The Japanese equivalent to a bar or pub — the izakaya — brings together the perfect balance of food and drink. Some compare izakayas to tapas bars because of their many small plate options on the menu, but these menus feature hot and cold dishes, sushi, and sashimi, appetizers including edamame, as well as noodle and rice bowls, and of course, dessert. The drink lists encourage customers to linger after their meals. Here, a look at some of the best izakayas in Las Vegas, listed from north to south.Read More
Explore the Japanese Izakayas of Las Vegas
Stop by these 11 izakayas all over the city
1. Shinya Maru Ramen & Izakaya
Shinya, which translates to “late in the night,” stays open until midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Situated near the lively Fremont Experience in the hip Fremont East district, Shinya serves shareable small plates such as edamame, chicken karagge, gyoza, and simple sushi rolls. True to its name, Shinya also offers ramen with flavors such as spicy miso and black garlic. Late-night diners can get specials on shots, cocktails, beer, and ramen after 9 p.m.
Dan Krohmer’s first restaurant at the revitalized Fergusons Downtown has made a big splash on the Fremont Street dining scene thanks to its izakaya appeal, which is influenced by Tokyo lobby bars. Diners can step inside the intimate space and order skewers including pork belly, okra, and quail, while looking at artwork from Ryan Brunty of Depressed Monsters.
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3. Hachi Japanese Yakitori Izakaya
Diners can linger here until 2:30 a.m. and try Japanese tapas such as chicken karaage, ika karaage, cheese chikuwa tempura, and garlic edamame. Cocktails made with lychee, oolong, and matcha come with $5 refills.
Raku serves up kurobuta pork cheeks, bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms, chicken thighs, and sake. The Chinatown restaurant, which has been nominated for multiple James Beard awards, is helmed by chef Mitsuo Endo, who hails from Toyko.
5. Sushi Takashi
At Sushi Takashi, diners will find rolls, small plates, and specials on sake and soju. The restaurant is also known for its weeknight specials including $1 shrimp tempura on Tuesday, and $1 house sake on Thursday.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
This late-night Chinatown dining destination serves croquettes, skewers, deep-fried octopus, tuna sashami, and more until 2:30 a.m. Diners will also find tempura bowls, fried rice, udon, and daily specials, plus Japanese beer and cocktails.
7. Izakaya Go
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Another post-midnight Chinatown spot, Izakaya Go offers hours until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The trendy, dimly lit urban setting sets the stage for Japanese tapas including tofu with bonito flakes, pork belly with boiled spinach, and dumplings. The menu also offers sushi burritos, noodles, and sake.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
This stylish space inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which won the 2017 Eater Vegas design of the year award, serves upscale Japanese tapas including wagyu truffle gyoza, hamachi sashimi with ponzu, and fried softshell crab with wasabi mayo. Diners love Zuma’s creative cocktails, like the Hachiko, which is made with vodka, yuzu, hibiscus, and cold-pressed grapefruit.
Located inside the MGM Grand, patrons rave about Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant Morimoto. The dinner menu contains a blend of Japanese dishes with an Americanized twist such as the tuna pizza or Yellowtail “pastrami.” The cocktail list includes aged sakes, an impressive whiskey list, and shochu from Japan.
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10. Umezono Sushi and Grill
Las Vegas, NV 89147
This westside spot serves skewers, sushi, noodles, and cocktails in a lively setting. Diners can stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., which features $5 glasses of wine, $3 draft beers, and 20 percent off sake bottles.
11. Kyara Japanese Tapas
Kyara Japanese Tapas serves yakitori-style tapas and other small plates. Skewers include asparagus bacon, squid, jidori chicken, and beef tongue. The menu also includes chilled mackerel with ponzu, spicy tuna dip, plus sake, shochu, and cocktails made with green tea, yuzu, and ginger.