My girlfriend was not over-excited with the prospect of coming to Las Vegas, however one way of convincing her and make her enjoy it was to tell her about all the buffet restaurants that I had heard about, specially the ones offering some kind of seafood.
We ended up choosing the one at Bellagio as we were a bit short on time (we were going to watch a show at the same hotel) and did not really want to look around.
Fortunately, neither one of us was dissapointed.
She had 2 tons of seafood, mainly "King crab legs, and I cant believe how nice the people were, they had actually cut the legs open, so all you have to do is stuff yourself up until you don't feel well anymore :)
I have a problem with buffet restaurants (the same happens during weddings and other parties were there is a lot of food), I never know what to choose and I end up eating very little. This time I had a lot of meat, mainly beef and some venison
There was a huge variety of food ranging from sushi to pasta (who would ever want to eat that at a buffet?) and seafood, meat. Not very much fish, though.
I was not very impressed by the desserts, the selection was not great and the quality was average.
Our waiter was very nice and we had a good time.
We paid about $30 each and I think it was worth it.
Favorite Dish: King crab legs
The Bellagio has a "gourmet" buffet on the weekends, and we thought we would try it out as we have heard so much about the Bellagio's buffet.
We lined up for the buffet at 4:20 pm, and already, there was approximately 100 people in the queue, so, as you can expect, that did a lot to build anticipation. Again, with most of the popular buffets, try to get there around 5:00 pm or around 9:00 pm, as there were about 200 people queued up when we left.
I am sad to say we were slightly disappointed with the offerings -- mind you, not the variety of food, which was good, but rather the quality. After all for $33.00 a person, I expect excellent quality, which I found lacking here.
The service was overall excellent, though the hostess went through the motions as if we were (and most likely were) the millionth people she has seated. Drinks were brought and plates were taken away very quickly.
The ambiance was not condusive to the elegance the Bellagio likes to portray. We found this place was more of a feeding trough than the Spice Market Buffet (Aladdin Hotel) with people shoving in line, and the way they were acting in the King Crab leg line-up, you'd think they had concealed weapons or something. I almost had a dessert grabbed out of my hands. Also, the loud, blaring rock music, though not ideal as background dinner music, sort of seemed like an appropriate soundtrack for the surrounding feeding frenzy.
Favorite Dish: Everything was generally good quality, and there were "gourmet" items such as the smoked polenta with corn relish, and Kobe beef. However, for $33.00 US, I do not expect overcooked, and therefore tough Kobe beef. Overcooking Kobe beef is almost sacriligeous! Also, the steamed spinach looked great, until you bit into it and realized it was made with a pound of salt. The pecan pie's pecans were rancid, and the bakery staff, when I told them, really did not seem to care.
It may seem like I am picky, but I would expect this stuff from $10.99 buffet, not a $33.00 "gourmet" buffet. There were some dishes that were very well done, don't get me wrong, but for this price I would not return. There's too many other good buffets for less money, like The Spice Market at the Aladdin or the Paris buffet.
The Buffet is most known for the dinners, especially on the weekends when they have King Crab, Filet Mignon, etc. But at the price of $50 per person, not including drinks, it made it a bit tricky to talk my dad and aunt into. So I got my way with breakfast, a more economical $20 meal.
However, when I turned 21...so...5 years ago I went for the dinner with my grandma and mom and it was yummy. In fact, I blame Bellagio for giving me my obsession with sushi!
It's very nice. I would highly recommend going at an off-hour before the lines get long. On Fridays and Saturday nights plan to wait (standing) for about an hour. And they don't give you a buzzer thing, either. It's right in front of the casino too so it kinda sucks watching all those people having fun and you're waiting in line for an hour.
But, I digress, back to breakfast. The breakfast was delicious. Anything you could ask for ... in every country. And during breakfast you can continue to bet with the game of Keeno (alike Bingo and/or the lottery.
The only people I wouldn't recommend this for would be....those dieting!
Favorite Dish: My favorite this time would have to be the breakfast pizza, crispy bacon and scrambled eggs. Waffle bars were available too as well as all the fresh fruit you could eat.
Even if you're on a budget you should splurge and have a wonderful champagne breakfast at Bellagio on Sunday. They have everything you can imagine and everything is delicious!!!
