Seven Tips for Fine Dining on a Budget


You work hard for your money. So when you dine out, you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible value, even at high-end restaurants. We’ve wrangled a few tips on how to get the most bang for your buck while still getting a civilized dining experience.

Go during happy hour

Happy hour gives you a reason to head somewhere right after work. Drink specials or discounts such as half-off cocktails and small plates at the bar whet your appetite for a full meal at dinner.

Order the prix fixe menu

You’re going to order an appetizer, entrée and dessert anyway, right? In the long run, the prix fixe menu might be the less expensive option than ordering a la carte. In especially high-end restaurants such as Twist, three-, four- and six-course tasting menus allow you to taste a little bit of everything that makes this restaurant so special.

Restaurant Week is your friend

The two weeks in the spring and fall devoted to helping Three Square feed hungry families in Southern Nevada are prime time to dine at participating restaurants. This year, three- to five-course prix fixe menus topped out at $50.13 for dinner, and you’ll get to taste the restaurant’s greatest hits.

Share entrées (if they’re not tasting portions)

Let’s face it—those entrée portions really are big enough for two. You may have to pay a sharing fee, but that’s a lot less than ordering a whole other entrée. Steakhouses such as Carnevino and Gordon Ramsay Steak are excellent spots to put this into practice; big hunks of meat are prime to be split between you and your dining companion.

Order all appetizers instead of an app and an entrée

You know you’ve said, “I can totally make a meal out of just appetizers.” So do it! It can be a fun way to experience more of the menu, without shelling out twice of what you would if you simply ordered one appetizer and entrée.

Ask if they offer locals’ discounts

Your Las Vegas ID is good for more than just proving to people you actually live in Las Vegas. At Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, flashing your local ID late night gets you two-for-one pints of beer when you order a half-dozen oysters on the shell.

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