Despite being in the Las Vegas Valley, this desert is abundant with seafood – particularly sushi and sashimi. However, the challenge to finding the best sushi in Las Vegas is a tasty one because you have to sample and consider quite a few places to determine what constitutes “the best.” And, while it was tough, we went out and tried them all.
Our criteria for "the best" was extensive. Is it the restaurant that offers the freshest quality? Do we consider how many inventive rolls show up on the sushi menu? Is the best based off others' favorite spots that offers 24-hour sushi dining. Or, should we count if you can pile it up by the plateful, like an all-you-can-eat buffet? For us, it’s all of the above.
Morimoto Las Vegas
No one can start a sushi adventure in Las Vegas without mentioning the sushi man himself, Masaharu Morimoto. The Iron Chef opened up his first Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and it is a show like no other! Experience Las Vegas through the eyes, and palate, of Morimoto with delicate fish dishes and beautiful sushi rolls, designed by the master sushi chef himself. Pair any of the plentiful hand rolls with reimagined soups and salads, inspired by Chef Morimoto’s home in Hiroshima, Japan. These beautifully crafted rolls may look too good to eat, but we promise you’ll get over that feeling after that first bite.
What to Order: Everything. Honestly when a master sushi Chef comes to Las Vegas you don’t question what’s good or not.
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Anyone up for sushi with a view? Yellowtail at Bellagio Resort & Casino is your best bet to get wonderfully prepared sushi rolls, sashimi, and tempura all while taking in the lights and dancing waters of the Fountains of Bellagio just outside.
What to order: Sushi lovers will appreciate seeing more of the traditional rolls, such as spicy tuna and salmon skin options. But we think creating a make-your-own sashimi plate is in order, since there’s such a variety to choose from.For a tasty pick six, we recommend the toro, yellowtail, Spanish mackerel, sweet shrimp, fresh water eel, and uni.
While the menu at Kumi follows a modern Japanese flair, there are hints of a Korean American culinary influence as well. The award winning chef Akira Back brings together these styles seamlessly in each of his signature rolls. Plus, the restaurant offers a special prix fixe menu for those interested in the Michael Jackson ONE show at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, which includes three courses and a carafe of hot sake.
What to order: it’s all about the shared plate selection at Kumi. Order the Crispy Rice, Yellowtail Serrano, Salmon Tiradito, and Tuna Pizza to split among friends.
It may not be something that springs to mind immediately, but the ARIA Resort Buffet has a number of sushi and sashimi options available daily. On the menu you’ll also find miso soup and seaweed salad. For the sushi lover that also likes a Mexican, Chinese, Pizza, and Mediterranean food, the ARIA Buffet is a great choice for options.
What to order: The menu
includes a variety of hand rolls made throughout the day. Try out what they
serve up at lunch and come back for a late dinner to see what’s changed!
Las Vegas Is for Sushi Lovers
As far as naming the best sushi restaurants in Las Vegas, everyone has their favorite spots, which bodes well for those looking for suggestions. There’s never a shortage of places to go. Next time you make your way down the Strip, include one of these top sushi restaurants to your “must try” list and see which one ends up in your top spot.