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Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

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Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

Hi,

I am going to vegas in May 08 staying in the MGM Grand for 8 nights with my girlfriend, I am taking about $2500 for our stay. I have read the main strip casino prices for a nice meal are very expensive, as are the drinks ? This seems true of the MGM Grand resturants am I correct ? Is this not enough cash ? Any tips on places to go or places to avoid.

Thanks a lot

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1. Re: Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

I've found the cheapest way to drink is to play the low-limit slots and tip your cocktail server well. A tip of a few dollars when you place your drink order brings the server back quickly, and a buck or two per drink thereafter keeps them coming steadily.

As for eating, you heard right. Anything to eat is more expensive in a casino and most expensive in a casino on the strip (with a few exceptions such as Casino Royale.) "A nice meal" is very subjective, but there are many threads on where to find a meal on or near the strip at a good price. I recommend the 3.99 breakfast at La Salsa Cantina in the food court at Showcase Mall, very near MGM. And I like lunch at Fat Burger, also near MGM.

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2. Re: Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

I just got back from a stay at MGM, there are tons of options at this hotel...as far as price I would say the food is in line with the prices at any "tourist" local..inflated. But, check this sight there is a lot of information on options that will fit any pocketbook.

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we have always been there with our kids and as part of a touring holiday

so as we had plenty of meals elsewhere we generally went for the buffets in vegas

perhaps not sooooo romantic for a young couple but id say give a couple a go - say bellagios and caesars for sunday brunch

we went to the 'real' coyote cafe in santa fe and it was excellent so if the mgm version is still there it may be worth a go

vegas is great fun but 8 days is a long time - have you considered visiting the grand canyon?? its an easy 4-5 hour drive, often through great desert scenery and the canyon itself is fantastic

if you decide to go, try and stay in the national park itself - a '3-bears' cabin for first choice

we have eaten in the el tovar hotel 3 times first time was good second poor third fantastic

las vegas is to blackpool as blackburn rovers are to your local cubs team

and the grand canyon is to cheddar gorge as the eiffel tower is to 1 can of coke balanced on another

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4. Re: Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

Yes, nice meals and drinks are expensive in Vegas. However, there are more reasonable options. We enjoy the 24-hour cafes and food courts . . . at lower prices. Stage Deli at MGM is a good place for a sandwich. The grill at the pool also has good sandwiches. There's a nice food court right across the strip at NYNY and their 24-hour restaurant (America) has good food.

At center strip check out Augustus Cafe and the food court at Caesars Palace, Stage Deli in the Forum Shops, Caribe Cafe at Mirage, Toby Keith's Bar and Grill at Harrahs, and Marguaritaville at Flamingo. While I've not eaten at Cheesecake Factory, Cafe Bellagio and Grand Lux Cafe, I understand they are good options as well.

As far as drinks go, remember that while gambling . . . drinks are the cost of a tip (and of course the money you MAY loose ;). I'm not a beer drinker, but I believe the brews at O'Sheas and Casino Royale (Center Strip) are more reasonable. Experienced beer drinkers . . . help here :) Drinks are cheaper downtown.

My biggest advice is to not travel with a lot of cash. We use credit cards whenever possible (and that's most of the time). Anything you eat/drink at MGM can be charged to your room and then paid all together when you check out.

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5. Re: Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

You will find many who disagree with Bridgewater's advice to take advantage of free drinks while gambling.

You will find even at low limit slots you may go thru a lot more than the price of a drink waiting for cocktail waitresses. Drinks are notoriously slow in coming to slot players. Bridgewater did not say what casino he has had such good luck getting drinks while gambling, but I and many others who have posted on this forum have not found one.

No one has yet given prices. I think you can have a decent breakfast and lunch for $10 to $15 per person, but you can pay much more depending where you go. The sky is the limit for dinner at some of the more popular restaurants, but plan at least $ 50 or more per person for dinner if you want to try some of the popular chef's restaurants. You can certainly find more modest priced meals in the $25 to $30 range or less.

The advantage of buffets is if you fill up on a breakfast buffet you may not want to eat again until dinner time, so you can save the price of lunch.

As far as $2500, I think that is a decent amount to bring for food and entertainment, but you also have to consider your gambling budget.

Of course if you get bottle service every night at a club you would need to budget $2500. just for that.

If you do not plan to gamble a lot I think 8 days in Vegas is way too long. I advise you plan some things out of town, Grand Ganyon, etc.

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"Expensive" is subjective in the extreme. Bear in mind the OP is from the UK. The very weak dollar should make more options than you'd think affordable to them when compared to what they'd pay at home.

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I stayed at the MGM in the spring and the restaurant prices were too pricey for me. Breakfast cost me $13.95 and it wasn't good either. The Victorian Room at Bill's Gambling Hall has reasonable prices for the strip. Also, Ellis Island on Koval Lane behind Bally's has great cheap food and drinks in my opinion.

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MGM, just like all other casinos, has a wide variety of restaurants on property. You can spend $200 for dinner for two or you can hit the buffet for $50. Choice is yours. As others have already noted, "nice meal" is very subjective.

In my opinion, there are many places which offer better lower-level (buffet/cafe) options than MGM. People are often happy with just two meals per day in Vegas, having either a late breakfast or early lunch and passing on the other meal altogether.

As far as the drinks question, you shouldn't play at the tables or machines solely for the drinks. Of course, always take advantage when offered. Drink prices really aren't much more than in any other American resort city except if you order beverages at the popular clubs. There, they will skyrocket. God help you if you want bottle service. Your entire bankroll might not be enough in that case, depending on how many nights you attended said nightspots.

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9. Re: Strip Casino Food Prices ? MGM

Pryzk,

That'd be MGM.

If you count gambling losses as part of the price of a drink, then I'd agree that's an expensive way to drink. But by that logic, a beer purchased while watching "Ka" costs $108.00...beer plus the cost of the show ticket. I assume most people will gamble while in Las Vegas. Those who also want to drink can do it with relatively little expense while they gamble.

And I've never found the drinks to be slow in coming if I tip with the first order and tip everytime subsequently. You don't have to be a genius to figure out why. If there is money waiting for a cocktail server each time she brings you a drink, she's going to keep bringing drinks.

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I found the drinks came so fast while I was playing penny slots at MGM that I had to turn down the cocktail waitress several times in one session. And I like to drink!

It's hard to find breakfast at a Strip hotel like MGM for less than $10. Even fast food is going to cost you that. It's also hard to find dinner at a middle-of-the-road restaurant for less than $30, and that is just an entree and a soda. Which explains why buffets are so popular!

The MGM has amazing restaurants but they are insanely expensive, easily $100 per person for an entree, salad and glass of wine.

I've heard great things about Rosemary's. Go off the strip and eat your heart out there and have a relaxing, romantic meal for a fraction of the cost.