The Cheap Gold Coast Buffet in Vegas
Gold Coast ‘Ports O' Call’ Buffet
Very basic and very
cheap! Looking for value for money in terms of dining in Vegas? A favorite amongst some locals but...
read the hot tip further down!
If you want to live
Vegas ‘the local way’, after a dipping your toes on the Strip you’ll have to step aside a little and immerse
yourself in the downtown and in the ‘side-Strip’ experience. What I
mean by that is that just outside the Strip is where you’ll find many locals enjoying the best value for money for
just about anything and everything.
Here I’ll talk about one of such
places (but with a surprise in the end), the Gold Coast hotel and casino. It is undoubtedly one of the cheapest
places you can go to for a very cheap buffet; this is especially the case if you sign up to their players card
(it does not cost anything and you can do it on the post by going to casino marketing, just a few steps away
from the buffet entrance). Locals often have further ‘perks’ and, in the end, they can easily eat for a couple
But, if you are not a local, you
can still eat here for a handful of change. Will you enjoy it and
will forever be thankful for these extraordinary Las Vegas value-for-money deals? Let’s see.
If you are from some part of
(expensive) Canada or Europe (or even South America!) for example, you’ll be wondering if you entered an eating
Mecca when you enter Las Vegas, just because you will not believe the low prices and the fantastic value for
money. So for you this cheaper Vegas buffet will be like ordering a
cup of coffee in Vancouver, for example. But, even if you are from
the United States, the Gold Coast Vegas buffet has some ‘aces up your sleeve’.
It seems to be a favourite of
local seniors, for example, and if you are in the same age bracket you will find the forever favourites, such as
good pea soup, basic clam chowder soup and a 3rd or even 4th soup (it changes), together with the
quintessential pasta (which does not taste anything like real Italian pasta) and pizza (the quality - or
lack thereof - varies according to who's making it), Mexican and Chinese sections. The salad bar is getting
marginally better, nothing like the Cravings buffet salad bar, for example); bring
your own olive oil if you care, we do!... But the local seniors we met when we were there seemed to be
relatively satisfied with everything. Talking about salads, a few months ago they added, next to a new, tiny
deli section, a ready-made bowl of caesars salad, which was nice enough and better than the very low-end
salad bar they usually offer; however, during our last 2 visits, these changes were no longer present and - in
fact - the food was overall worse than usual (in our opinion). Families and visitors of course do come, mainly
enticed by the very low prices of this Vegas buffet and, above all, by the many 'free buffet' promotions they
receive (designed to entice customers to their casino); we often ask around (we want to make sure it's
not just us being 'fussy') and nobody has told us they really like this buffet. The dessert
section is also average for Vegas buffets in this price range (everything tastes as if it was
purchased at a cheap store).
At dinner they have 3 types of
decent-tasting sushi (but basic, most likely pre-bought) and - thankfully - a made-to-order Mongolian
grill section with a good teriyaky sauce. Sometimes we only eat those 2 items.
Summary and Hot Tip. In brief, if you like good food,
well prepared and cooked food, this is NOT the Vegas buffet for you. But if you want a cheap
buffet, a quick meal to fill your belly, this is a place you could visit,
although it's now been superseded by the much, much better Palms buffet at a
similarly fantastic price. Palms is across the road and - for a similar price - it offers much, much
better food; when we don't have to review anything, we go to Palms to eat.
Gold Coast do offer, on
occasion, ‘special menus’ for specific days of the week, though they change often so we'd recommend
you double check by calling them:
1 - the 7-Steaks @ 7 -Action
Stations bonanza on Thursdays from 4pm (for just about 13 dollars with a B Connected players card and 2 dollars
more without a card)
ITALIAN: Steak Pizza New York
AMERICAN: Rib Eye Cooked to
THE GRILL: Top Sirloin with
sautéed mushrooms and onions
SEAFOOD: Beef Oscar
CHINESE: Teriyaki Steak
MONGOLIAN: Spicy Mongolian Steak
MEXICAN: Carne Asada Flank
2 - and the ‘All You Can Eat
Prime Rib Dinner Buffet every Mondays and Wednesdays (4pm to 9pm), for only about 12 dollars with a B Connected
Players card 2 dollars more without the card)
In our opinion, it all sounds
better than it actually is.
Buffet Times and Prices (they can
change without notice, so always check with the establishments over the phone before going) - the price
accompanied by a * is for B Connected players card
holders; you can obtain one from the casino marketing kiosk:
Breakfast: Monday to
Saturday from 7am to 10am (6.99 for players card members and 6.99 for regular visitors)
11:00am - 3:00pm ($8.99 for card members and 8.99 for regular visitors)
Sunday-Thursday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm. Price:
($12.99 for card members and 12.99 for non-card members) - always
double check the price.
Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm ($11.99 for card members and 12.99 for non-card members) always double
check the price. You'll have some decent sushi (nothing to shout about), some seafood and the traditional
breakfast options as well as regular hot and cold choices.
seafood: 5pm - 9:00pm ($17.99 for card members)
Wednesday Prime Rib Dinner Buffet: 4:00pm-9:00pm ($12.99 for card members).
Prices can be
subject to sudden change so always double check by phone before committing to eat at any
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