18 Las Vegas Restaurants You Can Afford
Long gone are the days of the Las Vegas 99 cent buffets, but that doesn’t mean you have to mortgage your home to have a decent meal in Sin City.
In recent years, Las Vegas has emerged as a Mecca for amazing restaurants, including numerous establishments from celebrity chefs. Even with all the high-end choices up and down the Strip, you can still find numerous affordable options. Check out these affordable Las Vegas restaurants, serving up specials for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even overnight.
MORE The Buffet at Luxor
Found on the lower level of the Luxor hotel and casino, which is located near the south end of the Strip, MORE The Buffet at Luxor offers excellent value and yummy food. The atmosphere is casual and laid-back and kids under the age of four eat for free, making it a great choice for families. For those trying to eat healthy, the buffet includes a 30-foot salad bar and omelet station. If you’re there to indulge and throw calories out the window, try the homemade pizza station or the dessert station with homemade goodies.
The weekend brunch, which runs all day from 7:00am to 4:00pm, offers even more value with all-you-can-drink mimosas. Want to stretch your dollar even further? Check out the Take 2 Pass, which gives you all-day access to the buffets at the both the Luxor and Excalibur, located next door. The MORE buffet also has a to-go option, where you can load up a to-go container and take your food back to your room.
3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Daily: 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Prices: Adults, ages 12 and up: $17.99 for breakfast, $18.99 for lunch and $23.99 for dinner; Children, ages 4 to 12: $10.99 for breakfast, $12.99 for lunch and $15.99 for dinner; Children under 4: free.
Take 2 Pass—Monday through Thursday: $35.99 for adults and $25.99 for children; Friday through Sunday: $39.99 for adults and $25.99 for children.
Flamingo Paradise Garden Buffet
While only open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights, during the week and on the weekends, you can enjoy a full brunch buffet at Flamingo’s Paradise Garden Buffet. With its mid-Strip location, the Flamingo buffet is convenient for stopping in as you’re exploring the Strip. While there, be sure to check out the barbeque station and numerous Cajun and Southern foods. If you want to customize your meal, try the made-to-order omelet and crepes stations, where you can get exactly what you want.
If you want a little drink to complement your meal, the buffet has build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bars. If you still have room, the dessert bar, frozen yogurt station, and chocolate fountain all offer a fix for your sweet tooth. The Flamingo buffet is part of the Buffet of Buffet pass, good at all Caesar properties, that allows you to visit as many buffets as you can stand within a 24-hour period, really stretching your meal budget.
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Daily: 7:00am to 2:00pm for brunch and Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm for dinner
Prices: Monday through Friday brunch: $19.99 for adults; Saturday and Sunday brunch: $22.99 for adults; Friday and Saturday dinner: $26.99 for adults; kids $10.99 for all meals.
M Resort Studio B Buffet
Located off the Strip, but still accessible to visitors, the M Resort houses the Studio B Buffet. Not only does the buffet serve up over 200 dishes, it also gives you extra value with free espresso and cappuccino. You can even get complementary beer, wine, and cordials to compliment your meal. From the appetizers to the entrees, you can see the chefs prepping your meals in a “live-action cooking studio” part of the main dining room. The meat-cutting stations offer roast beef, turkey, ham, and prime rib. You can dine on cuisines from around the world, including Asian, Mexican, American, and other international favorites.
If you can stop yourself from filling up on all the meats, veggies, and other sides, save room for dessert and enjoy patisserie deserts and other yummy treats. All day Saturday and Sunday, as well as Friday nights, the buffet gets even better with the addition of all-you-can-eat seafood and free sparkling wine. Feel free to bring along the kids, as children under four eat free everyday.
12300 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Henderson, NV 89044
Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday: 11:00am to 2:30pm; Dinner, Monday through Friday: 2:30pm to 8:00pm; and Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am to 8:00pm.
Prices: Adults: $16.99 to $39.99; kids ages 5 to 8: $11.99 to $26.99; and kids under 4: free
Seasons Buffet at the Silverton
Also located off the Strip, to the south of the city and the airport, the Seasons Buffet at the Silverton gives diners fantastic value for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The chefs use only fresh ingredients to whip up the buffet’s culinary creations. You can watch the chefs prepare the dishes through the open-kitchen concept. The Friday and Saturday night buffets come with a special theme; recently, the Friday night theme was Fall favorites like soups, stews, and prime rib. The Saturday night buffet featured Polynesian foods complete with suckling pig and chicken curry.
If you open up a free Silverton Rewards card, you get an extra discount on your meal every time you eat. Kids ages four to six eat for half-price and those under the age of four eat free, so the Seasons Buffet is a great value for families. The Saturday and Sunday brunches come with free Bellinis that you can sip on while enjoying your scrumptious meal.
