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How is the Aria Buffet?

issey Jan 28, 2011 02:25 PM

So far the best buffets that we've been to are the Wynn and Bellagio. Recently I've been hear a buzz about the buffet at the Aria. Has anyone been? Can you give me any feedback on the Aria buffet compared to either the Wynn or Bellagio buffets?


3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 29, 2011 12:02 AM

    I've been. It's a good buffet, but didn't hold a candle to Bellagio. So you can get an idea of my opinions on such things, here's my full ranking of Vegas buffets I've sampled, cream of the crop at the top:

    The Buffet at Bellagio (Lunch)
    Spice Market Buffet at P-Ho (Dinner)
    Le Village Buffet at Paris (Breakfast)
    Aria Buffet (Dinner)
    Carnival World Buffet at Rio (Dinner)
    Cravings Buffet at Mirage (Lunch)
    (big gap)
    Hometown/Old Country Buffet (the national chain)
    ---The Line of Acceptability---
    (even bigger gap)
    Roundtable Buffet at Excalibur (Dinner)

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 5, 2011 12:53 AM

      Adding one: Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan, had it for dinner. They're my new top of the list. I remember Bellagio being fantastic, but Wicked Spoon... the best word is decadent. I remember best the lamb ribs, kalbi short ribs, shrimp & grits, steamed pork buns, offering harissa and chimichurri next to the creamy horseradish sauce for your prime rib or leg of lamb...

      People have mentioned that the dessert section isn't up to par with the rest of the buffet. This is marginally true, but it's still pretty decent. The chocolate covered strawberries were terrific, and macarons... macarons on a buffet line!

      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
        A5 KOBE May 25, 2011 05:10 PM

        I am not a buffet person, but Wicked Spoon is tempting.

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      Eric Jan 29, 2011 06:25 AM

      Two friends and I went to the Aria Buffet last week. We arrived at 3:00 pm. The buffet does not close between lunch and dinner; thus, we were able to sample both meals. Lunch is $19.95 and dinner is, I think, $33.95. At dinner, you can pay an additional $10 for a whole Maine lobster. The buffet is not big. However, the food was excellent. The lunch buffet included jumbo peeled shrimp. They also were carving a leg of lamp and prime rib. The buffet is the only one on the Strip with a Tandori oven. All three of us agreed that the dinner buffet was not that different from the lunch buffet to warrent paying the extra money. The only bad thing were the cookies on the desert section. In a word they sucked.

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      1. re: Eric
        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 29, 2011 10:39 AM

        One exception on the cookies: They have these peanut butter crunch cookies that look sorta like individual Kit Kats. I was wishing that I had brough a female friend with me, because we would have filled her purse with those.

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          issey Feb 1, 2011 02:10 PM

          Thanks for your response about Aria. It sounds similar to the buffet at Wynn. I also the they had less selection than Bellagio but the quality was better. Have you been to the Wynn and how would you compare it Aria? I should mention I will be going for lunch and not dinner. Oh, they did have the king crab legs, no?!?

          3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

          1. re: issey
            Eric Feb 1, 2011 03:36 PM

            Aria has king crab legs at dinner only. The quality of Aria was comparable to Wynn but was a much smaller selection.

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              djdragan Feb 3, 2011 10:01 AM

              My wife and I tried the Aria buffet for breakfast back in September. I thought the quality was really good. It is not very big though (as others have mentioned), while the selection for breakfast was more then enough, I could see how lunch/dinner selections could be limited.

              I also thought it had a weird, Ikea cafeteria vibe to it. It was quite bright and very modern. Again, while this was fine for breakfast, I don't think this would be a good atmosphere for dinner.

              If the price for dinner is $33.95 I think you would be better of at Bellagio. We were just in Vegas again last week and went there for dinner one night. IIRC it was around $35 or $36 each so pretty comparable to Aria, but is much bigger. Great selection of items (including 2 types of lamb!!) - I'm a big lamb fan, and overall good quality of items. I was a bit dissapointed by the dessert selections, but we were pretty full by that time anyway, so it didn't bother us too much.

