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strategy needed for $39.99 all day meal pass at HARRAH'S properties !! Sis & I are love our PRIME RIB, don't care for seafood much !

ellen4441 Jan 18, 2011 09:21 AM

We are big BEEF & chicken, and BBQ eaters....
Should we buy the 24 hour ticket perhaps around 7 pm, and catch dinner the 1st night, and then
3 meals (maybe more, lol ?!?) on the 2nd day ??!!

Have'nt been to Caesar's buffet in a long time, heard it's not as good as it used to be, for the most part ... ....
what's breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets like there? Any Prime rib at night?

What's the latest at Harrah's buffet? We had it shortly after it "reopened"...
pretty decent, overall, lots of beefy items... they were trying, anyway...

thanks, Fellow Chowhounders/Vegas lovers !!!! (too bad that prime rib is'nt a staple anymore on buffets, like it used to be !)

  1. ellen4441 Jan 18, 2011 09:22 AM

    I'm thinking PARIS for breakfast !!

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      phantomdoc Jan 18, 2011 12:55 PM

      This is an area where you really need to check ahead. Returned from a 10 night Vegas trip this past Sunday. We stayed at Bally's which has no buffet. We had free passes good for 2 buffets and went to Caesars on a night where the buffet was not on. A very nice security guy said they were saving some cash by not being open every day. He also said that you can start your 24 hour pass with a little later dinner and get an earlier dinner the next night. He said that the Caesars was a higher tier of food from the other properties. Both Rio and Flamingo had lots of Asian selections. Rio seemed better than Flamingo.
      I believe that you are not limited to any number of seatings. Harrah and Imperial are adjacent, Paris is across the street from Caesars. You can get a free shuttle from Bally to Rio. I would love for you to try them all. Please report back.

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      1. re: phantomdoc
        ellen4441 Jan 18, 2011 04:44 PM

        what a GREAT , useful REPLY, phantomdoc !!!
        (1st off, I was so afraid someone would just post "Hey, use the search engine!!!"...)
        (Espescially since looks like it's been awhile since a new "Buffet thread" has been started......a fresh thread is always nice ...!!

        WOW, Caesar's is cutting back... buffet not open every day, huh ?!?...guess we better call first if we are even thinking of going there !! (another example of very useful info, thanks again)
        Who would ever think that Caesar's Palace in VEGAS would not have their buffet EVERY day ??!!? ....(I realized that some casinos back here in Atlantic City close their buffet for a week or 2 in Dec, just before X-mas; but, HEY, THIS is AC ..!! (and as we say "It ain't VEGAS !!", lol )
        But , now even VEGAS buffets are not open everyday...
        Guess Caesar's is afraid ($$) of people like me & my sis !!! We look so innocent, but we know how to CHOW down , lol !!

        I'm espescially grateful to know this Caesar's buffet info from you...(we can both thank that nice security guard for the inside info and pointers they gave you !!)
        Grateful, cuz I hate even walking all the way into that place, for some reason...
        guess cuz they make it so EZ to get in, but tough to get out ...
        (do those moving escalators STILL only go ONE WAY...... IN !!
        (but not OUT ?!?)...I find it annoying..

        That security guard gave you the same "GAME PLAN" that I was thinking of ....
        that it would be best to have a "little later" dinner the 1st night....
        (buy the 24 hour pass after 7 pm, then have breakfast, lunch, dinner, (and snacks , lol ?!?)
        the 2nd day ... ..

        Yup, I never remember the Flamingo looking that special...
        and I am what a call a "Buffet inspector".....almost always like to take a PEEK first, B4 paying..
        cuz, often it sounds better than it looks, LOL
        (the only time I've EVER been turned away from my "peeking" was at the "new" (at the time"
        Firelight Buffet at SAMS TOWN..... the mean, military style lady hostess said "NO, you've got a menu to look at right there!"

        Did you try Cosmopolitan Buffet ?? The Wicked Spoon...
        I had a mini 2 night stay in Vegas , (Dec. 18th-20th), and loved their Korean galbi short ribs,
        but was disappointed that there was no prime rib for dinner, ( the cashier had told me earlier there would probably be some)

        Hey, PHANTOM DOC, how was BALLY'S to stay at ??? We are going in March, and staying at free, and cheapie rooms at the Gold Coast, but will likely stay at Bally's for the weekend...
        as sis found a gr8 deal on Priceline, averaging 85 or so a night, for a Fri, Sat., & Sun...
        Good outdoor pool & jacuzzi ? The pics look nice anyway, on their website, lol

        I will DEFINITELY report back to you, and fellow Chowhounders !!
        Heck, I may even start another new thread, "Vegas Buffet report, with pics !"....

