Las Vegas Restaurant Discounts
In the past decade, Las Vegas has evolved into one of the world's greatest food cities. It's a playground for vacationing foodies, and business travelers on expense accounts. It's reputation for cheap buffets and 99 cent shrimp cocktails, however, is gone forever.
But that doesn't mean you can't eat in Las Vegas on the cheap. Here are tips on how to save money on food while in Sin City.
NOTEWORTHY CHEAP EATS
The $1.99 Shrimp Cocktail
Las Vegas built a storied history with reports of 50 cent shrimp cocktails available on Fremont Street. For years, they were served in a tulip sundae glass at the Golden Gate, located downtown. The casino claims it sold thousands per day, and more than 30 million total, which cost 50 cents until 1991 and 99 cents until 2008. Today, a cheap shrimp cocktail is available at Fremont Casino, in Lanai Express, a quick service outlet.
$9.99 Steak at Ellis Island Casino
If you're looking for a cheap steak in Las Vegas, this casino, located behind Bally's Casino, offers Player's Club members a 10 oz. Top Sirloin Steak served with three sides for 10 bucks. Check out their website for additional promotions, including the Whiskey and Wings Wednesdays.
The $2.49 Footlong at Casino Royale
Casino Royale, tucked between The Venetian and Harrah's, offers the $2.49 Nathan's footlong in its food court. They also offer $3 bottles of beer, to wash it down. Steps away, a White Castle offers sliders by the sack.
Graveyard Steak & Eggs at South Point
At this Off-Strip casino, the graveyard specials are served from midnight until 6am. This includes the popular $5.45 steak and eggs, with a 7 oz. New York Strip, two eggs, hashbrowns, toast and jelly. Other specials include a $3.45 two-egg breakfast, a $2.95 biscuits and gravy special, and, for good measure" an "Old Vegas" style Bay Shrimp Cocktail for $2.45.
$4.99 Power Lunch at Ocean One
At Ocean One Bar and Grille (located in Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood Casino), diners flock for the $4.99 skirt steak lunch (among other choices), and the "3-for-1" cocktails, available all day for $10.
Eat Free at Heart Attack Grill
The easiest free meal in Las Vegas comes with a caveat - you have to weigh over 350 pounds to receive your free burger. This tacky Fremont Street restaurant, home of the trademarked Octuple Bypass Burger (with 8 patties!) is proud of its tagline "fighting anorexia since 2005."
BRERA osteria (The Venetian Resort)
Perhaps our favorite Happy Hour spot is under the (indoor) lemon tree at BRERA, which features its Italian-inspired Aperitivo Hour daily from 3-5pm. During this time, enjoy half price cocktails, beer and wine by the glass. Also, the pizzas -- among the best in town -- are half price. As a bonus - the chef sends out free bites with every drink purchase. Score!
See our full list of Las Vegas Happy Hours here.
NATIONAL CHAIN OFFERS AND OTHER EMAIL DEALS
While planning for your vacation, be on the lookout for deals, especially from national chains. Many have online email clubs that send out coupons. One tip -- if the club asks you to select a “favorite” location, we suggest using zip code 89109, to ensure you get coupons for Las Vegas locations.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co/Rainforest Cafe
There are plenty of Landry’s restaurants in Las Vegas, so it may be worth your while to purchase a membership in the Landry’s Select Club. Landry’s locations include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and Rainforest Cafe. Also, Saltgrass Steak House and Chart House, both located downtown inside the Golden Nugget. (You can find a full list by using zip code 89109 on their website).
There is a fee of $25 to join. With that, you receive an immediate $25 credit on the membership card once you register online. After you spend $250 (earning 250 points) at Landry’s restaurants, you get a $25 credit on the card that you can use toward your next meal. You also get a $25 credit during your birthday month.
Buca di Beppo
These restaurant offers Italian food served family-style in a fun, themed atmosphere. There are several locations in Las Vegas, including Excalibur and Bally's. Sign up for the Buca eClub to receive offers via email. Enter zip code 89109 and choose the correct location since the coupons usually are limited to a specific location.
