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10 Great All-You-Can-Eat Buffets That Aren't In Vegas

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While Las Vegas may be the all-you-can-eat-buffet capital of the world, there are many hidden gems throughout the United States that can satisfy a buffet craving when it comes along.

For those with the ultimate sweet tooth, Café Fleuri in the Langham Hotel in Boston offers an upscale luxury chocolate buffet experience. Guests from around the New England area flock there on the weekends to try the hotel’s famous chocolate croissant bread pudding, cotton candy, and whoopie pies.

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Down South, The Lady and Sons, owned by queen of Southern comfort cuisine, Paul Deen, has an incredibly authentic spread with items like mac and cheese and fried chicken. For a cost-conscious price of $17.99, patrons can have their fill of collard greens and go back for seconds of pork stew.

For a Vegas-like buffet experience, Atlantic City, N.J., is the appropriate destination. While some of the newly launched hotels offer higher-end culinary delights, Harrah’s Resort & Casino has a Waterfront Buffet that puts everything out on the table, so to speak. Stations galore are filled with omelettes, carved meats, salads, and a crab leg and seafood section. And then there's the Longhouse Buffet inside the Clearwater Casino in Washington state. The international buffet has more than enough stations to please every palate, and seafood is once again the main draw.

Quality boutique-like buffets are also scattered throughout the country in places like Red Bank, N.J. The Molly Pitcher Inn has Sunday brunch and special-event brunches where locals and tourists alike make reservations to dine on a lavishly extensive buffet with views of the Navesink River.

For authentic Chinese or Cuban cuisine, travelers can jet out to Los Angeles or down to Miami for all-you-can-eat buffets that cater to the locals with ethnic dishes that bring a taste of home for many and a unique dining experience for others.

So don your roomiest pair of pants and warm up your palate for a true feast in honor of the buffets of Sin City.


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The Best Buffets in Las Vegas

What do you consider to be a fairly reasonable price?

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I would say approx $25 for adults, maybe half that for kids under 12.
I noticed some places don't list 'kids' prices for buffets. I have 2 girls, ages 7 and 9, who eat like birds. definitely will not eat $25 worth of food!

I only know of one buffet that offers a discount for children. It's the Orleans and its $3 off for children who are 4-7 years old. I doubt you're going to find another buffet with a children's discount, especially for the age of your children. The Fremont, it's located downtown, has a seafood buffet on Tuesday and Friday that is $19.99 per person. The Orleans has a Friday seafood buffet that includes crab legs for $18.99 per person. I doubt you're going to find a buffet serving crab legs in your price. Also, you're going to have to pay full price for your children. The buffets only serve crab legs at dinner. The better buffets on the Strip that serve crab legs run in the $35 range.

And I beg of you. don't do the Fremont seafood buffet! MASSIVE waste of money. I'm not a buffet snob, the SO quite enjoys them and I'm happy if only to enjoy AYCE crab and shrimp. But the seafood at the Fremont was horrible and the atmosphere was down right depressive.

About 10 years ago I wanted to try the Seafood Buffet at the Rio but like this poster I had a 10 year old who ate like a bird and nothing seafood. I called the Rio and the girl told me "if you bring in his food we won't charge you", I said like what and she said "stop at Mc Donald's and get him a happy meal". I didn't do that but got him a slice of pizza at the pizza place in the Rio and sure enough they didn't charge me for him. It worked again about a year later too but then he discovered he loves crab legs so that blew that!
My recommendation for a buffet with crab legs is the M Resort at the way south end of the strip, call there and see what they can offer you for your girls, it doesn't hurt to ask! They have seafood buffet Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday, it's not cheap but I think well worth it.

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South Point (on the strip but a few miles South) has all-you-can-eat crab legs at its seafood buffet on Friday nights. The cost is $22.95, but with their Club card, it is $18.95. If you are staying at the hotel, you can use the half-price buffet coupon they give you at check-in to reduce your cost to $9+. Crab legs were pretty good and you can get them hot or cold. They also have a number of oyster and shrimp dishes.

I was at mandalay over the 4th of July holiday and had the brunch on the 4th. I think it was most likely a special menu, but they had warm crab legs there and they were very good and sweet. Not overly salty or watery. I don't remember the price bc it was comped, but I will guess about $25/p.

