Easy on the Wallet: Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants for Budget-Friendly Eats

Las Vegas may be well-known for its many high-end celebrity chef restaurants, but plenty of affordable dining options can be found. Going off the Strip is the best way to lower your food bill, but there are a few places on the Strip with wallet-friendly prices.

You don’t have to stick to food courts and buffets to search for deals. At the Village Pub and Cafe inside Ellis Island, for instance, diners can enjoy some of the best prime rib deals in town, plus sample beer from the Ellis Island Brewery. The prices here will leave you with some extra money to spend at the tables later.

Look for happy hours at any restaurant, and you’re likely to find a host of small plates and specials, along with great deals on drinks. Lunch specials are another smart way to have a delicious meal at a reasonable cost. Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas has a lunch menu full of specials for $9.95 that will keep you full for the rest of the day.

Venturing off the Strip is one of the most reliable ways to stretch your food budget, plus you’ll also find grocery stores, where you can get inexpensive snacks. On the Strip, you can find chain stores so you can grab chips or water to avoid buying those items at your hotel.

For food that will please both your bank account and your palate, here's our list of 10 of Las Vegas' best value restaurants.



This vintage Las Vegas bar and restaurant has been open since 1972, and this classic has retained its "Old Vegas" ambiance. Breakfast is served around the clock, but the menu doesn't stop there. Burgers, sandwiches and steaks are just a few of...  Read More



The El Dorado Cantina is a family-owned Mexican restaurant located just a few blocks west of the Strip. There's a large selection of street tacos--carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, cochinita, pulled chicken, and vegetarian corn rajas...  Read More



Located west of the Strip in Chinatown, Monta Ramen has a devoted following for its distinctive types of ramen. In addition to Shoyu Ramen, which comes with a chicken or vegetable-based broth, Monta serves "Kurume" style Tonkotsu ramen with a...  Read More



The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay was one of the first upscale burger restaurants in Las Vegas--and it continues to serve delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. Renown Chef Hubert Keller's take on burgers elevates the ordinary hamburger, with...  Read More

The Cracked Egg
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When you're off the Strip, any location of The Cracked Egg is a great place to stop for an old-fashioned breakfast or lunch served in a casual, family-friendly setting. Four locations in Las Vegas serve the population throughout the Valley....  Read More



When Tacos El Gordo location on the Strip re-opened, devoted fans of this restaurant were delighted. There's nothing fancy here--it's a walk-up counter where you order and pick up at the same place--but the tacos are worth it. Sure, you can...  Read More



Downtown Las Vegas has been attracting some great local restaurants, and Le Thai was among the first to arrive. Its flavorful, reasonably priced food is served in an open, airy space that includes a loosely enclosed patio that feels like it...  Read More

East Of The Strip


Village Pub and Cafe (formerly Ellis Island Cafe) has been a favorite of Las Vegas locals and visitors for decades. Located inside the unpretentious Ellis Island Casino Hotel Brewery, the cafe serves up breakfast dishes, steaks, sandwiches,...  Read More

Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ
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Come hungry if you decide to eat a meal at Hash House A Go Go. The restaurant has three locations in Las Vegas, but most visitors will be closest to The Linq location if they're staying on the Strip. "Twisted farm food" is what Hash House A Go...  Read More



Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is so secret that you won't find it on the hotel's restaurant website listings. Located on the third floor, this little pizza joint is unmarked. Walk down a hallway decorated with album covers, and...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa