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Amelinda B Lee

Where to Dine in the Arts District in Las Vegas

From Guinness stew pasties and German curry wurst to Japanese whiskey bars and margarita happy hours

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| Amelinda B Lee

The Las Vegas Arts District, also known as 18b for its original 18-block layout, is the closest thing Las Vegas has to a bohemian enclave, but it’s not just for creative classes.

From shift workers heading home in the mornings, politicians and lawyers at lunch, to the hip young things and local residents in the evenings, plus a growing number of adventurous tourists who take advantage of the easy access from the Strip, the downtown district’s expanding restaurant scene and quirky bars feed a diverse group.

Below are Eater’s picks of the must-visit spots for dining in the heart of the Arts District.

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A number of Las Vegas restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in Las Vegas, please visit Nevada Health Response. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Makers & Finders

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1120 S Main St Ste 110
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 586-8255
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With seven different methods of brewing coffee, it should come as no surprise that this java shop ranks high among coffee lovers. Serving Latin-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and booze, it can almost be all things to all people. There’s even a “happy hour + kids” menu from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily that allows parents to grab a cocktail, beer, or wine (or a shot and a beer for $10) while both parents and kids grab some bites off the happy hour menu. Curbside takeout and delivery available.

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Makers & Finders
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2. Casa Don Juan

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1204 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 384-8070
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Lively Mexican restaurant Casa Don Juan is known for ice-cold margaritas, housemade tortillas, fresh guacamole, and a lengthy menu of authentic Mexican favorites like tamales, seafood soup, and among others. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a petite food menu of tacos, queso fundido, chicharrones, and more. Palomas, margaritas, and piña coladas are the stars at happy hour, but the restaurant pours beer and wine too. Delivery available.

An assortment of tacos
Tacos at Casa Don Juan
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3. Main St. Provisions

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1214 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 457-0111
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Located on Main Street, this new addition to the Arts District embraces “Main Street, USA” vibes with a menu that showcases flavors from across the American experience. There’s a baba-choke-ganoush and hominy hummus (artichoke dip and hominy hummus with asparagus), rabbit boudin, empanadas, and a cheeseburger. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. YU-OR-MI Sushi Bar

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100 E California Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 473-5200
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This smart and stylish pocket-sized sushi bar with polished concrete floor, a shiny granite bar, and white brick walls makes its mark with a powerhouse selection of Japanese sakes and whiskeys along with a sushi menu that prizes fresh fish. Salmon mousse gyoza, miso butter salmon, and lamb chops in shiso pesto and miso peppercorn sauces add variety to the menu. Open daily for dining in from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in seating only, except for parties of 6 or more.

sushi roll topped with raw salmon
The Life is Beautiful roll at YU-OR-MI includes
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5. Cornish Pasty Co

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10 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 862-4538
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As the nearly 20-year old restaurant’s name suggests, Cornish Pasty specializes in the hearty, filled shortcrust pastry that that hails from Southwest England’s Cornwall. With nearly 50 pasties on offer, diners can choose pasties like “all day English breakfast,” Guinness stew, lamb vindaloo, and vegan pot pie. Non-pasty menu items include a selection of apps, salads, sides, and desserts. Cornish pasty opens daily at 11 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, at midnight on Thursday; and at 2 a.m. on Saturdays.

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6. Esther's Kitchen

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1130 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 570-7864
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Accomplished chef and owner James Trees brings a menu of daily pastas and house-made sourdough breads with toppings like anchovy butter or burrata; naturally leavened pizzas; and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden at his Italian restaurant in the Arts District. The restaurant has a patio for social distancing dining outdoors. Dinner daily, with lunch Monday through Friday and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Esther’s Kitchen
Esther’s Kitchen
Sam Abrams

7. 18bin

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107 E Charleston Blvd #150
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 202-2484
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The recently reopened 18bin got a total food menu makeover under chef Josh Green, with a notably more robust selection of vegan options. Bin18 aims have something for everyone with both a “skinny,” vegan Caesar salad and one topped with fried chicken; wings, vegan and non-vegan sandwich options; and more. who added more vegan options. Brunch includes a vegan and gluten-free stuffed avocado Benedict, tuna tacos, bananas Foster pancakes, and bottomless mimosas (until 5 p.m.). There’s nearly 5,000-square feet of trellis-covered outdoor dining, as well as enough space indoors for 100 diners. If dining in doesn’t sound right, the restaurant offers online ordering.

pouring syrup over a layered stack of fried chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles for brunch at bin18
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8. Vesta Coffee Roasters

