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Palms Las Vegas A.Y.C.E Buffet Review – Take a Look Inside!

Much to the chagrin of tourists and Las Vegas locals alike, Palms closed in the early days of the pandemic and stayed shuttered until early 2022.

Considering how many buffets have been lost forever over the past couple of years, many feared that Palms’ A.Y.C.E (pronounced ACE) buffet would also be a candidate for the chopping block when the resort finally reopened.

Fortunately, Palms’ new owners, the San Manuel Tribe, have brought the buffet back to life and it appears to be popular as ever.

I thought it would be fun to stop by for brunch to give you a look inside the buffet. Of course, I’ll share plenty of images to aid your dining decision!

First, some housekeeping.

Palms A.Y.C.E Hours and Pricing

Buffet pricing and hours are somewhat all over the map depending on the day and menu.

  • Breakfast is served Monday – Friday from 8 am – 11 am for $24.99.
  • Brunch is Served Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm for $32.99.
  • Dinner is served Monday – Friday, and costs vary by day:
    • Monday & Tuesday (4 pm – 9 pm) – $36.99
    • Saturday (5 pm – 10 pm) – $36.99
    • Sunday (5 pm – 9 pm) – $36.99
    • Wednesday Lobster Dinner (2 pm – 9 pm) – $64.99
    • Thursday Crab Feast (4 pm – 9 pm) – $58.99
    • Friday Prime Rib Dinner (4 pm – 10 pm) – $42.99

There is also a 1.5-hour time limit, and they were pretty clear about that as I entered the buffet.

See up-to-the-minute pricing and hours on Palms’ website, here.

Palms Brunch Buffet Menu Items

Before diving into what there is to eat, I should point out that bottomless mimosas and champagne are included with the price of admission to their weekend brunch buffet. I didn’t realize that going in and it was a pleasant surprise, to say the least.

Unlimited mimosas and champagne are one heck of a value proposition. A rarity in Las Vegas nowadays.

While this bottomless deal is included with weekend brunch, it’s typically an add-on purchase that costs extra.

A glass of champagne sits next to a glass of orange juice
Round 1

Now, onto what there is to eat!

Breakfast Items Offered During Brunch

The variety and quality of breakfast items offered were impressive and included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, country gravy benedict, breakfast potatoes, oatmeal, a yogurt bar, pancakes (in various forms), waffles, banana almond butter toast, breakfast pizza, breakfast stromboli, and roasted pineapple.

Even meatless options like tofu scrambles and vegetable potato hash were available.

Baskets of bagels
Individual servings of country gravy benedict
Country Gravy Benedict
A breakfast pizza topped with scrambled eggs and breakfast stromboli
Breakfast stromboli and breakfast pizza
Waffles and roasted pinapples with corn in the cob between them
Fried pineapple and waffles
A pile of bacon next to a pile of scrambled eggs
The basics.
Eggs Benedict next to breakfast sausage.
Eggs benedict and a pile of sausages. Breakfast potatoes in the background.
Plates full of pancakes with fruit on the edges of the plate
Pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, and fruit.
Individual servings of tofu scramblers, and vegie potato hash
Tofu Scramble, Jackfruit Curry, Veggie Potato Hash
Bananna almond butter toast flanked by yogurt smoothies in cups.
Banana almond butter toast flanked by yogurt smoothies and overnight oats

One of the more popular offerings was a build-your-own egg and omelet station that offered numerous meat and veggie ingredient options.

A build your own omelet station with veggies, cheese, and meat options to the left of the griddle.
Build your own eggs/omelet station.

Lunch Items Offered During Brunch

Lunch items offered as part of Palms’ brunch buffet included assorted sushi, a salad bar with an assortment of toppings, charcuterie, lox, soup (vegetable & tomato bisque), fried rice, vegetable chow mein, pizza with various toppings, teriyaki chicken wings, Maduro plantains, Filipino longanisa, spam musubi, roasted salmon, and truffle potato casserole.

Bowls of Vegetable chow mein, maduro plantains, and filipino longanisa.
Vegetable Chow Mein, Maduro Plantains, and Filipino Longanisa
Bowls of fried rice and Tariyaki chicken wings.
Vegetable Fried Rice and Teriyaki Chicken Wings
individual servings of Spam Musabi
Spam musabi
Italian pasta options
various types of pizza by the slice
Assorted Sushi
Lox and a board of meat and assorted cheeses
4 different salad options in bowls
Veggies, cheeses, and other toppings for salads.

