My husband and I checked out its reviews and so much for the compliments, we decided to give it a try since the price was almost $50 per person for seafood buffet at the Rio hotel. Oh boy, much to our dismay we've never eaten such worst seafood before. The place is dark and small just like any other Chinese takeout we've seen but at much higher prices.
The waitress serving us was rude and unpleasant. When my husband waved for a service but she didn't stop so he called out Hello... Hello. The lady stopped at our table and showed her name tag "My name is ..." accompanied by an unfriendly gesture.
When the lady returned with our drink, my husband said "Can I ask you a question?"
The lady answered "Yes"
My husband "What was wrong with me saying Hello, Hello to you?"
The lady "I thought you called out Hey"
I said "No, he said Hello not Hey and btw, Hey is for horses. We don't say Hey to people, we greet people with Hello and you were returning our greeting with a NOT very pleasant gesture..."
The lady apologized and continued serving us ...Not very good impression right there even before we started our dinner.
We began to check out the different counters and gathered our dinner. I started with what so-called "Lobster tails", they were at my pinkee size because they were tiny. I tried the crab legs and they were not firm, nor sweet, and tasteless. Next, I took a few slices of Salmon sashimi and they were bland and not fresh. My husband ate the raw oysters and they were not cold neither fresh. We were disappointed and finally I decided to try its dessert bar. I obtained a few cookies and none of them were good enough. We gave up after spending 45 minutes at the buffet.
The place is far too expensive because it is just a regular buffet bar just like any other Chinese take out restaurants. We were very offended and upset because it spoiled our dinner, especially I had to run to the bathroom 15 minutes after we left the place. Did I mention? The manager looked very depressed, the man never smiled during our 45 min dinner there.
Rio serves the worst seafood and if you never try other seafood restaurants before then you might not recognize the difference. For $50 per head, you can always have a much better service and a great Salmon or Shrimp dish at any 4 star restaurant. Btw, ToDai is a decent seafood buffet where serves a wide variety of seafood and of-course the service is much more pleasant. If you go to Las Vegas and you are a buffet person, I strongly suggest you should try Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, and Paris buffets. They are cheaper and surely you'd expect a more decent service from their waiting staff.
Favorite Dish: NONE
Where is the fresh seafood.
Price=37.00 each (2 Adults) (2 Teenagers) Total Price $ 150.00
1. Crab Legs are thin and salty, to much work for the amount of meat.
2. Lobster tail are the size of prawns (Large Shrimp) They are like baby lobsters/Oversized shrimp
3. No fresh vegetables and fruits
4. Shrimp was not pilled or hot
5. Food stations are not cleaned often...cocktail sauce on the lemon slices, etc.
6. Service is slow to refill drinks or get new ones or remove plates.
7. The food is bland and you can find better at about 1/2 the cost
Favorite Dish: Crab Legs if you have hours to sit and crack these thin little morsels, too little meat for the work.
Delicious seafood buffet. There are fried seafood, sushi, chowder, raw oysters, and all you can eat lobster! $37.70 with tax, dinner-no tip.
We went on a Sunday night, 5 PM, wait was about 15 minutes. Please use the computers to pay. There was much confusino about this system.
Favorite Dish: lobster tails. I found them to be very succulent and moist. Yum.
Decked out like the kind of seafood shack you find along the east coast, your expectations are lowered as soon as you walk in. Good thing, because the overall experience isn't worth the relatively high price you pay. Positives: All you can eat shrimp, crab legs, oysters and a decent variety of fish dishes. Negatives: Your only lobster choice is the small Danish variety that wasn't tasty at all, the shrimp is half peeled and the "creative choices" of fish (seafood tortellini, stir fry, etc.) are average at best. Be warned: there are only a few alternatives (prime rib, over cooked chicken) for you non seafood lovers.
Favorite Dish: By far, the best thing about the Village Seafood Buffet is the desserts. Pies have flaky crusts with delicious fillings, cakes are fluffy and rich, and the large assortment of eclairs, tortes and miscellaneous baked goods are all equally good.
Oh my goodness! Where do you start?! There is so much food at this thing. Every kind of food imagainable, not just seafood. I can't even begin to describe the mass quantities of food produced at this place.
Favorite Dish: I had five desserts (all individually made for me by the dessert chef) just so that I could rationalize spending so much on the buffet. This doesn't include the snow crab legs, stuffed clams, shrimp, lobster, and steak I consumed.
