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
Catch up with pals, cheer on your team or crank up the competition with some classic bar and arcade games at newly opened Vagabond Drink +Play+Eat. At Vagabond, you can swing by the frozen daiquiri bar for cool cocktails to go or head inside to share a few bites and pints. Ditch the dress codes. Watch the game inside and order the Nashville Hot Chicken served with a bag o' fries.
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.
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.
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.
Moneyline Sports Bar & Book has everything you need for gaming, gambling and cheering on your favorite team—but it's also a great spot in town for a beer and a burger.Grab a bar stool by a big screen or settle in at a cozy booth for lunch, dinner or a quick snack. The menu—from the team at Chicago's Hogsalt Hospitality—is a mix of bar food's greatest hits, from wings, fries and hot sandwiches, to shareable options like Build Your Own Nachos, Truffle Parmesan Fries and a weigh-and-pay menu for when you’re hanging with your crew.The spacious, social space is designed so you can indulge in a little friendly competition, too. Challenge friends to a game of duckpin bowling or rack up a game of billiards between drinks. *Moneyline will be closed from Monday, July 8 - Sunday, August 25 for construction. *