By Steve Beauregard (Updated May 2017)
As one of the largest hotels in the world, boasting over 5,000 rooms, the MGM Grand requires a buffet efficient enough to handle the crowds.
By most accounts, it succeeds with a buffet that – while not extremely noteworthy – is large and clean and offers a wide variety of offerings and pretty reasonable prices when compared to some of the other Strip casino buffets.
The MGM Grand Buffet is located near the Strip entrance of the massive MGM Grand resort in Las Vegas. You’ll find it just past the sports book and Centrifuge bar.
In a fairly recent move, the MGM Grand Buffet has removed waiter and waitress table service. In other words, while you’ve always gotten your own food, now you even get your own self-service drinks (pop, milk, tea, water, flavored water, etc.). While this does save on tipping, it makes it a little more inconvenient when you’re wanting refills.
This is one busy buffet. Many of the customers at the MGM Grand’s buffet are here because they received a free buffet pass as part of a travel package (common when booking a trip through Southwest), or are comped a buffet directly from MGM. The MGM Grand often offers a promotion where guests staying at the hotel can go to the buffet for free during their stay. (More on that below).
As is customary with Las Vegas buffets, there are a variety of stations, serving up everything from macaroni and cheese to snow crab legs, from pizza to prime rib.
Other signature dishes at the MGM Grand Buffet included brisket, pot stickers, and the Colorado Chili.
There is of course, the requisite salad bar, but also a variety of pre-made, salads, including crab. There’s even an organic garden salad section.
Other offerings that you may see at lunch or dinner include a variety of Chinese dishes, fried chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, dim sum, and lamb.
The burgundy short ribs get high marks here, but otherwise, many feel it is just your average Las Vegas buffet and not unusually outstanding.
The “Grand” Friday night and Saturday night buffet features most everything on the regular weeknight dinners, and feature dishes like New York strip steaks, sushi and seafood ceviche.
Breakfast and Brunch
Breakfast and brunches at the MGM Grand include chicken and biscuits, breakfast pastries and breads (like banana nut muffins), croissants, salmon lox, mini-waffles and pancakes, as well as a highly-regarded cinnamon roll (but then again, I love every cinnamon roll).
The breakfast and brunch buffet spread includes fresh fruits, every pastry you could think of, blueberry blintzes and the requisite made-to-order omelet station.
Desserts are served in smaller portions, which is nice in that it allows you to sample several different kinds of sweets without having to waste food or expand your waistline more than necessary.
Some of the more unique MGM Grand Buffet menu items include the fried Twinkies, (they come with a deliberator), cheesecake shots, and Mango yogurt mousse.
A recent trend in Las Vegas buffets is to encourage more early eaters by charging more for a later breakfast. As such, the MGM Grand charges guests less if they get to the breakfast buffet before 9 AM.
Here are prices and hours for each MGM Grand buffet, (before tax).
Weekday Brunch: (Monday – Thursday) 9 AM to 3 PM:
Dinner (Sunday – Thursday) 3 PM to 9:30 PM
“The Grand” Dinner (Friday and Sunday) 3 PM to 10 PM:
Champagne Brunch: (Friday, Saturday & Sundays) 7 AM to 3 PM:
Children’s Buffet Pricing:
These prices apply to children ages 4-12
Early Bird Breakfast (Monday – Thursday) 7 AM to 9 AM: $12.99
Weekday Brunch (Monday – Thursday) 9 AM to 3 PM: $14.99
Weekend Brunch: (Friday – Sunday): $16.99
Dinner: 3 PM to 9:30 PM: $19.99
Kids 3 and under are free.
Please note that these prices do not include tax. A good rule of thumb is that tax will run you around $2 to $3 per person.
For example, a weeknight MGM Grand Buffet dinner for two (at $29.99 per person), will cost a total of $64.84 after tax.
The Friday and Saturday night “Grand Dinner” buffet, (at $39.99 per person), will cost two people a total of $86.46 after tax.
When you compare these prices to other buffets in Las Vegas, you’ll find MGM Grand Buffet’s prices to be pretty reasonable.
Unlimited Beverage Option
Please also note you can pay $16.99 for all you can drink option. This includes Bloody Mary’s and screwdrivers (both made with Skyy vodka), draft beer (such as Bud, Bud Light or Shock Top), wine (cabernet or chardonnay), champagne, mimosas, and peach bellinis.
The all-you-can drink option also includes margaritas (frozen or on the rocks), and strawberry daiquiris.
MGM Grand Buffet Phone Number
For general questions about the buffet, use this number: (702) 891-1111. (This is MGM Grand’s main number. You’ll be directed to hit “2” to get dining).
However for parties of 15 people of more, it’s recommended that you call ahead for seating at the following number:
MGM Grand Buffet Deals and All-Day Pass
MGM often runs a promotion in which your room rate includes a total of 2 buffets per stay. These two buffet passes are good for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Given the more expensive cost of the dinner buffet, it’s more financially beneficial for you to use your free pass at dinner.
To access this code, go to: MGM Grand Buffet (the resort’s official website), and scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll see a title called “ROOM OFFER.”
To the left, there will be an Offer Code which you’ll need to copy and paste when making reservations.
As for the All-Day Buffet Pass? Previously you could purchase a pass (similar to Caesars Entertainment’s Buffet of Buffets pass), which entitled you to make endless trips to the MGM Grand Buffet for a 24 hour period. However MGM Resorts has stopped offering this buffet pass.
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