Japanese-People Approved Best Japanese Restaurants in Las Vegas

Sin City received its nickname from the many human vices that the city has to offer. Gluttony is one of the newer sins that Las Vegas has become known for. There are an increasing number of Japanese restaurants on and off the Strip. Here are our 10 picks that can satisfy both Japanese ‘salarymen’ and visitors from all over the world seeking the best Japanese food!

Sushi | Teppanyaki | Noodles (udon / soba / ramen) | Izakaya | Fusion Japanese | Other


Sushi

Kabuto

You wonder how can we eat fresh sushi in the middle of the desert? Then you stumble upon Kabuto, a small sushi bar off the Strip with 22 seats. Their fish is flown in from both Tsukiji Market in Tokyo as well as from all over the world, up to 6 days a week. How’s that for freshness? Not only fresh, but Kabuto serves masterfully prepared Edomae style omakase, which starts at a surprisingly reasonable price of $48. It comes with aperitif sake, amuse, 10 pieces of igari, a hand roll and dessert. There are also $80 and $120 omakase as well as a la carte.

What to order:

$48 omakase at this quality is a steal. You can always order more at the end of the course.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 5040 Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 4, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ring: 702-676-1044
Surf: www.kabutolv.com


Yui Edomae Sushi

When Chef Gen Mizoguchi opened Kabuto (the other best Japanese restaurant on this list), he changed the landscape of Vegas omakase sushi forever. Chef Mizoguchi continues to raise the bar with Yui, focusing on omotenashi (genuine warm hospitality) and a luxurious omakase meal. Nowadays, many restaurants fly their fish from Japan. Mizoguchi goes to the next level and flies rice in from Japan unpolished, then polishes it right before he cooks it to achieve the best texture for sushi. The aperitif sake is also made in house and their premium omakase course includes wagyu beef with a certificate of authenticity.

What to order:

Omakase starts at $68.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 3460 Arville St. Ste HS, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Ring: 702-202-2408
Surf: www.yuisushi.com


Sekushi Japanese Restaurant

If you are in town with a group of friends or co-workers, Sekushi Japanese restaurant at Paris Las Vegas is the perfect Japanese restaurant. There’s everything for everybody, from a fun bar to try their “Samurai shots” to authentic wagyu beef served as either sushi or steak. Looking for something decadent? How about foie gras sushi? Sekushi may not scream ‘authentic Japanese experience,’ but the quality is first class and you are in Vegas, so why not add a little bit of “sexy” to your life?

What to order:

Upgrade your California roll. There’s real Alaskan king crab in King Cali Roll at Sekushi.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ring: 702-385-0755
Surf: sekushi-vegas.com


Teppanyaki

Mizumi

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There is a sushi bar, a robata grill bar, multiple teppanyaki stations and regular tables services at Mizumi. So eating at Mizumi is a little bit similar to eating at Benihana, except the food is really, really, REALLY delicious and the interior is exceptionally luxurious. The rich red and gold decor and a wall full of Japanese noh masks make the dining experience at Mizumi very theatrical. It certainly takes you away from your regular life. Whether you crave a top-notch nigiri sushi or American Wagyu steak, you are in good hands. Executive Chef, Devin Hashimoto, was named “Best Chef on The Strip” by Vegas Seven Magazine.

What to order:

King crab hand roll is seasoned with sweet mayo and wrapped in sesame soy paper and it’s a fun way to start or end the meal. Pick robata if you like yakitori, or choose teppanyaki, for the Benihana-like experience.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ring: 702-770-3320
Surf: http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Dining/FineDining/Mizumi


Noodles (udon / soba / ramen)

Marugame Monzo LV

One of the newest additions to Asian foodie heaven, Spring Mountain Road. A popular LA udon noodle outpost serves both authentic and creative udon, tempura and some tapas dishes. You can see the making of udon from kneading to cutting in the restaurant, and you can taste the freshness! If you have eaten regular udon at other restaurants and thought, “meh,” try Marugame Monzo’s house made udon. They are supple, chewy and fun to eat both warm and cold, in rich or light broth. You can definitely taste the difference!

What to order:

If you want something creamy, their signature Miso Carbonara, Sea Urchin Cream Udon or Udon Gratin are great options. Looking for light(er) and authentic? Beef and Kitsune udon comes in dashi broth and are both classics.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 3889 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Ring: 702-202-1177


Izakaya

Hachi

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When all Japanese restaurants on the Strip are closed, just call Lyft and head to Hachi in Chinatown. Hachi is a newer addition as an off the Strip Japanese Izakaya restaurant that specializes in food cooked on a charcoal grill. There’s no glitz and glamor here, but instead, a simple whiff of grilled meat can make you hungry for this authentic Japanese tapas experience. Chicken, pork, seafood and vegetables are grilled over the magic charcoal called binchotan and seasoned with their special tare sauce. Craving raw fish? Check out their daily special. Ramen Sora and AYCE Sushi Twister are their sister restaurants.

