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Garden Buffet at South Point – Review

I recently made it down to South Point and decided to swing by their dinner buffet, which is among the cheapest in Las Vegas and frequently celebrated as a good option by value seekers.

The fact South Point’s buffet serves dinner daily is somewhat unique as a good chunk of the buffets that have reopened on the Strip only serve brunch. Sadly, many Strip buffets aren’t even open 7 days per week yet.

As one of the few buffets left standing in Vegas, I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts along with a bunch of photos so you can determine if it’s a good fit for your budget and tastes.

South Point’s Buffet Hours and Pricing

Garden Buffet at South Point is open for the following meals:

  • Breakfast Monday – Friday from 7am – 10am and costs $12.95.
  • Lunch Monday – Friday from 11 am – 3 pm and costs $16.95.
  • Dinner daily from 4 pm – 9 pm and costs $24.95 ($36.95 on Fridays which is seafood night).
  • Brunch is offered on weekends from 8 am – 3pm and costs $24.95.

Players club members can save $3 off of the prices listed above.

As hours & pricing can change often, I recommend checking South Point’s website, here for the latest.

Dinner Menu at South Point’s Garden Buffet

I visited South Point on a Tuesday night, so it was their normal Prime Rib dinner and not seafood night.

One thing I didn’t expect was how wide-ranging the food options were, specifically as it relates to live-action stations. Among your live-action options are a:

  • Chicken wing bar – You choose the sauce.
  • Swiss steak with buttered noodles and brown sauce.
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich with ham, turkey, and swiss cheese dipped in egg batter and fried. There is also an option to top with fruit sauce and powdered sugar.
  • A Mongolian Grill with your choice of veggies and shrimp, chicken, or beef.
  • Carving station with prime rib, turkey breast, rotisserie chicken, rotisserie pork loin, pork ribs, and roasted prime rib of beef.
Meats at the carving station
The carving station

The carving station is what attracted me to begin with as many low to mid-tier buffets on the Strip have done away with prime rib altogether. At this point, if you want prime rib at a Strip buffet your only options are high-end experiences like the Buffet at Wynn, Bacchanal at Caesars, or Wicked Spoon, and they all cost upwards of $60. Meanwhile, South Point’s buffet serves it at half the price.

Plate with prime rib, chicken, and mac and cheese
The prime rib was legit.

While the prime rib was awesome, the rotisserie chicken, pictured above, was dry as a bone. I’ve never experienced dry rotisserie chicken before, but it’s not something I prefer to repeat.

Other items offered as part of South Point’s dinner buffet included shrimp cocktails, BBQ pork, various fruit, liver bacon & onions, chicken in the pot, chicken Francaise, Italian sausage and peppers, pot roast, country mash, pasta salads, deep-fried trout, red pepper creme salmon, french fries, soups, and a number of pre-mixed salads.

A number of salads
Salads and pasta salad options
More salads
fresh fruit
assorted fresh fruit
Liver bacon and onions
Liver bacon and onions on the right.
chicken in the pot, and cooked veggies
Chicken in the pot
seared salmon
Salmon
fried trout and french fries
Fried Trout and french fries
fried peppers with sausage and chicken francaise
Sausage and Peppers and Chicken Francaise at South Point
Chicken breast in verdi sauce
Chicken Breast Sauce Verdi
mac and cheese
White mac & cheese

Mexican-inspired options included beef enchiladas and a taco/nacho bar with all the fixings.

Nacho and Taco bar meat and cheese
Taco/nacho bar
Taco and Naco Bar fixings
Taco/nacho bar fixings
enchiladas and re-fried beans
Beef Enchiladas on the right
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken enchiladas on the right

On the Italian side of things, the buffet at South Point offered a spaghetti bar with noodles and a number of different sauces. A variety of pizzas, garlic bread, and calzones were also available.

Pasta noodles and sauce
Build your own spaghetti bar
Pizzas
Pizzas under the lamp
Garlic bread and calzones
Garlic bread and calzones

Asian-inspired selections included fried rice, pork pad Thai, spring rolls, Mongolian chicken, Chinese vegetables, and pork potstickers. There was also an impressive tray of assorted sushi.

Tray of sushi
The sushi, I enjoyed, the cocktails to the right, not as much.
BBQ Pork and spring rolls
Spring Rolls (center) and BBQ Pork on the right

Of course, there was also a wide-ranging selection of desserts that were as visually appealing as they were delicious.

cake slices on plates
Case of whole cakes
bread pudding

In my unimpeachable and expert opinion, the best items at the buffet included the prime rib, nacho bar, the Mongolian grill action station (with shrimp), and the sushi.

The Verdict – Is South Point’s Buffet Worth a Trip?

It depends on what you’re looking for, honestly. South Point’s Garden Buffet is a budget option and your expectations should match the price point. Here were my personal likes and dislikes:

Why I’d Visit Again

Value: Point blank, the buffet is inexpensive. You can get a lot of calories, for not a lot of money.

Prime Rib: It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find a budget-friendly buffet in Vegas that serves prime rib. South Point’s Prime Rib was also legitimately outstanding. I’ll almost certainly make a return trip to load up on this specific item.

Variety: I can’t think of a buffet in Vegas with a more diverse and wide-ranging cuisine selection, and I’ve eaten at all of them. While a lot of the items I tasted were “just okay”, I have a LOT more to try during future visits. People of all tastes and preferences will find something they enjoy.

Action Stations: There’s such a diversity of live-action stations that everyone in your party is likely to find one that appeals to them. I personally found the Mongolian grill station to be a unique offering and quite good.

Cheap Drinks: Once you’re seated, you can order $2 mimosas, bloody marys, or draft beer. Domestic bottled beer is $3, and imported bottled beer is $4.

What I Didn’t Like

Food Quality: Outside of the Prime Rib, Mongolian grill, sushi, and desserts, there just weren’t many items that blew me away. I think the best way to describe most of the self-serve food options is “pedestrian” or very average.

Picked Over Options: While the crew was prompt to replenish some items, others languished. I tried to hang around long enough to get photos of full troughs, trays, etc. because it makes for a more visually appealing picture, but it simply wasn’t possible for all items as you likely noticed above.

Cleanliness: I didn’t perceive this to be a staff or management issue necessarily, more so a disrespectful customer issue. Patrons weren’t shy about making a mess, and it’s pretty evident in the pictures above. People can be slobs.

Both the picked over nature of certain buffet items and the cleanliness of the buffet could also be a result of the current labor shortage. Who knows, it could have been a flukey day. Ultimately, none of the above ruined my experience but are worth mentioning.

So, Will I Go Back?

Yep. While the majority of the food options I tried were “just okay”, I kind of expected it at the price point.

When it comes to buffets in Vegas, I either like spending more for the best of the best, or finding value on the other end of the spectrum. While not a buffet that’ll blow your socks off, I’ll be back if only to abuse the Mongolian grill action station and load up on Prime Rib, sushi, and desserts. All of which exceeded my expectations.

As an added bonus, I can rip some comparatively cheap $10 craps after my meal. Can’t beat that.

If you aren’t snobby about your buffet experience, I’d recommend giving Garden Buffet at South Point a shot, especially if you’re on the hunt for cheap prime rib.

Of course, if you prefer a higher quality experience and don’t mind paying up, check out The Buffet at Bellagio, Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan, or The Buffet at Wynn.

Related: Buffets open in Las Vegas – A full breakdown of your options.

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Gene

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

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