We are only seven months into 2020, but it has felt like an eternity.
Back in March, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a shutdown of all nonessential businesses in our state due to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a nearly two-month long shutdown, Sisolak announced the state would move to a limited reopening of businesses. The Phase 1 guidelines allowed most retail businesses to reopen, with restrictions. Phase 2 followed in early June, opening casinos up, requiring strict guidelines.
On July 9, Sisolak ordered the first major rollback of the state’s business reopening plan by ordering bar closures in Clark and Washoe Counties. Limiting restaurant dining to parties of no more than six and requiring employees to wear masks and follow various safety and social distancing guidelines. The mandate also ordered any bar that does not serve food to close.
Sisolak noted that while his directive will not prohibit indoor dining, he is “strongly encouraging” food establishments to promote outdoor dining.
Let’s all do our part to practice social distancing and support local businesses at the same time. These are our favorite local eateries with outdoor dining options.
*the hours listed were correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Address: 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052 inside Green Valley Ranch
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 9PM, Friday – Saturday: 5-10PM, Sunday Brunch: 10AM-3PM
Popular Menu Items: Meatballs, Tiramisu and King Crab Bucatini.
Why We Love It: aside from its bright, floral ambiance, this Tuscan-style restaurant offers an exceptional and diverse wine list giving guests an array of choices of vino from Napa, Sonoma, Italy, France and all around the world.
Carson Kitchen https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCDE3hHWgb/
Address: 124 S 6th St. Ste 100 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Popular Menu Items: Oxtail Risotto, Truffle Mac & Cheese, Chicken Skin
Why We Love It: This downtown staple is known for its tapas-style urban American modern comfort food, unique ingredients in sleek digs with a rooftop patio. Their seasonal menu ensures fresh ingredients and in-season ingredients. They have plenty of delicious and inque vegetarian-friendly options.
Luv-It Frozen Custard https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Rra_8HnUG/
Address: 505 E Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours: Monday – Thursday 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM ; Friday & Saturday 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Popular Menu Items: Banana Split (strawberry, marshmallow, banana, peanuts), Western (hot fudge, caramel, pecans), Cherry Yum Yum (cherry pie topping, crushed oreos), Dole Whip (it’s dairy free!)
Why We Love It: Established in 1973, this classic Vegas has been run by the same family for over 4 generations. If you drive past their walk-up window service stand on a Saturday night, you will see a line full of patrons. Their custard is made fresh daily.
Makers & Finders https://www.instagram.com/p/CBvtDcdn6Bl/
Address: 1120 S Main St. Ste 110, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00AM – 9:00PM, Sunday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Popular Menu Items: Lavender Latte, Tres Leches Waffles, Arepa Benny
Why We Love It: This is not your typical coffee shop, they specialize in authentic Latin comfort foods. Their covered front patio offers graffiti from local artists and prime people-watching in the Main Street Arts District.
Park on Fremont https://www.instagram.com/p/CBT9cTrDKhb/
Address: 506 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: Monday – Tuesday Closed ; Wednesday – Thursday 5:00PM – 11:00PM ; Friday 5:00PM – 1:00AM ; Sunday 10:00AM – 2:00 AM ; Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00PM
Popular Menu Items: Garbage Fries, Mojito Caraffe’s, Chicken & Waffles
Why We Love It: Located in downtown’s Fremont East District, this restaurant is a dream for anyone who is trying to curate their Instagram feed. The outdoor patio transports you into a tea party in Alice in Wonderland where you can enjoy delicious small plates, entrees and fresh cocktails.
Tacos & Beer https://www.instagram.com/p/CBD58DBnJNY/
Address: 3900 Paradise Rd A, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30AM – 10:00 PM ; Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Popular Menu Items: Pomegranate guacamole (don’t judge until you try it!), Cochinta Pibil Tacos, Flautas, Churros
Why We Love It: Artisanal tacos and craft beer. Fresh mexican food like beef barbacoa, roast pork al pastor, skirt steak carne asada, pulled chicken tinga, and chili-lime stuffed into house made tortillas with fresh masa. We also have a large selection of cold craft beers on tap.
Address: 2850 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Popular Menu Items: Famous Garlic Loaf with Gypsy Sauce, Pork Chop Sicillian, Lobster Ravioli, Canollis.
Why We Love It: Vegas, the way it used to be! Quality Italian cuisine, friendly waitstaff & live entertainment. Complimentary transportation available.