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Update: Best Las Vegas Buffet Bacchanal or Wicked Spoon?
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Update: Best Las Vegas Buffet Bacchanal or Wicked Spoon?

Best Las Vegas Buffet

Bacchanal of Caesars Palace v.s. Wicked Spoon of Cosmopolitan

In my first article I posted 2 years ago about who had the Best Las Vegas Buffet, Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan or Bacchanal at Caesar’s Palace. In the original post, Wicked Spoon barely won in a VERY CLOSE Battle. I have since visited both Buffets on several trips and can now report that BOTH buffets have slide in quality since the date of my original post. The key question, did one of these buffets have the ability to maintain their edge over the other? 

 

Best Buffet in Las Vegas

Best Buffet in Las Vegas

As I reported two years ago, most buffets tend to self-destruct after two years in terms of service, quality and generally taking shortcuts. what was once Best Las Vegas Buffet could fail the next year.  Both of these top two buffets are no exception. I noticed several points were both buffets are cutting back to rein in costs, although the question is if the trimming led to the benefit of the buffet or the start of a death spiral? This investigation begin as a result of my readers giving me reports of issues with each buffet. I begin to log the issues and checked them each of my own trips.

Head to Head Match Up by Buffet Section

Head-to-head score card on 12 categories (Meat Station, Fried Foods, Comfort Food, Cold Seafood, Warm Seafood, Italian/Pasta Asian, Latin/Mexican, Charchuterie, cold bar/salads, Desserts, Service, Style). Who wins Best Las Vegas Buffet in this second round? Let us discover by category.

Meat Station  (2014: Decisive Win: Bacchanal) 

(2012 Winner: Bacchanal)

Bacchanal: Again won this category for won this category for their variety of high end meat including prime rib, turkey, rib-eye, brisket, pork rib, beef rib, lamb chops, whole sausage links, rotisserie chicken. The one change I see with Bacchanal is that they do not have the same variety of meat as they used to have during their first year, although not significant.  On my last visit they even had the tomahawk cut of rib-eye (very impressive). 

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Bacchanal meat Station

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Bacchanal meat Station

Wicked Spoon: Two years ago they offered seven types of meat including prime rib, leg of lamb, turkey, rotisserie chicken, bone marrow. On my latest visit they still had 5 types of meat including prime rib, beef Colette, bone marrow, chicken, sausage. Although you can see that the offerings have degraded to cheaper cuts. Some of my readers have sent me messages that during the last two hours of the buffet, Wicked Spoon has run out of Bone Marrow. 

Wicked Spoon Meat Station

The Meat Carving Station at Wicked Spoon. Although they had less meat, they did have an incredible Bone Marrow served in the bone!

Fried / Americana Comfort Food (2014 Marginal Win: Wicked Spoon)

(2012: Marginal Win –  Wicked Spoon

Wicked Spoon: Their fried food game remains the same as it was in 2012. Still high quality fried and comfort foods.  

 Wicked Spoon fried Food

Wicked Spoon’s Fish n Chips-Nice display and flavor

Bacchanal In my last post  I noted that Bacchanal had yet to tune their fried food game. They are much better now with crispier fries and fried fish. The fried chicken is till superior at Bacchachanal. 

Bacchanal fried Food

Bacchanal’s Fried Chicken and Sweet Potatoes – Juicy and great flavors

Cold Seafood ( 2014: Decisive Win - Bacchanal)

(2012: Tie)

Bacchanal has stayed on top of their game on this category, although the key difference is that Bacchanal has scaled back on the bling bling presentation of their seafood, instead going for a more mature presentation. What they still nailed perfectly is their shellfish, crab, oysters, and mussels. Quality and variety is the key to this win. Wicked Spoon slid significantly on the quality of their crab legs (smaller and not as meaty). Wicked Spoon still does really good cold seafood salads. 

