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129 E. Fremont
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Nice room, good food, good deal.
At The Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas.
Although not as large as some, there is still plenty to choose from here.
Beautiful room overlooking the pool.
A comparitive bargain.
Made to order omelets at brunch - cool.
A good buffet at a reasonable price.
The Golden Nugget has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last few years, making over the aging queen of downtown into a luxury resort worthy of taking up residence on The Strip. Among the many features of this makeover was a redo of the buffet, now located on the second floor overlooking the beautiful pool area.
Buffets are, by and large, difficult to review and difficult to distinguish from one another so I usually sort of group them by strata. There are those in the upper tier like those at Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio, expensive and epic; those in the middle tier like the ones at Luxor and Harrah's, pricey but not outrageously so and fully stocked with solid choices; and the lower tier that basically provide fuel so you can get back to gambling.
The Golden Nugget buffet used to be at the lower end of that middle tier, better than fuel but not by a lot. While the changes they made at this buffet doesn't quite move it into the upper tier, it certainly gets it close with a beautiful room, a terrific array of dishes, and a price point that keeps it affordable, at least in comparison to the big buffets on The Strip.
Let's start with that room. Done in varying warm gold, brown, and cream tones the centerpiece is the expansive set of windows overlooking the pool area. The natural light, mostly absent in joints like this, is a welcome relief and the lushly landscaped recreation deck make for a great backdrop.
The buffet line, like most these days, is not a line but a series of stations including ones for salad, various cuisines of different ethnic genesis, a dessert station, and more. We visited for their Sunday Champagne Brunch and in addition to the typical breakfast type entrees (eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, and the like) there were made to order omelets and other nice touches that set this one as a cut above. A carving station, Asian selections, sushi and seafood, and a host of other selections provided a good array of choices to ensure you'll not walk away hungry, although it is probably important to note that this is not quite as epic as the spreads at Bellagio or Wynn.
Everything we tried was great, hot when it was supposed to be and cool when it wasn't, aided by the chilled salad plates and warmed dinner plates placed strategically near the stations.
As is too often with buffets, the disappointment came with the dessert portion of the program. I swear, we need Mike Wallace and the "60 Minutes" crew to do some sort of investigation as to why the buffets in Vegas can do so great in all areas but then stumble when it comes to the dessert. Oh well, I guess that just provides an excuse to stop somewhere else to get something sweet afterwards (like you really need an excuse).
Prices are more than reasonable ranging from around $11 for breakfast up to $19-22 for dinner, the higher price point being for all-you-can-eat seafood nights. That's a solid $5-10 less than you'll pay at similar buffets on The Strip these days so it is absolutely worth the effort to come check it out.