Top 10 Places to Dine in Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown features a flourishing dining scene. Here are our picks for the best places to eat in Downtown Las Vegas
The Strip may have the celebrity chefs, but Downtown Las Vegas has no shortage of exceptional places to stuff your face and unbutton that top button on your pants. As the area has grown, thanks in large part to the support of Zappos and their essential takeover of town, the culinary options have blossomed.
There’s the tried-and-true dining inside Downtown’s casinos — and we will touch on that — but, for anybody willing to explore, there are plenty of other gems in the happening downtown area that will leave you ready for a food coma … or at least a nice digestivo to finish you off before you hit all of the happening Downtown bars. After all, you’re Downtown. Make the most of your time in this oft missed part of Sin City.
1. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Housed inside the “new” D hotel, Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse opened to rave reviews for good reason. Vicari, a restaurateur with a string of award-winning restaurants in the Detroit area, has brought his brand west. It’s a classy steakhouse joint, complete with white tablecloths. But, it’s the food that has people talking. Maybe it’s the homemade bread? Or the housemade pasta? Or the 30-day aged prime cuts? Or, maybe it is tableside salad prep? We think it’s everything.
301 Fremont St, Las Vegas,(702) 388-2220 thed.com
While it hasn’t been around for a long time, eat. has garnered quite the reputation for its killer breakfasts and it’s easy to see why. Breakfast dishes are gorgeous. Think fluffy pancakes and sugar-covered beignets, flavorful hashes and ahhh-mazing sandwiches like the truffled egg. Are you drooling yet? While in perfect world, eat. would be open 24-7 to cater to all of our breakfast cravings like the uber-popular shrimp and grits, we’ll take the daylight operating hours and hope in the future this breakfast hot spot stays open past 3 p.m.
707 Carson (at 7th) Las Vegas, (702) 534-1515 eatdtlv.com
This massive pizza enclave offers gourmet pizzas and plenty of artisan cocktail yumminess for your Vegas vacation. So, what is it about this pizza that makes it different from other pizza shops? For starters, some of the pies here have won awards. Yes, there are awards for pizza. The Sicilian-style Burratina Di Margherita earned the Gold Cup Pizza Championships in Leece, Italy; the Napoletana-style Margherita won the World Pizza Cup in Naples; and the Cal Italia won the Gold Medal in the Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge. Hell, even the man behind the oven, Tony Gemignani, rocks. He’s an 11-time World Pizza Champion. They’re cooking all sorts of pies here from Neapolitan to Classic Italian to Sicilian, Roman and even gluten-free. And, Pizza Rock doesn’t just serve up pizza — they’ve got calzones, pastas and killer burgers. Sold yet? Order up some EVOO fried green beans to kick off your night and you will be.
201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, (702) 385-0838 pizzarocklasvegas.com
4. Hugo’s Cellar
Housed in the Four Queens, Hugo’s Cellar is dark and cozy and … wait for it … classy in a pretty unclassy casino. Every lady that walks in gets handed a long stemmed rose before embarking on their dining experience. It may be a little outdated and a little dark, but the restaurant has consistently ranked as one of the best gourmet shops in town. It’s the little touches — like tableside salad service — and the raveable food that makes this one of the best steakhouses in Downtown, and possibly the entire city. You’ll feel super classy, thanks to the servers donning tuxes, but you can show up as you are .. after all, this is Vegas and anything goes.
202 Fremont St, Las Vegas, (702) 385-4011 hugoscellar.com
For more great options check out our Best Breakfast Spots in Downtown Las Vegas article. Do you have a favorite dining spot in downtown Las Vegas? Let us know by leaving a comment below.