The Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio hotel. Get ready to rumble.

I wouldn’t typically write about a buffet in a Las Vegas hotel unless I felt it was pretty special.  Most of the time, they’re fairly similar from one hotel to another, with some slight differences in the cuisine.  Some may serve a different cut of steak or prepare a dish a little differently, but for the most part you know what you are going to get when you walk in: some steak, some chicken, some fish, a salad bar and a dessert bar.

Last night, I was fortunate enough to try one of the best buffets for seafood lovers everywhere – the Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio.  A little more pricey than the others (about $38) and only open for dinner, this buffet stands head and shoulders above the rest because of the type of seafood that they serve.

My first round pretty much covered my $38 because I made myself an entire plate of tuna, yellowtail and salmon sashimi (not sushi) with a stack of raw oysters on the side.  As I quickly enjoyed that plate, the lobster, crab legs (prepared 5 different ways) and prime rib soon followed.  At the end of my meal I was comatose from all the crab I tried to stuff into my belly. 

Regardless of the abdominal pain it caused, the food was well worth it.

So the next time you’re in Las Vegas, hungry and in the mood for seafood, check out the Village Seafood Buffet.  I would recommend going there a bit earlier to beat the tourist rush (they open at about 4 pm).  Just don’t plan on going out to a club afterwords.

For more information, you can visit Rio’s official website.  To check out all the rave reviews, see their Yelp page.


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