By Steve Beauregard (Prices updated July 12th, 2017)
In a city known for its buffets, one reigns supreme: The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
Nowhere else is there a buffet with 25,000 square feet of space, 500 different daily offerings, seating for 600, and with a price tag of $17 million to build. Your entry fee will only be slightly less.
Opened in 2012, the Bacchanal Buffet is one of 11 restaurants at Caesars Palace and has won the “Best Buffet in Las Vegas” title from the likes of USA Today and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. If there was ever a game changer in the buffet industry, the Bacchanal is it.
It’s unlike any other buffet you’ve experienced, in terms of variety, quality, décor, and yes, price. (More on that later). Except for having to get your own meal, it’s as if you are seated in an upscale restaurant.
The buffet is made up of nine different stations, only that doesn’t do it justice. Vegas.com calls the nine stations “show kitchens” and that seems more fitting.
The Bacchanal prides itself on a wide array of its small plates, rather than the mass portions typically served in large pans.
As an example, the breakfast or brunch buffet serves small colorful plates, with each one containing two pancakes. This is unlike the normal buffet where you have a metal pan full of pancakes with the requisite tongs. It sounds like a minor thing, but something about an individual serving on a dish just makes the pancakes taste better.
Even something as simple as the condiments dazzle here at Caesars Palace. In the deli area, for example, the mustard condiments selection includes whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard and purple violet mustard.
(Here are just some of the diet-busting desserts at the Bacchanal Buffet)
But you’re not interested in mustard, so here’s a quick review of each of the nine show kitchens.
According to Caesars, the menu is always changing “depending on the season and the chef’s whims.” So we can’t guarantee you a definite list of menu items, however you’re likely to find most of the items listed below for each station:
Breakfast menu items include bacon egg & cheese croissants, fried chicken and waffles, red velvet pancakes, and pre-made fruit and granola yogurt parfaits. These are all served in small portions. There’s also all of the usual breakfast buffet standards.
You carnivores will take delight in dinners featuring dry-rubbed smoked ribs, artisanal sausages, tender brisket, smoked pork belly, prime rib, and lamb chops grilled over oak.
Other dishes and sides include mac’n cheese, truffle scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, chicken & waffles (served in a cone), pre-made sliders, pre-made French dip sliders, crab cakes, and a succulent skirt steak that melts in your mouth.
Not real expansive, the Mexican kitchen serves mini churros, chicken green chile, small nacho plates and what I counted to be 13 different salsas and guacamoles.
Perhaps the coolest feature is the made-to-order taco area, which includes tortillas fresh off the grill.
Some of the non-typical buffet items include sope, machaca, and posole, which is a traditional Mexican stew.
Pizza is covered in a different section, but the Bacchanal’s Italian station includes the usual pasta favorites, along with a delicious spinach ravioli, shrimp and cheese ravioli, meatballs, and rigatoni.
Menu items here include dim sum, orange chicken, barbecue pork, chow Mein, sweet and sour pork, chicken feet in a black bean sauce, egg rolls, dumplings, and Peking duck.
Soups here include chicken ginseng soup, miso, udon, pho, ramen, and Singapore laksa.
The wide selection in this kitchen includes both king crab legs and stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, roasted shrimp and grits, mussels, salmon, coconut ceviche, great clam chowder, small plates of miso seabass, salmon, and a pan seared halibut with fennel & herb salad.
You’ll find the normal pepperoni pizza here, along with a flatbread pizza, and a fig and prosciutto pizza.
Perhaps the smallest kitchen, this area serves pre-made sushi, as well as made-to-order sushi, and sashimi.
This area includes the salad bar, which has five different varieties of salad to start with, including arugula and spinach.
In addition to twenty different types of breads, there is a selection of hams and other deli meats, and artisanal cheeses.
Pre-made salads include a small plate Caesars salad (of course), roasted baby beet salad, a caprese salad, and a watermelon and feta salad.
Where to start here?
How about with the tiramisu or crème brulee?
The gelato station has a wide array of flavors (I believe I counted 18 flavors), including unusual ones like an orange beer gelato, brown butter caramel, and mango chili lime.
You’ll also find cookies, cake pops, gourmet cupcakes, small plates of chocolate lava cake, and less frequently-seen buffet desserts like green tea shaved ice and panna cotta, and a green tea & sesame opera cake (they’re big on Green Tea here).
This large dessert station also includes gummy bears, salt water taffy, and a made-to-order dessert crepes area with a selection of toppings that include sliced almonds, coconut, fruits, etc.
On the cool desserts/ice cream front, you may want to try the unique Thai Tea Boba Float. There is ice cream of course, but Caesars Palace’s buffet give you some different cone options, including chocolate-dipped cones.
While not one of the nine different restaurants, the Bacchanal’s drink station stands on its own as well with individual bottled juices available for you to take back to your table, rather than you having to use the traditional juice machine. Juice flavors include pineapple, mango, guava, and watermelon.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Prices and Hours
As you’ll see below, there is not a separate “Breakfast” or “Lunch.” Caesars calls it “Brunch” seven days a week.
Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 3 PM: $39.99
Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 3 PM: $49.99
Monday – Thursday 3 PM to 10 PM: $54.99
Friday – Sunday 3 PM to 10 PM $57.99
Kids Breakfast/Lunch Monday – Friday: $19.99
Kids Brunch Saturday – Sunday: $24.99
Kids Dinner Monday – Thursday: $24.99
Kids Dinner Friday – Sunday: $26.99
Please note that kids 3 and under eat free.
Please also know that the prices do not include tip or the 8.25% Las Vegas sales tax.
Lastly, during holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc, Caesars Palace mixes up the menu and charges more. While varies based on the holiday, holiday pricing is typically $12 to $15 higher per meal than normal pricing.
Bacchanal Buffet Unlimited Drinks
You can purchase an unlimited drink upgrade for $15.
This all you can drink price of $15 covers bottomless draft beer, house wine, champagne and mimosas.
Buffet of Buffets Upgrade Fee
If you have the Buffet of Buffets pass, you can get in the Bacchanal Buffet for the following extra fee:
Any dinner: $35
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Hours
While you’re entitled to linger and sample to your heart’s content, signs at the buffet and on your receipt state: “Please limit your dining experience to two hours.”
Phone and Group Reservations
Main phone number: (702) 731-7928
Groups of 14 or more wanting to sit together should call ahead first, at (866) 733-5827.
Bacchanal Buffet FreshTxt
As the best buffet in Las Vegas, the Bacchanal is unbelievably busy at times.
To keep guests out of hours-long lines, (and to keep them on the casino floor gambling), Caesars Palace has kiosks in front of the Bacchanal. By simply giving them your name and phone number, you’ll be texted when your name is ready to come up on the wait list.
The downside? It doesn’t mean you won’t have to wait. After receiving your text, you’ll still have to wait a little bit to pay, then wait to be seated.