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Special Vegas Dining and Buffet Deals

First of all, there are dozens of websites purporting to offer you the best Vegas deals.  In fact, most of them are regurgitating groupon-like deals or deals you can find pretty much everywhere; so, shop around by all means but, if you are in a hurry, we'll give you a list of the most reputable Vegas websites offering you reliable information and deals (further down).  Moreover, if you are unsure about the validity of a website, do not hesitate to ask us (we have tried most of them!)  But the best deals are free passes or entries, of course, especially if you consider that buffets are primarily a way to entice potential casino players into various Vegas casinos (since we always have to walk through the casino before getting to the buffet!) 

Groupon Deal Trick.  If you have not signed up to Groupon before, this is what you can do to get a 2 for 1 buffet deal (and an additional 10 dollars discount) in Vegas:  sign up to Groupon and wait for about 3 days (don't buy any offers they will email you in the meantime).  You will - generally within 3 days - receive a 2 for 1 Vegas buffet offer with an additional 10 dollars discount.  This makes it for a very nice deal.  However, generally speaking, we found that the so-called 2 for 1 Groupon buffet deals are not really 2 for 1:  you actually end up saving, in the end, about 6 dollars per person (unless you have just signed up as explained, in which case you will save about 13 dollars per person). 

Cosmopolitan (Vegas) buffet deal of the moment.  December 2013.  If you fly to Vegas from several US locations you will be given, on your flight, a gift from the Cosmopolitan resort and casino in Vegas; it's a small package which contains a few offers: one of them is a dining offer for 2 people for the price of one, which you have to claim (free of charge) at the players club (here called 'identity club'); always claim it on the day you want to go to the buffet, since it's only valid for 7 days after redemption.  The Cosmopolitan buffet is not as 'grand' as Bacchanal or even Studio B, but it's beautiful and the food is good; it's also in a central location (mid Strip, next to Bellagio), so if you stay mid Strip this 2 for 1 buffet offer could be very interesting.  Well worth walking to this buffet even if you stay at resorts such as Flamingo, Bally's, Quad, Harrah's, since these don't really have any viable dining options.  For a full review of the Cosmopolitan buffet (Wicked Spoon), click here.

Flamingo Buffet 50 per cent off deal for lunch (low season end of 2013).  If you walk around Harrah's, Quad and Flamingo, you will find people distributing coupons from Caesars Entertainment Group.  One of those coupons is for 50% off lunch at Flamingo.  Before you choose to go, we recommend you read our review of the Flamingo buffet (with a link to our video). 

If you are interested in Vegas buffet deals (or room deals) offered by the popular online game (provided by MGM Vegas resorts) or by the 'Social Rewards' program (Caesar's Entertainment), we've just written a new page explaning them, called Vegas online deals;  here you can read how they work and how you can benefit from it, as well as their downside or 'dangers'...  We've played, we've earned free rooms and free meals through them, and we have learnt all the tricks :)

But which Vegas buffets offer the best deals, and which websites offer the best Vegas deals altogether? 

If you can go off Strip, the best buffet deal you can find is offered by the Palms Resort buffet: the best value in terms of Vegas buffets if quality and variety of dishes offered is important to you; great quality dishes for a really low price.  All you have to do is sign up for their players club, which is done in 3 minutes and it's completely free; from that point onwards you will pay really low prices for their buffet (8 dollars for lunch and only a few dollars more for the more expensive dinners and Sunday brunch).  More on this page.  

Caesars Entertainment Resorts are offering a 3 free nights deal accompanied by 50 dollar buffet credit which you can use at any of their buffets, now until the end of 2013.  This deal is sent to you by email or automatically offered on your Total Rewards account page (of course you need to have signed up for deals, which is easy to do). The code for this deal is Y11DCE3.  You can also phone them to ask if you have that deal, provided you are already registered with Total Rewards.

In terms of reliable websites offering you Vegas deals (especially dining and show deals) consistently, the best ones are vegas.com and smartervegas, although as we said elsewhere i4vegas is great for room deals.  For example, vegas.com were running a  BlACKFRIDAY deal and they always run deals specific to the celebration dates which are upcoming.  Again, feel free to ask us about other websites you may be considering (for deals), before you commit to purchase.

