The Best Buffets in Las Vegas

Croque madame and french fries for breakfast
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Las Vegas has given the world a certain number of cultural culinary icons. The $1 shrimp cocktail, for instance, and the classic Vegas prime rib dinner (extra points if you have it at The Golden Steer). There are more restaurants here serving certified Kobe beef than anywhere in the world, and more master sommeliers than any other city. With the opening of Wally’s in the new Resorts World Las Vegas, the city also now claims the most expensive steak ever served (a 60-ounce Porterhouse aged for 195 days, covered in black truffles, and sold for $20,000). But if one dining symbol that epitomizes the Las Vegas experience, it’s the buffet. 

That all-you-can-stuff-in-your-piehole experience has evolved since the El Rancho Vegas opened its chuckwagon-style Buckaroo Buffet in 1941. For $1, hungry gamblers could fill up 24 hours a day—and the casino could keep its players playing. According to the UNLV Center for Gaming Research, the Buckaroo set the buffet precedent for the city, and by the 1950s, most Strip casinos had midnight buffets for $1.50. In the years that followed, buffets exploded—offering more quantity than quality in many cases, but still at relatively low prices. (Enter the buffet strategy of loading up on crab legs and forsaking filler items like pasta salad.) By a couple of years ago, there were more than 70 buffet restaurants in Las Vegas. 

As circumstances have changed on Vegas’s culinary scene, the great buffet shakeout has left the Strip with eight buffets. The buffet format has long been one of the stickiest financial propositions for the casinos. How do you make a profit (or even break even) when you’re serving guests literally as much food as they can eat? The newly reopening buffets have some ideas. Enter time limits, higher prices, drinks packages, limited service hours, and roving carts serving individually plated items dim sum-style. All these measures, though, allow them to to differentiate themselves with seriously luxe items, creative new plays on old favorites, and if perhaps lower quantity, better quality. (A tip: Though most buffets now have a two-hour dining window, you can often try a larger variety of items if you time your arrival for the hour before the meal changeover from brunch to lunch or lunch to dinner.) 

Here is a guide to the eight buffets currently operating in Las Vegas.

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The Buffet at Excalibur

Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
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3850 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 877-750-5464

Another buffet that’s gone brunchy is the restaurant at the castle-themed Excalibur. This is one of the best deals for families, and not just because it’s priced more gently than most other buffets. There’s an enduring appeal to dining in a magic castle, even if little about the restaurant’s décor screams King Arthur. You won’t find squid ink braised- or truffle-laden anything here. This buffet dishes out solid representatives from American, Asian, Italian, and Latin cuisine with desserts that might not challenge your tastebuds with their complexity, but they will delight everyone. And though parts of Excalibur beg for a reno, the buffet itself went through a $6.2 million renovation only a few years ago. The nearly 35,000-square-foot room can serve 610 people between two dining areas. You’ll find made-to-order omelets, smoked brisket, sushi, a carving station, pizza, and other dishes that everyone in the family will like. Save room for the dessert station, which has bread pudding, crepes, doughnuts, cakes, frozen custard, and plenty more of the usual sugary suspects. The Buffet is open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults pay $24.99 person and $14.9 for children ages six to 11 on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Prices bump up to $29.99 and $15.99, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday. Children five and under always eat free.

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Circus Buffet at Circus Circus

Circus Circus Buffet

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2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 702-734-0410

Those who don’t want to limit themselves to a certain mealtime will be happy to know that Circus Buffet reopened to serve breakfast, brunch and dinner. Like Excalibur, this is food that will appeal to virtually everyone, and veers toward American comfort foods, like build-your-own omelets and fried chicken. Considering the fact that you can barely get out of a food court without dropping $50, Circus Buffet is a great deal. It serves breakfast and brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m and dinner from 4:30 pm to 10 p.m. Prices for adults are $19.99 for brunch and $21.99 for dinner on weekdays and $3 more on the weekend. Holiday meals cost $23.99 for brunch and $25.99 for dinner. Child prices range from $14.00 to $17.99, and kids under three eat free. 