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Bacchanal shellfish

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Bacchanal shellfish

Wicked Spoon Shellfish

Shrimp cocktail at Wicked Spoon- Pre-served in individual portions- of you like a lot of shrimp—-grab several

Hot Seafood (2014: Tie)

(2012: Tie)

Both Wicked Spoon and Bacchanal both still had a great selection cooked seafood. They both executed these dishes as if I went to a white tablecloth restaurant. No Change.

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Wicked Spoon  Hot Seafood

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Wicked Spoon Hot Seafood

Bacchanal Hot Seafood

Bacchanal Hot Seafood- Pan Seared Halibut – All dishes are made in very small batches

Italian/Pizza/  Pasta (2014: Tie)

(2012:Win – Wicked Spoon)

In my last review, Wicked Spoon won the Italian/ Pasta category due to their selection, quality and the make your own Mac and Cheese bar. I say a slight lowering of quality and selection in Wicked spoon. On the other hand, Bacchanal’s quality remained the same. 

Duck Confit Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage

 

Shrimp and Cheese Ravioli at Bacchanal

Asian (2014: Tie)

(2012: Win – Wicked Spoon)

In 2012 the X-Factor that made Wicked Spoon win over Bacchanal win over Wicked Spoon was variety and novel presentation. For me the Asian section has not evolved at all since Wicked Spoon opened and their were slightly fewer options.  Bacchanal’s selection and set up largely remained the same over time. I liked the hot dishes better at Wicked Spoon, but Bacchanal had superior sushi and made-to-order soups in traditional wooden boxes.

Wicked Spoon mixes in some playful presentations of their Chinese dishes. Here five of their Chinese dishes use take out boxes.

 

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Bacchanal Asian

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Bacchanal Asian

Mexican/Latin (2014:  Win – Bacchanal)

(2012: Win Bacchanal)

Bacchanal: Bacchanal clearly wins for  better innovation and variety of Mexican-Latin dishes. Authenticity  and regional influence was key to the win in both 2012 and 2014.  Bacchanal still offers over nine types of fresh salsa salsa were served out of mason jarsand are very high-end authentic. 

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Bacchanal Mexican

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Bacchanal Mexican

Wicked Spoon’s Mexican/Latin is smaller and with less pizaz in their game. They still offer made to order street tacos and quesodillas. They are still as delicious as usual.

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Wicked Spoon Mexican

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Wicked Spoon Mexican

Charcuterie Display (2014: Win - Bacchanal)

(2012 Decisive Win: Bacchanal)

In 2012, Bacchanal clearly dominated this category by using high-end cured meats, cheeses, breads and preserves and the consumable honey comb. This section has been scaled back. You can no longer grab a piece of honeycomb (it is now behind glass, although the honey choices are still there. I think that the quality of the meats an cheese are still high, although the last time I visited, there was slightly less choices. 

Best Las Vegas Buffet - Bacchanal Charcuterie

Best Las Vegas Buffet – Bacchanal Charcuterie

Wicked Spoon -  in 2012, I report that Wicked Spoon’s charcuterie display was just a small part of the cold salad section. This remains true today and it has not evolved too much. They do have a nice cheese selection. 

Wicked Spoon’s Charcutterie was very good, but lacked an X-Factor in comparison to Bacchanal

Cold Bar / Salads (2014: Tie)

(2012: Tie)

This category was unchanged, both buffets excelled with their cold salads.  

Wicked Spoon Cold Salads

Wicked Spoons Makes some pretty creative salads like this one with cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg and a fennel puree

Bacchanal's Cold Salads

Bacchanal’s Cold Salads: (front) Tri-Color Beet Salad (back) Pressed Watermelon and Feta Sald

Desserts (2014: Tie)

(2012: Tie)

This section also remained as a tie. Wicked Spoon still excelled with their hot molten chocolate cake, but Bacchanel excelled with  made to order crepes station. Both Buffets rocked the house with their Gelato stations.

Wicked Spoon Dessert

My favorite dessert at Wicked Spoon was the molten chocolate cake!

