Next Level Bacchanal Buffet is Back at Caesars Palace

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is back and better than ever.

The variety and quality of this buffet are unmatched on the Las Vegas Strip.

Combine that with the euphoria of guests being able to serve themselves at a buffet again, and Bacchanal Buffet has regained its place as as must-try dining experience.

Bacchanal Buffet Caesars

Start with dessert, of course.

Bacchanal Buffet reopened May 20, 2021, to much hoopla.

It was big deal because many wondered if Las Vegas buffets would ever come back following the pandemic.

Two buffets, at Cosmo and South Point, have plugged along with an altered format for months (the food was served by attendants), but Bacchanal Buffet’s reopening marks a return to buffets the way Mother Nature intended.

A hundred dishes. Outstanding freshness and quality. Self-service. That’s right, it’s time to tong again.

All your favorite food fantasies, all in one place. All right, almost all, you freak.

Oh, and fully vaccinated guests need not wear masks.

Put simply: Guests are eating it up. Let’s take a look around.

Visiting the Bacchanal Buffet after more than a year of being closed provides a genuine sense of glee, as well as a feeling of complete overwhelm.

There’s just so much to try, and virtually all of it is extraordinarily good.

People who balk at the $65 price apparently don’t eat out much in Las Vegas.

The seafood and meat stations alone are worth the price of admission.

Chefs were doling these crab legs out with forklifts.

If Bacchanal’s price still seems daunting, visit any mid-level restaurant in Las Vegas and order a salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. Note the price. That’s for four things. At Bacchanal, add 96 more menu options. Unlimited amounts of it.

We aren’t a math person, but by any measure, Bacchanal is an undeniable value.

Bacchanal Buffet got a $2.4 million renovation while it was closed, but we honestly couldn’t tell where it was spent. The 25,000-square-foot space has always been gorgeous. Bacchanal Buffet originally cost $17 million.

Bacchanal’s decor is a mixture of glass, steel, wood and adamantium. Just to make sure you’re paying attention.

The buffet has nine open kitchen areas, and staff seem genuinely thrilled to be back to doing what they love, including piling plates high with crab legs.

Prior to the pandemic, Bacchanal Buffet served lots of small plates, and that continues to be the case.

New, however, are roaming carts. Or, more accurately, cart, as we only saw one during our visit. These carts presumably deliver dim sum, but during our visit, it was the Wagyu hot dogs and that’s it. Tasty, though.

Adorable, bite-sized and made from really spoiled cows.

A change guests will definitely notice is the way reservations are made. Guests no longer hang out in long lines. You book a reservation and arrive at your reservation time.

Bacchanal Buffet reservations through OpenTable is new, so take full advantage.

Plan ahead, because the buffet is incredibly popular at the moment. Partially because there are few buffets operating in Las Vegas right now, but mostly because Bacchanal Buffet is awesome.

There’s a stated time limit of 90 minutes, but it’s not being strictly enforced, and if you need more than 90 minutes, you’re doing dining out in Vegas wrong. There’s a lot to do, so get busy doing it.

Before you head to Bacchanal, you’ll want to check out our 10 Ways to Make the Most of a Las Vegas Buffet.

Our top buffet tip: When you first arrive, walk the entire buffet without a plate. This is so you can build a strategy without being tempted to fill your plate impulsively.

Your capacity is limited, and you have to save room for dessert. Sorry, that should be plural, “desserts.”

Three words: Creme. Brulee. Shots.

Oh, and here’s out other buffet tip: Tip. Tip the Wagyu hot dog cart guy, anyone preparing a dish to order, the gelato scooper and, most importantly, your servers.

Figure on tipping at least $5 per person at your table when you’re finished with your meal.

If that seems to fly in the face of long-standing cheapness, note how often your server brings drinks, clears used plates or checks on you throughout your visit.

If you think buffet servers do less than typical servers, you’re barking up the wrong pasta station. Why, then, are they tipped so much less than servers at other restaurants? Don’t get us started.

Don’t fill up on bread. Fill up on pizza.

Beyond the vast selection of food, there’s a beverage menu.

It’s worth noting there’s a special deal on beverages as you enter the buffet. Buy a drink coupon for $12, and it’s good for any cocktail, glass of wine or two beers. That’s about a $4 savings on each drink.

High maintenance people with peculiar dietary requirements will find vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus. Take a look.

If you can’t find something to love at Bacchanal, you’re probably a robot.

Bacchanal Buffet is simply a unique, exceptional Las Vegas dining experience, and we’re thrilled it’s back.

The fact is, many Las Vegas buffets won’t be returning. For example, we hope you weren’t emotionally attached to the buffet at Circus Circus. It’s being replaced with a food court. The Flamingo buffet is also done, and TI’s buffet has also been nixed.

Casinos are re-evaluating the costs associated with buffets, and some are bailing on them altogether. The loss leader era of Las Vegas is done.

