The Bottom Line
- The Service - Like knowledgeable tour guides the servers are top notch
- The Variety in Cuisine - The Pacific Rim? Baja? Mediterranean? It's all covered.
- The Room -This is not your typical Las Vegas buffet , it has a "New Vegas" vibe
- Oh , yeah, shellfish, unlike any flavors you have had before
- So you need beef? The brisket, the flank steak, the prime rib. You might not be able to handle it.
- The line to get in. It's good, so everyone wants a piece of the action
- The price. $38 per person for a buffet? You'll walk out convinced it's worth it.
- The limits of the human body, you will fill up before you can fully experience everything
- The clams and mussels transported me to a beach side picnic in Veracruz. I could have had a few dozen more.
- The Thai bbq prawns are a mess, but the bell pepper snap in your mouth and you soon forget that you have to peel the shrimp
- Sushi that rivals your favorite sushi bar at home. Yeah, they have spicy tuna rolls and yes, have as much as you want.
- Marinated Calamari and Bay shrimp salad is so good you can almost see the Greek Islands as you frolic in the gentle surf.
- The soups - Clam chowder is fine but the Brazilian Shrimp with okra turned me inside out. I had to hit that twice!
- Lobster Tails and Crab Legs are staples at the Village Seafood Buffet but there is no shame in loading up on the crustaceans
- Flank steak, brisket and prime rib that apparently hold all the juice of the dry beef you find around town
- Seafood pasta is that blend of flavors that speak of artery blocking goodness. Yeah, incredible!
- Dessert - gelato is what you need to know. Pistachio nut and Elvis Flavor. Yeah, the King has a gelato named after him.
- Did I mention gelato? Peanut butter and banana have never tasted so good.
Guide Review - The Village Seafood Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
That's not to say that you won't find those items at the new Rio seafood buffet, it's just that with the proliferation of flavors and aromas that surround the food stations, you won't ever find them and you won't look for them.
You will separate your food in such an anal way so as to avoid combining flavors that were meant to be savored on their own. Listen when I say this; savor the moment and every bit of the dining experience you get when you decide to dine here. Fine dining is being redefined in Las Vegas and the Village seafood buffet is doing just that to the Las Vegas buffet experience.
Customer service is off the charts, when you dine here your server not only knows enough about every dish, they will help you decide where to direct some extra attention. It’s a simple formula. Each server has tried each dish, they know what works and they can help you make the most of this culinary adventure. You are touring the culinary treats of different cultures and they are there to lead you through. Utilize them.
I should mention that if you happen to enjoy gelato, you might want to have dessert first and embark on a journey through the flavors that made you race after the ice cream truck as a kid. Except, this is where the idea of a self imposed sugar rush have matured and you will be glad that you can appreciate the proper pairing of sugar cookies to Pistachio Nut gelato.