The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Restaurants for Lunch: Delicious and Affordable

When you’re thinking about spending the day exploring the Strip, lunch might not be the first thing on your mind. After all, Las Vegas is full of restaurants. But you’ve got great lunch options on the Strip that deserve some thought.

If you’re out sightseeing and wandering along the Strip, a casual, reasonably priced place is a good choice for lunch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try some celebrity chef fare. While still offering casual counter service, places like Bobby’s Burger Palace and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will give you a taste of these famous chefs’ creations.

At more upscale Strip restaurants, lunch menus often offer less expensive dishes and lunch specials that can make an otherwise spendy restaurant more affordable. For any restaurants on your “must visit” list, it’s worth checking ahead to see if they serve lunch. Often you’ll find less of a crowd during lunch as well, but some restaurants recommend reservations no matter what the time of time.

Mon Ami Gabi, for example, is one of the busiest restaurants on the Strip. Its patio seating overlooks the Strip and the Fountains of Bellagio, making those outside tables very popular--and also on a first come, first serve basis. The French bistro food is memorable, and the ambiance is distinctly Parisian.

Scroll down to read more about our picks for the best restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip for lunch.


Jeannie's is tucked away on the third floor of Nordstrom's at the Fashion Show Mall. This hidden gem's signature dish is pizza made with hand-crafted dough and topped with the freshest and tastiest of toppings. Guests can also enjoy small plates, salads, pasta and "Toasties," Jeannie's version of grilled cheese. Toasties are made with house-made focaccia and come in a few versions: prosciutto and Fontina with Dijon, eggplant parmesan or the Beecher's Flagship Cheddar with chives, parsley and tarragon. To complete that home-style feeling, add a cup of tomato soup. Jeannie's offers a relaxed atmosphere that almost feels like you've left the Strip, and you can find some deals, like the vegetable minestrone or Roma tomato basil soup, both of which are less than $10.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: The casual Jeannie's has a menu of reasonably priced lunch favorites, earning it a well-deserved reputation as a hidden gem on the Strip.

Terrisa's expert tip: Nordstrom is located on the north side of the Fashion Show Mall, toward the back of the mall. If you're driving, look for parking off of Fashion Show Drive to get the closest spaces.

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Carnegie Deli brings a little piece of New York to Las Vegas at the Mirage, serving lunch favorites like pastrami sandwiches and homemade chicken noodle soup. You can even find chopped liver on the menu here, which stays true to its NYC roots with classics like a Turkey Club or The Reuben, plus an assortment of sandwiches that seems to cover most possible deli options: corned beef, BLT, egg salad and tuna salad, among many others. All pastrami and corned beef are brought in from New York, so this is about as authentic as it gets. This casual deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the decor is pure deli, so don't worry about dressing up.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: For an authentic New York deli sandwich, head to Carnegie Delicatessen at the Mirage.

Terrisa's expert tip: Don't forget dessert--enjoy some classic cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate chip cookies or apple pie. It's a must to enjoy the entire deli experience at Carnegie's.

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The Italian food at Cucina by Wolfgang Puck is authentic, but with a slight twist. It's the little touches in the dishes, like the tiramisu that's created with espresso soaked chiffon cake instead of ladyfingers, that set the food apart here. Look for traditional Italian dishes, all prepared with the best ingredients, like San Marzano tomatoes. Pizza and appetizers are also offered. Lunch entrees include chicken parmigiana, the Cucina Burger and linguine primavera. Cucina is located in The Shops by Crystals, the upscale shopping center next to Aria. Its open design gives diners a wide view around the restaurant, which features a comfortable, casual atmosphere.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Cucina by Wolfgang Puck offers a lunch menu, a prix fixe lunch menu and a bar menu, all with plenty of well-crafted Italian dishes.

Terrisa's expert tip: Stop in at Cucina's bar to have a drink and a dish from the bar menu, like small pizzas, sandwiches and a burger, all for under $20.

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The retro design at Bobby's Burger Palace gives Chef Bobby Flay's burger joint a little bit of a 70s feeling, but the burgers are thoroughly modern. Take your pick of certified Angus beef, ground turkey or whole chicken breast and put it with one of restaurant's signature burger builds, like the classic Crunchburger with American cheese and potato chips. Get adventurous with some of the other choices, like the Dallas, with coleslaw, Monterey Jack cheese, pickles and BBQ sauce. Sides include several types of fries and onion rings as well as salads. Since no burger restaurant would be complete without milkshakes, Bobby's Burger Palace offers a selection of the creamy treats. Guests over 21 can spike theirs with a shot of vodka, rum or bourbon. Bobby's Burger Palace on the Strip is the only location so far on the West Coast.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: For big, juicy burgers and shakes spiked with booze, stop in at Bobby Burger Palace.

