Where To Eat At The 18b? Best Arts District Las Vegas Restaurants
Food may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sin City, but visit one of its most vibrant neighborhoods and you’re in for a culinary treat of epic proportions!
At the Las Vegas Arts District, you won’t find any of the blinding lights and casinos that populate the Strip. Instead, you’ll find tons of quaint and fancy galleries, vintage shops, and the area’s star attractions—its world-class Bohemian-themed bars, cafes, and restaurants, serving everything from classic American fare to sushi and souvlaki.
Earlier a haunt of the creative classes, the Las Vegas Arts District is now teeming with visitors of all kinds, drawn to this cultural hub by its thriving food scene.
If a culinary trip to the area is on the cards, here’s the lowdown you need on the Las Vegas Arts District food scene and its most happening spots. Here are our picks for the best Arts District Las Vegas restaurants.
Best Arts District Las Vegas Restaurants
If you’re headed to the Las Vegas Arts District, taking along your appetite is a must! During your time here, grab some brunch or catch a break from all the exploring with a stop at any of these up-and-coming eateries and watering holes.
First on our list is Taverna Costera, a two-storied “coastal Mediterranean fusion” restaurant that sits behind Arts Factory and celebrates the glorious culinary history of France, Spain, Greece, and Italy.
Here, you won’t just find delicious omelets, meatballs, nachos, hash bowls, and gyros served at the rooftop bar and gorgeous courtyard, accompanied by live entertainment—Taverna Costera also displays some stunning works by local artists.
Brunch here is a must-do, featuring a range of mouthwatering fare and—our favorite—bottomless brunch cocktails, all for $20.
1031 South Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 | Website
Undoubtedly one of the Arts District’s most popular restaurants, Esther’s Kitchen, brings Italian-inspired dishes to the area. Founded by James Trees, the eatery combines fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and house-made pastas, breads and pizzas, making it a favourite amongst locals.
In 2023, Trees will be moving Esther’s Kitchen to a larger space next door and transforming the current location into the French-inspired L’Aristocrat.
1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., STE 110, Las Vegas, NV 89104 | Website
Pizza fans, this one’s for you! From Sicilian-style square pies to classic Brooklyn-style greasy wheels (which are award-winning, FYI), you’ll find the perfect slice of pizza at Good Pie. You can enjoy your delicious meal in the restaurant’s cozy interiors or munch on them while you wander the Arts District’s lovely streets.
1212 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104 | Website
Smokey aromas linger in the air from the two giant smokers at SoulBelly, another popular eatery in the Arts District. Led by Top Chef veteran Bruce Kalman, the restaurant provides diners with deliciously cooked meats, mac n’ cheese balls and their signature Jiggle Juice: a zingy mix of vodka lemonade that comes served in a plastic bag. Guests can also take in some live music as SoulBelly often features local and national acts on its stage.
1327 South Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89104 | Website
Sushi, sashimi, and sake—our favorite “S” words, which are covered in spades at Yu-Or-Mi Sushi!
Enjoy mouthwatering traditional Japanese fare (this is one of those rare gems that also serves vegan and vegetarian options) at this lovely eatery, which also boasts a full bar offering an impressive selection of sakes, Japanese whiskeys, fine wine, and hand-crafted cocktails.
100 E California Ave Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 | Website
Letty’s de Leticia’s Cocina
Chef Leticia Mitchell’s restaurant serves the best of Mexican fare, covering everything from tortas to tacos. Chef Leticia’s skills have been honed for years now and the delicious food in this unpretentious little restaurant is a testament to her skills and expertise.
The birria torta and enchiladas here come highly recommended—the former, especially, served with a savory consomme, has quite the fan following!
Enjoy your meal housed inside the cozy building, decorated with a gorgeous mural, or on the lovely patio—either way, it’s “relaxed vibes only” all around.
807 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 | Website
Chicago Joe’s Restaurant
A charming brick-walled restaurant housed in a former residential building, Chicago Joe’s is one of the district’s top Italian restaurants. A range of Italian classics is on the menu here, including a sinfully mouthwatering meat lasagna. The interiors are intimate and quaint, making this a perfect spot for a romantic meal.
820 S. 4th Street Las Vegas NV 89101 | Website
Cornish Pasty Co.
If you’re looking for a casual spot to hang with the gang and dig into some delicious British pasty while you’re at it, head to Cornish Pasty Co.
The extensive menu offers both classic and modern takes on the OG English pasty and is a huge favorite among visitors to the Arts District. It’s not just the food that’s the attraction, though—you have darts, pool tables, and a double-sided bar to keep you entertained during your time here!
10 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104 | Website
Main Street Provisions Las Vegas
Main Street Provisions Las Vegas has been a long-time favourite amongst those who love New American cuisine. Now that Justin Kingsley Hall is leaving, take some time to visit and experience a new twist to the classic recipes executed with precision and cooked over a double-broiler.
The restaurant promises an array of seafood specialties and a happy hour menu featuring delectable oysters and sliders.
1214 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89104 | Website
The Bottom Line
With all the many glitzy attractions of the Strip, the quieter Arts District doesn’t feature on the list of must-visit spots for many visitors, but a stop here will have your tummy thanking you profusely!