While it’s fun to sit inside trendy restaurants and eat pretty food, sometimes it’s better to eat cheap so you can have more money for other things.
Here’s a list of cheap and affordable restaurants in Las Vegas. My husband and I eat here when we want to save money on food. I’ll try to update this list as much as I can, so follow us on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll let you know when I do!
Recently updated July 2019. Alphabetically listed.
3535 W. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103 | (702) 550 – 4395 | Opens at 9 AM Daily
I’ve never heard of Cane’s until I moved here to Vegas. Cane’s is a fast food chain known for its fried chicken tenders. Their combos come with crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, toast, and a serving of their famous Cane sauce.
My husband loves it so much we ate here every week our first year living here! They have several branches in Las Vegas, but you’ll need a car to go to their closest branch from The Strip on Tropicana Ave.
5020 #1 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89146 | (702) 985 – 1192 | 11:30 AM to 11 PM Daily
Japanese Curry ZEN is a restaurant I’m grateful to have discovered in Chinatown. If you’ve never had Japanese curry, this is the best place to try it.
You can pick your protein (chicken, pork katsu, sausage, or spam!) and level of spice. You can also order other popular Japanese dishes like ramen or fried gyoza. For drinks, they have Kirin on draft and an assortment of sake.
This is my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas!
The Forum Food Court at Caesar’s Palace | Sun, Tue & Thurs: 11 AM to 3 AM; Mon & Wed: 11 AM to 1 AM; Fri & Sat: 11 AM to 4:30 AM
New York-based Halal Guys is another place to go for affordable food in Las Vegas. They offer chicken, beef gyros, rice, hummus, & falafels. Watch out for the red sauce: it’s very spicy!
If you’re craving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, this should be your first (and probably only) stop at the Strip if you’re on a budget.
On weekends, it’s open till 4:30 AM on Friday and Saturday, so it’s a perfect place to go (or stumble) to after a night at Omnia.
3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | Open at 10:30 AM ’till 01:00 AM
I lived in the Midwest before moving to Vegas, so In & Out was a novelty to me. This fast-food joint serves American-style burgers, fries, & shakes. Make sure to order animal-style fries, a secret menu item, which includes fries with melted cheese and ground beef. It’s definitely fast food, so don’t expect sit-down-quality food here.
I’ve had hits and misses with other branches: fries were already cold, the cheese already solid, and the burgers too greasy for my taste. However, the two times I ate at the In-N-Out at the LINQ Promenade, I’ve never had a problem. This branch is very busy but they were efficient in getting food out.
Its “west-coast” novelty factor and its prices make In-N-Out one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget.
Pho Kim Long
4029 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 | (702) 220 – 3613 | Open 24/7
Pho Kim Long is a Vietnamese restaurant my husband and I go when we’re in the mood for comforting pho (a Vietnamese noodle soup). It’s perfect for chilly and windy Las Vegas nights, or if you want a filling and affordable meal.
They also serve other popular Asian dishes like egg rolls, Mongolian beef, and pad thai.
6261 Dean Martin Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 979 – 9797
Skinnyfats is the coolest restaurant in Las Vegas. No, really! This fast casual restaurant has a diverse collection of menu items such as burgers, tacos, soups, and bowls. They also have pressed juices, beers, and even frozen rosé.
It’s perfect for an affordable brunch in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Skinnyfats has several branches in the Las Vegas, the closest one on The Strip is on Dean Martin Drive.
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | 725 – 222 – 6730 | 10:30 AM to 2:00 AM, 7 days a week
Shake Shack at New York-New York is also another affordable spot in Vegas. Shake Shack has amazing burgers and the BEST cheese fries, hands down. It’s all about the small details: their Wisconsin cheese fries come with a cute wooden fork you can stab it with.
I LOVE that their food is simple and consistent, and I’ve never been disappointed with a visit. When I was vegan I loved their portobello mushroom. I’m not vegan anymore and I still love that burger to this day.
Their 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers start at $5.49 and their addicting cheese fries are only $4.09!
I usually go to the Shake Shack in the Summerlin ‘burbs, but I’ve been to the Shake Shack in New York-New York and Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, and both did not disappoint. On the Las Vegas strip, Shake Shack is a solid choice if you’re craving good ‘ole burgers and fries with cheap prices but a little more special than your local drive-through.
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