What Are The Best Las Vegas BBQ Barbeque Restaurants Near The Strip, Fremont Downtown?

We are currently in Las Vegas, the most beautiful city, for our first time and absolutely loving it! We are wanting to go out for proper BBQ food, and looking for recommendations as trying to search the internet for recommendations is overwhelming.

Rebecca H.


I understand the frustration of trying to find a good BBQ restaurant in Las Vegas, and one that is close to where visitors are.

Here are my top picks that are either walking distance from tourism visitor areas, or a very short/cheap Uber ride. If you are new to Uber, we’ll post our code for your first ride (up to $20) for free the first time you download and use their app (which is a super easy and fun way to get anywhere in Las Vegas):

Big Earn’s BBQ (Fremont East in Container Park) – Ribs, great brisket and pulled pork, and a nice variety of side dishes (plus cold beer). From the Fremont Street Experience (where most of the downtown hotels are), walk east until you see the big launch “slot machine” for Slotzilla. Walk two more blocks, and you can’t miss Container Park — a fun locals hangout with restaurants, bars, and fun stores — on your right. 707 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews – Located inside Binion’s Hotel Casino downtown, the prices are right but the selections are limited. Chicken or ribs (or both). You can sit at a table, or at the full bar (with video poker). 128 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern – If you are a Pawn Stars fan, this is your spot. Prices aren’t the cheapest, but portion sizes are nice and the menu has some serious variety. Just a really cool atmosphere all around, and having a full bar doesn’t hurt!

From where Fremont Street crosses The Strip, you’ll be hiking a little more than 1/2 a mile south on Las Vegas Blvd. It isn’t the most exciting walk in the world. You may want to just hop an Uber. 725 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101

pawn stars rick harrison rollin smoke bbqPhoto courtesy of Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and Tavern

Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque – These are the people who run Rick’s Rollin Smoke. Their no-frills (and no booze) location just behind the Fashion Show Mall is a mile from The Strip and should only be visited if you want to do take-out (for back to your room) and you are farther north on The Strip, to where the other options are farther away than you wish to travel. 3185 Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Ellis Island Hotel Casino (Near Las Vegas Strip) – Ellis Island BBQ is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Prices are super-reasonable, and each entree is service with their own home-brewed root beer, corn on the cob, garlic bread, and coleslaw. Or you can order one of the many beers brewed on the Ellis Island property. Like Binion’s, this is a chicken or ribs (or both) barbeque place. That’s it.

This hidden gem pretty much sits right behind Bally’s Hotel Casino. Walk east on Flamingo. Past the end of Bally’s, you’ll be approaching Koval Lane. Turn right (south) on Koval and you can’t miss it! 4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

What Downtown Las Vegas Restaurant Would You Recommend For Nice Dinner?

First, let me say, I enjoy reading your informative newsletter.

My husband and I will be in your wonderful city in October. What restaurant would you recommend for a nice dinner downtown? We ate at Hugos’ Cellar last year and was not pleased with the dinner. We have eaten there previously, but the quality has slipped. We will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary, so we would like a special dining experience.

Thank You,

Ted Responds:

Wow… too bad to hear Hugo’s has slipped. Unfortunately, Plaza closed Center Stage. What a great place that was!

We’ve heard great things about Vic and Anthony’s at Golden Nugget of late (steakhouse). Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse has a great view and we’ve enjoyed it over the years. But… it has been a while so I don’t know if it is maintaining.

Flame Steakhouse at El Cortez continues to be quality and nice (but not opulent) surroundings at a price that won’t completely break your wallet.

Since it is an anniversary, you might be better off hitting a nice restaurant on The Strip you’ve been interested in. May not be cheap, but no question The Strip has so many more great dining options.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor

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Somewhere Special For A Nice Meal In Las Vegas Without Breaking The Bank?

Love your newsletter always look forward to reading it. My husband and I are coming to Vegas for 3 weeks and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary whilst there.

Can you suggest somewhere special for a nice meal without breaking the bank? We don’t mind if it is not actually on the strip. (We are both in our early 60’s and not nightclubbers although we are very active).

I note the world cup football is on whilst we are in Vegas and wonder whether any of the matches will be shown in any of the Strip Sportsbooks. If not can you suggest anywhere we Brits may go to see these matches?

Thank you,

Tina Mcnicholas

Ted Responds:

Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse is top of their building with a great view. Old school feel (very nice, but nothing trendy).

Note: Steak houses like Binion’s Ranch serve a wide variety of other specialties if beef isn’t your thing.

Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens is also tops in the “special meal” category here in town. Consistently voted (Best Of Las Vegas for special meals ,and rightfully so). But entrees are going to run you a bit more.

Yes, the World Cup is being shown all up-and-down the Las Vegas Strip. Just set your alarm early to catch some of the games.

Happy Anniversary and thanks for reading and telling your friends!

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor