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Jan 27, 2010 11:18 AM

Rio Seafood Buffet Vegas.. what a waste of $40.

Cold, overcooked and tasteless, dried out pieces of mystery fish. The beef dishes were about the same. What a waste of $40 per person. My husband and I went here on Monday night, it is our first time in Vegas, and we were told this was the best buffet on the strip for seafood. Ugh what a let down! The food was cold, tasteless, overcooked... the crab legs were PUNY, they looked more like crab fingers. The lobster was rock lobster, and it was very overcooked. When I asked for drawn butter they showed me to a soup tureen filled with oil, NOT BUTTER! Sorry, but at that price it should have been butter, not margarine.

Next time I am going to the Wynn, but if I can save one seafood devoted chowhound from wasting their money then I have done my chow service for the day!

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  1. It was the regular buffet, not the seafood buffet, that was once rated the best in Vegas, and that was over 10 years ago when it was highly recommended. They were among the first buffets to offer different stations of cuisines in separate areas, but most newer buffets have emulated the design since then.

    1. Sorry for your bad experience. I can't remember the last time someone here praised this buffet. Actually, with my limited experience, it has never been good. When it started, the sheer quantity of food wowed folks. Some blame Harrah's for ruining the buffets (its record in executing buffets IS less than stellar) but in this case, I'm not sure the criticism is justified.

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Over twenty years ago when I was young and with little kids it was good as I remember it. Not the last time I was there.

        But I am looking for sushi in Vegas.

        Will be there in the Summer again.

      2. Many thanks for heads-up! We're heading out to Vegas in a couple of weeks and this was on our to-do list. Not anymore! Guess we'll do Hot and Juicy instead...

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        1. re: Andy T.

          Some of the locals' casinos do a seafood night. Rampart on Thursday night for example. Bonus tip... bring a pair of kitchen shears with you. They make fast work of the crab shells allowing the crab to stay warm long enough to enjoy.

          1. re: shamu613

            M Resort (Henderson) Studio B has a seafood buffet Friday-Sunday nights $29.95 (they just bumped up the price from $26.95 about a month ago). They give you one of those crab zipper tools (like a letter opener for crab legs). Also includes all you can drink beer, wine, cappucinos & espressos. Very popular with the locals. Sign up for a players club card and get $2 off. Tip: check out the Asian food station and they have the crab legs and clams stir fried Asian style.

            If you're ever near San Diego the best seafood buffet around is at the Valley View Casino (near Escondido). $25 seafood buffet is every night. Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, prime rib along with other seafood.
            Sign up with the players club and you get the seafood buffet for free. Tip: bring a plate of the Alaskan king crab legs to the Asian food station and the guy will stir fry them any way you want.

        2. If I am not mistaken, you went to SEAFOOD VILLAGE @ Rio,,,you should check out the CARNIVAL WORLD BUFFET.--- they are the best buffet in town! Bring a local to avail 50%off....... :)

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          1. re: pnoygypsy

            We tried the buffet at the Red Rock this is upscale for a buffet, the food was the BEST I have ever had at a buffet. Fantastic prime rib. Will go back every time we go to Vegas

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

            1. re: pepeletoke

              I don't know if I would say Red Rock has the best food ever for a buffet, but I do like their Sunday brunch buffet......get a player's card (its free) and you get two bucks off every time you go...better yet, every once in awhile the newspaper has a two-for-one deal for their buffet.

              We go to the Sunday brunch at Red Rock once every month or two and always enjoy it....

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

              1. re: janetofreno

                Agree 100%: The Red Rock & The Rampart casinos have two of the most under-rated locals buffets in the valley IMO.

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

          2. sorry to hear that and i bet you had about an hour wait as not the same since harrahs took over .for my money and about the same price try the bellagio.i dont do buffets to much the same reason you think its a great buffet and you walk away 100.00 bucks less in your pocket and pissed.i am in vegas every 2 to 3 weeks cant tell you how many buffets i tried and its just not worth it.i do hold a certain degree of how food should be my son is a chef and i am just an old cook never went to school so i guess i expect more when it comes to the high end buffets and how food should be served and cooked

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            1. re: tnsquire

              Not worth $5
              Avoid it like the plague.