Seafood in the desert? It may be a gamble elsewhere, but in Las Vegas, it’s one of the best bets in town. Rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting foodie destinations in the United States, Las Vegas offers a wealth of acclaimed restaurants, including many options for seafood lovers. And let’s be honest—where else can you get fresh oysters at 3 a.m.?
From crawfish in Chinatown to fish tacos so good you’ll feel like you’re on the beach in Baja, these are some of the best seafood restaurants in Las Vegas.
Given that it’s a compact spot inside an off-Strip casino, you’d be forgiven for admitting you’ve never been to the Oyster Bar at Palace Station. No more excuses. The eponymous oyster bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the fresh oysters, the restaurant serves seafood jambalaya, bouillabaisse, cioppino, and more. Seating is limited, so be prepared to wait if you go.
Go where the locals go for your next seafood dinner in Las Vegas. The Legends Oyster Bar and Grill in Spring Valley is well worth the quick Uber from the Strip. The menu includes fish and chips, lobster mac and cheese, roasted lobster with chili butter, and an impressive array of chilled seafood. Feeling fancy? Get the Legend Platter, which includes oysters, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and half a lobster.
Iconic Miami Beach seafood restaurant Joe’s has a home in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Come for the famous stone crab that gives the restaurant its name (served five per order and native to the Gulf of Mexico) and stay for another Florida favorite: freshly baked Key Lime Pie.
If you’ve ever strolled through the shops at Crystals, you’ve likely seen (and been in awe of) Mastro’s Ocean Club. The mahogany beam architecture of the restaurant is a sight to behold. Fortunately, the menu follows suit with seared bigeye tuna, lobster bisque, Chilean sea bass, and Wagyu beef for those who like a little turf with their surf.
Ideal for a night out with friends, Tres Cazuelas is a just off-Strip restaurant known for its tapas. Grab a bottle of wine and share ceviche with mango and habanero, grilled Spanish octopus, blue cheese PEI mussels, and Alaskan king crab with pineapple.
Romantic dinner, sweeping waterfront views, and imported seafood from Italy—you’ll find it all at Costa di Mare at the Wynn. Like many great restaurants at the Wynn (and there are a lot of them), Costa di Mare dazzles with a view of the resort’s own lagoon. Request a table beside it and enjoy Meditterean seafood flown in daily, with options ranging from whole pink snapper to blue rock lobster.
The unassuming location may lead you to believe it’s a hidden gem, but locals and visitors have been lining up at Bajamar since it opened. Whether you dine at the original location next to the equally-beloved Luv-it Frozen Custard or venture to the southwest part of the city, expect Baja style seafood tacos, loaded with spicy shrimp, sauteed octopus, smoked tuna, and fresh pico de gallo.
Savor sushi rolls, chilled shellfish, crab legs, and charcoal-grilled whole fish at Water Grill inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. The elegant seafood restaurant is also known for its craft cocktail menu. Once you know what kind of seafood you’re in the mood for, ask your server for the best pairing.
With four locations in Las Vegas including one on the Strip inside Miracle Mile, Hot N Juicy Crawfish is your go-to destination for fried baskets of catfish, shrimp, and soft shell crab, and of course, crawfish. Get ready to eat with your hands.