3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas, NV 89139
Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday: 11:00am to 3:00pm; dinner, daily: 4:00pm to 9:00pm; brunch, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Prices: Adults: $10.99 for lunch; $21.99 for dinner; and $19.99 for brunch
Kids: ages 4 to 6 eat for half-price and under 4 eat free
Baja Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant
For one of the best, and most filling, lunch deals in Las Vegas, visit Baja Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant in the South Point Casino. The South Point Casino is located off the Strip, on the south side of the city. The daily lunch special runs Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm and is only $9.95 per person. It includes a margarita, fideo soup, your choice of two entrée items, and Mexican rice and beans. Entrée choices are enchiladas, flautas, tacos, or chili rellenos, and of course, you get chips and salsa for everyone at the table to share.
Beyond lunch, the restaurant serves up Mexican specials like quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, chimichangas, tamales, and chicken, beef, and seafood main entrees. Every meal comes with fresh tortilla chips and salsa, guacamole, and bean dips. The restaurant also has a tequila bar so you can sip away while you enjoy your meal.
9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89183
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 11:00am to 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday: 11:00am to 11:00pm.
Prices: Varies; Lunch special is $9.95 a person
Market Street Café
Located in the California Hotel and Casino in historic Downtown Las Vegas, the Market Street Café has several lunch specials to fit budget-minded travelers. The all-you-can-eat salad bar includes all your healthy favorites and is only $5.99 per person. It runs all day, from 11:00am to 11:00pm, so you have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this fabulous deal. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar that runs for a very-reasonable $7.49 a person.
If you happen to be in the area between 6:00am and 11:00am, and you have a hankering for a Polynesian-style breakfast, the Market Street Café also has a breakfast buffet special for $6.25 a person. For that price, you can fill up on scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage, ham, bacon, corned beef hash, rice, potatoes, biscuits, gravy, and fresh fruit. You also get coffee or tea to wash it all down. Beyond the specials, the restaurant has a very affordable menu with breakfast served all day. Another specialty is the oxtail soup, only served after 11:00am.
12 East Ogden Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Prices: Salad bar special: $5.99 a person; soup and salad bar special: $7.49 a person; and breakfast buffet: $6.25 a person.
Kung Fu Thai and Chinese Restaurant
Not far from the Strip, the Kung Fu Thai and Chinese Restaurant has a daily lunch special that feeds your belly for very little dough. The lunch special costs $6.95 and that price includes your choice of one of 10 combination platters. The platters come with egg flower soup, an eggroll, a Thai-fried chicken wing, and steamed or fried rice. The main entrée choices for the platters include sweet and sour chicken, Mongolian beef, moo goo gai pan, pad Thai with shrimp, chicken chow mein, and orange chicken.
If you miss the lunch special time frame, no worries. The extensive Kung Fu menu includes many other dishes at very affordable prices, including Chinese, Thai, and vegetarian choices. It also includes sides, appetizers, and even dessert. Check out the Kung Fu website to see the entire menu and place your order online. You can pick it up or have the restaurant deliver to you, so you can enjoy your meal deal in the comfort of your hotel room.
3505 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Hours: Daily: 11:00am to 11:00pm; lunch special from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Prices: Varies; lunch combination specials are $6.95
Tony Roma’s Restaurant
The Fremont Casino, part of the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, houses Tony Roma’s restaurant. Head down to this historic part of town for two amazing dinner specials. The prime rib special runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and during that time, you get a prime rib, baked potato, and vegetable, all for $8.99. If you’re not hungry quite yet, check out the later steak and lobster deal that takes place between 9:00pm and 11:00pm. This special includes a steak, lobster tail, baked potato, and vegetable all for $11.99.
The regular menu is also budget-friendly, with steak, seafood, and barbeque choices. It also includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. To quench your thirst, check out the drink menu with a nice selection of red and white wines, imported and domestic beers, margaritas, and other specialty cocktails.
200 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 4:30pm to 11:00pm and Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm to midnight
Prices: Varies; dinner specials start at $8.99 per person
Found in the Canal Shops at the Venetian, Rockhouse Bar offers up Taco Tuesday where you can get a taco for only $1.50 to $2, depending on the type. The self-proclaimed “dive bar” also has several drink specials to complement the tacos, including $7 margaritas and $5 tequila shots. Taco choices include asada steak and pickle, carne asada, mahi mahi, chicken, shrimp and spinach, and fried avocado.
The rest of the week, the Rockhouse menu has bar favorites like fried pickles, jalapeno poppers, wings, sliders, and specialty hot dogs. The drink menu includes cocktails with great names like Pink Cadillac and Purple Rain, as well as draft and bottled beer. If you really want to party, get a frozen alcoholic concoction in an 88-ounce plastic Fender guitar or 100-ounce super yard. Throughout the week, the Rockhouse has live bands and musicians, as well as special events and parties to help you rock out when you're in Vegas.
