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Jul 21, 2011 03:29 PM

Best seafood in vegas

A group of guys are heading to Vegas. We are doing steak one day and want to do fish the next. Where are we going to find the best piece of fish on the strip.

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  1. Michael Mina's American Fish in the Aria is excellent. We have eaten there several times. Haven't tried Bartolotta at the Wynn, but it gets good reviews on this board.

    Michael Mina Restaurant
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    American Fish
    3730 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

    1. There is no question but the best single piece of fish to be had in Las Vegas, or perhaps anywhere, is the Dover sole Veronique at Andre's Alize Restaurant at the Palm's Resort. I don't know about any other fish there, but their Dover sole is's the best ever!

      4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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      1. re: josephnl

        The Dover Sole is listed at $67!

        1. re: nosh

          You bet...and it's worth every penny. It is the best fish dish I've ever had...ever...anywhere...and I'm not a novice at fine dining. Go for will not be disappointed. If you search online, you can even find a video of the chef there preparing this dish. It's spectacular! (now I'm worrying, it's been a year since i've had it and I hope it's unchanged)

          1. re: nosh

            67 bucks for a small dead fish? That's Vegas. Or 2 green chips, 3 red, and 2 white, to take away the pain. I enjoy the fish, but no longer the town. Sorry, Oscar...

        2. Agree with American Fish, quite good. Bartolotta is outstanding as well, but in a different price range than AF(hard to get out for less than 200/pp). Haven't been personally, but a few friends have raved about Milos seafood - priced similar to Bartolotta.

          American Fish
          3730 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

          1. I live here. I've eaten in a lot of restaurants here. I'm rather opinionated by what is done well in Las Vegas and what is not done well. Las Vegas does an amazing job of separating you from your money, so don't be shocked if your steak costs you two three times what you normally pay.

            What Las Vegas does not do well is fresh fish. While shellfish can easily travel alive, we're over 300 miles away from an ocean. Unless a restaurant buys fresh fish at a major fish market on the coast and flies it in the same day, you will NOT be eating fresh fish.

            What Las Vegas does well are chain restaurants. Olive Garden, Applebees and Chilis. Sizzler not so much. They closed up and left town. You won't find Thomas Keller in the kitchen of Bouchon, nor Bobby Flay in Mesa Grill, nor Joel Robuchon at Joel Robuchon. I like to think those are the shining examples of Las Vegas embracing the culture of the chain restaurant.

            If you want a good meal in Vegas, pick something unique to Vegas like Lotus of Siam, Todd's Unique or Vintner Grill.

            Just my opinion...

            Vintner Grill
            10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

            Lotus of Siam
            953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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            1. re: shamu613

              A great reply. I agree, especially on the Lotus of Siam.

              Lotus of Siam
              953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Since these discussions come up every now and then perhaps time to take a little different look at Las Vegas – in 2011, we are not really in a desert when it comes to seafood. With the amount of air traffic that flows through McCarron, fresh product from any major fish market can be here most times by the middle of the day (something on a morning flight from the east coast or the Gulf is here before noon because of the time zone differences; Los Angeles is an hour flight; and San Francisco and Seattle are also short rides). And places like Bartolotta and Milos have utilized the travel connections well enough to be getting fresh fish from Europe (when ABC’s “Nightline” did a profile on Paul Bartolotta two years ago, they used the claim of “1.5 tons” of seafood directly from Italy per week).

                The bottom line? In 2011 it is not about location, but purchasing power. The chefs who own some of the prime spots on the Las Vegas Strip are at or near the top of the food chain when it comes to sourcing and bankroll. And the fact that many have multiple properties here makes it even easier. Rick Moonen has his base at Mandalay Bay because he knows he can get the product in. Michael Mina can serve the same fish at SeaBlue and American Fish that he would in San Francisco. The quality of product Thomas Keller brings to Bouchon is superb. Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck and Mario Batali own multiple restaurants, plus someone like Roy Yamaguchi having Roy’s on both the east and west side of town, so it is easier for them to ship large quantities. We can go to Joe’s Stone Crabs in the Forum Shops, instead of having to fly to South Beach, because they know that anything they put on a plane in Miami or Fort Lauderdale each morning can be prepped in a Las Vegas kitchen by lunchtime. And that is true of venues like Mastro’s Ocean Club and AquaKnox, who can serve the same products here that they do at their other locations (as is the case for McCormick & Schmick, King’s Fish House and Landry’s off the strip – their quality is at a different level, but the ability to get product here makes Las Vegas viable). That even extends to sushi places like Koi, RA Sushi and SushiSamba, who have their bases elsewhere, but are able to open on the Strip because they can get the same product here each day as they do at their other locations. And some of the stuff that Mitsuo Endo brings in at Raku off the Strip is remarkably fresh – even though much of that is coming from his sources in Japan.

                But then the “catch”, literally – while some of the best seafood in North America ends up in Las Vegas kitchens each day, it does come at a cost. That shipping absolutely shows up in the price points. So anyone that wants seafood as a part of a Las Vegas trip should have absolutely no qualms about where the city is located in terms of how it relates to freshness or quality. For many visitors, it can even be a destination trip for some seafood chowdowns. Just bring a full wallet.

                1. re: QAW

                  If you're prepared to go off The Strip for your fish/seafood fix, the already-mentioned Todd's Unique, southeast of The Strip - about a 20-minute car ride - shows a deft hand with it. You'll usually find a half dozen or so fish/seafood choices, interesting preparations at manageable prices. If you going shortly, though, make sure the place isn't closed for vacation. McCormick & Schmick's, just off The Strip, offers more straighforward recipes, with lots of choice, and careful cooking for such a large venue. Agreed, it's a chain, but a solid one. Your bill will be higher than at Todd's, but considerably lower than most anything on The Strip.

                  1. re: juno

                    Does Todd's Unique have a nice bar for dining at...or even better, a chef's counter? I may be dining there solo, and sometimes I like these options ( it was my favorite spot at Rosemary's...RIP).

                    1. re: josephnl

                      Todd's does have a bar for dining. I haven't ever eaten at the bar, but have seen others do so.

                      1. re: Philber

                        We eat at the bar at Todd's frequently; it's very friendly and the bartender, Martin, is a nice guy. It's quite relaxed at the bar, not that it isn't in the restaurant proper.

                        1. re: lvnvflyer

                          Bummer...I was all set on eating by myself at the bar at Todd's in a couple of weeks. Just called them to reserve...and they are closed during most of August! They recommended Table 34. What do you think...doesn't look that exciting?

                          Table 34
                          600 E Warm Springs Rd Ste 180, Las Vegas, NV 89119

                  2. re: QAW

                    I agree. Proximity to an ocean is not the concern it once was. Just look at the sea food market in Madrid. Vegas costs more, but the quality can be there.

                    1. re: rednyellow

                      Sure you can get great fish in Madrid, but Barcelona's better...right off the boats! Certainly for a price you can get superb seafood inland, nevertheless it's tough to beat the mussels at a waterfront shack on PEI, lobster in Nova Scotia, or oysters just harvested dockside on Willapa Bay, Washington.

                      Nevertheless, I'll take the Dover sole at Andre's Alize any day of the week. It's amazing...but don't really know if Dover sole is usually it?

              2. I had a fantastic seafood dinner with my wife in the downstairs portion of RM Seafood. Everything we had was top notch.

                I come from Seattle so I have a pretty high standard for seafood.

                RM Seafood
                3930 Las Vegas Blvd S 134-200A, Las Vegas, NV