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        Firelight Buffet
        5111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89122

        1. re: ellen4441
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          phantomdoc Jan 20, 2011 11:34 AM

          Glad to be of help Ellen.
          As we enjoy Caesars and Bally Atlantic city we were given amazing offers to stay in Las Vegas. The offer was 2 free nights at some 3 at others and 4 nights at other properties. We stayed a week at Bally for almost free. The room was nice, not spectacular. view of Flamingo road, could see the Hilton where I was taking classes at a seminar. The 20 dollar bill in between your credit card and drivers license at check in is certainly recommended. You will not be sorry.

          We only hit 2 of the property buffets. Rio and Flamingo. Both had smallish crab legs. A really nice feature at the Flamingo was a crepe station. I had an orange marmalade crepe. Very delicious. Rio had a hit for me with the roast duck carved constantly at the
          Chinese station. Also very good dumplings.
          If you can get to Lotus of Siam lunch buffet $9 or $10 depending on the day, I would suggest that you will enjoy.
          Enjoy your trip.

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          Lotus of Siam
          953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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          xblueberries Jan 29, 2011 10:16 AM

          hi phantomdoc,

          abt the free passes for the buffet u mentioned above, mind sharing how we might be able to get some too? will be in vegas next week for the 1st time!

          1. re: xblueberries
            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 29, 2011 10:35 AM

            Go to a Tix4Tonight booth. There are several up and down the strip. You can also pick up cheap show tickets while you're there. Sign up for text message specials before you go; they send out line passes on slower days.

            www.tix4tonight.com

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              xblueberries Jan 29, 2011 11:33 AM

              ooh fantastic tip, especially about the text msg specials. Thanks JK!

              1. re: xblueberries
                ellen4441 Jan 30, 2011 09:51 AM

                double tnx, JK !!! I plan to sign up for those text messages !
                line passes sound real good, espescially at places like the Wynn, where
                there is often is a line ...

                any discounts for Wynn buffet, that you know of ???

                1. re: ellen4441
                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 30, 2011 07:35 PM

                  I should be more clear: The line pass is just for the Tix4Tonight booth itself, not the buffet. Still, it will save you a good 20 minutes waiting in line at Tix4Tonight.

                  I don't know of any Wynn buffet discounts. If you haven't signed up for a players' club card at Wynn, ask at the desk if they're doing any specials for new members, specifically for the buffet.

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              phantomdoc Jan 30, 2011 03:11 PM

              The free buffet passes came as an offer in the mail. Once you have a "Total Rewards" card they will send you offers for all of their casino hotels and restaurants. I guess they are commensurate with your levels of gambling. A good strategy is to try to play where you want to stay and eat. Last visit a few years ago Mrs Doc had a hot streak at Bellagio while waiting for a Cirque de Soleil show. 4 of us dined free at the buffet that night. Now we usually stick to the Caesars, Harrah properties. Not the highest end of new and fancy, but nice enough. We as Long Islanders go to their places in Atlantic City more often than Vegas. The cards and promos now are good in both towns and others too.

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              Bellagio
              3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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            Dave Feldman Jan 18, 2011 08:30 PM

            CP has a small buffet hidden away in the Cafe Lago. According to the website, it is open 7 days a week but not for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday:

            Cuisine: Buffet
            Hours: Tues - Wed: 7am - 3pm
            Thurs - Mon: 7am - 10pm

            It is easily the smallest of the buffets you can go to with the pass, but the food quality is fairly decent because of the small quantities.

            No one has brought up Planet Hollywood, but it certainly was the best of the options a few years ago (haven't been there in a long time). Paris might be a good choice for breakfast, although it has seen better days. Rio is a zoo, but it's the biggest and the quantity, if not the quality of food, is impressive.

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            Planet Hollywood
            3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            Cafe Lago
            3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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            1. re: Dave Feldman
              monku Jan 18, 2011 08:54 PM

              It's interesting I remember the Caesars Palace buffet being a big deal 30+ years ago when they first started their buffet, but by today's standards it was a pretty small operation and to this day it seems like they don't want to compete in the buffet wars.

