3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South – the very center of the Mid Strip (hours at the bottom of the page)
Forgettable, un-inspiring, declining… But good enough, especially for meat lovers. The buffet at Bellagio used to be the one and only all-you-can-eat Vegas destination; it has been slowly declining over the years and, during our latest visit, we were actually disappointed. Don’t get me wrong: you will like this buffet in general. But it’s forgettable at best and, some dishes have begun to be … Simply average. The service, thankfully, is still good. Let’s go into detail: .
The Seafood Issue. Seafood lovers could probably avoid the Bellagio buffet, especially during lunch, where the only seafood options are cold shrimps and a couple of average seafood & fish dishes (cold scallops, cooked salmon and mahi – the last 2 very bland to say the least). Dinner – which costs significantly more – is better in this regard: it offers several types of crab legs as well one more seafood/fish option in the ever-shrinking Japanese section (where one can luckily still find the tasty spicy tuna cone).
Meat Lovers will still enjoy this buffet, since they’ll be able to find tasty Reuben sandwiches for lunch, several house-made sausages (which – however, seem to decreasing in quality), a generous rotisserie section including prime rib and roast chicken. The mini-sliders section (beef and turkey) was, during our latest visit, very bland, quite dry and not well prepared in general. Dinner offers similar meat dishes except for the Reuben sandwiches (which are taken away, sadly) and for an additional house-made sausage section.
At both lunch & dinner you will find a declining (but still decent) pizza section; a good selection of pasta dishes which, however, were far too overcooked during our latest visit and, we think, were made using low quality pasta ingredients; an average salad section with 2 flavorful pre-tossed salads (Caesars and one ‘exotic’ type) which were, however, served on kitten-size bowls; a declining Asian section (during our latest visit the Won Ton & Miso soups were neglected to the point of offering only water for a very long time); Mediterranean as well as traditional soups (the Roma Tomato soup was probably the tastiest and best prepared of them all) and lightly and delicately prepared mash potatoes. The deli meat & cheese section was simply below-par for Bellagio (two low-quality cheddar cheeses and one low quality Gouda). The fruit section is small but all choices (watermelon, melons & pre-cut pineapples) were of good quality.
The dessert section may not ‘wow’ you but it’s all good quality; moreover, you will enjoy a few of the traditional Italian ‘pasticceria’ (pastry desserts) options which are almost as good as you can find in Italy; sugar-free choices are plentiful as well as tasty yet delicate. Health-conscious eaters need to know that Stevia is not used (yet) in sugar-free desserts. Maybe we could all make this suggestion!
Unfiltered or badly filtered tap water seems to be served; this is just unacceptable for a buffet like Bellagio’s; having said this, it’s a growing trend in many Vegas buffets, unfortunately.
The orange juice they serve is better than at any other Vegas buffet; if you ask, you will be given what seems to be a decent quality concentrate (not common these days in Vegas buffets, sadly).
The popular roll-over. Yes, you can pay for lunch and stay for dinner here (not all Vegas buffets grace us with this courtesy). However, if you plan to show up at the end of lunch and stay for dinner, thus paying only lunch prices ( = lower than dinner), you need to know that here they seem to take a long time to change dishes; this means that sometimes you will have to wait for a new dish to be brought out for dinner. This has been our experience more than once; let’s hope they change it, since it’s quite unacceptable for this classy buffet.
Environment. Casual elegance, although it has now been superseeded by remodeled buffets such as Aria, Cosmo, Bacchanal. It think it could use a bit of revamping, though its table and chairs are larger and more comfortable than most other Vegas buffets. Pleasant atmosphere, relaxing at times but very busy and crowded at other times. The dining rooms are spacious though they are laid out in a way that you never have to walk far to get to the food stations; as mentioned, even the smallest table gives you enough space to move around, unlike many other Vegas buffets.
Service: It used to be excellent, slacked a bit for a while but now it seems to have improved again; the servers seem to have fewer assigned tables which allows them to be more attentive to their dining guests.
Line ups: the Bellagio buffet has line-ups on busy days, of course, but they are relatively fast because, unlike most other buffets in Vegas, the Bellagio buffet does not have a lot of ‘closed sections’, thus ensuring a constant, smooth change of customers. Bellagio, like most other Vegas buffets, has a maximum stay time of 2 hours (though they are not too strict about it: it depends on how busy they are). If you are a Pearl member (second level of the M Life players card) or above, you can join the VIP line up, which is usually faster.
Hours & Prices of the Bellagio Buffet:
Breakfast. Monday to Friday 7.00am to 11.00am
Breakfast price: about $20
Lunch. Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3pm
Lunch price: about $25
Dinner. Sunday to Thursday 3.00pm to 10.00pm
Dinner price. about $35
Saturday and Sunday champagne brunch. 7.00am to 4.00pm
Price: $30 (without champagne and 43 dollars with a decent quality ‘champagne’)
Gourmet dinner. Friday and Saturday 4.00pm to 10.00pm
Gourmet dinner price. $40
(but always check with them by telephone – 702-693-7111 –
because hours and prices are subject to change at any establishment and they do change quite frequently!)
roll-over: a blessing! By this term it’s meant when a buffet does not implement a break between mealtimes, but instead they all roll-over. So, for example, the Bellagio Buffet lunch ends at 3pm, when dinner starts (in theory). If you went during lunchtime you are not asked to leave and you can therefore indulge in the dinner dishes! Absolutely great if can fit it all in! We greatly frown upon buffets which do not offer roll-overs, though many of those are budget buffets. A top buffet’s priority, especially in a hotel-casino, should be to offer quality and flexibility to its customers. Please note however that the Bellagio buffet takes what seems to be a very long time to bring out dinner dishes; you can spend as long as one hour staring at half-empty stations whilst they slowly bring out dinner.
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