Denny’s on Fremont
At a Glance
What is it?
An outlet of the omnipresent diner chain with a Vegas twist including neon, a full-bar, a photo booth, and a wedding chapel.
Where is it?
At Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas.
What kind of food is served?
The standard Denny’s menu of a little bit of everything – breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, American comfort food, and more, much of it of the high-calorie, big portion variety.
What is the atmosphere like?
Nicer than your average Denny’s.
How is the service?
Friendly, down-home, middle America service with a smile.
What are the prices like?
Typical for the chain, which is to say cheaper than most Vegas restaurants.
What else do I need to know?
The wedding chapel is more of a wide spot in the aisle, but it’s still funny.
What’s the bottom line?
If you must eat at a Denny’s, eat at this one.
Why am I reviewing a Denny’s? I mean, really… in a town like this, filled with so much amazing, unique, and delicious food at every turn, why in the world would you want to consider something as pedestrian as Denny’s?
Because this is a Downtown Las Vegas Denny’s, complete with retro-mod furnishings, an outdoor patio with terrific views, a photo booth, a full bar, and a wedding chapel. If you’re going to go with something safe, at least make it something interesting!
Located at Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas, the Denny’s here starts with lots of streetside seating, which on nice days will give you a great people-watching spot. You’ll be able to see the Fremont Street Experience light and sound show at night and keep track of all the people riding down the SlotZilla zip line, which launches nearby.
Inside the cool, sleek furnishings feel like no other Denny’s I’ve ever been in. While certainly not upscale, it is clean and simple and very Scandinavian – like dining in an Ikea. Why you’d want to drink at the bar at Denny’s is beyond me, but it’s there just in case as is the wacky, post-modern photobooth if you’re feeling like leaving behind a souvenir picture of yourself.
The wedding chapel – which is really just a wide spot in the middle of the restaurant – is expected to be operational by summer of 2013.
I haven’t eaten at a Denny’s in roughly a million years, buying into its reputation as a purveyor of unhealthy, high-calorie, middle-of-the-road food. This visit reinforced some of that stereotype but also opened my eyes a little.
The menu won’t surprise anyone who has ever visited, with pages of breakfasts (including their classic “Slams”), sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, American comfort food (country-fried steak, pot roast, and even steak), a value section, and selections geared to both kids and seniors. And yes they still have their infamous fried cheese melt (fried mozzarella sticks turned into a sandwich) and bacon “slamburger,” which is topped with hash browns, a fried egg, bacon, and cheese sauce. If you can survive those you can survive anything.
We sampled some of the breakfast options – eggs with bacon and sausage, an omelet – and the pot roast, which was roughly the size of a small Buick. Everything was good (but not great or at all memorable), well-prepared, and served quickly and with a smile. The fact that three of us got out of there for less than $30 all-in tells you the main reason why people still go to Denny’s.
There are lots of better, more interesting, and still affordable ways to eat in Las Vegas but if you absolutely, positively must eat at a Denny’s while you are in town make it this one.