Although it boasts some of the most expensive suites and the most exclusive games rooms in Vegas, Palms Casino’s buffet offers a wide selection of high-quality dishes for extremely reasonable prices.
Whether you want breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, this buffet has something for you. And if you’re thinking of heading there to sample everything on offer, here we have all the details of what to expect.
Vegas Buffets – A Bit of Background
Once upon a time, no visit to Vegas was complete without a trip to one of the extravagant, indulgent buffets, where you can load up your plate as high as you like and eat until you’re ready to burst.
At one time, the city was home to over 50 buffets, but unfortunately, with the arrival of the covid pandemic, Vegas’ buffets were forced to close, along with all the other entertainment venues, bars and restaurants in town.
In a post-pandemic world, an all-you-can-eat buffet is not the most covid-friendly concept, and many of the city’s buffets have remained closed, with a large proportion of them not likely to return.
However, a handful have been reopening their doors and welcoming diners back, allowing visitors once again to sample the delights of this renowned and beloved Vegas tradition.
A.Y.C.E. Buffet at Palms Casino Resort
A handful of Vegas buffets, including the likes of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace and the Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan, managed to reopen almost as soon as they were allowed – while others, including the A.Y.C.E. Buffet, lagged behind.
The good news, though, is that, as of April 2022, A.Y.C.E is now back, and unlike many of the others, it is already open every day of the week, offering the full range of breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner sittings to those who don’t mind heading off-Strip for a meal.
Generally speaking, for the range of food available and the quality of everything on offer, this buffet represents exceptional value for money, making it a great option for those who want to experience one of the top buffets in Vegas without spending a fortune.
On the other hand, for those who don’t mind spending a bit more, Wednesday nights are lobster nights, allowing you to gorge yourself on whole lobsters and lobster tails, while Friday nights are snow crab and prime rib nights, which are also well worth making the trip for.
Unlike most of the other buffets in town, A.Y.C.E. doesn’t organize the food by country of origin but rather by the style of cooking. This means you’ll find seven distinct sections, each showcasing one particular cooking method.
The different cooking areas are World Pan, Revival, The Greenery, The Roastery, The Hearth, Smoke & Fire and Sweet & Light.
Between these seven areas, you’ll find a wide selection of meats, both barbecued and roasted, along with oven-cooked dishes, salads and greens, dishes from around the world, healthy options and of course, desserts.
So in short, whatever you’re in the mood for and whatever your favorite dishes, at A.Y.C.E. Buffet, you’re sure to find all the food you love.
Now let’s have a look at some of the highlights you shouldn’t miss from each of the seven sections.
Some Dishes to Look Out For
- World Pan
As the name of this section tells you, it features dishes and delicacies from around the world.
During breakfast, expect a selection of dim sum, including custard-filled bao, shrimp shumai, pork pot stickers and more. There are also different versions of fried rice to fill up on.
During dinner, you can also expect to sample such delights as Jamaican jerk chicken, chicken tikka masala and a decent selection of sushi and sashimi.
Revival is the section to go to for healthy options, and you’ll also find intriguing creations such as jackfruit coconut curry, roasted Brussels sprouts and an assortment of healthy juices. Other highlights include the miso garden cake and the roasted eggplant.
- The Greenery
The Greenery is the buffet’s salad bar, and during the breakfast and brunch sittings, you can also find some of the more traditional breakfast foods there.
Head to The Greenery for rolled oats as well as miso soup and vegetable soup along with a selection of fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs and a choice of charcuterie. Don’t miss the peeled shrimp cocktail either.
At dinner, they also serve a variety of salads, including Caesar salad, frizzy salad with egg and octopus salad along with the likes of creamy shrimp and shell pasta.
- The Roastery
The Roastery, as you may guess from the name, focuses mainly on roast meats – it’s one of the carvery sections in the buffet.
For breakfast and brunch, look out for the classic eggs Benedict, the homestyle potatoes and the applewood smoked bacon as well as the honey-glazed bone-in ham and the Hawaiian sausage.
