There are plenty of foodie events in Las Vegas throughout the year. However, none quite match the convenience of Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Now in its 12th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in Las Vegas and their customers the opportunity to give back through the culinary arts.
Restaurant Week in Las Vegas takes place from June 18 through June 29. It’s a little longer than a week, but that’s a good thing. Some restaurants have even elected to extend their deals into July. Check individual restaurants for details. Restaurant week offers special pre-fixe meals at some of Las Vegas’ top restaurants. Multi-course lunches are $20 and $30 while dinners range from $30 to $80.
Restaurant week offer more than just great dining deals. Part of proceeds will benefit Three Square Food Bank. Your meal alone could provide up to 18 meals for those in need. Since 2007, nearly 4 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. The goal of Restaurant Week is to feed the more than 271,000 people in Southern Nevada.
Restaurant Week in Las Vegas is truly a win-win-win. Diners have a good excuse to try a new restaurant. The pre-fixe meal prices are sometimes a nice discount from regular the regular menu. The round prices are easy to budget around too. Additionally, it’s nice to know that some of the money spent on a deal is going to a good cause.
Restaurant operators give back to the community and help feed people in need. Meanwhile, the food bank sees a huge increase in donations thanks to all of the businesses and customers spreading the good word.
Restaurants from the Vegas Strip to the suburbs participate in Restaurant Week. You can see a list of participants and their menus here (scroll down a little). This 10-day event is a great excuse to visit a restaurant you love, try a new restaurant that you might not normally be able to afford or explore what restaurants outside of the normal touristy locations on the Vegas Strip.
Here’s a look at a few different restaurants and menus you might want to explore during Restaurant Week in Las Vegas. All of the deals are good but some might suit you better.
Bazaar Meat (SLS Las Vegas)
This restaurant is billed as a steakhouse but it’s much more. The steak is great but chef Jose Andres has a massive menu with unique items that you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. Dinner and drinks here can easily reach $150-$200 per person. This tasting menu will keep you to $105 if you add a wine pairing. You’ll save a few bucks if you don’t drink. Note that this is a tasting menu so each course will be smaller than normal.
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse (Paradise)
Del Frisco’s is a chain steakhouse and you may not visit Las Vegas to eat at a restaurant that’s all over the country. Having said that, this is among the best in the chain of restaurants that I’ve tried. The reason this dinner is highlighted is because it’s a great deal. The 3-course meal for $50 features an 8 ounce filet mignon that’s normally $43. When you add in the price of a salad and dessert you have a serious deal and a great meal with fantastic service.
Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Las Vegas)
This restaurant has among the best dining views in Las Vegas. The wait for a table outside on the Vegas Strip with a view of the Bellagio Fountains is worth the time. In addition to the great view, Mon Ami Gabi has one of the best Restaurant Week deals. The 3-course lunch includes the choice of the prime steak sandwich. This selection alone is normally $18.95. Add the appetizer and salad and you have a huge meal at nearly half the everyday price.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.