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1114 S Casino Center Blvd #1
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 301-9912
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Vesta’s obsessive devotion to coffee spills over from its high-quality coffee beans to its website with coffee brewing guides for multiple brewing systems and home coffee brewing tips on storage, water quality, and grind size. Delivery and pick-up is available, but taking a moment to sip a coffee in the shop’s simple, sun-drenched space is lovely. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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9. Berlin Bar

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201 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 463-9919
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This temple to German cuisine serves traditional pretzels; as well as a large variety of schnitzel; a respectable offering of sausages like Nuernberger rostbratwuerst’l, bier brats, curry wurst, and more; and other Bavarian favorites. The restaurant remains true to the German theme through the very end of the meal, with strudel and black forest cake on offer. The beer list is short, focusing on a few German beers and the most basic American options. The wine list includes some interesting German labels. Open daily from 11 a.m. until “late.” Online ordering for takeout also available.

A hot dog covered with onions and pickles
Berlin Bar
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10. D E Thai Kitchen

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1108 S 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 979-9121
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Inspired by Bangkok street food and Southern Thai-style dishes, D E Thai Kitchen serves tom yum soup, chicken satay or coconut shrimp, crab Rangoon, and fried tofu. Rice and noodle options include pad Thai, pad see eiw, and drunken noodles, plus spicy basil, ginger garlic, and garlic pepper among the plate dishes, with the option of adding pork, chicken, beef, crispy pork, veggies, tofu, and shrimp or squid. Red, green, and yellow curries join house specials of pork tom yum noodle soup; crab-meat fried rice; and the Beef Boat Noodle Soup, created with Thai-style rice noodle soup with edible blood, anise, bean sprout, and meatballs. Online ordering also available.

Kao soi
Kao soi at D E Thai Kitchen
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11. Doña María Tamales Restaurant

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910 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-6538
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Since 1979, Doña Maria Tamales has been the go-to destination for any local craving outstanding, housemade tamales filled with savory options like pork, chicken with green sauce, cheese, or beef, as well as a sweet variety with pineapple and raison tucked into its succulent masa. From morning through night, diners feast on breakfast chilaquiles; lunch combos with options like tostadas, burritos, tacos, and enchiladas; chicken dressed in deep brown mole; and steaming bowls of tortilla soup. Weekends bring caldo de camaron, a rejuvenating Mexican soup filled with shrimp. A popular margarita happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tamales are available to go by the dozen. Online ordering available.

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1. Makers & Finders

1120 S Main St Ste 110, Las Vegas, NV 89104
<span data-author="-1">Makers &amp; Finders</span>
Makers & Finders
Makers & Finders [Official Site]

With seven different methods of brewing coffee, it should come as no surprise that this java shop ranks high among coffee lovers. Serving Latin-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and booze, it can almost be all things to all people. There’s even a “happy hour + kids” menu from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily that allows parents to grab a cocktail, beer, or wine (or a shot and a beer for $10) while both parents and kids grab some bites off the happy hour menu. Curbside takeout and delivery available.

1120 S Main St Ste 110
Las Vegas, NV 89104

2. Casa Don Juan

1204 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
An assortment of tacos
Tacos at Casa Don Juan
Casa Don Juan/Facebook

Lively Mexican restaurant Casa Don Juan is known for ice-cold margaritas, housemade tortillas, fresh guacamole, and a lengthy menu of authentic Mexican favorites like tamales, seafood soup, and among others. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a petite food menu of tacos, queso fundido, chicharrones, and more. Palomas, margaritas, and piña coladas are the stars at happy hour, but the restaurant pours beer and wine too. Delivery available.

1204 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

3. Main St. Provisions

1214 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Located on Main Street, this new addition to the Arts District embraces “Main Street, USA” vibes with a menu that showcases flavors from across the American experience. There’s a baba-choke-ganoush and hominy hummus (artichoke dip and hominy hummus with asparagus), rabbit boudin, empanadas, and a cheeseburger. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

1214 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. YU-OR-MI Sushi Bar

100 E California Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
sushi roll topped with raw salmon
The Life is Beautiful roll at YU-OR-MI includes
YU-OR-MI/Facebook

This smart and stylish pocket-sized sushi bar with polished concrete floor, a shiny granite bar, and white brick walls makes its mark with a powerhouse selection of Japanese sakes and whiskeys along with a sushi menu that prizes fresh fish. Salmon mousse gyoza, miso butter salmon, and lamb chops in shiso pesto and miso peppercorn sauces add variety to the menu. Open daily for dining in from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in seating only, except for parties of 6 or more.

