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The best buffets in Vegas for feasting on the Strip

Fill up your plate again and again at the best buffets in Vegas

Written by
Sarah Feldberg
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You won’t have trouble finding the best buffet in Vegas. Las Vegas buffets are legendary, and for good reason. Way back in the 1940s, the casinos found a way to keep gamblers inside with ridiculous amounts of well-priced food that could be easily turned over via an ever-sprawling buffet system. The source of countless feasts (and the butt of a thousand jokes), these buffets are among the best things to do in Vegas. Where else can you find rows upon rows of tasty crowd-pleasing fare — everything from macarons and mac ’n’ cheese to sushi, roasts and pizza — beckoning under bright casino lights?

Whether you want to down the equivalent of a day’s meal for one reasonably low price or to indulge in a luxurious brunch of lobster tails and champagne, the best buffets in Las Vegas are happy to oblige … and oblige … and oblige.

Check out our favorite places to partake in a Strip tradition, then make a beeline for the one that speaks to you, grab an empty plate and go wild. Veteran buffet-goers know that it’s always wise to check the pricing in advance; not only can you save some cash by avoiding peak times (e.g. weekend dinner hours), you’ll also be more likely to have an entire wall of pastries to yourself.

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Best buffets in Vegas

  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

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The extravagant plates match the extravagant setting at the Wynn buffet, where towering arrangements of flowers and fruit rival the Jenga tower of plates you assemble with every trip to the buffet line. Matzah crusted fried chicken, ribeye steaks sliced to order, upscale tacos and ahi poke are just a few of the 120 must-try items from the long counters and 15 live cooking stations. Come on Friday or Saturday for a special seafood lineup, and make sure to check out the potato pancake station, serving latkes to order topped with your choice of smoked salmon, wagyu beef and blueberries. It might actually be the single best item at any buffet in Las Vegas.

  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

Often considered the best buffet in the world, Bacchanal Buffet offers an onslaught of deliciousness from morning to night. Indulge in red velvet pancakes and fresh-squeezed juices for breakfast, then move on to dim sum, street tacos, crab legs at least six different Asian soups and a rotation of individually portioned salads made with golden beets, sweet and sour watermelon and more. Then, there is the carving station: A heaven made of smoked meat to be devoured right before checking out dessert. Survey the gelatos, sample a fresh crepe and save room for the baked-to-order chocolate lava cake. Indeed, this is a buffet worthy of the opulence expected from Caesars Palace.

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  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • The Strip
  • price 4 of 4

Decadence, thy name is Sterling Brunch. This Vegas institution has been a stalwart for over 30 years with a lineup and ambiance that emphasizes opulence. Start with endless Nicolas Feuillatte champagne and oversized gruyere popovers and build a perfect meal from there. Alaskan king crab legs, lobster tails, truffle mashed potatoes and a custom omelette station are just a few of the reasons Sterling endures as a Vegas favorite.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

Border Grill’s weekend brunch isn’t your typical buffet. There are no stations to browse, no pre-warmed plates to pile high with this and that, no chef-coated attendant slicing through a giant piece of meat under the heat lamps. What you’ll find instead might be even better: a selection of made-to-order, Mexican-inspired small plates perfect for mixing and matching into the brunch feast of your dreams. Lobster cachapas? Secret pancakes? Diablo fried chicken? Short rib hash? Yes, yes, yes and hell yes.

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  • Buffet
  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

When Wicked Spoon opened at the Cosmopolitan, it was a revelation: a cool-kid buffet where giant chafing dishes of limp pasta were replaced by individual portions of creative plates. While other buffets have caught up, this wide open space is still a delight, where diners navigate the floor, picking up plates of shrimp and grits and pumpkin risotto alongside big-ticket items like carved Italian sausages and seafood scampi made to order. The dessert station features excellent gelato with flavors as universal as pistachio and as unique as Thai tea.

  • Restaurants
  • The Strip
  • price 4 of 4

This Wynn classic has migrated from its former home at Country Club restaurant to new digs at David Walzog’s Lakeside. What hasn’t changed? The party vibes, thanks to a live Dixieland jazz band and the fantastic food. Fill your plate with fresh oysters, king crab legs and more from the buffet stations, then order a la carte dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, crab cake eggs Benedict and steak frites. Finish things off at the dessert station to end your morning on a sweet note.

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  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

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Like the hotel it is housed in, this all-you-can-eatery aims to keep things classy. Expect cuisine from all over the world, from Italy to Japan, served across different stations and prepared, mostly, right in front of you. You can also opt for the gourmet dinner, which includes caviar with house-made blinis, king crab and leg of lamb.

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  • Buffet
  • Las Vegas
  • price 2 of 4

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Widely regarded as the best “locals” buffet, this spacious eatery at the off-Strip M Resort is worth the drive to the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard for a reasonably priced array that includes unlimited beer, wine and espresso drinks. And the food? It’s plenty tasty. Build the perfect meal out of tacos, calzones, pho, dim sum and fried chicken. Pro tip: Ask the meat man to grill the prime rib. A game changer.

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  • The Strip
  • price 3 of 4

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The focus here is on quality, not quantity. Though not as massive as other Strip buffets, the high-end fare here is just as good, if not better, than other local destinations. An assortment of Chinese dumplings, fresh pho, made-to-order pasta and a large dessert station are just a few of the highlights.

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  • Las Vegas
  • price 2 of 4

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Part of the Palms’ resort-wide renovation has been the reinvention of its buffet into A.Y.C.E. (pronounced “ace”), a sparkling new destination built around wood-fired grills, rotisseries and smokers where you can eat as healthy as you want or throw your diet to the wind. With local-friendly pricing and a vast array of individually portioned dishes like mac ’n’ cheese, chicken pot pie and poke, you can stuff yourself silly without blowing your Vegas restaurant budget.

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  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • West of the Strip
  • price 2 of 4

This has been considered one of the top Las Vegas buffets since it first opened. After things got mundane, the staff shook new life into the menu, which now offers more than 200 different dishes from all across the globe and a plethora of homemade pies for dessert. Yummy indeed.

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A local favorite, this suburban spot on the west side of town offers a banging dessert station, an awesome discount for military members on Mondays and tons of delicious brunch items, including blintzes and polenta eggs Benedict. The hickory smoked pork ribs are on the menu a few times a week—make sure to order them when available.

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