Las Vegas is known as much for its excess as for its culinary prowess, so it's a super-tempting place to stuff your face with as much excellent food as possible... whether it's a 16-course meal at a French restaurant, or at an iconic Sin City buffet. And if you especially love food from under the sea, you should definitely check out the following options... just think twice before you grab the sushi at some spots.
Known for a globally inspired selection, The Buffet at Aria has no shortage of choices for seafood lovers. You can scoop up crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp, as well as hearty bowls of New England Clam Chowder, or head over to the Asian section for sushi, while scanning the Latin area for some zesty fish tacos. Fresh grilled scallops and salmon are ideal healthy options... but the fish 'n' chips is among the best you'll find anywhere on the Strip.
You know a place that goes through 492lbs of shrimp in a single day is going to have plenty of good seafood options. The busy seafood station is your destination for fresh-shucked Blue Point oysters or King crab legs, but you can also order whole, market-fresh fish on the spot. We recommend it grilled and stuffed with lemons and herbs, then seasoned with fleur de sel and fresh cracked peppercorn. If you prefer your fish fried, add tamari, soy, and yuzu sauce with ginger and onions for a nice Asian touch. Bacchanal lives up to its indulgent reputation with a couple of $150 add-on options: whole poached lobster or Sasanian Imperial Caviar. They both come with extra perks... like immediate seating. That alone is almost worth the upgrade.
Green Valley Ranch
Stop by on Friday nights where a seafood extravaganza runs 4-9pm for $28. Mama Sarah's Cajun crab legs have a loyal following and draw long lines, but there are plenty of other dishes to try as well, including salmon, mussels, and clams. You can also choose from more than forty items to mix into a customized dish at the Mongolian barbecue station.
This awe-inspiring buffet just keeps getting better -- especially for seafood lovers. The Wynn upgraded its longtime buffet late last year with 120 new dishes. The oysters Rockefeller, buried in delicious spinach and bacon, can compete with the best on the Strip, and other top choices in the seafood section include Jonah crab claws and Alaskan King crab legs. The sushi is made to order... so don't skip it this time.
One of more elegant buffets in Las Vegas has a "gourmet dinner service" on Fridays and Saturdays. This includes a caviar station, where both ikura and tobiko roe varieties top house-made blinis, small buckwheat waffles, and sushi. In fact, the sushi and sashimi is among the best you'll find at any buffet on the Strip. Alaskan king crab legs come steamed to order, and the shrimp spring rolls in the Asian area are surprisingly addictive.
The Rio revamped its buffet in late 2015, effectively combining two into one, and it's turned into one of the best deals just off the Strip. More than 300 dishes are made fresh each day, including more than 70 choices of seafood that come with an additional upgrade charge... which is definitely worth it. Food from under the sea includes Jonah crab claws, grilled ono, fried or chilled oysters, and scallops. The lobster mac & cheese and shrimp & grits are especially popular. You may even find some octopus at the salad station. Keep in mind... the premium seafood section is only open for dinner (3-10pm).
Possibly your best bet for old-school Vegas kitsch, Paradise Buffet is designed to look like a tropical oasis with phony palm trees and a heavy seafood selection on Tuesday (4-10pm) and Friday (4-11pm). For $23, you get access to a "seafood fantasy," that includes the usual favorites like crab legs, oysters, and fried fish. It doesn't break any new ground, but it's a big hit with the tourists that flock to the Fremont casino looking for a good deal. You get a dollar off the price with a B Connected membership, too -- and there's no shame in saving those pennies. They'll come in handy for the slot machines.
The Garden Buffet stands out from the crowd by having a seafood experience twice a week -- every Friday and Saturday 4-10pm. The salads, chowders, and fresh vegetables are based on ingredients that change with the season. Standby favorites include Snapper Vera Cruz, seafood enchiladas, baked clams, and carving stations that offer Chinese-style orange roughy and maple-glazed roast salmon. The seafood buffet is $25, with a Casino Club Card (or $29 without one) and includes a glass of wine. Whether red or white is most ideal for seafood... that's up to you.
Easily one of the most in-demand buffets on the Strip, Wicked Spoon built its reputation on small samples, with high-quality attention and precision. You'll get plenty of seafood as you roam from corner to corner of the dining room: highlights include ahi tuna poke, smoked salmon, and shrimp ceviche at the salad station; seafood bouillabaisse and cajun shrimp with white cheddar grits, bacon and corn at the "comfort" station; chorizo mussels and seared scallops with polenta at the Italian station; and full-size Kauai shrimp and crab fried rice at the Asian station. Warning: full-size means the heads are still attached.
The M Resort
Known for the free booze that's included in the price of admission, the Studio B buffet is never short on seafood dishes, including peri peri shrimp, steamed clams, a crawfish boil, miso-glazed salmon, and baked lemon dory served nicoise style. A special seafood buffet runs on Fridays from 2:30-8:30pm for $40, and throws in a few extras, including tempura shrimp, lobster mac & cheese, ceviche shooters, ginger crab at the Asian food station, an oyster bar, and Alaskan snow crab legs that come both chilled and steamed. No matter what you choose, don't skip the lobster bisque.
A seafood special at the Medley Buffet runs 4-9pm on Friday and is $25, although the price drops to $20 if you have a Aliante Players Club card. Among the favorites here are jumbo crab legs and plenty of small bites packed with big flavor, including a shrimp ceviche cocktail with cucumber and avocado, and hiva crab salad with a tasty hint of horseradish.
