Lunch on the Las Vegas Strip: 10 best mid-day eateries

When you’re out exploring the Las Vegas Strip, lunch might not be the first thing on your mind. After all, this is a city that’s overflowing with restaurants - but you’ve got some lunch options on the Strip that deserve some thought.

If you’re out 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. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will give you a taste of the famous chef’s food without breaking the bank. At Block 16 Urban Food Hall, you have a choice of casual eateries, one of them from David Chang.

At more high-end Strip restaurants, lunch is often a chance for a more affordable meal. If you’ve had your eye on any upscale eateries, check to see if they serve lunch. For posh or popular restaurants, you’ll probably need reservations, even for lunch.

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

Scroll down to keep reading about our suggestions on the best places to have lunch on the Las Vegas Strip.


Eataly isn't a restaurant--it's a food experience, an Italian marketplace featuring plenty of places to browse or stop for a bite, coffee or a drink. Eataly brings together restaurants, several casual counters and bars, a market and a wine shop. A full calendar of tours, cooking classes, wine and beverage tastings along with specialty dinners provide an abundance of food-centric things to do. A stop at Cucina del Mercato gives you the chance to experience "counter-to-table," six different fresh counters where you shop and then watch the experts prepare your purchase. Among the other stops at Eataly, you'll find a steakhouse, pizza, Lavazza and the Gran Caffe Milano.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Eataly's approach to food will leave you feeling like you stopped off at an Italian market for a few hours.

Terrisa's expert tip: After lunch, you may want to browse the market for something to take home. Selections include salami, cheese, freshly baked bread, pasta, extra virgin olive oils, fruit and more.

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After a hard day of sight-seeing on the Strip or shopping at the Fashion Show Mall, Stripburger & Chicken will give you a place to refuel and take in a view of the Strip. The restaurant is all-outdoors, and its Strip-side location allow you to indulge in some people watching while you enjoy a classic burger, cheeseburger, or chicken sandwich. The mini burger sampler gives you three small burgers--the blue cheese, the whiskey barbeque and the cheddar burger--perfect for sharing. The menu offers diners plenty of chicken sandwiches and jumbo tenders. You'll also find appetizers, a cocktail menu, adult shakes and a selection of beers.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: With a great view of the Strip and a menu full of burgers and chicken, Stripburger & Chicken is a solid choice for lunch.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you're planning lunch for a group, Stripburger & Chicken can accommodate from 12 to 150 people. Their website has a page for event inquiries and reservations.

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Estiatorio Milos features fine Greek food, and that includes incredibly fresh seafood. The seafood is sourced from around the world and prepared flavorfully in a Mediterranean style. Guests will find dishes like the grilled octopus, which comes with capers, onions and Santorini fava, as well as calamari, prawns and Maryland Crab Cakes--to name just a few of the many seafood and fish dishes. Fresh seafood and fish take center stage here, including whole grilled fish, lobster, salmon or tuna. Guests can also enjoy a raw bar. For those who aren't interested in seafood or fish, lamb and beef are also available. A serene, beautifully designed interior complements the memorable food.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Estiatorio Milos serves exceptionally fresh seafood and fish, plus it offers an excellent three-course lunch.

Terrisa's expert tip: Be sure to order the Milos Special, a tower of lightly fried zucchini and eggplant with kefalograviera cheese and tzatziki. There's enough to share with the table, but it's so good you might want to keep it all to yourself.

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Hussong's Cantina at Mandalay Bay almost feels like you're on Spring Break: live music, plenty of great beer and some terrific food. It's a casual, easy-going atmosphere with dishes like tacos, fajitas, carne asada, flautas, burritos and chimichangas. One of the most interesting things about Hussong's is its history. This location was the first franchise of the original Hussong's Cantina, which was established in 1892 in Baja, Mexico--the same place that bills itself as the place where the Margarita was invented. Naturally, this means that Hussong's Las Vegas has a selection of specialty Margaritas, like the Cadillac Margarita (Hornitos Reposado and Grand Marnier), or the Blackberry Splash Margarita, with freshly muddled blackberries and ginger liqueur.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Hussong's gives lunch guests a menu full of Mexican faves like tacos and burritos, as well as Margaritas.

Terrisa's expert tip: Hussong's is serious about being the birthplace of the Margarita, and their Original Margarita stays true to that first version's recipe: Sauza Blue Reposado tequila, agave nectar and freshly squeezed lime juice.

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Grand Lux Cafe

The Grand Lux Café is a sister to The Cheescake Factory, and the family resemblance is most obvious when you look at the very large 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 several types of hamburgers (plus veggie and turkey burgers), an array of sandwiches, pastas, 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: The Grand Lux Café's lunch menu includes dinner selections, making it a good place to stop when you'd like a lot to choose from.

Terrisa's expert tip: Grand Lux offers lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soup and salad is only $9.95 and the most expensive item, salmon, is only $16.95.

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The Palm
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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 a bit more affordable than the dinner choices, with options like the Nova Scotia Lobster Roll or bison burger, as well as a prix fixe option. The lunch menu also has plenty of steak choices as far as cuts and sizes. Other menu items include salads, appetizers and entrees like Chicken Martini or shrimp polenta.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: For an upscale lunch, stop at The Palms where you can enjoy a steak, Italian dishes or a hearty burger.

Terrisa's expert tip: The two-course Power Lunch is only $26 and features soup or salad and an entree of either linguini with white clam sauce, shrimp bucatini, chicken parmigiana, Chef's catch of the day or a center cut filet with brandy peppercorn sauce.

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Food courts are ubiquitous along the Strip, but the new Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas takes the concept up a notch. The six restaurants and bars give diners a well-rounded roster of dining options. The interestingly named District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. hails from New Orleans and the name alone gives you a glimpse of what you'll find on the menu, although the choices go beyond doughnuts, sliders or beer. Hattie B's Hot Chicken will satisfy any hankerings for Southern food and fried chicken, plus they serve local beer. Lardo offers sandwiches (primarily pork). Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake features handrolls prepared at the counter and a selection of sake and the new Bāng Bar by Momofuku is Chef David Chang's take on grilled flatbread sandwiches and rice bowls.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Block 16 Urban Food Hall is a reinvention of the food court, offering a selection of fast casual food that doesn't skimp on flavor.

Terrisa's expert tip: For sheer variety of choice, it's tough to beat Block 16 Urban Food Hall. If you have a group with different tastes, this could be a good solution.

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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: Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips features the celebrity's chef's take on a traditional English street food.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you'd prefer to grab your fish and chips and go, that's an option here. In addition to a small dine-in area and places to sit outside, guests can get take-out.

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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 cheese quesadilla or chicken fingers. Look for a variety of burgers and sandwiches, including a delicious French Dip. All sandwiches come with a side of French fries, coleslaw or side salad. Breakfast and lunch menus are combined from early morning through mid-afternoon, so guests can enjoy an eggs benedict or omelette for "lunch," although it's clear that distinction doesn't apply here. Full bar service is available as well.

Recommended for Lunch on the Strip because: Citizens at Mandalay Bay has a casual cafe ambiance and generous portions of American-style comfort food.

Terrisa's expert tip: Citizens gets busy if there are any events or conventions going on, but it's rare to have much of a wait even if there's a line. They also have to-go options.

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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. 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 Parisian-inspired ambiance is the perfect backdrop for its French bistro food, and its patio offers an unforgettable view of the Strip.

Terrisa's expert tip: Seating on the highly desired Strip-side patio is on a first-come, first-serve basis, although the general opinion is that the tables (and their terrific view) are worth the wait.

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