I still think the M resort's buffet is the best. I've been there many times and never am I disappointed. I did not like Planet Hollywood, Wynn, or Bellagio. The Rio (both buffets) have let me down in recent years. I haven't gone back.

12. Souper Salad

There's nothing super about the salad or anything else at Souper Salad. It used to be a decent place to stop for a quick lunch but the quality has gone noticeably downhill over the last few years. As the name suggests, they offer primarily all-you-can-eat soup or salad, but what you get is atrocious. The salad options are disappointingly limited and the lettuce is oftentimes wilted or already brown. If want to try the soup, you sometimes have to do so blindly because Souper Salad has a bad habit of not labeling the different soup options. Ultimately, whichever soup you select will be a letdown.

Most Souper Salads also have a taco bar but it's not worth trying, either. The meat doesn't taste like meat, the cheese tastes artificial, the chips are stale, and even the salsa is watered down and spiceless.

Souper Salad has 25 locations, most of which are in the state of Texas, all of which should be avoided.

18 Best: The Borgata Buffet, The Borgata, Atlantic City, N.J.

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If you’re visiting Atlantic City, the Borgata is one of the places you MUST visit. This casino and hotel are known for its nightlife, and it’s restaurant scene. The Borgata Buffet is renowned for its high-quality meals and excellent service. This is one classy joint, even for an all-you-can-eat buffet. The meat section is one of the main draws as it features prime rib, barbecue pork ribs, sirloin steak, beer-braised pork belly, grilled chicken, and pork chops. Seafood items include shrimp, Mahi Mahi, clams, salmon, snapper, sushi, and seafood pasta. Guests can find Italian, Chinese, burgers, macaroni and cheese, and a delicious lineup of incredible desserts.

What’s Up in Vegas?

Las Vegas is the land of the mighty buffet, but the pandemic has put a lid on the chafing dish…for now. Wynn Las Vegas was the first hotel in the Sin City to reopen its buffet with their served-at-the-table concept, but as of September 7, it has been discontinued indefinitely. The reason: it just didn’t work with the guests.

A frontrunner on every list, Caesars Palace Las Vegas’ unbelievable Bacchanal Buffet is temporarily closed. The 25,000-square feet space that used to serve up to 4,000 people in a day was expected to reopen this summer with a similar approach, but it has been delayed until later this year.

Nonetheless, buffets have a fighting chance to make a comeback in the city where they got their start decades ago. Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan is successfully running its buffet, one of the few in the city currently. Here, too, there’s reduced seating and social distance between tables, and reservations are encouraged, while dining is limited to two hours per party. The restaurant is keeping in mind sanitization, health inspections, enforcement of gloves and masks, and other standard protocols.

The transition for this Vegas restaurant has been easier than the rest because 10 years ago, it started offering single-serve dishes that were individually plated, not served on large containers like traditional buffets. A model that not only reduces food waste, but also is critical to sanitization methods being adopted now.

Bryan Fyler, Executive Chef at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, explains, “We have modified our service approach to enforce social distancing guidelines by adding stanchions throughout the venue, and eliminated the ability for guests to touch serving utensils by having stationary servers at each station to personally hand guests their food items as they browse the buffet. Additionally, masks are a strict requirement for guests when traveling to/from the buffet.”

Dining Out: All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

What’s not to love at those all-you-can-eat buffets? Well, the calorie overload, for one. I enjoy a big buffet as much as the next gal (especially in Vegas!), but there's nothing good about walking away overstuffed. Here are some tips for your next trip up to the table.

Sure, you want to get your money's worth from an all-you-can-eat offer, but there's nothing good about starving yourself all day to save calories so you can stuff your face later. This approach will backfire -- in fact, numerous studies show that when folks skip meals and are extremely hungry, they’ll overeat at the next meal.

Be sure to stick to well-balanced meals (including breakfast) on a day you plan to hit a buffet. You don't need to have large, decadent meals -- just enough to keep you satisfied. If you feel like you're “starving” before going out, have a piece of fruit, yogurt or a small, healthy snack. Once you have your hunger under control, you’re better prepared to make sensible choices and really enjoy your food.