3377 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Daily: 11:00am to 2:00am.
There aren’t many places where you can get a good steak dinner for a reasonable price, but Ellis Island Casino and Brewery is one of those places. For only $7.99, you can get a steak dinner, complete with veggie and potato. It’s not on the menu, so to get the deal, play at least $1 in slot play and you’ll get a coupon. The coupon is good all day and is valid in the Ellis Island Café, as well as in the Ellis Island BBQ restaurant.
Ellis Island is located just off the Strip and its regular menu is full of other affordable options like sandwiches, burgers, salads, barbecue, and Italian dishes. The restaurant also has lots of breakfast options, including eggs, create-your-own omelets, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and breakfast sandwiches. Several breakfast options also exist that are available all day and all night, so you can fill your craving anytime. Along with gambling and restaurants, Ellis Island also has a brewery and karaoke nights.
4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Prices: Varies; $7.99 for steak special
The Sterling Spoon Café
Found in the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino, the Sterling Spoon Café has daily dinner deals that help fill your belly without emptying your wallet. Silver Sevens is found just off the Strip, at the corner of Paradise and Flamingo roads. Frequent or past Las Vegas visitors might better remember the Silver Sevens as Terrible’s Casino and the Sterling Spoon as Bougainvillea Café. The regular menu includes everything from soup and salad to burgers and sandwiches to Chinese dishes. The café also serves up breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00pm every day.
The daily special runs from Monday to Friday, 11:00am to 10:00pm and is $7.99. On Monday, the special is Baja fish tacos, Tuesday is a turkey dinner, and Wednesday is half of a sandwich, soup, and one side. If you’re there on Thursday, you can indulge in the Mucho Burrito Grande, and Friday is beer-battered fish, either cod or salmon, and chips. Every day, you also have the choice of a large apple walnut salad or warm spinach salad for the $7.99 special price.
4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Prices: Varies; $7.99 for daily special
Crown and Anchor British Pub
Not far from the airport and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Crown and Anchor British Pub offers a graveyard special that hits the spot after a night of drinking. From midnight to 6:00am, you can get a British burger or chicken sandwich and a side of fries for only $4.95. The greasy burger is a great choice for soaking up some of that alcohol, and if you’re eating healthy, the grilled chicken breast sandwich is a great option. And, if you’re still into drinking at that point, order up your favorite pint from the bar.
The pub also offers several other specials to save you some dough. If you have $20 in coin play, you can get a free lunch between 8:00am and 2:30pm. Play at least $20 between 3:00pm and 6:00pm and get a free appetizer. Choices include classic pub grub like mozzarella fingers, onion rings, chicken wings, potato skins, and chicken tenders. The rest of the affordable menu includes British favorites like Yorkshire pudding, cheese and cabbage soup, Cornish pasties, fish and chips, bangers and mash, scotch eggs, and British pies.
1350 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Station Casino Grand Cafés
With seven locations found all over Las Vegas, the Station Casino chain offers exceptional value for accommodations and dining. Each of the Station Casinos has a Grand Café, giving diners amazing graveyard dining deals. If you’re staying on the Strip, the closet Station Casino Grand Café is in the Palace Station Casino, off Sahara Boulevard. All you need to get the deal is a player’s card, which you can sign up for free online at the Station Casino website or at any of the Station Casinos.
The graveyard special runs from midnight to 5:00am and includes biscuits and gravy or a short stack for $1.99. Other choices include the All-Nighter Skillet with two eggs, hash browns, and a piece of toast for $2.49 or the Two Egg Bacon Skillet with two eggs, two pieces of bacon, two pieces of toast, and hash browns for $3.99. If you really need a hangover cure, try the Ultimate All-Nighter Burger with a side of fries for only $3.99, the chicken-fried steak and eggs for $6.99, or the New York strip and eggs for $7.99.
2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Prices: Varies; graveyard specials start at $1.99
Tacos El Gordo
If it’s late at night (or early in the morning, depending on your perspective!) and you have a craving for tacos, head up to Tacos El Gordo. Open late every night and really late on the weekends, the restaurant is located near downtown Vegas, in the Charleston Plaza, and serves up affordable and yummy late-night foods. Here, stuff your face with delicious and authentic tacos that start at just $2 a piece. And, since the tacos are not lacking in size, just a few will fill you up, and your stomach and your wallet will thank you.
Taco choices include a variety of meats and fresh toppings, including carne asada, adobada, suadero, cabeza, buche, chorizo, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, and come on a golden corn tortilla. Don’t ignore the other menu items, though; the fries come loaded with many of the same meats and toppings. The menu also has quesadillas, sopas, tostadas, and mulas, so you’re sure to find something to eat that doesn’t break the bank.
