House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Just The Facts, Please.
No Celebrity Chef.
Gospel Brunch Every Sunday
Show times: 10am & 1pm
Location: Restaurant Courtyard
Live Gospel Music
All You Can Eat Southern Style Buffet
Southern Specialties Including:
Biscuits and Gravy
Creamy Cheese Grits
Red Beans and Rice
Sample Menu Items
Creole Seafood Jambalaya
Our Famous Rosemary Skillet Cornbread
Fresh Florida Key Lime Pie
Mavens Overview: House of Blues
House of Blues (HOB) at Mandalay Bay is just one of many HOBs around the country, the first one was in Chicago. House of Blues has both a restaurant and a music venue. The concert hall has 500 seats plus standing room for another 1350. The venue hosts a wide range of talent, not just Blues.
The music venue gets better reviews than the food in the restaurant. The internet buzz is not negative, but not really positive either. The Gospel Sunday Brunch also gets mixed reviews.
Internet Buzz: House of Blues
- Such a cool, laid back atmosphere. The fun, funky decor is great. Their happy hour -- 3:00-6:00 every day -- is excellent. The staff is friendly and patient. The food is very good (American and Southern inspiration). And the music of course is outstanding, live or otherwise.
- Beyond LOUD. I realize it was a Friday night but they had the music very loud, in addition to the 3rd rate "dancing girl" music right outside. So you are hearing pop music along with heavy metal. Lovely.... (I am a fan of loud music - but not when I have to scream to my husband in order to have a conversation.)
- Great atmosphere, fast friendly service, and a live blues band started the night off. We ordered Gumbo and some Voodoo Shrimp. Small tasty portions at moderate prices. Unfortunately hard to enjoy the four piece blues band while outside music was emulating from the new dance stage that the casino has added outside of the restaurant.
- The food at House of Blues is good, but nothing to write home about. I especially like the cajun dishes though. We went during happy hour so the drinks were by far the cheapest of our weekend in Vegas. After the meal we went to the venue to see Megadeth. THIS is where HOB really shines. So much better than the Joint in Hard Rock where we saw Muse the night before. Cheaper too.
- Sunday gospel brunch....skip it. It's $50 for a buffet brunch (with "southern food") and a 45 minute gospel show. The food is just ok - plentiful, but lacking in flavor and, well, soul. Most of what I sampled (including egg dishes, fried chicken, roasted pork and salad) was blah. The two standout dishes were cheese grits and - would you believe it? - a rice krispy treat, and I can make both of those at home! The price includes all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys, but they're watered down. As for the entertainment, that's the real reason I wanted to go here - I love gospel music. The performers are talented, but the acoustics in House of Blues are TERRIBLE!
- I've been to three House Of Blues--the original one in Chicago (which had a very nice interior, and the food tasted better too; maybe the atmosphere helped), the one in Anaheim (super busy, okay food), and this one at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. I felt this Las Vegas location was the weakest of the three.
- I got the "Chicken-Fried Chicken" . It was just mediocre. It was nothing to write home about. My friend got the bayou shrimp and cheese grits. He liked the shrimp, but he said the cheese grits were just average. We each got chocolate cheesecake for dessert. I think the dessert was the best part of the meal, which isn't saying much.
- I had the pulled pork sandwich with the sweet potatoes fries -YUM! The sandwich was off the hook. The pork was tasty and not over sauced on a soft bun. The sweet potatoes fries were sweet and crispy -just the way I like them.
- Had the sweet potato fries ($4) with a side of the Jim Beam BBQ sauce - GET IT! That was one tasteee snackalicious snack.
- I had an ok meal here when some friends of mine were playing a gig here. The food was ok.