Many Vegas obsessives pine for a Vegas of the past. A time in which the size of your bankroll didn’t seem to matter, you’d always be treated to a fair shake and made to feel welcome. That Vegas still exists just a stone’s throw from the Strip: Ellis Island.
Ellis Island is an absolute gem for the budget conscious Vegas visitor. The hotel space is getting quite a facelift. The hotel rooms are being updated and the Front Yard, a new outdoor dining and entertainment venue, is under construction. While the physical space is starting to modernize, it’s the hospitality of the family-owned property that makes you feel like you’re in the Vegas you remember and love.
3:2 blackjack odds at a $5 table is just the beginning. The $7.99 steak special is often lauded as one of the best deals in town and there are a plethora of other promotions allowing guests to eat and drink on the cheap. Your player’s card will get you one of their beers, brewed in-house, for a mere $2.25 24/7. This makes EI a great place to start your day on the cheap or a spot to go when you’ve overextended your budget.
It’s the deals and, maybe, the karaoke that will get you in the door, but it’s that service that will keep you coming back. I was happy to hear from multiple people I’ve sent to Ellis Island about the great customer service. A few received phone calls for lunch or dinner offers while they were still on their trip, prompting a return the day after their initial visit. Of course, Ellis Island is getting return business out of it, so it’s a win for them as well, but, C’mon, nothing can make you feel like more of a rock star than a personal call and invitation to a casino. At Ellis Island, even a low roller can get red carpet treatment.
The property is admittedly modest. You won’t be able to pamper yourself in a spa, ride a zip line over the roof, or stroll through the casino in a gondola. It’s simply a place to go for inexpensive gambling, underpriced meals, and friendly staff.
This may seem like a promoted post. I assure you, it’s not. I’ve received no compensation from Ellis Island for this or any other promotion. I simply appreciate a property that treats its guests and my friends well. If it’s been awhile since you’ve stopped by or need an extra boost to motivate you towards a first visit, let this be the catalyst. When you get there, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.
But don’t just take my word for it:
Ellis Island is like your favorite, cozy neighborhood bar, if your neighborhood bar had a casino, and a brewery, and four restaurants…
— Two Way Hard Eight (@TwoWayHardEight) November 29, 2017
Great old school Vegas drink and food joint with friendly people…and I hit a royal flush there.
— rob (@skyyontherocks) November 29, 2017
Can’t forget the size of their own beers while gaming. Two of those big IPA’s and you’re set for the night.
— Mach (@machtomach) November 29, 2017
Their grilled cheese sandwich is RIGHTEOUS
— Martha (@marthana79) November 29, 2017
Can’t beat steak/beer special. Ask your waitress. It’s not on the menu! =)
— Ken S. (@salkken) November 29, 2017
Ellis Island… The place that everyone loves if they have been there. Unless your a stuck up douche. Good food, great beer and even better service.
— Sean Pelley (@sean_pelley) November 29, 2017
After taking advantage of their Famous Steak Special offer, I made the mistake of going from the restaurant to the craps table, thus turning the cheapest steak in town into the most expensive steak in town.
— Truckosaurus (@Truckosaurus) November 29, 2017
Their daily BBQ meal deal they only have after 4pm on the brewery patio is one of Vegas’ best kept secrets! A ton of food for not a lot of $$$! Get the chicken and ribs combo.
— Jersey Joe (@JerseyJoe50) November 29, 2017
If it’s not the gaming that brings you back then it’s the food, or the beer, or the karaoke, or just the great people and environment. Ellis Island hits all the points of a good casino and keeps getting better.
— Just Won One (@JustWonOne) November 29, 2017
Feels like it should be in downtown
— Steven Bentley (@SBentley88) November 29, 2017
So many great #Vegas nights at EI. Karaoke and cheap beer is all I need in life! 🍻
— Emma-Leigh (@emmahyphenleigh) November 29, 2017
It’s really better than I would have thought and it makes me sad that I am not there. Fun little place!
— Mr. Already Listening to Christmas Music (@mrgocubs) November 29, 2017
All images courtesy of Ellis Island.