The fun and unique Taco Bell Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip
By Steve Beauregard
While Sin City is known for its fine cuisine, sometimes – especially when your drunk and short on cash – you need to make a run for the border. With fast, tasty food at prices affordable to people who have had a bad run on the slots or craps table, Taco Bell fits the bill perfectly.
The Las Vegas area is home to 46 different Taco Bell restaurants, including a large, unique one right on the Las Vegas Strip. The 46 Vegas-area Taco Bells include ones in the suburban towns of Henderson and Summerlin.
In Las Vegas itself, including downtown and the Strip, the official Taco Bell store locator map shows 25 different restaurants to choose from.
While you won’t find Taco Bell in any of the hotel/casino food courts, there is one of the Las Vegas Strip.
Taco Bell Las Vegas Strip
The one Taco Bell on the entire Las Vegas Strip is located in Harmon Corner, the shopping and restaurant plaza next to Planet Hollywood and across from the Cosmopolitan. You’ll find it on the ground, or Strip level, in between the Walgreens and the Subway restaurant.
Opened in November 2016, this 24 hour-a-day restaurant is actually a Taco Bell Cantina, and is unlike any of the regular Taco Bells you experience back home.
The Freeze Wall at the Taco Bell on the Strip
This Las Vegas Strip Taco Bell is just the 4th cantina in the United States. The Taco Bell Cantina concept is far different than normal Taco Bells, both in terms of atmosphere, and menu items.
For example, the it has two stories, not to mention its own D.J. spinning records!
There’s also a retail store located inside the restaurant, with Taco Bell branded shirts, hats, and the like, (just in case you were dying to have a shirt with tacos on it).
The decor is very contemporary, with digital menu boards and 16 video screens showing sports, shows, and music videos.
For many, the greatest feature of this Taco Bell is that there is alcohol served here.
One of the unique features you’ll find here is the Freeze Wall, – an area where you’ll get to choose from among 8 different flavors of frozen drinks.
Drinks will come in either a 16 ounce, or 32 ounce cup. You can get these with our without alcohol. Flavor options include: margarita, Cola, Pina Colada, Cherry, Lemonade, Orange, Baja Blast, and Blue Raspberry.
Once you have your flavor, you can choose to add one of five different alcohols to the drink: Rum, Spiced Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, or Tequila. The long “twisted” 32 ounce cup was $14.99 recently. This includes alcohol of course, and to get an extra shot would run you $4.99.
Compared to many other places on the Strip, a 32 ounce frozen drink for $15 bucks is a pretty good bargain.
In addition to the frozen drinks, there is also sangria available, along with several beers on tap, including Dos Equis and Coors Light.
Las Vegas Strip Taco Bell Menu
Along with the standard menu items you’ll find at any Taco Bell in the United States, you’ll find here an expanded list of items including a selection of tapas style plates they call “sharebles.”
These shareables including plates of chicken fingers, nachos and mini-quesadillas. These go from $5 to $6. For $4 recently, you could get a shareable plate of the Cheesy bacon jalapeno dippers or 7 layer dip.
Although this Taco Bell is frequently packed, there is plenty of seating on both levels, with great views of Harmon Corner and the Strip from the second story. There’s also seating on the 500 square foot patio out front. The patio has misters in hot weather, and heaters in cooler weather to help keep you comfortable.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
It’s exact address is:
3717 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 140-A
Las Vegas, NV. 89109
Phone: (702) 272-2422
Taco Bell is located just to the right of the Walgreens
The closest Taco Bell to downtown Fremont Street Las Vegas
There aren’t really any Taco Bell restaurants downtown, on or near Fremont Street.
In fact, the closet Taco Bell to the downtown Las Vegas hotels, (The D, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, the Plaza, Main Street Station, the California and The Downtown Grand), is one off of E. Sahara Avenue on the S. Maryland Parkway.
The exact address is: 2760 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV. 89169.
It is just under 2.5 miles from the center of the Fremont Street Experience to this Taco Bell. Not counting time walking to your car and getting out of the parking garage, it would take you about ten minutes to get there.
There are six Taco Bells in Henderson, Nevada.
(Photos courtesy of the Taco Bell press room, bottom photo courtesy of Benjamin White via Flickr.)