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    Where to eat in Las Vegas: Tips on the best buffets and restaurants in the city

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    Martí Micolau
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    Las Vegas looks like an oasis in the middle of the Nevada desert. Casinos, night clubs, themed hotels and extravagant attractions make it unmistakable, but not everyone knows that alongside the incredible number of gambling establishments there are equally numerous and varied restaurants.

    For eating, as with any activity in Las Vegas, the first place to start is here Las Vegas Strip, the street par excellence, which is maximized from sunset onwards when it flaunts lights, signs and references to casinos and the most famous luxury hotels in Las Vegas in all its glitter. In the evening, this 7-kilometer-long boulevard is to all intents and purposes considered a scenic street, but even during the day it is one of the two best destinations to have fun and stop for a bite.



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    Obviously, a city like Las Vegas stands out not only for the variety of foods on offer, but also for the settings of the restaurants, some of which are decidedly out of the ordinary. Casual or elegant style, American or ethnic cuisine: you can find local that satisfy all tastes, pockets and "whims". The culinary horizon ranges from fast food to rich and refined buffets, from the cheapest restaurants to the highest level clubs. And if on the one hand this wide choice gives us so many possibilities, on the other it can create a lot of indecision; So let's try to shed some light.


    Index


    • Las Vegas buffets
    • Restaurants inside the big hotels
      • Stratosphere
      • Treasure Island
      • Venetian
      • The Mirage,
      • Caesar's Palace
      • Bellagio
      • Paris las vegas
      • New York-New York
      • MGM Grand
      • Excalibur
      • Luxor
      • Mandalay Bay
    • Restaurants on Fremont Street
    • The big chains in the city
    • Where to eat in downtown
    • Vegetarian restaurants

    Las Vegas buffets

    One of the peculiarities of this city, as far as food is concerned, is the possibility to take advantage of the many buffet that practically every large hotel makes available to visitors. Whatever your choice you will find yourself faced with an enormous amount of food, presented in imaginative locations, with a price ranging from 30 to 50 $ (depending on whether you go for lunch or dinner during the week or on holidays). Before going to find out which are the most popular and appreciated Las Vegas buffets, a recommendation: if you plan to go to dinner, pay attention to the times because many buffets close between 21 and 22 (check the official websites for detailed times) .

    Wynn. Photo by Joseph Hunkins.
    Wicked Spoon. Photo of Kennejima.
    • Buffet at Wynn: Voted the best buffet in all of Las Vegas by the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association. It is located inside the splendid hotel Wynn. Lovers of sweets are sure to appreciate the huge chocolate fountain and large assortment of desserts.
    • Wicked Spoon: this buffet is located at Cosmopolitan and is characterized by the certainly modern and elegant location. There are various sections to choose your food from such as the meat and fish corner and the areas dedicated to ethnic cuisines, including the Italian one. The Cosmopolitan's is considered one of the best buffets in town and prices range from $ 29 to $ 36 for brunch and $ 42 to $ 49 for dinner, depending on the day of the week.
    • Bacchanal Buffet: the name says it all about this buffet which is located inside the famous Cesar's Palace. Voted by USA Today as the best buffet in town. The peculiarity that distinguishes it is the possibility of directly seeing the chefs at work intent on preparing the various courses. Considered to be the best ever, it is no coincidence that the prices are higher than other buffets: $ 69,99 for brunch and $ 79,99 for dinner.
    • Bellagio Buffet: the buffet of one of the most famous hotels on the Strip: the Bellagio with its iconic swimming pool. The specialty of this buffet are mainly fish and sushi dishes. The Bellagio offers different types of meals, and if you choose the right times, it turns out to be cheaper than the previous ones. You can have breakfast and lunch for $ 25 and $ 30 respectively, as well as dinner from $ 40 (which increases depending on the type of dinner).
    • The Buffet Village: what will strike you most about this buffet inside thehotel Paris it will surely be the location. The whole dedicated area was in fact built like a typical French village with each food station representing a different province of the nation. From $ 24 for breakfast to $ 35 for dinner, the Paris buffet also offers choices at not too prohibitive prices.
    Bacchanal. Kennejima's photo.
    Bellagio. Photo by Person Lin.
    The Village. Photo by Bryan Hughes.

    Restaurants inside the big hotels

    Let's start our culinary tour with a roundup of restaurants inside the most famous hotels along the Strip, which, even only from the outside, are certainly one of the many things to see in Las Vegas. Along this road, everything seems to follow the logic of eccentricity and grandeur.



    Stratosphere

    Top Of The World restaurant. Foto di Stratosphere Hotel & Casino.