Both buffets had a great Gelato stations with such mixtures as Fig and Balsalmic

Service (2014: Win – Bacchanal)

(2014: Win Wicked Spoon)

This is a reversal of fortune for Bacchanal. I think the key issue here is that Bacchanal has finally ironed out their customer service issues that we experienced the first time. No longer did we deal with waiters competing over our table. Now service is prompt, knowledgeable and seamless. Last time I reported a two hour line for the buffet, the wait time is significantly less now. The max we have waited is 30 minutes during a rush…not bad.

Wicked Spoon’s service has unfortunately taken a hard fall in our last couple visits. The issues started in the line to be seated at our table with a 15 minute wait in a half-empty dining room. When we were sat our waiter hard a hard time with refills and removing dirty plates. We have visited four times since the original glowing review and the service seems to deteriorating a little each time we visit. I hope this slide stops. Nothing worse than eating with a stack of dirty plates next to you. 

Best Las Vegas Buffet is…

The Best Las Vegas Buffet is clearly Bacchanal who did a better job at ensuring that their quality did not slide. Wicked Spoon needs to do something to innovate or revamp to be dominate once more. I will still visit Wicked Spoon, although I will go in with slightly lower expectations than their hey day of 2011. 

2014 Winner: Bacchanal

Score Summary:

  1. Ties: 5
  2. Wicked Spoon Wins: 1
  3. Bacchanal Wins: 5 wins

2012 Winner: Wicked Spoon

Score Summary:

  • Ties: 4 
  • Wicked Spoon Wins: 4 
  • Bacchanal Wins: 3 wins

 

Price of Wicked Spoon and Bacchanal Buffet

Prices have increased at both Buffets since this article was first published

Bacchanal

  • Breakfast Mon-Fri   $25.99  
  • Lunch Mon-Fri 35.99 
  • Dinner Sun – Thurs $50.99
  • Dinner Fri & Sat  $53.99 
  • Weekend Brunch $44.99  

 

Wicked Spoon

Note about Wicked Spoon Prices- they seem to flex with demand and seems to get most expensive on Holiday Weekends. Go to yelp and look at reviews, everyone is listing a different price for the same weekend dinner and the same weekday Brunch. There is no price listed on their website. When I called for clarification they would only give me today’s prices.  Below is the BASE prices. 

 

Daily Brunch: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ($26.00)
Weekend Brunch: Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ($34.00)
Daily Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. ($38.00)
Weekend Dinner: Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. ($41.00) 

For more info:

http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/taste/restaurant-collection/wicked-spoon.aspx

http://www.caesarspalace.com/casinos/caesars-palace/restaurants-dining/bacchanal-buffet-detail.html

Best Las Vegas Buffet according to the internet?

Bacchanal on UrbanspoonWicked Spoon on Urbanspoon

 

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

14 comments

  1. I love that you did this comparison. I love buffets, especially in Las Vegas
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  2. While both buffets sound great, I am shocked at the prices. There goes my theory that Las Vegas buffet spots were affordable!
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  3. Both places look amazing. I will definitely have to stop at both when visiting Las Vegas. I love that you provided information from 2012 and compared it to 2014. It’s amazing what a few years can do and staying on top can surely be difficult.

  4. wow – I’ve never seen so much meat in one place! They both look amazing though
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  5. Man that is a lot of meat! That’s a man’s buffet for sure!
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  6. now I am very hungry. I am going out to eat!!

  7. Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    of course now I’m starving.. the quality might have gone down, but I still see some great looking food. This is a fabulous review thanks!

  8. I can’t get enough of this. The Fried Chicken was my favorite. I love it
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  9. Is this the same Baccunal in Vegas that was more of a Greek theme many years ago?

  10. Marjory Johnson

    Wow…Vegas is like a 15 pound gain cruise with all the amazing food you’re showing us!

  11. I can’t wait to go to Vegas to hook up with friends I haven’t seen in a while and try these fantastic places you keep showing!!!

  12. I am sad to say that I agree with you! I used to really love both of these buffets, but our visit this last time to Wicked Spoon was definitely not as great as last time. A part of me wonders if this is because we visited later in the evening, but I still think they should always have their game on.
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  13. What a great and endless buffet :)
    I think I’d go for the salmon

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