              3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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            MsJuls May 25, 2011 04:51 PM

            It was average. We ate there for breakfast and it was good, but not as good as Bellagio. We looked at the buffet for dinner but found it too average to pay $30 per person for. All of the usual buffet items.

            3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

            1. HighHeels Jan 20, 2012 05:16 PM

              I was there on business about a week ago and we stayed at the Bellagio and ate at their buffet for lunch the first day. The next evening we hadn't planned well & were so tired from walking around a convention so we decided to hit a buffet again. My thought was to stick with the buffet at the Bellagio again because it was OUT OF THIS WORLD. But my co-worker wanted to venture out to another hotel and see some sites along the way. I've been to Vegas so many times & we were only there for 48 hours that I didn't really care one way or the other. So, I mentioned I had heard good things about the Aria and it was close by.
              So, we went there. NO LINE whatsever. I was surprised as we had stood in line for an hour the day before. We were there for dinner and it was about $30 a person before tip. It was soooo disappointing. The waitress was just as rude as they come. I couldn't believe it. I am always understanding when service people have bad days, it happens. But we are the types of people that would rather eat crap than to complain, we always smile and thank them for refills, etc. I mean, we are good customers. I've been a waitress and know the difference. But she just had this vibe that we were interrupting her day and she couldn't be bothered with us. I asked which is the best side to start from. Her answer was "You can go to the desserts if you are in a hurry" WTF? We weren't in a hurry, gave off no vibe that we were and we just looked at each other like, HUH? The buffet isn't large at all, compared to the Bellagio and the Wynn. We picked that place because they touted Indian food and the only buffet with a clay oven. We were so excited. Until we found out there was just one goat dish, some naan, a veggie dish and one other choice that was so underwhelming it was insane. The goat dish had so many little bones all thru it that I felt like some hillbilly constantly taking food out of my mouth to put back on the plate. I find that to be the most disgusting thing to do at a restaurant.
              I will give a thumbs up to the crab legs. The gal behind the counter was soo nice, she offered to steam them for me. That was so pleasant. The guy behind the meats was not attentive either. So, that annoyed me.
              But I gave it a couple stars because the desserts were delicious. They had a mint macaron dipped in chocolate that was out of this world. I am attempting to recreate it this weekend. And my co-worker had a french toast caramel bread pudding that he fell in love with. But other than that. No thank you to future visits.
              I am excited to try the Spice Market and the Wicked Spoon next visit.

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                furflys May 2, 2012 10:03 AM

                Staying at Vdara and 2 eggs and orange juice at their fast food place costs the same as a buffet, so I went to Bellagio yesterday and Aria today.
                Bellagio was great for breakfast - after waiting nearly 40 minutes at 9:45 to get in - ate Scottish salmon and smoked scallops and lovely fresh fruit and thick, custardy french toast. It was all wonderful.

                Aria? I walked in- no line - at 8:30 (first bad sign), it resembles an ugly cafeteria (honestly, with the $$ they spent on that hotel, for the buffet to look that bad!), food was meh. No fresh egg station (the scrambled eggs were powdered, with no option of getting a fresh egg), no salmon/scallops, the french toast was thin and dry, an overall odd assortment of foods at breakfast (Portuguese sausage? Ham? Pot stickers? Chinese chicken salad? Processed cheese ?) I don't eat breads or desserts so can't speak of them - but I suppose good for bagel lovers, I saw 5 or 6 types of flavored cream cheese. The muesli was probably the best thing on the buffet, but it was heavily sugared and there were no bowls to put it in (very soupy). When I asked about bowls they pointed across the buffet to a couple sitting by the grits. Hmmm. Overall, I didn't have one thing that I wanted to taste again, wouldn't go back, and can't understand how it can cost more than Bellagio's buffet.

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