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Top Seafood Restaurants In Las Vegas

March 12, 2014 6:00 AM

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People don’t generally associate the desert with great seafood—unless, of course, they’re in Las Vegas. The popular foodie destination is home to some of the country’s top seafood restaurants, despite the fact that it’s nowhere near water. Fresh fish is delivered on a regular basis, though, so even the most discerning diner will think they’re dining by the ocean. Here are five local restaurants that have more delicacies from the sea than King Triton’s kingdom.
Búzios Seafood Restaurant
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 777-7697
www.riolasvegas.com

A staple of Las Vegas’ culinary scene since May 1993, Búzios Seafood Restaurant is home to the oldest oyster bar in Las Vegas. Its fish is delivered fresh from the docks daily, and its chefs only order enough for the day to maintain each dish’s freshness. Specialty items include the cioppino with calamari, white fish, mussels, clams, crab and shrimp in a hearty tomato stew and the bouillabaisse with lobster, white fish, mussels, clams, crab and shrimp in a light saffron fennel broth. The expansive restaurant also boasts great views of the hotel’s sparkling swimming pools, so guests can literally dine by the water. Locals get 25 percent off their meal with their Total Rewards card, while guests who dine at the restaurant prior to seeing a show at the resort receive 25 percent off when they show their ticket.

Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7374
www.emerils.com

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s first Las Vegas restaurant, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House brings a taste of the sea to the desert. Featuring kicked-up versions of market-fresh fish and shellfish creations, the contemporary restaurant receives seafood six days a week from small-business ranchers, farmers and fishermen all over the world to ensure guests are getting only the freshest dishes available. For example, its amaebi (sweet shrimp) comes from Hawaii; its local sea bass comes from Santa Monica; and—staying true to Lagasse’s Gulf roots—its redfish, crawfish and blue crabs all come from the Gulf. Unique items are brought in seasonally, too, such as soft shell crabs and fresh frog legs. To give guests the feeling of eating along the coast, the restaurant’s sea-inspired decor reflects the influences of water with soft glowing blues, fish scale tiles, aqua-colored leathers and wave-like wood accents, creating a dining experience that truly makes a splash!

Estiatorio Milos
The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7000
www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

This striking Greek restaurant is known as much for its impeccably prepared seafood as its delectable Greek cuisine. Serving fresh fish imported daily from the Mediterranean, guests can check out the savory selections—including loup de mer, dover sole and blue lobster—in the restaurant’s showpiece fish market before the catch is grilled to perfection with just a hint of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. A selection of American fish is available by the pound, too, including black sea bass, pompano and red snapper. There’s also a menu of Milos Classics guests can try, featuring such signature selections as the sushi-quality Mediterranean grilled octopus and fresh Portuguese grilled sardines.

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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
The Forum Shops At Caesars
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 792-9222
www.joes.net

Famous for its Florida stone crab claws, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is a popular dining choice with celebrity foodies. Its stone crab claws are hand-harvested and caught from the Gulf of Mexico before being processed at fisheries owned by the restaurant’s partners in Miami. They are then sped to the restaurant’s various locations, where they are cracked and served chilled with Joe’s mustard. In addition to its delicious stone crab, Joe’s features a wide selection of fresh seafood, sourced direct and served in season. Alaskan halibut, Copper River salmon and Nantucket Cape scallops are among the most anticipated seasonal seafood offerings. Other dining favorites include the dover sole filleted to order and the jumbo Alaskan king crab legs, both prepared tableside for guests to enjoy.

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RM Seafood
The Shoppes At Mandalay Place
3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-9300
www.rmseafood.com

Showcasing celebrity chef Rick Moonen’s (“Top Chef Masters”) commitment to sustainable seafood, RM Seafood receives fresh fish daily—even on Sundays. It’s the only restaurant in Las Vegas to purchase barramundi from a farm in northern North Dakota that’s known for being incredibly efficient and sustainable. That’s a difference guests can taste, as the barramundi is raised in an environment that has a slight salt content to it that’s more attuned to its natural environment, so the fish has a cleaner and sweeter flavor. Other state-of-the-art sustainable seafood dishes include the cioppino, Skuna Bay king salmon, dorade royale, Passmore Ranch sturgeon, diver sea scallops and two-pound poached Maine lobster. For a real treat, order Moonen’s famous Moon ‘N Doggies: all-natural shrimp and pollack-based hotdogs with a chipotle aioli, cabbage slaw and togarashi chips for crunch.

When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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