From taking a spin on the High Roller, the 550-foot tall observation wheel just steps from Harrah’s, to getting up close and personal with stingrays at the Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay, there really is a lot for kids to do on the Las Vegas Strip. Now the question is, where to eat as a family?
We took the kids to Las Vegas in July. We stayed just outside Las Vegas at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, but we did drive in to Las Vegas to see the flamingos at the Flamingo and to watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage.
We also took the time to grab a bite while on the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas as a family, take a look at my picks for the best family-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas.
Buddy V’s Ristorante
Located inside The Venetian, Buddy V’s Ristorante is a great pick for families. For kids, they have a “Bambinos” menu with more than the usual choices (e.g., chicken tenders, hot dogs). Look for tomato & basil soup, meatballs and chicken parmesan. Delicious. My kids were in heaven.
On our recent visit, we started with the grilled garlic bread. Serious, so good. We also tried My Wife’s Eggplant Parm from the antipasto menu as a starter. It was crunchy. It was cheesy. It was chewy. Impossible to go wrong with that combination and we easily could have ordered another for our table.
All of us ordered pasta of some kind (of course) and the serving sizes were generous. As a bonus, each of the kids had Shirley Temples in blinking tumbler cups. For dessert, cannolis. Truly, we nearly had to roll out of Buddy V’s when it was time to close out the check. Fortunately, it was quite a walk back to our car, which was parked a little farther away than I would have liked. We would definitely go back.
Inside New York, New York, kids will love dining at America under a giant topographic map of the United States. What a fun way to brush up on geography. You’ll also find giant postcards throughout the restaurant highlighting such U.S. locales as Sarasota, FL and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The menu is extensive and features a number of American classics, like mac & cheese, Philly cheesesteaks and Kansas City-style baby back ribs, which is sure to please most little ones. Save room for a slice of New York cheesecake or a hot fudge brownie sundae for dessert. Yumm-o.
For pizza, head to 800 Degrees inside the Monte Carlo. Kids will love this create-your-own pizzeria. Choose a crust, a sauce and any number of add-ons, including more than a dozen meats, as well as cheeses and veggies ranging from artichokes to butternut squash.
Even better, children can watch as their pizza is cooked in the brick ovens at 800 Degrees. For the less adventurous, there are a variety of tasty pies that can be ordered straight off the menu. The restaurant serves plenty of salads and “small bites” too, like meatballs and broccolini.
Fulton Street Food Hall
Kids will love the cafeteria style of Fulton Street Food Hall inside Harrah’s. Grab a tray and pick up handmade sushi, noodles, soup, sandwiches, even delicious pastries from various stations across the restaurant. You can even build-your-own pizza or salad, if you like.
For dessert, look to the frozen yogurt station with more toppings than your kids can imagine. Fulton Street Food Hall is open 24 hours a day with to-go boxes available if you just want to scoop up some of your favorite food items and head out on your next Las Vegas adventure.
Tournament of Kings
At Excalibur, it’s only fitting to enjoy a dinner show complete with medieval knights and live jousting in a theatre-in-the-round arena. The Tournament of Kings dinner show takes places six nights a week (no show on Tuesdays) and engages the audience in tales of chivalry and valor.
For dinner, guests enjoy a three-course meal complete with game hen, potatoes, broccoli and dinner rolls. What will kids love the most about a meal here? Eating dinner with their hands, of course. Special dietary requests can be accommodated with notice.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
Located inside the Mandarin Oriental, Bobby’s Burger Palace has just what you’d expect from this counter-service restaurant, burgers. And plenty of them. Even a Burger of the Month. Bobby’s is also home to the Crunchburger, a burger boasting double American cheese and potato chips. Okay, yum.
Milkshakes are another reason to take your kids to Bobby’s Burger Palace. Look for 10 milkshake flavors, including dark chocolate, mint chocolate chip and blueberry-pomegranate. For adults, there are three spiked milkshakes, including vanilla caramel bourbon and pineapple coconut rum.
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