Las Vegas has always been about extremes highs and lows. The excitement of those who win big and the desperation of those who lose it all. The energy of the action on the Strip and the emptiness of the surrounding desert. But when it comes to food, you don’t have to choose between the extremes a $1,000 multi-course fine dining experience and a $1.99 hot dog. Thankfully, there’s a happy medium of high-quality options that won’t break the bank. Here are some of the best value restaurants in Vegas.
Mon Ami Gabi: Affordable romance
Set in the Paris hotel with a great view of the Bellagio fountains, Mon Ami Gabi serves up classic French bistro fare like French onion soup, steak tartare, and scallops gratinees. Appetizers and salads range from $13-$20 with entrees around $20-$25. You can even score a steak—the melt-in-your-mouth hangar steak served with merlot butter and crispy fries—for under 27 bucks.
Bardot Brasserie: Boozy brunch on a budget
Another French option, Bistro Bardot is Michael Mina’s ode to the bistro. While this tres chic spot in the Aria shines at lunch and dinner, the best deal is brunch when you can start your day off right with $18 bottomless glasses of rosé. Appetizers like the buckwheat crêpe with wild mushrooms and Normandy cider beurre blanc hover around $15 while entrees like a croque madame, eggs Benedict and “hunter’s waffle” with duck confit, root vegetable hash, and poached egg range from $16-$20.
Wicked Spoon: Big variety without a big bill
The Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon puts a different twist on the typical Vegas buffet. It’s built around the idea of trying a large variety of items but in smaller, elegantly plated portions, so it’s great for those who want to sample everything and prefer a more upscale experience. Dinner prices start at $42 for adults and you can two hours of bottomless beverages for $15, making it a great way to have a big night out with a relatively small dinner bill.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill: Happy hour from a celeb chef
A meal at Gordon Ramsay Steak will set you back at least $100 for an appetizer, entree, and drink, but if you want to try the famously foul-mouthed chef’s take on casual pub food, you can get a lot more for a lot less at his more casual outpost, especially if you visit at happy hour. From 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the bar, you can grab a house wine of pint of beer for $9 and snacks like truffle fries, soft pretzels, and nachos range from $5-$7.
Peppermill: Classic Vegas vibes
This 40-year icon of the Vegas Strip still serves breakfast all day, along with deli-style pastrami sandwiches, burgers, and meal-sized salads 24/7. Most plates are under $15 and the deals get even better at happy hour, when you can store snacks like chicken quesadilla or beef sliders for under $8.
Little Tony’s: Affordable pies from a pizza master
Set just off the north end of the Strip in the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Little Tony’s is worth the detour for gourmet pizzas at a reasonable price. Chef Tony Gemignani has made a name for himself in the pizza world as the first and only Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championships and the 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy, where he was the first American to win the title. Choose from Sicilian, New York, Chicago, and other styles of pizza, with most at under $20 per pie.
Burger Bar: Gourmet burgers and boozy shakes
Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay is a far cry from McDonald’s. These big, juicy burgers are made with beef, buffalo, turkey, chicken, or salmon (veggies burgers are also available) and topped with a myriad of options ranging from cheese or avocado to foie gras or shimp. Most burgers will set you back $12-$15, depending on which and how many toppings you add, and fries are just $3.25. Boozy milkshakes, which feature ingredients like Nutella and Oreo’s, start at around $11.
China Poblano: Upscale street food with a twist
José Andrés’s energetic Chinese-Mexican fusion joint in the Cosmopolitan has some of the lowest prices of any sit-down, full-service restaurant on the Strip. Tacos start at around $5 with hearty noodle bowls clocking in under $15. A multi-course chef’s tasting experience is just $55 per person, and an additional $32 if you want to add four courses of cocktails.