The Vegaster 7: Top 7 Seafood Restaurants in Vegas
Vegaster culinary experts (some hungry guys who know good eats) give you their take on the 7 seafood restaurants in Vegas that you absolutely must try:
Oyster Bar at Harrah's: Harrah's has their fish flown in fresh everyday, including oysters. Yet this is a very relaxed atmosphere with reasonable prices on their large selection of seafood . The Vegaster food experts started off with beer boiled peel and eat shrimp followed up with oysters rockefeller, oysters on the half shell, and an incredible surf and turf.
Best Grub Pick: Bacon wrapped sea scallops, ‘cause anything wrapped in bacon tastes great.
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House: With a name like Emeril’s it has to be good. Having the guys experts take a peak at this iconic chef’s seafood selection was a no brainer. They absolutely loved the southern Cajun flare in the dishes. Ceviche and more peel-and-eat shrimp to start and then of course savory seafood gumbo as the main course. Eating here is like taking the very best the ocean has to offer and setting it ablaze with flavor.
Best Grub Pick: Monstrous sized crab cakes that could have made for an entire meal by themselves.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare: We’ll just call it Bart’s to keep things simple, even though there is nothing understated about this seafood extravaganza going on inside of the Wynn. A bit too fancy-schmancy for peel and eat’s, it was pure Italian antipasti here with an amazing seafood risotto and seared sea scallops. The real draw at this Italian themed seafood restaurant is the freshest Mediterranean fish flown in daily and sold by weight. It was hard to zero on just two but being Vegas, the guys went with fish they are not likely to see again, orate, and pink snapper. Grilled to absolute perfection, it just goes to show that those Wynn guys can’t do anything wrong.
Best Grub Pick: Anything off of the fresh fish menu. This will change daily, so you know it doesn't get any fresher than that.
Landry's Seafood: Landry’s was a lunch stop since it's off the strip but well worth it. They have this lunch special, two entrees with an appetizer for fifteen dollars. Nice choices there, but since the guys had an unlimited budget (thanks Vegaster) they did ala' carte with spicy seafood stuffed jalapenos and steamed mussels for apps. This is a more relaxed seafood joint, letting the guys dig into an oyster po-boy and some crab cake sliders.
Best Grub Pick: Landry’s also has a great happy hour with $5 cocktails and $2 drafts starting at 3 o’clock. For some of us that’s grub too... just sayin’.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab: Tucked back in a corner of Caesar's you will find this pearl of seafood restaurants. Like Bart’s, this is a bit of a splurge but very well worth it. Especially the fried oyster appetizer. Since they were splurging (on Vegaster’s dime) the guys went all out with a jumbo lobster tail and crab stuffed shrimp. Well worth the extravagance.
Best Grub Pick: Stone crabs by far. You don’t find these bad boys from the Gulf of Mexico too often, but when you do start crackin’.
AquaKnox: This is a must try when you’re in Vegas. Part of the Venetian, this is a moderately priced seafood haven with fresh fish from around the world flown in daily. The smoked fish is a great appetizer to start with, and follow that up with a stuffed whole Maine lobster.
Best Grub Pick: The lobster bisque soup by far. Lobster meat and caviar in a soup? How can you go wrong?
The Village Buffet: The Vegaster food expert team would not be doing their job if they didn’t find at least one seafood buffet. 13,000 square feet of almost nothing but top-quality seafood can be found at the Rio Hotel. Oysters, snow crab legs, sushi and lobster oh my, the boys had a hard time even figuring out where to start.
Best Grub Pick: The hot food station’s shrimp ‘n’ grits. Bet you didn’t think you would find that in Vegas.
The only thing the Vegas powers to be haven’t figured out yet is how to get an ocean to break waves on the strip. But with the incredible selection of seafood you find there, you would never know you were in a desert if not for the cactus.