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The Buffet at Wynn
Photograph: Jeff Green

The 15 best buffets in America

Eat all the pasta, beef and seafood you want at the best buffets in America, all loaded with unlimited food offerings

By Lauren Rothman

We Americans are known for our hearty appetites: whether we’re chowing down on dumplings at the best Chinese restaurants in America, devouring burritos at the best Mexican restaurants in America or gnawing ribs at the best BBQ restaurants in America, we want those plates to overflow. For times when we’re feeling especially hungry, we head to the buffets, those hedonistic, all-you-can-eat spots where a dinner plate never has to be empty for more than a few moments at a time. From sleek seafood counters to comfort food-laden steam tables with unlimited food offerings, these are the best buffets in America. Follow Time Out USA on Facebook; sign up for the Time Out USA newsletter.

Best buffets in America

Photograph: Courtesy Caesars Palace

1. Bacchanal Buffet, Las Vegas, NV

Restaurants Buffet The Strip

True to its name, this storied Vegas buffet inside Caesars Palace Casino is over-the-top in every sense, and therefore takes the cake (and prime rib and lobster tails and Wagyu beef sliders) for our number one buffet in the country. After a $100 million renovation in 2012, Bacchanal is better than ever, with more than 500 daily offerings, about 15 daily specials and its famous warm, baked-to-order souffles for dessert. From dim sum to tacos to tuna poke, any craving you could possibly have will be satisfied here. Breakfast $30.99, lunch $38.99, weekday dinner $54.99, weekend brunch $49.99, weekend dinner $57.99 

Red Apple Buffet
Photograph: Courtesy Red Apple Buffet

2. Red Apple Buffet, Chicago, IL

Restaurants Buffet Avondale

This massive Polish buffet has been beloved by Chicagoans since it opened in 1984. Serving a hugely bountiful spread of Eastern European delights including pierogies, potato pancakes, kielbasa and sauerkraut, Red Apple pleases with rib-sticking fare that hits the spot on a cold Chicago night. The buffet is available during both lunch and dinner service, seven days a week. Weekday lunch $13.99, weekday dinner $15.99, both meals $19.99 on weekends 

Gaia’s Garden
Photograph: Susan Church

3. Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, CA

Hippie-friendly Santa Rosa, located in northern California’s Sonoma County, is the perfect town for this sweet, all-vegetarian buffet offering lunch and dinner daily. Fresh Cali produce is well-represented in a plethora of healthy but hearty options from soup, salad and entree stations (think curried cauliflower with zucchini and chickpeas, stir-fried vermicelli noodles and Mexican-style posole with white beans and yams). Lunch $12.95, dinner and weekend brunch $16.95

Umma’s Lunch Box
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/john O.

4. Umma’s Lunch Box, Seattle, WA

Restaurants Buffet Central Business District

This wonderful Korean lunch counter is a Seattle favorite, serving an expansive banchan-laden lunch buffet Monday through Friday. Umma's excellent kimbap—Korean rice rolls akin to sushi—are a perennial favorite, as is its veggie-loaded japchae, or stir-fried sweet potato noodles. On Thursdays and Fridays, the restaurant serves crisp, juicy popcorn fried chicken alongside a delicious soy-based dipping sauce. Pro tip: if you bring your own container, you'll get a buck off the price of your meal. $9.95 for 28 ounces, $7.95 for 16 ounces, $5.45 for 12 ounces

The Buffet at Wynn
Photograph: Jeff Green

5. The Buffet at Wynn, Las Vegas, NV

Restaurants Buffet The Strip

Las Vegas is legendary for its over-the-top buffets, where steam tables, griddles, fryers and salad bars work overtime to cater to hungry, bleary-eyed gamblers. Even among the Strip’s high-stakes all-you-can-eats, the Buffet at Wynn Casino is a standout: boasting 15 live-action cooking stations where you can watch tall-hatted chefs prepare Korean pancakes, Japanese sushi, Italian pastas and more to order. Sample more that 120 dishes, dip pastries in a warm chocolate fountain for dessert and, if you feel like drinking, opt for unlimited pours of beer, wine and select cocktails for $19 extra. Breakfast $24.49, lunch $26.99, weekday dinner $42.99, weekend brunch $35.49, weekend dinner $49.99

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp Rami S.

