Finding a place to eat cheaply in Las Vegas should be a priority. Saving cash on food is also a great way to make sure you have more money for the clubs, the bars, the shows, and the late night marathon gambling session at the blackjack table.
Happily, you can eat well and still not spend a lot of money in Las Vegas, it is just a matter of knowing where to go and what to order. Even at the most expensive spots on the Las Vegas strip, there are items on restaurant menus that are a steal.
The following spots showcase that in Las Vegas, cheap eats don’t have to mean eating bad buffets and shrimp cocktails!
The burger is a standout among cheap food options at Shake Shack, and the rest of the menu does not blow up your budget either. For vegetarians, the Shroom burger has a combo of muenster and cheddar cheeses that adds a nice bite to the flavor. This is the pinnacle of cheap eating on the Las Vegas strip.
There are multiple locations in Vegas to grab breakfast staples all day (and night) long. Order a stack of their famous flapjacks, "twisted" stuffed burger, or chicken and waffles to be full for hours.
California Pizza Kitchen
Stop into California Pizza Kitchen at The Park Las Vegas for an affordable pasta or salad as well as a great place to eat under the stars.
The secret is pretty much out that this tiny joint at The Cosmopolitan delivers a decent pie for a low price. They even have a couple of beers on tap.
A warm sandwich for next to nothing in Las Vegas? Yes, you can get yours at either Planet Hollywood or Caesars Palace.
This taco spot next door to Wynn Las Vegas is in a strip mall and is as authentic as you get in Las Vegas. Work on your Spanish and consider getting creative with your protein choices. They have tongue, brains, and enough different preparations of beef and pork to ensure you'll be back to try each variety.
Family style eating at Buca Di Peppo means the cost per person goes way down. Two people are affordable — four people make these prices super cheap. The Italian eatery is great to bring kids as the staff is super friendly and the decor bright and colorful.
Yes, the pizza at Five50 Pizza Bar is very affordable, but look down the menu to the small plates, and those gems are where the value lies. The prices aren't super inexpensive, but when you realize this is a shot at gourmet ingredients, the extra month will seem worthwhile.
Split an entrée, and you could keep your bill under $15 per person at Noodles at the Bellagio. For a splurge, try the Dim Sum or daily seafood specials.
Flock and Fowl
It's just slightly off the strip, but you have to try Flock and Fowl because what these folks are doing to a bird is worth telling people about. It's also a great story to go back home and explain how you had a fantastic meal at a rundown strip mall in Las Vegas.
Should you get excited about food courts? Not if you find one in a shopping mall at home but if you are in Las Vegas do not dismiss them entirely. The food court at Caesars Palace has a slew of low budget options from around the globe from pizza, to halal, to crepes, to Chinese.
TAP Sports Bar at MGM Grand
If you watch sports, the last thing you want to see is a huge tab at the end of a game. You can remedy that with the large portions at TAP Vegas and with the game day specials on beer and appetizers. If you aren't that hungry, split the Captan's Burger with a couple of people.
Take advantage of happy hour specials in the middle of the day at Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York Hotel. Grab traditional Irish favorites or pub staples like onion rings or mac and cheese while watching the crowds stroll by.
If you are in Downtown and have a craving for a flavorful hot dog, then stop into American Coney Island Hot Dog at the D Hotel. While the dogs qualify as "cheap," you may need more than one to feel satisfied.
The happy hour specials are hard to beat at the Yard House in the LINQ or Town Square. The portions are ample, and the beer selection is more than substantial. Bonus: If you just need a slice of pizza while sightseeing there is a good chance that you will walk right by Flour and Barley at the LINQ.
The lunch special of a couple of tacos and a beer at Taqueria Canonita comes with a side of views: the gondolas at the Venetian.
If you need a cheap, quick meal Subway sandwich does it right. Planet Hollywood, Showcase mall and Casino Royale each have a spot when the needs for something familiar strikes.
Order wisely at La Cave at Wynn, and it can be cheap. They offer a limited happy hour menu from 3 to 6 p.m. daily with discounted appetizers. Or, at dinner, the French onion soup with puff pastry and gruyère cheese is both filling and not a budget buster. Bonus: you get the great atmosphere all while saving money.
Margaritas, ceviche and plenty of dancing— Carlos 'n Charlie's at the Flamingo is a cheap, fun party on the strip. Just don't have too many tequila shots or the price will go up fast.
Rí Rá is the spot for fish and chips and beer. We recommend splitting the sizeable entrée and ordering an extra beer.
Seafood fans get a lot of lobster for their money at Lobster ME. Soup and salad is an option for those not craving a roll, and there are fantastic beer specials each day.
Fill up on bread and pasta at Il Fornaio at New York, New York, and you’ll have enough money for the quarter slots just outside the restaurant.
Grab a lunch special at Beijing Noodle No.9 at Ceasars Palace or split a couple of entrees and you’ll be impressed by the size of the portions compared to the final cost.
Gordon Ramsay has a killer burger at Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood, but what you should also be having is one of his hot dogs. Split it because it is massive.
Feed the kids for very little or find a lunch option that will not break the bank at Flamingo Food Court. Reliable fare from Johnny Rockets, Bonanno’s Pizzeria, and Pan Asian Express are waiting.
Go to Slice of Vegas and have a perfect salad. The pizza is fine and cheap, but the Romelia's Salad is simply precious. It's light, fresh and a bowl of perfection.
Tequila, chips, and tacos at Hussong's Cantina at Mandalay Bay. What else do you need? How about a massive plate of nachos for under $15.00 or a plate of taquitos for $8.00. Viva la full belly!
Grab a few tapas at Julian Serrano for lunch, and you can still leave there paying under $20.00 per person. The padron peppers, carne asada, and stuffed dates are among the standouts.
A late night meal at Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at the MGM Grand is affordable—but a salad or pizza in the middle of the day is a very affordable meal any time.
Soup and a beer and you get a cheap meal at Oyster Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The Monday-Thursday Happy Hour runs from 2-4 p.m. and offers oysters for around $2.25.
Split a salad or an entrée, and you will feel like you are practically stealing food at the Cheesecake Factory in the Forum Shops.
The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay lets customers build-their-own burger with over twenty different topping choices. Keep yourself to just one beer from the impressive list, and you'll have a grand meal for a low price.
The Meatloaf at Spago is a great deal when considering the quality of the food and the Vegas atmosphere that comes with it.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog is easily one of the cheapest meals on the Las Vegas strip. For a splurge, grab the two dogs and fries special.
Take a bonus vacation while in Vegas and bask in the atmosphere of France at the Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel. The breakfast menu with fresh crepes and baguettes are among the best in town—and it is definitely cheaper than flying across the pond.