The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Restaurants for a Memorable Lunch

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Lunch in Las Vegas can be a truly an extraordinary experience, offering everything from panoramic views to gourmet menus at moderate prices.

Two of the Strip's most memorable lunch spots can be found at Paris Las Vegas. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant boasts one of the most romantic views in town and a lunch menu that features remarkable French fare at a fraction of the dinner menu price. Mon Ami Gabi, meanwhile, not only has a patio right at the Strip's street level, but its French bistro food is often regarded as one of the Strip's best values.

At any Strip restaurant, diners will commonly find affordable lunch specials and even prix fixe menus, all delivering a great value for the mid-day meal. Diners who are on a set time schedule will find they can get in and out fairly quickly for lunch, so there's no need to sacrifice a great meal for those in a time crunch. For diners who can afford the time to linger, it's wise to leave room for a sumptuous desserts and perhaps an espresso–after a fabulous meal like that, you might need caffeine's help to resist the urge for an afternoon nap.

Whether you're hungry for a lavish, leisurely lunch or just a great deal, our list of the Strip's 10 best lunch spots has it all.

10. Spago
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Wolfgang Puck has several restaurants in Las Vegas, but Spago stands out as one of his first on the Strip. Now regarded as something of a classic, Spago continues to be a prime location to enjoy not only the culinary talents of the chef, but also a unique backdrop, if you're lucky enough to get a seat on the patio, which has a view of The Fourm Shops at Caesars Palace. The loyal clientèle includes a slew of celebrities, making it a "see and be seen" spot. The food at Spago is the true attraction, and it's all fabulous, especially the signature pizzas. Pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches round out the menu, and the cocktail and wine menu offers an extensive number of choices.

9. Ri Ra Irish Pub
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Offering an authentic Irish experience, Ri Ra Irish Pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland, and shipped to Las Vegas, like an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s and an oak floor from a whiskey distillery. While the pub is jumping at night when it features live entertainment, it also boasts a delicious lunch menu Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring favorites like Fish and Chips, Shepherds Pie, Guinness Stew or House Brined Corned Beef. If you're in the mood for lighter fare, Ri Ra also offers several small plates, burgers, sandwiches and salads. It's almost mandatory to sample one of the beers here, and since they offer up to 100 of the world's beers in bottles, you're sure to find a brew you'll like.

8. Grand Lux Cafe
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The Grand Lux Cafe is a sister to The Cheescake Factory, and the family resemblance is most apparent in the size of the menu. The tremendous number of mouth-watering choices can make it tough to decide what to have, and the comfortable, relaxed setting is a great choice for casual meals. Come for pastries and omelets in the morning, and enjoy selections from either the lunch or dinner menu from 11 a.m. through the rest of the evening. Choose from ten types of hamburgers, an array of sandwiches, plus pastas, steaks and appetizers that can stand alone as a small meal. You'll also find coffee drinks, plenty of cheesecake, and friendly service.

7. The Palm Restaurant
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This famed Italian-American steakhouse, known for its prime aged steaks and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, offers an expansive lunch menu that's certain to please everyone at your table. Guests can dine on the indoor patio and watch shoppers pass by or eat inside the main dining room, famous for its many caricatures on the walls. The affordable menu features both à la carte options, like the Nova Scotia Lobster BLT Sandwich, as well as a filling three-course prix fixe menu, offering an array of hearty dishes like The Palm's signature Chicken Parmigiana with soup or salad, a single-portion side and dessert for just $26. It's a great way to experience The Palm's powerhouse menu for a fraction of the dinner price.

6. Sushi Roku
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With its striking Strip views and daily lunch specials, it's no wonder sushi fanatics love Sushi Roku. Guests can enjoy one of several lunch specials without breaking the bank, like the popular Sushi Six--six pieces of sushi and a spicy tuna roll for only $23. Diners can also build their own lunchtime combination in a custom Bento box, choosing from chicken, beef or salmon teriyaki and pairing their selection with assorted vegetable tempura, sashimi and a California or spicy tuna roll. Having attracted everyone from Usher to Kris Jenner to its tables, one bite and it's easy to see why Sushi Roku is a star in its own right.

5. Olives
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Offering a dining experience unlike any other, Todd English's Olives lets guests eat outside on its picturesque patio above Lake Bellagio, providing a view of the Fountains of Bellagio few ever get to see. Guests can take in the iconic Vegas attraction as they devour a menu of Mediterranean specialties, including tasty starter dishes like the Grilled Squid & Octopus and Chilled Crab Salad. Other lunchtime selections include a variety of flatbreads, house-made pastas and entrées ranging from the Grand Island Nebraska Beef Tenderloin to the Mojo Chicken Cuban. Whatever you decide on, be sure to try the popular Beef Carpaccio with Gorgonzola polenta, Parmesan, cipollini onions, balsamic reduction, scallion cream and garlic aioli--it's one of the restaurant's signature lunch dishes.

4. Top of the World
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One of Las Vegas' most celebrated restaurants, Top of the World truly takes the traditional lunch experience to new heights. Located 844 feet in the air, it is the only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas, providing breathtaking panoramic city views while guests dine on its mouthwatering fare. Lunch specials include an assortment of delectable dishes, like the East Coast Lobster Tail BLT, or the Grilled Wagyu Skirt Steak Sandwich. There's also a three-course prix fixe menu featuring your choice of soup or salad, the Surf & Turf with Petite Filet with choice of lobster tail or Shrimp Scampi and a dessert duo for $49. To top off the exquisite experience, guests can wash everything down with a selection from the restaurant's impressive wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past 18 years.

3. Veranda
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Veranda is truly one of Las Vegas' hidden gems, tucked away on the main floor of the Four Seasons. Guests have the option of dining on an expansive garden terrace that overlooks the resort's lushly landscaped private pool during warmer months (generally March-December), providing an oasis of calm among the frenzy found on the Las Vegas Strip. Even if you can't dine outside, Veranda's artfully prepared Italian dishes are enough to create an unforgettable dining experience. Lunchtime selections vary from entrées like the Chicken and Bacon Mac-n-Cheese to a selection of Paninis and wood-fired pizzas; there are even several farm-to-table items on the menu. Regardless of your selection, the flavorful food at Verandah is a sure bet for a great meal.

2. Mon Ami Gabi
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One of the Strip's most memorable dining experiences at any time of day, Mon Ami Gabi is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. Known for its Strip-front patio facing the Fountains of Bellagio, the classic French bistro boasts one of the best people-watching spots in town. Lunchtime favorites include the restaurant's trademark Steak Frites, the Onion Soup au Gratin with bubbling baked Gruyere and the heavenly Baked Goat Cheese. To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of more than 80 boutique French wine varietals--handpicked by Gabino Sotelino himself--are served by the glass or bottle from the restaurant's signature rolling wine cart.

1. Eiffel Tower Restaurant
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Located on the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant truly takes lunchtime dining experiences to new heights. Serving an exquisite menu by acclaimed chef J. Joho, the French restaurant not only features breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, but also one of the best views of the Fountains of Bellagio in town, given its location just across the street. While the atmosphere is truly remarkable, the fare is just as fantastic, featuring an assortment of salads, sandwiches and main courses sure to please even the most discerning diner. Start your meal with the Creamy French Onion Soup before digging in to the flavorful New York Strip Steak with Cabernet butter. For dessert, savor something sweetly delectable while you take in the view. Magnifique!