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Consolidated "Las Vegas Buffets - the best, worst, and questions" thread

Consolidated "Las Vegas Buffets - the best, worst, and questions" thread

Old Nov 26, 2006, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by kingalien
Wow, under the guise of a Thanksgiving special buffet dinner, price for the Wynn buffet was a staggering $42.95!!! Brunch was listed as $32.95. Want champagne with the brunch, $38.95 .

Went with a group of friends who had never been to Wynn's buffet and I was floored by the price. And there was nothing really different from the normal fare other than sliced (and dry) turkey with equally dry trimmings. Usual good dishes were available, meaty Alaskan King Crab, Osso Bucco, grilled lamb chops, rack of lamb, prime rib, etc. There was a pumpkin soup that was tasty, but the price really left a bad after taste.
Welcome to Las Vegas at a peak period!

The "normal" expensive price for the Wynn buffet, on a normal day, is worth the expense - as you have already indicated. But as I try to tell people, when you are here during a peak period, the prices for everything fluctuates and you pay through the nose - or in your case, through the mouth.
And turkey? Geez...that is the usual standby in every buffet in town...whenever I go to a cheap-o buffet (relative invites me, can't refuse), I always go for the turkey and dressing - it is pretty hard to screw that up - but I am surprised Wynn didn't offer goose or quail or some "Martha Stewart" version of the usual Thanksgiving spread. Thanks for the info - will consider mentioning this in my next website update!
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by DMark
Welcome to Las Vegas at a peak period!

The "normal" expensive price for the Wynn buffet, on a normal day, is worth the expense - as you have already indicated. But as I try to tell people, when you are here during a peak period, the prices for everything fluctuates and you pay through the nose - or in your case, through the mouth.
And turkey? Geez...that is the usual standby in every buffet in town...whenever I go to a cheap-o buffet (relative invites me, can't refuse), I always go for the turkey and dressing - it is pretty hard to screw that up - but I am surprised Wynn didn't offer goose or quail or some "Martha Stewart" version of the usual Thanksgiving spread. Thanks for the info - will consider mentioning this in my next website update!
The crowd this year for Thanksgiving seemed to be much bigger than last year for some reason. I was there last year and don't recall it getting really busy until Friday. This year it seems everyone came in on Thursday. I was at the Paris for Turkey Day and considered eating at their buffet until I saw the line! It was all the way to the parking garage. I opted for a Turkey sandwich from the Boulangerie instead.
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 6:56 am
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I refuse to pony up the extra $10 for Sunday Brunch/Holiday meal
At $50 a head I just cannot see eating at a buffet unless it is realllllly a spectacular hotel type buffet which will have really special food.I don;t drink and even if I did the swill they pour would give one acid indigestion before it got you buzzed.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 6:03 am
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May I just take this opportunity to say 'Hi' to everyone. I was recently told about the existence of this forum from a fellow frequent poster on the BA board - Krug

Just to say I love Las Vegas, even though living in Cardiff, Wales it is quite a treck - I do manage at least 2-3 trips a year.

You may have seen me in a heated discussion really pushing for a direct Las Vegas service from London with British Airways rather than Virgin.

Anyway to get back on topic for buffets:

Flamingo - Often underrated in my opinion. Especially the Sunday Brunch.

Treasure Island - I forget the name however after the remodelling around a year ago, I really like this Buffet, especially on the Friday/Saturday nights with the shrimp/rib additions. One of the first buffets to introduce chocolate dipped strawberries as well, I think.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by flyclub
Treasure Island - I forget the name
"Dishes", IIRC.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by flyclub
May I just take this opportunity to say 'Hi' to everyone. I was recently told about the existence of this forum from a fellow frequent poster on the BA board - Krug

Just to say I love Las Vegas, even though living in Cardiff, Wales it is quite a treck - I do manage at least 2-3 trips a year.

You may have seen me in a heated discussion really pushing for a direct Las Vegas service from London with British Airways rather than Virgin.

Anyway to get back on topic for buffets:

Flamingo - Often underrated in my opinion. Especially the Sunday Brunch.

