3708 Las Vegas Blvd South
Update. This is a beautiful-looking buffet which raises high expectations but, despite the initial great first impression over presentation and surroundings, I often lament a lack of variety of dishes; however, it’s still a good buffet with frequent promotions.
Beautiful, modern with class (see photo below), it’s an elegant place to come and eat. Decor: everybody seems to agree that the décor of this Vegas buffet, being so new and modern yet somehow vaguely reminiscent of a New York hotel in the 20s and 30s (very much in the style of the whole Cosmopolitan resort), are great. It’s comfortable all-around and the food presentation is also excellent, with its square plates and gourmet design.
Ambience: huge improvement from just a few months ago; the rock music is played at low volume so you won’t feel the contradiction between the elegance of the decor and the atmosphere set by the loud music. Now the music is played in the background only, even though the type of music played could still improve to match the visual elegance.
Size: if you are expecting to pile up mountains of food on your plate you will be disappointed since here every item comes served on a very tiny plate which, in turn, you’ll have to place on your own plate; this means that you will be making many trips to the stations in order to feel full! It’s not necessarily a bad aspect in our opinion, it can be annoying if you particularly like one dish but all in all it avoids the gluttony (and the waste) you notice at some other buffets. For now the line-ups are very small or non-existent but, if this changes, the ‘tiny-plate’ aspect will become bothersome.
Alcohol: one alcoholic drink is included in the initial, high buffet price. Of course this can change overnight, but ask the server since they tend to forget to offer this (and this is not the only buffet with this tendency). Not fair for those who don’t drink alcohol, of course; if you do, try to stop after the 1st free drink, otherwise you’ll find yourself ordering several alcoholic drinks and… it all adds up quickly.
The service it used to be excellent all-around and now, depending on your server, it can be slightly less excellent, but still no complaints.
The Food. Meat lovers will like this buffet: there is an incredibly disproportionate amount of meat and meat variety vs anything else, especially fish (which very limited here) but also (to a lesser extent) vegetables. You will have to pay extra (15 dollars) for king crab legs so you may opt for the regular food. There is plenty of meat for meat lovers and a passable (though totally lacking if you consider the price) range of alternatives for those who don’t like meat.
Salads and vegetables: there are small plates of salads which were actually tasty though very heavy in creams (where is the extra virgin olive oil?), so you won’t be too disappointed if you are seeking a salad section of any sort. Nothing like the made to order salads at Mirage’s Cravings or even the large salad selection (and salad appetizers) at the nearby Aria buffet. No extra virgin olive oil alternative in sight and no other acceptable alternative. They have a few raw and cooked vegetable dishes which were lacking in taste and variety. The side olives were not all pitted (!), so your teeth may not enjoy a bite of those!
Fish dishes: a couple of choices, if you include the shrimps. That’s it. Very disappointing if you like fish.
The deli meat section is tasty and you will enjoy making your own sandwich here; overall, though, there’s far too much meat, plenty of good cheese but… what about a couple of healthy, well-prepared dishes like at nearby (similarly priced) Aria’s?
Pasta and Pizza: the pasta dishes were served in a tiny albeit cute pot, which would make it really difficult to eat a lot; they offer a couple of signature pasta or rice dishes served in tiny pots; these days they are quite good.
Mexican food: average but good overall, with a made-to-order section, in itself rather unique amongst Vegas buffets (very few have a made to order Mexican section). I did enjoy their guacamole, though; it almost tasted ‘home-made’…almost.
Asian food: basic sushi rolls and some Asian-style ribs.
A negative aspect of this buffet (especially if you are a tourist and not a local) is the fact that they impose a ridiculous 3-hour break between brunch and dinner, unlike the roll-over offered at top-quality buffets such as Aria, Bellagio and Bacchanal, or even at the more affordable Mirage buffet.
Hours and Prices of the Cosmopolitan Buffet Wicked Spoon:
Brunch: 8am to 2pm (Monday to Friday) – $22 + taxes (the full total is 26 dollars, far too expensive for what they serve, I think and… we do dislike the huge gap between lunch and dinner, with no roll-over, unlike many other buffets)
Dinner: 5pm to 9pm (7 days a week): $35 + taxes (far too expensive I think)
Weekend Brunch (Saturdays and Sundays): $29 + taxes
Telephone: 1 702 698 7000
Prices are subject to change without any notice so always check with the establishment by phoning them.