Buffets are the lifeblood of Las Vegas Dining. They have been feeding visitors since the beginnings of the strip but they have changed a lot in recent years. The days of all you can eat shrimp buffets of questionable quality
Vegas Buffets are now truly stunning, both in choice, quality and, unfortunately, Price. Seemingly every Casino and hotel offer a Buffet and the choice is endless. so how do you know what is the best buffet in Las Vegas 2020? Well, we are here to help with our top 10 buffets in Las Vegas.
About this List
Most Vegas Buffets are built in huge investments and reputations. Things have not changed hugely in the Buffet world for a few years and many of there operating on the reputations they built years ago. However, this sort of stagnation can lead to standards slipping and quality and choice not living up to the reputation.
Our list is not based on any reputation or past glory. It is an up to date insight into which Vegas Buffets offer the best value, choice, and quality in Las Vegas.
We will start you off with a few hints and tips and insights into the world of Las Vegas Buffets before heading into the meat of this post the Top 10 Las Vegas Buffets.
Last Update Jan 2020
Las Vegas Buffets
For those who are totally new to Las Vegas, here is a quick description of what expect from a Buffet. After a bit of a queue to pay, followed by a queue to be seated. You will be provided a table and offered drinks, preferably bottomless (See Below). And that’s about it.
The rest is up to you. Dotted around the outside of the table area will be various stations offering everything your heart could desire. You simply grab a plate and help yourself to anything and everything. The foods are normally grouped into categories, Starters, Salads, Carvery, seafood, various World Cuisines, and then dessert. But the order and combination is totally up to you.
Big favorites are always seafood. Crab legs and Claws, Oysters Shrimp and Sushi always take a hammering. As do the Carvery Stations where huge joints of Prime Rib, Tri-Tip, Brisket, Ribs, Turkey and Sausages are carved up and slapped on the plate by a helpful assistant. Don’t be shy, they will provide whatever you ask for.
Some Stations provide live cooking stations for foods that must be cooked to order. Omelets, Crepes, Steaks, and stir-fry can all be whipped up to your exacting specification.
Our Favourite option, most buffets now offer the option of bottomless drinks. Here you pay one price, normally around the price of 2 normal drinks and then just keep getting refills of your preferred beverage.
This works great for a boozy brunch or indulgent dinner and can save some serious cash if you are one for hitting the drinks hard. The better ones offer champagne, and select
Just about every bottomless drinks option, we have encountered limits you to 2 hours. This is to stop the people who paid once at a small meal and just sat there getting wasted. I think these are called alcoholics. For us much over an hour in a buffet and we are ready to pop.
Vegas is beginning to open up again after the pandemic shutdown, but there is no sign of the buffets starting back up anytime soon. Casinos, Hotels, Bars, attractions and restaurants are all slowly submitting action plans nad tentatively opening their doors. Even shows, which were quick to shut down are touting re-opening dates such as July 2020, you can even buy tickets.
Buffets were the first thing to close and could be the last to re-open. There is even talk of this being the END of Las Vegas (and beyond) buffets!
Several Chain Buffet restaurants in California and Florida such as Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes have gone into permanent liquidation leading many to believe this is the Death knell for the Elaborate and gran Buffets of Las Vegas.
The truth is No one really knows, bloggers and experts all want to tell you “their” truths to seem knowledgable or exaggerate an “inside source”. The Management teams are all tight-lipped and really it is anybody’s guess.
We explore the question in more detail here, but we have left this post largely as it was so you can reminisce or drool over what you are missing.
Update – Wynn Buffet is OPEN! Our Numner one Buffet is now BACK…oops Spoiler alert, but then it’s the only Buffet in Vegas Open at the minute so…
Walk Around First – There is SO much on offer you can’t possibly try everything. Take it all in a work out what you really want most.
Start Small – It can be hard to judge how much you would actually like to eat and it can be tempting to pile the plates high. But this mixes flavors and makes eating less appetizing. We try and eat as we would in a restaurant. So grab a few appetizers, pause, maybe soup or a fish course, Pause, then some more main meal-type items, pause, seconds, pause, desert.
