Last weekend I had to make a quick one day trip down to Burlington. As I needed a place for dinner and it was Friday night, my bf and I decided to stop by the Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Market Buffet. I previously saw a huge billboard in Bellingham advertising a $16.50 seafood buffet special (you have to join the Skagit Valley Casino members club, but it’s free to join). As a huge seafood lover, I couldn’t resist seafood+buffet in the same ad!
At exit 236, Skagit Valley Casino Resort is just 20 minutes south of Bellingham and 5 minutes north of Burlington. I’ve always passed the giant “S” sign of the casino on the way down the I-5 towards the outlets and Seattle, but never stopped there until now.
Right off the bat when I went into the casino – super smokey! Warning to all Canadians use to a smoke-free environment, this is the complete opposite. We made a beeline straight to the Members desk to sign up for our membership card, finding out we get a $5 in slot money. We took our little slip of paper to the Cashier’s counter and got a $5 slot slip that we can put into the slot machine or the cash out machine (we did the latter!).
There was a short 15 minute wait for our table for 2 at the Market Buffet but we were given a light-up pager so we could roam around the casino as we wanted to. After spending time looking at the casino tables, we got buzzed and shown to our table quite quickly for the buffet.
The server was nice and friendly, asking if we wanted any drinks even though you can self-serve yourself fountain pop/soda/juice/water, tea and coffee from the buffet area. On the table was our cutlery and also a huge bowl for our seafood shells, a crab cracker, and some packages of wet napkins for our dirty fingers!
The buffet isn’t huge – don’t expect Vegas-style buffet here. Think Tulalip Casino size for those who’ve visited the Tulalip Casino next to the Premium Outlets at Exit 202.
For seafood, they had the following the night we went: cold dungeness crab, cocktail peel-n-eat shrimp, deep-fried butterfly prawns, steamed mussels and clams, grilled cod, and baked salmon. For regular buffet items they had a carver standing by slicing you nice tender pieces of roast beef, a pasta bar with a chef preparing custom orders, salad bar, Chinese station with some fried rice, beef & broccoli, etc, and your usual fried chicken, pork dish (we had kalua pork Hawaiian style), mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, corn, and a pretty decent dessert buffet. They also had a soft-serve vanilla ice cream stand for kids to make their own sundaes. I tried their apple pie, banana foster, mini cheesecake bites and chocolate mousse while my bf had their pecan pie and bread pudding.
Overall quality is decent – not amazing, but for the price, it’s average. I actually found their desserts to be quite good considering they weren’t overly sweet. Would’ve been nice to have some fruit though – like a fruit salad or some fresh sliced melon/oranges/etc.
I think I’d go back again! Perhaps this time we’ll try our luck to win back our dinner at the casino tables :)
Skagit Valley Casino Resort – Market Buffet
Seafood Buffet – every Friday night – 4-10pm
The Skagit is located in Bow, WA, just off Interstate 5 at exit 236, 70 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. And we are only 5 minutes north of Burlington and 20 minutes south of Bellingham.