Las Vegas is not only about casinos … it is also known as the buffet capital of the world. There must be dozens of buffets all over the city in various types. There are buffets that costs under $10 and there are those that costs up to $40.
We decided to try The Buffet at Bellagio because they claim to be the best (and one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive) in Las Vegas. Whatever it is, two words describes Bellagio best — High Elegance.
The Buffet at Bellagio serves American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Seafood cuisine. The attraction is their Alaska King Crabs and Kobe Beef. We had never tried Kobe Beef before but only found out that they only serve Kobe Beef on weekends.
We were at The Buffet at about 5:00pm which we thought is early before the queue starts. We were wrong. Even at 5pm there was a line which stretches out to the entrance. The wait was supposed to be about 45 minutes from where we were.
After waiting for about 20 minutes, someone gave us their Line Pass which allows us to get on the shorter line. We got in in just 3 minutes in the shorter line. We were pretty pleased with it. He he he … we felt pretty important too.
Here are the rates for The Buffet:
- Breakfast 7am-11am: $14.95
- Lunch 11am-4pm: $19.95
- Dinner 4pm-10pm: $27.95
- Sat & Sun Champagne Brunch 7am-4pm:
- without champagne: $23.95
- with champagne: $28.95
- Fri & Sat Gourmet Dinner 4pm-10pm: $35.95
There are no discount rates for children at The Buffet. All kids pay full price!! Obviously they deliberately do this to discourage families eating here.
The buffet islands and counters were bright and clean. We had a first visual sweep of the entire area and had a tough time deciding where to start. For sure, there are no way we could try everything that is available as much as we try to get only bite size servings as much as we can.
At the dining area, the seating, tables and lightings were comfortable, not plush. However, the table settings were good … no paper napkins, silverware and such. Oh well, we are here more for the food.
Service was prompt and they kept our glasses filled and took our plates away as soon as we’re done.
To us, The buffet is spectacular and simply the best we had ever tried. Here are the pictures of some of the food we had.
I started off with a quail. It did not have much flesh and was very boney, sharp ones too.
Arkensen and Nanzaro headed first for the sushi.
Too bad there were no Kobe Beef but the Prime Roast was in perfect pinkish medium rare. It was some of the best I had ever tried. We went back for seconds. Yummy!
The star of the day for me was the Alaska King Crab. They went very fast but they kept replenishing it fast enough to keep up with the demand.
They thoughtfully sliced the crab legs into half so that we don’t have to bother cracking them open. The legs were not puny ones … they were up to 1.5 feet in length.
The shrimp were big, fresh and fleshy. I would have wanted more but because there were simply too much of the rest to try.
I have no idea what this is called or even am certain what this is. I think this is some kind of fish.
The broth of the mussels were quite good but the mussels were disappointingly small.
Alrighty … it had been so long already since we had this buffet, we had so little recollection of what we ate! Anyway, enjoy some of the pictures below …
Shrimp wrapped in wonton wrappers. Pretty unique.
Some pasta from the Italian section.
They even had pizzas … this one is spinach pizza.
Fish … can you figure out what this is?
Ice-cream were pretty normal.
They had very pretty dessert bar. We only managed to try less than 50% of what they had on display.
Creme Brulee …
Fruit Tarts …
Unique Lemon Meringue …
Cream Puff …
What do you call this?
While it was a great buffet, I do think this buffet is overpriced. We enjoyed this a lot … and all of us gave it 5 out of 5. We notice that despite all the food we had, we did not really feel overstuffed … you know, the kind of regret one gets after overeating? We took 1.5 hours in all.
After the buffet we walked around Bellagio to check out their famous interiors. In the lobby, the ceiling were adorned with over 2000 colorful hand-blown glass flowers.
Just past the lobby, there is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The displays are changed out several times a year and reflect the current season.