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This week's guest blogger is Diana Edelman, a travel blogger who resides in Las Vegas. In 2010, she decided to take a career-break and travel solo for seven months through Europe and Africa. You can follow her on Twitter, keep up to date with her on facebook, or check out her blog, where she documented her backpacking experiences and continues to provide readers with tips and travel notes on her popular site, The Adventures of D. In this post, she has put together some Las Vegas buffet reviews.
If there’s one thing travellers can bet on while in Las Vegas, it’s the food. From the celeb chefs to the late-night snack shacks, the culinary brilliance of Las Vegas shines as bright as the neon lights. But one thing in particular you simply must try are the ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets.
Buffets in Las Vegas range from inexpensive (and sometimes suspect), to pricey but filled with delicious options. Here are five that are worth forking over the cash (and it should be noted, all serve crab legs):
1. Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet, M Resort
There’s a reason why Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet at the M Resort is a favourite among locals and tourists. The resort, located a few miles from the heart of the action, provides a break from the typical tourist scene and is significantly less pricey than its upscale counterparts on The Strip. Voted “Best Buffet in Las Vegas” 2010 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Studio B’s 500-seat room taps into the hungry…and the thirsty.
That’s right - this buffet includes unlimited beer and wine in the cost. Settle down for a long meal and sample some of the 200-plus dishes served in the bright buffet. Be sure to save room for dessert as this one’s got everything from made-to-order crepes to pulled sugar deliciousness. Plus, every weekend, Studio B hits the mark with its seafood brunch and dinner. What’s more, diners can watch what’s going on in the kitchen thanks to video monitors that are spread throughout the buffet.
Open daily: breakfast: $9.99 (Mon–Fri 7am-10:30am); lunch: $14.99 (Mon–Fri 10:30am–2:30pm; dinner: $22.99 (Mon- Fri 4pm–9pm); seafood brunch: $31.99 (Sat–Sun 9am–2:30pm); seafood dinner: $31.99 (Sat–Sun 2:30pm–10pm).
2. Circus Circus Buffet
This 1,200 seat venue houses one of the least expensive buffets in town. Located towards the end of all of the action on The Strip, Circus Circus’ Buffet is also one of the largest in Las Vegas. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this buffet sticks mostly with the tried-and-true dishes that make any buffet great value. For breakfast, there's hot and cold cereals, eggs, potatoes, bacon, omelettes and more. Lunch offers an array of Southwestern, Asian, American and Italian selections and has some fun selections like corn dogs. Dinner adds a carving station with roasted turkey, baked ham and steamship round roast beef. There's one thing for sure - it's heavy on the comfort food. Think fried shrimp, fried chicken, gooey pizza. It's got all the staples travellers would expect it to have and won't break the bank.
Open daily: breakfast $11.49 (7am–11am); lunch $13.99 (11am–2pm); dinner $14.99 (4:30pm–10pm).
3. Rio Buffets
Just off-Strip is Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Housed inside are two (yes, two) top-notch buffets. First is the Village Seafood Buffet which is open only for dinner. It delights seafood-lovers with a bounty of fresh fish, mollusks and more. Of course, there are crab legs, but there are also shucked oysters, mussels, sushi and lobster. Even more scrumptious, the seafood is prepared in a variety of ways, including Mediterranean and Pacific Rim style. If that’s not enough, the seafood buffet also offers a hearty selection of meats to nosh. Plus, heaps of desserts, including house-made gelato, await diners at the end of the meal.
Open nightly: $39.99 (Mon–Fri 4pm–10pm; Sat–Sun 3:30pm–10pm).
Just down a way is the popular Carnival World Buffet. Recognized by Nevada Magazine readers as the ‘Best Buffet in Southern Nevada’, this large outfit offers more than 300 dishes, ranging from the typical buffet fare like pizza and sushi to dim sums. It’s also heavy on the dessert selections – there are more than 70 pies, cakes, pastries and gelato to quiet that sweet tooth.
