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7 Tips About Eating In Vegas

Last updated: January 19, 2018 at 11:12 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 1 Comment on 7 Tips About Eating In Vegas.

World-class dining is one of the many reasons people come to Vegas. You’ll definitely want to indulge in some great meals when you visit, but maybe it’s your first time here and you’re not sure where to go. Maybe you’re looking to save some money on your next trip or maybe you’re just trying to stick to your diet even though you’re in Sin City.

We get it – you need some inside information and we’ve got it. We put together some tips and tricks about dining in Las Vegas. Here’s what you need to know:

Buffet Hacks

Las Vegas dining tips at the buffet

Bacchanal Buffet desserts.

Buffets are a Las Vegas legend. They’ve been an iconic part of the Vegas dining scene since the ’40s. You’ve got to try an all-you-can-eat extravaganza at least once when you come to our fair city.

If you want to really go for it and try several buffets, there’s only one way to do it. Get the Buffet of Buffets pass. You pay one price and get access to up to five buffets for a 24-hour period. Think you can’t fit five buffets into 24 hours? Think again. Find out how to do it.

Another tip: Upgrades are available to the Buffet of Buffets pass if you want to visit the premium Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. We think it’s totally worth it. The buffet is one of the most popular in town for good reason – there are hundreds of food options, daily chef’s specials and you can see the food being made right in front of you.

The Bacchanal Buffet is so popular, that leads us to another secret. Avoid the long lines by hitting up a digital FreshTxt kiosk, which lets you “check in” in line and virtually hold your place for hours, alerting you by text when it’s your turn.

Long buffet lines can also happen at Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas. Lucky for you, it’s the only buffet in town that actually takes reservations through OpenTable. We definitely recommend it.

Happy Hour = Happy Wallet

Las Vegas dining tips - Where to find the best happy hours on the Las Vegas Strip

Searsucker at Caesars Palace

There are so many great restaurants in Vegas but maybe it’s not in your budget to visit all of the ones you want to. We’ve got a solution for you — restaurant happy hour. It’s a perfect way to save money and still get to eat at a top restaurant. You won’t have access to the full menu, but you can sample some great bites at wallet-friendly prices.

Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas offers $5 drinks and a special menu from 5 – 7 p.m. daily in the bar. There’s also a late night happy hour from 9 – 10 p.m. Enjoy Wagyu sliders, charred beef carpaccio, oysters on the half shell and more for under $10 each.

Oyster lovers will want to check out Harrah’s Oyster Bar. Get in on happy hour Monday – Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. and get yourself $2.25 Blue Point Oysters.

In the mood for pizza? Flour & Barley at The LINQ Promenade offers happy hour from 2 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. Enjoy a variety of pizzas for $10 including margherita, bianca and mushroom. Wash it down with $5 draft beer.

Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Bar at The LINQ Promenade also has rooftop happy hour from 2 – 6 p.m.. Enjoy $5 chicken wings, mini nachos and taquitos. Pair it with $5 margaritas and $1 Coronitas.

Koi at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 p.m. in the lounge. Tasty bites include $6 spicy salmon cut rolls and California rolls; $8 crunchy wasabi calamari and short rib dumplings; and $10 tuna tacos, Kobe beef potstickers and Kobe beef skewers.

Searsucker at Caesars Palace features happy hour from  5 – 7 p.m. daily. Grab $9 bites including tomato & burrata, hummus and flatbread, lollipop wings and tuna tacos.

Here are some more happy hour suggestions.

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No limits here

Las Vegas dining tips for Gluten-free diets

Antipasti at GIADA.

Vegas is all about indulgence but don’t worry —  if you’re into clean eating, you’re watching your calories or you’re gluten free, you still have plenty of dining options in Vegas.

If gluten is not your friend, head to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Their gluten-free menu offers items like French onion soup, oysters, trout almondine and filet mignon. Eiffel Tower Restaurant is another spot that features a gluten-free dinner menu. Check out the Pacific halibut, prime aged New York steak and the bone-in pork chop.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Flamingo Las Vegas also has a gluten-free menu. Indulge in chimichurri flat iron steak, a Key West fish sandwich or a brownie sundae.

