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Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip Offering Big Discounts to Las Vegas Locals

There has never been a better time to eat good food if you live in Las Vegas.  Why, you ask? Because empty restaurants are offering some pretty significant discounts to get us in the door.

Las Vegas Strip from MGM/Mirage Website

Las Vegas Strip from MGM/Mirage Website

As we all know, The Great Recession has nearly crippled our local economy.  Less people coming to town and the people that do show up are spending less.  Scrambling to make ends meet, restaurants on the Strip have been searching for ways to put butts in the seats.  Fortunately for us locals, many of the best restaurants in town are now turning to a market quite often forgotten about in the times of plenty; the people living in their own backyard.

While a few restaurants have regrettably turned to dumbing down their menus (yes, I’m looking at you, DJT), many restaurants are taking a haircut on their profit margin in efforts to make more in the long run with volume of sales.  There’s no better target audience than locals, as we’re here all the time and we’ll also be the ones telling our mooch relatives where to go eat when they “visit family” for the umpteenth time when the days of steady cash flow are upon us once again.  You know what I’m talking about, Las Vegas locals.  You never realized you could run a Best Western until you moved to Vegas and all of your friends and relatives come out of the woodwork to visit “you.”

Empty Dining Room at Silk Road

Empty Dining Room at Silk Road

And sure, while many Las Vegas locals seem to take pride in never going to the Strip, we should keep a few things in mind.  Whether we like it or not, the Strip is our life-blood, and when the Strip does well, we’ll all be doing better.  Yes it is a vacation spot in a foreign land to most, but the people that cook the food, mix the drinks, seat you at your table, bring you the food, wash the dishes and clean the toilets are all our neighbors.  Of course, bring me tucked away local hidden treasures like The Pasta Shop, Table 34, Ichiza and Namaste every day of the week, but every now and then it’s nice to experience what the millions of visitors to the Strip spend their hard earned cash on so they can get away from their miserable lives.  I promise you, it ain’t that bad, and in fact quite good and quite enjoyable.

The discounts Strip restaurants are offering to locals right now are extraordinary. Keep in mind that these deals can and will change at the blink of an eye, but two for one entrees at L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon and 15% off Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter?!? Are you kidding?  How can anyone that likes great food pass this up?

My suggestion to you is that if you go to a restaurant on the Strip, you go in both educated and inquisitive about deals for locals.  Not every server is going to remember they are offering a locals discount, so it is good you know that there is a deal to be made an what that deal is before you go. If you don’t see something or don’t know of something, always ask if there are any deals for locals.  On a recent visit to Brasserie PUCK at Crystals, our server took the dessert off the bill instead of giving us the advertised 25% off the entire check. An honest mistake as it is tough to keep up with these continually changing, seldom known about deals. We informed her of the 25% off special (good until 4/30/10) as tweeted by @WolfgangBuzz and she immediately took care of it.

To find out about local dining deals at MGM / Mirage properties, go to http://mgmmirage.com/locals/dining-offer.aspx.  Check it often as it is continually changing.

To find out about local dining deals at The Venetian and The Palazzo visit: http://www.palazzolasvegas.com/Grazie_Dining.html. Keep in mind that they say you’ll need their Club Grazie card (free) and also show your Nevada ID to get the deal.

It appears Wynn and Encore are not offering local discounts, and when asked they just directed me to a Prix Fixe option they offer all their guests. (boo)

As for Harrah’s properties, good luck trying to find anything on any of their websites (boo, too). Remember, always ask!

As more information comes in, I will update this post and let you know.  If you hear of anything, please let us know!  Now is a great time for Las Vegas locals to take advantage of our little town’s most prized possession.  Here’s to hoping the restaurants that call upon us to help them in their time of need will not forget us when the good times inevitably return.

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeDobranski.

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