Everyone knows about the incredible roster of celebrity chefs and high-end restaurants in Las Vegas. But for visitors on a budget, here’s some news that may surprise you: You don’t have to stick to the food court value menu. When it comes to fine dining in Las Vegas, we’ve got all the dish on some amazing meal deals that are fit for a king or queen, but won’t be a royal pain in the wallet.
Grotto at Golden Nugget: Grotto is known for its variety of spectacular chicken, veal and fish entrees and made from scratch pastas. But one of the best deals at this downtown favorite is the happy hour special menu at the bar, from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a special late-night happy hour from 10:30-midnight Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant’s signature Peach Bellini is $4, and there are plenty of $5 beer and $6 spirit, wine and specialty cocktail offerings, too. Get personal pizzas like the spinach, pear and gorgonzola for $8 during happy hour.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan: The prix fixe lunch special is a meal you’ll be talking about all day. For $29, you have a choice of five appetizers (including Nova Scotia smoked salmon), a main course that includes options such as Shrimp Saganaki and grilled Mediterranean sea bream, with a side of Greek fried potatoes, steamed broccoli or steamed asparagus and a dessert of either real Greek yogurt, fresh fruits or karidopita (traditional Greek walnut cake) with kaimaki ice cream.
CRUSH at MGM Grand: Happy hour pricing from Monday through Thursdays include $6 wine, sangria and draft beer specials and a tasty cheese or margherita pizza for $11. With two distinct dining areas each with original architecture, the ambiance combined with the happy-hour pricing makes for a great kickoff to any evening in Vegas.
Katsuya by Starck at SLS Las Vegas: Grab a seat at the bar every Thursday through Monday from 5-7 p.m. and indulge in full-sized signature dishes ranging from $4-$10. You can also enjoy a specialty cocktail for $8 and hot sake carafes for $7, among other drink specials.
Palm at Caesars Palace: Even if your only business is to load up on great food, the Business Lunch menu at Palm Restaurant inside the Forum Shops at Caesars is a great deal. For $25.95, you get a first course of a choice of salad or the soup of the day, any of these main course options: New York Steak Au Poivre – Aged Black Angus 10-ounce steak with mashed potatoes and brandy peppercorn sauce; chicken parmigiana over linguine marinara; Atlantic salmon fillet with roasted red pepper sauce; or the fresh-fish special of the day. For dessert, you can indulge on either flourless chocolate cake or key lime pie. Delish, start to finish.
Herbs & Rye on West Sahara Avenue: A favorite off-Strip dining destination for locals, but you don’t have to tell anyone you’re just visiting to take advantage of the amazing half-price steaks during either of the happy hours (5-8 p.m. and midnight-3 a.m.). Tasty cocktails and other food items are available at 50 percent off during those times, too. A great night out, Herbs & Rye is open Mondays through Saturdays.
T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort: You’ll find more solid happy hour options at T-Bones Chophouse. Sit on the patio and enjoy Oysters Rockefeller, crispy tuna tacos, lobster gougeres, filet mignon tips and numerous other snacks on the patio. Of course, you’ll want to wash it down with a Frank Sinatra martini, White Cosmopolitan or any of the other specialty drinks at happy hour savings.
Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian/The Palazzo: From 4:30-6:30 p.m. you can enjoy discounted Italian-inspired dishes such as grandma’s meatballs, calamari and the delicious sausage-and-pepper sliders. Of course, they’ll go great with the sangria, domestic beer, house wines, and other adult beverages.