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The Buffet Trick in Las Vegas

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The buffet trick is paying for a cheaper meal by showing up right before the changeover between meals so you get better items. This works best during the weekday since the savings is pretty substantial.

I'll use the Buffet at The Wynn, since I can confirm it works there and is my favorite Las Vegas Buffet.

Here are the prices as of today:

Breakfast
Monday - Friday $19
8AM - 10:30AM

Brunch
Saturday - Sunday $30
8AM - 3:30PM

Lunch
Monday - Friday $23
11AM - 3:30PM

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday $35
Friday - Saturday $39
3:30PM - 10PM

For example, if you eat dinner on Fridays at the Wynn it would be $39. But if you show up around 3PM and sit around for a little bit, you pretty much get the full dinner experience for only $23, a savings of $16 per person. You may be eating a little earlier, but if you stuff yourself full this will be your dinner.

I hear this also works at the Bellagio and Studio B Buffet (The M Resort), but haven't confirmed this myself.

Enjoy the crab legs!

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A few years ago I was staying at the Wynn. Went to the buffett Chrismtas day and the line was not that long but it was moving slowly. I get up to the casier area and the guy in front of me is taking forever getitng his credit card or whatever. As soon as I give her my info I see she is rining me up for about 50 bucks more. I said this is bullshit. I wanted a manager. She siad the computer did it and it was tough shit on me. Finally she agreed to ring our third persona a kid or something and the bill was about the same.

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I've done that B4 ...tho not in vegas

it is a good trick that works well Smilie
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Confirmed that this works at the Paris and Mandalay Bay. I have done it dozens of times (mostly unintentionally when there is a long line and you just barely get in before the changeover).

Granted, a couple of times I showed up for breakfast or lunch and had to pay more for the next service because of an insanely long line.
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Has anyone tried the 24 hour buffet day pass?

I saw it last time I was at Vegas but I didn't get to try it. It is valid for 24 hours at the following buffets:

* Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
* Flavors at Harrah’s Las Vegas
* Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo Las Vegas
* Emperor’s Buffet at Imperial Palace
* Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas
* Lago Buffet at Caesars Palace
* Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

I believe it costs around $46 for the pass, but a friend told me if you time it correctly, you can get 4 meals out of the 24 hours.

Just take a late dinner on the first day (say around 7-8pm). Breakfast the next morning, lunch in the afternoon, then dinner again (before 7pm) and BOOM! 4 buffet meals at different locations for just $46! Sounds pretty slick to me.
Yeah, this works really well. 4 meals, 5 meals, however many meals you want. I had the misfortune of getting food poisoning during my second meal, so it didn't turn out to be such a SD for me, but hey, besides that, it's great.

Quote from Loan_Crusader View Post :
people keep talking about the m resort buffet, but i was overly dissapointed in their selection. it was crab legs and very little sushi options. there was no calamari, no clams, not much of anything.

did i miss something?
Probably because those aren't really on most people's must-have buffet list. The less of those there are, the more room there is for other food.
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I guess that does work, but eating "dinner" at 3:30?!?! My philosophy is that I'd rather use SD to get good deals everywhere else, and use those savings to eat a nice meal at a nice time.
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Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace [caesarspalace.com]

hours:
breakfast: 7am - 11am
lunch: 11am - 3pm
dinner: 3pm - 10pm
champagne brunch (sat/sun only): 7am- 3pm
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Quote from serra View Post :
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace [caesarspalace.com]

hours:
breakfast: 7am - 11am
lunch: 11am - 3pm
dinner: 3pm - 10pm
champagne brunch (sat/sun only): 7am- 3pm
Looking forward to trying that one. High Five Smilie
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I just got back from Vegas a couple of weeks ago and did the 24 hour pass. I had some total rewards points, so it was basically free anyway, but it is a good deal even if you have to pay. I had a late dinner at the RIO, went the next morning for the champagne brunch at Paris, and then had dinner at Spice Market. Overall, all three of those buffets were really good. There is a new buffet at Caesars that is supposed to be good as well, but there is a $10 surcharge for that one. Not worth it to me.......
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My favorite buffet was at the Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan! I don't think it is the cheapest- but it was one of the better ones that I've tried! (I guess you save money from the buffets overall, since you pretty much only eat like once a day haha :] )
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If you're going to the Rio buffet (which is one of my favorites. I have no idea why.), be sure to check in on Four Square before you go. Show your check-in to the Total Rewards desk and you'll receive a coupon for $5 off. The coupon is good for the Carnival World buffet only, not the seafood buffet.
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My friends and I will be go to Las Vegas in a few months. Does this buffet trick still work at hotels like the Wynn? (I'm asking because this thread is nearly two years old.) Thanks!
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My friends and I will be go to Las Vegas in a few months. Does this buffet trick still work at hotels like the Wynn? (I'm asking because this thread is nearly two years old.) Thanks!
YES! It works at hotels like the Wynn. Just make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to account for the line.
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YES! It works at hotels like the Wynn. Just make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to account for the line.
My friend said that when we went recently, "Wynn changed it up. There's a period of time between lunch and dinner that they don't let anyone in for lunch price. I think it like the hour or 30 mins before dinner opens up." Is this true?

Thanks for replying!
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Quote from TofuVic View Post :
My friend said that when we went recently, "Wynn changed it up. There's a period of time between lunch and dinner that they don't let anyone in for lunch price. I think it like the hour or 30 mins before dinner opens up." Is this true?

Thanks for replying!
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I just looked on the website and saw that lunch ends at 3:00. Dinner begins at 3:30, so there is a small window that you would not be able to go. They will NOT kick you out at 3 o'clock. At the new Bacchanal buffet at Ceasar's, lunch ends at 3 and dinner begins at 3. I've heard that one is great. As long as you at at the register at 2:59, you will pay the lunch price.
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Quote from tangerinemixer View Post :
I just looked on the website and saw that lunch ends at 3:00. Dinner begins at 3:30, so there is a small window that you would not be able to go. They will NOT kick you out at 3 o'clock. At the new Bacchanal buffet at Ceasar's, lunch ends at 3 and dinner begins at 3. I've heard that one is great. As long as you at at the register at 2:59, you will pay the lunch price.
Ah, I see. So for the Wynn buffet, if I get to the cash register at around 2:45pm, I would be able to dine on lunch food for 45 minutes, and then enjoy dinner food soon after. The key is that they won't kick people out.

Thanks again!
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