Favorite Dish: I loved the Eggs Benedict
On Friday & Saturday nights, the Bellagio Buffet goes up to $31 pp for dinner (whew!). But they put out great food--stuff you'd never normally expect on a buffet, both for quality and variety.
Our trick (and I got the idea from another VT'er) was to arrive at 4:00 p.m. and pay the lunch price ($15.95--normal price). Then we sat there until dinner started at 4:30, and ate all we wanted of the gourmet food!
We couldn't believe our cleverness--especially looking around and realizing how much others were paying for the same stuff!
Favorite Dish: The sushi was impressive. Elk was good. Crab legs weren't to my taste. Very good roquefort polenta. Also I tried Beef Wellington for the first time and I give it a thumbs-up!
The best thing (only thing I had twice) was the asparagus soup!
Of course the desserts were outstanding--I love the simple choc-dipped strawberries!
It was truly amazing. The variety was phenomenal. We went there for dinner, then breakfast, then dinner then followed up by champagne brunch with our two daughters. There was tons to choose from. Everyone left happy, full and truly satisfied. Can't wait to go back again on our upcoming trip.
You won't be dissapointed. It is expensive, but it's true... you get what you pay for!
Favorite Dish: Everything was great. It was wonderful to be able to try so many different unusual things.
My favorite was the tomatos/mozzerella, can't remember the swanky name for it... but it was delish...
I took my ex-girlfriend here after a weekend trek to Vegas. Read in a Japanese review how this place was considered one of the best buffets in town. Knowing that the Bellagio stood for class, I had to inspect this place myself.
When we hit the place for dinner, the line was quite long, but moving steadily. The price was a little steep and it seemed that the staff was a bit miffed, but a little humor offset their grim tone. After being seated, we finally hit the various stations. Let me say that the scale and grandeur for a buffet was just incredible. They had a good variety of food, more ethnic or exotic items like their pastas, some meats, etc. I passed on the sushi as I used to work in one of the world's finest sushi markets (Tsukiji in Tokyo). But some stuff I sampled where the salmon cheese rolls, lamb, pizza and dessert. According to my guidebook, the pizza is supposed to be pretty famous (well as far as buffets are concerned). And indeed it was excellent. I'm not a big fan of lamb, but this place changed that. The lamb is definitely highly recommended. Also, the crab legs were enormous.
To top it off there's an excellent dessert station. The two things that stood out were the pudding (can't remember the name) and the key lime pie. Wow, just thinking about that pie makes me want to return just for that.
Our waiter in particular looked a bit overworked. He was complaining that people were ordering things and wasting it. Can't blame him. Another woman waitress was exceptionally friendly with the children and that impressed me.
Overall, must eat place to go.
Favorite Dish: Lamb, pizza, and key lime pie.
I have always been a big fan of the buffet at the Rio, and then we went to the Bellagio. Amazing for $22 bucks you can eat like a king. Stuffed sugar cured salmon, amazing cstuffed chicken dish, very fresh everything. Was not a fan of the bacon, but loved the othe rbreakfast items. Frech toast was great.
The meats were very good quality and enjoyed the huge selection of desserts.
Can't beat it, especially with 12 hungry guys starting the day. Plenty of room and the line went quick.
Favorite Dish: stuffed salmon
When we got to Las Vegas we were both very hungry. So we went to The Buffet at Bellagio after we went to the hotel room and unpacked. The seating area is very nice, with comfortable seats, away from the buffet, but not too far away. The buffet is set up pretty nice. Flows easily for the most part. I have to admit, I wasnt blown away by their buffet like I expected to be. I personally think that the Spice Market Buffet or Le Village Buffet is better and more cost effective! Dont get me wrong. The food was good, especially the desserts. But it wasnt the mind blowing buffet I had thought it was going to be. Maybe we just went on an off day.
Favorite Dish: A dessert, of course...They had an EXCELLENT Apple Crumbly Dessert thing that the nice English gentleman sitting beside me directed me to try! It was Very yummy!!!
Wow, what a buffet. Has every type of food you could imagine.
We paid $26.95 + tax for a buffet dinner and $13.95 + tax for a buffet breakfast.
I know that you can get cheaper buffets in other hotels but seeing as we were staying here it seemed such good value to head down for something to eat.
