Friday, July 31, 2009

Flamingo's Paradise Garden Sunrise Brunch Buffet - review

I met my mom and cousin for brunch at Flamingo's Paradise Garden Sunrise Brunch Buffet on a Sunday during my July trip. I've always wanted to try a champagne brunch, but I didn't want to pay a huge amount of money for my first one. I'd heard about Flamingo's brunch from several of my online friends, and I decided that the reasonable price ($19.99, including mimosas) and mid-Strip location made it perfect to try.

We got to the buffet at around 8:30 a.m., and there was no line at the cashier and hardly anyone else in the restaurant at that early hour. The hostess gave us our choice of seating, and we picked a four-top table alongside the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Flamingo bird habitat and waterfall. It offered a great view of the entire habitat area and the gazebos on the Flamingo property.

The waitress immediately brought us water and offered us mimosas to start. We were more than happy to try the mimosas while waiting for our coffee, too. They pre-mix the mimosas for you and bring them to your table with a little extra orange juice for mixing if you're not too fond of champagne. I preferred mine exactly as it was served to me, but my mom added a little OJ to hers because she's definitely not a fan of champagne (it didn't stop her from drinking it, though).

The buffet included a table full of muffins, biscuits and breads, as well as the usual hot breakfast selections such as eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, hash browns, sausages, grits, and pancakes. They also had a separate station for made-to-order omelets and eggs (over easy or fried).

For their non-breakfast selections, they had prime rib, turkey, crab legs, salmon, a variety of fresh fruits, salads, pastas and antipasti dishes, and a full dessert table that had several types of pies, cakes and cookies. In addition, they offered soft-serve ice cream in two flavors (mango and vanilla were the flavors of the day).

The hot food selections that I tried were not quite as warm as I would've liked for them to be. They were more on the lukewarm side, and I prefer my breakfast meats and eggs to be steaming hot. While their scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked, they were just not warm enough for me.

Out of all the foods I tried at this buffet, I found one dish I absolutely loved: French Toast Casserole. It was presented like a bread pudding without the sauce, and it was cooked through, very warm, and had a wonderful flavor and texture. I went back and got three big helpings of the casserole because I loved it so much.

After all was said and done, I'd had three mimosas and what seemed like a ton of food. The atmosphere was very relaxing, the mimosas were good, but the overall food quality was not quite as high as I had hoped because of the heating issues I experienced. It was a quite passable buffet, however, and I found a new love in the French Toast Casserole and mimosas as a breakfast option. I just don't know if I'll be back for another visit when there are so many other champagne brunches to try in Las Vegas. At least I started with an affordable one. For the price, though, the selection is certainly very good.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give the Flamingo Paradise Garden Sunrise Brunch Buffet a 6.5.

The Flamingo's champagne brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  1. I have to agree with you about the temps of the food on Flamingo Buffet. We tried it only once. The variety was certainly lacking but it was the temps of the food that bothered us the most. From reading other peoples reviews, this seems to be a very common complaint.
    You really have to admit that the view is excellent though.


  2. An excellent view for sure. If I went back again, I think I'd sit by the window and have my fill of French Toast Casserole, coffee, and mimosas!


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