Las Vegas has become well respected in the culinary world over the last 5 to 10 years – a huge change from when I first moved here in 1994 when cheap buffets were our claim to fame.
Buffets are STILL popular but there has been a shift and we’re seeing delicious and high end menus from the Wynn, Bellagio, as well as full bars, dessert displays and live action stations.
I get plenty of my brides asking me about reserving a section of a nice buffet for their rehearsal dinner or post wedding brunch. There are some things to keep in mind since it takes a little more than picking up the phone and saying “I’d like to make a reservation for 75”.
Questions to ask:
- Do you take reservations? Some buffets prefer not to take reservations. At this point, you may want to consider a different route if you have a large group.
- Is there a minimum guest count required to make a reservation?
- Is there a deposit required?
- What is the food and beverage minimum? This means that you are required to spend a certain dollar amount. The total is generally before tax and gratuity, unless specified.
- What is the gratuity? Gratuity can range from 17-21% depending on the venue and is automatically added to the final bill.
- Will a contract be required to make a reservation?
- If interested, are private or semi private dining rooms available? What is the capacity of your private or semi private dining room? Only few buffets in town offer private or semi private dining rooms.
- If only the main dining room is available, will my guests be able to sit next to each other or will we be split up?
- Which menu is being served for the requested time (breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner)? What is the cost per person?
- Is there a full bar available?
- How long is the dining period? Your reservation can last between one and a half to two and a half hours depending on the venue.
- What is the cancellation policy?
So, if you’re a local or Las Vegas regular, what’s your favorite buffet in town?