              Some tips on the Harrah's buffet offer:
              http://www.harrahs.com/buffets/faq.pdf

              1. re: monku
                ellen4441 Jan 19, 2011 10:48 AM

                oh yeah, that's RIGHT, Caesar's has that smaller/newer location for the buffet now! Glad you refreshed my memory on it, Dave...
                I also remember their buffet being a much bigger deal "back in the day" ...!
                particularly in the 1980's when it was located right there by the huge sports book

                I've had Planet Hollywood buffet, most recently a few years back...
                pretty decent overall, and the kabobs are a unique touch...
                found the pepper steak (that they carve) a little too spicy...
                (wish they also had a good , crusty prime rib !)
                Lots of selection there, that's for sure, but it just does'nt really hit me the right way
                (that's just my own personal tastes, of course)

                Hey, about that RIO buffet, I just read on the "if you had to pick a buffet" thread that the RIO has BEEF ribs !! I love nice , crusty beef ribs !! (like the kind the Orleans & Gold Coast often have)....

                and thanks for that "harrah's buffet of buffets FAQ" link, MONKU !!
                ....

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                Planet Hollywood
                3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. re: ellen4441
                  shamu613 Jan 19, 2011 03:59 PM

                  Dang... you all seem too young to remember Caesar's weekend brunch. It was held in the Showroom only on Saturday and Sunday. The line came all the way down the stairs, went past the coffee shop and snaked into the Apian Way. The line was often two hours long. Mercifully, my friend was a pit boss there and when he didn't comp me, he gave me a line pass.

                  The brunch cost less than $10 and if you were smart enough to tip the maître d', you would get a nice booth down on the floor. Saved you all that walking up and down the stairs to fetch more food. All the Champagne you could drink and several stations making fresh dishes like omelets and Eggs Benedict. The fish table was a wonder unto itself. Probably six foot square and filled with all the favorite breakfast seafood like lox, kippers, smoked whitefish, herring.

                  It ceased existence when Caesar's built the Forum casino extension with the massive sportsbook and several eateries including the Platinum Buffet. That buffet was good, but it paled in comparison to the weekend brunch.

                  In my opinion, no buffet or brunch currently in operation in Las Vegas compares in quality or selection to Caesar's weekend brunch.

                  1. re: shamu613
                    ellen4441 Jan 19, 2011 05:16 PM

                    @shamu613 : I'm 51 going on 31 , lol ! (very bubbly & free spirited !)
                    I don't remember Caesar's brunch in the showroom, but I CAN envision those long lines ... ...) My buffet experiences started with that Platinum Buffet ...

                    ahhhhh, that good 'ol Apian Way...
                    remember that dance club that had those ships and jungle theme ?
                    I always thought that place was so cool ! And I loved it being out in the open like that !!! (B4 the current wave of ultra trendy clubs, that are hidden behind doors )

                    I do miss going to those Sunday brunches in the showrooms....
                    I used to like the one in the Desert Inn....

                    I'd like to see Sunday brunches be brought back to the showrooms again ...

                    1. re: ellen4441
                      shamu613 Jan 20, 2011 05:42 PM

                      >remember that dance club that had those ships and jungle theme ?

                      Cleopatra's Barge. Interesting dancing on a moving floor while intoxicated.

                      I don't think we'll ever see showroom brunches again. Mostly because these days, showrooms are more like theaters than showrooms.

                      My first trip to Vegas was in 1963 when I was 10 years old. My parents and I went to the Folies Bergere dinner show at the Tropicana. When Ii tell people that nobody questioned the wisdom of my parents taking a ten year old to watch a production featuring showgirls with naked boobs, they are stunned. Modern day shows in Las Vegas usually have two shows. The earlier show covers all while the later show displays boobs. And one must be 18+ to view those later shows. How times have changed.

                      Back on topic... the showrooms were a combination of booths and tables in rows behind the booths. The floor in front of the stage was filled with rows of tables. I only saw a couple of dinner shows but to this day, I am still amazed at how the hotels were able to squeeze a full dinner onto a table so darn small.

                      Caesar's would remove the tables on the floor and set up the brunch each weekend. The only brunch that ever came close was at the Cliff House overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the end of Geary St. in San Francisco.

