By Steve Beauregard
In a nod to its former Middle Eastern theme as the Aladdin Hotel & Casino, the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has an Middle-eastern themed buffet called the “Spice Market Buffet.”
In years past, this buffet ranked among the best buffets in town per the annual “Best of Vegas” poll by the Las Vegas Review Journal. However that is no longer the case.
Nowadays, the Spice Market is primarily known for having that rare Mediterranean/Middle Eastern section.
It’s one of the stations you’ll find here, along with an American Station, Asian, Soup, Seafood, Mexican, Salad bar, pastry area, and of course, dessert.
The Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood
Located on the lower level at PH, the Spice Market is pretty affordable – especially when compared to its fancier buffet cousins across the Strip at the Bellagio and Caesars Palace.
Spice Market Buffet Hours and Prices
Here are the standard hours and prices, however keep in mind, most Las Vegas buffets jump up the prices during most holiday weekends.
These range from real ones, like Christmas, to “holidays” like Super Bowl weekend.
Monday – Friday: 7 AM to 11 AM
Saturday & Sunday: 7 AM to 10 AM
Monday – Friday: 11 AM to 3 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM to 3 PM
Seven days a week: 3 PM to 10 PM,
Keep in mind you’ll be helping to pay for the Las Vegas Raiders new football stadium with the city’s 8.25% sales tax.
As such, a dinner buffet for two people would set you back $56.27 after tax.
Children’s Buffet Prices
At Planet Hollywood, children 3 and under eat free, while kids 11 years and older pay the full prices quoted above.
Children between the ages 4 and 10 years old are charged $5 less per child during the breakfast and lunch buffets, and $7 less per kid during the dinner and weekend brunch buffets.
For an additional $12.99, you can get unlimited beer and wine during your meal.. It’s delivered to you, whereas you have to get your own non-alcoholic drinks. I mention this because of numerous complaints about the speed of this service.
Also note that the Spice Market is one of the buffets included (without any additional charge) in the popular Buffet of Buffets meal plan.
Spice Market Buffet Menu Items
Here’s a sampling of some (not all) of the offerings you’re likely to find during the various meals. I try to keep up on these, however they’re subject to change on the chef’s or management’s wishes.
In addition to the usual offerings of scrambled eggs, waffles, hashbrowns, etc, you’ll find a build-your-own omelet station, roasted ham, biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, eggs benedict, donuts, baked oatmeal with peaches, banana and strawberry smoothies, cheese and blueberry blintzes.
The Middle-Eastern station serves oak-smoked salmon, marinated olives, marinated tomato salad, and a selection of gourmet meats and imported cheeses, among other items.
Mussels in white wine sauce, seafood paella, 3-cheese lasagna, rotisserie chicken, Yukon mashed potatoes and roasted turkey
There are soups and a full salad bar of course, including pre-made salads such as Caesar salad, kale salad and artichoke salad.
Mexican station, you’ll find enchiladas, beef fajitas, and even poblano quesadillas.
Again, the Middle East station spreads some dishes not normally found at most Las Vegas buffets. These dishes include baba ganoush, tabbouli, baklava, chicken kabobs and vegetable kabobs, dolmas and feta cheese, dried fruits and hummus and naan bread.
Dinner menus will include most of the lunch items in addition to these dishes not found at lunch: shrimp scampi pasta, crab-stuffed sole, seafood cioppino, slow-roasted tri-tip, and barbecue pork ribs.
The Middle East dishes include the ones listed above at lunch, but also lamb and potato kabobs, spicy basil pork fried rice, and steamed BBQ buns.
As at lunch, there is the soup selections, salad bars with varieties of fruits, cheeses, and shrimp cocktail.
As you’d expect, you’ll find all of the breakfast items listed above, (including the make-your-own omelet area), the normal breakfast dishes, cereals, eggs, fruits and pastries, along additional dishes like herb and citrus rotisserie chicken, chicken fajitas, and salt & pepper chicken wings.
The Middle East section has the same items you’ll find at lunch (baba ganoush, tabbouli, baklava, chicken kabobs and vegetable kabobs, dolmas and feta cheese among others), along with tandoori chicken kabobs, vegetable spring rolls, and vegetable lo mein.
There are soups and the full salad bar as well.
Also, one glass of either champagne or mimosa is included with your entry fee to the brunch buffet.
The dessert station does not stand out, as it has the usual assortment of sweets, cookies, cupcakes, etc.
One out-of-the-norm offering is the cotton candy.
In a change from the past, there are no longer servers here, meaning you have to go up and get your own drinks at the small drink station, which can get crowded.
Spice Market Buffet Phone Number
This is the main number:
However if you are planning to hit the buffet in a party of 12 or more, PH asks that you call ahead at this number:
(Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment)