Solo Dining

   
Julian Serrano Bar

Dining solo is often easier sitting at the bar.

If you’re considering a solo trip to Las Vegas, one of your major concerns might be dining alone.  Many people feel awkward eating alone in their home towns, and it’s no different for solo travelers. They’re afraid they’ll feel conspicuous, that people will stare at them with pity, or that waitstaff will treat them shabbily. Once upon a time, I was one of those people.

But no one in Las Vegas has ever made me feel like a second-class citizen for dining solo. On the contrary, I have found waitstaff in Las Vegas restaurants to be very attentive. Other diners don’t even bat an eye. Everyone is accustomed to seeing solo diners in this day and age—especially in this city, where so many people travel alone for business. If you think you might be uncomfortable eating alone, try these tips:

  • Go to a buffet. Not only is there no awkward wait time between when you place your order and when the food arrives, but with so many people getting up from their seats all the time for more food, no one will be able to tell that you’re dining alone. Don’t assume that because it’s a buffet, you’re getting an inferior meal, either. Gourmet buffets are all the rage in Vegas these days.
Buffet

Buffets are also great for solo diners.

  • Ask to be seated at a table with a view. There are restaurants that have enviable views (such as Mon Ami Gabi’s view of the Bellagio fountains or Voodoo Steakhouse’s view of the Strip).  But even those without patio dining or window views are often inside resorts and face a casino or a shopping area, both of which provide opportunities for people-watching.
  • Eat at a restaurant that has a counter or a bar that serves food. At a counter or bar, you will be sitting next to other solo diners, where you won’t feel as conspicuous, and you might even strike up a friendly conversation with the person next to you or the barkeep.  If there’s a TV behind the bar, you can watch that.
  • Bring something to do while you wait for your food to arrive. Many people bring a book, magazine, or newspaper to read. I carry a small journal with me to restaurants and take notes on what I’ve seen and done during the day, or I review the photos I’ve taken on my digital camera.
Mandalay Bay Pool

Solo dining is easier when you have a great view.

  • There’s always room service. If none of the above makes you feel comfortable eating alone in public, indulge yourself in the time-honored tradition of hotel vacationers everywhere. Personally, I hate room service; it’s more expensive and it makes me feel lonelier. But your mileage may vary.  Just do yourself a favor and don’t eat every meal in your room.

If, in addition to being a solo diner, you are also on a tight budget, check out these articles for tips on how to save money on food while in Vegas:

10 Vegas Breakfasts Under $10

10 Money-Saving Meal Strategies for Las Vegas

10 MORE Vegas Breakfasts Under $10

I’ve eaten at many a Vegas restaurant solo over the past decade-plus that I’ve been visiting the city. You can find my reviews of various Vegas restaurants under the Restaurants Category here at this website.