Try to talk to each other – Even if it’s only about the food. Just because you can behave like a pig in a trough doesn’t mean you should!
Avoid the Stodge and Carbs – We can get unlimited mash, fries, pasta,
TRY NEW THINGS – Buffets are the perfect place to try new foods, flavors, and cuisines. Take small samples of anything you have never tried and if you can’t stomach them, it’s no bigger, just leave and go back for something else. It’s not like a restaurant where you can get selection regret
Try and Save Room For Desert – The deserts are some of the best items on offer. However, we all save them for last and it can be easy to be halfway through your third helping of carvery when you realize there is no room left…
Don’t Waste Food – It’s not only bad manners but some Buffets will actually charge you for intentionally wasting food. Take whatever you want. If something really is not to your liking leave it. But don’t just grab things you know you won’t eat. Yeah, we don’t get it either, but people do this!
Don’t only Eat at Buffets – We love Vegas Buffets, but the truth is they are all a bit samey, and not the best quality at times. It’s also an awful lot of food. We limit Buffets to 1-2x per trip. It’s a splurge and a fun one at that, but with so many other fantastic places to eat in Las Vegas, you really shouldn’t limit yourself to buffets.
That is why you need to know exactly which buffets are best so you can target only the top choices and get the best out of your trip…with that in mind lets get cracking!
Top 10 Las Vegas Buffets
Best for Another trip
- Breakfast – $19.99 7 – 10am
- Bunch – $25.99 10am – 3pm
- Dinner (Prime Rib) – $30.99 3 – 10pm
- Bottomless Booze – $12.99 Beer, Wine, And Champagne.
There are Issues at the Spice Market at the minute. The Buffet received some water damage a while back and since has drastically reduced its selection. It used to be one of the top buffets on the strip but after this, it has dropped significantly.
With only 4 or five stations open it’s quite restrictive in what is on offer. It still has some great Indian and middle eastern options and has some good vegetarian options but really as it stands you can do better. we can’t quite drop it off our list as we live in hope the Buffet receives some reinvestment and returns to its former glory, but for now, it’s not really recommended.
However, it still finds itself on plenty of best-of lists and recommendations due to its former glory.
Best Bottomless Booze
- Breakfast – $19.99 Mon – Fri 7-11am
- Lunch – $23.99 Mon – Fri 11am-3pm
- Brunch – $28.99 Sat-Sun 8am – 3pm + $5 For Bottomless Champagne
- Dinner – $32.99 Mon – Fri 3-9pm
- Weekend Dinner – $34.99 Sat-Sun 3-9pm
- Bottomless Booze$12.99
Cravings at the Mirage does not really stand out. It’s not a truly stand out buffet but it’s actually a really solid offering. The quality is there and the price quite reasonable for a premium strip Buffet.
The Buffet has everything you expect from a top Hotel Buffet, it just lacks a real standout selling point. The Stations on offer include Italian, Latin, American, Wok/Asian, Carving, Fishmonger, and Dessert.
The Carving Station has a great selection of smoked and roast meats and the Fishmonger has Grab Legs and claws on for dinner. The Latin has a fantastic selection of Mexican/Tex Mex foods and this is probably the stand out section for us. Bottomless Cheesy Nachos always goes down well with us!
A big disappointment is the lack of anything really Polynesian. Being in the Mirage we did expect some type of representation from the region. Alas, there was nothing. Maybe this is being picky…
The Bottomless Booze used to be included but has now been taken away and is a separate charge of $12.99 making it far poorer value. The quality of the included drinks is improved with Mimosa’s, Coctails, and much-improved wine selection but the additional cost sends this buffet tumbling down our list. It is still a top value Strip Buffet though and well worth checking out.
We should point out we rarely pay to eat here. It’s one of our Top MyVegas Rewards so tend to use our LP to dine here rather than paying.
