BARMASA - Aria
BARMASA - Aria

BARMASA - Aria

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/barmasa.aspx
  • Phone: 8772302742
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Thursday - Tuesday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Close Wednesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from BARMASA - Aria
Experience modern Japanese cuisine, sushi and sake at Michelin Three-Star Chef Masa Takayama’s first Las Vegas venue. Continuing the tradition that has made his New York restaurant legendary, Chef Masa allows the inherent flavors of each ingredient to emerge undisguised. Key ingredients are flown in directly from Japan. Wide selections of sakes and wine have been handpicked to perfectly complement the seasonal menu.
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BARMASA - Aria reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)fit for foodies (21)good for groups (15)notable wine list (11)hot spot (8)romantic (8)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding food and service
    MtlerinTO
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A patient and helpful sake sommelier; skilled, efficient, friendly, accommodating wait staff; unbelievably fresh fish, expertly prepared; a menu that offers something for every taste; a spectacular list of sakes throughout a broad price range spectrum; what more can you ask for? This place is awesome. Was there last time I was in Vegas and will go again next time I'm in town. Can't miss with this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average neo Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Pricy for the quality. Nothing classic with a hint of modern and fusion. Sushi chef looks more Latin than Asian.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem we hit up EVERY time in Vegas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The first time I came here was with 3 of my friends, we were staying at the Aria and just hit it up for convenience. It was a total FIND! Best Martinis and Tapas around. The food was delicious, service was fast and friendly! Every time we come to Vegas, we stay close to the Aria and we make sure to hit up this place for dinner at least once. They are VERY accomodating - we made reservations just this last weekend for a party of 10, but it ended up being a party of 20 and they were so great about it. Food was delicious as usual and everyone said it was a great place to host a big or small crowd for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice dinner
    Kayoshi
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Was here for restaurant week and the wagyu beef in the sukiyaki was so good, tender and flavorful. The sashimi snapper appetizer was very fresh. I enjoyed my dinner there very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Trysomethingnew
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Pricey for what you get. All of the cooked items were delish. The sushi (tuna) was plain tiny and a bit fishy. Don't know that I would go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MJC808VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our server, Steve, was well versed in the menu and friendly and helpful helping to make our dining experience here great. I've had many uni pasta dishes but the one we had here was the best I've ever had. The fresh topped uni and addition of white and black summer truffle shavings elevated this dish to be an exquisite masterpiece! We ordered the fish cheeks and it turned out to be what I normally see on menus as hamachi kama (yellowtail collar). It was such a huge piece and delicious. We opted to have the "spicy" sauce preparation but it wasn't spicy at all, but was nicely flavored. The miso creme brulee didn't have a strong miso flavor but the bit of savoriness balanced out the usually too sweet dessert. A bit pricey overall but great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Second Visit
    SweetDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Even better than our first visit, team BarMasa took great care to make our experience excellent. The food was absolutely delicious and I the creamy miso tofu is by far my favourite dish; the simplicity of these delicate rolls is the beauty of it. Don't let the price level intimidate you, the service is down to earth and friendly while it is absolutely possible to enjoy a meal here without breaking the bank, try the pre-theater meal to get a taste of a few of the chef's goodies or go during restaurant week (Aug 22-28th) and help out 3-square while dining at this wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Staff
    Karl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Steve was our waiter and the guy was great. Excellent choices made by him across the board. Both drinks and dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waste of money and time
    pickyshopper
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    You shouldn't go!!! Too be priced at a premium and didn't taste as good as I thought.
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  • Asian tapas dining
    dine4fun
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was spectacular. It was more like Asian tapas so we ordered several dishes and shared them all. Our waiter, Michael was delightful. He made wonderful recommendations and was quite attentive. We had beef sukiyaki rice with poached egg which was delicious as well as several rolls. We would definitely dine here again the next time we are in Vegas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive staff and delicious food
    Luvgr8tfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The staff was attentive without being intrusive and the sushi was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!
