Ten Las Vegas Seafood Restaurants with Fresh and Delicious Fish of all Kinds
By Terrisa Meeks
Las Vegas Local Expert
If you’re craving seafood while you’re in Las Vegas, you won’t have to look far to find a great restaurant. From elegant eateries created by celebrity chefs to locals-centric hangouts, Las Vegas is full of seafood restaurants that will satisfy your desire for fish, crab, shrimp, or lobster. Las Vegas seafood restaurants often fly in fresh fish and seafood each day, and some adhere to Safe Harbor standards.
Beautifully designed restaurants like Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood or Mastro’s Ocean Club give guests a striking backdrop in which to enjoy a memorable meal. The combination of a beautiful interior design and excellent food gives guests all the ingredients for a memorable dining experience.
Celebrity chef fans will find a good selection of well-known chefs with seafood restaurants in Las Vegas, including Emeril Lagassase’s New Orleans Fish House and a Michael Mina seafood restaurant, AMERICAN FISH. Las Vegas is home to a host of recognized chefs, and the contrast of fresh seafood in the desert gives these culinary greats a unique combination of location and food—and what better way to showcase their considerable talents?
The people-watching on the patio at Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Ceasars Forum Shops will give you something to talk about when you’re not enjoying your food. At Aria’s Aquaknox, you can enjoy the open kitchen design, allowing you to see the skilled staff at work. The fresh fish and seafood may be the main draw, but it’s also nice to have a ready supply of interesting sights to fuel conversation.
10 Hot N Juicy Crawfish
Chinatown seafood restaurant. Neatness doesn't count here since the food arrives in a bag. Don't worry--you'll have a roll of paper towels to help you along the way. With only a handful of restaurants in Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington, and Orange County California, this small chain has attracted a loyal following. Pick the seasoning you like--Louisiana, Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper or Hot N Juicy Special--and dig into crab, lobster, shrimp, or crawfish. Choose from four spice levels: mild, medium, spicy, or extra spicy. Water, soda, and beer are available. (702-891-8889)
9 Chart House Restaurant - Golden Nugget - Las Vegas
The centerpiece of the Chart House Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget is a 75,000 gallon aquarium. The ocean-centric interior sets the tone for the restaurant's menu of seafood (although you'll also find non-seafood items). Signature fish include Bronzed Swordfish, Spiced Yellowfin Ahi, Miso Glazed Salmon, Applejack Sea Bass, and Stuffed Flounder. For seafood selections, enjoy scallops, shrimp, lobster, or crab. If you're the landlubber in your group, try the prime rib, filet mignon, chicken, or lamb chops. Chart House restaurants may be familiar to those who have visited other locations throughout the United States, but the Las Vegas location has its own distinct ambiance. (702-386-8364)
8 Nobu Las Vegas
Nothing says seafood like sushi, and at Nobu you'll find expertly prepared sushi and several other types of seafood. The acclaimed restaurant comes from Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who was trained in Tokyo. Nobu's eclectic, elegant interior design sets the stage for an elegant seafood meal. In addition to its selection of expertly prepared sushi and sashimi, Nobu also offers seafood and fish dishes like crab, lobster, shrimp, cod, Chilean Sea Bass, and scallops. A menu full of delicious salads offers fresh and crisp accompaniments to the other dishes. Nobu is located just off the Strip in the Hard Rock Hotel Casino. (702-693-5090)
7 Oyster Bar at Harrah's
The Oyster Bar at Harrah's Las Vegas flys in fresh seafood every day, including the oysters featured in the restaurant's name. The unstuffy atmosphere and reasonable prices drawn a steady crowd of hungry guests. You'll find all your favorite seafoods here: shrimp, lobster, calamari, and crab, along with dishes like clam chowder and grilled squid salad. Oyster selections include oysters on the half shell or fried, Oysters Rockefeller, shooters, and Oysters Royale. Start off with appetizers like beer boiled peel and eat shrimp, Maryland crab cakes, or bacon wrapped sea scallops. For the main dish, choose from among entrees like fish tacos, jambalaya, or seafood risotto. A surf and turf is also offered: lobster and a filet. (702-369-5000)
6 Mastro's Ocean Club - Las Vegas
Mastro's Ocean Club is housed in a striking structure that functions as a piece of art with Crystals, the high-end shopping mall in the CityCenter complex. The curvy two-story structure, "The Treehouse," gracefully rises in a wave-shape, housing the elegant restaurant inside. Mastro's is known for award-winning food at all of its restaurants, and the Las Vegas location lives up those standards of excellence. Signature dishes include the iced Seafood Tower, bone-in filet, and butter cake. The menu offers an expansive selection of seafood, all of which adhere to Safe Harbor standards. Dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, ahi tuna, salmon, swordfish, halibut, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Broiled Live Main Lobster. Non-seafood choices include several cuts of beef, chicken, and rack of lamb. (702-590-9299)
