Luxor Buffet in Las Vegas: full new review below; hours and prices are at the bottom of the page. We used to loathe this buffet; then it underwent some serious attempts at improvement, rendering it better than Excalibur’s. However, it’s now slipped back to being below average; for a Vegas buffet, it’s simply not good enough. There seems to be a consistent management attempt to make everything less than palatable and to assume that its clientele simply has no idea on what good food is.
I mention Excalibur because it’ll be your other choice if you buy an all-day buffet pass at either establishments (basically, you can luckily eat at either places). Let’s see what you can find at the Luxor buffet and how it fares compared to other Vegas buffets:
Atmosphere: generally quieter than Excalibur, the whole area follows the pyramid-theme; it is not modern but it’s spacious and offers comfortable seating with plenty of booths. However, I’d say that it’s a bit too dark in some areas and the service is less than prompt. I often end up having all my used plates piled up in one corner, which should never happen.
Note: as with most Vegas buffets, the best time to go if you value selection is dinner.
Food Selection: having reverted to not caring for food quality nor variety, all the Luxor buffet offers is: a) decent selection of cold food, such as tuna salad, coleslaw, hummus, egg salad, cottage cheese; b) a less than exciting salad section and c) a very disappointing hot food section, disappointing both in quality and variety; the dessert section is also below average (small and low quality).
If you bear in mind that no South Strip buffet aims at making the top 5 Vegas buffets, Luxor has reverted to not even trying to prevent its guests from wondering off to other buffets. It’s a shame because a few months ago I enjoyed a decent variety of dishes here, from crab legs to cray fish & mussels for dinner, to made-to-order Fajitas & Asian soups, to a decent Middle Eastern section with decent Naan breads, to a decent salad section with additional dishes a small gourmet twist, to a few good healthy options including some vegan dishes. The ubiquitous carving station was here, of course but you’d also find a sizzling grilled meat section and plenty of sausages. Midweek lunch would have fewer options than on weekends or dinner, unfortunately (a bad MGM resort trend for most buffets in Vegas).
On my last visit the food variety had completely disappeared and I felt as if I were eating at a low-grade factory canteen. There was nothing worth eating, put simply. I have a video showing you my experience in my Real Vegas Videos section. If you plan to eat at the Luxor buffet during a special weekend or a special occasion, they may make the effort to at least present a better range of food. When they made an effort, these were the dishes offered:
Among the dishes I found at the Luxor Buffet in Vegas during a special weekend:
Crab legs, chilled New Zealand mussels (dinner), Sushi rolls, cray fish, grill meat station, pepper roasted sausages, crayfish boil, several cooked mussel dishes, Cioppino (Italian-style fish & seafood soup in a red sauce), seared cat fish, seafood pasta, meatball pasta, meat loaf, fish & chips (at times breaded shrimps & chips), an English-inspired beef pie and plenty of American dishes such as corn on the cob. I also found find gourmet-inspired dishes such as squash & polenta cakes and a tasty vegan loaf.
Mexican food lovers would enjoy the ubiquitous Menudo but also beef & Ranchero chicken as well as a made-to-order fajita station.
The Asian station included fried rice, Bok Choi, Asian-style chicken, ginger chicken, stir-fry noodles and a made to order noodle soup station (dinner).
Among the soups I found chicken noodle & white bean soup (average). Their deli section, which is near their nice Middle Eastern & salad section, provided enough for a decent make-yourself deli sandwich, especially if one considers a good variety of condiments nearby.
Salad section: apart from a decent selection of make-yourself salads & condiments, you could enjoy nice extras such as a decent tuna salad, egg salad, cottage cheese, ambrosia & Caprese cheese salad, a flavorful seafood salad, chicken salad, crab (imitation) salad and, of course, borrow from the nearby Middle Eastern condiments like hummus.
The fruit section included real watermelons & Canteloupe, which was nice since some Vegas buffets had started offering only diced fruit mixed with other food (even the Wynn buffet!).
But, on my last visit, during a ‘regular weekend’, my jaw dropped as I witness a complete reversion to what the Luxor buffet was known for: badly cooked, badly presented food and an incredibly tiny range of options. I have included what I found previously because all it takes is the much-need change in management to present a pleasing buffets for all palates.
Drinks: At the Luxor buffet you will pleasantly find a large-enough self-serve drink section which includes a good variety of soft drinks as well as real milk (partially skimmed & whole!), soda water (at the very end of the section on one side only, ask and ask and ask until someone who knows shows you), teas, hot chocolate (!) and coffee. I was happy to see that honey is provided (though I am still waiting for Stevia 😉 ).
Their soda water seemed to have been filtered, pleasantly, at least previously. On my last visit it tasted as if the filter had not been replaced for a long time or, if a different system is in place, that it was not working properly; unfortunately most of the soda water you will be served at Vegas buffets (unless it’s Mirage) tastes like tap water (tip: add plenty of lemon juice to it in this case). On a side note, if you enjoy self-serve drinks like me, you will love the section at the Mirage buffet: technologically, it’s the most advanced and the choices are plentiful.
The dessert section at the Luxor buffet is not too big but it’s varied enough; they do not offer the made-to-order pancakes which you find at Excalibur’s (though the latter has declined in quality unfortunately); however, now that it’s reverted back to being an overall disappointing buffet, even the dessert section is wanting. At best, it’s just the average, pre-made, pre-manufactured selection (the quality is the same as in what you could find at a basic supermarket). All the basic Vegas dessert options are here, including the ubiquitous soft-serve ice cream (chocolate and vanilla), with various ice-cream toppings. If you are a dessert lover, you may need to read our list of the Best Vegas Buffets for Desserts! We have Videos of Las Vegas buffets, with unique review comments 😉 on our Vegas Videos page.
Hours & Prices of the Luxor Buffet:
Adults (12 yrs & up)
Breakfast – $17.99 (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
Lunch – $18.99 (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Dinner – $23.99 (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Children (4 yrs – 11 yrs)
Breakfast – $13.99 (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
Lunch – $14.99 (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Dinner – $19.99 (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Friday • 4:00pm – 10:00 pm
Adults: $26.99 | Children: $22.99
Saturday • 4:00pm – 10:00 pm
Adults: $26.99 | Children: $22.99
Includes Unlimited Mimosas
Saturday & Sunday • 7:00am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $21.99 | Children: $19.99
Take 2 Pass (Luxor & Excalibur)
All Day Buffet Pass
Well worth it if you are staying South Strip and plan to eat or soft-drink several time a day. Adults: Monday – Thursday $35.99 | Friday – Sunday $39.99
Children: Monday – Thursday $31.99 | Friday – Sunday $35.99
Buffet To Go (Take Out-Take Away)
Monday – Thursday $16.99 | Friday – Sunday $19.99
*Children 4 years old and under are free
As always, please double check times and prices the day before you go since these are subject to change without notice.