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Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

866-227-5938

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$31-$53

Daily 7am-10pm

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A crazy and crazy-expensive attempt to bring back the Roman decadance of a food orgy, only in an upscale, all-you-can-eat format.

Where is it?

At Caesars Palace on the Center Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Nine show kitchens including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, Deli, Pizza, and Desserts using interactive chefs..

What is the atmosphere like?

Maybe not quite bacchnalian but still very nice.

How is the service?

Good.

What are the prices like?

This is not a cheap buffet - expect $31 and up per person depending on the meal with dinner over $50.

What else do I need to know?

They claim to have over 500 items. I didn't count.

What's the bottom line?

A terrific buffet but I just don't think it's quite terrific enough to justify the cost.

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FULL REVIEW

The evolution of the Las Vegas buffet from cheap (in all sense of the word including price and food quality) to extravagant (ditto) is officially complete with the arrival of the food orgy that is the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. It is packed to the rafters with more than 500 food choices and comes with a bill that can shock even the most jaded of eaters.

The room is as richly appointed as the buffet selections, with coolly modern furnishings and lots of structural elements that divide up the big room into smaller, more manageable sections. The only downside is that the layout of the buffet stations, which are staggered around the room instead of in one long line, and a lack of any central walkways, means that people are criss-crossing the room in between tables, balancing overburdened plates of food almost constantly. Disaster is inevitable.

Menu items will vary from day to day and by time of day but here's a sampling of what was on tap when we hit the place for a Saturday brunch: breakfast items including scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, eggs Florentine, made-to-order omelets, bacon, regular pancakes, red-velvet pancakes, waffles, bacon, patty sausage, link sausage, and more; seafood items including snow crab, king crab, crab legs, oysters, mussels, and more; Japanese specialties including a wide variety of sushi and sashimi; Chinese dishes including fried rice, potstickers, dim sum, and made-to-order stir fry; about 10 different pizzas from a wood-burning oven; a carving station with ham, turkey, roast beef, and two different kinds of sausage; American dishes; Italian dishes; Mexican dishes... I started to get dizzy after that and lost track, but there was a freaking lot of food.

A full dessert station offers hand-made crepes, hand-scooped ice cream and gelato, cookies, pies, cakes, and much, much more.

Everything we sampled was good to very good, warm when it was supposed to be and cold when it was meant to be. My personal favorite was the made-to-order omelet (ham, cheese, onion, and tomato for me), which takes a few minutes but is totally worth it.

Okay, so now, the prices. Are you sitting down? Weekdays brunch is $40 and dinner is $55; on the weekends brunch is $50 (including champagne) and dinner is $58 . Granted, you will pay that much (and more) at many traditional restaurants in Vegas for food that isn't as good but this is still a shockingly high price to pay for an all-you-can-eatery.

I think there are buffets that are just as good (or nearly as good) that are anywhere from a few bucks cheaper (Wynn, Bellagio) to substantially cheaper (Main Street Station) but I will say that despite the high costs you feel as though you got your money's worth.

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