Everyone comes to Vegas for the buffets, right? I always hear people talking about the world-famous dining our lovely city boasts, but the cheap, lack of quality buffets seem to garner almost as much talk. There are a few exceptions and none get more buzz than Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. That’s right! There’s no apostrophe in Caesars. My husband is adamant about getting things right, so I thought he would love that (if he reads this).
It was not that long ago when The Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan was Top Dog. Our last breakfast visit was disappointing, so we have not returned yet. Considering my son only grabbed waffles and had milk, he did not get to eat anything thanks to hard, stale waffles. He could not even fill up on milk, because the server never returned after bringing the first tiny glass of milk. Luckily, the dinner was always more impressive, and I could feast on dessert alone.
Bacchanal had been open for over three years (or re-opened if you consider the less impressive version that closed in 2000), but my foodie husband had not partaken. Considering how much he loves to review places, I thought our visit was overdue. He’s mentioned wanting to go several times, and we almost ventured over after his Mom raved about how fantastic it was. She is the best cook I know, so she knows what quality food tastes like. Unlike my husband, I do not know any world-class chefs, so I can say she’s the best I know without ever presuming she will read this to give me brownie points. My blog is not on her radar, so I really doubt she will read this if it helps with credibility into her true cooking ability.
I was browsing Groupon one day, as I often do, and I noticed a deal for two people to have a weekday breakfast for $69. This is not your typical coupon. It includes VIP line passes (which made me wonder how long the line gets), and all you can drink mimosas. There are no circumstances where I ever drink alcohol. My husband would have no problem consuming said mimosas. His desire to try this restaurant has built, so he purchased the Groupon as soon as I told him about it. Yay! Enabling and food are a great pairing.
The breakfast buffet is open until 11am each day. We arrived just before 10am to find only a few people in line. Since we did not see a long line, we fell into the regular line instead of searching out the VIP line. After breakfast, I did check out the lines to see what difference it would make if the lines were long, and it did look shorter. In Vegas, gamblers get VIP treatment based on their level of play. I do not gamble (although I love table poker), so I will never visit any of these lines.
There is actually a station at the start of the lines that is probably manned when it’s busy to help people fall into the proper line.
The regular entrance is on the far right. It has a long queue, so I bet it can get crazy at times. I am guessing this is where non-gamblers or low-level gamblers who do not qualify for gold use.
The line I am assuming we should have fallen in for Groupon redemptions is this one. Express Guests is probably the VIP term, because there was no sign specifically called VIP. Gold and Platinum level gamblers would also enter here. This queue is much shorter than the main one.
On the far left, the serious gamblers get two special lines. These are the people who spend some serious money gambling. Considering this line was about the same length as the regular line when we arrived, I highly doubt it was only servicing this level of player. When it is busy, I bet they adhere to it though.
After I checked out all the lines, I noticed the regular breakfast pricing is less than the Groupon. That means the added amount of the Groupon is for the line pass (I’d rather wait in line than pay extra to skip it) and the mimosas. I did not drink any, but my husband did have one. His drink probably covered the added cost. Overall, I am happy with the Groupon purchase, because I may not have tried it any sooner without Groupon reminding me that he really wanted to dine there. Remind me to open a rewards card before I go back, because I want that $1 discount. Most places offer more than $1 off to players, but I guess the best buffet in town does not have to.
For those looking to really have a luxe breakfast, there is an add-on menu. Champagne and Caviar both sound awful to me but to each his own.
The queue had columns filled with shot glasses. This sounds tacky, but it looks elegant.
When we reached the front of the line, the cashier informed us there was an extra charge over what we paid Groupon for tax. I cannot recall having tax added to other Groupons, but I know tax rules are changing all the time. It was not that long ago that we did not pay sales tax on Amazon purchases. With breakfast now up to $74.59 (before tipping at the table), I wanted to try as much as possible. Would the meal live up to the favorable review given by most diners?
The decor all over the restaurant is stunning, but I was particularly impressed with the area between the cashier and the hostess.
The food displays near the front are beautiful.
This picture is blurry, but I only took one. It’s too cute not to share.
I have no clue why I like the containers of shells, but I do.
I find this very beautiful, and wonder how hard it is to clean.
We proceeded to the hostess still in our segregated lines. The casinos really know how to reward players. My husband actually knew the hostess. He knows a lot of people everywhere we go, so this did not surprise me. They said hello shortly before we went to our great table tucked in the corner. While I will never know if we got a great table, because the hostess knew him or because they want to encourage Groupon users to come back, I loved it. There was only one other couple seated near us, so it felt like we had the place almost to ourselves. That’s impressive for a large restaurant.
Our server, Socorro, came over within two minutes of us sitting down to take our drink order. I do not do coffee either, so this was my husband’s.
This was mine.
I found the fresh squeezed orange juice in the middle of the buffet.
There was also tea, which I always pass on.
The buffet line is huge with a large variety of food.
I am sad I never made it to the Asian section, which has a nice variety of items.
Sushi is right up my husband’s alley.
I really want to try noodles next time.
Even the toppings are stylish.
The fruit looks fresh.
I love meats and am sad I did not stop by.
These pizzas do not look like buffet pizzas at all.
The Mexican entrees look amazing.
I need to try that soup.
Everyone must try red velvet pancakes wherever they’re served.
As a carb lover, I had to stop by this section.
American classics with some twists.
These waffle cones look awesome. Next time!
Everything in the little containers looks so cute.
Mushrooms were near the American breakfast classics.
A few stations are manned. This omelet station was popular.
I am unsure if one can order fresh pancakes here or if they make them here, so the guests can watch. Either way, no one ran the skillet while we were there. Pancakes were probably made in the back while we were there.
The carving station had a more impressive lineup for breakfast than most places have for dinner.
My husband had three plates, but he gave me a hard time for the five seconds it took to take a picture of his first plate, so I did not even try to get his second or third. He never made it out of the Asian section with his first plate, and I sadly never made it there. This section was the closest to where we sat down, but I started at the far end, so I would not miss anything. That plan backfired a little. It just gives me an excuse to go back. There was not an item on three plates he did not really like or love, so he felt confident we should return.
I filled two plates, and while I did not come close to finishing my plates (sorry for wasting food), I tried everything.
The only things on this plate that were not great were the hash browns and the bacon. Those items are very difficult for buffets, because they get soggy as they cool. Even Bacchanal could use some improvement. In fairness to the cooks, I like both crispy. Neither were. That knocked them down for me. Both sausages were amazing. I loved the ham, beans, and potatoes. The shrimp was great for shrimp (I’m not a huge seafood fan, but I had to try something from the seafood category).
The red velvet pancakes were soft and wonderful. I loved everything about them. Muffins at buffets are usually weak, but this was better than most. I did not care for the sauce on the Canadian Bacon and egg plate, but I do not have a super advanced palette. Others may love it. The french toast was great for a buffet. Most regular restaurants do it better, but it can even beat some of them.
Thanks to my husband’s more advanced palette, I feel like he eats more expensive food to make up for the lack of higher quality items I eat. As such, we will gladly return. We both felt the food is great and agree it is the best breakfast buffet we’ve tried so far. It deserves the hype. If you get a chance to try it, you should. I look forward to trying lunch and dinner in addition to breakfast again. There are so many things I still want to taste.
I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.