A.Y.C.E. Buffet at The Palms

— Staff Writer

The A.Y.C.E. Buffet is part of the extensive expansion and upgrade of the Palms Hotel Casino. And for those who like to eat, it might be the greatest addition they made.

Now, full disclosure, we think this buffet is the best value of any buffet in Las Vegas. It might not have the pizzazz of our top three (Wynn, Aria, and the Wicked Spoon), or the variety of the Bacchanal, but you will walk away knowing your money was well spent. This is your go-to, your safe bet, your default. Chances are, some of you might even prefer it to the top-rated buffets that cost twice as much.

An island at the buffet line, the walkway framed by wood plank clad columns, the floor in hexagonal tile, abundant light and clear signage.
Creative preparation of ingredients, novel presentation, and low prices make this the best value in 2019. I give best values 5/5. Image: Palms

A.Y.C.E. has an updated, modern interior that is attractive and clean. And, yes, this is in contrast to many buffets which look dated, and dirty. It may seem small for some buffets, but actually is quite large, with a great mix on offer.

Compared to other buffets, the food is a little more healthy, with a broader mix of vegetables, vegetarian options, and lean foods. Instead of the typical areas given over to themes like Mexican, or Italian, the buffet is split into a variety of different sections, like The Greenery, The Hearth, The Roastery, World Pan, Smoke & Fire, Revival, and Sweet & Light. That isn’t to say they lack in meat and potatoes. No, their carvery has the usual mix of turkey, sausage, ham, and beef as you would expect, just spread across The Roastery and Smoke & Fire. We should add, they do a great job in the preparation, using bold flavors and unique ingredients to help highlight their elevated cuisine.

This buffet has been attracting a lot of attention with its mouth-watering selection of food. Serving up greens of all kind, brick oven casseroles, pizzas and other dishes, they still have a great selection of international fare like Moroccan lamb, dim sum, bao buns and so on. Their World Pan offers more international food that rotates frequently, and draws from some more obscure cuisines to really spice up your meal. But we like Smoke & Fire, which is more like a BBQ joint, heavy with proteins like bourbon glazed ham, barbecue ribs, hot links and a smoked Brisket Benedict.

Of course, most people like Revival with their freshly pressed juices, vegan dishes, and wellness-focused food. These are some of the best vegan buffet items you will find, and are quite good even if you are a devout carnivore. I always snag the buffalo cauliflower.

Sweet & Light is just as you would expect. Their desserts are average, and in keeping with Vegas buffets. I don’t think they are the standouts of the menu, but the ice cream sandwiches are noteworthy and a great way to end any meal. Choose your ingredients, and they will pile several scoops of your favorite on to cookies. They will even roll the edges in sprinkles. Right off the bat, you couldn’t buy that at an ice cream shop without spending $5.

Each station has an extensive selection of innovative dishes which really are not offered elsewhere. But it isn’t just the quality of the food, but the cost that makes this a winner. A dinner is $21.99, and lunch only $15.99. Save more by signing up for the Station Pass players card. This loyalty program will knock a few dollars off the price, and earn you points.


The A.Y.C.E. Buffet is located at the Palms, and can be found off the main casino floor. Head to the back of the casino area, and the buffet will be visible.

A new A.Y.C.E. Buffet has opened at Palace Station, replacing their Feast Buffet. This buffet offers the same great taste and value, but can be had if you are out by the North Strip. It is just speculation, but Station Casinos may intend to upgrade all Feast buffets to the new A.Y.C.E. model.


4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
702 942 7777


  • Sun-Thu: 8 am-9 pm
  • Fri-Sat: 8 am-10 pm



Remember as always to join the casino loyalty program if you do not already have membership. At the Palms, it’s called My Boarding Pass.


  • Monday through Friday: 8 am – 11 am
  • Regular $15.99
  • Preferred $10.99
  • Gold $8.99
  • Kids $8.99


  • Monday through Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Regular $17.99
  • Preferred $13.99
  • Gold $11.99
  • Kids $11.99


  • Monday through Friday: 4 pm – 9 pm, Saturday: 4 pm – 9 pm
  • Regular $24.99
  • Preferred $19.99
  • Gold $17.99
  • Kids $17.99


  • Saturday & Sunday Brunch 8 am to 4 pm
  • Regular $24.99
  • Preferred $19.99
  • Gold $17.99
  • Kids $17.99

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