In a town that’s constantly trying to take all your money – be it through machines, table games, resort fees or now (ugh) parking fees – it’s nice to know there’s at least still some old school Las Vegas dinning values to be found on the Strip.
Below is my opinion of the best cheap lunch option on the Las Vegas Strip. I’m talking about a sit down lunch in a restaurant.
There are still some of $1.99 footlong hot dog deals that can still be found, and plenty of fast food options available on Las Vegas Boulevard, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, In-N-Out Burger and the like.
You’ll also be able to find cheap eats at numerous casino food courts, and counter service joints like El Tacos Gordo and various pizza places. However here we’re talking about a regular, relaxing sit down meal with table service.
In that vein, the cheapest lunch on the Strip is found in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. (By the way, I’m not affiliated with this restaurant in any way. I’m just a fan).
Unbelievably, the Ocean One serves $4.99 lunches. They do this in a pleasant and clean setting as well versus the dive bar feel you’d expect for a lunch under five bucks.
Another great feature of this deal is that you have variety. It’s not just one “special” for $4.99. There’s everything from a Chicken Caesar Salad, to a three Cheese omelet, a ½ pound sirloin hamburger, grilled salmon dish, marinated skirt steak and chicken pasta dishes – all under $5, (barely).
Cheap Lunch Deals on the Strip
Ocean One’s list of 21 different $4.99 meals include the following:
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
3 Cheese omelet
Chicken Caesar Salad
Greek Chicken Salad
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Island Salmon Salad
Sandwiches and Wraps
Half-pound sirloin burger
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Ahi Rare Tuna Wrap (served with wasabi aioli and Asian slaw)
Grilled Chicken Club (with apple wood smoked bacon & swiss cheese)
(These all come with your choice of French fries, cole slaw black bean or rice.)
Most of these come with either mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or both.
Herb crusted chicken chop with natural jus
Grilled Salmon with lemon herb sauce
Marinated skirt steak with cabernet sauce
Orecchiette pasta (Chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach & tomatoes, in a lemon garlic sauce)
Chicken Penne pasta (Roasted chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, in a Pomodoro sauce)
Ocean One’s Cheap Drink Special
If having the cheapest lunch on the Las Vegas Strip wasn’t enough, Ocean One has cheap cocktails too!
They advertise their “Always Three for One” deal, in which you get to choose three drinks for $10.
Alcohol brands include Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Bacardi, Beefeater, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels and the like.
Choose a mixed drink, or have some frozen favorites like pina Coladas, strawberry daiquiris, etc. There are varieties of red and white wines included in the 3 for 10 deal, including Kendall Jackson brands.
Of course, you can always get beer instead. Choices include your usual domestic brands, (Coors, Bud, etc.) a couple of craft beers, and imports like Heineken, and Stella Artois, among others.
You can also mix and match all of these drink choices.
Ocean One Bar & Grill is close to the Harmon Avenue entrance into the Miracle Mile Shops. When coming into the mall from the Strip, you’ll want to go past the Earl of Sandwich, (another fairly reasonable lunch option), and take the first available right.
When circling around the Miracle Mile shops, you’ll come across the V Theater area, where you’ll see La Salsa Cantina, and Blondie’s Sports Bar, both of which compete for the title of Best cheap breakfast on the Las Vegas Strip.
For their part, Ocean One is almost the cheapest breakfast, as they have $5.99 egg breakfast, and a $5.99 pancake breakfast deal to choose from.
Ocean One Bar & Grille Hours
7:30 AM to 11:30 PM, seven days a week.
(Top photo courtesy of Edgar Zuniga Jr. via Flickr. Bottom photo courtesy of Ocean One Bar & Grill’s website.)