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The Mirage

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-791-7111

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$16-$30

Daily 7am-10pm

Buffet

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

One of the better buffets on The Strip.

Where is it?

At The Mirage on the Center Strip.

What kind of food is served?

A huge variety will satisfy almost any taste and it is all expertly prepared.

What is the atmosphere like?

Lively and fashionably retro with plenty of whimsical touches throughout.

How is the service?

Very good.

What are the prices like?

Not the most expensive buffet in town but close to it - still worth it.

What else do I need to know?

Don't miss the hand scooped Italian ice cream.

What's the bottom line?

Not the biggest or best buffet in town but absolutely worth your attention.

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FULL REVIEW

Remember the days when you could gorge yourself for just a few bucks at a Las Vegas buffet? Yeah, those days are gone. But there's good news attached to that in the form of Cravings, the buffet at the Mirage, which will cost you more than a few bucks but will also serve you food that makes it more than just a refueling station.

There's a coolly elegant room, tons of high quality food, and enough variety to satisfy even the most picky of eaters. The dining room is of the cavernous communal variety (meaning one big room with lots of tables) but it's done in such a mod-meets-high-tech style that I can forgive that. Sleek lines mesh with warm coppery colors to create an inviting, upscale, and lively space worthy of the fine dining selections they serve.

There are eleven cooking stations scattered along the fringes of the room. As usual with buffets, the exact menu items change so I won't go too deeply into specifics but when I visited there was a barbecue area with ribs and bacon topped pork roast (pork topped pork, genius!), a wood-fired pizza oven, cooked on the spot Chinese entrees like pot stickers and garlic chicken, south of the border entrees including enchiladas, hand-mixed-to-order salads, a sushi section, a carving station, and much more.

There's also a full bar inside the buffet, which of course costs extra, but adds a unique touch.

A fantastic dessert station with delicate pastries, pies, and amazing hand scooped Italian ice cream makes a perfect capper to the meal. Desserts are often underwhelming at buffets, the theory being (I presume) that once everyone has loaded up on the entrees they won't have room for sweets. This buffet was done with people like me in mind, who will ALWAYS find room for dessert. Seriously. Always.

But as mentioned at the beginning, this ain't no cheap all-you-can-eatery. Meals here will run you between $16 and $30 depending on what time of day and day of the week you are visiting. Ouch. But look around. Unfortunately those prices are not outrageous for a Strip buffet these days.

If all you need is fuel you can save yourself a lot of dough by going elsewhere but if you're going to pay these kinds of rates for a buffet you're getting into Bellagio and Paris territory. I'm happy to report this buffet rivals them for quality and overall experience so now you have another choice when making your dining plans.

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