10 Great Casino Restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas for Solo Dining

August 4, 2016

Las Vegas can be a blast with friends, but sometimes you just want to fly solo.

It’s fun to venture out on your own, setting your own schedule and having the flexibility to change them up on a whim.

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It has to be fabulous. It’s on a sign.

Dining, though, can sometimes be tricky when you’re alone. The stigma of solo dining is still alive and well, so we thought it might be fun to collect some establishments where solo dining is sheer pleasure.

We asked Gray Cargill, Blogger-in-Chief (probably not her official title) at VegasSolo.com, for her thoughts on what makes for a good solo dining experience.

Cargill says, “I want the staff of a restaurant to be friendly and make me feel as welcome walking into a restaurant alone as they would if I were with a couple or a group. For a comfortable solo dining experience, there should be seating choices that include bartop or counter seating as well as plenty of two-top tables. I also like to have something interesting to look at while I’m eating, whether it’s a show, a window view, a prime spot for people-watching or a TV over the bar. I often bring a book to read ‘just in case,’ but I usually prefer sitting at a bar and chatting with my bartender and whoever is sitting next to me.”

Downtown Las Vegas provides ample options for solo diners, and here are some of our favorites we think meet Cargill’s requirements.

1. American Coney Island at The D Las Vegas

You can access American Coney Island from inside or outside The D’s casino, and you can access some of downtown’s best dogs 24/7. The vibe is casual, and your food is done before you know it.

Tip: You can pay for your meal with your players club card!

Tip: You can pay for your meal with your players club card!

2. Chicago Brewing Co. at Four Queens

Sit anywhere, order anything, Chicago Brewing Co. at Four Queens offers up hearty food and great prices on drinks. Those playing at the bar can order food, too, making it a fantastic spot for solo dining on Fremont Street.

Tip: Try the garlic knots.

Tip: Try the garlic knots. Trust us on this one.

3. Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews at Binion’s

Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews at Binion’s serves up the best barbecue in downtown Las Vegas, hands down, and bar seating makes solo dining a breeze, whether you’re gambling or not. Tip: Your rack comes with a generous variety of sides, but feel free to swap them out if anything catches your eye.

Tip: The Binion's Deli snack bar, tucked away at the back of the casino, is also solo dining-friendly.

Tip: The Binion’s Deli snack bar, tucked away at the back of the casino, is also solo dining-friendly.

4. The Grille at Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget is bursting at the seams with great places for solo diners to grab a bite. Let’s start with The Grille. It’s a simple menu, but filling and the values are undeniable. Seating is perfectly suited for individuals, and service is quick.

Tip: You'll find The Grille next to the sports book.

Tip: You’ll find The Grille next to the sports book.

5. Red Sushi at Golden Nugget

Your sushi cravings are handled at this popular restaurant at Golden Nugget. Seating in the bar area is solo dining gold.

Tip: Red Sushi has one of the best happy hours on Fremont Street (even if sushi isn't your thing), so don't miss it.

Tip: Red Sushi has one of the best happy hours on Fremont Street (even if sushi isn’t your thing), so don’t miss it.

6. Chart House at Golden Nugget

Solo diners at the Chart House bar are in for a treat: You’ll have a massive aquarium to keep you entertained! Gray Cargill says of Chart House, “I splurged on Christmas dinner here, alone, while watching colorful fish swimming around in the 75,000 gallon aquarium next to my table. It was very relaxing and a great meal.”

Tip: Once again, don't miss the exceptional happy hour, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tip: Once again, don’t miss the exceptional happy hour, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

7. Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Golden Nugget

Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Golden Nugget has dining at the bar, and the Mexican food is mouth-watering as advertised.

Tip: If you're on the move, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar also has a to-go counter.

Tip: If you’re on the move, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar also has a to-go counter, right next door.

8. Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery at Main Street Station

It’s a couple of blocks off Fremont Street Experience, but Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery is well worth the stroll. Solo diners can feel comfortable dining at the bar, and the microbrewery boasts six kinds of hand-crafted beers. Of the Triple 7 Brew Pub at Main Street, Cargill says, “A casual and comfortable choice for the solo diner, the Triple 7 is a nostalgic favorite of mine. I love their selection of microbrews and good, cheap eats, including a terrific prime rib. The ‘neighborhood bar and grill’ feel reminds me of home.”

Tip: If you're a sushi and oyster fan, take advantage of the sushi bar inside the restaurant. Again, ideal for solo dining.

Tip: If you’re a sushi and oyster fan, take advantage of the sushi bar inside the restaurant. Again, ideal for solo dining.

9. Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery at Golden Gate

Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery has both traditional seating as well as diner-style seating at a long counter. The pancakes are legendary, and Du-par’s even challenges guests to try and eat 10 pancakes in 15 minutes to eat free. See more about the StackZilla Challenge.

Tip: This is the home of the original Las Vegas shrimp cocktail, and they're still selling like, well, hotcakes.

Tip: This is the home of the original Las Vegas shrimp cocktail, and they’re still selling like, well, hotcakes.

10. Lanai Express at Fremont Hotel & Casino

This unassuming restaurant keeps frills and prices to a minimum, affording solo guests a chance to grab a bite while barely missing a beat the slot machines and table games.

Tip: Lanai Express boasts a shrimp cocktail that costs just .99 cents.

Tip: Lanai Express boasts a shrimp cocktail that costs just .99 cents.

That’s our quick list of casino restaurants perfect for dining alone in downtown Las Vegas. Do you have a favorite casino restaurant we overlooked or should try? Let us know!

 

  • Sam Fremont

    Good recommendations. Most I was aware of but there were a couple I did not know about so thanks I will check those out. I often go to Las Vegas alone. It’s one of the few places where you can go alone and have a great time. I would also include the counter at the Market Street Cafe in the California. It’s open 24 hrs and has some good specials.

  • Ken Douglas

    I will have to try some of these out, since I will be travelling solo in November. I don’t do Mexican or Sushi, so those selections are out, but the rest will be worth a shot!

  • Gary Boen

    Therapy is very good. The Wago Burger & the crab dip are amazing. Also, the pizza place in the El Cortez was crazy good. I had bacon and grilled onions. Seriously surprised at how good it was.

    • sroeben

      Just hit Therapy last night and you’re right, it’s great! Pizza Lotto at El Cortez is excellent. Good calls!

  • Larry Berg

    The food at Lanai Express is good. But, the way they control the line is ridiculous. I’ve been there several times for the food. And, I have a couple of quality suggestions. They need a person pouring drinks, taking burger orders and generally helping out the main server. Right now, you can wait in line for a half hour, but they still won’t take your burger order until you reach the register! They could have it ready by the time you hit the register, if they’d just take the order at the other end where all the other food is ordered. Plus, they need one person dedicated to working the register, doing absolutely nothing else. Then, the line would move very fast. But for now, if you see any line at all, plan to calculate at least three to five minutes per person. It’s good food, but the processes are poorly managed.

  • Du-par’s – this restaurant has its own atmosphere, I liked when I went there once with my girlfriend, I like such places