Eating For Less: Food Courts in Las Vegas

A food court in Las Vegas? Finding cheap food on the Strip can seem like the most challenging part of a Vegas vacation. But it isn’t impossible. If you’re trying to manage your budget and sneak in a quick bite in place of a full breakfast, lunch or anytime meal, consider exploring the food courts found at many of the biggest Vegas resorts. Most are open late (some counters even stay open 24/7). Here are some of the best:

Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian: Just adjacent to the Venetian’s self-parking and above the casino floor (where there is another smaller food court), this offers ample seating and a great variety of quick dining including deli sandwiches, Nathan’s hot dogs, two different classic American burger stands, Panda Express Chinese, as well as Japanese, Italian and another counter devoted to everyone’s favorite crustacean, Lobster ME.

Village Street Eateries, New York, New York: Though not technically a food court, the Village Street Eateries are a quaint, slightly Disney-esque replica of New York City’s Greenwich Village, with winding “streets” offering a nice variety of quick dining with plenty of open tables. Options you can find here include New York style pizza (of course), deli sandwiches, savory and sweet crepes made to order, a hamburger restaurant, Mexican food, a pastry counter, ice cream, hot dogs, and if you feel like splurging, a replica of New York’s legendary Gallagher’s steak house. A fun piano bar is also part of the excitement.

Fashion Show Mall: A food court with a view? Only in Vegas. This huge, crescent-shaped court on the mall’s third level offers great views of the Wynn and Palazzo resorts across the street, as well as a massive selection of quick bites. Eateries here include Wendy’s (burgers, salads, chili con carne), Philadelphia Steak & Hoagie sandwiches, KFC Express chicken, Jac & Ray Sandwiches, Salads and More, Crazy Crepes, Great Wraps, Taco Maker, Chicken Connection, Hot Dog on a Stick, Nathan’s, Haagen Dazs ice cream, Subway, Panda Express, and Sbarro.

Castle Walk Food Court, Excalibur: Considering how family-oriented this resort is, it shouldn’t surprise that it offers one of the biggest selections of quick eats. Here you’ll find McDonald’s, Pizza Hut Express, Hot Dog on a Stick, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Schlotsky’s Deli, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Pick Up Stix Chinese, Starbucks coffee, Auntie Anne’s pretzels and on the sweet side, Cinnabon, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Popcornopolis.

Mandalay Bay Event Center: Hidden from the casino floor, this food court is mainly designed to serve convention visitors, but is open to all. Subway sandwiches, Pan Asian noodles, Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets burgers shakes and fries and Nathan’s hot dogs and salads cover the bases here. Plenty of seating. Adjacent to the Shark Reef aquarium and Mandalay Beach.

Bally’s: A near duplicate of Mandalay Bay, this court found near the Bally’s sportsbook (near the Flamingo Blvd. entrance) towards the pool deck includes Nathan’s hot dogs, PanAsian express, Johnny Rockets burgers shakes and fries, Sbarro pizza, and pasta and Subway sandwiches. Ice cream and other sweets can also be found in the adjacent shopping arcade.

A Few More Notable Food Courts:

  • Fulton Street Food Hall at Harrahs Las Vegas
  • Park MGM
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Casino Royale
  • Showcase Mall

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