There are several 24-hour Denny's locations throughout the tourist areas, which are reportedly some of the busiest and most profitable for the entire chain. Sign up for Denny’s Rewards to receive offers via email. Locations include the South Strip (across from Park MGM), North Strip (near The Venetian), Downtown (on Fremont Street), and Off Strip (near Virgin Resort)
Join the DD Perks Program, to use at locations in Central Strip in the Flamingo and downtown on E Fremont Street.
Earl of Sandwich
A fast casual concept from Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl, this is one of our favorite subs. (We're partial to the "cannonball" meatball sub!) You will find a location in Fashion Show Mall (across from Wynn Resort) and inside Planet Hollywood Casino (of course!) There is also a location in the food court of Palms, which is currently closed. To potentially save some additional cash, join the Earl of Sandwich e-Club on its website. You will get a welcome and birthday gift -- which is perfect if you are celebrating a "birthday" while in Las Vegas!
Hash House a Go Go
This restaurant chain offers "twisted farm food" in huge quantities. One recent tweet summed it up: "I wish I could unhinge my jaw to make my mouth bigger." Las Vegas locations include The LINQ (Center Strip) and The Plaza (downtown). Join the Twisted Farm Club to receive a special offer, and, of course, a birthday treat.
Join the Jamba Juice Rewards Program and get special offers, a free birthday smoothie and earn points with every purchase. Locations in Fashion Show Mall (across from Wynn Resort), Miracle Mile Shops (inside Planet Hollywood Casino), in Hughes Center (location), and several airport locations in terminals A-B and D).
This 50s-themed outpost has locations in several Strip food courts, including Bally's, Flamingo, Venetian, Fashion Show Mall, MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and Silverton. Join the Rocket E-Club and get a coupon for a free hamburger with the purchase of any entrée and drink.
A shiny new Olive Garden has opened near MGM Grand, in the Showcase Mall. Join the Olive Garden eClub to receive special promotions. Bonus: you can join the waitlist online prior to your visit, saving time on busy days.
There is seemingly a Starbucks location every 200 feet in Las Vegas. Note that most locations are operated by the individual resort where it is located, which means they rarely allow use of coupons or Starbucks Rewards redemptions for free drinks. However, nearly all locations provide points for purchases, which can be redeemed when you return home. If in doubt, just ask.
MALL DINING PROGRAMS
Fashion Show Mall
Fashion Show (located across from Wynn Resort) often features promotions for their impressive collection of restaurants. (One recent promotion included a $20 rebate with a $50 restaurant purchase). Sign up to receive emails to get the latest news.
Miracle Mile Shops
SIgn up to receive the latest offers from Miracle Mile Shops, located Center Strip inside the Planet Hollywood Casino.
This expansive mall at Caesars Palace, operated by Simon, offers the Mall Insider program. SIgn up to receive the latest promotions. Be sure to choose Forum Shops as one of your favorite malls.
You don't have to be retired to be a member of AARP. You just have to join. Members save up to 10% - 15% anytime at popular chains by presenting a membership card, including Outback Steakhouse (with a location in Casino Royale), and Denny's (see above for Strip locations).
Most Landry’s restaurants offer 10% off to AARP members. Landry’s locations in Las Vegas include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and Rainforest Cafe. Also, Saltgrass Steak House and Chart House, both located downtown inside the Golden Nugget.
Always ask for “show your card and save” discounts if you are a member of AAA (the American Automobile Association) or CAA (the Canadian Automobile Association). As we hear of specific restaurants offering this discount, we will list them here.
GIFT CARD DEALS
A fan of the site shared that Costco members should check out the selection of restaurant gift cards on sale at their local club. Most of these cards reflect a discount of 20 percent.
Las Vegas Restaurant Week is offered every June. During Restaurant Week, many restaurants on the Strip and Downtown offer special fixed-price menus. Check out their website for the latest information, including dates and participating restaurants.