The city’s famous buffets have become a must-see (and -eat) Vegas attraction. It’s not just the quality of selection that staggers, but the sheer size, with enough crab legs, roast beef and chocolate cake served daily to feed a small country. And it wouldn’t be Vegas without an equal effort in the presentation, be it recreating an entire French Village, installing fantastical flower sculptures or bringing in the top designers from around the world. Indeed, the buffet line never seems to end in Las Vegas, but we suggest starting at these 10 Vegas buffets.
The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Anyone wondering why the Wynn Las Vegas has won 13 five-star awards from Forbes Travel Guide need only step into the Wonka-esque buffet decked out in bright, fantastical towers of flowers and topped by an arched glass ceiling seemingly plucked from a royal greenhouse in Europe. You’ll be forgiven if you barely notice, as the huge spread of world cuisines – all with a Vegas Twist – easily overwhelm at any time of the day, from the white chocolate French toast and baked Caribbean grits at breakfast to the salmon in truffle sauce, venison and blueberry sausage. Oh, and don’t miss Frank Sinatra's family recipe of spaghetti and meatballs later in the day. And that’s all before you even get to the dessert section, where chocolate literally flows from a fountain.
Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan
A regular among best-hotel-in-the-world lists, the Cosmopolitan earns part of its fame from the Wicked Spoon restaurant, which helped redefine the entire meaning of a buffet when it opened in 2010. Among the glowing amber of its semi-retro, semi-futuristic dining area, the international spread finds homes in individual serving plates that add a touch more class to the usual tray piling. That means a few more calories burned going back and forth to the bar to enjoy the Kung Pao chickpeas, bone marrow with kimchi, truffled potatoes, mini-chocolate bunt cakes and the exceptional apricot sticky buns with caramel icing. It’s no wonder The Wall Street Journal declared it one of the best restaurants in America
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
Caesars Las Vegas eagerly picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the Cosmopolitan, calling on Japanese design firm Super Potato to transform 25,000 square feet of space into the Bacchanal Buffet. Divided into the three themed areas of glass, wood and steel, the buffet boasts nine show kitchens – Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli and desserts – that dispense around 500 dishes per day, including a range of "minis" to amuse the bouche. Dedicate at least some gut space to the Nashville hot chicken, oak-grilled lamb chops, South Carolina shrimp and grits and a baked-to-order soufflé (or two).
Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas
Romance shares the air with the fragrance of the most fanciful buffet of Las Vegas, fashioned into an entire French country village complete with a painted sky. At each station, a difference province of France, including Burgundy, Provence and Alsace, is represented by dishes like quiche Lorraine, Lynonnaise potatoes, steamed mussels, bouillabaisse and pork bean cassoulet. But the real ooh la la here is at the macaron case and crêpe station, where a chef will conjure a sweet or savory crêpe like the "the monkey," made with bananas, Nutella, whipped cream and hazelnuts.
Sterling Buffet at Bally’s Las Vegas
This buffet plays hard to get, being only available at Sunday brunch. But that just makes it all the more enticing to those who reserve weeks in advance to gorge on its seafood and champagne cornucopia. Set up in the BLT Steakhouse at Bally’s Resort and Casino, the buffet wows first-timers with an abbondanza of crab legs, sturgeon caviar, sushi, rack of lamb and filet mignon. Lobster remains the star, however, be it bursting from broiled tails, stuffed inside ravioli or topping eggs benedict. Bally’s keeps it classier than most, with waiters in black tie formal attire pouring the unlimited Perrier-Jouët Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Carnival World and Seafood Buffet at Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino
“World” is the operative word at this long globally inspired buffet inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. At 13 stations, you’ll find more than 300 dishes representing different regions around the world. That means you’ll find tamales, green curry chicken and pot stickers mingling with shrimp and grits, fried catfish and pizza. The live teppanyaki cooking station in the Japanese section is a particular favorite, as are noodle dishes available there. Kids will also be satisfied by plenty of classic mac and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs and make-your-own milkshakes. Finish with a slice of one of 70 housemade pies, cakes and pastries, and a Bloody Mary that measures up to the best in Las Vegas.
Studio B buffet at M Resort
It’s worth driving about 15 minutes off the strip to the impressive Studio B buffet, which rivals many of its on-Strip counterparts in quality and content, with more than 200 dishes illuminated by a golden art glass ceiling. The smaller crowds also mean shorter lines to reach the Vegas-sized cuts of prime rib and piles of crab legs and oysters, as well as some of the best fried chicken in town and exotic selections like Filipino adobo. The buffet is more calorie conscious with a larger salad and fruit section and healthier alternatives like turkey bacon and sausage. But don’t worry – the benefits are easily counteracted by the unlimited beer and wine.
Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood
A taste of the Orient features in the extensive Middle Eastern and Mediterranean section of the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. That means lots of hummus and grilled vegetables, which vegans and vegetarians will love, along with the two large salad bars. But the other nations – Italy, China, Mexico, and USA – bring the meat, including seafood stuffed sole, roast beef, BBQ ribs and Cajun crawfish. The playful ambiance makes it all the more fun, with rock classics in the air, music videos on TV screens and food-themed movie posters, like Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, on the walls. It’s also a perfect setting for the cotton candy in the dessert section. Sunday Brunch adds Champagne.
Buffet at Bellagio
One of the founding fathers of the Las Vegas buffet experience, the Bellagio still remains a big daddy of the scene, feeding thousands of people per day with its elaborate spread of Italian, Japanese, Chinese and American dishes that goes full gourmet on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to the Alaskan king crab, lo mein, calamari salad and the carving station’s St. Louis barbecue ribs, country ham and roast duck, are added Ikura and Tobiko caviars, housemade blinis, osso bucco, Chilean sea bass and Ahi tuna cones. Before leaving, give your sweet tooth at least one soak in the white chocolate Nutella parfait for dessert.
Buffet at ARIA
There’s plenty to marvel at the 11 food stations at the ARIA buffet, starting with the usual Vegas piles of Alaskan king crab legs, prime rib, pizza and pot roast, but no other Vegas buffet can boast a tandoori oven constantly turning out fresh naan, pompano fish, yellow dahl and other supremely tender Indian dishes. The same might be said for the red velvet pancakes at breakfast and “Oreo shooters” and rocky road Rice Krispies Treats in the dessert section. The super sleek, award-winning interior adds another level of gloss with views through huge glass walls of the resort’s pool and Jacuzzi areas.