6. Sapthagiri, Jersey City, NJ

Known as India Square or Little Bombay, Jersey City's bustling Newark Avenue district is home to plenty of tantalizing Indian restaurants. Our favorite is Sapthagiri, which offers a variety of buffet options: at dinner on Tuesday, at lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and at breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. The vegetarian South Indian fare is well-spiced and tasty, and there's even a dosa station where a cook will make your favorite stuffed rice crepes to order. $8.99 breakfast, $9.99 lunch and $11.99 dinner

Jacob Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Jacob Restaurant

7. Jacob Restaurant, New York, NY

Restaurants Buffet Harlem

With two bustling Harlem locations, Jacob Restaurant is a soul food spot beloved for its classic, expertly prepared renditions of fried chicken, mac and cheese, candied yams, stewed collard greens and much, much more. Look for Southern dishes that are hard to find elsewhere, like stewed pigs' feet and succotash, and save room for the creamy banana pudding for dessert. $5.99 per pound 

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Wally Gobetz

8. Versailles, Miami, FL

Restaurants Cuban West Little Havana

Among lovers of Cuban cuisine, Miami's Versailles restaurant is a must-visit: underneath twinkling chandeliers, the expansive dining room has served classic, highly seasoned Cuban fare such as ropa vieja, picadillo and mashed green plantains since 1971. In-the-know diners visit for Sunday breakfast, when Versailles pours hot cafe con leche and sets out enormous platters of all-you-can-eat white rice, codfish fritters and sweet and savory pastelitos (Cuban turnovers). $10.25 

Wandering Horse Buffet
Photograph: Courtesy Wandering Horse Buffet

9. Wandering Horse Buffet, Scottsdale, AZ

Visitors flock to Scottsdale year-round to enjoy serenity, golf and the relaxing amenities of the town’s many spa resorts. One of the best, the Talking Stick Resort, also offers one of the best meals in town, an all-you-can-eat buffet loaded with brick oven pizza, fresh sushi and a carving station slicing juicy joints of beef. Prime rib is on the menu each Wednesday night, Alaskan king crab legs on Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays bring a champagne brunch boasting three pours of bubbly. Lunch $13.95, weekday dinner $20.95, weekend dinner $33.95, Sunday brunch $33.95

Cafe Fleuri
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe Fleuri

10. Cafe Fleuri, Boston, MA

Restaurants Buffet Downtown

Chocoholics, take note: this elegant cafe, located inside the stately Langham Hotel, offers a seasonal Saturday brunch that's all desserts—all-chocolate, more specifically. Serving more than 100 types of chocolate desserts each week, the all-you-can-eat sugar rush includes creme brulee, crepes, ice cream and peanut butter mousse, plus an ever-flowing chocolate fountain into which diners can dip fresh fruit, pretzels, marshmallows and more. Make sure to wear your elastic pants. September - June, $45

Photograph: Courtesy Oystercatchers

11. Oystercatchers, Tampa, FL

Located inside Tampa's Grand Hyatt Hotel, Oystercatchers serves fresh Gulf seafood like blackened grouper, wood-grilled snapper and seared sea scallops. On Sunday mornings, the bottomless champagne brunch is the place to be, with unlimited pours of bubbly and mimosas and stations heaped with raw shellfish, carved-to-order prime rib, inventive omelettes and fresh pastas. Don't miss the bloody mary station, where you can kick your booze intake up a notch. $50

Yak and Yeti
Photograph: Courtesy Yak and Yeti

12. Yak & Yeti, Denver, CO

Bars Greater Denver

This Denver-area favorite has three locations that all serve an excellent Indian buffet during both lunch and dinner, with a large variety of dishes including fresh-baked naan, lamb curry, chicken tandoori and more. Vegetarians will love the extensive meat-free options, like alu gobi, chana masala and vegetable biryani featuring fluffy rice and aromatic spices. Lunch $10.95, dinner $14.95 

Captain George’s
Photograph: Courtesy Captain George’s

13. Captain George’s, Myrtle Beach, SC

Vacationers in Myrtle Beach expect to dine on some stellar seafood while there, and Captain George's, located just a short drive from the beach, doesn't disappoint. Open daily for dinner as well as for lunch on Sundays, the restaurant serves a plethora of fresh, all-you-can-eat dishes including steamed and fried shellfish, blackened mahi mahi and seasonally available soft shell and blue crabs. Lunch $25.99, dinner $32.99

India's Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy India's Restaurant

14. India’s Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA

Restaurants Indian East Hollywood

L.A. is known for its incredible diversity, which is reflected in the city’s outstanding selection of cuisines. When you’re in the mood for (lots of) Indian fare, head to this East Hollywood favorite at lunchtime and pile your plate with all-you-can-eat appetizers, curries and even dessert. The restaurant’s goat curry, tandoori chicken and saag paneer are all standouts, and the meal ends on a sweet note with rice pudding and gulab jamun, a type of fritter soaked in rosewater syrup. $10.95 

Horizons Oceanfront
Photograph: Courtesy Horizons Oceanfront

15. Horizons Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD

The popular summertime destination of Ocean City is a magnet for beachgoers—and seafood-lovers. Located inside the luxurious Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Horizons Oceanfront offers stunning views of the beach and serves a top-rated seafood buffet that’s sure to please. Available daily during the summer, the meal includes a raw bar loaded with oysters and clams, steamed Alaskan crab legs, a seasonal catch of the day and more—including hand-carved prime rib and Virginia ham for any carnivore in your group. $35 


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