There’s so much food piled on those buffet tables and often lots of variety. You don’t need to eat everything! Before starting, take a few minutes to walk around and check out all the options. You might discover some hidden stations in the back that serve the really good stuff. Don’t forget to scope out the the dessert table, too. I'm a chocoholic, and if I discover there's no chocolate dessert, sometimes I'll go for an extra spoonful of a favorite dish instead.

Many menus, especially chain restaurants, now list the nutrition facts for their dishes. Read the fine print and pay strict attention to the serving size. One other biggie: food safety! I can’t eat anywhere that looks dirty or like the food is “old” or dry -- like it's been sitting out for hours or really been poked at. Here are some of our tips on buffet etiquette and safety.

Soups and salads are typical starters. Choose between a soup OR salad -- you don’t need both unless that's the whole meal. If you're watching calories closely, choose soups that are broth-based and not creamy. Some healthier choices are chicken noodle or chicken rice, vegetable, minestrone and black bean. If you’re eye is on a potato leek, butternut squash or pea soup, ask the servers if cream was used if so, consider lowering your serving size.

If you opt for a salad, pile up those veggies on your plate but beware of the extra toppings. Choose one or two higher-calorie add-ons such as avocado, cheese, sunflower seeds and beans. For the dressing, stick with a tablespoon or two of a vinaigrette such as balsamic or red wine. Skip the 80 calorie dinner roll and butter — there’s so much more to choose from. They're not worth the calories usually.

You main plate should be a healthy mix of protein, carbohydrates and veggies. Chicken breast and baked or grilled fish are better choices than the fried popcorn shrimp (obviously). If you find a creamy sauce or fried option that you must have, take a few pieces or a small spoonful. Many of the large cuts of meat sliced in front of you (e.g. turkey and roast beef) are lower in fat and aren’t drowning in sauces. Ask for the server for two or three ounces this will leave room for other stuff. Crab legs, grilled shrimp and other non-fried seafood dishes are also very low in fat — just go easy on the sauces or pasta often served alongside.

Once you’ve chosen your protein, you’ll want some carbs. Whole grains such as brown rice are good but may not be available. Try a higher-fiber choices like baked potato with the skin. Luckily, you can control the portions at buffets. Sometimes those huge restaurant servings tempt you to eat it all. If you make the choice to keep it smaller at the beginning, you'll do yourself a favor.

For carbs, a half of a baked potato (with the skin) or a spoonful of pasta is all you need. Some other good choices are pasta primavera, quinoa or barley salad, baked potato wedges (with the skin). Some not-so good choices are those foods drowning in mayo such potato and macaroni salad.

To balance it out, pile on the veggies -- look for sides without butter or oodles of oil added. Asparagus, string beans, broccoli or any steamed or grilled veggie are better options. Watch out for items with words like “buttered,” “creamed” or “crispy” in the title.

With those free refills, you can really rack up the calories on sugary beverages. Pass on regular sodas, sweetened iced teas, juices and lemonades. Instead, choose water, sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea, tea, coffee or a bit of diet soda. Large sodas can have more than 300 calories -- I would rather use those calories on a yummy dessert!

At this point in the meal, you should feel full but not so stuffed that you’ll need to roll yourself home. Resist the temptation to pile five desserts on your plate and devour them all. If you’ve scoured the choices, choose one or two absolute favorites. Fruit-based desserts such as mixed berries with a dollop of whipped cream or a poached fruit are your best bets. If you’ve gotta have a high-fat dessert, take a few spoonfuls and push the dish away. Or if you want variety, ask your dinner companions to pick up different desserts and share.

The Buffet at Golden Nugget Las Vegas Price & Hours

Prices are as follows, with the adult price followed by children’s prices.

Breakfast – Wednesday to Friday: 7 AM to 10:30 AM

Brunch – Saturday & Sunday: 7 AM to 3:30 PM

Lunch – Wednesday to Friday: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30 PM to 10 PM – $23.99 ($16.99)

Saturday & Sunday: 3:30 PM to 10 PM – $25.99 ($16.99)

Friday (Seafood night): 3:30 PM to 10 PM – $28.99 ($17.99)

On top of these prices, there will be an 8.25% Clark County sales tax added. This means that a Saturday or Sunday night dinner for two would cost you a total of $56.26 after tax (but before tip).

