Flavors, The Buffet
At a Glance
What is it?
A really good entry into the crowded buffet marketplace.
Where is it?
At Harrah’s on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
Plenty of options including one of the best carving stations in town.
What is the atmosphere like?
Nice without being too nice if you know what I mean.
How is the service?
What are the prices like?
Not as expensive as the really expensive ones but still pricey.
What else do I need to know?
A dessert station worth visiting.
What’s the bottom line?
A nice mid-level buffet that isn’t too expensive or too crowded.
As buffets move as relentlessly upscale as their hotel hosts they often become a little too snobby for their own good – I don’t care how much foie gras you put on the plates, it’s still a buffet, people! But Flavors at Harrah’s does a good job of elevating the concept without becoming inaccessible.
The overhaul of the dining room and serving areas is the first success, turning what had been a Disneyland version of a farmer’s market into a sleeker, more accessible (both visually and physically) space. There is plenty of the typical wood and marble that you’ll normally find in a joint like this but also some beautiful mosaic tiles and plenty of blue and green fabrics to lighten things up. The layout helps traffic patterns enormously, enabling people to move in and out of stations with ease.
The regional stations all have festive names (Ole for the Mexican, Fresh for the seafood, etc.) and include a well-stocked salad bar, Pan-Asian cuisine including some sushi, Brazilian barbecue, Italian offerings, American comfort food, and more. Items change often but expect the traditional (mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti, pizza from a wood-burning oven) and some more interesting items sprinkled throughout including, on the day I visited, a spicy South American stew filled with sausage and vegetables that was delicious.
Their carving station is one of the most complete I’ve seen with your choice of roast beef, prime rib, chicken, ham, turkey, sausage, lamb, roasted vegetables, and more on the day I visited. Several live action cooking stations offer up everything from made-to-order omelets during the brunch to hand-tossed pastas for dinner.
And unlike many buffets, their dessert station totally satisfies. They had a chocolate fountain, that’s all I’m saying. And a gelato station with “home made” gelato, ice cream, and sorbet. Okay, now I’m done. Oh, and pastries and cookies and cake. Really, this time I swear I’m finished.
As usual with buffets, whether all of the above will be there when you visit is up to the gods of food selection but it should give you a good idea as to what to expect.
The prices are actually lower than most Strip buffets but still higher than a buffet really should be. Figure anywhere from $21-$34 depending on the meal and the day of the week. Although there are a lot of places that charge those kinds of prices, there are only a handful at which I would actually recommend doing so.
Flavors is one of them.