Vegas has transformed into a world-class dining mecca where renowned chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Michael Mina shine their brands. And, yes, some high rollers spend several hundred (thousands, or even) dollars on a restaurant meal, but frugal foodies can always find something to chew on.
Treat yourself to the cuisine of world-renowned chefs for less at upscale food courts on the Strip like Block 16 Urban Food Hall at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Famous Foods Street Eats at Resorts World. Or sample some of the city’s most popular restaurants in VIP style for as little as $125 on a Lip Smacking Food Tour. (Note that standard food courts and chain restaurants have lower prices, but they’re still listed on your hometown menu.)
And discover the restaurants, brasseries and cocktail bars of the Strip, where the prices are much lower. Tiny Le Thai offers tongue-in-cheek curry and lunch specials for $10.95. The Park on Fremont offers budget brunches in a trendy outdoor garden. Head to Las Vegas’ booming Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road for food, karaoke and a tropical cocktail at the deliciously quirky Golden Tiki. The three-mile stretch of malls has more than 100 restaurants at all price points and wonderful Asian cuisine, including Japanese charcoal grill Raku, a favorite of Strip chefs.
If you want to try high-end restaurants, look for cheaper pre-theater menus as well as early and late night happy hours with discounted meals.