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Amelinda B Lee

Where to Dine in the Arts District in Las Vegas

Nine restaurants to try in 18b

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Arts District 18b sign
| Amelinda B Lee

The closest Las Vegas has to a bohemian enclave, the Las Vegas Arts District, also known as 18b for its original 18 block layout, is not just for the creative classes. As well known for the stretch of antique and vintage stores on Main Street and an authentically quirky bar scene, the downtown district's still expanding restaurant scene feeds a diverse group. 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, all find an excuse to dine here. Below are nine 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. 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 Restaurant has been the go-to destination for any local craving a homemade tamale. You can even order them by the dozen to go. Open for breakfast for dishes like Machaca con Huevo, or a filling breakfast burrito, popular choices throughout the day include their large portion versions of enchiladas, tostadas, tacos and fajitas. A popular Monday to Friday 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour is based around their house margaritas. Online ordering available.

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2. 18bin

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107 E Charleston Blvd #150
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 202-2484
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Cajun jambalaya, ropa vieja Shepard’s pie, and a ham and Gruyere sandwich are just some of the dishes from chef Jennifer Landry at 18bin. Order a daily bruschetta board or artisan meat and cheese platter to go along with then menu of wines, whiskeys, and more. The restaurant also has a patio and online ordering.

a bowl of jambalaya
Jambalaya at 18bin
Emily Wilson Photography

3. Berlin Bar

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201 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 463-9919
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Pretzel with beer cheese and a variety of hot dogs are available for takeout at Berlin Bar. Online ordering for takeout available.

A hot dog covered with onions and pickles
Berlin Bar
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4. Cornish Pasty Co

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10 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 862-4538
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If you’re in the mood for something hearty, Cornish Pasty is the perfect place to dine. The pasty selections on the menu are extensive, so if you can’t decide, stick with the The Oggie or The Traditional Pasty, filled with steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga, and served with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup.

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5. 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 available.

Kao soi
Kao soi at D E Thai Kitchen
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6. Vesta Coffee Roasters

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1114 S Casino Center Blvd #1
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 301-9912
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The latest addition to the area is now sharing their obsessive devotion to coffee and pairing with a small, equally cultivated casual menu. Vesta Coffee Roasters lives up to its name, featuring a giant-sized Probat coffee roaster sitting at the back of the coffee shop. Whether you lean toward a pour over, or love a latte, Vesta's quality beans will win you over. An evolving menu of tartines, sandwiches, soups, pastries will keep you inside a little longer, ready for that second cup. Takeout and delivery available.

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7. 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 is a must visit. Makers & Finders also includes Latin-inspired brunch items to choose. Try the arepa Benny, a generous portion of golden poached eggs, coffee-rubbed beef, and grilled tomatoes, topped with salsa verde Hollandaise. Curbside takeout and delivery available.

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8. Esther's Kitchen

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1130 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 570-7864
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Chef and owner James Trees brings a menu of daily pastas and breads, pizzas, and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden at his Italian restaurant in the Arts District. Lunch and dinner options abound. The restaurant has a patio for social distancing dining outdoors.

Esther’s Kitchen
Esther’s Kitchen
Sam Abrams

9. Casa Don Juan

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1204 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 384-8070
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Serving Mexican food and flavors, Casa Don Juan is known for cold margaritas, homemade tortillas, and fresh guacamole. Delivery available.

An assortment of tacos
Tacos at Casa Don Juan
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1. Doña María Tamales Restaurant

910 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Since 1979, Doña Maria Tamales Restaurant has been the go-to destination for any local craving a homemade tamale. You can even order them by the dozen to go. Open for breakfast for dishes like Machaca con Huevo, or a filling breakfast burrito, popular choices throughout the day include their large portion versions of enchiladas, tostadas, tacos and fajitas. A popular Monday to Friday 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour is based around their house margaritas. Online ordering available.

910 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. 18bin

107 E Charleston Blvd #150, Las Vegas, NV 89104
a bowl of jambalaya
Jambalaya at 18bin
Emily Wilson Photography

Cajun jambalaya, ropa vieja Shepard’s pie, and a ham and Gruyere sandwich are just some of the dishes from chef Jennifer Landry at 18bin. Order a daily bruschetta board or artisan meat and cheese platter to go along with then menu of wines, whiskeys, and more. The restaurant also has a patio and online ordering.

107 E Charleston Blvd #150
Las Vegas, NV 89104

3. Berlin Bar

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

Pretzel with beer cheese and a variety of hot dogs are available for takeout at Berlin Bar. Online ordering for takeout available.

201 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. Cornish Pasty Co

10 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
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If you’re in the mood for something hearty, Cornish Pasty is the perfect place to dine. The pasty selections on the menu are extensive, so if you can’t decide, stick with the The Oggie or The Traditional Pasty, filled with steak, potatoes, onion and rutabaga, and served with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup.

10 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104

5. 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 available.

1108 S 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

6. Vesta Coffee Roasters

1114 S Casino Center Blvd #1, Las Vegas, NV 89104
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The latest addition to the area is now sharing their obsessive devotion to coffee and pairing with a small, equally cultivated casual menu. Vesta Coffee Roasters lives up to its name, featuring a giant-sized Probat coffee roaster sitting at the back of the coffee shop. Whether you lean toward a pour over, or love a latte, Vesta's quality beans will win you over. An evolving menu of tartines, sandwiches, soups, pastries will keep you inside a little longer, ready for that second cup. Takeout and delivery available.

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

7. 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 is a must visit. Makers & Finders also includes Latin-inspired brunch items to choose. Try the arepa Benny, a generous portion of golden poached eggs, coffee-rubbed beef, and grilled tomatoes, topped with salsa verde Hollandaise. Curbside takeout and delivery available.

1120 S Main St Ste 110
Las Vegas, NV 89104

8. Esther's Kitchen

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

Chef and owner James Trees brings a menu of daily pastas and breads, pizzas, and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden at his Italian restaurant in the Arts District. Lunch and dinner options abound. The restaurant has a patio for social distancing dining outdoors.

1130 S Casino Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

9. Casa Don Juan

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

Serving Mexican food and flavors, Casa Don Juan is known for cold margaritas, homemade tortillas, and fresh guacamole. Delivery available.

1204 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

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