Twenty-nine thousand pounds of crab legs, 18,604 pounds of shrimp, 25, 000 pounds of lobster...and then there's next month.
Village Seafood Buffet in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has no shortage of seafood, that's for sure. With good quality, lively atmosphere and modern décor, Village Seafood Buffet at The Rio offers an amazing amount of seafood delights for seafood lovers and land lovers alike. Feast on sumptuous crab legs, lobster, shrimp, oysters, prime rib, salmon, beef ribs, chicken mussels and catfish. Enjoy cuisine that appeals to a variety of tastes made fresh daily.
The Village Seafood Buffet's interior features cool ocean blues and frosty whites. Large sculptures are focal points for guests, as well as, of course, the mass quantity of seafood. Leather chairs and high-back banquettes in metals and blues add to the modern-industrial atmosphere.
Still, the restaurant is an inviting bustle of tourists and locals alike, busily mounding their plates with oysters, clams, mussels, stone crab and dungeness crab and shrimp cocktail from the chilled seafood station.
There is an abundance of sushi and sashimi offered, including spicy tuna rolls, tempura rolls and even vegetable rolls. A small but ample salad bar rounds out the cold foods.
The main attraction is the center station with a variety of hot foods, such as garlic butter lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese, stuffed crab and shrimp 'n' grits. A fried foods station offers fish 'n' chips, fried calamari, fried clams and fried shrimp. Tasty clams in garlic butter and jambalaya are also available.
For non-seafood eaters, there are options such as barbecued ribs, a carving station with ham, chicken and a pasta station.
There are also a few additional stations, including a Mediterranean station with tomato and mozzarella salad, hummus and pasta salads. There is also an Asian station with shu mai, pork buns and fried rice, among other dishes. The Mexican station features a make-your-own taco bar with all the fixings.
The Village Seafood Buffet highlight? House made gelato. Twenty different kinds of gelato are switched in and out of 16 chambers in a rotating wheel. Choose from flavors like chocolate, pistachio, tiramisu and Elvis, which is made with peanut butter and banana.
The attention to freshness makes Village Seafood Buffet worth the wait in line.
-- Review By Nikki Neu