Honestly I’m not a huge buffet fan.
I don’t like crowds and noise, and I don’t think “more is better.” However, I really appreciate a good meal made with quality ingredients, and I will go out of my way for an amazing dining experience.
While the Verandah restaurant at the Four Seasons Las Vegas was not on my short list of spots to try while I was in town, we ended up there one morning – for the buffet – and I have to say that I’m glad we did. It was very good, and I would definitely return. Maybe even if I wasn’t staying at the hotel. For a field trip.
Verandah is indoor/outdoor. This is fantastic in Vegas, where the smoky casino air can really creep into your pores. It’s so refreshing to be able to sit outside in the fresh air as you enjoy a meal.
The breakfast buffet at Verandah is served only on weekends. Cost is $40.
I absolutely loved how all of the offerings were presented in such a polished and well-designed way. Small glass cups of yogurt were next to little rammekins of muesli and inventive dishes such as carmelized peaches and cottage cheese.
Heaping bowls of fresh berries were another highlight.
There was also a made-to-order fresh doughnut station. I tried a chocolate and pretzel covered doughnut…delicious!
The buffet included a good assortment of meats and cheeses, including bacon, sausage, and smoked salmon.
They also had the cutest tiny skillets filled with things like “corned beef and pastrami hash over crispy shoe string potatoes.”
There were also some “standard with a twist” items such as strawberry pancakes, Pannetone french toast, Eggs Benedict, fresh apple blintzes, bread pudding, and more…and some flaky pastries and an assortment of muffins and breads.
The coffee was strong and flavorful. The juice was fresh-squeezed.
Should you go?
That depends. If you are looking for the classic Vegas buffet experience, then you will be disappointed at the Four Seasons. There are no overflowing platters of cocktail shrimp or a prime rib carving station or a jumble of chow mein and pizza and pasta here.
In other words, this buffet is all about quality over quantity, in every sense of the word, from the artfully presented food to the outdoor tables. If you are looking for more of a relaxed, refined experience than a typical Vegas buffet, then Verandah is probably right up your alley.
Personally, I loved it. It was perfect for my friend, my mom (yes, we included her in our girls’ weekend), and me to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the cool sun on a winter morning in the desert.
How about you? Is this your style, or are you a a fan of the full-on Vegas buffet?