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Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

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Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

For a number of years now I have been convinced that the most over-priced dining in Las Vegas are at the Cafe/Coffee Shops.

Las Vegas used to have some wonderful coffee shops. Sahara, Frontier, Stardust, Flamingo, Dunes, and of course at the top end Desert Inn. They served comfort food 24 hours a day at very reasonable prices.They had the graveyard specials for $2.99, but even the regular meals were well-priced and satisfying.

Las Vegas changed when Bellagio, Venetian and Mandalay Bay brought in a new type of luxury. They didn't have old-fashioned coffee shops----they had Cafes. Bellagio Cafe, Grand Lux & Raffles were their 24 hour options. Previously these would have been considered restaurants and not coffee shops, but all casinos had to have 24 hour dining options so they played this role. After these were successful the other hotels looked at their own coffee shops and "upgraded" menus and of course prices.

But if you just wanted bacon and eggs for breakfast the price almost doubled. It might be slightly better quality and a nicer atmosphere, but it's still bacon & eggs. A burger or sandwich and a soda for lunch at Monte Carlo Cafe or MGM might now cost a couple $25-$30.

At least if I go to a fancy restaurant I know that I am getting upgraded menu selections, cuisine, etc, so I can see value there. If I stick to cheap dining I also know that I get what I pay for and so receive value.

But IMO, it doesn't matter if you go to Cafe at Monte Carlo, the Bellagio Cafe, or Terrace Point Cafe at Wynn----they are all over-priced. So we don't go to these very often. We would rather pay a few dollars more and go to a nicer restaurant or just dine cheaply. It's a shame. because I used to like going to Vegas coffee shops.

JMO

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1. Re: Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

ktinca I do agree with you, that prices are over-inflated, but really where would one go for a decent breakfast/lunch and I'm talking other than McD's? Gone are the days of the $1.99-$4.99 steak and egg specials, even my DH and myself were talking about when we ate at the Outback on our last trip, over $100, my DH said we could have gotten a good sandwich better than what our steaks were, true, our meal wasn't bad, it was good, but I understood where he was coming from.

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2. Re: Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

I feel ya on this one. Add prices at the Tropical Breeze Cafe in Flamingo to the ridiculous list as well for what you get......

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3. Re: Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

There are still places for low cost diner breakfast, Blueberry Hill comes to mind, but they are all off strip.

I agree 100% breakfast at the hotels is totally over priced.

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I think the sunday brunch price mark ups at the buffets are a rip off.

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Even Denny's is over priced.

I used to like the place, but the slop they served on our last.....and I do mean 'last' visit was inedible.

In future I will spend my breakfast money the night before........on alcohol......therefore bypassing breakfast altogether the following morning!

Now then, about those over priced lunch places!

At least you can do Maccy D's for lunch!

Cheers

Davy !!!

Edited: 3:02 pm, July 18, 2013
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My favorite breakfast is the Orleans Breakfast Buffet $4.99

You can’t beat coffee, a made to order omelet, bacon and fruit.

I am not a big breakfast eater, so after staying off strip a few days then moving on strip breakfast really seems like a rip off. I usually just go to McDonalds if I am on the strip.

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I agree! Once we were staying at the old LV Hilton. We ate at the coffee shop, hubby had a regular breakfast, I had oj and a bagel. Figured it out later, would have been cheaper to do the breakfast buffet, the oj was $4.95! Last time we were in Vegas, we looked into eating breakfast at the cafe in the Rio where we were stating. The prices were sky high. Went next door to the Gold Coast and ate at their breakfast buffet. It was pretty decent for the price, around 7 or 8 bucks a person.

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We did McD's on our last trip, because we were in such a hurry and needed something to eat, before heading to Nascar, now even our kids ate another meal there, they chose McD's my DH and I chose Nathans, I have to say, I guess it's a hit and a miss on what the stomach, mind is feeling/thinking at the time, but really while in Vegas I would rather not, only because we can get that same food and atmosphere here at home, compared to places we don't have here, like the Cheesecake Factory, for example. We aren't cheap in any way, okay my DH is when it comes to gambling...lol!

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There are more breakfast options now. I honestly believe that Verandah, Tableau, MAG, Bouchon, Margaritaville provide better value. Yes they might cost a few dollars more----but only a few. These are restaurants that also serve breakfast, and do deliver a superior experience.

And once you get out of the Strip hotels, either Downtown or Off-Strip, you do have more options for better value.

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10. Re: Most Over-Priced Dining in Las Vegas

Vegas in a nutshell. Overpriced restaurants and the rudest cab drivers on the planet!