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sojo16 Apr 13, 2011 07:46 AM

We're doing a very budget bachelorette dinner, and I thought $30 for a buffet made more sense than a pre-fixe that may or may not be good for $50 (that leftover $20 can be spent on booze!). The reviews I've looked at for Wicked Spoon are mixed. Wondered if anyone on the board felt strongly one way or the other. We would welcome suggestions for anything else in that price range, staying at PH Towers and not wanting to cab.

  1. Xericx Feb 18, 2012 10:28 PM

    I went to Wicked Spoon today and found it very poor, both in food and service. Many people hearalded it as some sort of "foodie buffet" but I found the execution on the dishes itself to be very low quality. Flavors didn't mesh well. Selection wasn't the greatest. Interesting dishes were executed really poorly, like mall food court bad. I mean how can you screw up chicken wings or biscuits and gravy? The Pho was disgusting.

    I did enjoy the french toast and some of the carved lamb, but a lot of the food seemed to take interesting "foodie" concepts but dumb it down for the masses. I prefer Wynn, Bellagio and even the one at the Aria (I've gone to a lot of different Vegas buffets over the years). The quality was much higher. The free buffett I got at Treasure Island, overall was more well cooked than the Wicked Spoon.

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      Whisper Feb 14, 2012 08:42 PM

      The dining room is pretty good sized. I've been there a few times, but always on weekday afternoons so it was about 2/3rds empty. I've heard it can get quite busy on the weekends however.

      I thought the food was hit or miss. Some of it was very good for a buffet, other items were rather forgettable. Honestly it seemed like my first visit there shortly after Cosmo opened was the best, and the next two visits got slightly less impressive each time. My last visit to Wicked Spoon was about 3 or 4 months ago, so I can't vouch for what it's like now. Taken as a whole though I'd say it is one of the better buffets in town, although it is one of the pricier ones.

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        GSM Jun 13, 2011 11:56 AM

        I realize this is an old post but I thought I revive discussion of Wicked Spoon. I just had their brunch buffet and found it exceptional. An abundant selection of interesting items for $22. The salads alone were worth the price. I thought the desserts were terrific too.

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          bruceter Jun 21, 2011 05:20 AM

          Honestly don't know what's not to like about Wicked Spoon. completely unique in the buffet world in Vegas. Only gripe would maybe be price tag.

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            caitlink Feb 11, 2012 07:19 PM

            I am assuming Wicked Spoon is the buffet option at the Cosmo. What is available for lunch option? Can u provide examples?
            And what is available for the Sunday brunch option - I read on the website it's $29. How does it compare to Verandah?
            I have not been to Vegas for 5 years. Last time I was there, we tried Wynn and Bellagio buffets. Not too impressed and felt money spent on non-buffet restaurants were better value (eg. Olives, Mesa Grill) but this time I am travelling with a group and with family so need to stick to buffets (but one with a twist) to keep everyone happy. Thx.

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              Dave Feldman Feb 11, 2012 08:03 PM

              My guess, and it's only a guess, is that if you weren't impressed with the Wynn and Bellagio buffets, you probably won't be wild about the Cosmo buffet, either. What the Cosmo gets right is presentation, with most items served in small, individual containers, so not only is the food more attractive, but you can avoid the problem of sloppy big plates with flavors and sauces intermingling unappealingly. But I didn't find the flavors or selection quite up to the Wynn or Bellagio's, although I liked the seating area better. Service, in my experience, was excellent.

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                caitlink Feb 11, 2012 09:44 PM

                I am sure the buffet selection at Wynn and Bellagio are still impressive - with crab legs and carvery for dinner, etc. However, my memory was that food was not particularly 'hot' and fresh - which was why we preferred spending the same $ at let's say Olives, Bouchon or other non-buffet dining options. Less food but a more enjoyable experience.
                However, this time, we are travelling with a large group who are not 'foodies' so we are trying to decide between Wicked Spoon, Verandah, Bellagio and Wynn. I also have been reading about Studio B.
                Would appreciate your help if you are familiar with all these. Would like a higher end buffet to accommodate everyone. Thanks, Dave.

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                  Dave Feldman Feb 11, 2012 10:38 PM

                  The Bellagio is the biggest of these buffets and might be most likely to "wow" your group. Like you, I'm not a big fan of buffets, so I enjoyed the Cosmo at least as much just because of the pleasant room and the attractive presentation, but I'm not wowed at the quality of any of them. The M is a little less expensive, maybe a little bigger than the Cosmo, but not quite as good, IMO. The Wynn is comparable to Bellagio, a little quieter, but not as big.

                  One other factor -- if you have a big group, it might be possible to arrange for a reservation for it. If so, then I'd choose the place that allowed you a guarantee to be able to sit together.

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                    caitlink Feb 14, 2012 07:13 PM

                    Thanks, Dave, for your help. Based on your input, I think Wicked Spoon will be our choice.
                    How are the line-ups? Is it a big room that can accommodate many diners? Or will we have to suffer thru one hour line-ups for dinner on the weekends? Have not seen the Cosmo so not sure how big dining room is.

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                      Dave Feldman Feb 14, 2012 08:13 PM

                      I've only been to the Wicked Spoon once, for a weekday lunch. Maybe someone can help, but I'd guess it'll be packed.

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