Terrisa's expert tip: Bobby's Burger Palace conveniently has an entrance right on Las Vegas Boulevard in the CityCenter complex, so guests don't have to navigate through a casino to find the restaurant.

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Grand Lux Cafe

The Grand Lux Cafe is a sister to The Cheesecake 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 day. Choose from nine types of hamburgers (plus veggie and turkey burgers), an array of sandwiches, plus pasta, steaks and appetizers that can stand alone as a small meal. You'll also find coffee drinks, plenty of cheesecake, and friendly service.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: With a menu that truly has something for everyone, Grand Lux Cafe makes a great choice for lunch with friends.

Terrisa's expert tip: Both The Palazzo and The Venetian have Grand Lux Cafe restaurants, but the Venetian location is open 24 hours while The Palazzo's is open from breakfast until 2 a.m.

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The Palm Restaurant
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This famed Italian-American steakhouse, known for its prime aged steaks and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, offers a well-rounded 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 lunch menu is more affordable than the dinner choices, with both à la carte options, like the Nova Scotia Lobster BLT Sandwich, as well as the "Power Lunch" option with two courses and a side. Other choices include salads, sandwiches and entrees like the roasted split chicken or panko-crusted ahi tuna steak. Dinner items are also available upon request.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Lunch at The Palms is a good way to experience the elegant restaurant's classic food at slightly lower prices than during dinner service.

Terrisa's expert tip: The two-course Power Lunch is only $24 and features soup or salad and an entree of salmon, chicken parmigiana, a New York Strip, skirt steak or fresh fish.

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Border Grill
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One of Las Vegas' best Mexican restaurants, Border Grill serves a wide range of modern Mexican dishes. The colorful restaurants boast two floors of dining overlooking Mandalay Beach and offer a menu full of delicious dishes. Tempting options include ceviche, tacos and enchiladas; the Brisket Taquitos are especially tasty. For heartier fare, an entree might be your best bet. Choose from Yucatan Pork, grilled skirt steak, chile relleno or Asado Norteno Chicken. No meal here would be complete without a Margarita, and luckily you have a few to choose from, although the Cadillac Margarita is both a simple preparation (no sweet and sour mix here) as well as dangerously yummy. Vegan and gluten-free dishes are available and are noted on the menu.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Using sustainably grown produce and humanely raised meats, Border Grill creates inventive and delicious Mexican dishes.

Terrisa's expert tip: Dishes at Border Grill aren't the Americanized Mexican dishes many people are used to. Come with an open mind and be willing to try something different!

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The casual Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips is one of several restaurants along the Linq Promenade, and it features traditional British food from well-known Chef Ramsay. The small, take-out style eatery has a simple menu featuring fish and chips, as you'd expect. Sausage, shrimp and chicken are also offered and domestic and imported beer is available. As you're walking through the Promenade, it's easy to spot the restaurant, with its red doors and distinctly British appearance. It's also hard to miss the large wooden fish painted with a Union Jack on the sign. Service is quick and efficient, although there's not a lot of seating. If you can, grab a seat on the patio and do some people watching while you eat.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Lunch at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips proves you don't have to have a fancy meal to enjoy food from a celebrity chef.

Terrisa's expert tip: Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips is one of five restaurants the chef has in Las Vegas. All of them, except for Gordon Ramsay Steak, offer lunch service.

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The comfortable, easy-going atmosphere at Citizens Kitchen and Bar invites you to sit down and enjoy a tasty lunch with friends. The comfort food here comes in big portions, and it's as flavorful as it is big. For lunch, smaller appetites may want to stick with appetizers like the tempura shrimp or chicken fingers. Several kinds of salads are also offered and guests can add chicken, salmon, steak or shrimp to any of them. Citizens is known for its French onion soup, as well as its meatloaf, both of which epitomize the "comfort food" theme. Sandwiches come with a side of French fries, macaroni salad or coleslaw and include favorites like a delicious French Dip, made from thinly sliced prime rib. Burgers and all-day breakfast are also served. Full bar service is available as well.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Citizens provides diners with a casual atmosphere and home-style dishes served in generous portions.

Terrisa's expert tip: Citizens is open 24/7, so you can stop in for a large portion of comfort food no matter what the time of day (or night). They have a late night menu with munchie-pleasing foodies like Buffalo Wings, Disco Fries or quesadillas.

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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 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. Guests will also find a gluten free menu and a kids menu. 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.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Mon Ami Gabi's French bistro food is served in a Parisian-inspired atmosphere, and it offers patio dining with a view of the Strip.

Terrisa's expert tip: On the weekends, lunch and breakfast come together for brunch at Mon Ami Gabi, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The small menu includes Eggs Benedict, French Toast and adults-only drinks like the Gabi's Bloody Mary, created with house-made base, vodka, bacon, saucisson, Jarlsberg cheese, tomato and cucumber.

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