Best 5 Vegas Buffets & Good Affordable Ones

Best 5 Vegas Buffets: well, 10, since we are including some good affordable choices!  For real videos of these buffets, see the link at the bottom of this page. We keep an eye on this quick list (and we update it often). We are striving to keep this page up to date, since Vegas buffets are ever-changing.  We also talk about about the most expensive buffet in Vegas, Sterling Brunch, at the end of this page.  Our updated Best 5 Vegas buffets is as follows: 

  Studio B (M Resort) is huge, beautiful and it covers all tastes and preferences. Very affordable too, especially for brunch/lunch during week days (not on weekends or during holidays). If you sign up to their players card, they will send you free buffet coupons (2 or more) every month! I really love this buffet, and I really love its lunch price!  Studio B is one of the very few buffets in Vegas providing real coffee, real espresso and real cappuccino.  A delight!  Best 5 Vegas BuffetsWhat’s really important here is that this buffet has an affordable price tag for midweek lunch/brunch; for the huge range of dishes, it’s a very good deal.  Note:  they have introduced free beer… But I am waiting for them to introduce self-serve drinks.  Let’s hope the wait is not too long.  Nevertheless.  The one and only undisputed king of the best 5 Vegas buffets even in 2018.

  Aria is one of the most beautiful buffets in Vegas, with a good variety of dishes for everyone and the best seafood station for lunch! However: The quality of the dishes prepared can be outstanding or just good.  I suspect it depends on quality control or which chefs are supervising/preparing the food; on a ‘good day’ this buffet can be the second best buffet in Vegas; on a ‘bad day’ it slips down to one of the top 5 Vegas buffets. You may ask:  what makes a great buffet ‘slip up’? In our opinion is that real chefs need to constantly supervise food production and presentation.  On my last trip in 2018 Aria was still great but not ‘the best’, though their fish taco was still the very best (but I missed their Tuna steaks).  In fact, many of the great buffets were still very good but not ‘jaw-dropping’.   Finally, we are waiting for them to introduce a great self-serve drinks section, which is becoming a welcome trend in many Vegas buffets.  Let’s hope the wait is not too long.

  Rio Carnival & Seafood: merging what was a specialized Seafood Buffet with the Carnival buffet, Rio surprised us on our last visit.   Usually sloppy and low on quality control, it was serving, during weekday dinner, dishes of higher-than-average quality and… Plenty of them!  There was a very good selection catering to all preferences.  There were enough seafood options on the ‘general’ buffet that, paying extra to access the seafood-only section may be redundant for some people.  It has certainly made our best 5 Vegas buffets list and we do hope it will maintain it, since every Vegas buffet eventually slips up.

  Wynn.  We like the gourmet dishes they introduced, some of them being very flavorful and well prepared healthy options for its discerning clientele.  What makes Wynn one of the best 5 Vegas buffets is only its mouth-watering dessert section: it’s truly gourmet-like; every single dessert was made to perfection and the ingredients were higher quality. We talk more about this on our Best Vegas Dessert Buffets).  Let’s hope they keep it up!  However, no self-serve drinks section, and this is decreases enjoyment these days, as you depend on the server’s quality to satisfy your thirst of any kind.  These days some Vegas buffets have such fabulous self-serve drinks sections (hot and cold of any kind you can think of, including sparkling water and organic coffees and teas) that I find myself going there just for those!

 Bacchanal It’s so hard to forget how expensive it is when reviewing this buffet.  Beautiful settings, great offerings but nothing really mind-blowing to justify the price.  However, a must-go probably if you only have one choice and cannot go to the much more affordable Studio B, which is the real n.1.   On a good day Bacchanal is great, beautiful-to-look at and with a fabulous lounge-like atmosphere (the right relaxing music and just the perfect setting all around).  In terms flavor, it can be stimulating.  But the salad section is still wanting and the Sushi section is still not as mouth-watering as in the good old days.  We are waiting for them to introduce self-serve drinks.  Let’s hope the wait is not too long.

 Bellagio is still a very good buffet all around with traditional American dishes and a generous meat section yet still offering raw fish in the Sushi section for dinner and delicious spicy tuna cones for lunch.  The dessert section is good but not outstanding (no gelato in sight) and seafood lovers are only advised to go for dinner because the seafood section during lunch is practically  non-existent. Good all-around but not outstanding.  On a very pleasant note they have now introduced self-serve drinks and this increases customers’ pleasure significantly, not having to depend on the quality of the server to quench one’s thirst.

 Mirage’s Cravings.  Ups and down is the recurring theme for what used to be the very best buffet in Vegas, serving high-end restaurant dishes (prepared by reach chefs in-house with love and passion).  On a good day it’s still one of the best 3 buffets in Vegas; otherwise it’s just a good buffet.  If the dishes prepared with strict quality control again every day, you would find enough variety and quality to keep anybody happy.   I like their won-ton soup (though for lunch they now tend to serve a simple noodle and spinach soup) and their fish and chips, but the latter is only available for lunch.  Decent quality sparkling wine (dry, which is the better one experts say) served on weekends and of course free alcoholic drinks any time, which draws big alcohol-drinking crowd.  On a good day it’s the best pizza served by any Vegas buffets!

 The new A.Y.C.E. buffet at PalmsPalms deserves to be one of the best 5 Vegas buffets and much more!  Still super affordable unlike most other good buffets, in early 2018 their new buffet serves creative and tasty dishes from breakfast to dinner, including a very good (albeit small) dessert section, far better than any other budget buffet; for breakfast they serve freshly squeezed grapefruit juices (nowhere else can you find this quality juices).  Great service too.  Read our dedicated page on Palms Buffet for details and updates.

  Note on the TI (Treasure Island) Buffet: it’s small but it’s so beautiful… Its settings are like those of a real, beautifully decorated, higher-end restaurant: very pleasant atmosphere indeed.  They serve an excellent veggie section including mouth-watering couscous, a fabulous pre-tossed Greek salad, great hummus and much more!  Lovely wraps, lovely sandwiches, delicious made-to-order pastas for dinner and an extensive Mexican section (better than in most other areas except for the fish tacos at Aria).  They have the very best self-serve hot drinks section which includes organic coffee and organic teas.  WOW!

  Paris.  A visually must-go buffet (but not to eat there!) it offers savory made-to-order crepes (as well as the sweet version) which can be delicious as well as delicately prepared quiche and a decent cooked seafood section (such as Cioppino).  The rest is a complete disappointment even in 2018.

  MGM Grand Buffet   After an initial revamp which created a real buzz, a great selection and excellent quality dishes (especially during weekend dinners), MGM Grand has now resumed being just an average buffet, especially on weekdays.  At dinner time the selection is still desirable, but there is absolutely no quality control.   On a good night, the selection of food offered is good.  On a good note, they have introduced a good self-serve drinks section; this has bumped this buffet a little higher up than it would be.

Red Rock. Red Rock is worth mentioning because their buffet is very affordable yet quite varied.  However, it’s recently declined in quality a little bit (see our dedicated page for details).  However, it is a beautiful place with an overall elegant atmosphere, with very comfortable seating.

  Planet Hollywood buffet: PH used to be one of the very best; after the introduction of the 24 hour buffet pass it lost its excellence and kept declining, serving lower quality dishes and less variety; last year there seemed to be hope but it was crushed on our latest trip.  Everything was mediocre at best.  The only good aspect about this buffet was the good selection; shame about the execution.  A total disappointment even in 2018.

A note on the most expensive buffet in Vegas:  Sterling Brunch.  If you are after caviar, crab legs, lobster, free champagne and steak (and more & more meat) of generally good quality (but not always, especially if you are a food connoisseur) then Sterling Brunch can be the experience of a lifetime for you.  A good number of visitors love it; but it’s all about expectations, quality vs price as well as keeping an impeccable service & atmosphere.  Since it was bought by a chain steak house, it’s hit & miss if you consider the price and if your expectations are especially high.  On absolute terms, it’s probably one of the best 5 Vegas buffets but one has to compare it to other more affordable options, especially those who offer excellent variety; it’s the most expensive buffet in Vegas (about $95 dollars per person) and you will need to eat a lot of caviar to eat your money’s worth!

If you are on a very tight budget, read our cheap but good Vegas buffets page.

Don’t be fooled! Any best 5 Vegas buffets list is ever-changing; expensive does not necessarily mean good and a budget establishment can offer delicious and good quality dishes.  It’s just a matter of finding the right ones and excluding the deceptive ones. Don’t rely on old lists or quick lists for your choices because, first of all, today’s top buffet in Vegas is tomorrow’s runner up (or even further down the list). Sometimes lists are far too simplistic to be reliable and everybody has a different taste. Other times, well, some lists are written by people who have not even eaten often at those buffets!  We all can have a one-day good experience, or a one-day bad experience at any of these buffets.  What matters is consistency; don’t hesitate to ask us before you decide, making sure you tell us what you like to eat; but we think our list of Best 5 Vegas Buffets is a reliable one for those who like a bit of everything & well made. 

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