By Steve Beauregard (Updated August 2017)
The buffet at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino is called the Paradise Garden Buffet. It’s located near the entrance to the Linq promenade, by the lush pond and garden areas.
One of the best features of the Flamingo’s Buffet is its setting.
Floor to ceiling windows surround the dining area, offering gorgeous views of the outdoor waterfalls, ponds and plush landscaping.
Views from the Paradise Garden Buffet at the Flamingo
You’re also likely to see a variety of birds, including, of course, flamingos! The ponds in the garden have Koi fish. Compared to the dark and sometimes smoky interiors of some buffets, it’s a welcome change and makes for a peaceful meal away from the noise of the casino floor.
To be honest, the Paradise Garden buffet never ranks among the best buffets in Las Vegas. In a town where every casino is in a race to one up each other’s buffet, the Flamingo’s buffet does not really stand out for anything other than its views and fairly affordable prices.
There are a few quirks found at the Paradise Garden Buffet not seen at most (or any) other Vegas buffets.
For example: there is not a weekday night buffet.
It does have a weekend dinner buffet on Fridays and Saturdays, however I can’t think of another buffet in town that doesn’t open on weeknights. It’s particularly odd given that the Flamingo Hotel has 3,600 hotel rooms, and is nearly always busy.
Also noteworthy is its daily brunch buffet, rather than a separate breakfast and lunch buffet. Granted, some casinos spread special weekend brunch buffets, however the Paradise Garden Buffet has brunch seven days a week.
(Here are some of the desserts at the Paradise Garden Buffet at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino)
Lastly, the Paradise Garden charges kids 10 and over the same as adults. It’s odd. A tween will get chased off by security just walking by the slot machine area. But at the cashier stand, Caesars Entertainment decides to count them adults. I’m not sure a 10 year old girl is going to eat the same as a 40 year-old chubby male, but they will pay the same admission fee.
On the bright side, the buffet admission does come with alcohol. For brunch, you can have unlimited Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Dinner buffet guests receive unlimited beer, wine and Sangria. For some that may justify the price of admission.
Another thing going for it is that the Paradise buffet has a very reasonably priced brunch buffets. Maybe not in terms of places like Golden Corral, but for being in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Flamingo’s brunch buffet is very affordable.
Paradise Garden Brunch Buffet
Included is the standard breakfast buffet fare such as a made-to-order omelet station, waffles, chicken-fried steak, pancakes, fruits, eggs Benedict, French toast, bacon, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, etc.
While some buffets on the Strip offer an unlimited drink option for an upgraded fee, the Flamingo’s brunch buffet includes unlimited Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. There is even a self-serve bar for you to add your own garnishes and/or spices to your drink.
More on the lunch side of things, you’ll find a salad bar with a selection of pre-made salads, along with a yogurt parfait bar. You can also make your own sandwich choosing among the cheeses and deli meats.
Buffet stations include Mexican, Asian, brick-oven cooked pizza, and a barbeque station with smoked beef brisket and pulled pork. There’s also made-to-order hamburgers.
Paradise Garden Dinner Buffet
The twice-weekly dinner buffet costs $9 more than the brunch. It includes buffet staples like prime rib, crab legs, sushi, and peel and eat shrimp.
Dessert offerings include chocolate mousse, chocolate chip cookies, cakes, and sweet dessert crepes you can have made-to-order with say, chocolate and whipped cream, etc. There are also varieties of pies, such as blueberry, cherry and the like.
Perhaps the most popular dessert feature is the chocolate fountain. (Try not to stick your mouth under it).
A look inside the buffet at the Flamingo
A great feature of the dinner buffet is the unlimited beer, wine and champagne that is included with the standard admission. There is sangria too. The beer offered is strictly low-cost domestic beer, like Coors Light, but considering it’s unlimited, it’s a nice bonus.
Flamingo Buffet Hours
Sunday – Saturday: 7 AM to 2 PM
Sunday – Thursday: Closed
Friday and Saturday: 5 PM to 10 PM
Paradise Garden Flamingo Buffet Price
Brunch (Monday – Friday): $21.99
Brunch (Saturday and Sunday): $24.99
Children ages 4 to 9: $10.99
Kids 3 and under eat free.
Paradise Garden Buffet and the Buffet of Buffets Pass
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino is part of Caesars’ Entertainment. As such the Paradise Garden Buffet is included in the Buffet of Buffets pass.
A person who purchased the Buffet of Buffets pass will have unlimited access to the Paradise Garden Buffet during hours of operation for a 24 hour period.
Overall the Paradise Garden Buffet at the Flamingo is unlikely to “wow” anyone other than the easily impressed (like me), however if you’re looking for a value-priced buffet in a pretty setting (and want unlimited alcohol too boot), this buffet may be worth your while.
(Photos courtesy of Napolean_70 via Flickr.)