By Steve Beauregard (Updated September 21, 2017)
The simply named, “Buffet at TI” is one of nine restaurants at the Treasure Island Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Located in the back of the casino, (but close it enough to hear the slots), the restaurant has lots of glass, tile flooring, tiled walls, and warm colors.
Despite the noise, the dining area is very inviting. As a smaller buffet, the colors, décor, lighting and seating area feels more like a restaurant than it does a cafeteria.
The Buffet at T.I.
As I mentioned, it’s one of the smaller buffets, it doesn’t have distinctive separate sections, but rather different offerings. The items covered below mostly address the lunch and dinner buffets, as the breakfast buffet at the T.I. is pretty much full of the standards, (eggs, bacon, made-to-order omelets, waffles, pancakes, pastries, etc.)
Regional BBQ Station
Smokey BBQ beans, pulled barbecue pork, baked chicken, collard greens, sweet potatoes, along with something you don’t see at many buffets (including the more expensive ones), mesquite smoked trout.
Other dishes you’ll find at this area include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, chicken fried steak, and both smoked brisket and BBQ ribs with your choice of a couple of different BBQ sauces, including North Carolina style.
Of course there’s your fried rice, stir fry vegetables, along with standards like orange chicken. Here you’ll also find Shu Mai, which is a shrimp, poker and chicken dumpling, char siu (Chinese BBQ pork), and vegetable spring rolls.
I counted six different sushi offered, including spicy crab and avocado & shrimp.
In addition, you’ll find a made-to-order Asian soup area here.
Some yummy desserts at Treasure Island’s Buffet
Peel and eat shrimp, hummus, mixed olive salad, a Greek salad, farro and greens salad (with lemon vinaigrette), tabbouleh salad, caprese salad, and pre-made vegetable pita wraps.
Maybe it’s just me, but the made-to-order salad area is a treat. While there are your normal selection of toppings and add-ons, there’s something nice about having your salad made for you.
Next to this area, is small soup area (wild mushroom soup was on tap on my visit).
Here you’ll find Italian sub sandwiches, potato salad, penne pasta salad.
The pizza area is perhaps one area where the buffet at T.I. is above average. The wood-fired oven cooks nine different types of pizza, (by my count), including individual mini-pizzas and square cut pizzas.
Made-to-order pasta station is a favorite.
Here you choose your pasta (spaghetti, fettuccini, penne, gnocchi, tortellini or bow tie), then a sauce, (alfredo, pormodoro, primavera, arrabiatta, pesto or Bolognese).
Another different feature at the T.I. buffet, at least for us carb lovers, is the baked potato station, with toppings including cheese sauce, mushrooms, bacon, corn and the like.
Again, not the largest buffet dessert area on the strip, nevertheless, you’ll find plenty of sweets to choose from, including: mini-donuts, the kind you can eat hundreds of (at least I can), six different types of cookies including a red velvet white chocolate chip cookie, bread pudding, eclairs, various tarts, cakes, pies presented on individual serving plates.
There’s also cupcakes, chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. One unusual feature is the cotton candy!
The ice cream selection is not the soft-serve dispenser found at most buffets. It’s more a smaller version of Baskin-Robbins scooped ice cream, with seven different flavors of scoops to choose from.
The drink station has your self-serve Pepsi products, but also a choice of 8 different flavors of Stubborn Soda, which bills itself as a Fair Trade, natural soda pop. In additional to regular hot tea, there’s pre-made green tea, tropical tea, and a “Rainforest blend.”
Other drink options include Boyd’s coffee, milk, and Dole brand fruit juices.
T.I. Buffet Hours
Breakfast (Monday – Friday): 7 AM to 11 AM
Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 7 AM to 4 PM
Lunch (Monday – Friday) : 11 AM to 4 PM
Dinner (Seven days a week): 4 PM to 10 PM
Treasure Island Buffet Prices
These are the currently-posted walk-up prices, although many of the T.I. buffer customers are here via a 2 for 1 coupon from their hotel room stay, or from a “Mystere” show package.
Breakfast: $20.95 ($9.95 for kids)
Brunch (Saturday/Sunday): $27.95 ($13.95 for kids)
Lunch $24.95 ($13.95 for kids)
Dinner (Sunday – Thursday): $30.95 ($16.95 for kids)
Dinner (Friday, Saturday & Sunday): $32.95 ($16.95 for kids)
Dinner is more expensive on weekends due to their having what’s called a “Weekend Seafood Dinner” with more offerings than the less expensive weeknight dinner, including prime rib.
Please also not that children’s prices apply for kids between the ages of 3 and 10 years old. Kids 11 and up pay the normal adult prices.
And, like most other buffets in Las Vegas, prices will go up a few bucks during busy holiday weekends, such as on the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, etc.
Lastly, prices do not included the Clark County sales tax of 8.25%. As such, a weekend dinner for two people would cost a total of $71.34 after tax.
Unlimited Drinks at the Treasure Island Buffet
For just $12.50 more, buffet patrons can purchase the unlimited drinks option. This gives you unlimited refills on red and white wine, beer, champagne, and mimosas.
(Photos courtesy of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and Deb Nystrom via Flickr.)