Downtown Vegas is becoming a dining destination

People have been visiting downtown Las Vegas for years to see attractions like the Fremont Street Experience. The downtown area has been transforming and growing a lot over the past few years and the Fremont East District  has become another hot spot with a variety of bars, lounges, an art gallery and other unique spots you won’t typically find on the Strip.

It has always been easy to find a place to have a cocktail downtown, but there haven’t always been a lot of dining options. That’s all changing as several new places to grab a bite to eat have been cropping up around the area lately. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s on the horizon for downtown dining:

Park on Fremont

506 Fremont St.

Park on Fremont is a newly opened gastropub offering innovative bar fare and an eclectic art collection, with indoor dining and a lush garden outdoors. The 5,000-square-foot bar and restaurant features a menu with offerings like hammered chicken, made with red onion, arugula, tomato, Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic vinegar; grilled cheese served on brioche with American cheese or brie with Serrano ham; and stuffed burgers filled with smoked cheddar and bacon or gorgonzola cheese and sautéed mushrooms. No pub would be complete without a beer menu and Park on Fremont pours 100 different beer selections from around the world.

The patio at Park on Fremont was designed to look like a mature back garden from a rural setting and is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail. Framed by ornate fencing, the 2,500-square-foot exterior boasts wood salvaged from an old barn and offers antique wood bistro tables for dining and conversation, as well as a game of hopscotch made with mosaic tiles. Inside, an art collection featuring works by Mark Ryden, Peter Gronquist and Mark Mothersbaughs adorns the walls.


Radio City Pizza

508 Fremont St.

Radio City Pizza, located in the Fremont East District, serves gourmet pizza options like chicken caprese, Buffalo chicken and the Viva Las Vegas, made with sopraseta, roasted garlic, ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, red onions and sliced pepperoncini. Whole wheat and gluten-free pies are also available. The restaurant also serves pasta, salads, sandwiches, wings and more.

Joe Vicari's Andiamo Steakhouse


Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse

Inside The D hotel

301 Fremont St.

Joseph Vicari has successfully developed nine Detroit-area Andiamo Steakhouse restaurants over the past 23 years. Detroit natives and owners of The D hotel, Derek and Greg Stevens, have now brought Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse to downtown Las Vegas. The restaurant, which is open nightly for dinner, is a bit of a hidden gem tucked into a corner of the second floor of The D. Joe Vicari’s offers a large selection of steaks and chops. The beef is aged a minimum of 30 days and is all-natural, free-raised and hormone-free. A variety of cuts are available including melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon, a 24-ounce porterhouse and the Andiamo Tomahawk — a 32-ounce ribeye charred to perfection. It wouldn’t be an Italian restaurant without pasta and at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo there are also a variety of handmade pastas smothered in tasty sauces. Save room for cannolis.


Rachel’s Kitchen

At The Ogden

150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

This casual café with several other locations around town, has opened downtown at The Ogden high rise. The restaurant serves fresh, healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as several fresh juices and smoothies. Start with oatmeal, granola, smoothies or pancakes for breakfast. The lunch menu offers a variety of burgers, including turkey and vegetarian options. Gourmet sandwiches are also available including a turkey club, albacore tuna salad, curry chicken salad and more. Salads, pasta dishes and wraps round out the menu.



707 Carson Ave.

Eat is a restaurant from longtime Las Vegas chef Natalie Young that serves fresh breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast options include made-to-order beignets, pancakes, frittatas, shrimp and grits, a truffled egg sandwich and a variety of pastries. The lunch menu is filled with healthy choices like black bean veggie chili, a variety of salads or a free range chicken sandwich. A variety of drinks are served including coffee, organic juices, fresh ginger ale and whole leaf hot tea.


Coming soon:

La Comida

106 Sixth St.

La Comida, a new venture from the Morton Group, opening in mid-April, will serve authentic Mexican cuisine as well as cocktails in a 3,000-square-foot building that was once the El Cortez hotel’s laundry facility. Guests can dine at the bar or in the dining room, which features an open kitchen. There are also sidewalk tables available. The menu offers familiar Mexican cuisine using traditional ingredients and cooking styles from various regions in Mexico with the influence of Mexico City. Design elements include wood floors, reclaimed tiles from Mexico, authentic church pews and stained glass from old church windows as just a few of the authentic touches.


Pizza Rock

201 N. 3rd St.

Award-winning pizza chef Tony Gemignani will bring his Neapolitan wood-burning oven pies to Las Vegas in late summer. The restaurant pairs gourmet pizza with specialty cocktails, wine and beer. The menu features appetizers like honey pancetta fries and baked formaggio. Pizzas, baked in a 900-degree oven, include Gemignani’s 2007 World Pizza Cup winning margherita; pizza Campari; rosemary, white rose potato and chorizo; and Eddie Muenster, which is made with Muenster cheese, bacon, Calabrese peppers, fried Brussels sprout chips, honey and fresh lemon. Stromboli, calzones, pasta and burgers are also offered.



At The Ogden

150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

Miki Agrawal owns Slice, a pizzeria in the West Village in New York City and will bring the concept to Las Vegas this spring. Slice boasts a menu driven by seasonal, farm-fresh organic ingredients. The menu is also vegan-friendly.


Mingo Kitchen

1017 N. First St.

Mingo Collaso, owner of the trendy Mundo restaurant at the World Market Center, is opening a new bar and kitchen near Art Square at Charleston Boulevard and Main Street this summer. The menu will feature small plates like chipotle mac ‘n’ cheese and veggie sliders.



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