There’s no better way to say it than just to say it; sushi in Las Vegas is a TOTALLY different experience than most other cities in the world. In other places you might have one maybe two or three options to choose from, but not here. In other places “All You Can Eat” signs outside of sushi restaurants could be replaced with “Come Here For Food Poisoning” signs… but not here. And don’t get us started on prices in other cities.
Vegas sushi is different especially for locals that know better than to go to the strip for the best dining offerings. This guide is a bit different than some of our others as tourists can also take advantage of these tips too as long as they are willing to step out of the protective bubble known as the strip. If you’re a tourist here considering taking the leap, trust us, it will be worth it.
Is this just another “Top Ten” list of our favorite local sushi spots? Nope. There are a million of those out there, and frankly, they just feel like reading one big ad. This is meant to be a guide for new residents, locals that are new to the sushi world, and locals that are looking to maximize their sushi eating experience.
We’re going to breakdown every aspect of the Vegas sushi world so that when you get done reading this, you will be an expert on the subject. That expert knowledge will help you to not only have the best sushi experiences of any Vegas resident, but will also help you if you plan on entertaining friends, family, coworkers, clients, or out of town guests.
Let’s get to it and have some fun learning about Las Vegas sushi!
All You Can Eat Sushi In Vegas
For those of you that have never had sushi in Las Vegas, this section is probably going to surprise you the most. If you’ve ever been to an all you can eat (sometimes written as AYCE) sushi spot in any other city, you know it’s usually like entering a bacteria war zone. Sushi is usually mediocre at the very best, and you spend most of your time at the restaurant trying to pick out the sushi that’s been on the buffet bar the shortest amount of time.
In other cities, your only real option if you want quality is going to a “normal” restaurant where you can order the sushi a la carte, and it’s made fresh for you right then. AYCE places usually offer a buffet style with lots of trays of different sushi. This is nice to allow you to try new rolls but the variety and options are usually lacking, and frankly, the quality is too.
These places are good if you’re on a tight budget, but you do run the risk of getting sick or having a subpar experience. Basically, you get what you pay for.
As we’ve already probably obnoxiously said a million times already, though, sushi in Vegas is different. Let’s take a look first at how AYCE is different here and then we’ll talk about how it compares to the a la carte options.
All you can eat sushi spots in Las Vegas are actually delicious and high quality.
This may be shocking to you, but AYCE in Las Vegas is actually quality. Yes, there are a few spots that aren’t great, but for the most part, you’re going to get the same quality that you would get in a good a la carte restaurant in another city. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve invited friends from out of town to try AYCE and watched the fear come over their faces only to vanish in amazement when they realized that they were getting BETTER quality than they do at their normal restaurant back home.
Why is this? It probably has a lot to do with the fact that so much fresh fish is flown into Vegas every day for the strip restaurants and properties that the smaller establishments are able to piggyback on these daily shipments for cheap.
All you can eat spots operate like a la carte, not like buffets.
As we already mentioned, in other cities sushi spots that offer all you can eat usually have a buffet style set up. They put out trays and trays of food, and you just go up and grab what you want. In Vegas, though, they bring you a full menu, and you get to pick what you want. The sushi chefs then make your rolls fresh on the spot. This means, well, freshness and quality are top-notch.
Usually, if you go with friends, you can all order a bunch of rolls and share, or you can order for each of you individually. We’ve been out with friends that prefer to do it both ways. It doesn’t really matter to the restaurant as long as you eat everything you order and everyone at the table is doing all you can eat. Sharing with people that are not doing all you can eat is a big no-no and will get you kicked out immediately.
One thing to note here is that some spots will allow you to order half rolls which are great if you want to try a lot of different rolls. Some places only allow that on your last order, but some will allow it the entire time, and you can order all half rolls if you want. Just check with the server before you start ordering to make sure.
All you can eat spots are CHEAP compared to regular sushi prices.
What seems to scare our friends from out of town, even more, are when they find out that all you can eat places are usually $19-$30 per person. They can’t fathom how you could ever get quality for that low of a price. Surprise surprise, you get quality without breaking the bank.
A normal sushi bill at an a la carte restaurant if you get 2-3 rolls and some nigiri and a few appetizers could be $50-$100 easily if not more. You can get ANYTHING you want for one price. If you are a super competitive eater and can eat 20 rolls, that’s fine. Same price.
