Twenty Las Vegas dinners under $20

Las Vegas is one of the world’s top culinary destinations. We have restaurants you won’t find anywhere else and cuisine from top-notch chefs.

That’s all good, but sometimes eating at a world class restaurant means you’re spending $20 for a side dish alone. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat economically in Las Vegas. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry. We know places where you can get an entire dinner for under $20. And we’re not talking a greasy fast food meal. These are good dinners. Everything from steak to barbecue and Thai food.

Here are 20 dinners you can enjoy in Las Vegas for under $20:

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq: Fried chicken is one of the specialties at Brooklyn Bowl and it’s definitely worth trying. You can get a half chicken (dark meat) for $18. It also includes all the fixings of a good Southern home cooked meal — white bread, mashed potatoes and collard greens with bacon and honey.

Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay: Don’t let the name throw you off. The Fatty Melt at Citizens Kitchen is something you want to eat. Two grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches serve as the “bun” for two burger patties topped with caramelized onions and special sauce. All that gooey goodness is just $19.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Quad: You’ve seen Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and now you can taste his cooking at his restaurant at The Quad. The burgers are huge here. Try The Mayor of Flavortown burger for $19. It’s piled high with seasoned pastrami, Swiss cheese, caraway seed slaw, dill pickles, onion straws and Dijon mustard on a pretzel bun. Flavortown, indeed.

Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel: Culinary Dropout has the perfect comfort food meal for $18. Their cleverly named Ma…The Meatloaf!?! (if you haven’t seen “Wedding Crashers,” Google it ) is a meaty meal served with green beans, potatoes and gravy.

Pantry at The Mirage: Pantry is The Mirage’s new 24-hour restaurant and you can get a great homespun meal for under $20 at any time of day. Our favorite is the brisket cheese steak for $17. The tender, flavorful brisket is topped with horseradish cheddar cheese, caramelized onion and arugula and served on a ciabatta roll.

Mr. Lucky's Gambler's Special

Mr. Lucky’s at Hard Rock Hotel: Mr. Lucky’s might just have the best dinner bargain in town. It’s not on the menu, so be sure to ask your server for the Gambler’s Special for $7.77. You’ll be rewarded with a strip steak, shrimp, a potato or broccoli and a side salad.

Park on Fremont: This downtown Las Vegas bar serves up some great bites along with their cocktails. For $11 you can get a fried chicken and waffle sandwich made with applewood-smoked bacon waffles and Wild Turkey maple syrup.

Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas: Sugar Factory has a mammoth menu and there are several choices for under $20. Our pick is the Mediterranean pasta for $16.95. It’s made with pappardelle pasta, olives, feta, artichokes and tomatoes.

Pot Liquor

Pot Liquor Contemporary American Smokehouse at Town Square: Barbecue fans will want to stop into the new Pot Liquor restaurant at Town Square. Prices are reasonable and the food is tasty. Our pick is the mopped baby back ribs for $18.95 (half rack). The ribs are smoked slowly over sweet and hard woods and slathered in spicy sauce. You’ll also get two sides like candied yams, cornbread or mac and cheese.

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor: If you’re looking for some good Mexican food, you can find it at Tacos & Tequila for a price that won’t break the bank. Try the chicken burrito for $17. It’s filled with grilled chicken, lettuce, jalapeno aioli, crema fresco Cotija cheese, tomatillo cream and pico de gallo and served with refried black beans, rice and shredded lettuce. You’ll have money left over to try one of T &T’s tequila flights.

The Buffet at Golden Nugget: Las Vegas has always been the home of the buffet and there are still a few where you can get all-you-can-eat dinner for under $20. Try the Golden Nugget’s buffet for $19.99 Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 10 p.m. You’ll find dozens of options like salad, pizza, pasta, seafood, meats and Chinese food. The buffet also has several live cooking stations.

Yusho's Logan Poser Ramen

Yusho at Monte Carlo: Everybody likes ramen but Yusho’s is quite a bit tastier than that stuff you used to make in your college dorm. Be sure to try their Logan Poser Ramen for $16. It’s made with crispy pork, hen egg, nori and cucumber.

Pink’s at Planet Hollywood: Pink’s has been a staple in Los Angeles for more than 65 years and also serves its unique hot dogs at Planet Hollywood. There are choices (which average about $6) like a bacon burrito dog, Polish dog and a stretch chili cheese dog.

Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has several restaurants around town and the most affordable is his BurGR restaurant at Planet Hollywood. Fans of his TV show will want to try the Hell’s Kitchen Burger for $14. The spicy patty is grilled over apple and alder wood and topped with asadero cheese, roasted jalapeno peppers, avocado and oven roasted tomato.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill at Harrah’s: Toby Keith’s has a menu full of Southern favorites — many named after his hit songs. If you’re a fan, try the Should’ve Been A Cowboy Chicken Fried Steak for $18.99. It’s a hand breaded cubed steak, fried golden brown and smothered with country gravy. It’ll stick to your ribs.

Wolfgang Puck pizza

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand: Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck specializes in crafting amazing wood oven pizza. You can grab one of his famous creations at his Bar & Grill restaurant. Dig into the Italian sausage, roasted peppers, mushrooms, smoked ricotta, onions and parsley for $16.

Della’s Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas: Your new favorite sandwich might be Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s favorite sandwich, the toasted cheese panini, with tomato soup. It’s $14 and comes with a choice of shoestring fries, potato salad, cup of fruit or salad.

La Comida: La Comida Mexican restaurant is a hip downtown hangout with flavorful dishes like the pollo al horno for $16. It’s made with mixiote chicken, nopales, Mexican squash, onions and achiote sauce.

Le Thai: Le Thai serves delicious, reasonably priced Thai food favorites. Get the classic pad Thai with chicken, beef, pork or tofu for $13. It’s a delicious rice noodle stir fry with egg, green onion, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts and cilantro.

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace: Serendipity 3 may be known for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate but the restaurant also serves up some pretty good (and filling) foot-long hot dogs. You can get a Chicago dog served on a house made bun with choice of french fries or coleslaw for $17.50.

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