The stories about the buffets in Vegas are legendary. It used to be that the casinos would offer lavish buffets at ridiculously low prices to lure in gamblers. Those days are long gone.
First of all, the casinos soon discovered that a lot of folks came for the food and left without gambling. Secondly, on many of those buffets, folks mistook quantity for quality. Finally, the cost of providing such lavish spreads has made it nearly impossible to offer such deals. Still, most of the casinos in our area offer some kind of dining, whether it is deli style or fine dining, and quite a few offer buffets, that while not priced as low as the legendary Vegas buffets, still offer some bang for the buck.
I take the ratings on Yelp with a whole shaker, not just a grain of salt, but I provide them here because I have not been to every one of these buffets. I also do not include places that only offer a Sunday brunch buffet.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
Fresh Harvest gets three Yelp stars (out of a possible five) and since I have actually dined at this buffet, I can assure you that it is a fair review. Fresh Harvest is probably among the better casino buffets you’ll encounter. On the night of my visit all of the food was fresh and well-prepared and there’s enough variety to satisfy any diner.
There is a lavish salad bar, a small but well-presented array of sushi and various hot dishes in chafing dishes. There are build your own pasta and carving stations as well. When I stopped by the carving station there was only one person ahead of me. There were two carvers, but the remaining one didn’t seem to be interested in serving me, until I specifically asked her for a slice of prime rib (which was perfectly done and lean). When I passed the carving station later, there was a line five-deep and the two people staffing the station were chatting and not waiting on any of the customers. Table service, on the other hand, was attentive and efficient.
The base price for a dinner on a weeknight is $27 and a steamed lobster or grilled steak can be added for an additional $20. That may seem hefty, but the portions are huge (really Wilma Flintstone should have carried it out). An unlimited beverage package for house wine and domestic bottled beer is $15. My pinot grigio was awful, probably the worst wine I ever drank.
If you’re a dessert fan you will be in heaven. There is a wide array of offerings, from a complex chocolate and caramel mousse to something as simple as an oatmeal cookie and a scoop of gelato. Each was perfectly made and worth every calorie. There are many sugar-free options.
Fresh Harvest is also open for lunch from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for $19. Dinner Monday through Thursday, served 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. is $27. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. for $33, which includes one pound of crab legs. On weekends brunch is served from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. for $28 and includes endless mimosas & sparkling wine and one pound of crab legs.
777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach
Farmer’s Pick Buffet also gets three stars on Yelp. According to the casino’s website, the buffet partners with local farmers and offers more than 80 items. Lunch, $16.99, is served Monday through Saturday from noon until 3:30 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4- 8 p.m. is $26.99 with a $3 discount for Select, Gold, Platinum and Millionaire guests. Friday and Saturday night presents the “Endless Seafood” dinner from 4 until 9 p.m. $31.99 ($3 discount for VIPs) with a champagne brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $22.99 is also available.
The Casino at Dania Beach
301 E Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach
While it only gets two and half stars on Yelp, it is quite easy to get your hands on one of the Casino’s coupons allowing you to pay $25 for the buffet (available on Friday and Saturday nights only and usually priced $29.95) and getting you a $20 gambling credit. So, in the end you only end up paying five bucks. Not a bad deal and worth checking out. On Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. a ampagne brunch is offered for $24.95.
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