Las Vegas might be known for its lavish dining scene, but a sadly high number of its residents still struggle to put food on the table. According to local nonprofit Three Square Food Bank, more than 13 percent of the people in Clark County are food insecure, and more than 62 percent of students in the county receive free or reduced-price meals. That’s one of the reasons Las Vegas’ Restaurant Week was born 12 years ago. Held from June 18-29 this year, it provides affordable opportunities to dine at spots you’ve always wanted to try—say, Giada or the newly opened Once—with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square to help provide meals to those in need. Read on for a few recommendations, and visit helpoutdineoutlv.org for more. Oh, and don’t forget to make a reservation!
Aureole For a fraction of the normal menu price, you can try Chef Charlie Palmer’s delectable short rib ravioli in smoked tomato cream before devouring a hearty, six-ounce beef tenderloin with peas, carrots and chanterelles. Top it off with a chocolate soufflé for some serious wow. Dinner $50, Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7401.
THe Barrymore New York Steak with lobster mashed potatoes, chicken mole and pan-roasted branzino with fennel and tomatoes are just a few choices on this off-Strip gem’s Restaurant Week menu. Dessert’s covered, too, with options like vanilla bean crème brûlée and tiramisu. Dinner $50-$80, 99 Convention Center Drive, 702-407-5303.
Blue Ribbon You’ve heard about that world-famous fried chicken; now, try it. But first, get your fill of barbecued wings and ribs with crispy wonton chips, onion soup and shrimp cocktail—because Blue Ribbon does things old school. Dinner, $80, Cosmopolitan, 702-736-0808.
Honey Salt The Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich comes with creamy slaw and homemade dressing, piled on a brioche roll. Going for dinner? Caramelized sea scallops with cauliflower, vanilla bean and truffle sauce couldn’t sound more divine. Lunch $20, dinner $40, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100.
Jardin Experience Wynn’s garden-inspired paradise with a roasted beet salad, charred eight-ounce filet mignon or Scottish salmon with a sunchoke puree, followed by a mixed berry crostata and chef’s selection of fine pastries. Dinner $50, Wynn, 702-770-5310.
Nobu You’ll probably never dine at Nobu again for $50, so get on it. Yellowtail jalapeño, kohlrabi-grilled shrimp salad and beef tenderloin with truffled wasabi pepper are just a few options before you finish it off with a Suntory whisky cappuccino. Dinner $50, Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5090.
Rivea There’s no better time to experience Chef Alain Ducasse’s romantic French-Italian restaurant. For just $50, you can experience marinated sea bass or grilled octopus, plus a rich and creamy lobster risotto that just might just be the best you’ve ever had. Also included: one of the city’s best views. Dinner $50, Delano, 702-632-9500.
Sparrow + Wolf If you’ve yet to visit Chef Brian Howard’s Chinatown cookery, now’s a great time to taste his grilled and chilled Spanish octopus, wild mushroom dumplings in Parmesan brodo and summer lamb prepared three ways. Save room, dessert’s included. Dinner $50, 4480 Spring Mountain Road #100, 702-790-2147.
RESTAURANT WEEK June 18-29, helpoutdineoutlv.org.