100 E California Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89104

5. Cornish Pasty Co

10 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
[Photo]

As the nearly 20-year old restaurant’s name suggests, Cornish Pasty specializes in the hearty, filled shortcrust pastry that that hails from Southwest England’s Cornwall. With nearly 50 pasties on offer, diners can choose pasties like “all day English breakfast,” Guinness stew, lamb vindaloo, and vegan pot pie. Non-pasty menu items include a selection of apps, salads, sides, and desserts. Cornish pasty opens daily at 11 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, at midnight on Thursday; and at 2 a.m. on Saturdays.

10 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

6. Esther's Kitchen

1130 S Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Esther’s Kitchen
Esther’s Kitchen
Sam Abrams

Accomplished chef and owner James Trees brings a menu of daily pastas and house-made sourdough breads with toppings like anchovy butter or burrata; naturally leavened pizzas; and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden at his Italian restaurant in the Arts District. The restaurant has a patio for social distancing dining outdoors. Dinner daily, with lunch Monday through Friday and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

1130 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

7. 18bin

107 E Charleston Blvd #150, Las Vegas, NV 89104
pouring syrup over a layered stack of fried chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles for brunch at bin18
bin18

The recently reopened 18bin got a total food menu makeover under chef Josh Green, with a notably more robust selection of vegan options. Bin18 aims have something for everyone with both a “skinny,” vegan Caesar salad and one topped with fried chicken; wings, vegan and non-vegan sandwich options; and more. who added more vegan options. Brunch includes a vegan and gluten-free stuffed avocado Benedict, tuna tacos, bananas Foster pancakes, and bottomless mimosas (until 5 p.m.). There’s nearly 5,000-square feet of trellis-covered outdoor dining, as well as enough space indoors for 100 diners. If dining in doesn’t sound right, the restaurant offers online ordering.

107 E Charleston Blvd #150
Las Vegas, NV 89104

8. Vesta Coffee Roasters

1114 S Casino Center Blvd #1, Las Vegas, NV 89104
[Photo]

Vesta’s obsessive devotion to coffee spills over from its high-quality coffee beans to its website with coffee brewing guides for multiple brewing systems and home coffee brewing tips on storage, water quality, and grind size. Delivery and pick-up is available, but taking a moment to sip a coffee in the shop’s simple, sun-drenched space is lovely. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1114 S Casino Center Blvd #1
Las Vegas, NV 89104

9. Berlin Bar

201 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
A hot dog covered with onions and pickles
Berlin Bar
Berlin Bar/Facebook

This temple to German cuisine serves traditional pretzels; as well as a large variety of schnitzel; a respectable offering of sausages like Nuernberger rostbratwuerst’l, bier brats, curry wurst, and more; and other Bavarian favorites. The restaurant remains true to the German theme through the very end of the meal, with strudel and black forest cake on offer. The beer list is short, focusing on a few German beers and the most basic American options. The wine list includes some interesting German labels. Open daily from 11 a.m. until “late.” Online ordering for takeout also available.

201 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

10. D E Thai Kitchen

1108 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Kao soi
Kao soi at D E Thai Kitchen
D E Thai Kitchen/Facebook

Inspired by Bangkok street food and Southern Thai-style dishes, D E Thai Kitchen serves tom yum soup, chicken satay or coconut shrimp, crab Rangoon, and fried tofu. Rice and noodle options include pad Thai, pad see eiw, and drunken noodles, plus spicy basil, ginger garlic, and garlic pepper among the plate dishes, with the option of adding pork, chicken, beef, crispy pork, veggies, tofu, and shrimp or squid. Red, green, and yellow curries join house specials of pork tom yum noodle soup; crab-meat fried rice; and the Beef Boat Noodle Soup, created with Thai-style rice noodle soup with edible blood, anise, bean sprout, and meatballs. Online ordering also available.

1108 S 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

11. Doña María Tamales Restaurant

910 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Since 1979, Doña Maria Tamales has been the go-to destination for any local craving outstanding, housemade tamales filled with savory options like pork, chicken with green sauce, cheese, or beef, as well as a sweet variety with pineapple and raison tucked into its succulent masa. From morning through night, diners feast on breakfast chilaquiles; lunch combos with options like tostadas, burritos, tacos, and enchiladas; chicken dressed in deep brown mole; and steaming bowls of tortilla soup. Weekends bring caldo de camaron, a rejuvenating Mexican soup filled with shrimp. A popular margarita happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tamales are available to go by the dozen. Online ordering available.

910 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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