Enjoy the Freshest Seafood in Las Vegas at These 10 Restaurants

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas seafood restaurants serve some of the freshest fish around, despite their distance from the ocean. Many restaurants fly in fresh fish and seafood each day, and the great chefs in Las Vegas have no problems finding ways to transform that freshly caught seafood into delicious meals. From elegant eateries to locals-centric hangouts, Las Vegas is full of seafood restaurants that will satisfy your desire for fish, shellfish, mussels and other treasures from the sea.

Beautifully designed restaurants like 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 seafood gives guests all the ingredients for a dining experience to be remembered.

Celebrity chef fans will find a selection of well-known chefs with seafood restaurants in Las Vegas, including Emeril Lagassase’s New Orleans Fish House and the upscale Michael Mina. There’s something irresistible and a little rebellious about the idea of fresh seafood in the desert, and those thoughts are attractive to chefs as well as diners.

Be sure to ask about the daily specials if you’re craving fish, shellfish or mussels. In Las Vegas’ best seafood restaurants, diners can enjoy several selections of fresh seafood that has arrived just that day. The combination of great chefs and high-quality seafood in Vegas is a winning combination for diners who enjoy the fruits of the sea. Read on for our suggestions on where to experience the best seafood in Las Vegas.

10. Hot N Juicy Crawfish
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At this Chinatown seafood restaurant, neatness doesn't count since the food arrives in a bag. But who cares about being neat with all that savory goodness waiting to be devoured? 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, Juicy Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper or Hot N Juicy Special--and dig into crab, lobster, shrimp, or crawfish. Combos that include sausage, corn and potatoes. Choose from four spice levels: mild, medium, spicy, or extra spicy. Water, soda, and beer are available.

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 dishes include Bronzed Swordfish, Spiced Ahi, Salerno Seabass, Sweet Pea Mahi, and Pan Glazed Shrimp & Scallops. Guests can choose from a wide array of seafood, including 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.

8. Nobu Restaurant and Lounge
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The new Nobu at Caesars Palace is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's largest and most innovative restaurant to date. With more than 325 seats, the restaurant offers a sophisticated yet whimsical experience and features a sushi bar, exclusive private dining area and an impressive selection of dishes including Nobu's signature items such as the Rock Shrimp Tempura and Yellowtail Sashimi with jalapeno and squid "pasta." It also features three teppanyaki tables--a first for Chef Nobu's U.S. restaurants--along with the Las Vegas debut of brick-oven dishes. Guests can experience the essence of Chef Nobu's cuisine with a multi-course Omakase menu spotlighting either Nobu signature items or the chef's daily creations.

7. Oyster Bar at Harrah's
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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 Crab Louis Salad. Oyster selections include oysters on the half shell or fried, Oysters Rockefeller, shooters, and Oysters Royale. Start off with appetizers like blackened or beer boiled peel and eat shrimp, Maryland crab cakes, or bacon wrapped shrimp and sea scallops. For the main dish, choose from among entrees like fish and chips, jambalaya, or seafood risotto. A surf and turf is also offered: lobster and a filet.

6. Mastro's Ocean Club - Las Vegas
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Mastro's Ocean Club is housed in a striking structure that functions as a piece of art within 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, which guests create themselves with a selection of fresh, chilled shellfish. 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.

5. Estiatorio Milos
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Estiatorio Milos features fine Greek food, and that includes incredibly fresh seafood. The seafood is sourced from around the world and prepared flavorfully in a Mediterranean style. Guests will find signature dishes like the grilled octopus, which comes with chickpeas from Santorini, capers, sea fennel and kritamo. The prized Loup de Mer is another Estiatorio Milos signature dish, with the fish cooked in sea salt and finished with extra virgin olive oil and capers. Guests can also enjoy a raw bar or one of the many selections of fish, shellfish or octopus. Lamb and beef are also available. A serene, beautifully designed interior complements the memorable food.

4. AquaKnox

AquaKnox at the Venetian offers diners a sophisticated seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood is skillfully prepared in dishes like the Maine Lobster Bisque, one of the restaurant's signature items. Diners can choose from appetizers like the Poached Pacific White Prawns in Atomic Cocktail Sauce with grated horseradish root and lemon, or a half dozen oysters, the chef's daily selection, on the half shell. Entrees include a wide array of dishes, including inventive dishes like the Pan-Seared Barramundi Fillet and the Seared Fennel Pollen Sea Scallops. 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.

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 Tuna Poke or a Creole Boiled Shrimp Cocktail before moving on to gumbo or a jumbo crab cake. Signature dishes include Sweet Barbecued Organic Scottish Salmon and Pan Fried Rainbow Trout. To finish off the evening, the dessert selections ensure that your inner sweetaholic will find something delectable.

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
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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.

1. Michael Mina

The memorable menu at Michael Mina offers contemporary, refined dishes of seafood and American cuisine. The beautifully designed interior provides a setting worthy to go along with an expertly crafted meal. Indulge in a shellfish tasting for two, or start off with Artichoke Ravioli with lobster, pistachio and lemon. Seafood options include mouthwatering choices like the phyllo-crusted sole with crab brandade, pea sprouts and dijon, or the Maine lobster pot pie in truffle-lobster cream with baby vegetables. The splurge-worthy "surf and turf" here includes a Wagyu ribeye, Maine lobster tail and Hudson Valley foie gras. An extensive international wine list is available, and Michael Mina's desserts have become legendary.