Where to find sushi in the Vegas desert

We all know Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert that’s more than 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean, but that doesn’t stop us from loving our sushi. Lucky for us, lots of Las Vegas restaurants fly in fresh fish daily to feed our habit. Here are some of our favorite places to indulge in sushi on the Strip.

Sushi rolls at BarMASA, photo courtesy of BarMASA at Aria

Sushi rolls at barMASA, photo courtesy of barMASA at Aria

barMASA at Aria
One of those places that flies in fish is barMasa. In fact, Chef Masa Takayama uses fish that haven’t been out of Japan’s coastal waters for more than 24 hours. Now that’s what we call fresh! There are lots of sushi options at the restaurant. Pick and choose your own or do a seasonal sushi tasting.

Be sure to start out with the signature toro tartare with caviar. Trust us, it’s to die for. Sushi rolls include yellowtail with scallion, spicy tuna with crispy green chili, an Alaskan king crab California roll and sweet shrimp with uni sotomaki. You can also order à la carte and choose from bluefin, salmon, whitefish, mackerel, squid, eel and more.

Pair your sushi with sake or Japanese craft beers.

Toro tartare at Nobu, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Toro tartare at Nobu, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Nobu at Caesars Palace or Hard Rock Hotel
Acclaimed sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa has had a restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel for years and opened a second location in Vegas at Caesars Palace in 2013. The Caesars location is the world’s largest Nobu restaurant. If you’re looking for sushi, grab a seat at the sushi bar and be prepared to feast on imported Asian and Japanese fish, traditional sushi rolls and exotic delicacies prepared by the expert sushi chefs.

Special dishes include yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, blue fin toro tartare with caviar, uni shooters, abalone fresh water eel and much more.

Sushi rolls include shrimp tempura, tuna and asparagus, soft shell crab, California rolls and spicy scallop. The sushi is served with freshly grated wasabi.

The dining room at Sushi Roku boasts a view of the Strip, photo courtesy Sushi Roku

The dining room at Sushi Roku boasts a view of the Strip, photo courtesy Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars
If you want your sushi with a view, head to Sushi Roku at The Forum Shops. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the Strip from its dining room.

Start out with appetizers like blue crab tartare, tuna and salmon sashimi carpaccio and tuna tartare.

Sushi can be ordered by the piece and varieties include fluke, crab, unagi, mackerel, uni, smelt egg and more. Traditional sushi rolls are either hand rolled or cut and include favorites like California, spicy tuna, toro and jalapeño and more.

Signature rolls include a baked crab hand roll, crunchy spicy tuna, Crab Dynamite with crab, avocado and curry mayo and a Katana Roll with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura topped with tuna and yellowtail.

Sushi Roku also has a variety of specialty cocktails, beers and sake to pair with your sushi.

Photo courtesy of Blue Ribbon Sushi

Photo courtesy of Blue Ribbon Sushi

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Blue Ribbon
, from restaurateurs Eric and Bruce Bromberg, serves a wide array of sushi and sashimi. You’ll find the menu divided into fish from the Atlantic Ocean like fluke, salmon and crab and offerings from the Pacific Ocean like albacore, uni, unagi, octopus, yellowtail and amberjack.

Specialty rolls include spicy tuna and tempura flakes; enoki and hamachi; the Blue Ribbon Roll with half lobster, shiso and black caviar and the Dragon Roll with eel, avocado and radish sprouts.

Other sushi bar specials include whole live sea scallop, cherry sea bream, wild horse mackerel and thinly sliced amberjack with yuzu peppers and yuzu ponzu.

Extras can be added to your sushi including masago smelt roe, avocado, kyuri cucumber and shiso mint leaf.

Photo courtesy of Katsuya

Photo courtesy of Katsuya

Katsuya by Starck at SLS Las Vegas
Hollywood hot spot Katsuya opened a Vegas branch at the SLS Hotel last year. Sushi lovers can try a chef’s tasting menu of sushi or sashimi or go for more traditional pieces and rolls.

The menu features things like Japanese red snapper, fresh water eel, sea eel, halibut and blue fin tuna.

Sushi rolls include the Sahara Roll (a nod to the former hotel that became SLS), which includes spicy albacore, shrimp tempura, eel sauce and dashi mayo.

You’ll also find a lobster roll, tuna tataki, a rainbow roll and the Fairbanks Roll – smoked salmon and yuzu cream cheese topped with salmon, red onion, ikura, shio ponzu and arugula.