Treasure Island - I forget the name however after the remodelling around a year ago, I really like this Buffet, especially on the Friday/Saturday nights with the shrimp/rib additions. One of the first buffets to introduce chocolate dipped strawberries as well, I think.
Howdy Flyclub, and welcome! I love Las Vegas too! ^

I just got back from a nice 5 night stay over our Thansgiving Holiday here and I'm going back this weekend.
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 1:49 pm
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Other than the Sunday Bally's Sterling Brunch, Wynn is by far the best. I hate Paris except for breakfast and I can't imagine why anyone would say they have a good dessert selection. Mirage has a nice healthy selection with lots of seafood and meat. TI is interesting but cramped. I find the food at Bellagio mediocre but unusual, except the pizza which is outstanding.

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Old Nov 27, 2006, 2:26 pm
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Not really a buffet but close enough, a Texas de Brazil will be opening in Las Vegas in 2007
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by hlburi
The crowd this year for Thanksgiving seemed to be much bigger than last year for some reason. I was there last year and don't recall it getting really busy until Friday. This year it seems everyone came in on Thursday. I was at the Paris for Turkey Day and considered eating at their buffet until I saw the line! It was all the way to the parking garage. I opted for a Turkey sandwich from the Boulangerie instead.
I learned that the hard way...first year I was here, everything was in boxes to move into the new house, so figured we would go to a buffet. I mean, how busy could it be at a local casino on Thanksgiving? EVERYONE eats at home that day, right? So we drive there, parking lot fairly empty - good sign, walk in, hardly anyone playing machines, another good sign...then we got to the buffet..the line practically went out the door and half way to Arizona. An estimated wait of 4 hours!

It was our first (and only) Thanksgiving dinner at Fatburger...we took an onion ring, made a wish, ripped it apart and I got the big piece...that was the extent of my luck that day.

Have never tried a buffet on Thanksgiving since.

I heard from a waitress at the Green Valley Ranch that there was a 3-4 hour wait, all day, for the Thanksgiving brunch at the buffet this year.

Note to self: mention on website that Thanksgiving might not be the best day of the year to hit the buffets.
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 6:03 am
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One of the most memorable Thanksging dinners I ever had was a Monte Christo sandwich shared with someone I loved at a corner Cafe in San Francisco.We both worked the day before-and had to work the day after(retail)and were kinda poor.
So it is not the meal-it is the whole package.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 3:44 pm
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I have to say the bread pudding at the TI (before renovation) was the die for!!! It was the best thing I had ever put in my mouth

I have been to Bellagio and have to say that their quality has gone downhill since when they first opened.

I have been to the Aladdin for dinner and was shocked at the sticker price. The food was alright. However, now that I have the SPG plat card to cut the line, I might be tempted enough to go for lunch

I really want to try Wynn or Mirage. I think I'm going to shoot for Wynn this time. Any recent reviews for the Wynn or Mirage?
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 4:06 pm
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Late Night Buffets?

Are there any buffets mid-strip which are open late at night? Most seem to close around 10.

We'll be checking into Ballys at about 11pm after a 5 hour flight, and wouldn't mind gorging ourselves on food before hitting the tables.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Toronto1970
Are there any buffets mid-strip which are open late at night? Most seem to close around 10.

We'll be checking into Ballys at about 11pm after a 5 hour flight, and wouldn't mind gorging ourselves on food before hitting the tables.
In the past, the Boardwalk had it's Surf Buffet, with late hours. All I can say is "Yuck". To my knowledge, there's nothing left. I think a good buffet strategy is to only eat when it's busy, ensuring a good supply of "fresh" food.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 8:01 pm
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The one in Main Street station! ^
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Toronto1970
Are there any buffets mid-strip which are open late at night? Most seem to close around 10.

We'll be checking into Ballys at about 11pm after a 5 hour flight, and wouldn't mind gorging ourselves on food before hitting the tables.
There are plenty of great cheap night specials that a buffet is really not necessary. I used to remember in my younger (and heavier ) days ordering a pound of pig with scrambled eggs, spaghetti with meat sauce and beef ribs in downtown for $10. Nowadays, steak and eggs, prime rib, etc, all available for cheap, just need to look around.
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