Best Downtown Buffet
- Breakfast – $10.99 – Mon-Fri 8:30-10:30 am
- Lunch – $11.99 – Mon-Fri 11:00 am -3:00 pm
- Dinner – $14.99 – Mon, Wed, Thur 4-9 pm, Sun 4-10pm
- Champagne Brunch – $15.99 Sat-Sun 7am – 3pm
- Seafood Dinner – $29.99 – Friday 4-10pm
- Prime Rib and Scampi Special – $11.99 Tue 4-9 pm
- Luau Special – $17.99 Sat 4-10 pm
Buffets on Fremont street are not known for their quality and more for their price. The Garden Court bucks this trend significantly while remaining very competitive on price. $10.99 for all you can eat breakfast is pretty good going and only $15.99 for a Prime Rib and Scampi Dinner is a Cheap dinner!
But the Quality is far better than some of the other Bargain basement Buffets and is comparable with some of the glitzy Strip Buffets for choice and quality. Expect the standard buffet fare as opposed to the single-serving “dishes” provided in the high-end buffets though. It’s setting is pretty special too in an old converted station building it has a lot of charm.
Fridays Seafood Dinner is legendary but at $29.99 it loses some of its bargain-basement
The new Dinner option is the Luau Dinner Special, $17.99 gets you a seat at one of the only Luaus in town. We are HUGE Luau fans (Maui Luau’s, Oahu Luau’s) and regularly attend the real deal when in Hawaii. The Garden Court has all the Staples you would expect from a Luau feast, although the food is more modern Polynesian than traditional, but hey you are in Vegas.
Finally, while this is the best Value Buffer on the list, and probably on the strip, The above prices are for non-members, sign-up to their free loyalty card and get another 1$ off the price!
Best For Choice
- Brunch (Weekend 9 am – 3 pm) – $26.99
- Dinner – $34.99 3 – 9:30 pm
- Bottomless Booze – $13.00 (Beer and House Wine)
This is a Whopper. Over 200 dishes available and it is probably easier to talk about what you can’t get here…there isn’t much much. The Buffet covers most cuisines and is one of the most expansive in Las Vegas. In recent years the quality and choice have dipped from its peak. But still, the most common phrase used to describe the choice is WOW.
The Champagne Brunch includes unlimited Mimosa’s so you can get things going nice and early at the weekend!
However, it’s off-strip and we are struggling to think of a real reason to head all the way down there just for the buffet. It’s good but not that good and has some stiff competition to come…
One Standout Buffet in Las Vegas was the Rio Seafood Buffet, however, this became uneconomical and was merged into the carnival. The Demise of the Rio Seafood buffet is also disappointing, anyone looking for the old endless seafood and bottomless lobster will not be satisfied by the new Combined Buffet. This brings the Rio Buffet Tumbling down the list. With the Seafood upgrade…it was easily worth the trip off the strip, now we only really suggest dining here if you are staying here or are at the Rio for other reasons, such as the GREAT pool or Rooftop Club, Voodoo!
6 – Bellagio Buffet
- Breakfast – $26.99 Mon – Fri 7-11am
- Lunch – $30.99 Mon – Fri 11am-3pm
- Dinner – $41.99 Mon – Thurs 3-10pm
- Gourmet Dinner – $46.99 Fri-Sun 3-10pm
- Weekend Brunch – $36.99 or $58.98 Unlimited Champagne Fri – Sun 7am-3pm
- Bottomless Booze – $22.99 2for1
6th Place seems a bit harsh on the Bellagio Buffet. In all honesty, it is a very good
The Biggest downside to the Bellagio is it’s just nothing special. It has everything you would expect and it’s all cooked and prepared very well and the prices are not horrific for a premium Strip Buffet. But it just lacks that WOW of the buffets coming up.
We Happily eat here on comps and My Vegas Rewards but if spending our own money we think you can do better. And this year’s price hike has made it even less appealing!
5 – Aria Buffet
Best Seafood and all-round excellence.
