Carnival World Buffet at Rio – 2021 Prices, Hours, Menu, & Coupons

Carnival World Buffet in Rio Hotel is one of the best off-strip buffets.

Note: Carnival World Buffet is temporarily closed in 2021

In fact, it is known as one of the best vegas seafood buffets with dozens of seafood dishes.

The buffet is kid friendly and offers upgrades for adults such as an all-you-can-drink beer and wine pass that gives you access to unlimited draft beer and house red or white wine.

Rio Carnival World Buffet prices and overview

Rio Carnival World Buffet, a look at the spread. Photo Credit:

Rio Buffet is easy to navigate with each type of global cuisine being marked and separated. There are more than 200 dishes available at any given time at Carnival Buffet.

There are private dining rooms available for group dining, meetings, and Caesars Rewards Diamond Members. The elite dining room for Diamond members includes front-of-line access, water features, and dramatic lighting.

desserts to go at rio buffet las vegas

Carnival World Buffet at Rio Hotel is known for its decadent dessert buffet selection featuring more than 70 desserts and a gelato station that has dairy-free options as well. You can also order desserts like Tiramisu, Eclairs, cheesecakes, flan, and macaroons, and containers of gelato, to go.

Wear casual attire and be prepared to pay moderate prices, there are buffet coupons available.  

Carnival World Buffet at Rio is located off the strip on West Flamingo Road.

A look at the menu, pricing and hours at the Rio World Buffet

Carnival World is a dinner buffet, but you won’t leave hungry. Photo Credit:

Rio Buffet Hours

Carnival World Buffet is only open for dinner; however, a champagne brunch is available on weekends and dinner starts early, at 3 pm on the weekends as well.

There is no breakfast or lunch buffet.

The weekend buffet is open from 10 am to 9 pm but transitions from brunch to dinner offerings at 3 pm.

Champagne Brunch Saturday & Sunday10 AM to 3 PM
Monday through Thursday Dinner4 PM to 9 PM
Friday Dinner4 PM to 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday Dinner3 PM to 9 PM

Rio Buffet Pricing

Champagne Brunch Saturday & Sunday$26.99
Monday through Thursday Dinner$31.99
Friday Dinner$34.99
Saturday & Sunday Dinner$34.99

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 pay $15 for a buffet regardless of the time of day. Anyone over 12 years old is considered an adult.

Endless Taco night at the Rio Carnival World Buffet

Endless Taco night at the Rio Carnival World Buffet. Via Instagram @riovegas.

Menu Items

Carnival World is one of the most extensive buffets in Las Vegas with a serving line that snakes throughout the buffet featuring buffet stations with foods from all over the world.

Salad Bar

The large salad bar includes several types of greens and all the salad toppings you can imagine. Cold, prepared salads and vegetarian options including the vegan creamy coconut rice with cranberries, are also available in the salad bar. One of the highlights of the salad bar is fresh fruit that is available. Most Vegas buffets use canned fruits.


One of the most popular stations at Carnival World is the Teppanyaki station. The buffet offers several different Asian soups that are made to order right in front of guests. Noodle dishes and a small selection of sushi is also available.


The Asian buffet features dishes from all over Asia including traditional Chinese fried rice, spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, pork ribs, and duck. Green curry chicken is a favorite.


The Mexican offerings are typical of most buffets including a nacho/taco bar with four kinds of salsas, Spanish rice, fish, cheese enchiladas, and menudo soup.


The Italian buffet station has a Caesar salad bar, several pizzas, and a few different pasta dishes.


The American buffet line has several different fried foods including chicken, french fries, shrimp, and hot wings. You’ll also find pork ribs, mashed potatoes with different gravies, and baked trout.

Carving Station

The carving station at Carnival World is impressive. In addition to the typical prime rib, you can also get cuts of pork loin, whole chickens, beef ribs, roasted turkey, and baked honey ham. You can also get grilled pork belly, chicken sate, and all-beef hotdogs in the meat stations. Guests will also find the fresh seafood selection by the carving station including ahi tuna poke, mussels, peel and eat shrimp, ceviche, catfish, cod, salmon, and sushi.

Carnival World Desserts

Carnival World offers the usual spread of cookies, pies, cupcakes, cakes, tarts, and cobblers in addition to an impressive gelato buffet, crème Brulee, and flan.

Rio Carnival World Buffet, more choices

Make sure you check out the various discounts available for the Rio Carnival World Buffet. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Coupons, Tips, and Insider Info

Rio Carnival World Buffet has a local’s discount that can save you $4 off your dinner buffet by showing a Nevada driver’s license. The discount is only valid in the last hour of the dinner service hours.

For an extra $13 you can add on an all-you-can-drink option to your buffet that will get you unlimited beer and wine while you are enjoying your food. The weekend champagne brunches include unlimited mimosas and champagne so skip the alcohol buffet add on during brunch.

Soda is available at the drink station where a create-your-own Pepsi machine is located. Soda, tea, juice, and other drinks are served to your table included with the buffet price.

Carnival World Buffet is also included in the Buffet of Buffets Pass. This Caesar’s Entertainment pass allows you unlimited access to certain buffets for 24 hours.

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