Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 | 6 p.m.
There weren't any fireworks or huge crowds, but those who showed up for the opening of the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace did get the first tastes of 500 menu items.
The doors to the $17 million buffet opened at 7 a.m. today.
"This wasn't like a casino opening, where everyone is town shows up when the doors open," said Gabby Perez, general manager. "This was more of a soft opening. I counted about 20 people."
The word had spread by lunchtime, and the line was snaking through the ropes at the entry like a ride at Disneyland, with people waiting about 25 minutes to be the first to try the 500 items in nine themed kitchens, from Asian and American to Italian cuisines. Traffic was steady throughout the lunch hour at the 25,000-square-foot buffet that seats 600.
The most popular dishes?
"Sushi, pizza, barbecue and desserts," said Scott Green, executive chef.
The buffet is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Breakfast is $19.99 and lunch $24.99. Dinner is $34.99 weekdays and $39.99 on weekends, or less than the price of an entree at some of the Strip's higher-end restaurants. Caesars Total Rewards card members get a $3 discount.
For an extra $10, all-you-can-eat enthusiasts can add the Bacchanal to the Buffet of Buffets program -- which offers other seven buffets in 24 hours for $44.99.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.