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Bacchanal vs. Wicked Spoon – Inside the Top 2 Vegas Buffets

Full disclosure: I’m frugal to a fault.

Generally, you’ll find me eating on the low end of the Vegas buffet spectrum making tough choices between blue and yellow slop.

I’m not an elite food critic. I couldn’t tell you the difference between McDonald’s BBQ and a reduction sauce nor am I the type to dine at fancy restaurants serving tiny food.

Recently, however, I traversed to the other end of the spectrum to tackle the difficult assignment of comparing Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon and Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.

The objective is clear – to determine the best high-end buffet in Las Vegas.

While I may not be a food expert, I know a fat snow crab leg when I see one and I sure as hell know good taste.

Let’s eat!  

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace 

Exterior of Bacchanal Buffet

I opted to arrive at Bacchanal right as the dinner session was opening at 3 pm. Because I arrived in between meals, I was seated immediately and had plenty of room to stretch out.

Among our favorite aspects of Bacchanal was the live-action taco station. Your choice of marinated pork, chicken, or steak is cooked while you wait and placed on a heated tortilla. Next to the grill, you’ll find all the necessary toppings you would consider placing on a taco. Absolutely delicious.

Bacchanal offered many options in single-serve dishes which not only gives a “classy” more personalized feel to the buffet experience but it drastically aided in the presentation of food options.

Tomato Bisque serving with breadstick
Tomato Bisque for One
Atlantic Salmon on plate
Fresh Caught Atlantic Salmon on Wasabi Potato Puree
Single servings of french fries
Even French Fries.

If seafood is your jam, Caesars has you covered with options ranging from sea snails, shrimp, tiger prawns, crab claws, and snow crab legs.

Seafood station at Bacchanal with crab legs, snails, and shirmp
Wall of Seafood Options at Bacchanal
Mussels in Fennell Sauce
Mussels in Fennel Sauce at Bacchanal Buffet

Some of my favorite food items were the desserts. First, they are gorgeous. I almost felt guilty destroying them for my own short-term culinary enjoyment. Below are some of our favorite dessert items at Bacchanal Buffet 

Chocolate Cake and pudding dessert options
Small cupcakes
Assorted dessert options at Bacchanal Buffet

Another highlight was the surprisingly flavorful bone marrow (pictured below) which is difficult to find at lesser Las Vegas buffet options.

Bone Marrow on a self service platter
Bone Marrow at Bacchanal Buffet

Is Bacchanal worth the money?

No doubt. When compared to a “mid-tier” option on the strip (Think Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, or other similar properties) there is no comparison. Bacchanal is well worth the additional $30.

Following a recent renovation and revamped menu, Bacchanal has even distanced itself from buffets in the upper echelon – It’s easily the best buffet in Las Vegas at this point.

Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan 

Entrance to Wicked Spoon Buffet in Las Vegas

Also regarded as one of the premier buffets in Las Vegas, Wicked Spoon is known for its upscale offerings you won’t find at just any buffet.

While you’ll find staples like snow crab legs, prime rib, and even pizza, you’ll also have the opportunity to try bone marrow, squid ink pasta, duck wings, and even wild boar. Wicked Spoon represents a Las Vegas buffet experience that is in a tier of its own.     

As with Bacchanal, I enjoyed the impeccably garnished individual servings at Wicked Spoon. Small, individualized portions give a more upscale buffet feel as compared to large trays found at lower-end destinations which are reminiscent of a high school cafeteria.

Crispy Pork Poutine with Cheese Sauce on single serve plate
Crispy Pork Poutine with Cheese Sauce

My favorite food item at Wicked Spoon by a mile and a half was the Shrimp & Grits with Bacon, Chives, and “Beer Blanc”. The combination of flavors popped and I consumed 8 of the individual servings.

Shrip & Grits with Bacon, Chives and "Beer Blanc" in individual serving bowl
Shrimp & Grits with Bacon, Chives and “Beer Blanc”

If you are a macaroni and cheese fan, which I’m forced to be as a father, you’ll love the more “grown-up” variations of this classic dish.

Wicked Spoon’s Angry Mac and Cheese kicks the heat up a notch and is spectacular. The four cheese truffle mac, pictured below, may also be up your ally if spice doesn’t agree with you.

Four Cheese Truffle Mac in an individual serving bowl
Four Cheese Truffle Mac

Also impressive were Wicked Spoon’s more exotic dishes such as Squid Ink Pasta and Wild Boar.

Single servings of Squid Ink Pasta and Wild Boar
Squid Ink Pasta (left) and Wild Boar (Right)
Self service tray of bone marrow
Bone Marrow with Mustard Cream

And of course, if you are looking to get your seafood fix, Wicked Spoon has you covered.

Self Serve tray of crab legs at Wicked Spoon
Crab legs at Wicked Spoon
Single servings of Seared Salmon with Seared Tomato Cream
Seared Salmon with Seared Tomato Cream & Blistered Tomatoes

If your tastes are more bland or traditional, Cosmo has you covered with a variety of bread, cheese, and meat options including a fantastic prime rib and even french fries.

Assortment of bread offerings at Wicked Spoon
Bread. Lots of Bread.

Save room, because Wicked Spoon has an array of dessert options ranging from traditional cakes, cookies, and ice cream to chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Dessert case with assorted dessert options
Dessert options at Wicked Spoon

Is Wicked Spoon worth the money? 

Absolutely, yes. Between the unique food offerings found nowhere else and fresh takes on traditional dishes, I feel Wicked Spoon is the second best buffet in Las Vegas, bested only by Bacchanal at Caesars Palace.

Both of these top Las Vegas buffet options are worth your time, money, and represent a striking upgrade from their mid-tier competition. Make time for both, but if you only have time to hit one, make it Wicked Spoon – a can’t miss Vegas buffet experience.

See Also: Check out my review of The Buffet at Wynn – Another top-tier experience.

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