York City the greatest dining destination in the world, unless of course you down-grade it because there are no Vegas style buffets, and I don't think there is a Denny's either.

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                                                        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 15, 2009 03:53 AM

                                                        Robin, deriding a post works better when you bother to actually read and comprehend that which you respond to. "Ooo look! He mentioned Denny's on Chowhound! GET THE TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS!" Um, no. You completely missed the boat. I merely used Denny's as an easily understandable example of a place that is open in the middle of the night where people often go to soak up excess booze. I would never, EVER advocate going to Denny's when there are scores of better possibilities available.

                                                        You need to read my post from the 11th to see my opinion on buffets. In short, I mentioned that there are better places to go than buffets, but then said that they are still something I consider quintessential old-school Las Vegas, as much as blackjack and showgirls. It's like going to the Empire State Building in New York; yeah it's something nothing but the tourists do, yeah it's kinda cheesy to do, but if you haven't done it at least once you haven't really done Vegas.

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                                                          robinsilver Aug 15, 2009 04:25 AM

                                                          Sorry, I was only referring to your statement about Vegas being the foremost dining experience in the world. My problem was that I didn't notice that you said "on of". nothing having to do with buffets or Denny's, we just don't happen to have them. However, not even jaded New Yorkers should miss the top of the Empire State Building. Especially if they can find someone they know who works there so that they can get the card that you use so you don't have to wait on line.

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                                                        climberdoc Aug 14, 2009 07:38 PM

                                                        You make some good points JK.

                                                        There have been some interesting developments over the past ten years or so. Who would have predicted that there would be a demand for the high-end restaurants that have sprouted like weeds on the Vegas strip? Who are the predominant customers in these venues? I have not gambled a dime in Vegas but have taken more than 20 trips there in the past 5-years. Are there not others like me?

                                                        I never thought I'd be able to walk into a Vegas resort and not be overtaken be cigarette smoke. Now, if I avoid the casino floor there is no smoking allowed anywhere else in the resorts. This change does not seem consistent with the gambling-centric picture you are attempting to paint.

                                                        The reality is that the landscape is changing. Ten or fifteen years ago your opinions would be spot on but now I'm not so sure. I think the non-gambling crowd is quite large and getting larger. Time will tell who is correct here.

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                                                          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 15, 2009 04:51 AM

                                                          I rarely gamble when I go to Vegas myself. I think that the non-gaming scene in Vegas is coming close to saturation, if it hasn't already. Construction of new hotels has slowed to a crawl, and in more than a few cases has come to a dead stop. And thanks to the economy, you can now dine at a three-Michelin-star restaurant for under $100 per person.

                                                          And I will say you're right, that Vegas doesn't emphasize the gambling as much as they used to. There's good reason for this: There are Indian casinos all over the place now. Vegas has to advertise what makes them different than the casinos 20 minutes away. And that something is world-class dining, nightclubs, and shopping.

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                                                            uhockey Sep 6, 2009 01:06 PM

                                                            You can dine at 3-starred restaurants in NYC, as well - three of the 4, actually. Only MASA remains above the lower cost - and they have a "Bar Masa" nearly directly attached.

                                                            Only The French Laundry truly holds the fort for 3-starred places over $100.....though if Michelin ever visited Chicago I've no doubt Alinea and potentially Trotter could receive 3 stars.

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                                                          climberdoc Aug 14, 2009 07:42 PM

                                                          He said "one of the foremost dining destinations in the world". Never in his post did he compare it to New York. This thread is already stimulating enough without adding another level of controversy.

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                                                      Illuminatus Aug 11, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                      I don't know why buffets get such a bad rap. They are very good choices for people that cannot decide what they want to eat exactly and there is usually something at a buffet that will please everyone going out to eat. Best choice when you have a group of people that all like different things.

                                                      Bellagio Buffet is good as is the Wynn. Stay away from the South Point. I would recommend the buffet at the Rio which has a ton of food options and everything is usually pretty good.

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                                                        A5 KOBE Aug 13, 2009 01:43 AM

                                                        Because the food basically sits in a steam table or under heat lamps which sacrifices quality/texture/flavor/moisture. Which would you prefer, a freshly made risotto or one that has sat for an hour? Buffet food is also limited in variety due to quality constraints.