Open daily: breakfast $15.99 (Mon–Fri 8am-11am); lunch: $17.99 (Mon–Fri 11am–3:30pm); dinner: $24.98 (daily 3:30pm–10pm); weekend champagne brunch: $24.99 (Sat–Sun 8am–3:30pm).
4. Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
This new hotel is the darling of The Strip and filled with tasty options for travellers. One of the more expensive options, this upscale buffet is perfect for food-lovers who want to experience something other than the normal buffet fare.
Executive Chef Bradley Manchester has created a sublime culinary experience at Wicked Spoon. Each station - Asian, Italian, Grill/Rotisserie, carving, comfort/international, salad and dessert - offers a plethora of options to entice diners to return again and again.
This high-end buffet offers many tapas-style portions, along with the normal buffet self-serve option. Highlights of the buffet include the ‘mac and cheese’ station where people can select the ingredients and create their ultimate mac and cheese dish, and the dessert island. Rows upon rows of gourmet desserts tempt buffet-goers to forego the main course and skip straight to dessert. A great place for more adventurous eaters, there’s even bone marrow on the menu.
Open daily: weekday brunch: $22 (includes a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa ); Mon–Fri 8am–2pm; $29 on weekends. For $37 guests receive unlimited champagne/Bloody Mary in addition to brunch (Sat–Sun 8am–3pm); dinner: $35 (Sun–Thurs 5pm–9pm; Fri–Sat 5pm–10pm).
5. The Buffet at ARIA
Yet another buffet on the high-end of the spectrum is ARIA’s. Its offerings are more main stream than Wicked Spoon’s, and just as good. Located beside the property’s expansive pool and terrace, on weekends the buffet delivers a gourmet dinner complete with ‘Whole Maine Lobster’ for two, which is brought to the table with unlimited wine. On weekends, The Buffet offers brunch along with unlimited Bloody Marys and Champagne.
The Buffet stands apart from its counterparts with the only tandoori oven, which cranks out some simply divine garlic naan bread. It also lays claim to offering an enticing dessert selection courtesy of renowned Chef Jean-Phillipe Maury. His signature creations include fresh cookies, pies, cobblers, bread pudding and ice cream.
Not sure how courageous to be at The Buffet? It’s okay. There’s a selection of pizzas, an expansive salad bar, deli meats to prepare a tasty sandwich and made-to-order pasta, along with a selection of meats available for carving.
Open daily: breakfast: $15.95 (Mon–Fri 7am–11am); lunch: $19.95 (Mon–Fri 11am–4pm); brunch: $29.95 (Sat–Sun 7am–4pm); dinner: $29.95 (Mon–Thurs 4pm–10pm); gourmet dinner: $36.95 (Fri–Sun 4pm–10pm).
And one extra for free...
6. Bellagio Buffet
Inside Bellagio lies another popular and more exclusive buffet that brings together fresh ingredients from around the world. At these live-action cooking stations, diners can enjoy some of the tastiest dishes from Italy, Japan and China as well as feast on seafood and American dishes.
A perfect spot for foodies, selections at this buffet include Curried Duck Legs, and wild game such as Elk Ribeye and Ostrich. There’s also a selection of smoked fish to enjoy, such as the popular Scottish Cold Smoked Salmon.
Open daily: breakfast: $15.95 (Mon–Fri 7am–11am); lunch: $19.95 (Mon–Fri 11am–4pm); dinner: $29.95 (Sun–Thurs 4pm–10pm); gourmet dinner: $36.95 (Fri–Sat 4pm–10pm); weekend brunch: $24.95/$29.95 with champagne (Sat–Sun 7am–4pm).
Note: for the budget conscious, there some super indulgent and super budget-friendly. For $44.99 for Total Rewards members and $49.99 for non-members, a special All-Day Buffet of Buffets Pass can be purchased which gives diners access to seven buffets – Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Rio, Harrah’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood.
Disclaimer: Wicked Spoon and ARIA provided complimentary meals to Diana for this post but this in no way influenced her experiences or opinions.
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