Please also note that as with almost every other buffet in Las Vegas, prices will go up during holiday periods. For example, last Mother’s Day Brunch was $24.99 – an increase of $2 over the normal brunch cost.

The Buffet at Golden Nugget Children’s Prices

The children’s prices above apply for kids ages 4 to 8 years old.

Nine year-olds on up will pay full adult prices, while kids three and under eat free.

The Buffet at Golden Nugget Las Vegas Menu Items

These are always subject to change, and special nights (like the Seafood Buffet on Friday), will feature different items, however for most dinner visits, you’re likely to find dishes below, all of which were present during a recent visit.

Your basic buffet salad bar here, starting with five types of fresh fruit: apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, melon and pineapple.

After choosing among four types of lettuce: romaine, mixed greens, spring mix and spinach, I counted twelve different salad condiments and six different types of salad dressing.

Some of the pre-made salads included a tomato & cucumber salad, marinated artichoke, a pasta salad, tomatoes & mozzarella, macaroni salad, cole slaw and potato salad. There were nine different condiments to add to these salads as well.

Soup choices included chicken noodle and cream of spinach on this visit.

In a nearby food island, you’ll find chicken salad, tuna salad, some cheese plates and pickles.

This is next to the sandwich area, which has pre-made Subway-style sandwiches with different types of mustard/mayo condiments.

Asian Section

To the right of sandwiches the buffet quickly transitions into its Asian station.

There are four different types of sushi here, including spicy tuna and spicy crab and a Philly roll.

Next to the sushi is where you’ll find pot stickers, steamed rice, fried rice, lo mein, Mongolian Beef and General Tao Chicken.

Meat Station

The main meat section is to the right of this, and includes beef sirloin steak, sausages, honey-glazed ham and roasted turkey.

Next on down the line are dishes such as fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, baked chicken, grilled steak, steamed carrots, collared green, baked cod, and potatoes au gratin.

Pork chops, baked potatoes, green beans, corn-on-the-cob, beef fajitas mix, fried cod, pinto beans and Spanish rice.

Italian Area

Here you’ll find a seafood tortellini dish, Macaroni n’ cheese, cioppino (an Italian fish stew for those of you unaware), and chicken parmesan.

To the right of these dishes is a made-to-order pasta station, next to which are meatballs and garlic bread. In addition, I counted four different types of pizza available.

There’s also chilled peel’n’eat shrimp every night, and the Friday night more expensive seafood buffet features crab legs (both hot and cold).

Sweet offerings include apple cobbler, bread pudding, several different varieties of pies and cakes (ten I believe), in addition to some tarts, brownies, eclairs, flan and parfaits on individual plates.

There was also a decent variety of sugar-free pies and desserts.

The choices of eight ice cream flavors included the standard chocolate, and vanilla bean, along with cookies-n-crème, caramel swirl, an orange sherbet, raspberry sorbet, and a sugar-free butter pecan ice cream.

Nothing really stands out here that you won’t find at most other Las Vegas buffets.

There is the usual made-to-order omelet station with nine different ingredient/topping options, and all the typical breakfast buffet offerings, such as waffles, eggs and egg dishes, biscuits and gravy, potatoes (several different varieties), fruit, yogurt, etc.

The buffet is completely non-smoking. There’s also a dress code, in that men have to wear shirts with sleeves on them.

The Buffet at Golden Nugget Phone Number

You can also get answers to buffet questions by emailing them at: [email protected]

(By Steve Beauregard. Photo courtesy of the Golden Nugget Las Vegas)

The 7 Best Buffets in Las Vegas Casinos

We just can't help it. Anytime we visit one of Las Vegas's fine-dining destinations, we always compare it to the version "back home:" Is Le Cirque in Bellagio as good as it is in New York? Or Jaleo in the Cosmopolitan vs. Washington, D.C.?

But there's one form of dining that Las Vegas will always dominate: The Buffet.

