While it’s fun to sit inside trendy restaurants and eat Instagrammable food, there are times when it’s better to eat at an affordable restaurant so you can treat yourself with other things.
Here’s a list of cheap places to eat in Las Vegas that my husband and I visit regularly. 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 on September 2019. Alphabetically listed.
5040 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
Big Wong is one of the best cheap eats in Las Vegas. This restaurant in Chinatown has a wide variety of menu items and most of them are under $10. We usually order the Hainan chicken, seafood noodle soup, and ribeye with pasta (I’ve never had this combo before, but it works!).
It’s great for lunch or a weeknight dinner when you just want something simple and casual.
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 another affordable place to eat in Las Vegas without sacrificing flavor. If you’ve never had Japanese curry, this is the best place to try it.
You can pick your protein (chicken, meat, veggies, 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 dish 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 also makes our list of cheap places to eat in Las Vegas. You’ll find Halal Guys at the food court at Caesar’s Palace. They offer chicken, beef gyros, rice, hummus, and falafels. Go easy on the red sauce: it’s so spicy it made my stomach hurt! (it was my fault for putting too much…)
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-N-Out was a novelty to me. This fast-food joint serves American-style burgers, fries, and shakes. Make sure to order animal-style fries, a secret menu item, which includes fries with melted cheese and ground beef.
I’ve had hits and misses with other branches: fries were cold, the cheese already solid, and the burgers too greasy. However, the times I’ve eaten 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 cheap in Las Vegas.
5485 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Orchids Garden is our favorite Off-Strip restaurant to eat lunch right now in Vegas. Everything pictured above (plus sesame red bean balls and chow mein) was only $24! You will not get that price and quality on The Strip.
You can pick and choose from the rolling carts or order off the menu. We always get the barbecue pork bao, shrimp siu mai, steamed bok choy, and hot tea.
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
If you’re here with a friend who’s counting calories and another who wants to go “all-out,” go here. Skinnyfats is a fast-casual restaurant with a diverse collection of healthy and savory entrees. If you want to get your drink on, they also serve pressed juices, beers, and frozen rosé.
It’s perfect for an affordable brunch in a 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 one of my favorite cheap eats in Las Vegas. It’s not unique here since they have branches all over the country, but it doesn’t take away the fact that their burgers and cheese fries are goooood.
I love that their food is simple and consistent, and I’ve never been disappointed with a visit. On the Las Vegas Strip, Shake Shack is a solid choice if you’re craving burgers and fries that are a little more special than your local drive-through.
Cheap places to eat in Las Vegas
Going to Las Vegas doesn’t have to mean maxing out your credit card. It’s important to set a budget and research restaurants before you get here.