The only things that are limited on the menu are that some places will only let you get nigiri and not sashimi. Nigiri and sashimi are the pieces of raw fish. The difference between the two is nigiri comes on a small bed of rice and sashimi is just the piece of fish. Some places will also limit some items to their dinner menu, but we will cover that in full in just a few.
A la Carte vs. All You Can Eat Sushi
So, this begs the question, should you get a la carte sushi or all you can eat? Well, first we want to point out that every AYCE place also offers a la carte options. About half the sushi spots in town offer both and the rest are just a la carte. We aren’t aware of any places that force you to do all you can eat. So which should you choose?
For lunch, it’s almost always smart to get the all you can eat.
We will talk about the differences between lunch and dinner prices in a few, but as a spoiler, lunch is cheaper. Usually, if you eat at least two rolls, you’re going to be spending more going a la carte unless you get the super super plain traditional rolls. If you happen to get a soup or an appetizer as well, you’re going to go way over the all you can eat price.
It’s our recommendation that if you’re going to be eating sushi for lunch in Vegas, go with the all you can eat. You will almost always get your money’s worth.
Dinner will depend on how big of an eater you are and what you like to eat.
As you may have already figured out, dinner prices are always more expensive. Not by much, but it’s enough that those with simpler tastes or smaller appetites may save some money going with the a la carte option. Just remember, though, you can’t try anything off of anyone else’s plate that is doing the all you can eat or the samurais will come out and remove you from the restaurant. Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but this is viewed as stealing.
If you're going to spend close to the all you can eat price, go with the all you can eat option.
The restaurant makes you decide at the beginning of your meal if you are doing all you can eat or a la carte. Take a quick glance at the menu and see roughly about how much you would spend a la carte. If you’re going to be above the AYCE price, it’s a no brainer to take it. If you’re significantly below the AYCE price, it’s a no brainer to go a la carte. If you’re a little below the price, you may be tempted to go a la carte to save a few bucks.
We recommend you just go for the AYCE in these scenarios, though, and just not have to worry about it. If you are worried your whole meal about staying under that limit, so you don’t feel bad, you will ruin your meal. Commit to the extra couple bucks and go to town on some sushi. Most people end up spending more than they expect to at sushi restaurants in town.
The Strip vs. Off The Strip Sushi in Las Vegas
If you’ve been a Vegas local for any period of time, you know that there are some hidden gems in the dining world at a fraction of the price if you venture off the strip. This is most certainly true in the sushi world as well.
The strip has some very fancy sushi spots that deliver out some beautiful dishes. The ambiance of these places and the overall experience are tough to top, but for us, there is just one issue. Unless we spend an arm and a leg, we leave hungry. Portions are smaller, rolls are more expensive, and frankly, that’s not what we prefer.
If you’re not a big eater, have a big wallet, and are looking more for ambiance, the strip might be the best spot for you. If you like to eat, enjoy getting more for less cash, and like avoiding the strip, off strip is the spot for you.
We’re still working on finishing up this guide and doing our “research” to find our favorite spots. What does research mean? It means we’re stuffing our faces and eating ourselves stupid to try and find the best of the best. We’re also reaching out to our members and other Vegas locals to get their take as well. If you have a suggestion of a sushi spot that is locals friendly in town that you would like us to check out, click the contact us button at the top of the page and send us a quick message.
In the meantime, here are a couple of our staff's personal favorites:
This is a great spot that's open til 3 am 7 days a week. Their prices are about $1-2 higher than other spots in town but it's negligible for the quality and selection they have. This place can get a little busy around dinner time especially later on the weekends, but there is usually no wait at all for lunch.
The menu is pretty expansive and they do allow half rolls here on every order so definitely have some fun trying some new things. The Lisa Lisa roll is a great roll for those that like simplicity and cream cheese (yum), the Washington Roll is surprisingly refreshing and a fan favorite, and the Crusty Philly is a must if you're a fan of the deep fried rolls. The new arrivals don't seem to ever change but everything on the list is delicious.
Lunch: $21.95 (11:30 AM - 4 PM)
Dinner: $26.95 (4 PM - 3 AM)
4355 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
There's probably a reason this restaurant find's it's way to the top of so many "Top-10" lists that aren't strip-only. The food is fresh, the service is great, and it's honestly just an amazing experience. Disregard the fact that they don't have a website. While technology might not be their forte, great food definitely is. Sun of the Beach and the Wet Dream are must trys.
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
1350 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
** We do our best to keep our listings up to date with the best of the best as well as correct prices and hours of operations. Just be aware that things may change at the restaurant that we don't see right away (prices could be higher or lower, hours could be different etc.).