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The Buffet at Bellagio

Bellagio buffet

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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 888-987-6667

The Buffet at Bellagio has been the standard bearer for buffet decadence for more than 20 years. It has reopened with its live-action cooking stations and seating for 600 as a brunch-only restaurant. Which doesn’t mean you won’t get the full array of dishes; they’ll just be served during a shorter window of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. You’ll find a custom omelet station with more than a dozen fillings; a toast bar (think Nutella, honey butter, avocado with all the extras you can imagine); mini bagels and mini donuts, and riffs on the classic eggs Benedict. If you’re not feeling breakfasty, you’ll find Alaskan king crab, poached shrimp, smoked salmon, plus Asian stations offering barbecue buns and shu mai, as well as a carving station with the prime rib you want, plus rotisserie chicken and St. Louis-style ribs. Considering the pricing at most Strip restaurants, the Buffet at Bellagio is a great deal for brunch. Monday through Thursday, adults eat for $39.99 and Friday through Sunday, prices rise to $45.99. Kids age five and younger eat free, and those six to 11 cost 50 percent of the adult rate. 

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Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Chelsea Tower, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Level 2, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 877-893-2001

Wicked Spoon was among the first buffets on the Strip to serve its creative dishes individually, when it first opened, and it has always pushed the envelope of creativity. It reopened as a breakfast, brunch, and lunch affair. And although you’ll find plenty of familiar buffet staples, this is one of the more creative menus among the buffet restaurants. For breakfast and brunch, think a cold bar with selections like whipped goat cheese and honey and seasonal fruit with lavender and cardamom syrup. A brunch station serves dishes like gochujang braised eggs and lemon blueberry French toast, and Asian and international stations have items like beef and lamb gyros with tzatziki, BBQ char sui, and a hot pot station. You can even find bone marrow, harissa potatoes, and braised pork trotters before moving on to warm bourbon white chocolate bread pudding, orange creamsicle mousse cones, and mint chocolate chip cheesecake. There’s a two-hour time limit on the buffet, so it pays to make brunch or lunch your big meal of the day. (Take a disco nap after and eat light before hitting the clubs later.) If you’re drinking, the $21 bottomless beverage deal is good and includes mimosas, Champagne, Bloody Marys or Modelo draft. Wicked Spoon opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Adult prices range from $38 for breakfast to $48 for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Kids five to 11 cost $19 to $24, and kids four and under eat free. 

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South Point Casino Garden Buffet

Garden Buffet at South Point

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South Point Hotel Casino & Spa, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183, USA
Phone +1 702-796-7111

The Garden Buffet in South Point Casino, about a 10-minute drive south of the Strip, will give you all the classic buffet feels. In fact, South Point is one of the city’s most underrated gems, from a terrific spa to its huge equestrian center. It’s also one of the few buffets serving all day long, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There’s also a huge selection, from a healthy breakfast bar (chicken sausage, scrambled egg whites) to fresh-made waffles and French toast for breakfast; a full Mongolian grill along with carving station, seafood station, and international stations at lunch; and special dinners like Seafood and Prime Rib night on Friday nights, which include two glasses of wine. This is also one of the best deals out there. The $24.95 weekend prime rib and Champagne brunch includes bottomless mimosas, and breakfast (including bottomless Bloody Marys) is only $12.95. Kids between four and eight eat for half price, and kids three and under eat free. Tip: You’ll get a price break on the buffet if you’re a member—which only entails signing up for a free player’s club card. 

