Bellagio buffet still A-list
September 12, 2018 3:00 AM
by Marco D'Angelo
Las Vegas has always been about gambling, spectacular shows, great food and of course home to some of the biggest buffets in the world. Way back in the day the buffets were used to attract people to the casinos as after all who didn’t like a lot of food at a cheap price.
Somewhere along the way the Las Vegas buffet scene changed drastically as it was no longer average food at cheap prices but became gourmet food at moderate prices. The main player that helped change the buffet scene in Las Vegas was the Bellagio buffet.
I’ve been writing this column for six years now and one of my very first articles was on the Bellagio buffet. This past Labor Day weekend I found myself at the Bellagio and thought it was time for another review to see how the buffet has held up over the years.
Labor Day always brings a lot of tourists to Las Vegas for that final weekend vacation of the summer, so I always try to spend some time on the Strip playing poker as the games are generally good. I was at the Bellagio poker room putting in a session when I decided to head over to the buffet to eat. As expected the line on a holiday weekend was very long, But if you are a poker player, see the floor person in the back of the room and get a VIP line pass so you can go to the invited guest line. That took me from at least a 90-minute wait to about 15. One of the nice perks about playing poker at the Bellagio.
The buffet was amazing as they had both hot and cold Snow Crab legs as well as Alaskan King Crab legs. I was surprised when I saw a caviar station. I’m not a fan of caviar but there were a lot people taking advantage of it. My meal consisted of loading up on the various crab legs and then pounding the carving station.
I was extremely impressed with the carving station options. They had prime rib, leg of lamb, turkey, pork ribs and beef ribs. Honestly, the beef ribs were my favorite item as when you go through as much prime rib as they do you are going to have a lot beef ribs. The meat on those bones is so good. Yes, I made a second trip for the beef ribs.
There were several pasta dishes as well as seafood offerings, and a complete section of Asian favorites including crawfish. The Bellagio buffet also had a variety of sushi, soups and salads.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert as there is a wide variety to choose from. No matter what you like to eat there will be something for you on this buffet.
The Bellagio buffet has stood the test of time and is still one of the best. I give it 3.75 Forks.