A longtime camper, Dan has experience with tents, pop-up trailers, camp trailers, and motorhomes. He has also done repairs on all of these.
Las Vegas Buffets
Las Vegas is known almost as much for its buffet restaurants as it is for its casinos and when my wife and I bought a motorhome online in Phoenix we came home to Idaho via Las Vegas. That meant we had to sample at least a couple of these restaurants.
Our first choice was the buffet at Circus Circus, where we did not have a particularly enjoyable meal. On our last evening in town we decided to try the buffet at the Mirage, which came recommended to us.
We arrived at the casino just before the volcano display outside and stopped for a few minutes to watch as it exploded once more, then went inside to see what the fuss was about with the buffet. Here, then, are our observations and experience at the Mirage buffet in Las Vegas.
Cravings, the Mirage Casino Buffet
Entering the Mirage casino we were rather lost, but overhead signs provided the path to Cravings. The entrance is attractive, hinting at what is to be found inside. Our visit was at about 6 PM on a Saturday evening, and we expected a rather long line to get in but were pleasantly surprised when we were seated immediately.
Service was impeccable with a friendly and congenial waiter that promptly showed up to take our drink order and returned immediately every time plates were empty. Our first stop was the salad bar, which we found to be well-stocked with a good variety of fresh foods.
After the salad I headed for the seafood section, but was quite disappointed there. Not that it was empty or that what was being offered wasn't good, but it was not the main course I wanted. Both shrimp and split crab legs were pleasingly displayed, but on ice. Several types of baby shrimp were also available in small cups with different sauces—again quite good but on ice. There was no hot seafood to be found.
Continuing through several more sections of dishes (Chinese, Mexican, American, etc.). I found the "carving" area and accepted a piece of prime rib along with an assortment of vegetables. All were very good, with the meat done to perfection.
Between the two of us we sampled nearly everything on the menu but the extensive sushi bar—neither of us are fond of that dish. Everything we tried was well prepared and served and we had no real complaints anywhere.
My wife was very happy with what was offered, but I was less so. To me most of the dishes fit more into the category of hors d'oeuvres rather than main dishes. Although what was available was very good to excellent I found the choices not to my liking.
Conclusions of the Mirage Buffet
As we left there was a difference of opinion between my wife and I. We both enjoyed the atmosphere and found the service excellent. The décor and the food presentation were better than most buffets we have visited, and the food was near top of the line. Cost, at a little over $30, was on the high side for a buffet without an exceptional menu (think lobster or an equivalent here) but acceptable. Our zero wait time to be seated was a welcome change from many restaurants. The room, even though ¾ filled with patrons was quiet and we did not have to raise our voices to be heard; the Mirage is to be complimented there.
Our only disagreement was in the choice of foods being offered; while my wife was quite happy I was less so. No that there wasn't a wide variety (there was), not that there weren't foods of many different styles (there was); it was simply that there weren't a great number of dishes that I truly enjoy. The food was very well prepared and I had no problems with that, it just wasn't to my taste in too many cases. Others, like my wife, are likely to be quite happy there. Recognizing that tastes for particular dishes will vary from person to person I give the Mirage buffet in Las Vegas a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
© 2012 Dan Harmon
Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on May 01, 2020:
This was about 8 years ago. Their menu could very well have changed.
Leo Starr on May 01, 2020:
how recent was this? we're suppose to visit and spend holiday on Vegas too this past April but due to lockdown, we had to reschedule. thanks for photos and feedback. insightful, we're looking forward on dining at Cravings. at the moment, we're stretching our time playing online on several casinos online like https://uusimmatnettikasinot.com/. We will return once pandemic is over, or at least quarantine is lifted. Casino is our primary goal once we're in Vegas.
itsMrDee on April 17, 2016:
I have been to Cravings a couple of times, drinks are self serve. You must have been somewhere else...
Tim from Netherlands on September 04, 2015:
looks like a really enjoyable place :D
Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on November 13, 2012:
Donna, we're not gamblers either. As we walked through the casino to our camper for the last time I had a few coins in my pocket and told my wife I was going to put them into the slots. Couldn't find a machine that accepted coins, though, so we left without gambling even a single nickel!
We went for the sights and spectacle of it, just as you say, and enjoyed our visit from that standpoint. There's far more to Vegas than just the gambling. Buffet's, for example!
Donna Fairley Huebsch from Clearwater, Florida on November 12, 2012:
Enjoyed reading your review - very well written! I've never been to Las Vegas; we aren't big gamblers (strictly nickel slots for us!), but I'd like to go for the sheer spectacle of it.
Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on November 12, 2012:
Wouldn't it be nice if those free buffets were still there? I suppose the casinos lost out on a major money maker and finally decided that giving away meals just wasn't in their best interest.
Southernmapart on November 11, 2012:
Reading this Hub, I recall memories of the days when all the major casinos had enormous, excellent FREE buffets. Things change. It cost a lot to bring all that water to the desert for fountains and swimming pools.
Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on November 11, 2012:
I hope you enjoy it as much as my wife did. It really was nice, just not to taste in most of the dishes. Can't have it all, I guess, and variety is what makes the world go 'round.
Deborah from Las Vegas on November 11, 2012:
Hey wilderness, I live in Las Vegas, I don't gamble and haven't been to the mirage for the past 5 years! Thanks for the reminder of the buffet and I am going there tonight. My husband also loved your hub! We are RV'ers also. Thanks and voted up!