    We look up to the hotel Stratosphere (2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) with its observation tower, the tallest in the United States; the restaurant is located 244 meters above sea level Top of the World which offers a splendid and unforgettable view of the city, very bright in the evening. American food is served in a modern and refined setting, with a lunch menu and a dinner menu. No wonder the prices are medium to high, particularly in the evening. The restaurant is open every day from 11 to 23.

    The Stratosphere hotel also hosts another place, much more accessible and less pretentious than the previous one: the Roxy’s Diner. The restaurant is in the style of the 50s and has a real "Happy Days" effect. It offers American dishes at low to medium prices 24 hours a day.

    Treasure Island

    Gilley's restaurant. Photo by Thomas Hawk.

    Pirates and a distinctly Caribbean theme characterize the hotel Treasure Island (3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd) but inside there are also restaurants with completely different settings. Interesting the Gilley’s BBQ where you can enjoy an excellent barbeque, steaks and chili in a real old west saloon. Let's not forget that we are in Las Vegas and therefore there are some touches out of the ordinary, such as the stools with the riding saddle and the shows of the cow-girls dressed in bikinis and leather boots. The restaurant, open every day from 7 to 24, also has a ballroom active from Sunday to Thursday from 11 to 2 in the morning, on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 4.



    The welcoming The Coffe Shop It overlooks the hotel pool and offers American cuisine in a casual, mid-priced setting. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and the proximity to the beautiful swimming pool makes it pleasant especially when the sun goes down.

    Venetian

    The name of the hotel is enough Venetian (3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd) for easy recognition along the Strip. The (somewhat kitschy) copy of the Venetian capital is an attempt to recall Italy not only in aesthetics, but also in food. In fact, both the restaurant and the pastry shop of Buddy Valastro (who became famous for the television program "Il boss delle torte") are located here. There Carlo's Bakery showcases cookies, muffins, cannoli and other specialties, but of course there is the possibility of personalizing cakes because decorative art is precisely the flagship of this company founded by Italian emigrants. The shop is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 23pm, while on Fridays and Saturdays it closes an hour later.

    Buddy V's Restaurant. Photo of Kennejima.

    Il Buddy V's Restaurant it stands out from other places in the city for its refined Spanish-style decorations and local cuisine. If the prices of the main meals are not among the cheapest in Las Vegas, for the little ones there is the kid menu while for the older ones the happy hour is recommended every day for two hours starting at 16.30. This restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 22pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 23pm.

    The style of the Canonite, another restaurant in this hotel, but it does offer Mexican food. In this case the prices are very affordable. Open from Sunday to Thursday 8am to 22pm, Friday and Saturday until 23pm.

    The Mirage,

    It exudes the Polynesian style The Mirage, hotel (3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd) where every evening the volcano eruption outside the building attracts a crowd of spectators waiting for the event. But in addition to the scenography, in the frame of waterfalls, palm trees and swimming pool you can relax at Paradise Coffee, an informal and inexpensive venue serving American cuisine from 9am to 15pm Sunday through Thursday and 9am to 16pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Of a good standard, but also with a fairly high cost, it is instead Stack Restaurant & Bar. The menu consists of American cuisine but with a little international touch that makes it less obvious. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 22, on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 23.

    Caesar's Palace

    Il Caesar's Palace (3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd) is one of the historic hotels in Las Vegas and above all its historical setting with statues and fountains recalling ancient Rome. Italian cuisine (actually, a little Americanized) is served at Ready by Giada, an informal and modern restaurant by Giada de Laurentiis: a chef who became famous for her culinary TV shows. The prices are quite low and the food is good all in all, so thanks also to the possibility of making quick meals without ending up in a fast food restaurant, the restaurant is very popular, every day from 6 to 23.

    La Forum Food Court it is instead a set of catering outlets: the classic courtyard surrounded by various stands offering a bit of everything: from sandwiches to pizza, passing through Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

    Bellagio

    Jasmine restaurant. Foto di Pete the Painter.

    The town of Bellagio (Como) inspired the creator of the hotel Bellagio (3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd), which is among the most famous in the city for the lake in front of it where the fountains create daily water games with background music. In addition to the fountains, you can also go to the Bellagio to eat. The restaurant Jasmine which offers a very refined version of Chinese dishes every day from 17.30pm to 22pm. It is advisable to reserve a table and wear not too sporty clothing, because although elegant dress is not required, it is a fairly classy environment. The costs are high but the quality of the food and the enchanting view of the fountains from the lounge are an added value, the location is truly privileged.

    Definitely lower in price, but always with quality food, is the pool Cafe & Bar. Informal style next to the pool and garden, great for breakfast lunch, open every day from 8 to 16.

