Vail, CO Does Offer Nice Sushi Restaurants – These Are The Best
For a smaller, year-round community, Vail, Co has a surprising number of Sushi restaurant options. Ranging from larger and family friendly to smaller and more upscale in feel, some include a more Japanese infused menu; others tend to stay sushi centered. Whatever your taste or budget, Vail certainly has the type of Sushi restaurant you are looking for.
The newest installation of the Nobu restaurant chain, Matsuhisha in Vail, CO is off to a record start at being the best place to dine on Sushi in Vail. What’s not to love? Unparalleled views of the ski run on the front side of the mountain, incredibly fresh, Asian inspired food and an almost too enthusiastic wait staff, who as part of their job, must shout out a Japanese greeting to every arriving diner. It is located in the Solaris building, one of Vail’s newest and most successful multi-million retail/hotel/ownership developments. It’s menu selection offers a level of sophistication, taste, and presentation you just won’t find elsewhere in Vail. Expensive. Reservations recommended. 970-476-6628 http://www.matsuhisavail.com/
- The Yellowtail Jalapeno appetizer, thinly sliced and covered with a splash of oil.
- The Shrimp tempura, wrapped over and over in a light crust and fried golden brown to resemble a bird’s nest.
- Black Cod, a melt in your mouth marinated fish plate.
Opened last year, Yamasushi quickly became one of THE places to go for Sushi. Located on East Gore Drive in Vail Village, it’s a smaller area, so
go early or make reservations. In the heart of ski country, it still maintains a big city feel, decorated in reds, chrome, and blacks. As an added bonus, every day offers a 30% off Happy Hour from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The menu has many extremely fresh and original choices; be prepared for a mostly sushi bent, but there are some excellent options from a regular menu, too. More expensive; take advantage of happy hour for a great deal on some fabulous sushi and Japanese food. Reservations after the happy hour a must. #970-476-7332; http://www.yamasushivail.com/
- Beach Break Roll, an original sushi idea with fried coconut shrimp and a lemon plum sauce.
- Summer in Vail Roll, which includes snow crab legs, tuna, yellowtail and salmon. It’s wrapped in cucumber and does not have nori or rice.
- Queensland Roll: meat sushi! A unique idea that includes seared wagyu beef and grilled asparagus.
- For a non-sushi item from the regular menu, sample the BBQ chicken, slightly sweet and delicious.
If you are here with family, this is the place to go! Relatively new to the Vail area, Sushioka offers a vast selection of Japanese food choices all served up in traditional Benihana style: talented chefs who do unbelievable things with knives, cooked right in front of you and your party. Definitely not just a sushi restaurant, it is located on East Meadow Drive, to the right of the new Solaris development; while somewhat larger in size, reservations are recommended. Moderately expensive; credit card only. 970-476-1588 http://www.sushiokavail.com/
- Lobster and seaweed salad, surprisingly good shellfish.
- Cucumber Salad with Octopus, a different slant on an appetizer.
- Pumpkin soup, a sweeter twist on the traditional miso offering.
- Braised Duck in a wine sauce, with a subtle sauce and vegetables
- An impressive selection of stir-fries, noodle dishes, and tempura, all cooked fresh to order.
Located in West Vail at the Holiday Inn, Nozawa requires a short bus trip from the Vail Village or, if you have a car, just a quick trip down the highway or Frontage road to the West Vail exit . A local’s favorite, it has a simple decor, but don’t let that fool you. The sushi that Nozawa offers is excellent and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Also inspired: Asian and Thai dishes from the regular menu. A good choice for families, reservations usually are not necessary, except for higher traffic times like Christmas and spring break. Less expensive, with deals up to 50% off regular pricing, so check often! Happy hour every day from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with 25% off. 970-476-9355 http://www.nozawas.com/
Menu offerings include:
- Shredder roll, an original mixture of eel, crab, and cream cheese, delicately tempura fried.
- Roll, a signature sushi that includes spicy tuna, cucumber, shrimp, avocado and a spicy mayo.
- Sushi Boats, great for large groups; all sushi orders are delivered in a wooden boat directly to your table.
- Sesame Chicken, another signature dish and also available with beef or pork.
- Peanut Curries, served with a yellow curry sauce.
The smallest of Vail’s Sushi restaurants, either arrive early or book a table for sure! It is located in the Vail Village Plaza, across from the Sonnenalp. Using the “finest and freshest ingredients”, some argue it is the best place for sushi in Vail. Selections are handpicked daily and they use an original family recipe soy sauce. Chef Takeshi Osaki began his Colorado career at Nobu Aspen before moving to Vail and opening his own restaurant. More expensive. Closed Mondays. #970-476-0977. http://www.osakivail.com/ Reservations needed and taken only up to a week in advance.
- Osaki Roll, tuna over spicy tuna tempura, wasabi mayo, eel sauce, and sesame seeds.
- Roll, eel over cucumber, avocado, cream cheese roll with eel sauce and pepper.
- Combination sushi dinners, which include a sampling of the various offerings of the sushi menu.
- Beef Tenderloin.
- Black Cod, marinated with vegetables and a Saikyo miso sauce.