Las Vegas is certainly known for its many gourmet restaurants and swanky nightclubs. But don’t let the high-rollers make you nervous! There are a number of options at MGM Resorts for couples, families, and groups planning a Vegas vacation on a budget. It is much more doable that you might think.
No matter your budget, you can still feast on delicious entrees and treats throughout your trip without breaking the bank with the many casual dining options on The Strip. Here are a few of the best casual restaurants (in our opinion) in Las Vegas to check out.
1. Newest Restaurants
For those looking for garden-inspired dishes, Primrose at Monte Carlo is one of the more unique Vegas restaurants. This restaurant features a South of France-inspired, vegetable-forward menu, with an emphasis on open-fire cooking. Enjoy a cocktail in the drawing room or beneath the trees in the outdoor terrace & garden. Also, at the Monte Carlo is newly opened Bavette’s; a stylish departure from the traditional steakhouse that includes an eclectic menu with generous sides, multi-story seafood towers, and a curated cocktail and wine program that wholeheartedly embraces Bavette’s 1920s speakeasy vibe. We guarantee that even the most jaded palate’s faith in steak will be restored once tasting the bone-in dry aged ribeye.
For the freshest sushi and specialty rolls consisting of an impressive menu of nigiri, sashimi, hand rolls and much more, try Otoro at The Mirage. The sizzle and aroma of the Robata Grill will make your mouth water once you step inside the restaurant. If you have never experienced the Robata, you are in for a treat, as the Japanese grill features skewers of marinated vegetables, Chilean Sea Bass, octopus, steak and numerous other options. For an unforgettable culinary experience, visit Otoro located near the atrium of the hotel.
2. Enjoy Burger Bliss!
Ready for the ultimate burger experience? At the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, you’ll enjoy a casual atmosphere and amazing entrees from award-winning chef Hubert Keller, of Fleur de Lys fame. But these aren’t your run-of-the-mill hamburgers: we’re talking gourmet toppings, the finest varieties of meats, creative combos, and sauces galore to take your experience up a notch — all without breaking the bank.
If hand-crafted burger is more your style, check out the LVB Burgers at the Mirage Hotel. Perhaps you’ve got someone in the crowd that wants something more than burgers (we’re not even sure how that could be a thing actually)? If so, LVB has something for everyone; burgers, nachos, pigs in a blanket, wings, and even salads. What’s more LVB is also known for its old-fashioned milkshakes in at least 13 different flavors. Adults will certainly enjoy the spiked milkshakes while the rest of the family slurps up more classic shakes from vanilla to nutella and everything in between.
3. Have a Pint at a Pub
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you should skimp out on dinner & a show. And boy, the Irish know their pubs — and Rí Rá Irish Pub is no exception! In fact, this restaurant is constructed from a pub meticulously restored in Ireland, then shipped to Mandalay Bay. You’ll get a near-authentic Irish pub experience, where both conversation and Guinness flow! Stop by at night for live entertainment (seven nights a week), including traditional Irish Sessions and visiting bands. Bonus: Stop by for a nightcap — they’re open until 3 a.m.!
Along with Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York Hotel, you’d think it was St. Patrick’s Day every day! NFI, as the locals call it, features live entertainment nightly at 9pm. Proud of their Irish heritage, the restaurant is actually named for the nine, fine, Irishmen who fought for Irish independence in 1848. Today we celebrate all things Irish, including drinking songs to nightly entertainment outside on the Brooklyn Bridge. We highly recommend you try out the shepherd’s pie, with maybe some Irish nachos, and wash it down with a pint of Guinness to enjoy that Irish craic while you’re in Las Vegas.
4. Grab a Slice at a Pizza Place
Yes, CPK is a chain restaurant with two awesome locations on The Strip at the Mirage as well as in The Park — but if you have some picky eaters in your group, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a menu you all know and love! This pizza joint offers some of the best value on The Strip, as well, with pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pasta for under $20. Located within The Mirage just steps from the casino floor, it’s one of the best hotel restaurants for an easy and no-frills bite to eat. And with its location in MGM’s new Park, you’ll get a great outdoor spot perfect for people watching on the Strip.
How could we talk about pizza without mentioning New York? Take in a slice at the New York Pizzeria at the New York New York Hotel & Casino. These super-sized pizza slices can satisfy some of Las Vegas’s most hungry tourists. If you think you need more than a slice, pizzas come in NY classic thin crusts as well as stuffed crusts. And what NY pizzeria doesn’t have calzones, strombolis and garlic knots? Certainly not this pizza place, we’re overloaded with bread, sauce, and cheese here. If you’re looking to keep the authenticity going, wash your meal down with a sudsy beer or Dr Brown’s Cream Soda - it’s tradition after all.
5. Take In Mexican Food
If you’re looking for fun places to eat dinner, make sure a stop at Hecho en Vegas is on your list! This brightly colored cantina, located in the MGM Grand, features open patio dining views, making it the perfect spot to people-watch as the sun goes down (or any time of day, really!). Leave your fancy attire at home and be ready for a non-stop party at Hecho en Vegas, which offer over 100 tequilas to try and tasty Mexican plates to eat.
If you came to Las Vegas looking to indulge on the varieties of tequila at your disposal, look no further than Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor Hotel. In case you couldn’t guess, T&T features tacos…and tequila, along with all the other Mexican dishes the Southwest has fallen in love with over the years. And you’ll likely fall in love with the extensive tequila list with more than 30 different tequilas from blancos to añejos (that means “aged” in Spanish). Enjoy shots straight up or get them mixed in to some exclusive margarita flavors available year-round.
6. Enjoy the Game at a Sports Bar
Play ball! How can we start this list without going to the house of sports – MGM Grand? Check out Tap Sports Bar is one of the best casual restaurants in Las Vegas if you want to sit back with a pint and watch the game without the pressure of the sportsbooks. With 60 HD flat screen TVs, there’s no bad seat in the house, and the sports memorabilia on the walls make for a fun, yet casual, atmosphere. Tap Sports Bar offers a diverse menu (from chopped salads to old-school fish and chips to rib-eye steak and more) as well as a large selection of bottled and draft beers.
Across the street you’ll want to check out the Public House at Luxor. This 7,000 sq foot restaurant boasts a huge wall of flat screen TVs which would be perfect for catching an up close glimpse at the action on the 10 yard line. Pair your game with the typical comfort food for watching sports, including burgers, wings, and sandwiches. The beer list here is quite extensive too with over 20 American craft beers to choose from. Our bartenders are even known to whip up some cocktails along with mixed beer drinks. We suggest the Snakebite – a classic beer & cider mix of Harp’s and Wyder’s.