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What to order:

Yakitori and beer to start the meal, then order karaage, Japanese style fried chicken that Las Vegas Weekly called “heavenly.”

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 3410 S Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ring: 702-227-9300
Surf: hachilv.com


Raku

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There weren’t many destination restaurants outside of the Strip before Raku. Raku made a 15 minute cab ride a cool thing to do. Raku also put Izakaya, Japanese pub style dining, on the map as well. Visitors and locals come to Raku seeking more than just sushi to please their palate. They make their own tofu and serve it with yakumi (condiments), a very popular way to eat tofu in Japan. There is also a robata grilling station where your grilled King crab leg will never taste better. While you are in the area, check out Raku Sweets for the 3-course dessert menu.

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What to order:

Anything from the robata menu, but make sure the order includes Tsukune, ground chicken served with a side of poached egg for dipping. Foie gras don (over rice) is also a popular dish.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 5030 Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 2, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ring: 702-367-3511
Surf: raku-grill.com


Yu-Yu

Just like Americans, Japanese people love fried food, and Yu-Yu deep fries everything. Yu-Yu specializes in kushiage, food on bamboo skewers that are panko breaded and deep fried. There is no limitation to what they can fry. Mini tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, avocado, bacon wrapped mozzarella, moch, and even pear. Kushiage is accompanied by curry and chili salt, a light tonkatsu sauce for dipping and cabbage to cleanse the palate, as well as to aid with digestion. The menu includes equally delicious sushi, sashimi and izakaya staples such as karaage, Japanese style fried chicken.

What to order:

If you can’t decide on what to order, assorted kushiage is a great start. Battera style sushi is also a unique dish to order. It’s a pressed sushi originated in Osaka, Japan along with kushiage.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 4115 Spring Mountain Rd. Ste E101, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Ring: 702-220-4223
Surf: yuyulasvegas.com


Fusion Japanese

Nobu

What can we add to Nobu, arguably the most famous and celebrated Japanese restaurant in the world? From London to Paris to New York, it’s a synonym for quality Japanese food. Caesar’s Palace hosts the largest Nobu restaurant. What made Nobu famous is the great balance of traditional Japanese cuisine and fusion style. At Nobu Las Vegas, in addition to Nobu style tacos and New Style Sashimi, there’s the Nobu teppanyaki menu, which includes Nobu’s signature sashimi salad and wagyu taco. There’s also a 7 course Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef Banquet, which requires a 24-hour notice and costs $688 per person. There’s also another Nobu location at Hard Rock Hotel on the other side of the Strip.

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What to order:

Nobu’s signature yellowtail with jalapeño. It has been copied and imitated by Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants everywhere. Also, their rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce can be eaten like popcorn shrimp.

Restaurant Info:

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel And Casino
Navigation: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ring: 702-785-6628
Surf: nobucaesarspalace.com

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Navigation: 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 8916
Ring: 702-693-5090
Surf: https://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-restaurants/nobu


Other

Japanese Curry Zen

Although Vegas dining is all about luxury, sometimes you want a fast comfort food and you don’t have to settle for the food court teriyaki chicken. Original Curry at Japanese Curry Zen costs $5.95, which makes Zen the cheapest option on this list. Japanese curry is a comfort food for Japanese people, and every household has its own recipe. It has a thicker consistency than Thai or Indian curry and a milder heat. Zen makes their curry using their homemade gram masala (a mixture of over 10 spices) with vegetable broth. You can choose the spicy level from their 10 levels of spicy-ness.

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What to order:

Original Curry is white rice with a curry roux. Chicken or pork katsu (cutlet) is a popular topping item. Curry pan, a deep fried dough with curry paste in the middle, makes a great snack.

Restaurant Info:

Navigation: 5020 Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 1, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ring: 702-985-1192
Surf: curryzen.com

Zen Curry express
Navigation: 7835 S Rainbow Blvd. Ste 9, Las Vegas, NV 89139
Ring: 702-912-4404
Surf: zencurryexpress.com

*All prices, numbers and menu descriptions mentioned in the article are from the time of this article’s publishing. So keep in mind, they may have changed since then.

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