LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – cousin Eddie says best: “I’m going to have some of that there Yella … and haven’t you on me cheap, heard ya?” “
Randy Quaid’s memorable line in was a “Vegas Vacation” nudge at the Las Vegas buffet.
But those are the old days … decades before Covid-19 protocols, reservations, gourmet selections, and specific times.
So if you’re fond of ‘the Yella’ – probably, mac and cheese, something with scalloped eggs or potatoes, or … we don’t really know what that was – you’re probably out of luck. This year.
But there are a dozen choices out there for you to enjoy for the holidays, with buffets at many of the major Strip hotels in operation since early summer.
The king of all “best buffet” lists, the Bacchanale Buffet at Caesars Palace, headlines the list. “It’s like having your choice of nine upscale restaurants in one place,” according to Caesars. It’s a tourist attraction in itself, and it has a price to match – $ 75 per person.
We’ve put together a list of possibilities for you, but a few of the buffets still don’t have details for Christmas Day menus. And it’s a good idea to check on reservations. With limited choices, there is a chance these buffets could be booked well in advance. Most say walk-ins are fine, but if they take reservations they may be full by the time you arrive.
Most – but not all – of the buffets are on the Strip. Most offer discounts to player card members. Some stations do not offer their prices online, and prices are subject to change. The lists below should give you a general idea of what to expect.
Station Casinos did not respond to a request for information on plans to reopen buffets at casinos popular with locals.
- La Bacchanale Buffet. Friday to Sunday 4-10 am; Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch, $ 55 per person, dinner: $ 75 per person. Child rates are available. Reservations recommended. “From Roman-style pizza to roaming dim sum carts, find a world of flavor at our nine kitchen stations. Indulge in originals like bourbon chipotle oysters and barbecue duck carnitas quesadillas. Sample delicious vegan options and explore a new selection of Laotian, Filipino, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Save room for dessert like earl gray mousse, salted caramel popcorn and gelato ”.
- The buffet at Bellagio. Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, $ 42 per person, Friday-Sunday, $ 50 per person. Child rates are available. “Our chefs bring together the freshest ingredients and the best dishes from around the world, including Italian, Japanese, Chinese and American cuisine as well as many more. Be mesmerized by the talent on display at our live-action cooking stations and take your taste buds on a journey of discovery as you sample favorite dishes and new temptations. To top off the holiday, discerning dessert lovers will be able to get lost in fresh pastries and a personalized gelato stand.
- Wicked The Cosmopolitan Spoon. Christmas menu available online, with prices around $ 15 more. No reservations. Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brunch (Saturday-Sunday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, $ 38 per person, lunch $ 45 per person, brunch $ 48 per person. Child rates are available. “We took a nasty turn on the traditional buffet, now offering a unique dining experience on the market unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip. With its blend of premium quality, familiar staples and imaginative seasonal dishes, this Las Vegas buffet satisfies cravings and invites discovery.
- The buffet at Wynn Las Vegas. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Breakfast, $ 39, brunch, $ 46, dinner, $ 65. Starting Friday night and going through Sunday brunch, the gourmet menu selection changes (brunch, $ 50, dinner, $ 70). regular menu resumes with Sunday evening. The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas redefines the breakfast, brunch, or dinner experience with a feast of options, including an all-new Benedict XVI Egg Station and a Latin Street Food Station among 16 mouth-watering chef-designed food cuisines. Jason Duarte. All the classics are there too, from butcher-inspired cocktails to shrimp, sushi and more ”.
- MGM Grand Buffet. Reservations recommended. Brunch, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Weekdays, $ 28, weekends, $ 37. Children 5 and under eat free. The enormous variety of MGM Grand Buffet cuisine is sure to fulfill your culinary wishes. From the champagne brunch to endless beer and wine, guests will find many “favorite” dishes.
- The buffet at Excalibur. Reservations recommended. Brunch, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Weekdays, $ 27, weekends, $ 30. The price of children available. “The buffet at Excalibur offers endless variety for whatever you fancy. Feast on cuisine from around the world or dive into our weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday. From pancakes to shrimps, from bacon to fruits, you will leave the brunch satisfied. Want more? See you at our Made To Order Crepes and Station Omelettes! “
- Circus Circus Buffet. No details online. Brunch, Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner, Friday-Saturday, 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Brunch, $ 26, dinner, $ 25.
- The Buffet in Luxor. Reservations recommended. Brunch, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, $ 27, Saturday-Sunday, $ 30. “Features a massive 30 foot salad bar, homemade pizza station, delectable carving station, a tasty omelet station, and specialties from around the world.” The delicious dessert station offers fresh pastries and “sugar-free” desserts.
- Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station. Christmas menu available online. Brunch, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner, Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch, $ 19, dinner, $ 26. The price of children available. “From the moment you step in you will appreciate the spacious surroundings with Victorian flair. Join us for an all-you-can-eat brunch or dinner experience! “
- Garden Buffet at South Point. Christmas menu available online ($ 25). Breakfast, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch, Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner, Monday to Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Breakfast, $ 13, lunch, $ 17, brunch, $ 25, dinner, $ 25, seafood overnight, $ 37. Six stations live cooking: Asian, Mexican, Italian, barbecue, Chinese dishes and seafood, or customize your own creation at the Mongolian grill. Prime Rib and Peel and Eat Shrimp are served nightly in our buffet. Seafood night is Friday with crab legs, oysters on the half-shell, skin and eating shrimp, and sushi among the favorites. Mimosas are unfathomable a highlight of our brunch buffet menu on Saturday and Sunday which features prime rib, made to order omelets, eggs benedict, fluffy pancakes, French toast and fresh iron waffles.
- Fresh buffet at Westgate Las Vegas. Breakfast, Sunday, Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch, Sunday, Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner, Tuesday-Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. breakfast, $ 20 , lunch, $ 23, dinner, $ 27. “Stack your plate high with Chinese fare, dig into fresh seafood specialties and make a friend along the way – there really is something for everyone at the Fresh Buffet. “
- Market Place Buffet in Las Vegas Rampart. Christmas menu available online. Dinner, Thursday-Monday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., weekend champagne brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner, $ 30, weekend champagne brunch, $ 30. “The only buffet in Northwest Las Vegas, with draft beers and wine, culinary action stations, and patio dining.” “