When in Vegas, I always end up indulging my appetite with a huge variety of cuisines and end up gaining a few pounds.
I usually avoid buffets like the plague because who can avoid temptation when presented with an abundance of choices? In Las Vegas, I make an exception due to the high quality of most venues. Here are some of my favorites.
The Buffet at Aria
This is now my all-time favorite buffet in Vegas. The variety and quality of food are exceptional. You can find American, Italian, Asian, Sushi, Latin, and Middle-Eastern dishes plus a great selection of desserts. The mixed drinks are also excellent. You can order several drinks for a fixed price of around $20.
Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood
The seafood station is good but lacks a good selection of sushi. The regular dinner price is $26 but you can get a ½ off promotion from several sources like Groupon. You can also add an All-you-can-drink option to your meal for around $13.
Carnival World Buffet at Rio
Similar to Spice Market with food from around the world. It has live-action food preparation, more sushi choices, and a large selection of desserts. The price for dinner is from $31 to $36 depending on the day of the week. They also offer special pricing for locals.
Tip: You can buy a 24 hours buffet pass for around $50 that is good for many of the main buffets on the strip. It includes: Carnival World Buffet at the Rio, Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio (Additional $10), Flavors at Harrah's, Paradise at the Flamingo, Emperor's Buffet at The Quad, Le Village Buffet at Paris, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace (Additional $15 for Breakfast, $20 for Lunch, and $25 for Dinner), and the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
It is considered the top buffet in Las Vegas by several rating agencies. It offers the largest variety of cuisines by master chefs. The majority of the cooking is done in front of the guests. Dinners cost from $55 to $65 depending on the day of the week.
Less expensive but still good
Some of the less expensive but good buffets are The Buffet at Golden Nugget, Chop Chop Buffet at the Plaza downtown, Ports O' Call Buffet at Gold Coast, and Fantasy Market Buffet at the Palms.
Other dining options
You don't have to visit a buffet in Vegas to enjoy a good meal. You can always find your favorite chain restaurant or you can try a new experience.
BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark
You are led to your table in total darkness and served a prix-fixe meal with 6 courses. You are not told what you are eating, so every bite is a surprise. You do have the chance to inform the staff about any food allergies, so relax and enjoy.
The premise for this dining experience is that your sense will be heightened in the dark and you will need and want to engage in conversation.
The place is very pricy. You could pay up to $200 for 2 people with drinks.
Top of the World
This rotating restaurant sits on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Tower and offers spectacular views of La Vegas and the desert.
Tip: Go at dusk so you can view the city during daylight and later in its full glory at night.
The food is very good but not exceptional. We went for the view and really loved it. Our favorites here were the Lamb Chop and the Filet Mignon.
Tip: If you reserve for the restaurant, you don't have to wait in line for the observation deck. Before or After your dinner, you can climb to the upper floors for another great view.
For dessert, we ordered the hummingbird cake, which was too large for 2 people and was very tasty. We had enough for breakfast the following day.
The view of the strip is amazing while you sit and enjoy your meal, but you can get an even better view from the open deck on the 108th floor.
If you feel like it, you can participate in one of the heart-pumping rides on the 109th floor.
Lago at Bellagio
Lago is an upscale restaurant at the Bellagio. Along with offering delicious food, the restaurant overlooks the grand lake with the beautiful dancing fountains.
If you time your meal right, you will be treated to a great water show choreographed with popular music.
On our last visit, we went for their brunch and were lucky to witness a full show while enjoying our coffee and egg sandwiches.
This highly rated Sushi restaurant is a little outside the Strip area but worth the trip. The best way to enjoy this place is to let the chef decide what to eat and drink (AKA OMAKASE). You basically decide on how many courses and the check recommends the Sake, Sushi, Hand Roll, and dessert. You can also order Ala Cart if you choose.
Saffron Flavors of India
For a taste of India, you have to travel even further away from the Strip. This restaurant serves all the traditional Indian dishes with a large variety of appetizers and bread (Naan). If you are up to an adventure, try their Indo-Chinese selection. For dessert try the Gulab Jamun or Almond Joy Naan.
For an authentic Italian dining experience without making the trip to Venice, go to this restaurant in St. Mark's Square at the Venetian Resort and Casino.
While dining on great-tasting pasta, pizza or seafood, enjoy operatic performances right in front of you at the square.
The food and service were excellent, but the opera singers, mime, and clowns gave the experience another dimension.