In Las Vegas, it's go big or go home. That applies to Sin City's buffets, too. From foodies to families and from cheapskates to high rollers, all kinds of travelers can live it up at Vegas' best buffets.
Best Las Vegas Buffet for Foodies
The best Las Vegas buffet for a high-class foodie experience is the award-winning Sterling Brunch at Bally's Steakhouse. More expensive than most other buffets on the Strip at $90 per person, the upscale brunch serves up caviar, Maine lobsters, hand-carved tenderloin, and bottomless premium Champagne, among other delicacies. It's only open on Sundays until 2:30 p.m. (the last seating is at 1:30 p.m.). Business-casual attire is required.
Best Las Vegas Buffet for an All-Around Dining Experience
The Las Vegas buffet with the most buzz these days is the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. In September, the Bacchanal Buffet celebrated both its one-year anniversary and its one millionth diner—a testament to its popularity and its size. The dining room seats nearly 600 people and serves a mind-boggling 500-plus offerings at nine separate cooking stations. The Bacchanal Buffet costs around $50 for unlimited dinner on weekends; weekday prices vary by meal.
Best Las Vegas Buffet for a Cultural Experience
For the best cultural dining experience at a Las Vegas buffet, head to Paris Las Vegas' Le Village Buffet. Don't lump the entire country's food into a single category, however, as chefs specialize in cuisine from five different French provinces. The multiple dining rooms' intricate decor matches the village-themed setting.
Best Las Vegas Buffet for Gluttons
Rio Las Vegas boasts the largest buffet in town, the Carnival World Buffet, with a buffet line the length of a football field. The dramatic scene offers station after station of Chinese dim sum, Brazilian churrascaria, and craft-your-own shakes, just to name a few, along with more than 70 different dessert varieties, including a homemade-gelato bar. Tip: Before picking up a plate, scope out the offerings on the more than 340 feet of food stations, so you eat your fill of your preferred foods.
Best Las Vegas Buffet for Families
In a bid to compete for the family-vacation dollar, Sin City has (somewhat) classed up its act and can (somewhat) call itself a kid-friendly town. Case in point: Kids four and under eat free at Luxor's More The Buffet. The casual dining destination requires no reservations, and what's more, it has a homemade-pizza station. This just in: Kids love pizza!
Best Las Vegas Buffets for High Rollers
If you're a real high roller, pit bosses won't want to part ways with your wallet or lose your free-flowing money to another casino. They'll put you up in a suite and comp you at the buffets and restaurants. Basically, if you're betting ungodly sums of cash, you'll eat for free. High rollers, just ask the pit boss for a buffet voucher.
For the rest of you, another option is to enroll in complimentary rewards programs, such as Total Rewards and M life (formerly MGM Mirage Players Club), that net benefits for money spent at the resort. Total Rewards is applicable at Bally's, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah's, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Quad, and Rio; M life is applicable at Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, and New York New York, among others.
Between the two clubs, you're covered for a good amount of the Strip's major casinos. You may not necessarily get a penthouse suite like an extreme gambler, but a free meal can ease the sting of losing at the craps table.
Tips for Cheapskates
The house never loses. That old adage is certainly true at the tables, but Sin City also allows those who are swift enough to get even at the buffet line. Here are a few ways to eat cheaply—or on the house—at a Las Vegas buffet:
- Hit the buffet during breakfast or lunch and forego the pricier dinner entrance fee. Alternatively, enter the buffet just before the lunchtime rates expire (this is dependent on the restaurant but typically happens around 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.) and stay for dinner.
- Book a sleep/play/eat package—all the resorts' promotions pages have them. Pore through the numerous sites that offer coupons and discounted entrance prices, typically for off-peak times.
- Participate in a timeshare presentation. Many Las Vegas resort casinos host timeshare presentations and will give out all types of freebies, including buffet entrance vouchers, to willing audience members. Invest a couple of hours and you could be dining for free.