It’s No Joke

The other day I heard another comedian make a reference to Las Vegas and its “$1.99 all-you-can-eat buffets.” Everyone loves saying that, even though there hasn’t been a $1.99 buffet in Las Vegas for many years. The sentiment is right, however, as some of today’s buffets are still awfully cheap.

How cheap? According to the Las Vegas Advisor database—and we update it every month—the lowest-priced buffet in the whole Las Vegas area is $5.95 for the breakfast at Hacienda (the casino out by the dam). Right behind it is breakfast at Terrible’s, which comes in just 4 cents higher at $5.99 and is a lot closer to home.

Several casinos have instituted buffet discounts for simply showing a players club card. One of the best of these is Station Casinos, where showing your Boarding Pass card knocks off $3-$5 per meal. The resulting prices are $4.99 for breakfast, $7.99 for lunch and $9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe and Aliante Stations. Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock prices are $4.99, $7.99 and $13.99. The same deal extends to Station’s Fiesta brand, where breakfast with the card at Fiesta Henderson is $4.49.

Showing your BConnected card saves $1 on any buffet at Boyd’s Fremont, Main Street Station and Orleans, and $1-$2 at Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town. You’ll also save $1-$2 at the Cannery, Eastside Cannery, and Silverton. At South Point it’s $2-$4 off; the bigger discounts apply to dinner, including seafood Fridays for $18.95 and prime-rib Wednesdays for $12.95. At Arizona Charlie’s Decatur or Boulder, your card saves you $1.83-$3. At Stratosphere, you save $5 on dinner and weekend brunch.

Showing the Terrible’s card drops the price for breakfast to $3.99. It’s the lowest buffet price in all of Las Vegas—but only if you count just those that are available to everyone. Locals with a players card and a “Hot Spot” sticker can eat breakfast on Mondays and Wednesdays for just $2 at the Las Vegas Hilton (lunch and dinner are just $4 and $5). A $2 buffet! Maybe those comedians know what they’re talking about after all.