The carving stations served andouille sausage, honey-glazed bone-in ham, top round steak, and beef brisket, which was by far the most popular option. The brunch buffet doesn’t serve prime rib, unfortunately.

Sausages and beef brisket on a cutting board.
Sausage, a large ham, and top round steak on a cutting board.

The most popular lunch items, however, were the mountain of both crab legs and shrimp, which both attracted a consistent stream of people.

A pile of crab legs flanked by cut lemons.
A pile of shrimp with cut lemons piled to the right.

While the dessert table was a bit picked over and lacked the visual “wow factor” that other buffets in Vegas have, there was ample variety.

Options included gelato, toppings, cake, cookies, and cupcakes.

A number of cakes and pies on display in a fridge case
Colorful assortment of gelato options under glass.
Ice cream topping options that include chocolate chips, nuts, m and ms, and candy corn.
Ice cream toppings

There were also baked items that included peach cobbler, apple pie, smores brownie, and bread pudding.

Pans of bread pudding, apple pie, smores brownie, and peach cobbler

Dole soft-serve ice cream in both vanilla and pineapple flavors was also available.

What I Liked About the Brunch Buffet

Value: I felt as though I got a lot for my money. Both crab legs and bottomless mimosa/champagne are unheard-of offerings at other similarly priced brunch buffets in Las Vegas. I especially enjoyed the bottomless mimosa, which I didn’t realize was part of the deal going in.

Food Quality: Simply put, this was a high-quality buffet. Food items I particularly enjoyed were the beef brisket (which substituted nicely for my beloved prime rib), California rolls, and teriyaki chicken wings (which were unbelievably tasty). Of course, I took the opportunity to eat my weight in crab legs.

Service: Although the buffet was busy, the server was absurdly efficient and had a new cocktail in front of me the moment I finished the previous one. Seriously impressive.

What’s Not to Like?

I’m nitpicking here, as my experience was very positive overall.

Picked Over Options: Some buffet items were a bit picked over and were slow to be replenished. Especially on the dessert table, there were plenty of nearly empty trays. Not a huge deal, but nobody ever wants the last of anything.

Some Sloppy Food Stations: Almost unavoidable at a popular and busy buffet, but there were a number of sloppy stations where previous guests had spilled while serving themselves, which is visible in the pictures above.

Location: For folks staying on the Strip, having to take a $10-$15 Uber lessens the value proposition a bit. I’d still recommend making the trip, as Palms is fresh off of a recent (very expensive) renovation project – The property shines and there’s more to see than A.Y.C.E.

Wait Times: While I personally didn’t experience it, mostly because I visited at an odd time (2 pm), the wait to get into the buffet can be long. While long lines often mean the product is worth waiting for, it’s something to be aware of.

Is The Buffet at Palms Worth The Money?

Absolutely.

Not only is the A.Y.C.E Buffet at Palms worth the money, but I’d pretty confidently declare it to be the best buffet value in Las Vegas, and I’ve eaten at them all.

While Bacchanal at Caesars, The Buffet at Wynn, and Wicked Spoon at Cosmo are better buffets in general, they can’t touch Palms when it comes to what you get for your money.

The brunch buffet at Palms was fantastic, and I can’t wait to get back to experience their dinner buffet in the near future.

Take the Uber and enjoy a day or evening at Palms. You won’t regret visiting this buffet.

Related: What Buffets are Open in Las Vegas Right Now?

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comateux

Sunday 30th of October 2022

I was there in August and do want to point out that bottomless mimosas are only on the weekend. Weekdays are an extra $10

Mike C.

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Thanks for AYCE review. We used to always include it in our prior Vegas trips. The pic of crab legs surely got my attention. While you mention they are a fav of the lunch buffet I don't see a lunch buffet being offered. Did youpossibly mean the Sat/Sun brunch buffet?

Mike C.

Thursday 20th of October 2022

@Jake, Ok, I see it now. I didn't realize I was in the "Brunch" section of the review. However, I'm happy to see crab legs offered during Brunch as I will be there on a weekend during an upcoming December trip. Timely report. Thanks

Jake

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

@Mike C., exactly. I was referring to the “lunch” items offered during their brunch buffet.

Sorry for the confusion. I’ll ponder a way to word it better!

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