Lunch in Las Vegas: 10 Restaurants for Casual Eats and Good Deals

Las Vegas’ restaurant scene might seem to be somewhat dinner-centric, so what about lunch? You’re going to be hungry long before that 8 p.m. reservation. Depending on your plans, you might want to grab something fast while you’re exploring the Strip, or you may want to sit down and enjoy a leisurely lunch and a glass of wine. Fortunately, in Vegas, you’ve got plenty of options for both scenarios.

Many Vegas restaurants feature an upscale atmosphere for lunch that goes beyond the standard mid-day fare of burgers or salads. At Cucina by Wolfgang Puck, the setting is upscale casual and the Italian food is exactly what you’d expect from a Puck restaurant: fresh and expertly prepared. In Downtown Las Vegas, Carson Kitchen is a charming place to stop in for lunch. Delicious shared plates are the style, and the ambiance invites lingering with an lunchtime cocktail or two.

If you’re less interested in ambiance and more interested in a place with inexpensive eats and speedy service, you’ll find a host of possible lunch stops. At Monta Ramen, just west of the Strip, you can fill up on flavor-filled ramen at a seriously budget-friendly price. At the Cosmo’s Secret Pizza, you can enjoy a slice or two and be back out on the Strip in no time (provided there’s no line, which could slow you down).

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