5 Rick Moonen's RM Seafood
Seafood lovers are sure to love celebrity chef Rick Moonen's (Bravo's "Top Chef Masters") RM Seafood. One of the country's leading advocates for sustainable seafood, Moonen's flavorful creations are guaranteed to make taste buds flip. The restaurant features a full casual dining menu featuring a variety of oysters plucked from coastal waters, as well as shellfish and wild and farmed fish. Not a seafood fan? Don't worry; Moonen's non-seafood selections are just as divine, especially the Steak Tartare, which has just a bit of a kick to it thanks to some sriracha. Other dining delights like the Thai Green Papaya Salad with spicy chilies, peanuts, tomatoes and bean sprouts and the refreshing Key Lime Pie with Swiss meringue and cilantro syrup round out the all-American menu. ((702) 632-9300)
Aquaknox at the Venetian offers diners a sophisticated seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood is flown in each day and prepared skillfully in dishes like the Maine Lobster Bisque, one of the restaurant's signature items. Diners can choose appetizers and dishes like stone crab claws, caviar, Alaskan halibut, or Yellowfin tuna. New Zealand John Dory comes with lobster succotash, fava beans, sweet corn nage, and white truffle essence. Pacific white prawns are complemented by citrus-scented Basmati rice and lemongrass-caviar cream. Diners can also enjoy chicken and beef, also artfully prepared with innovative flavor combinations. A meal here is a memorable experience, not only because of the food but also because of the visually appealing design which includes an open kitchen. (702-414-3772)
3 Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
Chef Emeril Lagasse is at the helm of several restaurants in Las Vegas, all of which are known for their outstanding food. What else would you expect from the man known for putting the "Bam!" into any dish? In Las Vegas, diners can enjoy a taste of New Orleans at Emeril's seafood restaurant at the MGM Grand. Fresh fish, shellfish, and steaks are prepared with a touch of Creole. At the Seafood Bar, you can watch oysters and shellfish being shucked and prepared. The restaurant's extensive wine list was recognized with a Wine Spectator award, giving diners plenty of options for the perfect complement to a delicious meal. Start with ceviche or peel-and-eat shrimp before moving on to gumbo or a jumbo crab cake. Steak, pork, and chicken complete the menu, and the dessert selections ensure that your inner sweetaholic will find something delectable to finish off the evening. (702-891-7374, 877-880-0880)
2 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
The name of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Caesars Forum Shops tells diners they can expect a range of delicious food. The original Joe's opened in Miami in 1913, and with longevity like that, it's reasonable to think that they must be doing something right. One look at the menu confirms that idea. An array of stone crab options are available, as well as oysters on the half shell. Shrimp, scallops, crab, lobster and fresh fish will satisfy cravings for seafood. If it's meat you're after, Joe's also offers steaks, veal and lamb. A seasonal menu offers the best of foods currently available. The comfortable but upscale ambiance is plush but not snooty, and patio dining that overlooks The Forum Shops is available. (702-792-9222)
1 AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina
Serving seasonal foods prepared inventively, American Fish by Michael Mina at the Aria Hotel Casino offers diners an upscale dining experience. The beautifully designed restaurant captures an ocean feeling so well that you may forget you're in the desert. The food will also transport you, in a gastronomical sense. Appetizers include New England Lobster Roll, Tuna Tartare, and Shrimp and Grits. Tempting entrees like Cornmeal-Crusted Rainbow Trout or Mustard-Marinated Black Cod are served with seasonal sides, or you can choose a side dish like Truffled Mac & Cheese, Horseradish Whipped Potatoes, or Malt-Vinegar French Fries and Tartar Sauce. Be sure to leave room for desert--the Mascarpone Cheesecake is the perfect end to a meal here. ((877) 230-2742)
About Terrisa Meeks
Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but she especially enjoys exploring the Southwestern United States. Las Vegas is a place she's watched grow and change. While she always enjoys visiting the Strip, Terrisa's true passion is for exploring the lightly-visited Mojave Desert. She gets giddy over hard-to-find back roads, quirky museums, and ghost towns. Her happiest travel moments involve vast expanses of wilderness and a good map.
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