By Steve Beauregard (Updated September 1st, 2017)
The Aria Buffet offers you a meal with a view. From its perch on the second level promenade, diners at the 8,800 square foot restaurant get to enjoy beautiful views of the resort’s gorgeous landscaping and pools.
Officially called “The Buffet,” this buffet has already undergone a complete renovation – despite having originally opened just a few years ago.
The Aria’s buffet smorgasbord offers everything from the unusual all-you-can-eat crab legs, to Indian food, to good old fashioned American pot roast.
For the Aria breakfast and brunch buffets, customers rave about the red velvet pancakes and carrot cake pancakes. The smoke salmon eggs benedict gets good reviews as well.
The Buffet at the Aria
Of all the buffets in Las Vegas, they claim to have the only Tandoor Oven, which is a cylinder shaped clay cooking oven mostly used in Middle-eastern countries. The Aria’s Middle-eastern dishes include Naan bread (plain and garlic), and kabobs.
The Aria has 11 separate food Station listed below:
Asian – Dishes include dim sum, Peking duck, shrimp pad Thai, sesame balls, and chicken satay.
Carvery – Meat carving station with prime rib, ham, beef brisket, barbecue ribs and other meats. There’s also rotisserie chicken and roasted turkey breast, all carved to order.
Dinner – American comfort food. Breakfast offerings including biscuits and gravy, stuffed french toast, and quiche, while lunchtime spreads include gourmet macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, grilled cheese sandwiches with roasted tomato soup. At night, indulge in loaded mashed potatoes, spiced meatloaf, chicken fried steak, beef sliders, etc.
Italian – In addition to the made-to-order pasta dishes, spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll find polenta and gourmet meats and cheeses
Fish Market – Fish & Chips, unlimited crab legs, New England clam chowder, salmon, crawfish, peel and eat shrimp, and oysters.
Latin – Breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros and the like in the morning, while lunch offerings include your typical Mexica, Spanish, and South American dishes like a taco bar, taquitos, tamales, carne asada burritos, and queso fondido.
Mediterranean – Baba Ganoush, tabouleh, olive tapenade, pita chips with hummus, feta salad and more.
Pizza – New York style pizzas and calzones.
Salad – A large salad bar and baked potato bar with a ton of variety of toppings. You’ll also find sushi at this station.
Sweets – Save room for gelato, cookies (like butterscotch cookies and Mexican wedding cookies), coconut macaroons, Rice Krispie Squares, apple pie, cakes, creme brulee, bananas foster, and red velvet cupcakes.
Tandoori – Fresh authentic Indian food, including oven fresh Naan, pompano fish, yellow dahl, along with chicken and vegetable dishes, like chicken tikka masala and chicken curry.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Aria’s “Gourmet Dinner Buffet” features lobster, oysters, and king crab legs.
Aria Las Vegas Buffet Hours and Prices
Monday to Friday (7 AM to 9 AM) – $24.99 ($12.50 for kids)
Monday to Friday (9 AM to 3 PM) – $28.99 ($12.50 for kids)
Saturday & Sunday (7 AM to 3 PM) – $32.99 ($12.50 for kids)
Monday to Thursday (3 PM to 10 PM) – $37.99 (Free for kids up to 12 years old)
Friday to Sunday Gourmet Dinner (3 PM to 10 PM) – $42.99 (Free for kids)
Official website: Aria Las Vegas
Kids pricing applies to children 5 to 12 years of age. Kids 4 and under always eat free, while kids 13 and over pay full adult prices.
Aria Buffet All You Can Drink Option
Note that with every meal, a couple can pay $19.99 more to have unlimited drinks for both of you. I’m unsure if only one person can do it for $10, but I do know the $19.99 unlimited drinks for two is in effect as of this writing.
The drink options under this bottomless plan include Cranberry Spritzers, Bloody Mary’s, champagne, Mimosas, rum punch, margaritas and premium beer and wine – both on tap.
And like at most other places, the budget-minded customer could always go in at 2:45 or so and pay the lower entry fee, yet still have access to the expanded (and more expensive) dinner buffet selections that get put out at 3 p.m.
Unlike the Bellagio or some others, the Aria buffet is not known for having long lines. This is partially attributed to the buffet being sort of out of the way, on the second floor.
Nevertheless, if you go to the Aria buffet, try to ask for a seat by the window. Between the lighting, scenery, and recently-remodeled decor, the atmosphere is pretty nice.
Aria Buffet Phone Number
For groups of 16 or more, use this number: (702) 590-8638
Photo courtesy of the Aria