You can pay anywhere from $4.99 to $54.99 for a steak dinner in Las Vegas. The trick is getting the high-end quality for as little as possible. Experience will get you there eventually—try enough places and you’ll find the best deals—but there are other ways to ensure a bargain. One of the best is to take advantage of half-price specials that are limited to certain days or hours. The reason these tend to be good is that the restaurants that offer them have to make their way the rest of the time without a discount, so the product has to be good enough to sell at full price. Get a $40 steak for $20 and you’re in business.
On Sundays at Sedona (9580 W. Flamingo Road.), all steaks and chops on the menu are half-price. They’re expensive to begin with, most priced from $36 to $42 and served à la carte, but there’s also a 6-ounce filet for just $25. So, on Sundays you can get a salad and side with the filet or just a salad with one for the bigger steaks and you’re out for less than $30.
Another Sunday-only play runs at John Cutter, an upscale bar located even farther up on the west side at 11770 W. Charleston Ave. Cutter and Sedona have the same owner, hence the similar deal, but Cutter’s steaks are priced lower, starting at $21 for the petite filet and topping out at $32 for an 18-ounce bone-in rib eye. These also come a la carte, but you can get a side salad for $4.50. Do it. It’s an appealing garden mix and it’s big, so you don’t need any extras to go with the steak. So a salad and the petite filet will run you $15 on Sundays, and salad and the rib eye will be $20.50. Join the JC Loyalty Club and get $20 toward your next meal, which means you’re eating steak for free on the second visit.
An ongoing deal at Herbs & Rye is more accessible, both for the restaurant’s central location at 3713 W. Sahara Ave. and its availability daily from 5 to 8 p.m. and again from midnight till closing. Choices include an 8-ounce flat iron that’s regularly $26, a 12-ounce Kansas City strip ($29), a 14-ounce New York strip ($32), a 9-ounce filet ($34) and an 18-ounce bone-in rib eye ($42). The flat iron, which is a shoulder-cut chuck steak, is an excellent value for just $13 during discount hours. These come with a choice of one side dish—they’re all good, from garlic mashed potatoes to mac & cheese. Split an $8 wedge salad, and two can do it up big for under $40 total.