Ever since my review of the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, I’ve been asked how the Bacchanal Buffet is different from a standard Caesars Entertainment buffet. This is the answer, in pictures.

The Bacchanal buffet had better be different and better than a standard Caesar’s buffet. The Bacchanal Buffet is $70 on the weekend versus $14-$20 for the standard Harrah’s buffet.

I visited the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and took pictures of every single dish at the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe buffet. All Harrah’s and Caesars Palace casinos are owned by the same company, which is Caesar’s Entertainment.

After I visited Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, I then compared the buffet at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe to Harrah’s Las Vegas and found the two Harrah’s buffets to be very similar.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

First, the salad bar…


Sushi part of the buffet was typical of what you would expect from a $14 buffet.


Now onto the main dishes…


Onto the dessert station…



I sampled as much as my stomach would allow me to sample…

The prime rib was a bit overcooked but was somewhat edible with enough au jus. The brisket was juicy, but be sure to ask for the moist part. The lean part of the brisket was overly dry.


I love desserts, and I love crepes.  Some Harrah’s buffets have made to order crepes that are made in front of the customer; not so at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The crepe station at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe used pre-made crepes that the cook then finished in a pan. These crepes were not good.

Pre-made crepes, ready to be cooked.


I consider the above Harrah’s buffet to be a ‘standard’ buffet. It’s a typical buffet that focuses on quantity and relatively low prices, where most of the patron are dining on comp points. It’s not a high-quality buffet that’s worth more than $20 outside of Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, I’ve seen casinos charge upwards of $40 for a comparable buffet.

For a $14-$20 buffet, it’s a fair bargain.

It’s relatively easy to score a comp to a Harrah’s buffet. Just ask a floorperson. Most of the time, if you have a Total Rewards card, they’ll say yes. The worst they’ll do is say no.

Whether a casino buffet is good, bad, or ‘meh’, I love to eat at casino buffets. I find the casino buffet to be a quintessential part of the casino experience. Also, the vast majority of the time, I’m able to eat at a casino buffet for free. I do not recall the last time I paid out of pocket for a casino buffet.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve eaten at a Harrah’s Buffet; or if you have any casino buffets you would recommend I try, let me know in the comments below. I’ll bring back reports and pictures if I head to your recommended buffet.



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