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“The real thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kabuto

Kabuto
5040 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 676-1044
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Ranked #157 of 3,968 Restaurants in Las Vegas
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Las Vegas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“The real thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

I feel i'm a sushi expert, i correct, i know i am. I've been to 100 sushi bar including the famous Jiro in Japan. This deserves 1 michlein star as is as good as fuku sushi in tokyo. Amazing quality, athmosphere. Price is around 100$ but all worthed . I would come here if it was 200...

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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157 reviews 157 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Truly authentic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This place is authentic. This place is legit. It is not purposely modified to fit the non-Japanese palate which means that this place offers sushi in its truest sense. The entire experience at Kabuto accurately reflected our experience at a high end sushi restaurant in Tokyo, except that Kabuto is in Las Vegas and not Tokyo. If you're looking for maki rolls that come with mayo or some sauce that detracts from the freshness and taste of the fish, then Kabuto is not the place for that. But if you want to taste and experience true fish quality, then Kabuto is the place to be.

Kabuto is owned by the sushi chef Gen-san, a very pleasant man who takes his sushi craft seriously. Most of the seating is at the 10-seater sushi counter with the usual light colored Japanese wood. There are 3 tables but if possible, request for counter seating for a true experience. Behind the counter against the wall, is one large ikebana (Japanese flower art arrangement). The menu here is omakase only (chef's choice) with three different price points. Different fish are flown in daily and the omakase meal is based on that day's fish varieties.

We went with the $85 option per person which came with an apperitif, sashimi, grilled items, 8 pieces of nigiri, and dessert for each of us. At the beginning of the meal, a sheet listing the many types of fish they had for that day was placed in between us so that we could refer to their Japanese and English names as each item was served to us. The fish was extremely fresh and of very high quality. Gen-san served sushi like the way it should be and like the way it is done in Japan. We saw each piece of sushi prepared in front of us and after each nigiri was prepared, he placed it with his hand onto each our plates that sat in front of us on the counter. Soy sauce is already brushed onto the fish when the sushi is prepared, just like the way it should be done and also done in Japan. This is so that the right amount of soy sauce goes onto the fish. So there is no need for the guest to dip the nigiri in soy sauce. After he placed a piece of nigiri onto our plates, we picked it up and ate it. He then prepares our next piece of nigiri and the cycle repeats. Before we moved on to dessert, we were asked by Gen-san if we wanted to add any ala carte sushi items from their list of daily fresh fish. The daily list was pretty impressive with many different types of fish that we've not heard. Since it was impossible for all of them to be included in our omakase meal, we each added and ala carte nigiri just so that we could try one of the unique fish on the list. We were given two options for dessert and we each went with the mochi ice cream. The desserts are made in-house by their Japanese pastry chef. According to Gen-san, the mochi is also made in-house and it uses Japanese sugar so the dessert is not too sweet.

We had a fantastic and very truly authentic experience at Kabuto. This place is a high priority for us to visit again during our next trip out to Vegas!

Visited April 2013
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Cranford, New Jersey
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“Excellent sushi in Vegas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a small place with 10 seats at the bar and only a few tables. The night I was there it was about 2/3 filled and I was the only one in the place that did not speak Japanese. They have 3 tasting menus priced at $48, $80, and $120. I chose the middle one but ordered a couple more pieces of fish at the end. Exceptional fish and I would definitely return. Also good sake list. Make reservations and sit at the bar.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego
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“Sensational Sushi in Traditional Japanese Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Phenomenal! Kabuto is highly traditional sushi restaurant, serving only nigiri style sushi and sashimi. The fish is flown in daily from around the world and is simply outstanding. If its your first visit, I would highly recommend one of their tasting menus as the chefs provide you with their choice of fare. You are free to order additional items ala carte which I would highly encourage, particularly if they are offering o-toro or chu-toro.

The entire experience was exceptional, including the dessert made by an in house Japanese pastry chef. They offer two seatings, and I would strongly suggest that one arrives slightly ahead of time, so one can savor the experience

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“One of a Kind Sushi experience in Vegas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a very unique one-of-a-kind sushi experience in Las Vegas, but with that said comes along the high price.

This restaurant is very minimalist and sen like. Pretty much the polar opposite of Nobu. So if you are looking for a place to be "scene" this probably is not the place for you.

There is basically two meals, the nigiri course or the omakase course. When I went there the prices were around $50 dollars and $90 dollars.

Due to how the sushi is prepared, you almost have to seat at the sushi bar. Which is basically the whole place except for a few other tables.

The restaurant has no signage, and is located about 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, just west of Chinatown. There is very limited seating, so reservations are a must.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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