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The Palms

4321 W. Flamingo Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89103

702-953-7679

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$10-$26

Daily 8am-10pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A fairly typical Las Vegas buffet.

Where is it?

At The Palms just off The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

All sorts of different stuff, from salads to American to Chinese to Mexican and beyond.

What is the atmosphere like?

Pretty plain - it's a glorified cafeteria.

How is the service?

Your interaction with staff is limited but everyone we met ws friendly.

What are the prices like?

Too high for a buffet that isn't fantastic.

What else do I need to know?

There is nothing surprising here.

What's the bottom line?

An okay buffet in a town that has some really great ones.

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FULL REVIEW

Buffets are a dime a dozen in Vegas. Well, actually these days they are more like $500 a dozen considering how high the prices have gotten. What used to be a low-cost way to refuel has now become more expensive than many of the sit-down restaurants nearby.

That's okay in my book when the food and/or the atmosphere is something really special but when it's not, well then you have something like the Palms Bistro Buffet.

To be fair the Palms buffet is not that expensive, at least not in comparison. Breakfast is around $10, lunch around $14, and dinner ranges from $21-$26. When you have places like the Bacchanal at Caesars Palace charging double these prices, this seems like a bargain.

Take it on its own though. For $26 I better be getting a fantastic spread with really high quality food. We went at dinner and even though we had a 2-for-1 coupon, I still felt like we paid too much.

All the usual buffet suspects are here - salads, American, Chinese, Mexican, seafood, desserts, and so on. They used to have a wide selection of Middle Eastern food owing to the heritage of the hotel's former owner but that has been mostly eliminated now. Instead what you get is the same old boring stuff you get at all of the other moderately priced buffets and nothing more. Well, they did have a made-to-order pasta station but you were limited to two options, one of which was a garlic fettucine that was so garlicky I was pretty sure vampires were dropping dead six counties over.

The room itself is nothing to get excited about either. With rows of white tables, a white floor, and some green accents, it felt like a nice cafeteria instead of Las Vegas buffet. At least throw a showgirl mural on the wall for Pete's sake.

There are dozens of buffets in this town, many of which are significantly better than this regardless of how much you are paying. Spend more money and go to the Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas, spend about the same and go to Planet Hollywood's Spice Market, or pay less and go Downtown to Main Street Station's Garden Court. Each of these are much better options from both a food and design standpoint and won't leave you feeling like you paid too much.

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