Before the era of celebrity chefs, buffets ruled the culinary world of Las Vegas. They were cheap, plentiful, filling and speedy means to get gamblers back to the tables pronto. Now, they are expensive, plentiful and filling, designed to sate more sophisticated diners before they hit the pool club, gallery or Cirque du Soleil show. Gourmet standards reign with options like sushi stations, Peking duck and candy bars. Here are the five biggest hits from the five best buffets on the Strip.
5 Best Buffet Dishes in Las Vegas
The chef here knows her stuff, keeping the Chinese broccoli al dente and the tuna hand roll spicy. Hard as it is to forgo the rotisserie chicken and St. Louis baby back ribs, head straight to the seafood station for the caviar service — complete with caviar, salmon roe and Japanese tobiko, served with blinis, buckwheat waffles, egg, onions and crème fraîche — available Friday and Saturday nights.
Caesars went all-in on its new $17-million buffet with 500 dishes served at stations devoted to American, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and cheese and charcuterie. The seafood station includes raw oysters, but it’s the vast dessert bar, including chocolate-dipped marshmallows, homemade cookies, jars full of candy and fresh gelato, that will stun you into a food coma. Don’t miss made-to-order soufflés in chocolate, vanilla or pistachio.
Home to the only casino buffet with a tandoor oven, The Buffet at Aria uses it to prepare kebabs, fish, chicken and, for carb cravers, the not-to-be-missed naan bread. You don’t have to be an ethnic purist here; enjoy it alongside Asian pork sliders, scallop ceviche, caprese salads, tzatziki and baba ganoush.
Wynn serves two audiences with one groaning board: indulging omnivores and vegans. Famed vegan chef Tal Ronnen has incorporated dairy- and meat-free dishes throughout the resort, including at the buffet (word is owner Steve Wynn eats vegan). On the indulging side, go Italian and graze the vast charcuterie and cheese offerings before queuing up for pasta to order and the meaty wagyu lasagna.
With its collection of up-and-coming chefs from around the country, The Cosmopolitan is a food-lover’s casino. Everyone can appreciate the customizable miso soups and made to order mac ‘n cheese. But gourmands can get right to the meat of it at the carving station, piling on beef as well as bone marrow.