Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eating Your Way Through The Las Vegas Buffet

Buffets in Las Vegas have gone upscale - and so have their prices.  The day of the $5.99 buffet is long gone, replaced with gourmet dining in an all you can eat format. Here is a rundown of the most popular buffets in Vegas along with the pricing (current as of Feb. 1, 2013). Meals as described are dinner, unless otherwise stated.

Aria Resort and Casino - The Buffet. This buffet is known for it's quality, variety and comfort for patrons. Extensive renovations were recently completed and the buffet reopened with the hip vibe of the hotel that still allows patrons to dine in comfortable and fairly quiet surroundings. There is a Tandori oven and fish market with cooking done right at the station. Breakfast is $17.99 weekdays, lunch is $20.99 weekdays, dinner is  $31.99 on weekdays, $39.99 on weekends. Brunch available on weekends.

Bellagio - The Buffet.  The Buffet at Bellagio was one of the first to feature gourmet food when it opened in 1998. Offerings include perfect rare beef sirloins, rack of lamb and the best of Italian, Japanese, Chinese, seafood and American cuisines. Breakfast is $17.99 weekdays, lunch is $20.99, dinner $31.99 Monday - Thursday and $37.99 on weekends. A gourmet brunch is available weekends.

Paris Las Vegas - Le Buffet.  Crave French food? Then this buffet won't disappoint.  In a faux village setting, enjoy authentic beef Bourguinon, roast duck or coq au vain.  The made to order crepe station is the highlight of this nightly buffet. There are five food stations, each themed for a particular province of France. Dinner is $30.99 weekdays, $33.99 on weekends.

M Resort and Spa - Studio B Buffet. This off strip buffet was voted the Best Buffet in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal in 2010 and has a noteworthy extra - unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. The weekend seafood items go on and on - snow crab legs, oysters, steamed clams and mussels. In addition, a live action cooking studio shows chefs preparing meals on large screens while you dine. This buffet is a bargain! Breakfast weekdays - $10.99. Lunch weekdays - $15.99. Dinner weekdays - $23.99. Weekend Seafood Brunch - $39.99.  Weekend Dinner (Fri., Sat. Sun.) $39.99.  Children's pricing also offered.

Cosmopolitan - Wicked Spoon. Cosmopolitan's Wicked Spoon offers daily and weekend brunch as well as daily and weekend dinners. Small plate meals are the main selections and the beautiful presentations beat many of the other buffets on the strip. Individual portioning allows for more sampling of the many different types of food on the menu such as pork belly banh mi sandwiches, veal sweetbreads, dirty rice and more. Weeknight dinner is $36. $38 on weekends.

Wynn Las Vegas - The Buffet. Voted Best Buffet in Las Vegas by USA Today, guests can indulge in 16 food stations at this buffet.  You'll be spellbound walking through the entryway. Enjoy flavors from around the world, such as Italian porchetta and braised veal short ribs. There is a huge selection of desserts and a dried fruit and cheese station.  Dinner is $36.99 weekdays, $39.99 weekends.

Caesers Palace - Bacchanal Buffet.  No where is the idea of excess more visible than at Caesers new Bacchanal Buffet, a huge $17 million undertaking. There are nine kitchens that prepare more than 580 food items over breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  The 25,000 square foot dining space offers views of the Garden of the Gods pool complex. The carvery can offer up to nine meats, the Chinese station has excellent dim sum and roast duck.  Don't forget dessert, including made-to-order souffles and chocolate and cheesecake lollipops.  Dinner is $44.99 weekdays, $49.99 weekends.

 Bally's Las Vegas - Sterling Brunch. This brunch is available on Sunday's only and as one of the last vestiges of Old Las Vegas, this buffet features lobster and caviar with unlimited champagne. Held in Bally's Steakhouse, the service is superb, with an $85 per person price that is double the cost of any other buffet on the strip. It is held in Bally's Steakhouse.

Rio - Carnival World Buffet. The Rio is considered the best buffet to take kids, who will find all favorites here like mac and cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and make-your-own milkshakes.Adults  can choose from a dim sum station, a noodle bar with a variety of Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese specialties, and a Brazilian churrascaria where meat and veggies are grilled up right in front of you. Other food stations focus on Mexican, American and Italian cuisines, Leave room for dessert -  the  buffet has more than 70 varieties of pies and pastries, cakes, cookies and - best of all - a gelato bar. Prices range from $25 - $40.

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