Going Solo In Las Vegas
You are in Las Vegas for work and you want to head out for dinner but you really don’t like eating alone? Yeah, I have been there and done that. Check out these places where ordering at the bar and having a remarkable meal will not seem odd even if you are all by yourself. Yes, you can sit at any bar and watch a game while you fill the need to put calories in your body but each of these places also serves a quality meal.
If you are looking for a simple meal by yourself try TAP Vegas at MGM Grand where you can have a beer and a burger and appear distracted by the televisions. BeerHaus at The Park Las Vegas is similar but you can actually sit outside and get some work done if that is what you are into. Grimaldi's Pizza is also a decent spot where pizza and a pie are easy and no one will frown on you having that extra slice.
Places to Avoid When Dining Alone in Las Vegas
Because I eat alone a lot in Las Vegas I can tell you that a buffet by yourself is not a good idea. First, because you are alone there is a good chance that your table will get cleared when you leave and head over to the feed line for another round. Second, with each trip back with more food, you realize there is less fun in having a big meal that you cannot comment on. Also, avoid fine dining restaurants as they often appear to be on the romantic side and the "one please" comment from you will get you the sympathetic look. Lastly, if they serve family style, don't walk in. You will never eat that much Kung Pao Chicken.
L‘Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand
The restaurant is set up for us people who eat meals alone. The view of the kitchen, the conversations with the people behind the counter and the fact that you do not want to share this food because it is so good.
Counter Service at Momofuku
There is no reason for you to deprive yourself of a great meal just because you are eating alone. The counter at Momofuku is actually the best spot in the house. Take a look at the kitchen as you eat and just order what everyone else is ordering. You have to have the ramen and if you have space order the duck even though it is recommended for larger groups.
The Bar at Rao's at Caesars Palace
If you sit at the bar at Rao's Las Vegas long enough you will no longer be eating alone. You'll make a few friends, buy a few drinks and eat a lot of food. Just be friendly and your quiet evening alone will transform into a wild night of red wine and meatballs followed by cocktails and cigars. Or not. It may still be a red wine and meatball night with a lot of activity but you'll be pleased with the people watching.
Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace
With fish and chips, you don't need anyone else at the Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill. It’s a pub with some good pub fare and the pub menu is the reason you don’t want to sit in the main dining room. Have a beer and sit at the bar and you’ll feel right at home going solo.
The Public House at Venetian
Public House at Venetian – When you have a huge beer selection you almost don’t need anyone else to take up your time. The lounge area is comfortable and you get a view of the bar and the crowd coming into the restaurant.
Beijing Noodle No.9 at Caesars Palace
Beijing Noodle No.9 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas - Watch the guys hand pull noodles as you snack on your bowl of good stuff. The entertainment factor is fun but you will have to deal with others gawking at your food. You will have a conversation with a stranger here, that is what makes it fun.
Sushi and Sake Solo at Kumi Japanese Restaurant at Mandalay Bay
Kumi Japanese Restaurant at Mandalay Bay - The sushi bar is my spot but the regular bar is just as inviting. Going solo is not a problem when you have crispy rice and yellowtail to keep you company.