The Buffet at the Wynn was closed throughout most of November. It got a big makeover and reopened with a new look, new menu and new higher prices. It’s one fine buffet to be sure, good enough to be lauded in the Life section of USA Today last week. But this bad boy will cost ya—breakfast is $23.99, lunch $26.99 and dinner $42.99 ($49.99 for gourmet dinner).
Such is the case for several of the top buffets in town. Gourmet dinner is $39.99 at Bellagio, $41.99 at Aria and a whopping $55.99 at the most expensive non-brunch spread in town, Caesars Palace’s Bacchanal Buffet. These big-time smorgies are the ones that get all the national ink, but what about the ones that we eat—the bargain buffets that made Las Vegas famous? You know they’re out there, but I’ll bet you didn’t realize to what degree.
Comedy routines and movies still love to invoke Las Vegas’ “$2.99 all-your-can-eat buffets.” Those are long gone, but in 2015 there’s nothing wrong with $9.99 or $7.99, or even less. We stay up-to-the-minute on buffet pricing at LasVegasAdvisor.com, and I checked our database to find out how many buffet meals in Las Vegas are priced below $10. So what would you guess? Ten? Twenty?
As of our last monthly canvassing, 29 buffet meals were priced at $9.99 or below, spanning breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. But that’s only if you’re a square and buying retail. Many casinos offer discounts for showing a players card. Add in options with players card discounts and there are an amazing 65 buffet choices under $10!
Of these, 20 are breakfasts, 25 are lunches and 10 each are dinners and brunches. That’s a lot of choice. The lowest price for lunch is $6.99 at Palace Station using a card. The lowest price for dinner is $8.99 at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Fiesta Henderson and Palace Station, all requiring a players card. The lowest price for brunch is also $8.99, available at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Fiesta Henderson with card. And the least expensive buffet in all of Vegas is breakfast at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, which is just $5.49 with card (Silver Sevens’ breakfast is right behind at $5.99). Arizona Charlie’s doesn’t exactly boast the most spectacular spread in town, but it ain’t bad for that price.
The others in the list of 65 are at Palms, Gold Coast, Orleans, Fremont, Main Street Station, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Aliante, Silverton, South Point, Rampart, Cannery, Eastside Cannery, Fremont, Main Street Station, Railroad Pass, Fiesta Rancho, Santa Fe Station, Boulder Station and Texas Station, mostly for breakfast and lunch, along with Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch for breakfast only.
Note also that locals get 25 percent off at the Rio and the Westgate. It won’t get you under $10, but it moves you a good ways in the right direction.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.