By Steve Beauregard (Updated January 2nd, 2018)
Chic, quirky and sophisticated, the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Las Vegas is a little different than most other Strip resorts.
So is its buffet.
Called the “Wicked Spoon,” Cosmo’s buffet is one of – if not THE – best in town.
It often ranks right up there with the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace as one of the most delicious places to chow down on the Strip. The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s editors have named it the “Best buffet in Las Vegas.”
The entrance to the Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan
The sleek, contemporary dining room is located on the second floor of the Chelsea Tower.
Lots of buffets like to use the term, however the Cosmo can legitimately claim to have a true “gourmet buffet” – one full of dishes not found at lessor buffets. After all, where else are you going to find a smoked trout mousse with roe?
The Wicked Spoon also has chocolate-dipped strawberries. “Big deal,” you say. “Lots of buffets offer this.” True, however the Wicked Spoon stands out by also offering strawberries dipped in crunchy chocolate Heath candy bars or Oreo cookies.
The Wicked Spoon is also credited with starting the individual plate movement that we’re seeing a lot more of in Vegas buffets. This is where entrees are served individually on small plates, replacing the traditional Vegas steel pan and tongs.
Another difference is that you won’t find a separate breakfast and lunch here. Instead, they offer a day-long brunch that runs into the afternoon, seven days a week.
Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan Buffet Prices & Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8 AM to 5 PM
$28 ($16 for kids)
Friday – Sunday: 8 AM to 3 PM
$36 ($16 for kids)
Monday – Thursday: 5 PM to 9 PM
$42 ($20 for kids)
Friday – Saturday: 3 PM to 10 PM
Sunday: 3 PM to 9 PM
$49 for all three weekend nights. ($20 for kids)
Please note that kids ages 11 and over will pay the full adult prices, while children 4 and under eat free.
Also keep in mind the Las Vegas/Clark County sales tax rate of 8.25% on these buffets.
A couple going to a weekend dinner buffet ($49 per person) would pay a total of $106.09 after tax (but before tip).
Wicked Spoon Buffet Happy Hour & Unlimited Drinks
Those of you wanting to get your drink on while eating at the Wicked Spoon have two options:
1) Happy Hour
2) Unlimited Drinks
This runs two hours a day, from 3 PM to 5 PM, seven days a week.
During this time frame, anyone who has paid to get into the buffet can select beers and/or cocktails for just $5 each. And if you’ve ever purchased a drink at the Cosmopolitan, you’ll appreciate just how cheap that is.
Happy Hour drink options include: a Cosmopolitan (of course), a Lemon Drop, Wicked Margaritas, mojitos, and standard well drinks and mixers.
Glasses of wine are not included in the special, however four beers are offered at $5 each: Fat Tire, Miller Lite, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra (if you consider that a beer).
Those of your REALLY wanting to get your drink can pay $15 more for the bottomless beverage package.
This add-on entitles you to have two hours of unlimited drinks.
During brunch you can choose from champagne, mimosas, bloody Mary’s, glasses of red or white house wine and glasses of Modelo beer on tap.
(Related: MGM Grand Buffet prices)
Some Wicked Spoon brunch dishes
Holiday Pricing at the Wicked Spoon
As with the Bellagio Buffet and nearly every other Las Vegas Strip hotel buffet, prices at the Cosmo’s buffet jump up a a little during holidays.
These will include basically any three-day weekend, (i.e. Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc.).
Prices will vary depending on the holiday and whether you go to the brunch or dinner buffet, but typically you can expect to pay between $4 to $8 more per person than the standard non-holiday buffet price.
**For this year, Christmastime buffet pricing starts on December 18th, and runs up until New Year’s. Brunch prices are either $45 or $47 (depending on the day), while the dinner buffet is either $53 or $55 per person, again, depending on the day.
Lastly this buffet can experience long lines, especially on weekend nights and for the Sunday brunch. I’ve heard of Sunday afternoon lines going 2 hours long.
If you’re willing to shell out some more to avoid a line to get into the buffet, you can purchase a “Skip-the-line” pass for $10 on Mondays through Thursdays, and for $15 from Friday to Sunday. During the holiday buffet pricing times, this skip the line pass jumps to $25.
VIP passes are also available if you qualify with your play at the Cosmopolitan, so be sure to ask you casino host about this, (if you have one).
