Sushi... even in the middle of the desert, it's what's for dinner, no matter what these awesome Las Vegas steakhouses have to say about it, or what these even more awesome Las Vegas steakhouses have to say about, especially if you hit one of the 15 best sushi spots in Sin City. Feast your eyes:

Sensi

Sensi

Bellagio
More than a sushi house, Sensi offers an Asian-fusion, fine-dining experience with steak and seafood found alongside sashimi and sushi rolls. All of the dishes are prepared with organic and naturally raised ingredients. The restaurant even has its own herb garden on the roof.

Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

The Cosmopolitan
The sushi is among the most beautifully prepared and presented in Las Vegas, and the restaurant has the feel of a classic Japanese steakhouse. But if you really want to mix things up, order Blue Ribbon’s famous Asian twist on fried chicken, served with shichimi peppers and wasabi honey.

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Kabuto

Chinatown
The intimate spot is one of the best reasons to visit Chinatown and showcases the craft of sushi as a work of art. Each individual piece is carefully prepared with attention to detail. Perfect for a date. Not so good if you want to show up with a bunch of friends and share some California rolls.

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Yummy Grill & Sushi

Northwest Valley
There are a few places with the same name in Las Vegas, but the Yummy Grill & Sushi on Lake Mead Blvd is the one you MUST visit at least once. It’s independently operated by a chef who mixes up the menu daily with fresh fish selections flown in from all over the world, including Australia and Spain, as well as Japan. Pull up to the bar, ignore the menu and let him prepare a personalized experience that on any given night can include a whole Maine lobster, live scallops, or octopus tentacles so large they might have been found 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Katsuya

Katsuya

SLS Las Vegas
Kutsuya is well known in Hollywood for celebrity spotting, but the Las Vegas version offers a more subtle atmosphere with the same high quality Japanese cuisine. The menu is heavy on wagyu beef. which balances out the lighter sushi plates like the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño.  

Dragon Noodle

Dragon Noodle

Monte Carlo
A complete Asian dining experience with Chinese noodles to go along with the sushi and other Japanese selections. Dragon Noodle is also known for handcrafted Tiki cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Soho

Soho Japanese Restaurant

Southwest Valley
The chef from Social House branched out on his own and now has a place in a Southwest strip mall that could almost be a mini-Chinatown. The idea is to expose locals to Strip quality cuisine without breaking the bank. The growing world-of-mouth sometimes leads to a short wait for tables, but it’s more than worth it for the 10-piece sashimi sampler or the eight-hour braised bone-in short rib with wasabi cream.

barMASA

barMASA

Aria
In a race to have the freshest seafood in Las Vegas, barMASA promises to only use fish selections that have been out of Japan’s coastal waters for no more than 24 hours. The signature roll is the Masa Toro Toro. It’s filled with wild bluefin toro (which is a delicious fatty tuna), Tokyo Negi onions, and fresh wasabi.

Mizumi

Mizumi

Wynn
The scenery is almost as good as the food, thanks to a view that overlooks a Japanese garden, a koi pond, and 90ft-tall waterfall. Mizumi is also one of the few restaurants in the country that offer certified authentic Kobe beef.

Yonaka Modern Japanese

Yonaka Modern Japanese

West of the Strip
The dining room is very modern and offers a selection of Japanese cuisine served tapas-style. The sushi presentations are among the most creative you’ll find in Las Vegas and include the Fat Duck, made with crispy foie gras, eel, Gruyère, bacon, and avocado.  

Marssa

Marssa

Lake Las Vegas
The restaurant fills the role of being the top dining destination at the Westin. And while the name and menu have recently been expanded, the sushi remains the best reason to check it out. Enjoy a Crunchy Eel roll and then finish the night with a cocktail by the lakeside fire pits.

TAO

TAO

The Venetian
TAO has a little something for everyone. The Asian-bistro dining room is perfect for a date night, but you can also enjoy trays of sushi at the nightclub upstairs and by the pool at TAO Beach.

Tokyo Boys

Tokyo Boys

Henderson
The chef perfected his craft working at restaurants on the Strip and now has his own place in a location that used to be a New York-style diner. He’s on mission to keep hungry mouths away from all-you-can-eat sushi places while emphasizing the freshest fish from Japan. Don’t be surprise if you see a live lobster waving at you before dinner is served.

Nobu

Nobu

Caesars Palace
Nobu is more than just a restaurant. It’s also a hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace. But the buzz begins with the sushi and the snapper with dry miso. It’s the biggest Nobu restaurant in the world and the only one in the US to come with teppan tables for that Japanese steakhouse experience.   

Kumi

Kumi

Mandalay Bay
The chef is former professional snowboarder who is clearly having more than a little fun putting a Korean-American twist on a Japanese menu. Check out the Pop Rockin’ sushi roll. It includes Pop Rocks sprinkled over spicy tuna, crab, salmon, and avocado.   