- Breakfast – $25.99 Mon – Fri 7-9am
- Brunch – $30.99 Mon – 9am-3pm
- Weekend Brunch – $35.99 7am-3pm
- Dinner – $40.99 Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm
- Gormet Dinner – $45.99 Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm
- All Day Pass – $60 … No one can eat that much surely?
- Bottomless Booze – $19.99 (Beer+Wine, Selected Cocktails, and Champagne)
With the demise of the Seafood upgrade at Rio, The Aria Buffet picks up the handle for best Seafood Buffet in Vegas. And on top of this, it’s a top-quality buffet too. The Quality here has not slid at all.
The Aria Hotel is all about Modern elegance and Luxury and this is carried over into the fantastically modern decor of the buffet. But you can for the food. The selection is top-notch. The BBQ Meats section is divine, Huge cuts of Smoked Beef and Turkey and Big fat Smoked Sausages to die for. There is the Indian Section with an actual Tandoor for Real Naan Bread, Tandoori Chicken and other Indian delights (We are from Britain and we like our Curry!) There are Italian, American, Asian, Latin Mediterain and salad Stations as well. Deserts are pretty staggering with restaurant-style individual servings that will make you regret going back for some extra Brisket!
The Star Station for most is
And there is Poke…we love Poke!
Best for Indulgent Luxury
- Brunch – $135
- Bottomless Booze – $Included in Price
The Price is utterly ludicrous and unjustifiable. But this is Vegas, The City of disgraceful excess and the Sterling Brunch is the epitome of this vulgarness. If such displays of indulgence offend you, Vegas is not your town. So for us, it’s a case of When in Rome! And Rome is GOOD! So Good you are going to need to book well in advance
The Sterling Brunch has a very limited offering but it’s all Super high Quality and Select Cuts. The Star of the Show is always going to be the Lobster. All you can eat Lobster and Champagne is always going to be a winner. It’s Champagne too. Most included Champagne is Californian and as such NOT Champagne at all but fizzy wine. This is real French Nicolas Feuillatte. Unlike most buffet’s you will not be waiting for refills, your glass is filled every time you begin to run low.
On top of the Lobster and Champagne, there are some really fantastic options. The Best Seafood of any Buffet, With Fresh Oysters, King Crab legs, Huge Shrimp, Caviar, and a verity of Crab Claws.
The Sushi Station (with Sake) is the best sushi you will find in any buffet and the carving meats are next level including Fantastic Steaks and Lamb racks.
Put Simply this place defies belief and is a real must-do. You were only going to lose that $135 on Blackjack anyway. In the Sterling Buffet, you can’t lose!
Did we mention the Bottomless Lobster and Champagne?
Best Boozy Brunch
- Brunch – $29 Mon – Thur 8am – 5pm
- Weekend – $36 Fri – Sat 8am – 3pm
- Dinner – $42 Mon – Thur 5 – 10pm
- Weekend Dinner – $49 Fri – Sun 3 – 10pm (9pm Sun)
- Bottomless Booze – $17 Beer and Wine, Champagne, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for Brunch
If you are looking for a boozy brunch that doesn’t quite bust the bank as much as the Sterling, then The Wicked Spoon is a
The Secret was to replace the large, heated trays of slop with individually served mini dishes. This enabled the Buffet to serve restaurant-quality dishes rather than just a mish-mash of dishes pilled onto a plate. This changed everything and became the model used in the other buffets.
Today Wicked Spoon still provides the same incredible individual dishes along with some of the more usual fare. Quality is a little off what it once was and this seems to be a recurring theme across Vegas. But this is still one of the absolute best. For Dinner, we head elsewhere but for an amazing boozy brunch, this is still our favorite choice for quality variety and value.
We hear a lot of “not what it used to be!” reviews, but we feel most of these are rose-tinted glasses or cases of over expectations, it’s still a phenominal buffet and really keenly priced considering the competition!
