Fresh, Delicious and Inventive: Las Vegas' 10 Best Sushi Restaurants

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Along the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find a wealth of sushi restaurants that pride themselves in serving artfully prepared dishes in elegant surroundings. Off the Strip, you’ll still find delicious sushi restaurants, but in more casual surroundings.

Japanese restaurants on the Strip serve outstanding sushi, sashimi, and other dishes in upscale, beautiful surroundings. Mizumi at the Wynn gives diners serene and lovely waterfalls as a backdrop to go along with the sushi and other dishes.

Well-known sushi and Japanese restaurants have migrated to Las Vegas, opening locations in the city. Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa lends his name to the well-known Nobu at Caesars Palace, the largest of his restaurants. All along the Strip, restaurants featuring sushi consistently deliver wonderful dishes of the best, freshest fish, often with a twist. Although Las Vegas may not be next to the ocean, fresh fish is flown in daily to restaurants throughout the city.

Off the Strip, the menu selections are still mouth-watering, but diners can enjoy a more laid-back, less expensive experience. Most are a short drive from the Strip, but these locals’ favorites are gaining a foothold among visitors.

For more ideas on where to find sushi in Las Vegas, check out our list of the ten best restaurants to try.

10. Kabuto
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At Kabuto, the speciality is Edomae Sushi, prepared traditionally. This style of sushi originated in the Tokyo area as street food nearly 200 years ago, and has evolved into a refined experience. Small pieces of raw or marinated fish are applied to bite size pieces of vinegar rice, and is more commonly known as nigiri. These masterpieces of fresh fish are designed to be eaten as soon as the sushi master makes it. Kabuto's menus includes three types of Omakase courses and a brief a la carte menu that includes an appetizer, sashimi, miso soup, and dessert. Kabuto's Chinatown location is just west of the Strip, and well worth the short drive.

9. Sen of Japan
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Winning rave reviews from diners and critics, Sen of Japan is a local favorite that visitors are starting to discover. The finely prepared food is served in tasteful but comfortable surroundings, and its off-the-Strip location helps keep the prices reasonable, although not cheap. The former head chef at Nobu at the Hard Rock opened Sen of Japan, and his expertise is obvious in the delicious food. Cold and warm appetizers; sushi and sashimi; grilled, braised, and fried dishes; and tempura give diners a wide selection satisfying options. Sen of Japan may be a little out of the way, but once you arrive you'll be glad you made the drive.

8. Yummy Grill and Sushi
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Local Vegas favorite Yummy Grill and Sushi is a short drive off the Strip, toward the northwest area of town, and worth the drive. The relaxed atmosphere and more reasonably priced sushi are bonuses at this restaurant. A wide selection of sushi, sashimi and vegetarian rolls gives guests plenty of options. Specialty rolls include the Arizona Roll (spicy yellowtail, scallion, cucumber, ponzu sauce and green onion), the American Roll (crab, shrimp tempura, eel, avocado and sauce) and the Cherry Blossom (chopped soft shell crab, scallion, avocado, eel, scallion and sauce). The menu also includes plenty of familiar favorites for entrees, like chicken teriyaki and tempura.

7. Kumi
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Kumi's style gives Japanese food a Korean American twist, courtesy of Akira Back, the restaurant's chef. Anchoring the dining room is the sushi bar, with a design inspired by common Japanese homes. The menu offers cool and warm shared plates, New Style Sashimi (salmon, white fish, octopus or beef with hot oil, yuzu soy, garlic and micro Thai basil), signature rolls and sushi or sashimi. Creative signature rolls bring on new flavors, like the Hot Mess: crab, sashimi poke and Screaming O Sauce. A full selection of entrees including steak, Kobe short ribs, Jidori chicken and uni shrimp pasta is also available.

6. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
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This trend-setting restaurant's first location in New York made a name for itself with delicious food and now has several locations, with each location featuring a unique menu. In Las Vegas, diners can enjoy perfectly prepared sushi and sashimi, along with signature dishes like beef marrow bones, fried chicken with wasabi honey, bone-in rib steak and miso lobster. The sushi and sashimi offerings are broken out into Atlantic and Pacific sections; special and vegetable rolls, box sushi and a separate menu for the sushi bar are available. Special rolls, like California, Spicy Tuna and even cooked rolls, like the Kaki Fri (fried oysters and lettuce) complete a full menu of temptingly delicious sushi.

5. Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
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Fresh, seasonal fish is flown in every day at the Bellagio's Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant. In the hands of the skilled staff at Yellowtail, that fish becomes sushi, sashimi, tempura and rolls. Cool and warm appetizers include the Big Eye Tuna Pizza, Lobster Carpaccio and Ankimo (monkfish liver pate with citrus soy). Specialty rolls like Angry Salmon (avocado, cucumber, serrano) and Yellowtail Scallion tempt diners with delectable combinations. A full sushi and sashimi menu, as well as omakase, is offered. Entrees like Jidori Chicken and Kobe Beef round out the culinary options. The upscale ambiance at Yellowtail includes the Fountains of Bellagio in the background, and the restaurant's elegant design includes a wall filled with a bronze yellowtail's tail, its bronze "scales" glittering under the lights.

4. SUSHISAMBA strip

At SUSHISAMBA, you get sushi with a South American twist. Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese styles combine on the menu here, offering diners a blend of many culinary styles. An extensive sushi and sashimi list gives you a full selection of fish and seafood, as well as several types of rolls. A special selection of Samba Rolls offers combinations like the Neo Tokyo: bigeye tuna, tempura flake, and aji panca. Other menu options include small plates, tiradito, robata, and tempura. Full-sized entrees like Miso-marinated Chilean Sea Bass or a steak, offer something for bigger appetites. Located at the Palazzo in a beautifully designed space, SUSHISAMBA's warm colors and curvy shapes give diners a striking ambiance to complement the innovative food.

3. Sushi Roku
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Sushi Roku, located on the third floor of The Forum Shops at Caesars, offers diners a sophisticated, artful atmosphere, delicious sushi and a terrific view of the Las Vegas Strip. The sushi is created from the freshest and finest fish. The contemporary dishes here include non-traditional elements, like jalapenos and olive oil. While sushi and sashimi may be the stars of the menu, diners can also choose from hot and cold dishes that encompass and combine a range of Asian and American styles. Menus include lunch, happy hours, dinner and gluten free. The chef's custom sushi creations come in six or eight piece selections, and the selections for sushi and sashimi plus Sushi Roku's signature rolls will leave you with a wealth of options to satisfy any cravings.

2. Nobu Las Vegas

Nobu at Caesars Palace is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's largest and most innovative restaurant to date. With more than 325 seats, the restaurant 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 inventive and delicious daily creations.

1. Mizumi
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Japanese restaurant Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas is in a beautifully designed space that features views of a lagoon, waterfalls and gardens. The restaurant has a clean, modern look that goes well with an innovative menu. Diners will find a variety of dishes here. Sushi and sashimi are only one part of a menu that includes robatayaki and teppanyaki dishes. Sushi specialties include the Mizumi Roll (Maine lobster, romaine lettuce and brown butter aioli) and the Rainbow Roll (California roll topped with tuna, organic salmon, yellowtail, shrimp and avocado). Executive Chef Devin Hashimoto has garnered praise for his deft interpretations of Japanese fare at Mizumi, giving Vegas diners another terrific restaurant on the Strip.