Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan
This is the buffet that flies the closest to the sun. The lay of the land is similar to all buffets; there is a station of Asian foods, a large Italian section, desserts, fresh fruit, etc. Yet the dishes they churn out are all as unique as any fine dining establishment. They do things like Gnoicchi with Black Garlic Pesto, or even a build-your-own Mac n' Cheese bar. If you try the brunch buffet, you are in for a serious treat at the carving station: whole house-cured slabs of bacon, sliced to your desired thickness.
Brunch ($26): 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday
Weekend Brunch ($34): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Dinner ($38): 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday
Weekend Dinner ($41): 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
When Caesars rebranded itself as a collection of the greatest celebrity chefs and dining destinations, they put $17 million into creating the be-all, end-all buffet. Bacchanal features specialized stations you just don't see in buffets, like hand-made sushi, a fresh oyster bar, a rotating spit of Adobada Al Pastor, and a world-class selection of fine cheeses and charcuterie. The much-coveted crabs legs are perched on a bed of ice, but guests have the option of having theirs steamed and served with butter. The buffet even offers mini-souffles, baked to order. (Just be sure to order early and save room!)
Breakfast ($25.99): 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday
Lunch ($32.99): 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dinner ($45.99 weekdays, $50.99 weekends): 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Champagne Brunch ($40.99): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
The Buffet at Bellagio
Many will argue the merits between the Steve Wynn creations that are The Buffet at Bellagio and The Buffet at Wynn. Both are beautiful, but Bellagio still goes the extra mile with the food. They put out fine things better than most any other buffet can, like Steak Tartare, "Kobe" Top-Round (a lofty claim, but a definite point if true) and even a caviar and blini bar on the weekends. This buffet isn't exactly the Sterling Brunch (which didn't make the cut here because there are only two services a week), but it definitely captures what a Vegas buffet is without venturing into the scary territory of $1 shrimp cocktails.
Breakfast ($18.99): 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday
Lunch ($22.99): 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dinner ($33.99): 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday
Weekend Brunch ($29.99): 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Weekend Gourmet Dinner ($39.99): 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday