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The Las Vegas dining scene is exactly like the buffets with which you associate Las Vegas. There's lots of options right in front of you, there's something for everyone, and it's all tempting.
When it comes to Strip dining, while there are still eateries that rock the 99-cent shrimp cocktail or prime rib dinner, dining has become elevated thanks to first, Wolfgang Puck's Spago at Caesars Palace, an influx of celebrity chefs, and finally the invasion of French master chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire.
Some people come so they can say they ate at Gordon Ramsay's spots at Paris Las Vegas, some want to say they had the best meals of their lives at Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand or the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Picasso at Bellagio. But more often than not, visitors still love the buffet (the best ones being the newest Bacchanal at Caesars Palace and Wicked Spoon at The Cosmpolitan) - it's one of the places where you can still have it all in Vegas.
Chaotic and overwhelming. Las Vegas is sensory assault at all times, but never more than when trying to decide where – or what - to eat. It has everything you could want (with the notable exception of Indian food which has never taken hold). It is best to look at it by genre. Buffets are the classic but even this has evolved with gourmet versions at the Cosmopolitan, Wynn and especially the new Caesar’s Bacchanal costing more than many nice sit down dinners and offering hundreds of restaurant quality selections. Other buffets are bargains, at least in quantity. There is a whole category of 24 hour casino restaurants, basically coffee shops or diners with huge menus that never sleep, and every casino has one, though some are more unique, like the Hawaiian specialty driven menu at the California or the celebrity chef version by Michel Richard at Caesars. Many serve the famous Vegas late night specials like a $9.99 prime rib dinner with all the trimmings. Every casino also has mid-priced Asian noodle bar often serving dim sum as well. Fine dining has exploded, and Vegas is arguably the best place to experience a once in a lifetime meal, but most visitors do not. It is hard to sum up the scene but there are several big categories that define Vegas food, each with a broad mix of price and quality: buffets, steakhouses, sushi, Italian, 24 hour, fine dining, high-end seafood, Mexican and gourmet burgers would be the buckets most of the Strip’s eateries fall into.