There may be no natural body of water for miles around, but the city abounds in improbably good seafood eateries—some of which rank among the very best Las Vegas restaurants. Big hitters like Michael Mina serve up impeccable caviar and lobster, while the likes of Joe's prove that fish doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, even in this desert town.
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Best seafood restaurants in Las Vegas
Chef Michael Mina’s take on the classic seafood restaurant takes sustainability—in the ingredients and in the decor, made from reclaimed materials—as its mission. Mina creates fresh and saltwater fish dishes with another unique touch: the cooking water itself is drawn from various oceans and lakes. The menu also features several fine cuts of steak.
Named for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and, well, steak, this entry brings some contemporary, international angles and curves to the traditional steak and seafood house. Starters include spring pea soup, exquisitely presented platters of oysters, and retro shrimp cocktail. The meal culminates with perhaps a Chilean sea bass with miso-yuzu glaze, a 10oz New York strip steak, or—for the big eater—a 36oz porterhouse, which you can dress with house-made hot sauce or soy-miso butter.
When it opened a few years back, Joe’s impressed many with its fresh-daily seafood, bone-in steaks and gracious service. Since then, more pricey seafood and steak joints of higher pedigree have elevated local expectations. Still, Joe’s represents rare value in the field of upscale Vegas dining, and is one of the gems in the Forum Shops.
Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant in Vegas may have changed its name (it was formerly Aqua), but it still delivers what is considered by many to be the best seafood anywhere on the Strip. His caviar parfait is legendary, but the ever-changing menu also features such deep-sea delights as Maine lobster pot pie and medallions of ahi tuna. Mina’s steaks are fantastic as well.
Plenty of imitators have emerged in recent years, trying to replicate chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese fusion cuisine and ultra-hip room. But Nobu remains the original, one reason why it will probably never lose its credibility or its appeal. Big prices and little slices follow the leads of its New York and London brethren. If you can, indulge in the chef’s omakase tasting menu.
The prevalence of so many excellent seafood restaurants in this desert resort town remains baffling to outsiders, and understandably so. But Aquaknox stands as solid proof that with a little expense and a good deal of effort, it’s possible to conjure up excellent fish out of next to nothing. Served in a sleek room that nods constantly to the cuisine’s watery theme, Tom Moloney’s food lets its fresh ingredients do the work. Good idea.
If you’re lucky, you’ll land a table with a view of the water outside at this posh, but by no means flashy, eaterie within the Wynn resort—all the better to get you in the right frame of mind for Paul Bartolotta’s cultured take on the Mediterranean seafood tradition. (That said, the menu also features pasta and a few meat options.) The high prices mean it’s probably one best saved for those really special occasions.