Finding the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget isn’t hard, to be honest. After all, Vegas vacations can be done on a budget very easily.
But eating well in Las Vegas? That’s the challenge I set out to solve recently.
Trying new restaurants and food is one of my favorite things to do when traveling – and Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to do it.
Some of the best places to grab a bite in Vegas aren’t super fancy or expensive – but they sure are mouthwatering!
Let’s get to the food, shall we? Keep reading for the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget, from sweet snacks to filling dinners and beyond.
Brioche by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace
For a quick and flavorful meal on the go, pop over to Brioche by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.
At Brioche, you can get baguette sandwiches, coffee, wine, and pastries.
The star of the show at Brioche is the buttery delicious brioche rolls.
The rolls come in sweet and savory flavors, such as peanut butter & jelly or bacon, cheese & jalapeño.
The Buffet at Luxor
The Buffet at Luxor is one of the cheapest buffets on the Las Vegas strip.
Sometimes I’ll head here for a cheap buffet brunch in Vegas if I’m staying on the South end of the strip.
To tell you the truth, I have a love-hate relationship with buffets. I feel like you’re bound to find food that’s meh.
On the other hand, there’s always a chance you’ll have one of the best dishes of your trip, too.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking to fill up for less, the buffet at Luxor is the place!
In addition to being cheap and yummy, the Luxor buffet offers an option to purchase a pass.
This allows you to fill up at any meal time for a set price during your trip.
If you’re not in Vegas to sample the restaurants, and staying at or near the Luxor, this might end up being a good option to fill up for less.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at the LINQ Promenade
Happy Hour specials are a great way to get yummy cheap eats and drink specials in Vegas.
One of my favorite Happy Hour specials in Vegas is at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar.
Chayo’s Happy Hour is daily from 2-6pm, with 2 for $5 tacos, $5 wings or mini nacho plate, $2 Dos Equis or Azulitas beer, and $5 margaritas.
Aside from the delicious Mexican food, Chayo has an awesome rooftop overlooking the LINQ promenade AND a mechanical rooster. And yes, I meant rooster!!
For more tips on good bars in Vegas, check out my post about the best bars on the Strip.
Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
For a quick and filling breakfast, check out Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan.
Seriously, Eggslut has the BEST egg sandwiches and is one of my favorite places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget.
Beware – the line at Eggslut can be a bit congested, depending on when you go. I foolishly thought I’d be in and out on a Sunday at around 11am.
NOPE. The line wrapped around into a nearby hallway.
Thankfully, Eggslut has eggs-cellent hours, so if you time it right, you can get your egg sandwich fix without much of a wait.
Eggslut is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, midnight to 7pm.
Now who’s up for an Eggslut stop after dancing the night away at Marquee?
Gonzalez y Gonzalez at the New York New York Hotel
Gonzalez y Gonzalez inside the New York-New York Hotel has a typical Mexican-American line up full of tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, and so on.
My favorite dish at Gonzalez y Gonzalez is the shrimp quesadilla – which I noticed wasn’t on their menu board outside the restaurant on my last visit.
I didn’t dine there on my last trip, but if that sounds up your alley and don’t see it on the menu, ask if they can still make it. It really is that delicious!
The prices are pretty good too, so if you’re craving Mexican and are on the South end of the strip, I recommend checking it out.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at the LINQ Promenade
Yes, that’s right! You can get food by Gordon Ramsay for relatively cheap at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at the LINQ Promenade right off of Las Vegas Blvd.
A classic fish & chips plate will cost you $15, including a drink. I recommend the peach ginger lemonade – it’s the perfect combo of tart and spicy.
This place as THE BEST fries on the strip, so much so that I sometimes will go just to get a bucket of fries (and a ginger peach lemonade).
The fries are perfectly crisp on the outside, plump on the inside, and salted just right. Plus you get 2 sauces – I like the mango curry and Dijon mayo. YUM!
A bucket of fries will set you back $4.99 – pretty good for a savory snack!
Haute Doggery at the LINQ Promenade
For a quick and cheap meal in Vegas, head over to Haute Doggery at the LINQ Promenade.
If the name isn’t obvious, the specialty at Haute Doggery is hot dogs!
Whether you like your hot dogs steamed, grilled, deep-fried, dragged through the garden, topped with chili and cheese or some other combo, Haute Doggery has a dog for you. There’s even a veggie dog!
Pair your dog with some poutine, onion rings, or classic fries, and you’re filled up.
In-N-Out Burger at the LINQ Promenade
Have you noticed a pattern yet? Yep, it’s another cheap meal in Vegas at the LINQ Promenade.
I love this spot on the Vegas strip, mainly for its tasty and affordable food. Plus The LINQ hotel is pretty fun, too.
OK, onto the real point of this section: In-N-Out Burger!
Fast food cult favorite, In-N-Out Burger, has finally landed on the Strip, thanks to The LINQ’s promenade!
Now you can get your double double animal style and a thick shake without needing to send for a Lyft to get there.
Of course, you could hit up a McDonald’s or generic food court elsewhere for a quick burger, but it’s not going to be fresh and, frankly, not nearly as tasty as In-N-Out.
JJ Boulangerie at the Paris Las Vegas
For a simple but flavorful meal, pop over to JJ Boulangerie in the Paris Las Vegas hotel.
Think buttery, flaky croissants and a café au lait for breakfast or a hearty sandwich on a baguette for lunch.
The line will likely be long, but it moves quickly, plus most of their meals are easy to take on the go, so you don’t have to wait for a table or counter space to chow down.
La Creperie at the Paris Las Vegas
Nearby JJ Boulangerie in the Paris Las Vegas hotel is another great place for a quick and cheap meal, La Creperie.
The savory breakfast crêpe is delish (I mean, let’s be real – anything with avocado or béchamel sauce will be yummy), as are the Nutella and fresh berry crepes.
Milk Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
For a sweet snack, pop on over to Milk Bar at the swanky Cosmopolitan hotel.
Milk Bar is known for its tasty cookies and instagrammable cereal milk flavored soft serve ice cream.
They also serves lattes, milkshakes, and other sweet treats guaranteed to satisfy your sugar craving.
Pin-Up Pizza at the Planet Hollywood Hotel
Slam a slice of New York style pizza from Pin-Up Pizza at the Planet Hollywood hotel.
The pizza slices at Pin-Up Pizza are gigantic – practically bigger than your head!
Pin-Up Pizza is perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or post-partying snack for just a few bucks.
The Planet Hollywood location is open from 11am to 4am daily.
Shake Shack at The Park Las Vegas
Shake Shack opened its first location in the western US at the New York-New York hotel in 2014.
If you’re staying at the Southern end of the strip and don’t want to hoof it down to the LINQ Promenade for In-N-Out, Shake Shack won’t disappoint.
To be honest, their fries aren’t my favorite, so I’ll typically get a double pattie and lemonade or shake, depending on how hungry I am, and it’s more than enough for a quick meal.
Where are your favorite places to eat in Las Vegas when on a budget?
Now that you know my favorite inexpensive places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget, check out my other tips for saving money while traveling to Vegas on budget and tips on what to do and day trips to take while you’re there.
About the author
Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.
This post was originally published March 21, 2017. It was last updated August 10, 2023.