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The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

Buffet at Wynn

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 702-770-7000

Leave it to Wynn to elevate the buffet experience, which historically happens in an airless cafeteria environment, to dining in a skylit atrium. The room has recently been given a refresh, and the wildly colorful florals have given way to sophisticated towering Royal Palms imported from South Florida in a room that feels light and airy. New executive chef Jason Duarte has been updating the menu, and at breakfast you’ll find a pancake station that will make your head spin (choose from flavors like red velvet chocolate chip, bananas Foster, strawberry shortcake, and more); and eggs Benedict station (yes, there is lobster); and French toast made with white chocolate brioche and crème Anglaise. There are 16 live-action cooking stations—a big buffet by any standard—but Wynn keeps things feeling intimate. For one, the chefs at each station are putting fewer things out but more frequently to ensure you’ll get everything as fresh as can be. You’ll find a charcuterie counter, lots of pizza, a carving station, and seafood with marinated mussels, Jonah crab, oysters on the half shell, and cracked opilio crab legs. And if you were concerned that, with all the refreshing going on, Wynn’s Willy Wonka-esque dessert station might have toned down its act, fear not. You’ll find all the fun stuff: tiny chocolate lava cakes, key lime tarts, caramel churros, and a new soft-serve station with virtually endless toppings. Another major differentiator: Wynn’s $24.99 “endless pours” package is the most comprehensive on the Strip and includes some specialty cocktails, mimosas, wines, and beers.  The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is open seven days, and pricing ranges from $38.99 per person for breakfast to $69.99 for dinner. Considering that Wynn’s restaurants are the top of the line in both quality and pricing on the Strip, those prices, while high, are a bargain. Unlike most other buffets, you can pre-pay for The Buffet at Wynn, and the priority seating you’ll get bumps you up to priority entrance. We recommend making a special request for seating in the sunlit atrium. 

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Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 866-227-5938

This temple to OTT extravagance opened in 2012 with a bang as the largest in the world, covering 25,000 square feet with 600 seats and hundreds of dishes served along a winding buffet line that seemed never to end. (The price tag for the original was $17 million.) This being Vegas, time doesn’t count, plus you never know when people will be arriving or from what time zones, so dim sum was served all day. In the last year, Bacchanal underwent a $2.4 million overhaul. Now you’ll find more dishes that are individually prepared or plated real-time from staff behind the counters, and more than 100 new dishes (for those who consider themselves jaded repeat guests). While Bacchanal already offered plates from around the world, its plates are now a little more far-flung, a bit more sophisticated. A new mezze station offers Middle Eastern specialties, and the New York-style pizza station has been replaced by a Roman-style pizzeria. You’ll find new dishes like turmeric grilled baby octopus with XO sauce, chipotle bourbon barbecue oysters, and duck carnitas. The Chinese and Japanese offerings in the back of the room have been expanded with Korean dishes like kalbi short ribs, plus all the little banchan dishes that go with them. You’ll also find Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Filipino dishes. Where other buffets may have pulled back on quantity, Bacchanal seems to have supercharged. Three carving stations now dominate the front of the buffet, with whole suckling pig, prime rib, and an Argentinian parilla grills and smokes meats over white oak. The dessert station is more fun than ever, with tons of mini cupcakes in classic and new flavors, and new gelatos fill an entire side of the station. Too full to get up? Rolling cars roam the buffet with tableside wagyu hot dogs. Bacchanal is open nearly opposite hours to Bellagio—4 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Eat up: Prices are $64.99 per person, and there’s a 90-minute time limit. Tip: If you’re drinking, buy a $12 drink coupon, which will save about $4 per cocktail or glass of wine. 

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MGM Grand Buffet

MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone +1 877-880-0880

MGM’s Grand Buffet, an institution among buffets on the Strip, is massive, casual, and heavy on the American classics. It’s another buffet that’s decided on limited hours, opening for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Its hot and cold stations have made-to-order omelets, buttermilk pancakes, pastries, and all sorts of breakfast sides. And lunch offers seafood, barbecue ribs, lasagna, pizza, salads, soups, pasta dishes. The dessert bar has cookies, doughnuts, brownies, pies, and cheesecakes. In other words, crowd favorites low on the exotic meter but high on the comfort scale. For now, the buffet is open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday pricing is a flat $27.99 per person, and weekends cost $36.99. Children under five eat free.

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