The Venetian and Palazzo resorts have one of the most sophisticated food and beverage operations in the world (imagine coordinating in-room dining for more than 7,000 rooms each day), and their restaurants are next-level legendary: Majordomo Meat & Fish, the David Chang blockbuster whose LA location was a James Beard semi-finalist for Restaurant of the Year, recently opened. The stunning Mott 32 opened in 2018, and anchor restaurants include the iconic CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Bouchon. In other words, there’s more fine dining here than you could ever indulge in during a single visit.
Still, there will be times you don’t want to make dining a grand affair. It’s a wise idea to save your appetite—and your bankroll—for one or two major meals each day. Both Venetian and the connected Grand Canal Shoppes have you covered, both for casual sit-down and food court fare.
The food court at Venetian is right off the casino floor on the way to The Venetian Theatre. In the last few years, it has been carefully revamping its selections, adding a location of Halal Guys, the gyro and falafel joint that started as a food truck in NYC and has a cult following, as well as 7 Leaves Café, with its milk teas and macarons.
Here are some of the best food court—and food court-adjacent—options:
A tribute to the American luncheonette, chase one of its gourmet burgers with an over-the-top shake (kudos if you can finish it).
The real gem is this takeaway kiosk just outside the food court. It sells all the pastries you can get from Bouchon (look for the “Better Nutter,” a giant, soft improvement on Nutter Butter), without the lines—or the trek to the 10th floor Bouchon location.
The Mexico City “soul food” stop along the Grand Canal is a bit pricier than other casual places, but worth every bite (don’t miss the huitlacoche corn bread). Plus, it usually has great happy hour deals on tacos and margaritas.
Located right across the corridor from Buddy V’s Ristorante, this is the Las Vegas locale of Buddy Valastro’s Hoboken bakery, made famous by "Cake Boss." Come here for cakes, cannoli, cheesecakes, and pastries.
The little trattoria inside Grand Canal Shoppes serves Greek and Italian food—a nice step up from the food court but not a fine dining commitment.
One of the food court’s unsung heroes is Curry Pot, a modern Indian café serving North and South Indian specialties, with curry pots and biryani all at modest prices.
Serving hamburgers, shakes, and malts, this 1950s-style diner is as kid friendly as casual joints come.
If your goal is to recuperate from last night, a JuiceFarm location right next to the elevator across from the food court is the place to get cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
Everything Maine lobster can be found here. Order up an authentic Maine lobster roll served with a quarter pound of lobster meat and a side of waffle fries. Or, get a modest butter-poached lobster taco for under $10.
Just a few steps from the food court, PrimeBurger serves towering onion ring stacks, huge burgers (try the “Frenchie,” smothered with Gruyère), and boozy shakes.
If you’re a chocolate-lover, follow up your meal with a quick walk along the canal to Royce Chocolates, the Hokkaido, Japan-based chocolatier whose only Las Vegas location is in the Shoppes—and is liberal with the samples.
This fast casual spot is a nice place to grab a bite to eat if you’re just craving a burger.
Belly up to the bar at the Las Vegas craft brewers’ location right in Grand Canal Shoppes.
Pasta bowls and salads join particularly good Neapolitan slices in this food court staple.
Tacos N' Ritas is a convenient stop for street-style tacos and burritos (and if you've wondered where the dangerous looking, 50 oz. margaritas you’ve seen walking through the casino came from, this is the source for at least some of them).
Well-priced rice and noodle bowls make a solid quick bite if you’re suddenly overwhelmed by the Grand Canal Shoppes (it happens).