The MGM Grand is one of Vegas’ most iconic resorts and one that almost everyone has heard of, even if they know very little else about Sin City.
This famous complex is also home to one of the town’s most well-known buffets, and after an enforced hiatus due to covid, it’s now open again and welcoming diners back for breakfast and brunch – so here are all the details you need if you plan to eat there.
Las Vegas Buffets and How Things Stand
In the past, for many, no trip to Vegas was complete without taking in one of the town’s many lively buffets, and before the covid pandemic hit, there were up to as many as 70 to choose from, meaning there was something for everyone.
However, from early 2020, Vegas’ restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues were forced to close down in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading, and the buffets were hit particularly hard.
Understandably, since the concept of a self-serve all-you-can-eat buffet is not well suited to a post-covid world, a large number of buffets were unable to bounce back and have disappeared permanently.
Now, though, things are more under control, and life is returning to something closer to pre-pandemic normal. This means some buffets, including the one at the MGM Grand, have reopened their doors and are welcoming customers back again.
The buffets that are now operating have implemented certain measures to ensure the health and safety of guests, which includes regularly sanitizing surfaces, enforcing social distancing in wait lines and often operating on reduced hours compared to the past.
So while things might not be quite back to how they were before covid swept the globe, at least some of the buffets have returned, once again allowing visitors to Vegas to sample the delights of buffet-style dining, albeit at a more limited range of locations.
The Current Situation at MGM Grand
The MGM Grand is one of Vegas’ most famous resorts, so it should come as no surprise that the management did everything they could to get the buffet up and running as soon as possible after the enforced closure.
In the past, the buffet had breakfast, lunch and dinner sittings, but now it offers a single combined breakfast and brunch sitting every day, lasting until 3pm. There are currently no lunch or dinner sittings, although these may return in the future.
Saturdays and Sundays are slightly more expensive, but a wider selection of food is offered on those days, and the price includes selected drinks – including some alcoholic drinks.
You can also add unlimited bloody marys, bellinis and mimosas for a supplement.
Although the MGM Grand may be among the best-known resorts in Vegas, the prices of the buffet are extremely reasonable for the selection and quality of the food on offer.
This buffet is most famous for its selection of American food, so for American breakfast and brunch dishes, you’ll be spoiled for choice. However, that’s not to say there’s no food from elsewhere, and other popular international dishes are also present.
Since this buffet focuses on American classics, you can expect to find all your breakfast and brunch favorites.
For fans of omelets, you can have them made to order, just the way you like them – there are two stations for this, which helps to keep the wait times down. You can also expect to find a delicious take on eggs Benedict if that’s what you’re in the mood for.
It almost goes without saying that you can look forward to a full range of other savory breakfast items such as scrambled egg, bacon, assorted sausages, ham, corned beef hash and much more.
Those with a sweet tooth will also be well catered for with staples such as pancakes, waffles or French bread to choose from.
However, if you’re paying to eat at the MGM Grand buffet, you’ll probably want to be a little more adventurous than that – in which case, you won’t be disappointed.
For dedicated carnivores, there are multiple carving stations, and there’s a deli area where you’ll be able to find a respectable range of cold meats.
There’s a cereal section, but this is more of an afterthought since not many people are likely to be eating corn flakes in a buffet. Of more interest will be the pastry area, or alternatively, if you’re in the mood for something more extravagant, be sure not to miss the seafood section.
If you prefer to keep it healthy, you’ll find a station with things like fruits and yogurts, and if all that wasn’t enough – and this being the MGM Grand, after all – there’s even a dessert area for you to finish your breakfast or brunch off with something sweet. If you have space, that is!
This is far from being a comprehensive list of everything you’ll find, but in short, it’s clear that this is a buffet that has something for all tastes.
While it might not be able to match the sheer range of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace or the creativity and sophistication of Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan, for a wide range of delicious food options at an accessible price, this is a buffet that’s hard to beat.
Some Dishes to Look Out For
The specific food on offer may change and rotate with the seasons, but here are some of the particular highlights to look out for at the MGM Grand buffet:
- Classic savory breakfast and brunch items
The made-to-order omelets are excellent, as are the various eggs Benedict options. The breakfast potatoes are also worth trying.
Another one to leave space for is the smoked salmon bagels, and there’s also a great mac and cheese for those in need of their comfort food fix.
- Classic sweet breakfast items
Don’t miss the buttermilk pancakes or the delicious Belgian-style waffles.
The full range of dessert pastries includes favorites like croissants and assorted breads – and be sure not to skip the banana nut muffins.
- Carving stations
Look out for roast turkey, prime rib and baked ham among many other succulent delights.
One of the highlights of the whole buffet is the snow crab legs, but you should also keep an eye out for shrimp cocktail, mussels, clams, oysters and crayfish. There are several sushi options to try too.
You should try to sample some of the sweet treats such as the Bailey’s cheesecake, the parfait cups, the mousse or the brownies.
Every day 8 am – 3 pm
Sat, Sun $36.99
Children below 5 eat for free.
$9 drinks supplement for bloody marys, bellinis, and margaritas.
Reservations and Wait Times
Reservations are not required but are possible on the site (mgmresorts.com). A skip-the-line pass costs $15 per person.
How to Find it
Address and contact details:
- Address: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Telephone: 702-891-6373
- Email: [email protected]
From the MGM Grand front desk, walk through the casino towards the Avenue Café then turn left and continue through the casino. Go past the Jabbawockeez Theater, and the buffet is on the right before the BetMGM Sportsbook.
From The Strip, enter through the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. Go past Centrifuge and BetMGM Sportsbook and the buffet is on the left.
Self-parking and valet parking are available at the MGM Grand resort, although most people will have to pay. However, those participating in certain membership rewards schemes can park for free – check the details of your plan if you think you might be eligible.
The dress code is “casual”, so you can wear anything you want – within reason.
A Varied and Wholesome Breakfast at a Reasonable Price
While it might not be the largest or most refined option in Vegas, the MGM Grand buffet provides a wide range of classic breakfast and brunch favorites that will help you get your day off to the perfect start.
As yet, they are still not offering lunch or dinner sittings, but as things return to something much more like the situation before the pandemic hit, we can remain hopeful that extended opening times will be restored at some point in the not-too-distant future.