    Fun2EatOut
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Been to BarMasa multiple times and it's always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Pre-Theatre Menu
    SweetDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Go for the pre-theatre menu, but don't limit yourself to it. My bf and I decided to try the $59 prix-fix, ordering just one, then sharing a few different a la carte items. The creamy miso marinated tofu roll was freakin' amazing, the uni risotto was delicious and the uni flavour was very present, we had the kanpachi spicy roll which we both loved, the duck and foie gras tacos and fried calamari were probably the only two items that didn't get raves, but they were good not-the-less. The bento dinner included a serving of shrimp tempura, some veggie tempura, a small sea salad, 4 rolls (2 tuna, 2 salmon), sashimi and something with asparagus. All pretty good and definitely worth the 59$ price tag in such a high-end spot. Overall, Very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday dinner
    Chris
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The menu was different than I expected - small plates, big prices. Most of the selection was very good, especially the duck in the moo shoo wrappers! Too many servers - wine, water, food, etc. I announced that we were celebrating a birthday and was disappointed that barMasa didn't present a token gesture for dessert to recognize my dinner companion's special occasion. Décor a bit more "minimal" and a bit cold, but a truly unique experience, which I'm glad we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Nobu Or Yellowtail
    MelonieO
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went there hoping have top notch food and found that everything was less than stellar. The service was great, but great service can not make up for mediocre food. The rolls were sloppy not tightly rolled so they fell apart, and the flavors were simply nothing special. The miso cod was a pitiful knock off of a nobu dish. If you want great sushi and great main dishes I suggest Nobu or Yellowtail, which this restaurant seems to be trying to copy but the kitchen doesn't have the chops or the vision to pull it off. Both are superior by far and worth the price. This isn't cheap and not worth 1/2 the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    LeahA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Maybe it was because I had high expectations but i wasn't overly impressed. I would go back, because the food was good, but the ambiance had a little left to be desired and in general the whole experience was good. Just not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Masa?
    texas39
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    For a guy who founded the best sushi restaurant in Los Angeles by attention to detail this is a pathetic drift below mediocracy. Has Masa actually ever eaten the food here? It's an embarassment for someone of his caliber.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omnomnom
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Toro carpaccio with caviar is the best thing on the menu. A bit pricey though. Bill for four people was over $600.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's good
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Not the biggest compliment but I was expecting more. I was hoping Masa would be on par with Nobu, but......nope. Very typical sushi but worth the visit. I'm guessing NY does it better??
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh fish
    Watchking
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I saw a recommendation on Vegas Chatter and decided to try it out with my wife. We travel to Vegas a few times a year and always try new places since there is so many choices when your at Vegas. We arrived at about 6:15PM and had reservations on a Thursday. It was not busy at all which I was kind of worried about it. But the waiter recommended several things and we picked some of his selections and added our own. The fish was so fresh some of it melted in your mouth. The only thing we ordered which we sent back was a noodle dish because it was too spicy. I would recommend this place and go there again. Just remember it is a high end place.$$$$
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ultimate sushi/Japanese cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Impeccable service, first class experience. Wonderful, fresh sushi/sashimi, incredible sake and drink selection. The wasabitini and akebono are divine libations. Don't miss out on the Kanpachi jalapeño sotomaki with spicy potato julienne roll. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were excited to dine at barmasa we Kept heading great things. The place was dead ! We're in Vegas we wanted a lively place. NeXT we dar down and they brought us water. 15 minutes passed by and we had no idea who our waistress/ waiter was. So we asked the guy that brought us the water, he ignored us and walked away. It was not a pleasant experience at all !!
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  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Quality of food comes nowhere close to the price. if you want to pay top price for sushi go to nobu you will be much happier.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful dinner
    Judy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Bar Masa exceeded expectations - in addition to the food, our waiter and the excellent sommelier made the entire dining experience one of the most enjoyable that we have had. We are a group of three women, two nieces and an aunt. We got the pre-theater set dinner, which had several vegetable courses and some tempura, sushi and sashimi, and also ordered the grilled octopus and the hibachi wagyu beef a la carte. The sommelier picked out a custom, Japanese beer flight for us. The 3 beers were very different styles and just wonderful. Then with dessert (we shared the grapefruit granita and a chocolate ice cream with sesame seeds and crumbled cocoa beans) we got a very nice sake which we had hot (instead of coffee or tea!). It was just great.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the BARMASA - Aria reviews archive.
  • Holy crap!