            2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 20, 2011 12:49 AM

              You can still find prime rib on Vegas buffets, you just have to go to the expensive ones.

              As far as I know the only Caesars properties' (NB: Harrah's Entertainment recently changed its name to Caesars Entertainment) buffets worth seeking out are the Spice Market at Planet Hollywood, and Le Village at Paris, with Carnival World at Rio right on their tails.

              Lago at Caesars, Flavors at Harrah's, and Paradise Garden at Flamingo are all from what I've heard passable but nothing to write home about, and the Emperor's Buffet at Imperial Palace is, like most of the property, to be avoided at all costs. The Rio Village Seafood Buffet is a $15 upcharge, and from what I've heard not worth it.

              Since you mentioned BBQ and it sounds like you enjoy a great deal... Go hit the BBQ patio at the Ellis Island Casino on Koval behind Bally's. It's open for dinner service and is a screaming deal: Half a chicken for $8, half a rack of ribs for $9, half a chicken AND half a rack for $10, or a full rack of ribs for $13. The dinners all include garlic bread, corn on the cob, beans, and cole slaw. As with the Buffet of Buffets, it is more expensive if you aren't a slot club member, but you can just sign up and head over to the BBQ. Oh, also, they brew their own beer at Ellis Island, it's pretty decent.

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              Village Seafood Buffet
              3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

              Planet Hollywood
              3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                ellen4441 Jan 23, 2011 04:34 PM

                @ JK Grence the Cosmic Jester ...
                good plug for the restaurant in the ELLIS ISLAND Casino !
                I've had a steak special there a few times, and it's a great (but smokey!) locals joint...
                And wow, where else can one get a FULL rack of ribs for only $13.00 !!
                (wish they were BEEF ribs, though...
                however, my sis LOVES her babyback pork ribs , so I've gotta get her back in there for the RIBS!! ) ....thanks !!!

                lol @ "Emperor's Buffet at Imperial Palace is, like most of the property, to be avoided at all costs" ...... ain't that the truth, huh ?!?
                Awhile back, I had their buffet a handful of times and I remember the roast beef being decent,
                and that was pretty much about it ... (bland chicken, and not much else )
                I remember when they actually had 2 small buffets , right near each other; the other was called "The Tea House", I believe...
                I imagine it's got even worse since then, if that's possible, lol !

                1. re: ellen4441
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                  phantomdoc Jan 24, 2011 05:49 AM

                  If you hit Ellis Island (did not go on this trip) do not miss their home brew beer and root-beer. Mrs. Doc is not a fan of their decor. I like the smoky ribs and chicken. If you have a fridge in hotel room then order away. Plenty good and cheap.

                  If you want to hit Rio, there is a place on the opposite corner from Bally that sold Mrs. Doc a 1/2 price coupon for Rio buffet for 2. The coupon cost $4.
                  The corner is the north corner on the same side of the strip from Bally. The place used to be called Barbary Coast.

                  1. re: phantomdoc
                    ellen4441 Jan 25, 2011 02:18 PM

                    yup, you mean Bill's Gambling Hall...now a Harrah's property...
                    Hey, that sounds like a good idea, to buy those 1/2 price buffet coupons ...
                    (I had recently read that some of those 1/2 price show ticket stands are now selling 1/2 price buffet tickets)

              2. monku Jan 23, 2011 04:51 PM

                Downtown at the Main Street Casino Garden Court Buffet, Saturday nights is prime rib night for $13.99. Next door every night for dinner at the California Casino Market Street restaurant for $7.95 you get a prime rib dinner including salad bar or soup and dessert, which is comparable to prime rib I've paid higher prices for.
                http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/dinin...

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                Main Street Casino
                200 N Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89106

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                1. re: monku
                  ellen4441 Jan 25, 2011 03:23 PM

                  sad to say, the Main Street Station buffet did not agree with the 4 of us, when we were there
                  last time..... particularly the STEAK.... it was a cheap tasting, tough cut, as in "WHAT is this supposed to be ?!?

                  And we had actually liked the buffet a lot in past years..
                  Of course, perhaps their prime rib is to die for, who knows?!?

                  I've been meaning to try that prime rib at the California Casino...
                  (I may have had it many moons ago, too long ago to remember, lol )

                  1. re: ellen4441
                    monku Jan 29, 2011 10:40 AM

                    Never had the steak buffet at the Main Street.
                    Many moons ago at the California the prime rib dinner was $5.95. It's surpringly a decent prime rib if you had to pay $20 for it.

