Taverna Costera offers a menu heavy on vegan options in the Las Vegas Arts District
The Las Vegas Arts District continues its growth as one of the most vegan-friendly destinations in Las Vegas. Taverna Costera is the latest restaurant to open in the burgeoning neighborhood and it comes complete with a plant-forward menu.
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A Mediterranean restaurant, Taverna Costera focuses heavily on seafood and vegan dishes, leaving red meat off the menu. Helmed by vegetarian Chef Ray Samlow (formerly of Springs Preserve), the vegan dishes here highlight veggies and grains in a beautiful (and flavorful) display.
The light and airy restaurant is a perfect spot for a vegan date night in Las Vegas.
Vegan options at Taverna Costera
The Chef’s 5.5 Course Vegan Tasting Menu ($55) is the best way to experience this new Las Vegas restaurant. But, more on that later.
First, let’s dig into what’s vegan on the main menu at Taverna Costera.
When it comes to starters, there’s the Italian falafel platter featuring fried risotto and marinara sauce for dipping. Next, there’s The Sultan’s Swing with fire hummus, quinoa, tabouli, grilled eggplant dip, olives and pita.
There are two pizettes on the menu. There’s the Moroccan that comes topped with onion, garlic, apricots and chickpeas. In addition, there is the BBQ Pineapple Jack. It’s covered with sweet onion, jackfruit and pineapple with a fig BBQ sauce.
If you’re looking for greens, the Taverna House Salad is for you. It’s a bed of mixed greens tossed with red onion, chickpeas, apricots and toasted almonds.
As for entrees, the restaurant offers three vegan dishes three options.
The More Rockin’ Tagine for two people offers slow-roasted root veggies and herbs with quinoa and is served in a terracotta tagine.
They also serve a greek potato hash covered with pomegranate BBQ jackfruit.
For something a little meaty, try the La Femme a Papollette, a gorgeous dish showcasing marinated Pink Oyster mushrooms with veggies and herbs.
Now, let’s talk the tasting menu.
Taverna Costera vegan tasting menu
This divine menu starts with an amuse (we had gazpacho in a cucumber).
The first course is the restaurant’s vegan salad, and keeps getting better from there.
The second course we got was a hearty Moroccan stew made with a blend of 12 veggies, spices and hearty chunks of potatoes. It’s cooked for more than half-a-day before being brought to your table. It comes with housemade pita chips.
The BBQ pizette follows.
After that, the last savory course is an exquisite mushroom scampi with local Pink Oyster and Lion’s Mane shrooms. And, they’re cooked to tender perfection. It comes with couscous, a sweet potato puree and pineapple.
The tasting menu wraps up with a stack of piping hot beignets.
Taverna Costera also has a cocktail program with craft cocktails, as well as a special cocktail menu each month that gives back to local organizations.
After your meal, head up to the only roof deck in the Arts District that offers unobstructed views of The Strat, Mt. Charleston and more.
Bonus: attached to the restaurant is Dragon’s Alley Coffee Co., which is heavy on vegan options and open late.
1031 S. Main St., Las Vegas, 89101, Sun., Weds., Thurs.: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 3 p.m. – 1 a.m.
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