Your Vegas trip would not be complete if you didn’t dine at a buffet at least once on your trip – it is definitely part of the Vegas experience. With so many dining options to choose from, all buffets might begin to look the same. Take it from us, though – all buffets are not created equally. While most buffets on the Strip are quite tasty, the prices can be less than appetizing especially if you are on a budget. Lunch can be anywhere from $25 – $30, while dinner buffets are priced at an upwards of $50 on the average.

A great alternative is to head off the Strip, where the locals dine. Not only are the prices more reasonable, but the food quality is arguably at par with the buffets found on the Strip. Set aside your skinny jeans and unbuckle your belt. Here are the top 5 off-the-Strip buffets in Vegas.

Rampart Buffet at Rampart Casino
221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas
Take a quick Uber or Lyft ride to the Rampart Buffet in Summerlin to enjoy a culinary experience from around the world, including American, Asian and Italian cuisines. The Rampart Buffet also features specialty nights, which include Aloha Nights on Wednesdays, New York Deli Nights on Thursdays, Seafood & Crab Leg Nights on Fridays and Steak & Seafood Nights on Saturdays.
Lunch (Monday – Friday): 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$7.99 with Resort Rewards Card
Dinner (Sunday – Tuesday): 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$13.99 with a Resort Rewards Card
Dinner – Wednesday Aloha Night: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$13.99 with a Resort Rewards Card
Dinner – Thursday Deli Night: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$16.99 with a Resort Rewards Card
Dinner – Friday Seafood & Crab Legs: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$26.99 with a Resort Rewards Card
Dinner – Saturday Steak & Seafood Night: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$21.99 with a Resort Rewards Card

Studio B Buffet at M Resort
12300 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Henderson
This buffet is worth the trip down the Strip. It is more than an all-you-can-eat experience with over 300 items on the menu. Indulge in complimentary beer, wine, espresso and cappuccino anytime, as well as mimosas, champagne and a Bloody Mary bar during their Sunday breakfast buffet.  Feast on calzones, dim sum, desserts, a vegan station, and taco lovers will enjoy their build-your-own taco bar! Seafood and prime rib is served every weekend.
Lunch: $17.99; Ages 3 - 8, $12.99
Dinner: $24.99; Ages 3 - 8, $17.99
PRIME RIB FRIDAYS: $24.99; Ages 3 - 8, $17.99
SEAFOOD BUFFET: $41.99; Ages 3 - 8, $29.99
Children 2 years and younger eat free. 
Children 9 years and older pay full price.

Makino Sushi and Seafood Buffet
3965 S. Decatur, Las Vegas
Crabs, oysters, shrimps, sushi, nigiri, udon, ramen, Japanese salads and delectable desserts are just some of the delicious  menu items at Makino. This buffet holds the distinction of being the only one on our list that is not located in a casino. The food is always fresh, tastes authentic and is made by a team of Japanese chefs.
Lunch
Monday - Thursday: $15.95
Friday - Sunday & Holidays $16.95
Dinner
Monday - Thursday: $ 24.95
Friday - Sunday & Holidays $25.95
Senior, 65 or older
Regular price for lunch
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: $19.96
Friday - Sunday & Holidays: $20.76
Children under 12yrs & 5ft
$7.45 for lunch, $11.95 for dinner
Children under 4ft
$4.95 for lunch, $6.95 for dinner

Feast Buffet at Green Valley Ranch
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson
At the Feast Buffet, there is something for every taste. You can find Italian, American, Chinese and Mongolian cuisines. If there is something you want custom-made, they can create gourmet burgers to your specifications or omelets with as many ingredients as you like. Make sure to check out their fajita station, as well as their chili and salsa bar.
Friday Night Seafood Buffet
Every Friday night: 4 – 9 p.m.
$38.99 with Boarding Pass Gold+
$39.99 with Boarding Pass Preferred
Saturday Night Prime Rib & Shrimp
Every Saturday night: 4 – 9 p.m.
$18.99 with Boarding Pass Gold & above
$19.99 with Boarding Pass Preferred card

Carnival World and Seafood Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
At Rio’s Carnival World Buffet, you’ll discover and enjoy flavors from around the world with 200 selections featuring live-action cooking and carving stations. The desserts are all made from scratch, with over 70 varieties of cakes, pastries, homemade pies and 9 gelato flavors.
Weekday Dinner
Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: $31.99
Local Dinner: $27.50
Friday Dinner
Friday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: $34.99
Local Dinner: $30.50 (After 8 p.m.)
Weekend Dinner
Saturday - Sunday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.: $34.99
Local Dinner: $30.50 (After 8 p.m.)
Champagne Brunch
Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: $26.99
Children
Ages 5 – 12: $15.00 daily