At Kabuto, the specialty 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, 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 include 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.
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.
Recommended for Sushi because: With some of the best sushi and Japanese food in Las Vegas, Sen of Japan is well worth the short drive off the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: The sake and wine selections are quite extensive at Sen of Japan, with both imported and domestic choices for wine and a wide array of sake. Japanese whiskey and beer are also offered.
Local Vegas favorite Yummy Grill and Sushi is a short drive off the Strip, in the western part of town near Summerlin. 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.
Recommended for Sushi because: With reasonably priced sushi and entrees, Yummy Grill and Sushi will save you some money without sacrificing taste.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yummy Grill and Sushi doesn't offer an all-you-can-eat option, but they do offer a late night happy hour at 10 p.m. every night with deals on sushi and drinks.
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 an overall 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 cilantro), 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.
Recommended for Sushi because: The stylish and inventive Kumi offers an abundance of sushi prepared with a distinctive twist.
Terrisa's expert tip: Kumi's Late Night Happy Hour starts at 9 p.m. every night and features great deals on a small selection of dishes, as well as on drinks.
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.
Recommended for Sushi because: Blue Ribbon Sushi at the Red Rock lives up to its name with a large selection of high-quality sushi and sashimi.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to its sushi, sashimi and other seafood delights, Blue Ribbon is also well-known for its fried chicken, which comes with wasabi honey. Before you try it, beware: it's so good that it's truly habit-forming.
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, it's bronze "scales" glittering under the lights.
Recommended for Sushi because: Yellowtail maintains high standards for its fresh, seasonal fish, which are used to create exceptional sushi and sashimi.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yellowtail offers both a gluten-free and vegetarian menu. Gluten-free options include the restaurant's New Style Sashimi, which uses hot oil, sake yuzu tamari, garlic, serrano chili and micro cilantro.
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.
Recommended for Sushi because: SUSHISAMBA's dishes take inspiration from the cuisines of Brazil, Peru and Japan, with the results being highly original and delicious.
Terrisa's expert tip: The sake and Japanese whiskey selections at SUSHISAMBA are extensive and even include some specialty cocktails. The restaurant takes its sake very seriouslyâ"they even have a sake sommelier.
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, Latin American and European flavors. 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.
Recommended for Sushi because: The dishes at Sushi Roku bring together a host of flavors from regions around the world.
Terrisa's expert tip: Diners can put their dinner selections into the hands of the chefs at Sushi Roku with the Izakaya Feast, which features highlights from the menu for $55-$85 per person (minimum two people).
Yui Edomae Sushi is located in the thriving restaurant community that's grown in Chinatown, which has spread outward from its original center along Spring Mountain Road. Yui Edomae is focused on traditional Japanese Omotenashi service, which embodies a culture of guest-centered hospitality. The restaurant is also certified with the Japanese Food and Ingredient Supporters group, which requires restaurants to use a preponderance of Japanese food and alcoholic beverages. Menu highlights include Kansha, or the superior omakase course, with Kanpai Champagne, a premium appetizer, Owan soup, a sashimi platter, a charcoal grilled platter, nigiri, handroll and dessert (for $210) as well as two other omakase courses. The sushi list is as impressive as you would expect. The chef here is well-respected, with other notable sushi restaurants to his credit before Yui Edomae. Simple, yet extravagant at the same time, a meal here is an experience to be savored.
Recommended for Sushi because: The authentic Japanese dining experience at Yui Edomae includes the restaurant's acclaimed sushi.
Terrisa's expert tip: Yui Edomae's omakase is a terrific deal at $120 for an outstanding selection of offerings that includes sake, sashimi, nigiri and even dessert, making it well worth the short journey off the Strip.
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, like 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.
Recommended for Sushi because: Nobu offers guests a dedicated sushi bar and many options for finely crafted fresh sushi and sashimi.
Terrisa's expert tip: Nobu at Caesars Palace is the second Nobu to open in Las Vegas. Sushi-loving guests can also find a Nobu at the Hard Rock, located just off the Strip on Paradise Road.