Category Archives: Dining

Total Rewards Dining Discount

Total Rewards now gives you a discount when dining at their buffets, cafes and many other casual dining spots.  The program is currently in effect at all Caesars Entertainment buffets (like Carnival World Buffet at the Rio and Flavors, The Buffet at Harrah’s) and most of the cafes.  The program should be fully implemented by April 1, 2012.

The discounted prices are clearly marked on the menus.  As a general rule, if the casino owns the restaurant you can probably get a discount by showing your Total Rewards card.  This includes places like the All American Bar & Grille at the Rio and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s in addition to the buffets and cafes. Planet Dailies, the cafe at Planet Hollywood is not participating.

Another way to look at this is that Caesars Entertainment owned restaurants in Las Vegas are going to charge you more if you don’t join their Total Rewards players club. The Total Rewards card is free and there is no obligation to gamble in order to get the discounted price.

Rio Dining: By The Meal

(updated  September 1, 2016)

When you are on the Strip, if you want to get a bite to eat but you don’t like what is offered at your hotel or the places at your hotel are closed, you can easily walk to something else. When you are off-Strip, you don’t usually have that option. The Rio does a good job of making sure that you don’t go hungry.

Here is a list of dining options at the Rio organized by meal. Knowing what is open when can be very handy since the Rio doesn’t have the typical 24 hour coffee shop setup that some of us have come to depend upon.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Late Night


Hash House A Go Go    (in the walkway to the convention area)

open 6:00am – 1:00pm for  breakfast Mon-Fri

open 6:00am – 3:00pm for  brunch Sat-Sun

Carnival World Buffet (by the Poker Room and Sports Book)

open 8:00am – 11:00am  for  breakfast Mon-Fri

open 8:00am – 10:00am  for  breakfast  on weekends

open 10:00am – 3:00pm for brunch on the weekend

Starbucks (by Ipanema Tower elevators & another in the walkway to the convention area)

Ipanema location open 5:00am – 11:00pm Sun – Thurs ;      open 24 hours Fri – Sat.

Convention location open 6:30am-1pm daily

Rio Java (in the Masquerade Village by the Masquerade Tower elevators)

SmashBurger   (in the Masquerade Village upper level – close to the parking garage)

open 8am-4pm  – they serve breakfast sandwiches in the morning


Carnival World Buffet

open 11:00am – 3:00pm for lunch 

All American Bar & Grille (near the front desk)

open 11:00am – 12:00am

KJ Dim Sum (across from the Carnival World buffet)

open 10:00am – 2:00am


open 8am-4pm

Sports Deli (by the Sports Book, near the front desk)

open 11:00am – 11:00pm Sun – Thurs; open 11:00am – 1:00am Fri – Sat.

Starbucks and Rio Java are options, too if you just need a snack


VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub   aka VooDoo Lounge (on the top 2 floors of the Masquerade Tower – elevator located on the upper level of the Masquerade Village)

open 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Nightclub is open 9:00pm – 3:00 am

Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho

open 5:00pm – 10:00pm

KJ Dim Sum

open 10:00am – 2:00am

All American Bar & Grille

open 11:00am – 12:00am

Sports Deli

open 11:00am – 11:00pm Sun – Thurs;

open 11:00am – 1:00am Fri – Sat.

Carnival World Buffet

open 3:00pm – 10:00 pm for dinner

Village Seafood Buffet (CLOSED – An expanded seafood section has been added to the Carnival World Buffet for an extra $15)

Late Night Eats

KJ Dim Sum open until 2am.

All-American Bar and Grille open until midnight 

Starbucks by the Ipanema Tower elevators open 24 hours on Friday & Saturday.