I came here as I still had nice memories from a visit many years ago. Either my memory is playing tricks, or this place’s gone definitely south. I went for an early dinner on a weekday, so I found no line and the place quiet enough not to spoil the experience on account of the raucous crowd on peak time. The man at the check-in was slightly nicet than a tax collector. My server did what she could, but she was clearly overworked. I had a distinct recollection of a variety of mini-portions, in order to taste a lot of them, it was cut down to a fish-and-chips basket and a shrimp salad I thought best to avoid. Carving station is well-stocked, as the Indian and Mexican ones.
The rest was frankly disappointing. Many items were evidently stale, some downright off. I couldn’t find the courage to try the shellfish, for instance. I saw a manager instructing an help on how to “bury” the driest noodles under the fresher ones, in front of the patrons, practical demonstrations included.
The 19.99 deal for open bar for two is a nice option, but overall the experience is not worth the money: at 43.99 per person, plus an ill-deserved tip and the outrageous parking ticket at Aria (which at the Buffet they pride themselves not to validate), you’ll find yourself easily in the 70-80 territory. For that kind of money, there are many better options, including the old warhorse at the Bellagio, which by comparison still pulls his weight.
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