YOUR LAS VEGAS DINING EXPERIENCE
You'll Find the Finest Dining--and Often the Lowest Prices--in Las Vegas
Many long-time visitors to Las Vegas know that buffet restaurants are more plentiful here than in any other city in the world. If you want good food and don't want to spend a lot of time waiting for service--or a lot of money--you'll find some very good eating at one of Las Vegas' buffet dining establishments. Buffet-style allows you to get your meals without waiting for a wait person to serve you, so you can be back out enjoying other Las Vegas experiences in less time. Here are just a few of your choices when it comes to buffet dining:
- Las Vegas Hilton's Buffet
"The Buffet" at the Las Vegas Hilton serves all three meals, and at reasonable prices. Breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m, costs $12 plus tax. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. till 2:30 p.m., and costs $13 plus tax. Food choices for lunch include prime rib, smoked salmon, pasta, lo mein selections, sushi rolls and broiled steak. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. with a wider range for entree choices, including pasta dishes, wok items, pre-peeled shrimp, fresh seafood, turkey and prime rib from the carving station and Peking duck. There's also a weekend champagne brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a price tag of $17. Reviews are good for this one.
- Lucky 7's Buffet
Located off the Stip on Main St. in the Plaza Hotel, the great thing about Lucky 7's Buffet is the price: All meals are $7.77, it's very family friendly and 75% of those who took the survey on iEatVegas indicated they would eat there again. If you are on a tight budget, you can afford this place.
- The Buffet at Wynn's
If you're already staying here, you may be able to afford dining at this buffet. Seafood is their specialty, although they serve all meals. Breakfasts are $18 and lunch is $22 plus tax. Dinner prices vary from $34 for Sunday thru Thursday, and $38 for Friday and Saturday dining. There's also a Saturday and Sunday brunch, fron $29 to $35 depending on whether you want champagne or not. Children ages 3 to 8 eat for half price.
- The Buffet at Treasure Island
Top-rated for family-friendly and good food, you can get all three meals here. The prices aren't the best, but the food is, according to those who added their comments on the iEatVegas site. Breakfast prices go for $12, lunch for $15, and midweek dinner for $20. The weekend Gourmet Dinner is a little higher at $26 and is served Friday-Sunday. There's also a weekend champagne brunch for $15-$18.
If you have a car and get to places off the strip, you'll find some excellent dining at lower prices, including Terrible's Buffet at Terrible's Hotel on Paradise Rd. (breakfast $5, lunch $7, dinner $10, and Sunday Brunch for $9); Feast Around the World Buffet at Texas Station in North Las Vegas is a favorite with the locals and prices range from $6-7 for the breakfast buffet, $7-9 for lunch, and dinner at $9-11.
Las Vegas Restaurants
Las Vegas hotels all have restaurants on their premises, so we'll briefly review a few of these, plus others you may enjoy.
- Circus Circus Restaurants If you're travelling with kids, you'll find plenty of dining choices at Circus Circus, including The Steak House, Mexitalia, Westside Deli, and The Pizzeria. The Pizzeria is family friendly and gets good ratings for its food. Fresh baked pizza with your choice of toppings, huge calzones, and sandwiches and salads are available fare. The Steak House has been rated as the best in Las Vegas for at least 11 years. Also features seafood, prime rib, lamb chops, and lobster. Open for dinner and a Sunday champagne brunch. The Mexitalia features Mexican and Italy cuisine, advertised as "easy on the pocketbook," although we did not find any price ranges to report. The Westside Deli features typical deli fare such as sandwiches, bagels, danish, donuts, coffee and soft drinks. Good for a quick breakfast or lunch.
- Mandalay Bay Restaurants
At least 24 restaurants are housed here, including a Starbucks, deli, dessert place, Mexican and Chinese cuisine and more. We only have space to write about a couple of them. The Burger Bar is not cheap, but if you can afford it, you won't be disappointed. The Chocolate Swan is a dessert and coffee shop. You'll find many hand-made chocolate selections as well as tortes, cheesecakes and au claires.
- StripSteak, as the name implies, is a steak house, and not cheap, but excellent food. For Chinese cuisine try the Shanghai Lily or China Grill; for Mexican dining try the Border Grill; Italian cuisine is represented by Trattoria del Lupo and Giorgio Cafe and Ristorante. For good old American dining try the Red White and Blue.
Because there are so many restaurants run by hotels in Las Vegas, if you've never been there, you might think that there is no where else to eat. This isn't true, although most of the non-hotel restaurants are going to be away from the Strip. If you have a car, you can certainly find many more dining choices. You'll find American, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Seafood and Steakhouses, among other types of dining. Here are just a few of them:
There are at least 105 steakhouses located in Las Vegas, including those affiliated with hotels. Try the Capital Grille located in the Fashion Show Mall, for a good meal. There are several Lonestar Steakhouses to choose from, as well as the old standby's: Outback's and Stuart Anderson's Black Angus restaurants.
At least 247 Mexican restaurants according to iEatVegas, but that number also includes the Mexican fast food restaurants like Baja Fresh and Chipotle. The El Ausante is an authentic Mexican restaurant, a ways from the Strip on Fremont Street. There are two Frank and Fina's Cocina Mexican restaurants in the Las Vegas area. Good comments regarding the one on Charleston.
There are 194 listings for Chinese restaurants in the greater Las Vegas area. Here are just a few of them: China House on Henderson Blvd. advertises they have fair prices for their Chinese cuisine or Great Wall Chinese Restaurant on W. Charleston Blvd.
With all the choices of dining in Las Vegas and vicinity, there is no way that we can even begin to touch the surface and review many restaurants. Some of the online sites we used to help prepare this article include iEatVegas.com, las-vegas-restaurants.info, and lasvegasrestaurants.com. Here you'll be able to search out more dining information than we are able to present here. Happy Eating!