Las Vegas really has something for everyone. This is especially true at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace, which recently underwent a $17 million renovation to its 25,000 square foot dining area. Featuring over 500 dishes prepared daily, some of which are made to order, this buffet is the hottest and newest in town.
It was literally and figuratively difficult to digest that two hour eating marathon, but as they say, pictures say a thousand words. If we missed any descriptions or details, let us know in the comments and we can try to fill you in!
Based on what we could see from the main dining room, there was an extensive seafood section (both hot and cold) and Mexican food with an impressive variety of freshly prepared salsa. Prioritizing, we decided to visit the seafood section first.
Giant shrimp, conveniently peeled down to the tails, piled over ice. The shrimp were sweet, tender, and plentiful. Don’t miss the sauce bar next to it – there’s plenty of tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and drawn butter to be had.
These steamed cuties propped up in ice were a unique find in a cold bar. The mussels were a bit chewy and probably would have been better hot.
Speaking of hot…
Just behind the counter of mollusks and crustaceans on ice, these friendly fellows loaded steamed crab legs into large pots of boiling water to reheat. Occasionally one will leave his post to shuck fresh oysters for patrons wandering by.
Plenty of cold crab legs lay over beds of ice, but if you prefer them hot, just hand an empty plate to one of those friendly guys and grab yourself a nice pile of legs. We took a break from exploring to enjoy our first few plates of noms.
The glass panes in the newly renovated dining area let in beautiful sunlight. What a beautiful way to spend a summer evening in the desert!
Even the centerpieces at the table looked stunning. The head-to-toe renovation, and even little touches like the table decor, truly made this whole experience beautiful.
And now for more food…
Next to the cold seafood bar was a selection of hot seafood dishes like cajun-style crawfish, paella, sauteed fish, and more.
At the very end of the cold bar, fresh oysters are shucked to order. Some are served raw on the half shell (my favorite!) and others are destined to become part of these delicious oyster shooters (pictured above, top right). Basically like a non-alcoholic mix of tomato juice, cocktail sauce, and tabasco, the shooter had a great kick immediately soothed by the silky oyster. Another great addition to the cold bar was the ceviche (pictured above, top left). With lots of lime and chopped peppers, the fish was tender and deliciously tart.
While I moved on to more plates of hot crab legs, Martin went to check out the terrestrial offerings. He came back with this succulent, inch-thick slice of rare prime rib. The generous slice would fit right in at Lawry’s, although it did look a bit lonely without the jus, yorkshire pudding, and mashed potatoes.
Alongside the prime rib were roasted kielbasa, double-chops of lamb, and rotisserie chicken. Yum! Also on this side of the buffet were pizzas, pastas, and Southern-style barbecue complete with brisket and ribs.
Around the corner and past the cheese, charcuterie, and honey bar lies a taste of the East. Stir-fried Chinese dishes, dim sum style dumplings, glistening nigiri sushi, barbecued charsiu pork and Peking duck, and even soups.
Martin brought back a dim sum variety of xiao long bao (soup dumplings), egg rolls, fried gyoza, and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf. (If you look in the background, there’s a peek of a little salmon nigiri.)
I wove my way to the noodle soups and gleefully ordered a bowl of tonkotsu ramen. The chashu was fatty and the bowl was full of menma (bamboo), so that was awesome. Unfortunately the broth was a bit grainy, so I ended up setting this aside and heading to the desserts.
Our friend set up an artsy plate of a single slider and some colorful burger-like macarons. We just had to snap a quick photo before proceeding to…
The dessert section is amazing. Like a grownup version of frolicking through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Nearly all of the desserts come served on either a colorful square plate or in cute shot glasses.
Even the cakes come nearly bite-sized. The red velvet cake was moist although the frosting was a bit too sweet.
One of our other friends grabbed the Oreo dome and marveled at the surprise inside (hint: the mini Oreo garnish isn’t the only Oreo in town…)
The chef’s special, the taro panna cotta, and blueberry cheesecake. It was hard to resist grabbing one of everything!
The pastry chefs here even make their own gelato and sorbets. Also available at the frozen goods section are mochi ice cream like the ones made by Mikawaya here in LA.
Perhaps one of the cutest bite-sized desserts are cake pops. The pink ones above are strawberry cheesecake while the conical ones are triple chocolate.
Perhaps the most interesting was the taro panna cotta. The flavor profile almost exactly replicated halo-halo. The chef’s special turned out to be a spongy raspberry shortcake in a custardy creme anglaise. Yum! Lastly, the shot glass dessert on the right was the tiramisu. Chocolate mousse layered with espresso dipped lady fingers and topped with a mascarpone creme. So good. The macarons had a crispy shell that shatters when you look at it, and the ganache fillings added a great flavor.
Sitting next to the cake pops are these cute crispy chocolate cones filled with a chocolate mousse. A fun and cute little treat! In the background, you could see I also went back for seconds of the tiramisu. And who could miss those chocolate covered strawberries?
The grande finale – chocolate covered strawberries dipped in Pop Rocks. That’s right, my friends. Pop Rocks! Take a big bite out of these juicy sweet berries and the sprinkles immediately fizzle on your tongue. These are incredibly fun to eat and wonderfully delicious. We made sure everyone at the table got to experience it!
After indulging our gluttony for about two hours, we finally stood up and with our belly full of noms and our faces lit up with smiles, we walked out of the Bacchanal Buffet knowing we would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting and looking for the all-you-can-eat experience. The price is comparable to other higher-end buffets (here’s looking at you, Wynn) and the variety of and quality of the dishes (especially the desserts) is fantastic. Come hungry.
Check out Bacchanal Buffet: caesarspalace.com
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
See their Yelp reviews here!
For weekend dinner, $50 per person. Bacchanal is available with the 24-hour Buffet of Buffets Pass with a $15 supplemental fee.