                    1. re: ellen4441
                      c oliver Jan 30, 2011 07:20 PM

                      For $14, it might be unrealistic to expect very much these days. Just saying.

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                    phantomdoc Jan 30, 2011 03:19 PM

                    If you do not need more than 1 serving of prime rib and you have a car, we had a very nice prime rib dinner at Boulder Station in the steakhouse.
                    http://www.boulderstation.com/dining/...
                    The cost is $15 every night. 2 sides and unlimited salad bar and soup.

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                    1. re: phantomdoc
                      shamu613 Jan 30, 2011 05:25 PM

                      Almost all the Station Casinos are kicking out the Cocos operation of their coffee shops and replacing them with old fashioned Las Vegas style coffee shops. The new Grand Cafes will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Grand Cafe offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner delights. From hearty breakfast skillets and overstuffed sandwiches, to refreshing salads and sizzling steaks. They will also have scratch made daily specials and daily $7.99 prime rib, 24 hours.

                      Palace Station: Opened December 27.

                      Sunset Station: Opened January 20.

                      Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station & Texas Station will follow soon.

                      1. re: phantomdoc
                        ellen4441 Jan 30, 2011 07:02 PM

                        ooooh, I always like the idea of a salad bar !!
                        re : Boulder Station steakhouse .......the prime rib special !!

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                          phantomdoc Jan 31, 2011 10:27 AM

                          Boulder Station steak house had very good and interesting bread basket, also unlimited and included with $15 special.

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                        kagemusha49 Jan 30, 2011 08:08 PM

                        The buffet at Lotus of Siam is about $10 and is excellent - it's all basically Thai but the best Thai you'll find anywhere.

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                        Lotus of Siam
                        953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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                        1. re: kagemusha49
                          shamu613 Jan 30, 2011 09:01 PM

                          Uhhh,,, No.

                          I have yet to see any hound actually recommend the lunch buffet at LOS. You very well may be the first. Most hounds vehemently suggest that people do NOT partake of the buffet but instead eat a la carte.

                          1. re: shamu613
                            Steve Green Jan 30, 2011 09:21 PM

                            When I first came to Vegas I ignored those recs and tried the lunch buffet anyway. Quite mediocre -- as if it isn't even the same restaurant.

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                              phantomdoc Jan 31, 2011 10:23 AM

                              When taking continuing ed classes at the Hilton, having a short lunch break. The LOS buffet is a good choice. Not the same every day but usually a couple of home runs. Went twice last trip and there was a knockout soup at each lunch. First time was a spicy coconut chicken and second time a duck soup. Meal not great but better than avg. for price and time frame. BTW LOS has expanded since I had been there 2 years ago. Now displaying their wine choices and extra tables.

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                                kagemusha49 Jan 31, 2011 10:24 AM

                                It's not mediocre. The selection is more limited and more typical Thai than the a la carte. The spices are toned down but you can add more from the available spice tray. The quality is still there - and for the person who wanted to spend $40/day for buffets and no fish . . probably just what they need.

                              2. re: shamu613
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                                kagemusha49 Jan 31, 2011 10:20 AM

                                Well clearly the a la carte menu has more and better dishes than the buffet. In fact I posted such when I reported on my trip to LVS in December. However I happened to go to LOS on back to back days (I intended to go to Namaste next door but it was closed). So the second day I decided to have Nam Kai Tod from the menu and then check out the buffet. You can definitely taste the quality of the buffet. It isn't a la carte but it is still excellent and great value for $10. Since the original question was about cheap buffets I thought I'd throw this in as a suggestion.

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                              MrsCris Jan 31, 2011 01:29 PM

                              Not of help to you when using the buffet pass, but I thought I would mention the Prime Rib Special at the Victorian Room at Bills (formerly Barbary Coast).
                              Mr and I have ended up eating there on a few occasions over the years when we need a meal late at night, which can be hard to find in that area. They offer a $15.99 special, 24 hours/day, for a huge slab of good meat, a side salad and a baked potato. When we ate there over Christmas, this $15.99 special (advertised on posters etc) was on specialf for $10.99 - an even better deal. And they have excellent horseradish. All this in one of those throw-back settings with the naugahyde booths and the waitresses in their bibbed uniforms and running shoes who call you sweetie.

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