Best Show Stopper
- Breakfast – $39.99 Mon – Fri 7:30am – 11pm
- Weekend Breakfast – $54.99 Mon – Fri 11am – 3pm
- Brunch – $44.99 Mon – Fri 7:30am – 11pm
- Weekend Bunch – $59.99 Sat-Sun 11 – 10pm
- Dinner – $54.99 Mon – Thur 3 – 10pm
- Weekend Dinner = $64.99 Fri – Sun 3 – 10pm
- Bottomless Booze – $19 Beer, Wine, and Mimosas
Where the Wicked Spoon went the Bacchanal followed but it took the $100 million investment Ceasars gave it and took the buffet a whole new level. The enormous Bacchanal Buffet is like nothing else on earth. One visit is not even going to scratch the surface of what is on offer. Most dishes are served in the small plate format and are excellent quality.
Real Imagination and flair are used to create the dishes and it really is foodie heaven. The Chefs are right on trend as well so Red Velvet Pancakes, Avocado on toast (With Crab), and Chicken and Waffle are all present along with restaurant classics like Truffle deviled eggs, Lobster Egg Benedict and applewood smoked wagyu.
All the Buffet Favourites are present too like prime rib, Pizza, Carvery meats, Sushi, and Dim Sum. The Seafood section is also top-notch stacked with Crab Legs, Shrimp, Oysters,
The desserts are a thing of beauty and the taste to match. Fresh Crepes, a Myriad of cupcakes, Creme Brulee, Fantastic Gelato and a Myriad of other little sweet treats
Is there a downside, yeah, the $65 Price tag for a weekend dinner! It’s probably worth it but it does sting the wallet. Keep an Eye on Group-on as they periodically have some great offers.
1 – The Buffet at Wynn – Now Re-Open
- Weekday Brunch – $40.99 Mon – Fri 7.30 am – 3:30 pm
- Weekday Dinner – $59.99 Sun – Thur 3:30 – 9:30pm
- Gourmet Brunch –$50.99 – Sat-Sun 7:30am – 3:30pm
- Gourmet Dinner – $65.99 Fri – Sat 3:30 – 9:30pm
- Bottomless Booze – $22.99 Beer, Wine, Sangria And Mimosas *awaiting confirmation
* caution – we have not been able to confirm prices after re-opening!
Here it is our Number one Pick for Best Las Vegas Buffet.
Walking into the Buffet at Wynn is a little like walking into Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory. Its Decor is utterly stunning and very surreal. With, Huge bright floral Displays contrasting clean white lines it is a wonderful place to visit. Then you start eating.
The Deserts are out of this world. And play to the Wonker theme with mini dessert cones, Madeline candy apples, Cake Pops and warm Chocolate Lava Cake and a million other treats.
The Savoury offering isn’t too imaginative, it is really just the standard Buffet Menu but everything is top quality, fresh and perfectly prepared. It’s not a
It’s a close call between the Wynn and Bacchanal, honestly, it’s very hard to call both are stunning Buffets, with Bacchanal providing the theatre and Drama whereas the Wynn is just Perfection, as you would expect from the stunning Wynn hotel. The Wynn pips it as the Bacchanal prices are just so steep and the Brilliance of the Wynn comes at a much more reasonable cost. Neither will leave you disappointed, however.
The wicked Spoon may be a victim of its own success it was so highly rated as the realities of running a restaurant bite and costs need to be cut the quality has been allowed to skip slightly meaning people are more often left a little disappointed. It’s still a great shout for a boozy brunch.
Of course, if we could visit just one before we die, it would be the sterling brunch. This is bucket-list dining at it’s finest! It is by far the best Buffet in Vegas but only gets to Number 4 due to THAT price.
Have Your Say
Let us know your favorite Buffet? Was it on our list? Or do you think we have made a terrible omission? Have you tried any of our top 10 and had a disaster experience? Everyone has their off days but do you feel the quality is slipping? Let us know below if you have anything to say about the Las Vegas Buffet Scene. And if you have any questions just fire away in the comments below.