Gone are the days of the $3 buffets. In today’s competitive landscape, some Las Vegas buffets are better than others at stepping up against the growing competition from independent eateries and celebrity-run restaurants. So if you want to get the most out of your buffets while in Vegas, it pays to do some research. Here are some recommendations for web sites with the best buffet reviews:
Locals share their reviews at Yelp.com. This popular wiki-style review guide gives you decent coverage of Vegas buffets. The top-rated buffets by Yelp contributors are those provided by Wynn and Bellagio. The Sunday Champagne Brunch at Wynn has a four-star ranking (out of five), thanks to more than 1,200 reviews for the $30 meal. The Bellagio buffet runs a close second with the same ranking, generated from more than 900 reviews. Be warned though: these buffets are some of Vegas’ best, but they can be some of the busiest along the Strip.
Tripadvisor is another old standby for Vegas buffet reviews. Tripadvisor features reviews from both locals and tourists, including Vegas’ international visitor base. This probably gives you a broader perspective than what you’ll find on Yelp. The Bellagio buffet is at the top of Tripadvisor’s buffet list, pulling in 440 reviews. Next on the list is Bally’s Sterling Brunch with 72 reviews. Note that this Bally’s meal with run you a steep $85 per person. Mandalay Bay’s Bayside Buffet is a popular choice too, with 100 reviews.
Another web site to check out is 10best.com. This site provides an editor-generated ranking of Vegas buffets, rather than user reviews. At the top spot here is the Cravings Buffet at the Mirage, which serves a mix of international and American fare. Second on the list is the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood (editor’s note: this one is my personal favorite). 10best.com does not have the sheer number of reviews found on other sites, but it does provide quick and easy information. If you like shortlists, this is the choice for you.
If you prefer numbers over words, you might like the ranking system on ratelasvegas.com. On www.ratelasvegas.com, visitors rate the buffets on a scale of one to 10 in five categories: ambiance, service, food, value, and access. The Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas ranks eight out of 10 based on 368 ratings and 333 user reviews.
Finally, you can find some great information on personal web sites dedicated to reviews. A number of these sites are maintained by die-hard buffet fans who are also Vegas locals. David Berman, for example, shares detailed and well-written reviews on the Vegas buffets he’s personally sampled at www.travel2vegas.com/buffetreviews. Although some of the reviews date back a number of years, there’s a lively and updated forum where participants share their reviews and tips for buffets at www.vegasmessageboard.com. Another site with Vegas buffet reviews is by About.com Las Vegas guide, Zeke Quezada. His reviews read more like short overviews, but he offers useful insights. He recommends the Rio Suites Seafood Buffet (“expensive but worth the money,” editor’s note: I second that summation) and Mandalay Bay Buffet (“consistently good”).
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