    SeanB
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    BARMASA is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. Period. The service was perfect and the food was amazing. Some of the best sashimi I have ever had, but go with Chef Masa's creations. The Miso Cod was unlike anything I have ever eaten. The ceviche was incredible. I would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toro tar tar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We are in love with the toro tar tar, and we eat here every time we come to Vegas! Haven't had anything here that we disliked! :) our service was a little slower than usual last time, but even so, the service is always friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great food, pricey but you're paying for excellence. This was my second time there and both times I get blown away but the food and service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing?..
    sgrant2493
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We went with 'great expectations'. The appetizer, beef braised ribs were succulent and tender, probably the best part of the meal. The rolls were average, and whoppingly overpriced, nearly double of prices in NY City. For a restaurant that supposedly uses fish pulled less than 24hrs from the sea, the $8 dollar unagi nigri piece was ridiculously tiny, dry and overdone. The eel/avacado roll was decent (though not worth $28), the yellowtail roll was inedible, the spicy tuna roll was a far cry from what it needed to be. The service was good, though not outstanding. The two of us didnt really mind spending nearly $175, however the quality of the food was a far cry from any decent sushi place we have been to. Eminently missable
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  • Bad expirience
    Topo14
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was ok in general but they took ages to bring it and the beef arrived cold , they took it and brought like half an hour later . The ambience was impersonal and cold, the hostess was nice. We were expecting a lot more due to the name of the chef.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Wonderful flavors. Food was excellent. Would dine here again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sake Crazy
    Hoosier
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I was part of a group of 4. The sushi was excellent as always. Three of us ordered the Duck Fried Rice. The best!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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  • Bar Masa @ Aria
    BlueRibboninVegas
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I was a little surprised with the ambiance at this restaurant. I was expecting something Japanese traditional...but this one was really modern, even eclectic. The food was what you can expect from Masa restaurants...everything was good. And the staff was knowledgable and very helpful. I would definitely put this on my list of restos to go back to next time I'm in Las Vegas.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
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  • Good food but lacks ambience
    BillDKVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Good quality sushi although small portion of fish. The place is huge, high ceiling and no ambience. Not recommend for intimate dinner.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculously expensive
    surf2go
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I thought the music was way too loud. The sushi and tempora veggies were great, but $27 for spicy octopus when you got about 3 mouthfuls!! Really?? The place is just too pretentious. More food and slightly less prices and it could have some merit.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Tuna, poor attitude
    jbcarron
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Wonderful sushi but the servers attitude was less than stellar. If she doesn't want to be a server, she should be one. Her attitude was poor. I rarely tip less than 20% but when service is poor and the server acts bothered or disinterested to work, maybe she should look for a different career. While I would highly recommend the food, I would give warning to anyone that I refer that you may have unfortunate service. We choose BarMasa based on a reference and to celebrate a birthday as a couple....we walked away wondering why the service was so poor.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BARMASA Great Vegas Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Group of 8 of us dined at BARMASA for a birthday dinner. The service was timely, knowledgeable, personable and the food was great. Price point was reasonable. I would recommend this restaurant to any foodie looking for a unique experience in Vegas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but...
    Boze
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Joined a friend for dinner. The food was good and service was great but portions are extremely small for the price they charge. There was barely anyone in the restaurant in a week where there was 150,000 people in Vegas for a conference. We waited in line to get in at every restaurant in town this week except this one. Probably 20 people in this restaurant while we were there. That says it all.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was hoping the reviews were wrong
    Jm09
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I consider myself somewhat of a foodie so I was hoping the bad reviews I read were from people just not wanting to spend a lot of money for small portions of food, but sadly I was wrong. The food wasn't bad, it just wasn't amazing. The worst part of all was the service. When I am spending hundreds of dollars on a meal I expect more than "what would you like to drink" and "are you ready to order?" That was it. No suggestions, no description, nothing. Definitely not the service one expects at that caliber of restaurant. The desert was also very disappointing and I'm not sure I've ever been disappointed by dessert! Maybe the waiter we had was an anomaly, but if not I would not recommend eating here.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solo at Bar Masa
    Rick
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My second visit. Both times were excellent. The seafood is the freshest and prepared so it is the star of the show. Ate at the bar this time as I was in early. The bartenders made great recommendations for food and Saki selections. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but poor environment
    RKim
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The food is excellent, also the service, but the restaurant is in an atrium, thus the environment isn't very cosy. I somehow dislike being in an open space, feels cold, uninviting, Food is fusion, if you are more looking for traditional Japanese, you'd be disappointed. Otherwise, the food is excellent, however, skip the beef carpaccio, as it is over sauced and kills the real flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic