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June 12th, 2012 at 5:10:48 PM permalink

Ate here twice. Second time was on a casino comp, first time was paid for. Both were for dinner. In a unique twist, every buffet item is individually portioned in a monkey dish, little frying pan, or small bowl or plate. The buffet started off really strong with the appetizers which were almost universally good. I really liked the little sardine on a piece of crostini (got about six), the blue cheese (primo, think it was Stilton), and the smoked trout salad. They also had fresh pork carnitas tacos with all the fixin's (excellent), a Middle Eastern bar with hummus and baba (okay), and chilled seafood things like shrimp cocktail, gazpacho, and ceviche (all average).

The entrees and sides fell off a bit in quality. There is a carving station with a ton of meats (tended to stay away from it), "angry" mac and cheese (spicy and good), and grilled cowboy bacon (very good, similar to rib meat). The Chinese station was a major disappointment with bad sushi, stale noodles, and nasty kimchi. They did have pig's tail, though, which was a first to try and definitely interesting.

People were going nuts over the stacks of bone marrow but I didn't think it was that great. Definitely a high-end item for sure if you are into that. Also King crab legs which again I place into the overrated pile.

The dessert station was good with a lot of little, meticulously prepared parfaits none of which unfortunately were that inspiring, in my opinion. The strawberry shortcake was killer with fresh cream and strawberries. Actually, all the fresh fruit was really good. There is a gelato bar, and bread pudding and chocolate Vesuvio in individual portions.

The second time I went I used the strategy of sticking with the appetizers and avoiding the heavy food and entrees. This served me well, and I was able to try a lot of items. If you go, I would suggest getting the appetizers exclusively and only getting the entrees that offer the most flavor/experience per calorie (e.g., bacon, bone marrow, pig's tail). Then hit the desserts and fresh fruits, and more cheese. Definitely worth trying if you are a buffet aficionado. $30 for dinner, less for brunch (there is no separate breakfast service). An $8 add-on gets you unlimited beer or pretty good house wine.
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February 6th, 2015 at 4:57:05 AM permalink
Ate at the Wicked Spoon -- WOW. Everything I tried was really really good.

Hummus was good but the pita bread was cold. Would have been 10/10 with warm bread. Cold bread makes it 6/10.

Pizza was excellent. They had some sort of bleux cheese (or feta?) pizza which was quite the surprise. Mmm.

I tried each of the 4 sushi options, 2 were fantastic, 1 was good, the other was just bad (really fishy stuff on it).

The meat station is nice, although the prime rib was VERY rare, and I'm not the one to be picky when it comes to thoroughly cooked meat. Usually buffets tend to cook the prime rib a bit more thoroughly (medium rare or medium)....but this stuff was light-rare. I enjoyed it, but I can see how others wouldn't.

For dessert I had this little mini chocolate mousse cone thingie. The darn thing's the size of my pinky, but damn was it good.


Of the buffets I've been to, I now rank Golden Spoon at the top, even above the bachanal. Actually, I'm thinking best/favorite restaurant (not just buffet) in Vegas.
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February 6th, 2015 at 5:45:40 AM permalink
I love the Wicked Spoon. I've eaten there several times.

It constantly battles with the Wynn buffet for my pick as top Vegas buffet.

The only problem with the Wicked Spoon is that they have more variety in their daily offerings. I've been there some nights when I couldn't really find much that I enjoy.
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February 6th, 2015 at 6:17:00 AM permalink
I've eaten at just about every Buffet in Vegas.
I was very impressed with the Wicked Spoon.
I highly recommend it.
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February 6th, 2015 at 9:04:36 AM permalink
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September 27th, 2018 at 11:35:31 PM permalink
Wicked Spoon is still very good, and even most all of the small plates specialty dishes are worth trying.
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September 28th, 2018 at 9:06:31 AM permalink
Everything you tried was really really good so how could some of the sushi be bad?
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September 28th, 2018 at 10:04:54 AM permalink
Speaking of sushi, actually, a lot of the sushi at Wicked Spoon (and most buffets) contains imitation crab, which I abhor. So if you're not an imitation crab fan, then for the most part buffet sushi is not going to appeal to you.

Also keep in mind that the sushi at a buffet has been sitting out there a while, and can get dried out.

There is only one buffet I've found that has great sushi, and I have been to many, and this buffet with the great sushi is not a casino one, and is not in Vegas.
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September 28th, 2018 at 12:55:14 PM permalink
When I tired bacchanal in 2012 I was like a kid in a candy store that buffet changed my outlook on life. Since then it has definitely declined in quality ESP now that you cant get hot king crab legs without paying a extra fee. $65 buffet then when you get in there, they want you to pay extra for servers to bring you hot king crab WTF. I cant believe after paying $65 they would restrict access to ANY buffet items.

You used to be able to take the crab legs over and have them dunk them for you.

