Las Vegas buffets are back! Well, sorta. Not all Las Vegas buffets have reopened but many on the Vegas Strip are back. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of all Las Vegas buffets last year. Casino operators have had time to evaluate if the self-serve all-you-can-eat dining concepts are worth reopening.
Most of the lower-priced Las Vegas “value” buffets remain closed and may not reopen. CEOs for Boyd Gaming, Caesars, and Station Casinos have all said their buffets may not be returning. In fact, only one of the reopened buffets is at one of these properties.
Most of the Las Vegas buffets that are open again are on the Vegas Strip and considered premium buffets. These buffets come with a commensurate (word) price tag. This doesn’t mean that they don’t offer any value. However, not everyone wants to spend $40-$70 on a lunch or dinner buffet.
The following Las Vegas buffets are open. Click through for current prices and hours:
The South Point buffet is the only off-strip buffet open right now. This casino mostly caters to locals and the line will frequently twist and turn throughout the casino. In fact, since buffets are limited the lines everywhere seem to be longer than ever since there are fewer options.
It should be noted that buffets have different hours. Some may only offer brunch, lunch, or dinner. The links above have operating hours and prices if you want to get back to the buffet on your next visit to Las Vegas.
Here’s a look at a couple of the more popular buffets that have reopened on the Vegas Strip. I’m not much of a buffet fan but Bellagio had been my favorite prior to the closing last year.
The Buffet at Bellagio
The Buffet at Bellagio is open for brunch seven days a week. Guests can enjoy Bellagio’s aspirational dining experience filled with fine cuisine and live-action stations. Highlights of The Buffet at Bellagio include the Omelet Station, traditional breakfast items, pasta and pizza as well as extensive Eggs Benedict options. There’s also fried chicken and waffles along with a Toast Bar for those craving a traditional type of brunch.
The non-breakfast food is what I’ve always found to be the best part of The Buffet at Bellagio. Those who prefer a heartier brunch can enjoy the carving station with marinated flank steak, rotisserie chicken, and St. Louis style ribs. Seafood eaters can enjoy a selection of Alaskan king crab, poached shrimp, smoked salmon, and scallop ceviche that will complement Far East delicacies such as Hong Kong BBQ buns and shrimp shu mai.
The Buffet at Bellagio has a huge variety of desserts. There are plenty of fresh pastries and one of the best features is a personalized gelato stand.
Visit Bellagio online for hours and prices.
Bacchanal Buffet At Caesars Palace
The award-winning Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace returns with new options. Caesars has made enhancements to the seafood, carving, American and Latin kitchens, as well as the entrance and dining room.
Bacchanal’s menu has also been expanded with nearly 100 new dishes to the already impressive menu which includes more than 100 vegan and vegetarian options.
“After 14 months and a multimillion-dollar renovation, Bacchanal is back — and might I say the best just got better,” said Sean McBurney, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment.
The nine open kitchens continue to be the highlights of Bacchanal Buffet. With the redesign, guests now have an up-close view of an array of new, state-of-the-art equipment and open-fire roasting grills. Guests can also enjoy new steaming and refrigerated display systems ensuring dishes like crab legs are served market-fresh.
Visit Caesars Palace online for hours and prices.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.