Well known as a mainstay of affordable excess in Sin City, the casino buffets in recent years have improved their quality and diversity to a level that would make most chefs' heads spin: 2,800 oysters shucked and 500 pounds of beef carved on a good day at the Caesars Palace line, just to take one example. They've also become so fiercely competitive that trying to pick a number one is a fool's errand: the minute you love onefor their housemade Andouille sausage and English bangers, another is offering Neapolitan-style wood-oven pizzas with San Marzano tomatoes and imported mozzarella di bufala. There are, however, a few which lend so much grace to gorging that respect must be paid. Even if you aren't a "buffet person," a visit to one of these smorrebrods may change your thinking. If not your weight class.

Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Kept at a distance from the Cosmo's famed floor of finedining, Wicked Spoon nevertheless holds up this foodie resort's reputationadmirably. Upending the typical steam-tray system, WS offers reasonably sized tastes in mini stove pots, ramekins, and even Chinese take-out boxes, so guestscan sample with civility. Specialties range from the houseandouille and Culotte steak carved to order (who does that?!) to Korean squidsalad and an Enotech full of cult wines. The only buffet where you'll seemodel types eating regularly. Seriously.

Bacchanal at Caesars Palace
Engineered at no small expense to take on Wicked Spoon, Bacchanal does not, regrettably, offer such Ancient Roman delicacies ashoney-dipped dormice, but nevertheless a conquest-worthy array of over 500global delicacies including Atlantic and Pacific oyster selections, soups likecurry lentil, and Black Chicken, Texas-smoked brisket, Neapolitan pizza,and--hidden in the corner--excellent Chinese. The dessert counter, with soufflés to order and a lot more, is a destination of its own. Redic.

The Buffet at Bellagio
Emeritus of the modern era of elegant excess, Bellagioremains steadfast, particularly strong in its cut-to-order sushi, myriad saladselections, and most recently, evening caviar service (all you want ofdomestic, Ikura, or Tobiko). Singles and couples can also opt to skip the lineif bar seating is available.

The Buffet at Wynn
Certainly the most dramatically designed, Wynn's Buffet is arococo explosion of floral fantasy framing a stupendous selection. As with allWynn/Encore restaurants, vegetarian and vegan selections are plentiful, butyou'll also find Alaskan Opilio crab legs and Wagyu beef lasagna (this isVegas, we don't question such things). Sugar fiends will want to buy realestate in the bake shop.
Fountains Brunch at Jasmine, Bellagio
In recent years, several Strip restaurants have begunoffering buffets only for weekend brunch, with typical levels of lavishness.While Jasmine is a normally an elegant Hong Kong-inspired room, for brunch it goes pan-Asian,offering pho to order, dim sum, sushi, and, for some reason, porchetta. Whygrumble--it's good!

Aria Buffet
Distinctly overlooked among the high-profile restaurantofferings in Aria, this buffet gave itself a makeover earlier in the year tosome warm reception. Indian offerings, including a naan bread oven, are amongthe standouts here, as are the carved meats (lamb), cheese, and dessert selections.Gluten-free options are emphasized.

Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station
Looking for an option in Downtown Las Vegas, or on thebudget end of the spectrum? A top choice for either is the hot line at thisVictorian-inspired casino. The room is surprisingly airy and comfortable, andthe food, while not gourmet, is serviceable and satisfying. Thanks totheir sister California Hotel's fame with Hawaiian visitors, there's also anuncommon focus on Island favorites like oxtail soup and lau-lau. You won't seethat on the Strip.

To avoid long lines, you'll want to go at slightly off-peak times, close to thebeginning or end of meal service. Quality should not be affected.

7. Carnival World Buffet at Rio Las Vegas

Come to the lavish buffet spread at Carnival World. It is the world on a platter for you with the largest smorgasbord selection in all of Las Vegas. This selection of food is also the best buffet in Las Vegas to take your children to. It has all the usual suspects like macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, fries, and hotdogs. What better way to entertain your little fellows than taking them to a make-your-own milkshake counter. Adults, don’t feel bad yet because there is plenty to satiate your cravings too. A noodle bar that has Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes, a dim sum station, and a live Brazilian churrascaria station that grills vegetables and meat in front of you. Be the culture conscious world-food connoisseur with food stations from Italy, America, and Mexico being a staple at this Las Vegas buffet.

Something that will excite the young and old alike is the dessert selection at the Carnival World buffet. There are about 70 assortments of pastries and cakes, cookies, and puddings. The gelato bar, of course, takes the cake quite effortlessly.