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 Las Vegas 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 to $20, and entrées cost anywhere from $21 to $35. You can even score a steak served with merlot butter and crispy fries for under $30.
Bardot Brasserie: Boozy brunch on a budget
Another French option is Bardot Brasserie, located inside the Aria Resort and Casino. While this très chic spot shines at lunch and dinner, the best deal is brunch. Here, when you can start your day off right with $25 bottomless rosé to accompany your meal. Appetizers like the nutella sticky bun and steak tartare hover are under $20, while most entrées, with the exception of the French toast ($33), are under $30.
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 add two hours of bottomless beverages for an extra $17.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill: Happy hour from a celebrity chef
A meal at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Las Vegas will set you back at least $100 for an appetizer, entrée, 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 in Caesars Palace -- especially if you visit at happy hour. From 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the bar, you can score a house wine or pint of beer for $7, cocktails for $10, and classic pub fare like onion rings, sliders, chicken wings, and more for under $12.
Peppermill Fireside Lounge: 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 $20 -- and there's something for everyone on the menu. After your meal, treat yourself to a delicious ice cream sundae for $11.
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, LLittle Tony’s is worth the detour for the incredible (and affordable) pizzas. Chef Tony Gemignani has made a name for himself in the pizza world as the first Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championship. He was also crowned the 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy (and, he was the first American to win the title). Here, choose from Sicilian, New York, Chicago, and other styles of 'za, and most pies are under $20.
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 are under $20, and fries are under $5, including buttermilk zucchini fries (truffle mayo fries are a bit pricier at $11). Boozy milkshakes, which feature ingredients like Nutella and Twinkies start at around $12.
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 in the area. Here, tacos start at $5, noodle bowls range from $10 to $17, and dim sum is under $15. The tasting menu is just $45 per person, and you can add cocktails for an additional $32.