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These Japanese restaurants in Las Vegas will revive your culinary taste buds

Serving delectable omakase, ramen, gyoza and more, these are the best Japanese restaurants in Las Vegas

By Sarah Feldberg
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Once upon a time in America, Japanese food was synonymous with sushi, reduced to unintimidating translations like spicy tuna and California rolls. Today, that narrow glimpse of Japanese cuisine has exploded into a broad spectrum of flavors and styles, from izakaya pub fare to steaming bowls of ramen to proteins lightly charred over the robata grill. Whether frolicking around the Strip or spending the day in North Las Vegas, you’ll want to add these Japanese restaurants in Las Vegas to your must-eat-here list. Get ready to devour authentic sashimi, gyoza, A5 wagyu and yellowtail “pastrami.”

Japanese restaurants in Las Vegas

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Zuma
Photograph: Anthony Mair

Zuma

4 out of 5 stars
Bars

Modern Japanese restaurants are hardly novel on the Strip (see: Mizumi, Kumi, Nobu, Morimoto), so when London-based Zuma announced an outpost inside the Cosmopolitan, it hardly registered as a game-changer. But if Zuma hasn’t redefined the category, it’s certainly established a niche within it, thanks to its elegant, wood-infused environment and its broad menu of well-crafted bites, from sea bass with yuzu, truffle and salmon roe to tempura lobster and robata-grilled pork ribs. Bring a few friends, order together and taste as much as you can.

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Sen of Japan
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tina S.

Sen of Japan

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese

Some of the city’s best sushi chefs have come through the Nobu kitchen and Nakano Hiromi, who helms this westside favorite, is no exception. Along with a full menu of cooked items and 24 special maki rolls, he serves beautifully modern sushi and sashimi, pairing raw fish with a wide variety of ingredients and flavors. Think: sea bream with finger lime, shiso, white balsamic and truffle oil or salmon with onion, capers, bonito flakes and spicy ponzu sauce.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tina S.

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Izakaya Go
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Huishan L.

Izakaya Go

4 out of 5 stars
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This is not a shrine to the wonders of seasonal cooking or the bounty of oceanic edibles off the coast of Japan. This is an izakaya, a Japanese gastropub where small plates of sashimi and grilled skewers are washed down with cold beer or sake. Dig into dishes like uni dumplings and egg custard, then drink, peruse the varied menu—and order some more. Enjoying Izakaya GO is simple: Just sample, sip and repeat.  

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Monta Japanese Noodle House
Photograph: Monta Japanese Noodle House

Monta Japanese Noodle House

4 out of 5 stars
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The OG of the local ramen scene, this Spring Mountain Road spot helped introduce Las Vegas to the hearty noodle soup long known in the U.S. as a cheap dorm room snack. Monta’s incarnation has little in common with its packaged cousins. The petite eatery specializes in tonkotsu ramen—rich, creamy broth made from pork bones and soy sauce served with thin noodles, roast pork, green onions, bamboo shoots and mushrooms. It’s basically a liquid hug. Start slurping.

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