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Jul 18, 2011 02:36 AM

Vegas Buffet- Weekday vs Weekend, Lunch or DInner?

I know buffets are looked down upon- they're expensive, the lines are long, and there are better options these days in Vegas for the same price. (Don't worry, I'm also planning on going to Lotus of Siam and Raku too.)

But, for me, going to Vegas without eating at one buffet is like going to Montreal and not eating a bagel or
going to Chicago and not getting a deep dish pizza.

I'll be in Vegas for this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and plan on eating at one buffet and I need some guidance from my fellow chowhounds. I've narrowed down my buffet choices to Wynn, Belagio, Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan, and Le Village Buffet at Paris(I ate at Paris years and years ago and I remembered it was pretty good) although I'm still open to any other buffet alternatives.

What's the best day to eat at a buffet, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? I see different prices for the weekday vs weekend buffets, but does this mean there's a difference in quality or what they're serving on those different days and prices? Or, maybe, is one buffet the best for the weekday and another place will have the best weekend buffet?

And, the prices for the lunch and dinner buffets are different, but again, is there going to be a difference in what's being served for lunch vs dinner? Or, maybe, one buffet will be the best place to get lunch while another buffet might be the best place to get dinner? I'm thinking there might be a scenario that one place might serve the same dishes for lunch and dinner so that might be the best choice for lunch because you're paying lunch prices for dinner dishes, but then another place might bring out signifigant number of new dishes for dinner and that's where you'd want to go for dinner.

Which buffet would you recommend on which day and for lunch or for dinner?

I've already tried looking at the different casino websites, but some of them were surprisingly lacking in information(I can't find the difference between what's being served for lunch vs dinner, but some of them don't even list their prices for the buffets and Paris lists the prices but its really confusing). And, I tried looking at older threads but couldn't find this information. (But, I know that one particular poster will post that if I use the search engine, I will find lots of threads on this very subject).

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

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  1. Paris is not as good as it once was. I found Aria's bufet to be very good. They claim to have the only Tandori oven at a Strip buffet. It is smaller than other buffets but the quality is there. From my expierence, lunch and dinner do not serve the same dishes.. The websites do not list what is on the buffets as most of the buffets rotate what is being served. Bellagio, Aria and Wynn do not close between lunch and dinner. You can go towards the end of lunch and stay for dinner.

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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    1. re: Eric

      I went to Paris years and years ago around when it opened so that's probably why it was so good.

      I don't think how true this is, but somebody once told me that the Vegas buffets start off strong but then fall off after awhile. But, since I still hear good things about Wynn and Bellagio, I guess they might be the exception to the rule.

      And, if as a rule of thumb that buffets are best in the beginning, I was thinking about going to Wicked Spoon. But, they close in between services so you can't slip in late for breakfast and wait for lunch or slip in late for lunch to wait for dinner.

      Now that I know there is a difference between lunch and dinner courses, can you give me a general idea about how different they are and whether I should go for late breakfast/lunch vs late lunch/dinner buffet at a plaec like Wynn or Bellagio.

      Are they bringing out stuff like lobsters, crab legs, or anything like that exclusively for dinner vs lunch?

      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

    2. Differential between lunch and dinner, and weekday and weekend is less about food (though that is a factor) and more about being able to charge more on weekends when the crowds arrive.

      1. Totally, one hundred percent: Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan. I've been to the buffets at Paris, Rio (the big Carnival World Buffet), Planet Hollywood (back when it was Aladdin, but they wisely kept the buffet), Mirage, Excalibur (the less said of that one the better), Aria, and Bellagio. Wicked Spoon beats them all hands down. It's the only buffet I've wanted to hit multiple times. Every time I go I come back yammering incessantly about some new dish they had on the buffet line. The first time, it was roasted marrow bones, incredible kalbi, steamed pork buns à la Momofuku, and passion fruit macarons (Yes, you read that right, all-you-can-eat macarons!). The next time, it was some of the best French toast I'd ever eaten, fried chicken, linguiça sausage, and mai tai gelato. This most recent trip, I went bonkers for red velvet pancakes, and burrata and watercress salad. And all three times I've pigged out on HUGE chocolate covered strawberries.

        As for brunch or dinner: I've had both at Wicked Spoon and have come away very intensely happy (and very intensely full) both ways. The dinner offerings are a little more upscale, but at brunch they now include a glass of bubbly, a Mimosa, or Bloody Mary with your meal, and for a few extra bucks on weekends the potent potables become bottomless. So, if you like to have a few drinks with your brunch, go for weekend brunch. I think between a weekday brunch or dinner, I give the slight nod to brunch because naps and constitutional strolls are both more enjoyable during the day, and because if I go for brunch I won't even think about food until somewhere past midnight.

        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

        Carnival World 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

          I haven't tried the Wicked Spoon yet, and am greatly looking forward to it on my next trip. My favorite buffet is at the Wynn on Friday afternoon. I arrive at about 3:10 (they switch to dinner at 3:30). I pay lunch price (about $24 last time I was there). First plate of food is the best of the lunch items. After that, I get their dinner items (love the Alaskan king crab and the lamb chops). Gourmet dinner on Friday is around $39, so at $24 it's a great value IMO and as mentioned above, I think buffets are best early rather than later. It's still my favorite Vegas buffet.

          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            I heard Wicked Spoon doesn't have the some of the other items that Bellagio does. King Crab legs, etc.

            I am planning to go on a Sunday night (same as poster, must do one buffet and did the Wynn last time). I am hoping those crab legs and meats are standard any night of the week. HOWEVER, just looked online and they call their Friday night and Sat night buffets "gourmet". What's on them that is not there other nights?

            3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

          2. I don't know why the OP found Paris' buffet prices so confusing.

            All you have to do is go to their webpage and it clearly states their buffet prices:


            Breakfast: $15.99 Mon. - Fri., $18.99 Sat. - Sun.
            Lunch: $18.99,
            Dinner $24.99 Mon. - Fri., $27.99 Sat. - Sun.
            Brunch: $27.99

            Breakfast on weekdays is $16. And, if you go eat on Saturday or Sunday before 10, you only have to pay their breakfast price of $19. But, if you go eat after 10, on the weekdays you pay lunch price of $19. Or, if you go eat after 10 on the weekend, you pay their brunch price of $28. If you go eat dinner after 3:30, you pay $25 on weekdays and $28 on weekends.

            Some of the buffets like Wynn don't have special early breakfast prices on the weekend, so you're paying the brunch price regardless if you go early or later. But, there are others like Treasure Island which also have early breakfast prices on the weekends and then brunch prices after that time on the weekends.