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Carnival World Buffet

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Electroguy563, Jun 9, 2012.

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  1. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    On my next trip I want to eat at the Carnival World Buffet. I dunno why, I just want to scratch it off my Vegas bucket list.

    I'm curious about the seating. Is it laid out cafeteria style? I mean is the tables in long rows and everyone sits where-ever? I hope not because bucket list or not I won't appreciate that kind of seating. I thought I saw a food network show with Emeril and it looked like he was sitting on a table that was long like you would see in a high school cafeteria.

    Also would anyone care to comment on the buffet if you have been there recently. I've read so much reviews on this buffet and it spans from fabulous to downright nasty....

    Thanks for any input.:wave:
     
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  2. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    Fab.

    Large room.

    Exceedingly large selection.

    Not cafeteria style.

    Super tasty foods.

    Lots of my favs.

    Have never gone to a buffet where many things interested me like this one.

    Have never gone to a buffet where I cared to finish everything like this one.

    Never been to one where everything was tasty.

    Never been to one where there was still so much more to try after I had had my pick of sooooo many items.

    Just great.

    Just awesome.

    Big fan.

    But I hear it was so much better before....any better and it would be heavenly squared.
     
  3. Willy

    Willy Low-Roller

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    One of the buffets we always make it to. Great selection, lots of desserts. And the seating is fine. Booth, table whatever. I do wish they would slice the crap in half though. Slows me down.
     
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    I have been wanting to go for the past 3 years, never make it off strip though. Had a coupon for BOGO 2 out of the 3 years and still didn't go. Review it when you do!
     
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    Long lines

    Huge selection

    Tasty food
     
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    Jeez and i thought I LOVED IT ;)!!!!!
     
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    My brother got the TravelZoo deal where he and his wife got one free buffet per day at any CET property and got their room at Ballys for $60, great deal. He gave me his certificate one day, so me and his wife went over. Needless to say, it was so good my fiance, my brother, his wife and I all went back the next day. The stir fry is to die for.
     
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    Last time we went was about 3 years ago and we really enjoyed it. Will keep going back until we have a bad experience.
     
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    BIG selection and very good for a buffet. Anyone can find items they enjoy. Had honey-pecan baked chicken last year that was as good as an entree in any restaurant. Hope they have it next trip. :) Salad section was very fresh with many options. Desserts?? OMG too many to choose from. If you can't enjoy this buffet....maybe buffets are not for you.... lol. We do the buffet of buffets 1 time each trip and always include this one for one of our dinners. YUM!
     
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    I hate to post a dissenting opinion (well, actually, I rather enjoy it :), but … Ms Gecko and I finally experienced the Carnival World Buffet in January, 2010 while staying at the Rio. We posted our impressions on VMB a week later, but this seems like a good time to repeat:

    "… it's humongous; you can walk off the calories going from one end to the other. But while there's a ridiculously large selection; in our opinion, it's definitely a case where bigger isn't necessarily better. Some items were very good, but relative to the number of selections, we weren't impressed. In fact, we were downright disappointed with the quality/taste of several things. The ice cream was dispensed into little "pill cups" along with the tiniest plastic "sample" spoons we've ever seen.

    The noise level, as in the casino, was horribly loud, the "background" music was blaring, and they kept making loud obnoxious sales pitches over the PA for their happy hour drinks. Somehow it reminded me of the Circus Circus feed lot I went through over 20 years ago. Although we got there right before a huge line formed, it still took 30 minutes to get in; and there were only a dozen folks ahead of us! They have 3 or 4 cash/credit kiosk lines, but almost everyone, including us, had to use the coupon line, which moved at a snail's pace..."

    Using a 2-for coupon and getting reimbursed for other half, it didn't cost anything besides the tip, and it was good to finally see what all the fuss and hype was about. For us, however, we much prefer the much smaller, quieter, and taster buffets elsewhere. Hope everyone else appreciates it more than we did; we haven't been back.
     
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    I loved it, but as for the noise, the day we went for the lunch buffet there were two mid twenties Asian women behind us as we waited for our stir fry, and they were up in one anothers faces screaming at each other. They reminded me of an umpire and a manager, practically touching the tips of their noses together, thats how up in each others faces they were. I was waiting for someone to swing, but after about 2 minutes, one was escorted off by a Rio employee and the other by (their???) mom. I told my brother I bet they are sisters and one just told the other she slept with the others man, but that was just a guess.
     
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    Thats what makes this board great. Evryone has a viewpoint and we dont always agree. I have done that buffy at least 6 or 8 times and thought it was great( and i am NOT including the Seafood Buffet which after the 1 st 2 times i went when it opened was great became " Harrahized"). Not the Bellagio or Wynn( and not with that price either) but very good IMHO.
     
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    Eaten there once and imho the best buffet experience I've had, with phoa close second. And yes, I've had Bellagio and Wynn. I guess there are just more items that I enjoy on these two buffets than the upper scale ones. That being said, we are trying wicked soon in August and I can't wait!
     
  14. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I agree that this board and it's members are the best. Disagreeing yet being respectful to the one you disagree with is a rarity these days. I am thankful that this board is full of members who respect each others opinions.

    That being said, I'm gathering a lot of solid information on this particular buffet, thanks to all who posted. Subjects such as "buffets" are bound to be full of different points of view, as we all have different tastes.

    It seems apparent that it's worth for me to go visit this buffet. At least to scratch it off my bucket list.

    By the way, is crab legs part of the everyday offerings? Or is it only available on certain days and if so which ones?:banana:
     
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    I'm not positive but I don't think we've every been to Carnival or PH buffets (dinner) when they didn't have crab legs. That is hubb'y fav and always gets his fill.... :) We've been on weekends but most of our trips are Sunday-Fri...
     
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    Turtleman,
    I'm with you on the concerns, especially the loud background noise and largeness not necessarily being better. Good input. Plus, their crab legs are the worst I've had of any Vegas buffet, and they won't heat them.

    With the LVA 2-1, we still make a yearly visit. We like the Vietnamese soup bar, the Mongolian grill, prime rib, bread products, duck and assorted chinese, sushi, and the desserts. Salad bar not too shabby either.
     
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    One thing I notice with a lot of buffets is they're pretty inconsistent and I think its just a fact when it comes to a buffet no matter how good the chefs are. I've yet to try it but I would like to to try it on my next buffet of buffets. So far crossed off Spice Market, Le village, and Lago.
     
  18. sco5123

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    Yes thats been my experience too with many buffets: inconsistency.

    I can say, for myself, I tried bkfast, lunch, and dinner on different days in different months and they were still scrumptious.

    Never tasted Wynn or Cosmo. But I have tasted bellagio and pho...and well they are like no where near Rio IMO, not in quality, quantity, my favs. Pho is better than bellagio. Bellagio is tiny in comparison and very few things i cared to eat.

    @jrinct I can't help the exuberance when I love a place lol
     
  19. cymbals

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    How far off the strip is this buffet? We'll be in Vegas next week, it's our first time there. When people refer to "downtown". is that part of the strip?
     
  20. jrinct1

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    Dont hold back.Say whats REALLY on your mind! ;)))!
     
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