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1. Sensi Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sensi has four different kitchens specializing in American, Italian, Asian and seafood dishes. Pasta, burgers and sushi on your table at the same time?? We must be dreaming.

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2. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Transplanting their highly touted raw fish concept to the heart of Sin City, the Bromberg Bros' first non-NY effort eschews over-the-top Vegas opulence in favor of more traditional digs, creating myriad victual vestibules via slatted floor-to-ceiling wooden screens, and housing their vast selection of sea former life behind a large horseshoe bar, though ironically look to the other for your (eq)wine.

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3. Kabuto 5040 W Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Kabuto is an intimate sushi house that's hard to spot and thrives on a word-of-mouth reputation. The menu isn't for the masses; edomae sushi is deceptively simple, typically only featuring one type of fish served nigiri style on a bed of white rice. So no fancy rolls or stuff that comes in a box, here-- Kabuto offers stark, elegant high quality fare served with a striking attention to detail.

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4. Yummy Grill & Sushi 7331 W Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128

There are a few places with the same name in Las Vegas, but the Yummy Grill & Sushi on Lake Mead Blvd is the one you MUST visit at least once. It’s independently operated by a chef who mixes up the menu daily with fresh fish selections flown in from all over the world, including Australia and Spain as well as Japan.

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5. Katsuya 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

With locations across the country and the world, Katsuya is a sleek, modern Japanese restaurant with a reputation for innovation and quality. Owned and operated by one of the few Master Sushi Chefs in America, Chef Katsuya Uechi, this chain never ever forsakes quality, always serving the freshest seafood possible prepared with the best techniques. Known for celebrity sightings as well as for the food, this is a very popular spot in a venue that isn't exactly huge. Go early to get a seat and check out their happy hour, or be prepared to make a reservation in advance.

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6. Dragon Noodle 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

A complete Asian dining experience with Chinese noodles on the menu to go along with the sushi and other Japanese selections. Dragon Noodle is also known for handcrafted Tiki cocktails and an extensive wine list.

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7. SoHo 7377 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89139

The idea here is to expose locals to Strip quality cuisine without breaking the bank. The growing world-of-mouth sometimes leads to a short wait for tables, but it’s more than worth it for the 10-piece sashimi sampler or the 8-hour braised bone-in short rib with wasabi cream.

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8. barMASA Aria Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109

In a race to have the freshest seafood in Las Vegas, barMASA promises to only use fish selections that have been out of Japan’s coastal waters for no more than 24 hours. The signature roll is the Masa Toro Toro. It’s filled with wild blue fin toro (which is a delicious fatty tuna), Tokyo Negi onion, and fresh wasabi.

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9. Mizumi 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Chef Devin Hashimoto has taken his knowledge about modern Japanese cuisine and given a classier crowd of Vegas-dwellers something to write home about. The place glitters with a dramatic gold and red interior (you're in Vegas, after all) and your taste buds will freak out with just one mouthful of sushi. Just stay away from the koi pond after your eighth cocktail.

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10. Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant 4983 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

The dining room is very modern and offers a selection of Japanese cuisine served tapas style. The sushi presentations are among the most creative you’ll find in Las Vegas and include the Fat Duck, made with crispy foie gras, eel, Gruyère, bacon, and avocado.

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11. Marssa 101 MonteLago Blvd, Henderson, NV 89011

The restaurant fills the role of being the top dining destination at the WestinHhotel. And while the name and menu have recently been expanded, the sushi remains the best reason to check it out. Enjoy a Crunchy Eel Roll, and then finish the night with a cocktail by the lakeside fire pits.

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12. TAO 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Tao has a little something for everyone. Perfect for date nights with its koi pound, hanging Buddha statue and cocktail lounge, the dining space (just like the menu) offers a mishmash of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cultures. Take them all in with a full plate of salmon, halibut or yellowtail sushi, spicy dumpling soup or traditional dim sum. Pro tip: come early to watch the sunset on Tao's beach before it closes, then eat. Finish around 10pm and you can head straight over to the nightclub for a live DJ set and an endless cocktail selection.

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13. Tokyo Boys 375 N Stephanie St Ste 311, Henderson, NV 89014

The chef perfected his craft working at restaurants on the Strip and now has his own place in a location that used to be a New York-style dinner. He’s on mission to keep hungry mouths away from all-you-can-eat sushi places while emphasizing the freshest fish from Japan. Don’t be surprise if you see a live lobster waving at you before dinner is served.

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14. Nobu Restaurant Caesars Palace 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nobu is more than just a restaurant. It’s also a hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace. But the buzz begins with the sushi and the snapper with dry miso. It’s the biggest Nobu restaurant in the world and the only one in the US to come with teppan tables for that Japanese steakhouse experience.

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15. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

A 10,000 square foot Korean-inspired sushi spot from Chef Akira Back at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Kumi offers a high-end dining experience in a sleek space made blushing pink with cherry blossom canvases throughout. Besides the usual sashimi offerings, the Japanese spot also offers an extensive list of shareable plates like shishito peppers and kimchee butter edamame.

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