Foodies Are Loving Downtown Las Vegas’s Growing Restaurant Scene

From the Fremont East Entertainment District to the Arts District and Symphony Park, Downtown Las Vegas is growing by the minute with an influx of new restaurants. And Las Vegas urbanites living the dream in downtown’s high-rise condominium communities like Juhl are loving it! Within minutes of their front door is an eclectic array of eateries that are attracting the attention of food critics, national foodie publications and even the internationally famed James Beard Award committee.

James Beard Recognizes Arts District’s Garagiste 

Behind a simple sign that reads Wine Room / Merchant on E. California Ave. in the downtown’s Arts District is Garagiste, Las Vegas’ only 2023 James Beard Award national semifinalist for “Best Bar” where you can indulge in wines found nowhere else in the city accompanied by the perfectly paired charcuterie. You can also pick up a meal from one of the Arts District’s fabulous nearby restaurants and bring it in for enjoyment with a great matching wine.

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More Arts District Eateries

Since opening in 2016, Esther’s Kitchen has been on locals’ best restaurants list. This James Trees’ Italian-based concept wasn’t the first restaurant in the Arts District, but it’s the one most responsible for kicking off the area’s culinary reputation.

The Mediterranean-inspired fine casual dining at Taverna Costera features a broad Coastal Mediterranean fusion menu, which draws its inspiration from Spanish, Italian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines. The only roof-top bar/music venue in the Arts District, The Roof @TavernaCostera, which overlooks First Friday and boasts a 360-degree view of the valley, is a live entertainment and event space featuring a full-service bar plus a permanent stage hosting live acts and DJs.

For plant-based Mexican-style fare, it’s Tacotarian. Try the carne asada, al pastor, or chorizo tacos. The horchata cold brew at brunch is not to be missed.

If you prefer to eat and stroll while checking out the works of local artists and listening to live music, there’s no better place than an Arts District First Friday event, and be sure to come hungry. There’s an entire street lined up with food trucks, ranging from street tacos and lobster rolls to corn dogs and Mediterranean cuisine.

For more suggestions on restaurants in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas check out A Comprehensive Guide to Dining in the Las Vegas Arts District.

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Restaurants Near the Fremont Street Experience

Eater Las Vegas offers up these 17 Restaurants to Try Near the Fremont Street Experience spanning culinary delights from vintage steak joints like Barry’s Downtown Prime to Aloha Specialties’ Ahi poke. For everything in between there’s the 24/7 Saginaw’s Delicatessen and the customizable burgers at Whiskey Licker Up.

Symphony Park

Home to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony Park is attracting an eclectic array of new eateries, including the jazz club and Italian restaurant Vic’s Las Vegas. Vic’s is quickly becoming the go-to hub for jazz-lovers by presenting performances from a host of renowned jazz artists and musicians.

These and other living in Las Vegas lifestyle tips are brought to you by Juhl, the modern loft-style high-rise condominium community on Bonneville Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas. For more information visit the Juhl website or call 702.816.5466.