Reports of Death of Circus Circus Buffet Were Dead Wrong

Long-standing reports the buffet at Circus Circus would close permanently were wrong.

We know, because we were one of the people reporting it.

In an unexpected twist, Circus Circus is reopening its buffet on May 29, 2021.

Circus Circus Lucky clown

Fun fact: The Circus Circus sign includes subliminal images of food to promote the buffet, including orange slices (lollipop), a cherry (nose), ribbon candy (collar), curly fries (hair), an ice cream cone (hat) and cheese (the whole thing).

Circus Circus says its buffet “will reopen to serve guests delectable American comfort food daily for breakfast, brunch and dinner.”

Oddly, we scoured dozens of Yelp reviews of the Circus Buffet, but could not find a single reference to the food being “delectable.”

On the bright side, Circus Circus has a new owner (TI’s Phil Ruffin), so we trust the buffet will catapult from a two-star “meh” to a five-star “OMFG.”

Your results may vary.

It was previously reported the buffet wouldn’t return as it was being replaced by a food court, but the casino says the buffet will be next to the new food outlets.

Circus Circus food court

Who knew Pick Up Stix was still a thing?

Circus Circus isn’t saying why it changed course, but we assume they heard from value-seeking guests who were disappointed the buffet went away.

Something the Circus Buffet certainly has going for it is the price.

We recently shared Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace costs $65.

The most you’ll pay for your meal at Circus Buffet is $25.99, and that’s holiday pricing.

Here are the prices as we are too lazy to type them.

Circus Circus buffet prices

You can pay $20 for one cocktail at a lounge on The Strip, so dive in.

Circus Buffet serves breakfast and brunch from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

We wish you all the best in trying to tell the difference between breakfast and brunch.

We haven’t ever been to the Circus Buffet, but it’s probably time.

For one thing, we want to support Circus Circus as it emerges from the challenges of the pandemic.

Secondly, we like buffets and appreciate them more given the fact many said the era of cheap buffets was over and done.

Lastly, we’d love to dispel the Circus Buffet’s reputation as a “you get what you pay for” buffet. Even a modestly-priced buffet can serve up a great value if there’s competent management, experienced kitchen and waitstaff and attention to the freshness of the food and overall cleanliness (especially now).

Truth be told, our only hesitation about a visit to the Circus Circus buffet would be easily overcome if Pfizer or Moderna would invent a vaccine against kids.

9 thoughts on “Reports of Death of Circus Circus Buffet Were Dead Wrong

  1. Jack Tarasar

    The Circus, Circus buffet was THE first buffet that I had ever eaten at in my life. Circa late 1970’s, while I cannot remember the price, but I DO recall that even going by prices in that era it was nearly FREE. We also stayed there on the property although in retrospect it was a DUMP even back then.

    We could have moved up the street to Caesar’s or the Imperial Palace. In fact, the IP was probably same price or even cheaper. From my first visit to Vegas then until today my opinion is that Vegas is the most exciting City in America, and that is from (me) someone that grew up in NYC area.

    1. project design

      I stumbled into Vegas as a kid 1981 (little money), Circus Circus was the place….room, 11 bucks…..breakfast $.99 cents/lunch$1.99/dinner$2.99.
      7 years later, stayed in style at the DI, golf for staying 2 nights was free (Wynn golf course)

      1. Michael Alexakis

        The Wynn golf course was opened in 2005, the Desert Inn Country Club was the old much better layout that used to be there, the Encore sits on some of that land… The old Desert Inn was my family’s go to hotel after we stopped going to The Thunderbird, my brother and I played that golf course many times, it was a four hour baby sit for our parents. At the Desert Inn you could play $5 craps at the same table as someone playing $5,000 craps…

  2. BST

    Good luck to them as I hate seeing anything go out permanently especially caused from the pandemic because that was something they had no control over. If you do try it report back 😊

  3. Flaxx

    Circus Circus wants families. Kids love buffets. Buffets love kids because they don’t eat much and they don’t stay long. It’s a no brainer.

  4. Joseph Kane

    I remember going to this buffet while staying at the hotel with my parents in the early eighties. It was really cheap but the cabbage rolls tasted like the fried chicken, everything tasted the same. But what really got me there was an old man in a type of hospital bed who they wheeled through there. I was in my mid twenties and thinking this was one of his last meals OMG!! At least he was enjoying Vegas one last time.

    Viva Las Vegas Cheers


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