Dan and his wife took a trip to Las Vegas and tried out some of their well-known eateries.
The Mirage Buffet, Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known almost as much for its buffet restaurants as it is for its casinos. 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 were not to my liking.
Our Overall Verdict
As we left there was a difference of opinion between my wife and me. 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. Not that there wasn't a wide variety (there was), not that there weren't foods of many different styles (there were); 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