When in Vegas, dining is an indulgent adventure for me. I savor a wide array of cuisines, happily gaining a few pounds in the process.
I typically steer clear of buffets, wary of their endless temptations. However, in Las Vegas, I make an exception, drawn in by the high caliber of many establishments. Below are some of my top picks.
The Buffet at Aria
Now my favorite buffet in Vegas, The Buffet at Aria, impresses with its exceptional variety and quality. Offering American, Italian, Asian, Sushi, Latin, and Middle Eastern fare, along with a vast dessert array, it's a gastronomic delight. The mixed drinks are top-notch, too, with a fixed price of around $20 for several options.
Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood
This buffet features an array of international food stations. The Middle Eastern section is particularly noteworthy, offering delectable stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and Baklava. While the seafood station lacks a diverse sushi selection, the overall experience is satisfying. Regular dinner costs $26, but discounts such as ½ off are available through Groupon. An all-you-can-drink option is also available for an additional $13.
Carnival World Buffet at Rio
Similar to Spice Market, Carnival World offers international cuisine with live-action food preparation. Its expansive sushi selection and dessert variety stand out. Dinner prices range from $31 to $36, varying by day. Locals can enjoy special pricing.
Tip: Consider the twenty-four-hour buffet pass, priced at around $50. It's valid at many of the main buffets on the strip, including Carnival World Buffet at the Rio, Flavors at Harrah's, and more. Additional charges apply for certain meals at select buffets.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
Rated highly by several agencies, the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is a must-visit. With a vast array of cuisines prepared by master chefs, it's a feast for the senses. Prices range from $ 55 to $65, depending on the day.
Less expensive but still good
For more budget-friendly options without compromising on quality, consider The Buffet at Golden Nugget, Chop Buffet at the Plaza downtown, Ports O' Call Buffet at Gold Coast, and Fantasy Market Buffet at the Palms.
Vegas offers more than just buffets. Explore favorite chain restaurants or discover new culinary experiences.
BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark
In this unique venue, guests are led to their table in total darkness and served a six-course prix-fixe meal. The dishes are a surprise, adding an element of mystery to the dining experience. Despite the upscale pricing, which can go up to $200 for two with drinks, the heightened senses and engaging atmosphere make it a memorable experience.
Top of the World
Located on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, this rotating restaurant offers stunning views of Las Vegas. While the cuisine is noteworthy, the highlight is the panoramic vista. Our favorites included Lamb Chop and Filet Mignon.
Tip: Visit at dusk to enjoy both daylight and nighttime views of the city.
The dessert highlight was the hummingbird cake, which was delicious and generously portioned. An observation deck visit is included with a restaurant reservation, offering even more spectacular views.
Lago at Bellagio
Lago, an upscale restaurant at the Bellagio, pairs delicious cuisine with views of the iconic dancing fountains. Brunch here is a special treat, combining great food with a captivating water show.
This acclaimed sushi spot offers a unique dining experience. The OMAKASE option lets the chef guide your meal, including sake, sushi, hand rolls, and dessert. An à la carte menu is also available.
Saffron Flavors of India
For an Indian culinary adventure, Saffron Flavors of India is a must-visit. Their menu includes traditional dishes, appetizers, and a unique Indo-Chinese selection. Desserts like Gulab Jamun or Almond Joy Naan are the perfect end to a meal.
Other dining options
Vegas also offers plenty of choices for those seeking a more casual dining experience.
Nacho Daddy offers a lively atmosphere and a wide variety of nacho options. Our favorites were the Supreme Tostada Nacho and the Enchilada Nachos, both flavorful and generously portioned. They're also known for their award-winning margaritas and the unique scorpion shot.
Viva Las Arepas
Viva Las Arepas, nestled close to the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, is a hidden gem offering a taste of Venezuela's vibrant culinary culture. Upon entering, the inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of a homely Venezuelan kitchen, immediately caught my attention. The aroma of grilling arepas filled the air, promising an authentic experience.
The menu, rich in traditional Venezuelan fare, featured a variety of arepas and empanadas. Each arepa, a grilled cornmeal patty, was stuffed with an array of fillings, from succulent meats to fresh, hearty vegetables. The balance of textures – crispy exteriors with soft, flavorful interiors – made each bite a delightful experience.
The empanadas, another highlight, were deep-fried to golden perfection. Their flaky crust enveloped a mix of savory ingredients, providing a satisfying crunch and a burst of flavor.
However, the true stars of my meal were the Pastelitos. These small, flaky pastries, offered both sweet and savory options, were a revelation. The savory Pastelitos, filled with a mixture of meat and spices, were a delicious testament to Venezuelan cuisine's rich, complex flavors. On the sweeter side, the Pastelitos filled with guava and cheese were a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and creamy, melting in the mouth with every bite.
Viva Las Arepas served as a culinary adventure and a cultural journey, showcasing the rich flavors and warmth of Venezuelan cooking. It's a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the diverse gastronomic landscape of Las Vegas.
La Creperie, Paris, Las Vegas
La Creperie, situated in the heart of Las Vegas at Paris, Las Vegas, truly encapsulates the charm and allure of Parisian street food. As I approached the quaint eatery, the aroma of freshly prepared crêpes wafted through the air, instantly transporting me to the bustling streets of Paris.
The crêperie's setup is reminiscent of a classic Parisian sidewalk café, complete with a traditional walk-up window on Le Promenade. This feature lends an authentic feel, allowing patrons to enjoy their crêpes on-the-go, just as one might do in the heart of Paris.
The menu was a delightful discovery, offering an extensive range of crêpes, each meticulously handcrafted and made-to-order. From savory options filled with cheese, ham, and eggs, to sweet varieties like the classic Butter Sugar, each crêpe was a testament to the culinary prowess of the chefs. The Ham and Cheese crêpe, in particular, struck a perfect balance of flavors with its gooey cheese and savory ham, while the Breakfast crêpe was a hearty start to the day.
However, the Butter Sugar crêpe stole the show for me. Simple yet sublime, it combined the perfect amount of sweetness with a buttery richness, all wrapped in a light, airy crêpe. Each bite was a delightful mix of textures and flavors, melting in my mouth and leaving me yearning for more.
Dining at La Creperie was not just about enjoying a meal; it was an experience in itself. The atmosphere, the authentic Parisian flavors, and the joy of watching crêpes being skillfully prepared at the window made it a memorable part of my Las Vegas journey. For anyone craving a taste of Paris in the heart of the desert, La Creperie is a must-visit destination.