All non alcoholic drinks are included and if you want to gamble you can play Keno from your table.
Be prepared for to queue for each buffet, but it doesn't take too long to get to the till to pay and then be taken to your table.
Favorite Dish: The desserts are lovely, loads to try and enjoy.
For breakfast you can even eat Pizza should you fancy it.
We found that we didn't need to eat lunch after we had breakfast, it just about kept us going till dinner time.
This is my favorite buffet in Vegas so far and I've been there twice. I have only eaten there for breakfast. We arrived about 8:30 and there was hardly any line since most people are still sleeping. In fact, one of the benefits of arriving so early is you can take lots of great pics of the Bellagio Conservatory with usually no one else in the room.
I LOVE this buffet. We tried Bellagio, Treasure Island, and Harrah's on this trip and I would rank them as follows:
Perhaps Harrah's seemed better than Treasure Island as we had a $5 off coupon for up to four people so it was much cheaper.
But back to the Bellagio. The service is punctual and friendly, everything is fresh and clean. The only downer is that they don't have many desserts out at this buffet. Lots of pastry and an apple cobbler, plus two flavors of self serve.
Favorite Dish: Smoked salmon and cream cheese. I also had this at Treasure Island and the smoked salmon at Bellagio is much fresher and has more condiments. The eggs benedict was also great.
I think Bellagio's buffet is still one of the best in Las Vegas. The wait can be a PIA though. My husband and I like trying their Friday and Saturday dinners b/c they usually have a new variety of choices. I think Wynn's buffet is a close second to Bellagio's. A tip, which I read on http://www.vegasrex.com/buffets/bellagio/ is to go at the end of lunch and stay for dinner. We've done that and it works. The wait is much shorter as well.
Favorite Dish: pre-split crab legs and chocolate covered jumbo strawberries
This was the last buffet I hit on my last night in Vegas, so maybe I was tired or sick of buffets, but I wasn't very impressed. For one thing, the "gourmet" buffet cost twice the price of the other buffets. Some of the carved meats were pretty good, but the rest was pretty standard buffet food. It was 7 pm on a Friday and I waited in line for an hour to get in and it was a mob scene as well. So if you're going to do this one, arrive early.
October 1, 2006
*****THE BUFFET AT BELLAGIO HAS NOW GONE DOWN HILL******
Our visit last year was not up to par but we let it slide, not everyone can be spot on 24/7. But, just yesterday we had the WORST experience ever. Everything was cold and shrivled up. To say it was shocking is an understatement. The beef wellington was 2/3 stuffing and 1/3 meat and the meat didn't seem right. It was stringing. I'm not even sure it was tenderloin.
And the prime rib? SHAMEFUL!!! Every single one was well done. I'm not kidding, grey prime rib at every turn. It was truly terrible. The pesto pasta with rock shrimp (which I usually love) was stone cold. The pizza was off. The orange chicken, hard as a rock. Couldn't chew it and had to spit it out.
The ONLY thing on the hot line that was just fine (out of what I tried) was the spiced rack of lamb. Perfectly done. Delish. The only problem is, if like my hubby you don't like Chinese five spice seasoning, then you won't like it because that's what they use for a rub.
The sauted mushrooms were shrivled up, the corn on the cob looked dull and dehydrated and they had a yam/sweet potato puree with darkened edges as if it hadn't been touched (or refreshed) in 2-3 hours.
It was an absolute shame. And no Kobe beef which they usually serve at the gourmet dinner.
And, normally waiting for them to put out a fresh tray will get you a pretty warm entree but time, nada. The new replacement trays were room temperature just like the ones that had been sitting on the line.
Favorite Dish: About the only things that seemed safe were the following...
Chilled shrimp and crab - hard to do this wrong unless you over cook them, but they weren't overdone.
Salads - the salads were as fresh and inviting as ever.
Sushi - this was still fine. As long as they keep it cold and use decent stuff (which they seemed to be doing) can't go wrong here.
So, if you had to end up here, I would stick to the cheese, salads and sushi.
This buffet is better than average but is pale in comparison to the Rio's Good quality food with a decent selection. Better than MGM Grand and much better than Stratosphere. Its the Bellagio its supposed to be better than other hotels.
Favorite Dish: dont have one here