Step into the regal dining room, tricked out with opulent chandeliers and elegant artwork, and any doubt that a buffet could meet Bellagio's standards vanishes. Even the most discerning foodie should find something to like among urbane cuisine like venison chops, apple-smoked sturgeon, and (especially) elaborate pastries. Some say the Buffet is overrated and overcrowded, but don't be put off by the naysayers—if you skip items that you could easily get at any Vegas buffet (such as pizzas from the wood-fired oven), you'll do well here. The staff does a first-rate job tending to everybody's needs. If you want to try to avoid the dinner lines, show up right when dinner starts (3:30 pm nightly). You might be eating earlier than normal, but the trade-off is worth it. For a special experience, try the Buffet Chef’s Table: all the convenience and choice of the splendid Bellagio buffet plus an exclusive audience with the executive chef, who oversees the delivery of a number of exclusive items, including inventive appetizers, table-side carving meats, and creamy chocolate fondue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.