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 offers a Buffet and the choice is endless. so how do you know what is the best buffet in Las Vegas 2022? 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 April 2022
Las Vegas Buffets
For those who are totally new to Las Vegas, here is a quick description of what to 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 are signs of the buffets starting back soon. With some even already open, even on limited numbers and hours.
Buffets were the first thing to close and could be the last to re-open. There was 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, including a full list of what is open right now! We expect to fully update the below list in the coming months to accurately reflect the situation on the ground as things open back up.
2022 Price Hikes
There have been some pretty savage price hikes since the reopening of the various Buffets in Las Vegas. Some of these have taken the prices to really quite eyewatering levels. Is $79.99 really an acceptable price point?
We know prices have shot up all around the states for all kinds of things, food, drink, attractions, fuel, car hire, everything really, but these buffets were already at pretty eye-watering levels, so these price hikes do feel a stretch too far.
Restricted numbers and limited competition seem to be making these prices tolerable for some, but we hope, as things get back to normal and rival buffets start applying some commercial pressure, that prices will start to creep back down.
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, let’s get cracking!
Top 10 Las Vegas Buffets
Best Budget Off-Strip
- Breakfast (Bottomless Bloody Marys) – $13.95 – Mon – Fri – 7am – 10am
- Lunch – $17.95 – Mon – Fri – 11am – 3pm
- Brunch (Bottomless Mimosas) – $25.95 – Sat – Sun 8am – 3 pm
- Dinner (Prime Rib) – $25.95 4pm – 9pm
- SeaFood Night – $42.95 Friday – 4pm – 9pm
The South Point Garden Buffet has developed a bit of a legendary status. As it’s off-strip it needs to do a little more to draw visitors in. This tends to be the Buffet (And Casino) of Choice for locals and more hardcore gamblers.
The prices are really low and the food is still reasonably high quality. It is obviously not going to compete with a $60 buffet at a tp Resort, such as the buffets coming up. But it still offers everything you would expect and decent quality.
Breakfast is really affordable, and when you factor in the Bottomless Bloody Marys it’s a steal! The Champagne Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas is another triumph! Seafood Night is a little more expensive but comes with two beers or wines and a host of prime seafood options. Crab Legs, Oysters, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Sushi, and a host of other options.
At all meals, there are a huge array of options including at least 5 action stations offering world cuisines including Mexican, Chinese, Mongolian, Seafood, Barbeque, and Italian. There is always a carving station offering roast meats (including Prime Rib) and a great BBQ Section with smoked Ribs, and various comfort foods.
Finally, the low prices get even lower if you sign up to The Club, Southpints Reward Club. The South Point is a real Gamblers casino and has far looser slots, or so the rumors go, so if you are heading all the way down here, you might as well do a little gambling and the rewards club is a must. AND it gets you a few extra dollars off the buffet – $10.95 for a breakfast Buffet with bottomless Bloody Mary;’s is pretty much unbeatable!
It’s a fantastic option and it’s just a shame it’s so far off the strip, but then if it wasn’t it probably would not be as cheap!
9 – MGM Grand Buffet – Open
- Brunch – $27.99 Mon-Thurs 8am – 3pm
- Brunch – $36.99 Fri-Sun 8am – 3pm
We are going to be honest, this one makes the list as it is OPEN! Which makes it a good Buffet Choice and in the top 10 in Vegas right now, as we can’t actually put together a list of 10 OPEN Buffets right now! Really with the current reviews, we are thinking maybe this is not a great choice, but if you really want an all-you-can-eat stuff-fest it is right there for the taking.
The MGM Grand Buffet used to be right up there with the best, maybe just creeping outside of the top 10 but a very solid offering. Post-Covid the reviews have been less than great. With many complaining of limited choice and long lines. Honestly from what we can see it’s not far off a standard Vegas Buffet, and people’s expectations may be a little ff right now. The prices are astronomical, but they are in ALL Vegas restaurants right now.
We think people are expecting a top-end Buffet for $36.99 and that is not what they are getting atm. $36.99 is a bargain weekend price right now in Vegas, Even Golden Corral has jacked their prices up!
One way to get some really good value here is through MyVegas. It’s one of our Top MyVegas Rewards and one of the few available Buffet options, offering a 2for1 Reward so you can basically dine half-price.
8 – Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station – Open
Best Downtown Buffet
- Brunch – $18.99 – Mon-Fri 8am – 2:00 pm
- Dinner – $25.99 – Friday AND Saturdsay 5am – 9pm
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
The Garden Court is renowned as Downtown’s best Buffet. This legendary establishment has been closed for much of the pandemic but has finally opened back up for brunch and select Dinner, namely Friday and Saturday, to give guests a chance to sample the old magic of the Garden Court.
The Garden Court, apart from its wonderful setting, has always been known for its large array and variety of foods. Many Downtown Buffets run a race to the bottom where the cheapest wins, but they can be quite terrible in terms of quality. The Garden Court bucks this trend, while remaining pretty cheap, it offers an amazing array of quality items.
The Reopening has been somewhat limited, Brunch has replaced the separate Breakfast and lunch options and there is only a Dinner Buffet on Friday and Saturday. But this will hopefully expand as the tourism increases to the City.
The Prices have jumped a little bit it’s still a bargain of a Buffet.
7 – Rio’s Carnival World
Buffet – Largest Buffet in Vegas – Closed (Covid)
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 are 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 their 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 – Open
- Brunch – $41.99 Mon – Thu 8am-3pm
- Brunch – $49.99 Fri – Sun 8am-3pm
- Dinner – $59.99 Wed – Thu 5pm-9pm
- Dinner – $64.99 Fri – Sun 5pm-9pm
- All You Can Drink Package – $24.99
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!
Finally back open for Dinner, the Brunch price has dropped a little but the Dinner price is pretty eye-watering. Still, it’s one of the few dinner buffets available so they can set whatever prices they want!
5 – Aria Buffet – Closed (Covid)
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 the 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, with 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!
4 – Sterling Brunch at Bally’s – Closed (Perminately)
Best for Indulgent Luxury
- Brunch – $135
- Bottomless Booze – $Included in Price
*** Currently Closed and the Rumours are this Legendary Buffet will remain closed for good – many a tear will be shed over here at the loss of this ICONIC feast! ***
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?
3 – Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan – Open
Best Boozy Brunch
- Breakfast – $38 Mon – Fri 8am – 11am
- Lunch – $45 Mon – Fri 11am – 3pm
- Brunch – $49 Sat & Sun 9am – 4pm
- Bottomless Booze – $21 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-expectation, it’s still a phenomenal buffet and really keenly priced considering the competition!
Note, slightly less keenly price post-pandemic!
2 – The Bacchanal at Caesars Palace – Open
Best Show Stopper
- Dinner – $79.99 – Mon – Thurs 4pm – 10pm
- Dinner – $79.99 – Fri – Sun 3pm – 10pm
- Brunch – $54.99 – Fri – Sun 9am – 3pm
- Bottomless Booze – $19.99 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 to 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 of 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 $79.99 Price tag for 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 – Open
- Weekday Brunch – Closed
- Weekday Dinner – Closed
- Gourmet Brunch –65.99 – Fri -Sun 8am – 3pm
- Gourmet Dinner – $79.99 Fri – Sun 3pm – 9pm
- Bottomless Booze – $22.99 Beer, Wine, Sangria And Mimosas *awaiting confirmation
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 brash and over-the-top place trying too hard to be noticed. It just does everything right.
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 its 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.