Wicked Spoon Buffet Menu Items
I’ve done my best to get these in the right spots, and I always throw out the disclaimer that the buffet menu is subject to change based on the Chef’s whims.
However here is a sample list of menu items you’ll typically find at the Wicked Spoon.
Many of these items overlap between brunch and diner, however some will be brunch only.
These brunch items include individual crepes, cheesy hash browns, biscuits & chorizo gravy, eggs benedict, donuts, fresh watermelon juice in cute little individual bottles, fresh fruit toppings for French Toast, and the like. There’s even a make-your-own peanut butter and jelly sandwich area, of all things.
More traditional, pricier items, like crab legs, will be available at dinner only.
Here are some of the serving areas:
Everyone has pre-made salads, but the Wicked Spoon has these cute individual salads served in chilled jars, such as their popular crab avocado & grapefruit salad, and kale salad.
The deli and meat and cheese selections include “Big John’s Cajun Cheddar.”
Here you’ll find “Home made Italian sausage,” roasted pork loin, steamship of ham, beef culotte, roasted chicken, prime rib, bone marrow with kimchi, and lamb.
Angry mac n’ cheese, deep fried chicken served in a mini deep-fat fryer, buffalo frog legs, cheesy mashed potatoes.
I can’t remember what stations these two unique dishes were found at, so I’m including them here: Jamaican chicken tacos, and Swedish meatballs with lingonbery sauce.
Your eyes are sure to be drawn to the fried rice served in little to-go boxes – the white square boxes you always find a Chinese restaurants.
Popular dishes here include a vegetarian twist on a traditional favorite, Kung Pao chickpeas, apricot-glazed pork belly with kimchi and spiced cashews, Hong Kong-style chow mien, charred beef with black beans and asparagus, Yuzu walnut
chicken, and fried dumplings, curry tofu, oxtail pho with many topping options, sushi of course (4 different varieties if I recall), and spicy Korean chicken wings.
There’s pizza of course, but much more gourmet than found at most buffets. Fig & pear, along with lamb sausage are some of the more unique toppings.
This area is also home to Troffie pasta with kale pesto and Italian sausage, calzones, eggplant parmesan, duck prosciutto, garganelli pasta with butternut squash and pancetta, beef ravioli, rigatoni with lamb Bolognese, and gnocchi in pea puree.
Salt and pepper head-on shrimp, the aforementioned smoke trout mousse with roe, seared salmon with cauliflower puree & blistered tomatoes, Jonah stone claws, snow crab legs, grilled shrimp, clams, shrimp & grits, and salt & pepper calamari.
Make sure you save room for dessert
A highlight is the gelato and ice cream bar, with 18 different flavors.
On a recent night these included Nutella, Oreo mint, pistachio, mango & passion fruit, coconut, strawberry balsamic, salted peanut caramel, almond joy, lemon sorbet blood orange sorbet, tiramisu, thai iced tea and stracciatella.
You’ll also find apricot sticky buns with caramel icing, chocolate-dipped strawberries, the aforementioned Heath-bar dipped strawberries and cookies like sugar, chocolate chip and M&M cookies.
Cakes include chocolate raspberry cake, chocolate pistachio cake, dulce de leche cheesecake, mini chocolate bundt cakes with raspberry sauce, white chocolate mousse cake and coffee almond cakes with milk chocolate mousse.
In addition, you can choose among a selection of banana cream tarts, orange chocolate tarts, raspberry dipped Rice Krispies treats and coffee-chocolate dipped Rice Krispies treats.
Gluten-free desserts include a banana walnut cake, a carrot spice pecan cake, and vegan coconut tapioca with mango.
As more of an example how Wicked Spoon is so good at the little things, they even have candy-store style glass jars full of candy, such as salt-water taffy and lollipops.
Drink options include apple, grapefruit, tomato, orange, pineapple, and cranberry juices, coffee, regular iced tea and raspberry ice team, along with your typical selection of Coke products.
Wicked Spoon Phone Number and Website
Official Website: Wicked Spoon Buffet
Phone: (877) 893-2001
However if you’re going to have 13 or more people in your party, you should call this number ahead of time: (877) 551-7776.
(Photos courtesy of Stefan Krasowski, Bradley Tinney and kennejima via Flickr).