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Raku

5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd, #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146
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    Sven Mede
    5 May 12, 2014

    I have come here since the restaurant first opened. This is the place where chefs and locals go for late night food in Las Vegas. I always order two of the Kurobuta Pork Cheek Skewers from the Robata Grill. Every time I visit there is always something new and adventurous on the menu to try - including Beef Liver Sushi!

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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    I thought long and hard but still could not come up with the right words to do Raku justice. Their kaiseki was one of the best meals I have had. Everything was meticulously flawless from the beginning till the end. There were not one single dish that was not beyond impressive. It was more than just food. It was art.

    Among my limited exposure to Japanese kaiseki and other haute cuisine, Raku offered one of the most humble yet most exquisite experience. The presentation is formal but the atmosphere is quite casual. We dined at one of the two back rooms at the small restaurant. Exclusive but not totally isolated from the lively robata gill ambiance. The three hour dinner was a feast to my sensory mind and a truly memorable affair.

    Advanced reservation for kaiseki is a must. The reservation process was almost ridiculous. You will need to provide your credit card number at the time of your phone call. They will then email you their terms and conditions to which you must accept or your reservation will be canceled. They will call you up the day before your reservation to make sure you are still planning to keep your reservation and then remind you again on the same day. I don't think I had to confirm this many times even for famous Michelin starred restaurants. Oh yes and don't be late because they won't hesitate to give away your table. This is also not the best place to enjoy a good conversation after dinner because they have reservations lined up and you will be reminded politely not to overstay. A bit of a pain but totally worth it.

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  • Raku
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    If you have an adventurous palate, you won't want to miss the exciting menu options at Raku, an off-Strip Japanese grill. Some of the unique offerings include seven types of homemade soy sauce, green tea salt, and even a dish of live sea urchin.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 16, 2013

    I've been searching throughout California for Japanese food this authentic and amazing. But I never thought I'd find it in the Vegas Valley. Call ahead for reservations, or risk being stuck outside waiting for an hour. If you book more than 3 days in advance, you can try the chef's always-exquisite seasonal tasting menu -- it's worth making an extra effort for.

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    5 Sep 05, 2013

    A top Japanese restaurant in Vegas, if not the best one. Without a reservation, it's tough to get a seat here, especially for parties greater than two. Many folks get turned away at the door and even on the phone for same day reservations. plan ahead!

    Order from the menu or get the omakase ($75 or $100 options). The hubby and I ordered the $100 omakase, which we were told included better food than the $75 option. We were not disappointed. Highlights included homemade cold tofu dish, blue fin tuna sashimi, baby yellowtail sashimi, Hokkaido scallop dish, skirt steak skewers, and strawberry sorbet for dessert (best sorbet I've ever had; must now check out Sweets Raku shop).

    A must-try in Vegas for Japanese food lovers with food and service worthy a Michelin star or James Beard Award nomination.

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    Sharon K. Yapp
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    5 Jul 20, 2013

    This place is one of the BEST restaurants in Vegas for any foodie, particularly if you enjoy asian food. It is off the strip, but completely worth the cab ride. The restaurant cuisine is Izakaya (Japanese tapas), and I found almost every dish to be delectable. Definitely a treat fo those who consider themselves to have refined tastebuds ;) Some good dishes I remember off the top of my head: fried Homemade tofu in hot borth, chicken breast wrapped with chicken skin, buter sauteed scallop with soy sauce, asparagus with a crispy rice exterior (crunchy on the outside while the asparagus is perfectly steamed)...the list goes on. Make sure to make reservations in advance. They get booked quickly and were very fussy when we showed up with two extra people.

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  • Raku
    Trisha Okubo
    5 Apr 20, 2013

    Amazingly delicious Japanese izakaya known for their housemade tofu and their Robata grill. Highlights included their cold tofu (try it with the green tea sea salt - yum!), their agedashi tofu, the kobe beef skewer with wasabi sauce, the Popeye spinach, walnut, and bacon salad, and their Japanese cheesecake. Incredibly delicious and worth the cab ride out to the restaurant. Make reservations in advance - this place is crowded and not very large.

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  • Raku
    Jean Rhee
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    5 Mar 20, 2013

    Best meal I've had in Vegas. Hands down. It's a couple of miles off the strip - a straight shot down Spring Mountain from the Wynn where I was staying on my last visit to Sin City. Reservations are a must because they were turning walk-ins away from the minute they opened. Service was great, dishes were impeccable. Don't let the nondescript strip mall exterior fool you, because the decor inside is upscale and modern. Even the bathroom is worth checking out!

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    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    5 Mar 07, 2013

    Food presentation is awesome here.

    Sashimi salad- very fresh & light 10 pts

    Poached egg w sea urchin - very interesting texture kinda slimy but sea tasting. Uni doesnt overwhelm the rest of the items in the dish. 9 pts

    Butter scallop - so yummy & delicate. 10 pts

    Baby seabass- not as soft as I expected it 2b. Too many bones, was so disappointed in this dish. Not worth $25 price tag 2 pts

    Fried agadashi tofu very yummy tender & tasty 9.9 pts

    Green tea creme brulee - perfect combo of flavors. green tea ice cream just seals the deal here. Great way to finish off dinner. 11 pts

    They charge for tea here... =(

    Service can be a bit slow here.

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  • Raku
    Conning Chu
    5 Jan 04, 2013

    The best Omakase I've ever had. Better than Sushi Zo in Los Angeles. Creative, fresh, various, and incredibly moderately priced.

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    Sandra Waring
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    5 Jan 04, 2013

    Love this place. Make sure to make reservations, and get anything on a skewer, the agedashi tofu, and some of their chalkboard specials.

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  • Raku
    Michelle Shin
    5 Dec 08, 2012

    favorite restaurant ever. It's going to be pricey. a izakaya style restaurant, the yelp reviews speak for themselves. also a reservation is pretty much key to enjoying this restaurant. foie gras custard udon, half half cold tofu and agedashi tofu, pretty much anything on their two boards filled with specials of the day, end with a fluffy cheesecake or a glass of hon mirin. can't go wrong.

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    Jin Yoo-Kim
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    5 Dec 08, 2012

    this is the best japanese izakaya place ive ever been to. get the agedashi tofu. it will change your life. get the kurobota pork cheeks. everything here is so good and it's our go to spot when we are in vegas. reservations are hard so call in advance. everything is so good here. you won't be disappointed.

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    Carlie Yapp
    5 Dec 07, 2012

    This place is 10-15 minutes offstrip but is a favorite of many local chefs (yes, the ones that cook at all those high end restaurants we eat at) and definitely worth the drive. These guys specialize in japanese skewers (robata) and small japanese tapa type dishes (izakaya). This place is better than many of the places in Southern California where the Japanese food is second to none (save in Japan). The service is hit or miss at this place however. But the taste of the food makes you overlook that. 4.6 of 5 stars.

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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Corn soup served in a flute glass...need I say more!! I love corn! Went with friends and ordered a dozen plates-all were exceptionally divine and delicious! Must make reservations, it's tiny and busy...and expect to pay a lot! Dishes are not cheap here.

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  • Raku
    David Gosse
    5 Jul 11, 2014

    Best Japanese grill in the US.

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    Michelle A. Lee
    5 Oct 04, 2012
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    3 Aug 17, 2014
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