Where to get your seafood fix in Vegas

We all know Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert so you might not think there would be great seafood in our restaurants. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. We have restaurants that fly in fresh seafood daily from as far away as the coastal waters of Japan and Italy. No matter what you’re looking for, from sushi to shellfish, Vegas restaurants have it. Here are some of our favorite seafood restaurants:

Blackened walu fish at Strip House, photo courtesy of Strip House.

Blackened walu fish at Strip House, photo courtesy of Strip House.

Strip House at Planet Hollywood
A steakhouse is probably not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for a good seafood dinner, but in the case of Strip House, it should be. The restaurant features a new “Dock to Dish” sustainable seafood program in partnership with Honolulu Fish Company. When they say dock to dish, they aren’t kidding. The fish is caught no more than 16 hours prior to being served on your plate at the restaurant.

The fish are line-caught in a region 375 miles north of Oahu known as the Fracture Zone, a part of the Pacific Ocean ideal for fishing this time of year. Corporate Executive Chef Michael Vignola selects a small supply of fresh fish to serve at dinner. If you order the fish you’ll find out exactly where your fish was caught, the fishing vessel and even the name of the boat captain. Some of the fish you might taste include smoked monchong crudo; pan roasted ono with tomato vinaigrette and tomato chimichurri; and blackened white walu with soy-brown butter.

Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas
Like your seafood with an Italian accent? Costa di Mare and Chef Mark LoRusso serve more than 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish flown in daily from coastal Italian waters.

The restaurant specializes in species that are indigenous to the Italian Mediterranean seas of Ligure, Ionio, Tirreno, and Adriatico. Enjoy whole fish including turbot, John Dory, purple snapper, big eye red sea bream, branzino and more. Crustaceans include Mediterranean blue rock lobster and spiny lobster.

If everything on the menu sounds great, you can choose the Gran Menu di Mare, a family-style tasting menu or a “Gifts of the Sea” tasting menu that might include seared sea scallops, sautéed clams, grilled octopus and Sicilian amberjack crudo.

Enjoy sustainable seafood at Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, photo courtesy of RM Seafood.

Enjoy sustainable seafood at Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, photo courtesy of RM Seafood.

RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay
Chef Rick Moonen is a strong advocate for sustainable fishing and sound environmental practices and the menu at his RM Seafood restaurants illustrates that. Seafood selections are flown in fresh daily.

Starters include charred octopus, crab cakes and Rhode Island-style calamari with sweet and spicy cherry peppers. Raw bar items include steamed clams, shrimp cocktail and steamed mussels.

For main entrees there are choices like lobster Thermidor, Cioppino fra diavolo, Rick’s seafood gumbo and Rick’s sustainable catch from the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program.

Enjoy fresh shellfish at the Rio's Carnival World & Seafood Buffet, photo courtesy of Rio.

Enjoy fresh shellfish at the Rio’s Carnival World & Seafood Buffet, photo courtesy of Rio.

Carnival World & Seafood Buffet at Rio / Studio B Buffet at M Resort
If you prefer your seafood in an all-you-can-eat environment, we have a couple of buffets to suggest. The Carnival World & Seafood Buffet at the Rio has been satisfying seafood lovers for years. You can indulge in more than 70 fresh seafood items including endless oysters, crab legs, shrimp, fresh fish and lobster

Studio B Buffet at M Resort is also a great place for all-you-can-eat seafood, which they offer Friday – Sunday (including free sparkling wine). Buffet items include shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, Alaskan snow crab legs, lobster mac & cheese, crawfish boil, ceviche shooters, oysters, salmon, lobster bisque and more.

Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas
This Forbes Four Star restaurant from Chef David Walzog features ocean-to-table fresh fish from Hawaii as well as other waters. The Hawaiian day boat fish include snapper, monchong, swordfish, mahi mahi and Ono and the fish from other waters include sea scallops from Japan, halibut from Alaska and ocean trout from Australia.

The restaurant’s raw bar and shellfish menu includes seasonal oysters, Russian Ossetra Caviar, tuna sashimi and king crab.

For all of the wild caught seafood, guests have their choice of several preparations: Maui onion marmalade, hearts of palm, crispy rice cake and teriyaki sauce; sweet peas, spring onions, wild mushrooms and mint; baby heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, dill, roasted garlic hummus; and shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, sesame seed and miso butter sauce.

Tip: Be sure to sit on the patio at Lakeside. It overlooks Wynn’s Lake of Dreams and you can catch the water show throughout the evening.

The lobster pot pie at Michael Mina, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

The lobster pot pie at Michael Mina, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Michael Mina at Bellagio
For a contemporary take on seafood classics you’ll want to visit Michael Mina from the namesake Michelin Award-winning chef. Signature dishes here include a  Maine lobster pot pie  with baby vegetables, truffle and lobster cream; and the phyllo-crusted sole with crab brandade, pea shoots and sauce Dijon.

Other menu items include Chilean sea bass, diver scallops, caviar, kusshi oysters, Dungeness crab salad, coconut ceviche and spiced prawns.

Fresh Mediterranean seafood, photo courtesy of Estiatorio Milo’s.

Fresh Mediterranean seafood, photo courtesy of Estiatorio Milo’s.

Estiatorio Milo’s at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
For incredibly fresh Mediterranean fish you’ll want to check out Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milo’s. This Greek restaurant serves a selection of fresh Mediterranean fish flown in from Greece, Spain and Portugal. It’s grilled and sold at market price by the pound. Some of the types of seafood you might find include fagri, loup de mer, lethrini, dorado royale, Dover sole and blue lobster. The restaurant also serves American varieties such as black sea bass, red snapper and pompano.

Signature dishes include octopus that is accompanied with chickpeas from Santorini, capers, and kritamo; and loup de mer cooked in sea salt and finished with extra virgin olive oil and capers.

Hot N Juicy Crawfish, 3863 Spring Mountain Road
This locals’ favorite has been satisfying customers’ Cajun cravings in Vegas for years. If crawfish is one of your favorites, this is where to get it. Pick a seasoning (Louisiana style, juicy Cajun, garlic butter), pick a spice level from mild to extra spicy, and enjoy!

The restaurant also has raw oysters, Dungeness crab, king crab, lobster, fried catfish, clams and shrimp served with sides like corn, potatoes, Cajun fries and rice.

Vegas visitors will be happy to know the restaurant is opening another location this fall at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in the Forum Shops at Caesars
Joe’s
has been serving up its signature Florida stone crab in Las Vegas since 2004. The crab, from the Gulf of Mexico, is of course one of the most popular items on the menu, but you can also find a wide array of other seafood including fried oysters, calamari, crab cakes, shrimp, scallops, crab and lobster.

Be sure to save room for Joe’s famous key lime pie for dessert.

Nobu’s signature black cod with sweet miso, photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Nobu’s signature black cod with sweet miso, photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Nobu at Caesars Palace or Hard Rock Hotel
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is one of the most acclaimed sushi chefs in the world. If you have dinner at his restaurant you’ll know why. The fresh fish is imported from Japan and other areas in Asia. The sushi and sashimi are melt-in-your mouth good. Try the yellowtail with jalapeno or the blue fin toro tartare with Royal Ossetra caviar.

You’ll also want to try Nobu’s signature black cod with sweet miso as well as things like Japanese snapper with dry miso and rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce.

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