The MGM Grand Buffet is one of the relatively affordable spreads on the strip that offers a decent selection of food. It is not one of the notable buffets on the Strip when it comes to variety of international selections or gourmet options, but the MGM Grand Buffet menu does feature the standard variety of Vegas buffet favorites including crab legs, made to order omelets, and carved prime rib. The Bally’s Buffet, Rio Buffet, and Paris Buffet, including a whole host of others, have it all over this one when it comes to selection, but you certainly will not go hungry here and the food is good, and you will be situated in certainly one of the best hotels on the Strip by far, close to the massive casino of MGM as well as the Ka theater if you want to catch a show after your dinner buffet.
Before getting into some of the specifics of the MGM Grand Buffet menu, it is worth pointing out that one cool thing about this place is the interior décor, reminiscent of the Hollywood Golden Age. Although the offerings of the MGM Vegas Buffet are comparatively limited relative to the more luxurious spreads in town, the thoughtfully appointed design makes for a pleasant environment in which to enjoy some delicious buffet favorites.
The breakfast hour is one of the best times to enjoy the MGM Vegas Buffet. The MGM Vegas Buffet is open for breakfast, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is $16. Get there early to avoid lines and waiting. The made to order omelet live station is one of the highlights of the entire buffet. You will be able to choose from a nice selection of vegetables and other toppings. If you’d like, you can also have a waffle made to order. There are plenty of bacon, sausage, eggs, fresh bread, cereals, and juices. The MGM Grand Buffet also rolls out a fairly impressive weekend brunch that includes a delightful spread of gourmet pastries along with specialties like eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, and much more. Breakfast is also the least expensive of the three meals at the MGM, so if you are traveling with a group and looking to save some money, this may just be an ideal option for you. The Saturday and Sunday Champagne brunch is available to patrons of the hotel as well as the general public between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy lunch here from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the price of about $19. You can get basics such as corn dogs or a self-made burrito, or more upscale foods such as carved ham, beef, or steak. Also available are Italian favorites such as ravioli, a salad bar, and a good array of desserts. The selection here is quite large, but don't expect food the caliber of Bally's Sterling Brunch. This buffet is aimed at filling you up with decent fare at a decent price.
Dinner at the MGM Buffet is from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will run you about $20. Adults and children alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of selections, from a hamburger station and made to order pizza to nice Indian and Mexican dishes. There is a bounty of crab legs and carved prime rib at dinner, as well as savory dishes including oven-roasted turkey breast, ribs, shrimp, steak, and much more. The MGM Grand Buffet is also known for its signature yellow sea bass in yellow curry sauce and the wickedly delicious Diablo seafood stew. Lobster ravioli, vegetables of all sorts, and the dessert menu also aim to impress. Desserts range from creme brulee to cheesecake to bread pudding and everything in between.
The MGM Grand Buffet menu has something to suit just about everyone, whether you are toting a finicky child or a crew of culinary aficionados. The latter may be better served at one of the more elaborate buffets, but will nonetheless find some pleasing dishes here as well. There are discounted rates for children as well. Close by are an array of other options, both upscale and cheap. These include the Roundtable Buffet at Excalibur, the Luxor buffet, and even Rio, which is a bit down the street.
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