    Paris las vegas

    France and Paris in particular have inspired the hotel Paris las vegas (3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd) which features an exterior replica of the Eiffel Tower. And if Paris is the romantic city par excellence, even its American reproduction could only be distinguished by this characteristic. Café Ile St. Louis it is a real bijou and the setting is reminiscent of Parisian cafes, the most suggestive corners of small French towns. The cuisine is also a mixture of American and French and can be enjoyed from Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 23, on Fridays and Saturdays until 24.

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    The restaurant is less French in style Gordon Ramsay Steak, the two-storey restaurant that offers the dishes created by the famous English chef and who, to emphasize his nationality, has placed the British flag on the ceiling of the room. This upscale steakhouse with slightly high prices is open from 16.30pm to 22.30pm every day. Gordon Ramsay's cooking is also featured at Planet Hollywood (3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd).

    New York-New York

    The Statue of Liberty and the fake skyscrapers make the hotel very recognizable New York-New York (3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd) where there is no doubt that the pivotal theme is the big apple. What do you eat at the New York Pizzeria it is quite obvious: the wood oven favors good cooking and despite being in Nevada and not in Naples, it is not the worst pizza in the world.

    Similar to the culinary court of the Bellagio, the Village Street Eateries it is instead a set of restaurants inspired by the New York district of Greenwich. Hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza and desserts are served here. Open every day from 7 to 3 in the morning.

    MGM Grand

    In this roundup of hotels we cannot forget the largest in the States, theMGM Grand (3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd). Those who do not like casinos and find themselves in Las Vegas passing through, perhaps without the slightest intention of spending the day between roulette, slot machines and black jack tables, can have fun in the MGM Grand Adventures theme park. From Tap Sport Bar Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the games on TV while enjoying American cuisine and appetizers. With a casual atmosphere and medium-low prices, it is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 11 to 23, from Thursday to Saturday operating until midnight.

    Excalibur

    Excalibur Food Court. Foto di Rex.

    The medieval castle on the Strip houses the hotel Excalibur (3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd). Within its walls, the Drenched Bar & Grill is a casual and budget restaurant serving cocktails, snacks and American dining. The restaurant is open from 10am to 17pm. If you only have time for a quick meal you can go to the Food Court (there is one here too) and choose one of the various refreshment points. The offer is truly varied and there are for example pretzels from Auntie Annies, cinnamon rolls from Cinnabon, donuts from Krispy Kreme, southern cuisine from Popeyes Chicken and some chains such as Pizza Hut, Popcornopolis, Yogurtlandia and Starbucks.

    Luxor

    The great pyramid of the hotel Luxor (3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd) and the sphinx in front of it recall ancient Egypt, but the food offered by its restaurant is anything but Egyptian. From Public House you can watch your favorite sport while enjoying American cuisine and stadium food such as chicken fingers, giant pretzels, fish'n chips and nachos. A modern style budget venue with soft lighting and a large American flag on the wall. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 16 to 22 pm, on Friday from 16 to 23 pm, on Saturday from 12 to 23 and on Sunday from 12 to 22. 

    Mandalay Bay

    House of Blues. Foto di Robert Riley.

    Il Mandalay Bay (3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd) is inspired by the tropics but even here the setting of the hotel does not coincide with the cuisine of its restaurants. The menu of the border grill it is Mexican and also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 15. The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday from 11 to 22 and opens an hour earlier on weekends.

    South-eastern cuisine, but especially live music, is appreciated at the House of Blues, a mid-priced venue with musical entertainment. Definitely interesting is the Gospel Brunch Sunday at 10 and 13 where gospel songs accompany good food. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 23, on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. And if you want a burger, the Burger Bar it's the right stop at Mandalay Place, between Mandalay Bay and Luxor hotels.

    If in addition to these suggestions on restaurants in the most famous hotels you also want some advice on where to stay, I invite you to read our article on where to sleep in Las Vegas.

    Restaurants on Fremont Street

    Heart Attack Grill

    Fremont Street is another popular street in Las Vegas where you can find casinos, restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and some of the extravagances of the city. Compared to the Strip, the impression is that here Las Vegas has remained more linked to its origins, a sort of “Old Las Vegas” still fascinating in its own way. In this pedestrian strip we point out some restaurants. Inside the gaming room Binion’s Gambling Hall is the Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews (128 Fremont St.). As the name suggests, he specializes in barbeques and craft beers. You can eat there every evening from 16 to 23 pm, but it also offers a take away service.