OTHER DEALS: The former Harrah's Group, now Caesar's Entertainment Group (Paris, Planet Hollywood, Caesars, Harrah's, Flamingo, Rio's, Bally's, the Quad, check our buffets list homepage for full details of all main buffets) offer a special buffet coupon booklet throught winter and early spring (5 dollars off per person up to 4 people) which we think it's well worth using. 

You can pick those booklets up at any Harrah's resort check-in desk, they will be happy to offer them to you (you do not have to be a guest at their hotel).  Beware that, at some point during the year, when they have enough 'traffic', they stop giving out these booklets, only to resume when visitors' traffic decreases.  If you are visiting Las Vegas and they tell you they have stopped giving out these booklets, don't worry:  we have written a new page on 'how to get free stuff in Vegas' where you can find many more tips on how to get meals coupons.  But, before you go to that page, read on:

They also offer a 24-hour buffet pass which you can use for any of their buffets.  If you eat frequently, this may be the deal for you!  However, you still need to line up and you can go a maximum of 4 times (realistically, probably only 3 times).  Moreover, before you rush to buy it, I would recommend that you read more details on it here and perhaps it's worth remembering that if you plan to eat at the Bacchanal buffet, you will have to pay extra even if you have bought the 24 hour buffet pass.

MGM Group (MGM, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Bellagio, Mirage, Aria; again, please refer to our homepage for details of each buffet):  they too offer a day pass (except the Bellagio).  The great thing about their passes is that you do NOT have to line up so you can go ten times a day, if you want!  Moreover, if you arrive now and you check in at the MGM group (with the exception of the Bellagio's, of course, and the Mandalay Bay), ask for a 2-for-1 buffet coupon.  We were just given one at the Montecarlo and, delightfully, it expires in 2 months!  So, even if you leave the casino and stay somewhere else, you can always return and redeem the coupon later on.  If you book several small segments (say 2 nights at one of the MGM group hotels and 2 nights somewhere else, still part of the MGM group), ask for the coupon each time you check in.  We have been lucky!  However, bear in mind that this changes at a moment's notice, since as soon as they begin to notice high 'traffic', they reduce their offers and their coupons can become unavailable until traffic becomes low again. 

Meanwhile, if you like to visit buffets more than once a day, many buffets have now introduced the ‘all-you-can-eat-buffet-day-pass' offer; you can basically visit the buffet in question for the 3 meals for the price of the day pass; a clear attempt to entice you never to leave their resort, in essence!  Some of them may be worth it, others definitely not; we tend to prefer to try different buffets (hence different food) unless it's one of the best Vegas buffets.

 

The Excalibur started this trend and it was then followed by many others (Rio, Stratosphere, Luxor, MGM, Palace Station, Flamingo etc). The price ranges from $19.99 to $40+ (let me tell you that the best Vegas resorts such as the Bellagio’s or the Wynn’s do not offer this deal and the best amongst those that do is definitely the Rio’s Carnival Buffet). Besides the Rio’s, if you stay at the Stratosphere’s or at Riviera's, for example, the Stratosphere’s buffet day pass (being the cheapest) offers a great deal in that its food is actually the best you can find in that area. In that area of North Strip, the Stratosphere's buffet is definitely the best.

 

Sometimes it’s still best to use a coupon from the newspaper (see HOW TO EAT AFFORDABLY IN VEGAS for details) and eat at different buffets. I doubt you will actually eat three times a day at buffets and, if you do, I doubt that you will enjoy eating the same fare all day long, unless you are at the Rio’s, for example. This because those offering all-day buffet passes are not the very top buffets where you would not mind going one hundred times!

 

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How to get free (or cheap) stuff (including meals) in Vegas: go to this page.

 

The latest (worthwhile) free or special buffet deal or buffet/restaurant credit is discussed on this page.

 

Cheap breakfasts (about 5 dollars or less) and cheap late-night meals (about 5 dollars or less): go to cheap Vegas meals.

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