Las Vegas Vacation: Carnival World Buffet at Rio

We got up extra early that last morning in Vegas as we had a long day driving from Vegas to Yosemite. This is one breakfast we know we want to load up on as we have no plans to stop for lunch until we get to Yosemite.

Since Rio is known as an All-Suite hotel, I figure that they would be worth checking out. The Rio hotel is not located along the The Strip but a few blocks west of the South Las Vegas Blvd. Driving down the Strip, one would not miss noticing the red and blue tower.


The Carnival World Buffet is known to be the first buffet in Las Vegas to have multiple action stations and the buffet that introduces high-end buffets to Las Vegas.

Rio’s buffet is quite cheap compared to Bellagio’s. Here is what I gleaned from their website:

  • Breakfast $13.99 plus tax, 7am-11am Mon-Fri, 7:30am – 10:30am Sat-Sun
  • Lunch $16.99 plus tax, 11am-3:30pm Mon-Fri
  • Dinner $23.99 plus tax, 3:30pm-10pm Nightly
  • Saturday & Sunday Champagne Brunch $23.99 plus tax, 10:30am-3:30pm

They have several electronic payment machines, much like an ATM to make your payment. I was very impressed and thought why didn’t the other buffets do this.


We were there early at slightly past 7AM. There were hardly anyone around when we were there.

The buffet tables were the longest we have ever seen. What you see below is just perhaps a quarter of the buffet counters around. They are arranged by themes. The food are more authentic than any we have ever been to.


The fresh carved meats was our favorite station. The meat were just fresh out from the ovens. Don’t you just love it seeing steam rising as they carved the meats? I do.


I know this is breakfast but I just must have the prime roast. I figured this will be the last time we’re gonna have this until we get to Reno … so why not eat to our fill, right?


The normal breakfast fare are also there … french toasts, waffles, pancakes … yummy!


From the Chinese section, there were buns and dim sums.


They even have chinese pastries — sesame seed balls.


More stuff …


And these …


They even have churros … the boys like these sugarly sticks.


We simply must have bacon, scrambled eggs and hash browns for breakfast.


Their ice cream selection is the best we have seen. The display is simply mouth watering.


We just had chocolate ones though.


The selections from the pastries section were really fresh made.


For a balanced meal, we felt good also having some fruits.


We enjoyed this buffet a lot because we practically had the entire buffet to ourselves. There were no jostling with the crowds although we read that this is one of the busiest buffets in Vegas.

Despite all the claims from every buffet as being the best, Rio is widely recognized as the best buffet in Vegas. I would not disagree.

So, here it is … the last blog entry of our stay in Vegas. Like they say … “What Happened in Vegas … Ends Up On The Internet”.

Cheers! 🙂

Carnival World Buffet on Urbanspoon

7 thoughts on “Las Vegas Vacation: Carnival World Buffet at Rio

  1. I have panoramic photos of all of Yosemite’s waterfalls.
    As for the one you forgot its name: If it is the one you past on the way to Glacier Point then it is Bridal Veil. Glad to see you enjoyed Yosemite.
    Check out my site for lots of panoramic views of western national parks.
    You might want to try Yellowstone next, but do it in May and not in the summer as the animals hide and there are way too many people.

  2. Although I have never tried it myself, I hear that their lunch/dinner seafood buffet is a great deal too and very tasty. I will need to try this the next time I go to Vegas!

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