Check out what’s happening with Station Casinos buffets. So-called experts like us think they aren’t coming back. See more.

The fact Bacchanal reopened means it’s a winner, and there’s no better way to confirm that fact than a visit.

Bacchanal Buffet isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a culinary dream come true. It’s over-the-top excess without compromising quality. It’s a story. It’s something for absolutely everyone.

Bacchanal Buffet is a succulent, sinful symbol Las Vegas is not only back, but as adept at overwhelming the senses as ever.

16 thoughts on “Next Level Bacchanal Buffet is Back at Caesars Palace

  1. William Wingo

    All you can eat for $65…plus tax…plus tip…plus parking…plus waiting in line…what’s not to like?

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  2. Michael Alexakis

    I am happy for all of you buffet lovers, and I am sure it’s fabulous if you do indeed love buffet’s, not everyone loves buffet’s… Your points about pricing are certainly well taken, in context, and a part of your point is based on gluttony, which is something I did in my younger days. The $65 dollar price for this buffet is almost to the dollar what a meal at my very favorite restaurant in Las Vegas, Hugo’s Cellar, costs. At Hugo’s your main course price includes a skillfully hand crafted salad, bread, sorbet to cleanse your palate, a plate that includes vegetables and potato’s, then chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. That is what I consider to be a great value, and it’s custom made for you. i do not hate buffet’s, but they are more like what I call banquet food, mass prepared and sometimes excellent, sometimes not. I really liked the M Hotel’s buffet, it was a great value for the price, this super high price that puts it in Hugo’s territory is a bar to my entry. I just don’t overeat much anymore, my health issues don’t mesh with gorging, I just had major intestinal surgery that will hopefully make life much better for me, so I will gladly let you younger people go for those multiple helpings without joining you. The dessert’s and food do look great, just not at the same sitting for me at that price point…

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    1. MrBuzzkill

      Valid points. To a great extent buffets are a young person’s game. That said, I have many senior peers who eat at buffets almost exclusively. I know, right? It’s like a senior badge of honor or something. Some buffets even have special hours and rates for seniors.

      Personally, I avoid Vegas buffets, but only for crusty old-school reasons that were beaten into me as a child.

      The pre-Eldorado Bacchanal renovation was planned and funded at a time when the competition between buffets was fierce. Since then, the number of buffets has been slashed. What typically happens to businesses when they have little or no competition? Exactly. I’m hoping for the best, but expecting some changes.

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      1. Michael Alexakis

        My own mother destroyed buffet’s for my immediate family, she took us to Las Vegas once a year, payed for everything, but she insisted on eating at the buffet for three meals a day for the entire trip… I could take it, I appreciated the paid for vacation, but it became too much for my kids and wife, they revolted, and the trips ended unfortunately. The wife and I always got our one Hugo’s Cellar dinner, that night the kids took one for the team. When we were driving in to town we would painstakingly go over and pledge to just endure the buffet, at Mandalay Bay or Bellagio, but invariably it broke down when the crap hit the fan. It’s hard to eat something you don’t love every time in the city that is built on restaurant variety and excellence…

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  3. Mark

    …or to put it another way, Who was tipping $5 pp at the less-costly buffets? Do they do that much more here? Do they get paid more than the lesser buffets?
    Still, it only works out to less than 8%. I’ll see how it goes.

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  4. Dung nguyen

    The price is worth’
    O saw it ! The food is quality and value for what you pay!
    As long as keep quality and friendly service ! I don’t mind spend 75 .00 for dinner

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  5. Fabian

    To me the Wicked Spoon at Cosmo is unbeatable. 39$, including great bottled water. Not the same variety as bacchanal quantity wise, but a lot of special, extremely tasty combinations.

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      1. Fabian

        Sorry, I should have put that in quote, because it’s not a branded bottle, it’s a filled bottle, but the water tastes like bottled water and has none of the tap water taste. it’s just great water.

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      1. dan

        so, diamond & 7 stars, w/o a reservation, still can wait outside for an open table? tried to reserve, but system now shows an earliest availability around mid july. Thx

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  6. DuLac55

    Per Caesars CEO, the first crab order placed for Bacchanal’s reopening was for 20,000 lbs of crab! Yes, 10 TONS of crab! Wow! Eat up, Scott!

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  7. Phillyasian

    I was at the buffet on Sunday, May 23rd. Your review was SPOT ON. It looks EXACTLY like it did pre-pandemic. A couple of points.
    *No free drinks for Seven Stars
    *No more Mochi desserts!
    *Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata) at the Dessert area are AMAZING (Wish they were served warm, though)
    *No more Cantonese Dim Sum favorites such as Sui Mai,Hai Gow,Roast Pork Buns,Sticky Rice in Leaves.

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  8. Sam

    Does anyone know what happens when we go to Bacchanal Buffet @ 9.30 p.m ? Are they going to give us time to eat after 10 p.m ? ( Because it’s closing @ 10 p.m)

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