The Golden Nugget buffet gives you a different reason to return over and over on multiple days. While Tuesday is Italian Night and Saturday is Barbecue Night, Friday is possibly the busiest time of the week: Seafood Night. For $27, you can chow down on as many crab legs, mussels, oysters, and bites of shrimp as you want. Not as large or pricey as some of the more well-known buffets on the Strip, but definitely the biggest and most modern of the choices in the Downtown area.
It's only available on Sunday mornings, but the Sterling Brunch is one of the top reasons to visit BLT Steak. There are unlimited pours of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, unlimited servings of American Sturgeon caviar, and yes, unlimited lobster tails. If that wasn't enough, there's also lobster ravioli and -- as a side order -- lobster bisque and lobster eggs Benedict.
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1. Aria3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
2. Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson
4. Wynn Las Vegas3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. Bellagio Hotel & Casino3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
6. Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
7. Fremont Casino and Hotel200 Fremont St, Las Vegas
8. South Point Hotel & Casino9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. The Cosmopolitan3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
10. The M Resort12300 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
11. Aliante Casino + Hotel7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas
12. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino129 Fremont St, Las Vegas
13. Bally's Hotel & Casino3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
With 61 stories of gleaming floor-to-ceiling windows, this chic, upscale resort is an entertainment mecca right in the heart of the Strip. Aria boasts an array of boutique fine-dining options -- ranging from Sage, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain to Michael Mina's cutting-edge French eatery Bardot Brasserie -- lounges, clubs, spas, and high-end stores.
The grandaddy of all Las Vegas casinos, Caesar's Palace is an icon in its own right. The massive Parthenon-like resort boasts regular rooms and deluxe fantasy suites, a cavernous and varied casino, premium shopping, live entertainment (ranging from Celine Dion to Elton John), and a conveniently located chapel should anyone have too much fun.
Embodying all the luxe and glamour of Sin City, this high end resort boasts majestic Mediterranean-inspired architecture, opulent swimming pools and hot tubs, flatscreens in each room, and an a handful of baby grand pianos in each lobby. The casino proves the biggest draw, but it's worth noting that the resort is also home to one of the city's best seafood buffets, a bonafide Mongolian grill feast that occurs every Friday evening.
The second Vegas outpost of Steve Wynn's luxury resort empire, Wynn boasts five-star hospitality, award-winning restaurants ranging from fine and casual dining, the live aquatic theatre show La Rêve, high-end boutique shopping, premier nightclubs, and opulent poolside cabanas.
You'll likely recognize The Bellagio from its iconic appearance in Ocean's Eleven. In addition to an awe-inspiring collection of Chihuly sculptures and its famous fountain show, the luxury resort also boasts a stunning botanical garden, top-notch dining options (pro tip: Lago, a modern Italian venture from Michelin star chef Julian Serrano, is not to miss), a Roman-inspired pool and spa, and, of course, a killer casino.
Just a block off the main drag, Rio is one of the better resorts for those traveling in larger groups. The Brazilian-themed hotel's signature "chic suites" sleep six people and features various amenities, live entertainment (Penn and Teller are on retainer, along with the Chippendales), a pool area with an actual white sand beach, and a 490ft high zip-line that connects the hotel's two towers.
It's hard to miss the Fremont, which is saying something in a city like Las Vegas. The iconic Downtown hotel is easily recognizable by its facade of gleaming red lights, twinkling gold logo, and what it claims is the largest LED screen in the world, but it also sticks out from the throng of other Vegas resorts thanks to its easy airport access and lack of heavy Strip traffic. The ambience is definitely old school, but the rooms and service prove refined considering the price point. With a lively casino, regular calendar of events, an assortment of casual eateries (ranging from Tony Roma's to Dunkin Donuts, so you'll never be homesick), and one of the best seafood buffets in the city, it's a popular destination for travelers on a budget.
This southern-California themed casino and hotel rocks a grand ballroom, a 16-screen movie theater, 12 restaurants, and a whopping 64-lane bowling alley. While located 6 miles south of the main strip, a large, kid-friendly pool, as well as full casino complete with bingo hall and poker room turns South Point into an excellent starting point for every Vegas itinerary.
Designed with dual 50-story spires, a 100,000 sq ft casino, and 3,000 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Cosmopolitan attracts freshly legal drinkers and club kids looking to party. And because you're just plain sick of staying in rooms that don't have their own private jacuzzi, give one of their five Premium Suites a try...
Perched atop the 400ft summit of Las Vegas Blvd, this 90-acre spread features 92,000 sq ft of gaming space, a 14-screen movie complex, 390 rooms culminating in the two-story Loft Suite, multiple wet bars, and a stunning stone and glass staircase for ascending nobly to your boudoir. The M is also known for its grand seafood-centric buffet, which includes free alcohol with the price of admission.
This off-Strip hotel and casino offers luxury in the serene, Aliante neighborhood of north Vegas. Complete with five in-house restaurants, a 600-seat showroom for live concerts, and a casino with more than 1,800 slot machines, Aliante offers a level of glam at a lower price range.
A Las Vegas mainstay that glitters with the force of all sin city, the Golden Nugget is the largest, and one of the oldest, casinos in downtown Vegas. The resort comes complete with cabana-outfitted pools, a 200,000-gallon aquarium, 2,400 luxury rooms accented with Victorian touches, as well as some of the most popular restaurants in town, including Vic & Anthony's and Grotto.
Likely the most centrally located venue in Las Vegas, Bally's is a historic landmark in the Strip's hotel and casino scene. With a state-of-the-art spa, heated pools, tennis courts, and luxury rooms renovated to refined standards after a headlines-making fire in 1980, the resort now stands as one of the most opulent, and frequented, on the Strip.