Las Vegas's best sushi restaurants

Swoon for sashimi and more with our guide to Las Vegas sushi restaurants

Photograph: Thierry Richard

Pining for some nigiri? Given the city's location far from any body of water, sushi restaurants in Las Vegas keep a surprisingly high standard. From the trendier-than-thou Andrea's to the award-winning minimalism of Raku, these restaurants have something to offer anyone who's into their raw fish and rice. Itadakimasu!

Andrea’s

The new Andrea’s, which opened at the end of 2012, has quickly become a place to see and be seen. But the reviews are in and the verdict is that this spot isn’t just about the ambience. Yes, the expansive dining room is fashionably smart and DJs provide a late-night soundtrack, but the menu is an Asian-food aficionado’s delight. Countless sushi combinations, shrimp pad Thai, dim sum, kimchee—Andrea’s has it covered.

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The Strip

Barmasa

Entering this austere room with its darkened vaulted ceiling, one feels instantly at ease—it's like joining a sophisticated nighttime picnic in an urban backyard. The first Las Vegas restaurant by star chef Masa Takayama is heaven for fans of Japanese cuisine. Takayama prepares the finest in fresh fish—only those that have been out of Japan’s coastal waters 24 hours or less will do. Inside Barmasa is a teppan eaterie, Tetsu, the first of its kind by Masa.

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The Strip

Japonais

Chef Jun Ichikawa offers only the most traditional styles of sushi, shunning fusion cuisine and American-style rolls. Not sure where to begin? Try the tasting menu, which pairs toro tartare, sea urchin, squid, and monkfish foie gras, wrapped in fluke and octopus. Robata (Japanese charcoal grill) is also a specialty. Take time to check out the lounge, located under the Mirage’s domed atrium, and order a Floating Orchid. You (probably) won’t regret it.

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The Strip

Kabuto

If you’ve ever bought sushi rolls at a grocery store, Kabuto many not be the place for you. In fact, this traditional edomae sushi house takes care to point out what it does not serve: namely, maki and hako sushi. Make no mistake, the subtle raw-fish delicacies served here—nigiri sushi and sashimi—appeal to a refined palate, and have prices to match. Once you’ve tried it, however, you may have a tough time enjoying a California roll.

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West of the Strip

Nobu

This iconic New York sushi haven, by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is attached to the brand-new boutique Nobu Hotel within Caesars Palace. It’s the largest Nobu restaurant in the country, and the first to offer teppanyaki in addition to its huge sushi selection. Its opulence—both the restaurant’s and the hotel’s—is second to none, with a menu to match. It’s not the first Nobu in Vegas (the original is at the Hard Rock Hotel), but this outpost will be the one by which the others are judged.

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The Strip

Raku

Owner and chef Mitsuo Endo has taken Las Vegas’s Asian food scene by storm since opening Raku in 2008. That’s no small feat in city that boasts so much variety in Asian cuisine—particularly along this stretch of road. But Endo’s multiple-award-winning eaterie continues to be a favorite among all comers. Order from the robata grill if you want, but spring for the omakase menu if you can.

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West of the Strip

Shibuya

Shibuya is really three beautiful restaurants in one: a 50ft marble sushi bar; a collection of teppanyaki (table cooking) grills under hot pink stainless steel canopies; and a pair of modern rooms where guests can indulge in a French spin on modern Japanese cuisine. Guests in any section are free to order from the various menus, and everything is easily shared.

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The Strip

Social House

This eaterie in Crystals, the high-end shopping mecca at CityCenter, recently rebranded itself as an Asian-food destination, tagging itself as a place for "sushi, sake and socializing". Chef John Lee has helped to remake the beautiful venue into an A-list hotspot. In addition to its seemingly endless sushi and sake selections, Social House also serves a wide variety of teas and small-plate samplings.

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The Strip

Sushi Roku

As if Las Vegas wasn’t enough like LA, in slinks this Santa Monica/Hollywood hotspot, all dressed up and ready for some celebrity action. With similar prices to Nobu but less of the cachet, Sushi Roku proves that getting super-fresh fish in the desert isn’t cheap. Fanatics are split on whether it’s worth the price tag, but anyone worth their $500 jeans knows that the Strip views and loungey bar scene are draws equal to the sensational sashimi.

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The Strip
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