                                                        Notice buffets usually do not use dairy based hot dishes because if they sit too long it will cause many hours in the bathroom.

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                                                          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 13, 2009 02:53 AM

                                                          I think the lack of dairy based stuff is because dairy based sauces tend to separate if they're kept on a steam table for too long. About the only dairy heavy dishes I see on a buffet line regularly are mashed potatoes and mac & cheese, and both of those are crowd-pleasers that any buffet is going to go through pretty fast.

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                                                        jaypeezy Aug 11, 2009 10:09 AM

                                                        ive tried most of the "luxury" or "gourmet" buffets on the strip...and the best...by far...are the bellagio and wynn...id say the bellagio has a better dinner...but the wynn has a better brunch...

                                                        bellagio at dinner because they had better carving stations...crab legs and seafood were pretty equal on both parts...dessert at bellagio is better, aside from the gelato/ice cream at the wynn...

                                                        wynn for brunch because their standard fare..omelettes, waffles, pancakes, bacon, etc...is much better han the bellagio...everything else is hit or miss depending on your visit...

                                                        mirage buffet is one of the worst ive ever had...nothing had taste...even though they had different stations...it was among the worst buffets ive tried...

                                                        planet hollywood is pretty much a more luxurious "low-end" buffet (think excalibur, etc)...because they had just regular foods, but they actually tasted decent and not like hometown...so if that's your flavor, then go for it...

                                                        i want to try the new M buffet that ive heard a lot of good things about...and i also know that a lot of buffets are offering day passes for about $30, which means you can eat there all day with a wrist band..MGM and Luxor are 2 that I know are offering this deal so far...which is pretty cheap considering the high end buffets will run you about that much or more...

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                                                          liveloveat34 Aug 11, 2009 08:11 AM

                                                          My husband and I went to Vegas two months ago and had the buffet at Bellagio (brunch). We loved it, everything was top quality. Our friend had raved about the buffet at Wynn, so two weekends ago we tried it for brunch as well. We both agreed that Bellagio had a better brunch with fresher choices with much more variety as well.
                                                          Avoid Paris buffet, it was once good many years ago but has gone tremendously downhill.

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                                                            anonymoose Aug 11, 2009 08:59 AM

                                                            I went to both Bellagio and Wynn's buffets in June and I'd have to say that Bellagio edged out Wynn, but really either one is still better than most buffets.

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                                                            Poerz Aug 11, 2009 07:50 AM

                                                            Cravings at the Mirage. Designed by restaurant designer Adam Tihany it's a very comfortable spot. Alot of food is prepared at the various food stations so you avoid the mass produced food problem of most Vegas buffets (believe the Rio does this as well). Lots of variety. My advice on Las Vegas buffets is to select intelligently. If I want great beef I'll go to a top steakhouse and not look for the prime rib on a buffet, Etc.

                                                            1. ellen4441 Aug 11, 2009 01:43 AM

                                                              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!!)

                                                              1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 11, 2009 01:26 AM

                                                                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. monku Aug 10, 2009 05:47 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    Seth Chadwick Aug 10, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      ciaogal Aug 10, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                      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 does....it focuses on quality and freshness. It is well worth the $$...especially if you are comparing it to like buffets.

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                                                                        monku Aug 10, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                        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?

                                                                         
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                                                                          A5 KOBE Aug 11, 2009 12:25 AM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            ellenost Sep 1, 2009 07:27 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                        jrceja21 Aug 14, 2009 10:35 AM

                                                                        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. soypower Aug 10, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                        Spice Market Buffet - Planet Hollywood

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                                                                          nearlywild Aug 10, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            Whisper Aug 10, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                              nearlywild Aug 13, 2009 11:33 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                            Eric Aug 10, 2009 04:55 PM

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

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                                                                              robinsilver Aug 10, 2009 05:23 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                ellen4441 Aug 11, 2009 01:40 AM

                                                                                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...

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                                                                                  Lemoncaper Mar 16, 2011 05:39 PM

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

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                                                                                    chris2269 Jul 1, 2011 06:25 PM

                                                                                    I love you for that comment.

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                                                                                    pepeletoke Jul 18, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                                    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.

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