    At Fremont Hotel & Casino we report the Paradise Buffet & Cafe (200 Fremont St.), fixed price buffet dining spot, immersed in a tropical atmosphere. The restaurant, also with brunch on the weekend, has reasonable prices and is open from 7 to 23. With its lovely garden, the Park on Fremont (506 Fremont St.) offers American cuisine at low prices, while lovers of oriental dishes can find traditional homemade Thai food from Le Thai (523 Fremont St.).

    Finally, a somewhat particular proposal: theHeart Attack Grill, a clinic to gain weight (yes, you read that right)! We talked about it in our article dedicated to Fremont Street.

    The big chains in the city

    As in any self-respecting American city, there is no shortage of some chains di restaurants, three of which attract customers not only for affordable food, but also for merchandising. Let's talk about the Planet Hollywood (3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) linked to the world of cinema,Hard Rock Cafe (3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd. e 4455 Paradise Rd.) in tema rock’n roll e del Rainforest Coffee (3717 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) inspired by the tropical forest.

    Less well known outside the United States is the Cracker Barrell (8350 Dean Martin Dr.) which although it is a chain is more characteristic than many others, specifically it recalls the country style. In addition to the large sign, it can be recognized by the numerous rocking chairs positioned under the wooden porch. Before entering the restaurant, you cross the country store with many items, some fixed and others that change according to the time of year. The restaurant and shop are open from Sunday to Thursday from 6am to 22pm, on Fridays and Saturdays until 23pm.

    The Cheesecake Factory (Las Vegas North Premium Outlets-505 S. Grand Central Pkwy / The Shops at Boca Park-750 S. Rampart Blvd.) not only serves the dessert from which it takes its name, but also offers a variety of American and international cuisine. But of course the restaurant is known for its variety of cheesecakes. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 to 23, Friday from 11 to 24, Saturday from 10 to 24 and Sunday from 10 to 23. Another branch is located inside the Caesar's Palace hotel.

    One of the most famous buffet restaurant chains is the Golden corral (1455 Lamb Blvd. S.) with stations divided by type of food. If you want, with a few dollars more you can fill a tray with food and take it home. The restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 21, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9,30 to 22 and on Sundays from 7.30 to 21.

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    IHOP - International House of Pancackes, is clearly known for its must-try pancakes paired with maple syrup, but you can also eat sandwiches, salads and other dishes starting with breakfast. Some IHOP locations are 2210 S.Las Vegas Blvd. and 3260 E. Tropicana Avenue, both of which are open 24 hours.

    Subway e Starbucks they are well-known chains also by us and need no introduction, while if you are looking for a good ice cream, here the best choice is to opt for a chain like Ben & Jerry's (3663 Las Vegas Blvd S.).

    Where to eat in downtown

    Pizza Rock. Paul Sableman's photo.

    In downtown, Triple 7 & Microbrewery (200 N. Main St. - Main Street Station hotel) offers American cuisine and city-brewed beers at low to mid-priced prices. This restaurant is very popular with sports fans due to the TV screens showing the games. It offers happy hour from Monday to Friday from 15pm to 18pm and from 23pm to 3am but the restaurant is open every day from 11am to 7am.

    The best Japanese cuisine in the area is that of Hokkaido Teppanyaki Hibachi Steakhouse (3555 S. Town Center Dr.). The restaurant offers dishes cooked on the teppanyaki griddle, with a chef performing a culinary show as he prepares the food. Some dishes are cooked on the hibachi: a small stove powered by charcoal or a hot iron plate and sushi is not lacking. For a more intimate atmosphere, you can sit at the candlelit tables. It is open every day from 17pm to 22pm.

    Pizza Rock (201 N. 3rd St.) is a pizza place that also serves other Italian dishes in the downtown area. The casual, slightly industrial style characterizes the restaurant where, from Thursday to Sunday, there is a DJ. The restaurant is open until midnight. Brunch is held on Sundays from 24am to 11pm.

    Vegetarian restaurants

    Let's not forget those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. While almost any restaurant can cater to their customers' requests, here are some specific locations.

    • The Egg & I (4533 W. Sahara Ave)
    • Mr. Mamas (5693 S. Jones Blvd)
    • Blueberry Hill (1505 E. Flamingo Rd)
    • Evel Pie (508 Fremont St) – Pizza
    • Project Pie (3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd) – Pizza

    There is no doubt: the choices are almost endless, for all tastes and needs. Places ranging from casual to refined, from ethnic to American cuisine, restaurants with panoramic views and entertainment. A special occasion, a quick bite, a happy hour: it's up to you to decide based on the time available, the location, the budget and the sensations of the day. And all that remains is to wish… good appetite!

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