Is the Rio seafood buffet worth the price?
We are thinking about going to Rio's seafood buffet while in Las Vegas. I don't mind the expense, but is it really good? We love seafood and just want to make sure it's great. Also, do they have good side dishes and salads?
Thank you for the help,
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First off, it's worth mentioning one thing to always keep in mind when talking about any buffet: Remember that it's just that, a buffet. There is inherently at least a small trade-off made of quality for variety. No matter how good the food served at the buffet is, it's still going to be a notch down from a top-quality restaurant where each meal is custom prepared.
Now, having said that, back to your question of "Is the seafood buffet at the Rio really good?" The answer: Yes. Yes, it is. It's very, very good. For serious seafood lovers it's absolutely worth the cost (currently up around $40) and the effort of taking a taxi from the Strip to the Rio. (You can use our Taxi Fare Estimator to get an idea of how much that cab ride will cost.)
The Village Seafood Buffet is a real point of pride, and a major drawing attraction, for the Rio. The spread is huge, as is the variety. They do have plenty of non-seafood sides -- and a really great dessert section -- but the whole experience is really all about seafood. A person who doesn't care much for crab or shrimp or fish would probably do best to dine elsewhere.
A couple of notes about the buffet: Lobster is usually served only at dinner, so visit in the evening if you want to enjoy that dish. Also, the line often gets pretty long (although it moves reasonably quickly), so don't expect to get in and out in a short time.