If you don’t want specialty rolls you can also have more traditional sushi like spicy tuna, salmon skin and yellowtail.

Photo courtesy of Kumi

Photo courtesy of Kumi

Kumi at Mandalay Bay
Chef Akira Back serves Japanese cuisine with a Korean American twist at Kumi. The anchor of the restaurant is the sushi bar where you can find a traditional sushi and sashimi menu. Orders come with two pieces of fish like Japanese yellowtail, tuna, albacore, Japanese red snapper, halibut, sweet shrimp and more.

Signature sushi rolls (with some fun names) include the Hot Mess, made with crab, sashimi poke and Screaming O Sauce;  the Pop Rockin’ with spicy tuna, crab, salmon, avocado and Pop Rocks; and the 007 Octopussy with crab salad, spicy octopus and crispy potatoes.

Sashimi platter, photo courtesy of Yellowtail

Sashimi platter, photo courtesy of Yellowtail

Yellowtail at Bellagio
You can’t miss this restaurant, also from chef Akira Back. There’s a giant 25-foot by 13-foot bronze wall mounted installation of a yellowtail fish on the entry wall. Inside, you’ll find a great selection of sushi and sashimi as well as a beautiful view of the Bellagio Fountains.

Start out with a menu of shared plates. You don’t want to miss the signature big eye tuna pizza with micro shiso and truffle oil. There’s also lobster carpaccio, tuna tataki, yellowtail jalapeño and toro caviar.

You can indulge in a chef’s tasting menu or buy sushi, sashimi and traditional rolls.

We like the specialty rolls like the Angry Salmon with avocado, cucumber, serrano; the Popping Spicy Crab with cucumber, asparagus and Pop Rocks; the Happa with Cajun spiced albacore, spicy ponzu aioli; and the Protein Roll packed with tuna, salmon, Hamachi, crab, shiso, asparagus and soy paper.

Tao, photo courtesy of The Venetian

Tao, photo courtesy of The Venetian

Tao at Venetian
restaurant is the perfect place to grab sushi for dinner before heading to the adjacent nightclub. The menu features mackerel, salmon roe, wild yellowtail, uni, octopus, unagi and more.

Special rolls include a crunchy spicy yellowtail with crushed onion; a crispy soft shell crab with Yuzu mayo; the Tao Angry Dragon Roll with eel and kabayaki sauce; and the crunchy quinoa roll with king crab, asparagus and avocado. Extras like quail egg and soy paper can be added.

Special dishes include yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and ponzu sauce and salmon sashimi with avocado, crispy onions and sweet and spicy sesame sauce.

Photo courtesy of Sushisamba

Photo courtesy of Sushisamba

Sushisamba in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo
Sushisamba has a fun, Carnaval-inspired environment with cuisine influenced by the cultures of Japan, Brazil, and Peru, which means you’ll find some interesting and unusual sushi options here.

Start out with sashimi ceviche or traditional sashimi like yellowtail, kanpachi, tuna and salmon.

You’ll find classic sushi rolls like California, soft shell crab, eel cucumber, yellowtail scallion, salmon avocado and more.

What you’ll want to try is the special Samba Rolls. The Samba Strip includes Maine lobster, mango, avocado, soy paper, lotus root chips and aji honey truffle. The Neo Tokyo is made with big eye tuna, tempura flake and aji panca; and the Sao Paulo features scallop, massago, red onion, tuna, salmon, shrimp, yellowtail, avocado, truffle, hacho miso soy and chive oil.

If you’re looking for some happy hour sushi, try the restaurant’s Samba Hour where you can find $6 spicy tuna, yellowtail and shrimp tempura rolls.

Mizumi, photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

Mizumi, photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

Mizumi at Wynn
Chef Devin Hashimoto serves ocean-fresh sushi and sashimi at Mizumi. The beautiful restaurant overlooks a private Japanese garden, koi pond and waterfall.

The menu features pieces of sushi and sashimi including abalone, albacore, freshwater eel, oh toro, sea urchin and more. There are also classic rolls like soft shell crab, spicy tuna, eel avocado and California.

Sushi specialties include the Mizumi Roll with Maine lobster, romaine lettuce and brown butter aioli and the Negi Toro Caviar Roll with takuwan, avocado, white sturgeon caviar and truffle soy salt.

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