Still I think it eekes out wicket spoon as the winner.

1) Palace Station buffet, yes you heard me right! Now that its newly remodeled (no crab legs but standard buffet items especially the smoked meat are ON POINT) $12.99 and the value whore in me makes it eeke out the top spot.

2) Bacchanal If your going to go big, I think its probably still marginally the best buffet in Vegas if price is no issue. Chinese food declined in quality along with crab leg options.

3) Wicked Spoon - mehhhhhh alot of the dishes I feel are tying to be different for the sake of just being different- instead of being actually delicious or good. They went for what would look cool in yelp pictures.

I haven't tired palms new buffet yet but I heard its good too. Also excellent bang for your buck.
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September 28th, 2018 at 1:39:11 PM permalink
Best Sleeper Buffet is at the M Resort. Friday-Saturday-Sunday their seafood buffet is the best in town. I believe it is $40.
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September 28th, 2018 at 2:21:59 PM permalink
I have been hearing good things about the Palace Station buffet since they re-opened it. Before, it was average, at best.

It is the order of the day in Vegas for buffets to start out strong and gradually go downhill. Nevertheless, the Wynn and Cosmo buffets have always been very strong. The one at Caesars is good too, but rather pricey and has long times if you don't have whatever card level is required to stand in the short line.
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September 28th, 2018 at 3:00:27 PM permalink
Quote: FCBLComish

Best Sleeper Buffet is at the M Resort. Friday-Saturday-Sunday their seafood buffet is the best in town. I believe it is $40.



Not sure how long it has been since you've been there. That place has been in a steady decline for the past 2 years. I still eat there though when it's free.
Surprised no one has mentioned the Bellagio. Along with the Wynn those are 2 really solid quality buffets with consistency.
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September 28th, 2018 at 3:15:38 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

Not sure how long it has been since you've been there. That place has been in a steady decline for the past 2 years. I still eat there though when it's free.
Surprised no one has mentioned the Bellagio. Along with the Wynn those are 2 really solid quality buffets with consistency.



As a matter of fact, I ate there last week. We went on Sunday afternoon and everything was great. They recently sent me a 2 for 1 offer, so I will be going back there in a few weeks.
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September 28th, 2018 at 3:33:36 PM permalink
I always liked the Wicked Spoon. Havenít eaten there in a few years though.

Bellagio has gone down in quality, IMO. And itís always so busy. Even if you can go in the shorter line for a Pearl/Gold card it can still take a while.

I prefer the Aria buffet to Bellagio. Great food and never a line when Iím there.
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September 28th, 2018 at 5:57:47 PM permalink
Palace Station buffet is now open 21 hours per day, which automatically puts it in contention for best in the city.
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September 29th, 2018 at 1:19:10 AM permalink
Caesars and Wynn are GOAT for me.

Wicked Spoon is up there.

Very dissapointed in Aria buffet. Especially since it's a flagship MGM property. I like the Mirage buffet better.

I ain't paying no $50 for a buffet tho gtfo with that nonsense but I'll go if it's free to Baccanal and Wynn

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September 29th, 2018 at 7:18:54 AM permalink
I haven't eaten at a buffet since Wynn got rid of the big crab legs. I'm guessing that was six years or so ago.
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September 29th, 2018 at 9:57:55 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I have been hearing good things about the Palace Station buffet since they re-opened it. Before, it was average, at best.



With a Player's card, the Palace Station buffet for lunch is so inexpensive that if you have the time, it certainly beats fast food and is almost at the same price point. (The prices when I went a year or two ago with their free player's card (called a Boarding Pass), even with no action whatsoever on the card, were: M - Sa - $6.99 for breakfast (7 - 11am), $7.49 for lunch (11am - 4pm) and even dinner at $8.99 weekly 4 - 9pm.)

If it is now better than it was before, and at or close to that same price as before, would be an astronomical deal.
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September 30th, 2018 at 1:50:27 AM permalink
Quote: MDawg

With a Player's card, the Palace Station buffet for lunch is so inexpensive that if you have the time, it certainly beats fast food and is almost at the same price point. (The prices when I went a year or two ago with their free player's card (called a Boarding Pass), even with no action whatsoever on the card, were: M - Sa - $6.99 for breakfast (7 - 11am), $7.49 for lunch (11am - 4pm) and even dinner at $8.99 weekly 4 - 9pm.)

If it is now better than it was before, and at or close to that same price as before, would be an astronomical deal.



I was there two or three weeks ago and it was a fantastic deal; it had the same pricing as their old buffet (though there was signage saying it was temporary pricing, unfortunately) and what they had was competitive with more respectable places like The M. Mind, I was there for the breakfast-lunch gap, and seafood isn't my thing, so it isn't quite the best comparison.

They have little flavored boba and horchata shooters too, but those tasted artificially sickly sweet to me, unlike the juice bar (or whatever it's called) at Bacchanal.
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