The Buffets

Everyone loves a Vegas buffet. You’ve got to hit the buffet. But if you've only got a few days in town, how do you know where to go? Some are good, some are bad. Don’t make the wrong call.

Here you’ll find real reviews, not press releases. I’ll always tell you whether the shrimp are peeled and how the crab legs are, so you can find the right venue for some Vegas-style gluttony.

All reviews are for dinner. Buffets are listed alphabetically by casino.

The Buffet at Aria

The small, unassuming buffet at Aria has a limited selection, but the food they have is great. If you’re at Aria, you should eat here.

The Buffet at Bellagio

Long lines are usually a good sign, but they can also indicate a good reputation no longer quite deserved. Bellagio’s buffet is in decline, but is still worth the price of entry.

Bacchanal at Caesar’s Palace

Caesar’s Palace set out to create the best buffet in town, and succeeded. With a selection this vast, and quality so high, you could eat here every night and not get bored—but given the price, you probably won’t want to.

Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan

Wicked Spoon is almost as good as Bacchanal, but twenty dollars cheaper.

The Buffet at Excalibur

Excalibur makes much of their buffet being “all-new,” so you know it’s not like it was before the December 2014 renovation. Sadly, it’s not much better.

Flavors, the Buffet at Harrah’s

The buffet at Harrah’s is easily the worst I’ve tried. Never go here.

MORE at Luxor

The buffet at Luxor is not good. It’s a sad state of affairs. This used to be a solid buffet; not a great one, but a decent meal for the price when I was at Luxor and didn’t want to travel. No more.

Studio B at M Resort

M Resort isn’t on the Strip; it’s about nine miles away, waaaaay at the south end of the valley. I was expecting more from something called a “seafood buffet.”

Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay

The Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay used to be my go-to buffet, but the quality has declined.

The Buffet at MGM Grand

MGM Grand is my favorite Vegas hotel. There are nicer hotels, and flashier hotels, but when I check into MGM, I feel like I am, at long last, home. I wish it had a great buffet. It doesn’t.

Le Village Buffet at Paris

The buffet at Paris has a made-to-order crêpe station. That’s why you eat here.

Seafood Buffet at Rio

Rio’s Seafood Buffet is now an extra-cost option at the main buffet. The food has improved dramatically—including the best crab legs I’ve had at any buffet.

World Carnival Buffet at Rio

Without the extra-cost seafood option, Rio’s World Carnival buffet is not very good.

The Buffet at Wynn

The Wynn buffet was renovated in November of 2015. I went in after the renovation and wondered what, other than the price, had changed—it looked pretty much the same—but the answer seems to be “the food.”