During the dinner sitting, you can also look forward to roast chicken, beef steamship, southern fried spicy chicken and rosemary garlic porchetta. Some more original options include roasted Hawaiian gold pineapple and roasted watermelon.
- The Hearth
The Hearth is all about oven cooking, and you’ll find a selection of hearty and succulent dishes in this area.
During the breakfast and brunch sittings, expect to find treats such as Italian breakfast sausage, roasted vegetables, creamy polenta and eggs, breakfast stromboli and several different pizza options, including a special breakfast pizza.
Later, for dinner, you will have the option of made-to-order pasta with a selection of different ingredients to choose from, and the garlic butter spiced prawns are also not to miss.
- Smoke & Fire
Smoke & Fire is the barbecue section, and it features plenty more to attract all dedicated carnivores. Several delectable non-meat options are also to be found.
During the early sittings, look out for kielbasa sausage, egg brisket scramble, beef brisket scramble and Southwest potato hash.
Later, during dinner, they also have brisket chops, pork shoulder, beef brisket – and a range of irresistible sauces to go with your meat.
- Sweet & Light
This is the dessert section, and the choices on offer are similar during all sittings. Look out for carrot cake, muffins, crème brûlée and gelato with assorted toppings to add. They also have hot dessert favorites such as apple pie and peach cobbler.
- Wednesday and Friday dinners
One of the highlights of the entire buffet is Wednesday evening lobster nights.
This option costs quite a bit more than the regular dinner buffet, but you can look forward to piles of unlimited whole lobsters and lobster tails.
For Friday dinners, the highlights are the chilled crab legs and the prime rib, so if you visit on a Friday, make sure you fill up on as much of those as you can.
Also Read: Best Seafood Buffets in Las Vegas
Opening Hours and Prices
The A.Y.C.E Buffet currently opens on weekday mornings for breakfast and weekday evenings for dinner. Wednesday dinners are lobster nights and Friday dinners are snow crab and prime rib nights, which means prices for those days are slightly higher.
On the weekend, a slightly later brunch sitting replaces the breakfast sitting, and dinner sittings are available on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Kids aged 3-11 pay children’s rates – those aged 12 and above pay full price while children below 3 eat for free.
Here are the full listings for times and prices:
- Mon, Tue, Thu breakfast: 8-11am, $24.99 adults/$12.99 children
- Mon, Tue, Thu dinner: 4-9pm, $36.99 adults/$21.99 children
- Wed breakfast: 8-11am, $24.99 adults/$12.99 children
- Wed dinner (lobster night): 4-9pm, $64.99 adults/$54.99 children
- Fri breakfast: 8-11am, $24.99 adults/$12.99 children
- Fri dinner (snow crab & prime rib night): 4-9pm, $42.99 adults/$22.99 children
- Weekend brunch: 9am-4pm, $32.99 adults/$19.99 children
- Sat dinner: 5-10pm, $36.99 adults/$21.99 children
- Sun dinner: 5-9pm, $36.99 adults/$21.99 children
Reservations and Wait Times
Reservations are not required for the A.Y.C.E Buffet, but if you plan on going during peak times, expect to have to wait in line. If you can be flexible and eat outside of peak times, you won’t have to wait as long.
No dress code is listed, so, within reason, you can wear whatever you like. However, if you turn up in pajamas or swimwear, for example, you risk being turned away at the door.
Unlike many of the Strip buffets, Palms offers free parking, making this an even more attractive option for those with cars.
Address and Contact Details
- Address: Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
- Telephone: 866-752-2236
How to Find it
Palms Casino Resort is located on W Flamingo Rd. Head west along this road from the main Strip and the resort is located on the left.
Among the Very Best Off-Strip Options
Although it took a bit longer to return than some of the other Vegas buffets, the Palms Casino A.Y.C.E Buffet is now back – and it’s just as exciting as ever.
It offers great value for money, a wide range of delicious foods to suit all tastes and the option for special lobster or snow crab and prime rib dinners – all of which make it comfortably among the very best off-Strip options in town.