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Planet Hollywood

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-785-5555

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$25-$40

Daily 7am-11pm

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A bit on the pricey side but definitely one of the most interesting and unique buffets in town.

Where is it?

At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Center Strip.

What kind of food is served?

They have all of the typical things that you'd expect to find in a buffet (salads, carving station, beef & chicken entrees) but they also have a wide selection of ethnic dishes including Chinese, Mexican, and a unique Middle Eastern/Moroccan section. Everything we sampled was fresh and very well prepared.

What is the atmosphere like?

It's far removed from the clang-clang of the casino which is nice but its location (more or less in the basement) doesn't allow any natural light, lending a bit of an enclosed feeling.

How is the service?

As with most buffets you only deal with the wait staff for your beverages, but they were courteous and quick.

What are the prices like?

Since everyone else has gotten expensive, the money you spend here doesn't seem as outrageous as it used to.

What else do I need to know?

I love potstickers and theirs were delicious. And yes, you needed to know that.

What's the bottom line?

A long time favorite for tourists and locals alike and for a good reason.

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FULL REVIEW

As one of the perennial favorites in a town full of buffets, there was quite a bit of worry about what Planet Hollywood might do to the Spice Market Buffet. After all, they made major changes to the rest of the building, so why not the buffet? And if they did, would they mess up what had made it so popular with locals and tourists alike.

Good news: while the décor may have changed the core of what made the Spice Market such a success is still there in the vast selection of finely prepared food at prices that, while not cheap, certainly aren't as much as you'd expect for a buffet of this quality.

Located beneath the casino level, there is no natural light in the room; a bit of a bummer especially considering the recent remodeling. Like the rest of the hotel the Arabian detail work is all gone, replaced in this case by understated neutral colors that could use some daylight to warm things up. But who cares right? You're not here for the wallpaper, you're here to eat. In that case, you're in luck.

There are about a dozen stations offering up a wide variety of dishes including salads, seafood, Asian specialties, Italian creations, Mexican dishes, a carving station, soups, desserts, and more. One unique carry over is the Middle Eastern section - a delightful touch that makes this place immediately stand out as offering something different.

Several live-action cooking stations offer up make-to-order selections. We were there for brunch so we were able to create our own omelets, Belgian waffles, crepes, and more.

The food quality was a cut above the standard Vegas buffet, especially for the chef-prepared selections but even the stuff coming out of the warming trays was terrific.

The Spice Market is on the expensive side of things. It's not as expensive as the top-level buffets like those at Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio but it's also not quite that good.

So good on Planet Hollywood for not messing with success. The Spice Market Buffet is still one of the better buffets in Las Vegas.

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