We went to Rio Seafood Buffet on Dec. 25, 2008, and it was a total disappointment.
The price is $38, you can get better foods at other buffets for $20. Here are my observations:
(1) it has limited varieties of seafood, like crab legs (too salty), shrimps, no real lobster, no oyster;
(2) only one kind of fruit provided, watermelon (and not in good quality);
(3) very limited vegetables;
(4) we waited 2 hours in line to get in (not wroth it at all);
We suggest you not try this one at all. You'd better try other buffet. Other buffet (such as the one in Paris Casino) has the same seafood variety as this one.
Favorite Dish: If you can stand the salty taste, you can have the crab legs.
I picked out eclectic/International because pretty much this place has it all in the food department. Their seafood is excellent. I have many favorites and a few of them are the raw oyster bar served up fresh and cold with all of the condiments. The stuffed crab ranks high up there along with the steamed crab legs. Sushi Bar is fresh with many favorites. Everything from Mexican/Italian and Asian to Steak cut right in front of you. I keep coming back everytime to this place because it's so good. Kind of pricey but well worth the trip. If you have a Rio Players card with either Diamond or Platinum status, you move a little faster to the front of the line which is a big plus if the line is all the way to the slot machines and your just plain hungry.
Favorite Dish: Raw oysters, sushi is fresh, crab legs and the dessert bar!
The restaurant's atmosphere is festive (the people are happy to see an outrageous array of food-it's like a mile long of choices of food!). Name it, they have it: French, Health Food, Pizza, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, American, Italian, vegetarian, french fries, cold salads, soups and seafood (King crabs, oysters, Manila clams, shrimps, etc). The waiters are prompt in giving water, coffee, juices and they buss the table as soon as you are done with your plate. The desserts are delicious.
I had been to many buffets in Las Vegas (my family goes there every year for a vacation, and by far, the Rios is the best! Residents in the area suggest that we should go to Rios and so we did and found it extremely fabulous!!!
We are very satisfied. Full and bloated!!!
Favorite Dish: Everything there is good. Go there with your appetite!
The restaurant itself is not as big as the buffet in Bellagio or Wynn. However its decoration makes you feel like you're in a seafood market. Seafood after seafood, this place is filled with fishes, crab legs, oysters, lobsters, shrimps and sushi. You name it, you got it. It's amazing.
For those who want red meat, you can also get prime rib here. They also have bbq ribs, sausages and chicken dishes. The dessert selection is not that big, just enough. They are yummy. Sweets that fill your mouth after eating those fresh seafood.
The service is great. The waitress always stops by to take empty plates away and to refill our drinks.
The buffet also features a very cool self service stations. Instead of waiting for a cashier, which is slow at times, you can just walk up to the stations and pay with cash or credit cards. It's as easy as buying movie tickets or subway tickets from a machine. Very cool indeed. I was impressed. I think it's the first for a buffet that I've seen.
Favorite Dish: I like the black peppered catfish, crab legs and smoked sausage. The snow crab legs were fresh. The catfish was fabulous, very tasty. The smoked sausage was mouth watering, very tasty indeed.
The Rio had my favorite buffet by far. It was an all-you-can-eat feast of seafood, from shrimp to salmon to crab legs to my personal favorite, the baby lobster tails (dipped in butter).... the price was decent (34.95) and well worth every penny. I had three plates of the lobster tails alone.
Favorite Dish: Baby Lobster Tails and the crab legs
This buffet is incredible. There is so much seafood, they're cookin up things I didn't even knew lived in the sea. If you like seafood, you will love this buffet.
If I remember correctly, it is one of the more expensive buffets on the strip, but well worth it.
Favorite Dish: Snow crab, king crab, blue crab, prawns, crayfish, and fish and shrimp galore...
The seafood buffet at the Rio.
The food is very, very, good quality. This is by far the best meal deal in all of Las Vegas. It is very popular and has long lines. You need to eat at odd hours or take turns standing in line for each other. You can time it to catch the free show called 'Theatre in the Sky'. It is an overhead monorail Mardi Gras parade and goes right past the entrance.
Favorite Dish: This is an 'all you can eat' buffet. There are lobster tails, shrimp dishes, fish, veggies, huge salad bar and an awesome dessert bar.
Seafood buffet at the Rio Hotel
Open Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-11 p.m. in the Masquerade Village.
Favorite Dish: Vegas is known for it's all you can eat buffets. The one at Rio (Village Seafood Buffet) is legendary. People line up for hours waiting to be seated.