If You Can Find It, The Buffet at Aria is Worth Another Taste

Approximately 75% of our visits to The Aria involve getting lost. And we are a self-proclaimed Las Vegas expert.

But once we arrive, we tend to like what we find. If you haven’t been to The Buffet at Aria, it’s definitely worth the trip.

The Buffet was at the forefront of Sin City's "Naming Things What They Are" movement.

The Buffet was at the forefront of Sin City’s “Naming Things What They Are” movement.

The Buffet at Aria was just three years old when it got a major renovation in early 2013. Why? Because it’s Las Vegas, that’s why. Las Vegas is like a shark. It has to keep moving or it dies. Yes, Las Vegas is like a shark, a shark with tassels, but a shark nevertheless.

Let's get to the food photos, already.

Let’s get to the food photos, already.

The renovations made The Buffet a much more open and welcoming space, moving from harsh tile to soothing wood. The lighting is now recessed and warm, too.

If you manage to take a breath between plates, take a moment to look around.

If you manage to take a breath between plates, take a moment to look around.

The Buffet at Aria has 13 serving stations, which, as it turns out, is a very lucky number for guests. The stations include many of the food groups we’ve come to expect from Vegas buffets, like a meat carving station, a “Fish Market,” pizza and other popular favorites.

A "Diner" station serves up the American comfort food. Then again, isn't all food sort of comforting?

A “Diner” station serves up the American comfort food. Then again, isn’t all food sort of comforting?

Of course, our favorite buffet station is almost always the dessert station, and The Buffet at Aria does it up right.

We'll try anything if it's pretty. There's a lot to try here.

We’ll try anything if it’s pretty. There’s a lot to try here.

There’s also a fine selection of Asian offerings, Latin dishes and a high point of any visit for us, naan baked in an authentic Tandoori oven. We enjoy ignoring that whole “Don’t fill up on bread!” thing.

We tend to ignore the "Don't fill up on pizza!" rule, too.

We tend to ignore the “Don’t fill up on pizza!” rule, too.

The prices are reasonable for a mid-to-upper range buffet on The Strip, with breakfast for $18.99, lunch for $22.99 and dinner coming in at $33.99. There’s a brunch on weekends for $29.99, and a “Gourmet Dinner” (translation: same stuff, more expensive) on Friday and Saturday (3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for $39.99.

If you’re going to do The Buffet at Aria up right, you might also want to pony up $12.99 for unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, beer on tap and wine.

Buffet chefs sit around all day coming up with new ways to tempt us.

Buffet chefs sit around all day coming up with new ways to tempt us.

Oh, and there’s a benefit to being a little difficult to find. There are rarely long waits to get into The Buffet. (Not always a great sign, but in this case, it’s unrelated to the quality of the food.)

The Buffet at Aria might not be on par with Wicked Spoon at The Cosmo, or Bacchanal at Caesars, but it doesn’t really try to be.

The revolving gelato wheel is a must-try, of course.

The revolving gelato wheel is a must-try, of course.

So, get out your compass and give The Buffet at Aria another try.

And say “hello” to the Revolving Wheel of Gelato Delights at the dessert station for us. We’ll be back to do some serious damage soon.

In the meantime, here are more photos to keep your salivary glands well lubricated.

The Buffet at Aria

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4 thoughts on “If You Can Find It, The Buffet at Aria is Worth Another Taste

  1. Matt S.

    You’ve made me terribly hungry. If I wasn’t 2000 miles from Vegas, I’d be hitting that buffet TONIGHT!

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  2. Mark Kiely

    Great photos! I’m not sure I agree with your “rarely long waits” assessment, though. I was just there for lunch Monday and had to wait an hour to get in. I suspect it’s due to Aria giving away buffets with so many room packages lately.

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