1724 East Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 9:00am to 2:00am, and Friday and Saturday: 9:00am to 4:00am.
Prices: Varies; tacos start at $2
Hard Rock Café
Happy hours are abundant up and down the Strip and all over Las Vegas, and can provide excellent value for drinks and even food. The Hard Rock Café, right on the Strip next to the MGM Grand and across from the Monte Carlo, offers a great value for drinkers and diners. Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, stop into the Hard Rock for $3 domestic drafts, $4 Heineken drafts and house wines, and $5 premium well drinks. Enjoy your drinks in the classic Hard Rock Café atmosphere filled with cool rock-and-roll memorabilia from some of the most famous musicians.
If you’re hungry, too, chow down on the $5 happy hour appetizers like blue cheese chips, mac and cheese bites, Buffalo dip, rock and roll shrimp, and pork wings. The regular menu also includes affordable options like burgers, barbeque, fajitas, twisted mac and cheese, and steak. The restaurant also serves breakfast, so come on in before you head out for the day and enjoy Corn Flake-crusted French toast, blueberry waffles, and steak and eggs.
3771 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Happy hour: Monday through Friday: 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
Prices: Varies; Happy Hour prices start at $3
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
At the south end of the Strip, just south of the McCarran Airport, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Town Square Las Vegas gives you two awesome happy hour deals. The earlier “5 for $6 ‘til 7 pm” happy hour runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and includes five cocktails, five wines, and five appetizers for $6. The cocktails include blueberry lemon drop, Clover Club, Ward 8, rye whiskey sour, and the debonair martini. The five wines include a pinot grigio, chardonnay, nero d’ avola, cabernet blend, and cabernet sauvignon.
If you’re hungry too, pick from tenderloin carpaccio, sweet chili calamari, Portobello mushroom ravioli, burrata, and pan-crisped pork belly. If you’re looking for a good deal later at night, Fleming’s also has an “8 for $9 ‘til 10” menu with eight wines and cocktails for $9. The menu also includes eight bar items such as ahi tuna tacos, lobster lettuce wraps, filet mignon flatbread, and baked brie. Other food items for $9 include short rib empanadas, prime burger, prime rib dip, and Cajun barbeque shrimp.
6515 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Attire: Business casual
Hours: Daily: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Prices: Varies; Happy hour prices start at $6
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
Thanks to happy hour menus, you can try food from restaurants that might normally be out of your price range. Case in point, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, located in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. While the normal prices aren’t outrageous, the menu is still out of reach for many budget-minded eaters. Enter the restaurant’s happy hour menu with not one, but two times to save money and try some amazing dishes from Emeril. The first happy hour runs from 2:00pm to 6:00pm and the second goes from 9:30pm to close.
The happy hour menu includes $7 wines, $5 bottled beers, and $7 to $8 cocktails, including rum punch, mojitos, and margaritas. Enjoy some authentic Southern, Creole, and Cajun cooking along with your drinks. Also included on the happy hour menu are favorites like shrimp, okra, and Andouille sausage gumbo, fried gulf shrimp, fried Florida frog legs, and alligator meatballs for $6 to $12. You can even get oysters on the half shell for $2.25 each.
3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Attire: Business casual
Hours: Daily: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Prices: Varies; Happy Hour prices start at $6
A fine-dining choice in the Monte Carlo, during happy hour, Andre’s serves up savings on some of its amazing French cuisine. During its daily happy hour from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, you can get $5 beers, $6 specialty cocktails, and $7 wines. If you are an Mlife member, bring your player’s card and you'll get the happy hour specials all night long. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for free at any MGM property casino. You can enjoy your food and drinks in Andre’s swanky bar or sophisticated cigar lounge, both of which have a regular menu as well for when happy hour ends.
Food choices include house-made spiced nuts, French flat bread, caponata, smoked salmon parfait, and charchuterie and cheese plate. If you want something a little heavier, try the beef sliders with caramelized onions and Roquefort cheese on a brioche bun for only $12. Add fries for just $1 more.
3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Attire: Business casual
Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday through Sunday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Happy hour daily from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Prices: Varies; Happy hour prices start at $7
You can also take advantage of numerous coupons and savings websites to find excellent deals on food and drinks in Las Vegas. Groupon and Living Social often have Las Vegas restaurants offering coupons and deals. For example, Groupon recently ran a deal for the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. With the Groupon, you can get breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a dinner buffet, plus unlimited drinks for two people for only $49, a savings of nearly 50 percent.
Travelzoo is another great option for finding dining deals. From the Travelzoo website, visit the Las Vegas page for tons of coupons and deals from restaurants and bars, as well as hotels, attractions, and shows.
No matter what your budget is, thanks to these affordable Las Vegas dining and drinking options, you’re sure to find something that makes your belly and your budget happy. So go ahead and eat, drink, and be merry. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you!
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