By Steve Beauregard (Updated November 2nd, 2017)
It’s the 6th biggest resort in Las Vegas, with just under 4,000 hotel rooms, all situated on an intersection that has the most hotel rooms in the world.
By most accounts, the buffet at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas does a solid job in moving guests in and out efficiently while providing them with a very reasonably-priced buffet experience. In fact, for those who like to drink with their meal, it now is one of the best buffet deals in Las Vegas (in my view).
That’s because free unlimited wine and draft beer is now included in lunch and dinner buffets. (More on that below).
The resort’s buffet, formerly called the Round Table Buffet, is now simply called, “the Buffet,” and was remodeled in late 2014, at a cost of just over $6.2 million.
The nearly 35,000 square foot restaurant has seating for up to 610 customers. The dining area has colorful red carpet, dark chairs and red and black colored booths, and high ceilings with a contemporary artistic touches. It’s located upstairs, on the Castle Walk Level, above the main casino floor.
Entrance to the buffet at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Many reviewers speak of the relatively short lines here, compared with some of the more expensive big name buffets in Las Vegas.
The low price is a big selling point here, as is the convenience factor for the thousands of guest staying and playing at the Excalibur. Many of whom visit the buffet after receiving it comped from a room package or from points earned on their M-Life card.
And while it has been remodeled, this is still more of an “old school” buffet in that menu items mostly come served in a large pan, rather than the individual serve portions you see at the more upscale buffets.
On the breakfast side, you’ll find the basics: Chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, eggs of course, along with a a made-to-order omelets area. Pre-made dishes include huevos rancheros, eggs benedicts, caramelized plantains, sausage, turkey sausage, applewood smoked bacon.
More on the sweeter side, you’ll find strawberry pancakes and cinnamon French toast, along with a variety of donuts and other pastries.
Lunch and Dinner
On the lunch and dinner side, there are six main stations.
Some of the stations at the Buffet at the Excalibur
Here’s a quick look at menu items, with the caveat they are subject to change at the executive chef’s discretion. Also keep in mind the more expensive weekend night buffet includes a few more seafood items than on the week night buffet.
Latin Station: Chicken tamales, cheese and Chile rellenos, seafood paella, and a baked basa fish dish with pineapple salsa.
The make-your-own burrito area includes seasoned beef with your toppings choice of guacamole, shredded cheese, olives, sour cream, lettuce, green salsa, red salsa and pico de gallo.
Asian station: sushi (spicy tuna and California roll), ginger chicken, wontons, and leek shrimp dim sum, steamed rice, fried rice, stir fry vegetables, pot stickers and Mongolian beef.
The “Carvery” station: Fresh carved slow roasted beef steamship, turkey and Italian sausages.
American Station: Bourbon molasses pork ribs, fish & chips, fried chicken, roasted chicken, meatloaf, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet potatoes with a dish of marshmallows to add, because if you couldn’t put marshmallows on them, nobody would eat sweet potatoes.
Italian Station: pizza, baked ratatouille, spaghetti with either tomato sauce and/or meatballs, pasta primavera, and marsala mushroom stuffed chicken.
The Pantry: This is actually the seafood and salad bar area.
Seafood options include oysters, fried shrimp, saffron and black mussels, shrimp and spinach linguini, and arabiata confit pasta.
On the salad side, there are no pre-made salads. You choose from three different types of lettuce and add from among just your usual condiments and toppings. There are a few cold salads, such as chicken salad and crab salad, and a quinoa salad. The two soups on a recent visit were chicken noodle soup and minestrone. breads
Additions to the weekend buffet you won’t find at the lesser-priced weeknight buffet include sirloin steak, a crawfish boil, a veal & artichoke spinach dish, chicken cordon blue and snow crab legs.
The Buffet at Excalibur’s dessert area is actually a separate island situated a little bit away from the main area. Perhaps this is to make you take some extra calorie-burning steps before diving in.
Either way, at this dessert island, you can circle around to sample various sweet treats, including the highlight: Made-to-order crepes.
Here you can choose your ingredients, such as caramel apple chunks, blueberries, pineapples, strawberries, etc., as the chef prepares them infront of you before covering it with chocolate sauce (if you choose).
Other areas of dessert island feature an assortment of pies and cakes, including banana cream pie, chocolate cream pie, carrot cake, along with a selection of no-sugar added cakes and pies. There is also a small section of gluten-free desserts.
In addition to the standard soft serve ice cream dispenser (with only chocolate and vanilla), you’ll find a well-regarded chocolate lava cake and bread pudding.
Individually-served portions include cookies, cupcakes, small individual dishes of caramel flan with fresh berries, eclairs, chocolate fudge moose, cannoli in a cup, and crème puffs.
The modest self-service drink stands offers Pepsi products, iced tea, coffee, and some juices.
Excalibur Buffet Prices & Hours
Breakfast: (Monday – Friday) 7 AM to 11 AM
$18.99 ($11.99 for kids)
Brunch: (Saturday & Sunday) 7 AM to 3 PM
$23.49 ($16.99 for kids)
Lunch: (Monday – Friday): 11 AM to 4 PM
$19.99 ($13.99 for kids)
Dinner: (Monday – Thursday): 4 PM to 10 PM
$24.99 ($16.99 for kids)
(Friday – Sunday): 3 PM to 10 PM
$28.49 ($18.99 for kids)
Please note that kids are considered ages 5 to 11 years old. Kids four and under will eat free, while your 12 year-old on up with pay adult prices.
Also, these prices do not include the Clark County sales tax of 8.25%. On the plus side, (I guess), the buffet is now entirely self-service, so you don’t tip at all. Therefore a weekend night dinner buffet for two people would cost you a total of $54.10 after tax.
You should also note that as with MGM Grand Buffet and other MGM Resorts buffets, prices go up during holiday weekends.
The exact increase is subject to change, however typically the holiday buffet prices go up two dollars a person for brunch, and $4 per person for dinner.
All You Can Drink at the Excalibur Buffet
The buffet at the Excalibur has always given customers unlimited wine and draft beer during the weekday lunch buffet (without any additional charge), however in a fairly recent development they’ve added this free benefit to the dinner buffets too. (Previously it cost $12.99 for this add-on).
So your dinner buffet admission now includes free beer and wine at dinner, seven days a week.
The exact choices are subject to change, but recently the wine offered was Canyon Road (red and white), while the draft beer available was your choice of either Bud Light or Modelo.
Also, the weekend brunch includes unlimited champagne and mimosas.
All Day Wristband Option
As part of Luxor and Excalibur’s “Take 2” option, you can purchase a wristband that will grant you all-day access to the buffets at both resorts.
Prices for what is basically an all-you-can-eat all day long ticket are as follows:
Monday – Thursday: $39.99 for adults ($26.99 for children)
Friday – Sunday: $44.99 ($26.99 for children)
Considering the fact that on a weekday, purchasing all three meals separately would run you $66.97 before tax (versus $39.99 before tax for the wristband), this is a significant savings, while providing you with a very affordable way to eat in Sin City.
The downside of course, is that you may get sick of eating buffets by the end of the day, but the low average price of $13.33 for each meal should be some consolation.
Photos courtesy of the Excalibur Hotel & Casino