We recently looked at a variety of hotels on the Vegas Strip for different sized budgets. It’s fairly simple to divide hotels into different budget ranges on the Vegas Strip. The hotels are easily grouped into just a few price ranges.
Even the lowest tier hotel rooms on the Vegas Strip are nice compared to similarly priced hotels in other cities. It’s something that we can take for granted when looking at Las Vegas properties. Even after adding resort fees into the price of hotel rooms there are still plenty of great deals around.
Looking at dining budgets isn’t quite that easy as hotel budgets. Sure we can point to inexpensive places to eat on the Vegas Strip. However, not everyone has the same taste in restaurants. There are also visitors looking for a different experience than a bargain might offer.
For example, Batista’s Hole In The Wall near The Cromwell, Flamingo, and Bally’s is a great value. However, not everyone visiting Las Vegas wants to eat in a hole in the wall 100 steps away from the Vegas Strip – no matter how good the deal.
Food Courts And Fast Food
Similarly, a salad at Harrah’s Fulton Street Food Hall is a great deal. The $15 salad will fill anyone for the day and you’ll still have leftovers. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to eat at a food court when visiting Las Vegas. While $15 for a salad (after tax) might not be a deal back home, it’s a relative bargain on the Vegas Strip.
Food courts on the Vegas Strip offer plenty of good priced meals if you just need something to hold you over to dinner. Here’s a post from a couple of years ago looking at how newer food courts are upgrading. (Note to self – let’s write an update)
Personally, I’m just looking for a good meal for the price on the Vegas Strip. While In N Out Burger at The Linq is more expensive than off the Strip locations, it’s still a relative bargain for a fast food meal. Expect to see a similarly good value when Chick Fil A opens at Planet Hollywood by the end of the year.
Value Is Sometimes More Than Just A Cheap Price
Not every dish is a good deal in Las Vegas. The burgers at Holsteins inside the Cosmopolitan range from $17 to $19. On the surface, none of these are a good deal. However, the Gold Standard (w/ smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, baby arugula, & garlic-chive aioli) is one of the best burgers in Las Vegas. To me, this is a solid deal because it’s so good.
The Cosmopolitan actually has some decent priced meals for a luxury resort. The Block 16 Food Hall (across from Holstein’s) is home to Hattie B’s Chicken. The chicken sandwich and side is very fairly priced at around $15. Just bring your own drink. They charge $5 for a can of soda and don’t have free water. The sandwich alone is filling. The side just makes this a sharable sandwich.
The Grand Canal Shops between The Venetian and The Palazzo have a few different restaurants that provide good value. Buddy V’s is a very solid option for an above average Italian meal that won’t break the bank. They have a moderately priced brunch on the weekend too.
Fine Dining Can Still Provide Value
Every casino in Las Vegas has high-end dining options. Aria, Cosmopolitan, The Venetian, and Wynn have many of my favorite fine dining restaurants. These are all luxury hotels and they offer some of the best fine dining on the Vegas Strip. I don’t think I’ve had a bad meal at any of the restaurants at these properties.
In fact, I’ve had some of the best meals of my life at each of these hotels. The short rib at Jean George’s inside Aria is one of the best dishes I’ve had in Las Vegas. Even though dinner here was pricey, it was worth every penny.
The Cosmopolitan is home to one of the best fine dining deals in Las Vegas. The lunch menu at Estiatorio Milos includes a full 3-course meal for only $29. That’s about half the price that you’d pay at dinner time for the same food.
Pro Tip: Many of the best restaurants have Happy Hour deals. Try some small bites at a discount if you don’t want to take the plunge for a full meal.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.