If you’re vegetarian, Margaritaville is a good spot for you too. Enjoy black bean and roasted corn tacos, margarita pasta or a veggie Cobb salad. Vegetarians and vegans have lots of choices in Las Vegas.

Guests can enjoy vegetarian and vegan meals at Jaburritos sushi burritos at The LINQ Promenade. Dine on Gardein chicken and beef, tofu and veggie rolls and bowls.

Want a sweet treat but need to avoid sugar? Many of the buffets in town offer dessert stations with sugar-free options.

If a buffet is not in the cards for you and you want something lighter, try GIADA at The Cromwell. Chef Giada de Laurentiis is known for making Italian food with lighter California influences. Try her spaghetti with shrimp, lemon and basil or salmon with summer vegetable succotash. There’s also a variety of healthy antipasti like marinated olives, caponata and wood roasted mushrooms.

Sharing is Caring

Las Vegas dining tips - Portions are big enough for you to share with someone

Guy’s Cheesecake Challenge.

In Vegas, we like to do things a little over the top, especially with food. There are lots of restaurants where the portions are big enough for you to share with someone. You can kill two birds with one stone — save some money and save some calories.

Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is known for huge portions. We’re talking massive oversized flapjacks, signature hashes, a one-pound burger and more.

We all know Guy Fieri likes his food with a little something extra. Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ  has several  items you could share. The desserts are monstrous. If you’ve got a group, split the Guy’s Cheesecake Challenge. It’s half a marble cheesecake topped with potato chips, pretzels and hot fudge.

Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is another great option if you’ve got a group. All of the food is served in large family-style, reasonably-priced portions that you can share.

Get a Midnight Snack

Las Vegas dining tips - Many restaurants are open late or open 24 hours

Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace.

In your town it’s possible that the only food you might be able to get at midnight is from a Taco Bell drive-thru. But Vegas is a 24-hour town. So take advantage of it while you’re here and get yourself some good food in the middle of the night.

Note: Not everything is open. Most fine dining restaurants are closed by 11 p.m., but you can find plenty of great grub after hours.

Look out for special (and Secret) menus

Las Vegas dining tips - Try special prix fixe menus and tasting menus

Strawberry panna cotta at Martorano’s.

Regular menus in Las Vegas restaurants are great, but keep an eye out for special prix fixe menus and tasting menus. They can be a good way to try several dishes at a restaurant and they are often a good deal money-wise too.

Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas currently has a special three-course summer menu for $50 per person. Enjoy a choice of antipasti (beef carpaccio, salad, fried mozzarella), a choice of one specialty dish (chicken marsala, pappardelle Bolognese) and a choice of dessert (homemade panna cotta or red velvet cake).

Shhh! We’ll let you in on another secret. Chef Steve Martorano recently introduced a secret menu to his restaurant. It includes flavorful and delicious twists on the Italian-American classics that Martorano was brought up on. Ask your server (quietly) about the secret options next time you’re at the restaurant.

Have you always wanted to try Gordon Ramsay’s food? Try a variety of it with the Gordon Ramsay Steak Hell’s Kitchen Limited Edition Tasting Menu. You’ll get an amuse bouche, heirloom beet salad, peas and carrots risotto, roasted beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding for $145 per person.

If you want a bite before a show, check out the theater menu at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace. It’s available on Colosseum show nights from 5 – 7 p.m. You can choose a starter, entrée, side and a glass of Champagne from the theater menu for $66 per person. Reservations are recommended.

do you deliver?

Las Vegas dining tips - Mobile ordering at the LINQ

Nook Cafe at The LINQ

So you’ve had a few drinks and now you’re hungry. We know you don’t want to give up your seat at the bar. How many times have you wished that you could just have someone bring food to you? Your wishes can come true in Vegas.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino recently launched mobile ordering at several of its bars including TAG Sports Bar, 3535, Catalyst Bar and O’Sheas Casino. With just a couple taps on your smart phone, you can get food from Nook Café delivered directly to your seat. Simply text the word “Nook” to 555-888 and then clink on the link in the reply to place your order.

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About The Author

Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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  1. Christy lindsey

    Thanks for sharing