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Borgata Buffet vs. Waterfront Buffet (Harrah's) vs. French Quarter Buffet (Showboat) in Atlantic City

applesauce23 Jul 23, 2010 07:23 PM

My brother and I are taking my mom out next weekend. She loves buffets. Loves them. She's very picky, so she enjoys the wide variety.

If you had to take six adults, a six year old, a 2 1/2 year old, two 18 month old twins, and a newborn out to a buffet, which one would you go to? Clean surroundings, friendly staff, and delicious food are a must. We can either go to a Sunday brunch buffet or a dinner buffet.

Thanks in advance!

  1. Tapas52 Jul 23, 2010 07:41 PM

    We love Harrahs Waterfront Buffet...nice variety all around. We were at Showboat's French Quarter the other night no comparison and a mess no comparison..never been to Borgata's

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      Tay Jul 24, 2010 07:15 AM

      "If you had to take six adults, a six year old, a 2 1/2 year old, two 18 month old twins, and a newborn out to a buffet, which one would you go to?"

      All these little ones at an AC buffet?
      Sounds like a recipe for disaster. I think you need a more kid oriented environment.

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        applesauce23 Jul 24, 2010 07:26 AM

        I've taken my three kids out to eat before and they're well-behaved (unless they're really tired). they won't be scurrying around the legs of busy buffet patrons. as long as they have their pasta and dessert, it'll be ok.

        but...if you have any suggestions for a kid-friendly restaurant. i'll take that into consideration too. thanks! =)

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          Tay Jul 27, 2010 04:25 AM

          Sorry, I have no suggestions. Unlike LV, AC is just not a kid friendly/family oriented locale. I hope it works out for you.

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        picc818 Jul 24, 2010 01:52 PM

        Been to the French Quarter Buffet several times with no complaints. Wide assortment, and food is constantly replenished. Also, has several dishes that caters to kids (hot dogs, cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, spaghetti, pizza). Nice variety of desserts including fresh scooped ice cream bar. And a summer special - $10 pitcher of margaritas. Never been to Borgata or Harrah's.

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          foodislove1958 Jul 24, 2010 06:40 PM

          Wow..its funny you posted this. I just went to the Waterfront buffet with my kids last week. I have to tell you i was very very disappointed. Prior to this visit it was my favorite one. Both the quality and service was truly lacking. The steaks were filled with tough fibrous membranes, The pizza/queasadilla stuff was ok for the kids..but after all.2 adults 2 children..130 bucks? The quality should have been there, They had to have either changed the beef or went to a lesser grade. The front of house staff...was a joke..they purposely would never look or react to any guest? wheres the FOH management? The only welcoming station was the chopped salad bar. The guy was nice..and even went out of his way to help us identify all the dressings which had no labeling? Come on its a buffet..ever here of identifiers? Desserts ....Frozen Sara Lee would have been better. Honestly there must be cuts going on at this particular group of casinos, because even the rooms were not kept like they used to be..getting extra towels was difficult and I literally felt ike I went on a pilgramage to find assistance with my rewards card in the casino. On a real positive note for all you hounds..VIKING has opening a cooking school and store at the harrahs here. Looks lke a lot of fun and all the hounds will love the store albeit WilliamsSonomaeseque. Havent been to the Borgata Buffet yet..but have heard good things. Just hard to compare restaurants to buffets.

          1. applesauce23 Aug 1, 2010 06:38 PM

            we ended up going to the waterfront buffet and borgata buffet.

            i liked the waterfront's system better. you have to purchase your meal tickets in advance. even though our meal was an hour later, it was nice to be able to stroll around with the kids and then get seated as soon as we returned to the restaurant. my kids really liked the penne alla vodka, courtesy of the custom pasta station. i liked the steamed pork dumplings and the alaskan snow crab legs. the service was a little brusque, but it does get pretty crazy in there, so it's understandable.

            the borgata was great. friendly service, good salad, decent breakfast offerings (bacon, sausage, eggs, eggs benedict, crepes, belgian waffles (my favorite)), and really good desserts. i especially liked the coconut macaroons and the apple rugelach. my kids scarfed down the macaroni and cheese, while dh enjoyed a heaping plate of peeled shrimp cocktail. he really preferred borgata's shrimp to waterfront's.

            for your money, i would say that borgata is definitely the way to go. the wait was a little hairy b/c of the kids, but the pleasant service and the number of dishes offered was better than waterfront.

            thanks for all your advice!

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              ohthatsgood Aug 3, 2010 01:26 PM

              I have been to all three (my roommates parents were big gamblers and would send us their free buffet comps :).

              I think that the Borgata is the best. It is the most expensive, but the most extensive menu. The staff is pleasant. The Harrah's buffet actually made me a little ill and didn't seem super clean. Showboat is fine, but it is a bit off the floor. The Borgata has the best mashed potatoes. Yum.

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