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Top 10 Places to Dine in Downtown Las Vegas

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Downtown features a flourishing dining scene. Here are our picks for the best places to eat in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas has no shortage of exceptional places to stuff your face and unbutton that top button on your pants. 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. eat.


Since it’s opening in 2012, 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

2. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse

The grande meatball at Andiamo Las Vegas

Housed inside the 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

3. Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock Oven

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

5. Carson Kitchen

Located on the corner of Carson Ave & 6th St., inside the old John E. Carson Hotel, Carson Kitchen is an accessibly hip restaurant founded by the late Kerry Simon. The décor has a lofty urban feel and the menu is relatively simple with a wide range of shareable appetizers, sandwiches and veggie options. They like to play with bacon, as evident by the bacon jam toast and bourbon fudge brownie served with brown butter bacon ice cream! If you are looking to get a taste of the local food scene then Carson Kitchen is a recommended option for lunch or dinner.

124 S. 6th St., Suite 100 Las Vegas, (702) 473-9523 carsonkitchen.com

6. Vegenation

When meat-eaters come here and rave about it, you know you’ve struck gold at this plant-based vegan restaurant. Vegenation quickly garnered a massive crowd of both herbivores and carnivores because of its exceptional vegan menu where diners literally cannot tell the difference between meat and vegetables. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this spot taps into the local community to get some of its ingredients, and encourages people getting to know each other, thanks to its community table. Trust us when we say you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu (you can’t), and also trust us when we tell you as a first-timer you must order the following: the Bao Wow (Asian BBQ tofu, spinach and mushroom in a glorious bao bun), the Downton Tony (portobello sliders), followed by the Brownie Sundae. You’re welcome. Check out the restaurant’s pop-up menu selections and special events like the Monday night DJ and cider.

616 E. Carson, Las Vegas, (702)366-8515. vegenationlv.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.

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