Sure, it may be hot in Las Vegas now, but outdoor dining will always have an appeal. Especially if you’re not comfortable dining inside a restaurant right now. From The Strip to Summerlin, there are plenty of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants with outdoor dining in Las Vegas.
We’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining experiences … served outside.
Where are you dining al fresco first?
Outdoor Dining at Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas
Mon Ami Gabi Bistro
The view of the Bellagio fountains from Mon Ami Gabi Bistro patio
Try your luck (or get there before prime lunch or dinner times) and bask in the large patio of Mon Ami Gabi. Overlooking the Bellagio fountains, this is perhaps the most romantic spot for a vegan dinner on The Strip if you want to dine outside. With new vegan options, the French bistro is our top pick for vegan-friendly outdoor dining on The Strip. Try the French onion soup and have them veganize the vegetarian pasta.
This massive patio at Venetian overlooks The Strip, so it’s great to spend some time watching everyone. Known for their epic shakes, Black Tap launched a vegan version winter 2020 complete with a thick slice of chocolate cake on top. So, yeah, order that.
Nacho Daddy is a vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant at Miracle Mile. It’s not technically on The Strip, but right off Las Vegas Blvd. so you’ll still get some people watching in. We love the chicken tacos in the flakey tortilla and the cake to round out the meal.
Downtown’s Tacotarian patio is huge and largely in the shade, making it a perfect spot to escape the sun and sip on a margarita while downing vegan tacos.
The Vegans, Baby Arts District Booze + Bites crawl, January 2020
Helmed by James Beard nominee Chef James Trees, Esther’s Kitchen’s back patio is covered and cozy. Enjoy a craft cocktail and homemade sourdough pizza (yup, they can make it vegan for you).
Makers & Finders*
A Latin-inspired coffee shop/restaurant has a large covered patio with a view of Main St. in the Arts District (aka perfect for people watching). Grab one of Makers & Finders‘ specialty coffees (or a glass of bubbly) and order their flakey, stuffed empanadas.
Able Baker Brewing/Arts District Kitchen
The new brewery/restaurant has a few vegan options, like a Beyond Burger and all the beer your heart desires. Plus, it’s got a large patio on Main St.
VegeNation’s back patio, with brick walls adorned with street art, provides a chill spot to enjoy their global street food. Our pick: Chicky Chicky Bang Bang with a Crafthaus beer. Also check out the Henderson location when it opens up again.
This tiny restaurant located inside The Container Park serves a mix of raw food and cooked. Grab a table and devour Simply Pure’s lasagna and raw tacos anywhere in The Container Park
The Vegans, Baby Pizza Tour, Jan. 2019
The back patio at Evel Pie offers picnic benches to grab. This pizza joint has an entire vegan menu to devour so it’s hard to pick just one item. If you’re with friends, order the vegan chicken tenders and get extra of the aioli. You’re welcome.
What’s not to love about this rowdy patio that offers TVs, plus an up-front look at the popular Fremont Street corridor.
Flippin’ Good Chicken, Burgers and Beer
Your vegan chicken sandwich prayers have been answered at Flippin’ Good. Plus, they’ve got a little patio to chow down and check out the action on Fremont St.
The organic cafe and juice bar offers a small patio for dining in the front of the building. While it can get hot during the day, Violette’s the perfect place for a chill dinner once the sun sets. Try one of their fresh juices or smoothies, share the mac and cheese balls and order up one of their veganized comfort meals for the main course.
True Food Kitchen*
We’re a fan of this vegan-friendly Las Vegas restaurant for it’s health conscious cuisine that is packed with flavor. True Food Kitchen’s large umbrella’d patio lets you enjoy the fare … and Downtown Summerlin. The menu is seasonal and we are partial to their pizzas and bowls, but please save room for one of their vegan desserts. Or two.
Makers & Finders*
Makers’ patio here gives you a glimpse of all the Downtown Summerlin action. They have the same menu as the flagship Arts District location but a Summerlin chill vibe.
For American eats, head to Lazy Dog. They’ve got two locations (Downtown Summerlin and Town Square) and a menu that changes seasonally. While not many items on the menu are marked as vegan, they can often modify to make vegan like their sweet potato tots and brussels sprouts. We love the teriyaki bowl with tofu.
If you’re in Summerlin and craving Mexican, head here.
Locale launched vegan dishes Spring 2020 and we’re so glad they did. Devour wood-fired Italian dishes under umbrellas on the patio here. Our go-to: the pizza. OMG the pizza.
The vegan Mexican restaurant has a small outdoor dining area at its first location.
If you can get past the airplanes flying overhead as they descend into McCarran, this patio is large and a great spot to bring your pup.
Located near Anthem, CRAFTkitchen is a perfect spot for a vegan-friendly brunch with friends. The covered patio is a perfect spot to sip some champagne and enjoy the vegan offerings. Try the Farmers Market Stack with a quinoa cake, fresh market veggies and cherub tomatoes served over smashed potatoes, and butternut squash hash.
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.