Where Do You Find A 500 Item Buffet? Las Vegas, Naturally

bac·cha·nal   [n. bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adj. bak-uh-nl]
1. a follower of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
4. the new $17 million, 500+ item buffet at Caesars Palace

Longtime Las Vegas lovers will remember the epic Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, a Roman-style feast that closed in 2000. Like all good things, it’s come back around. In early September, the hotel and resort will open a 21st century adaptation of the Bacchanal Buffet to the tune of $17 million.

That’s one expensive restaurant. Just what does one get when they spend that much? A culinary experience that rivals a Vegas show, it seems. Touting what the Palace says will be the “most variety on the Las Vegas Strip,” Bacchanal Buffet will feature more than 500 items from classic favorites such as made-to-order omelets, the freshest seafood and roasted meats like prime rib to cutting edge, regional comfort food like breakfast pizzas, red velvet pancakes, wood fired Neapolitan pizzas and Chinese dim sum, even roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits.

The views? The property’s famous Garden of the Gods pool complex. Because you want to go swimming after eating at a 500 item buffet, naturally.

Let’s break that down by the numbers:
Size: 25,000 square feet
Seating: 600 guests
Kitchens: 9, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, Seafood, Pizza, Deli and Dessert.

Most kitchens will feature an interactive chef, crafting a total of:
Dinner: More than 300 items
Breakfast: More than 95 items
Pastry: An additional 115 pastry items available during dinner (who knew there were 115 kinds of pastry?)
Bread: More than 20 different varieties of fresh-baked bread and rolls
Soups: More than 10 daily soups, many of which will rotate daily
Cheeses: 7 farmstead American cheeses available year round with 3 changing seasonally

Lest you think, wait! that’s not enough … there will also be crepes made-to-order, oyster shucking, house-smoked ribs and brisket, and yes, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Because usually those who eat at a 500-item buffet are watching their waistlines.
The prices are fairly reasonable – $19.99 for breakfast, $24.99 for lunch, and $39.99 for a seafood dinner, or a $10 supplemental charge for the standard Caesars buffet pass.

We’ll add one more stat: average number of pounds gained if you eat at this restaurant once a day during your stay: approximately 5.