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Raku

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  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerOctober 24, 2015
    Many dishes are good, yet some are truly exceptional. The pork cheek, Kobe beef, butter scollops are good. Foie gras egg custard is GREAT. The robata foie gras is the BEST thing on the menu, a MUST!!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 3, 2014
    Ask any chef in Vegas where to dine and the magical phrase Abriya Raku slips off their lips. Mitsuo Endo simply makes some of the best Japanese food in town with nary a sushi on the menu.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 17, 2012
    Every chef in town stops by Mitsuo Endo’s tiny 48-seater that serves up Japanese robataki dishes, small portions cooked over a charcoal grill, that can change your life. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Terry C.
    Terry ChenAugust 28, 2014
    One of the best Japanese abruiya places ever! Everything is good. Must get the scallop with soy sauce, oyaji tofu, and chicken with mushroom
  • Hande A.
    Hande AksoyJuly 19, 2016
    Hidden gem. Nothing you order will disappoint. Everything is so flavorful. Popeye salad, butter sautéed scallop to die for!! Super kind staff, very reasonable prices, check out the amazing bathrooms..
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 25, 2016
    "A fantastically authentic Japanese restaurant/izakaya. This is where all the great chefs on the Strip go after their shift—they serve until 3 or 4 a.m.” - Peter Jon Lindberg Read more
  • VEGAS.com
    VEGAS.comOctober 22, 2012
    Dishes such as tofu and tomato salad with crispy baby eel, steamed foie gras egg custard and cold green tea soba with poached egg are just examples of Chef Mitsuo Endo’s modern Japanese cuisine.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    This has become a local favorite and there is a great chance that you will bump into well know industry personalities. Too many non-sustainable proteins served for my taste but the vibe is good and th
  • VEGAS.com
    VEGAS.comOctober 31, 2012
    Tofu salad, $7: The best way to describe it would be a twisted Caprese salad. Homemade tofu takes on the consistency of tender, soft mozzarella between slices of fresh tomato on a bed of seaweed.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 16, 2014
    When Vegas’ chefs are off the clock, they head to this Japanese barbecue joint. Embrace the robata grill menu with the foie gras skewers. Don’t ignore the noodle options—especially the udon bowl.
  • Gil L.
    Gil LangNovember 25, 2012
    Absolutely amazing. Make sure to get the Kobe beef with garlic, foie gras with sauce, butter sautéed scallop, the minced shrimp dumplings, and enoki mushrooms with bacon!
  • Elana R.
    Elana RothNovember 16, 2014
    Genuinely the best Japanese place I've ever been to. Foie gras is to die for, but everything you can order is amazing. Definitely making this a vegas tradition.
  • Cameron R.
    Cameron RyanNovember 28, 2016
    We didn't have reservations & they were willing to seat us. The staff knowledgeable & friendly. The food was beyond amazing. I'd go back.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YehJune 23, 2013
    Absolutely must order the foie gras egg custard, Kobe outside skirt, Kurobata pork chop and the foie gras with glazed soy sauce. Such an amazing meal.
  • Hartej S.
    Hartej SinghMarch 19, 2015
    Dr loosen wine, buttered scallops, Kobe beef + garlic, lamb chops, duck chest, green tea creme brûlée.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    This tiny Japanese robata and izakaya spot away from all the lights and action is where all the best chefs in Vegas go to eat after work. Reserve in advance as waits can be long. I devour the homemade
  • George L.
    George LeeJanuary 7, 2015
    Love the pork cheek. Wasabi Kobe beef is also an amazingly tender filet cooked pink in the center.
  • renee u.
    renee uihleinJuly 6, 2013
    Yummy yellowtail carpacio, deliciously fresh sashimi salad, take tofu half order was more than enough for 2, very fresh. Shishito peppers..just peppers, nothing special.
  • Douglas James I.
    Douglas James IngleOctober 19, 2014
    There is NOTHING BAD HERE! The salmon & Yellowtail are to die for...
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Raku's Homemade Tofu - My favorite item on the menu, homemade tofu with scallions, ginger and Bonito. (via @Foodspotting)
  • michael y.
    michael yangOctober 5, 2010
    everything is amazing, but be sure to give yourself plenty of tine to eat, as they bring the dishes out slowly to let you appreciate each. also, make sure to call for a reservation.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Juicy Deep Fried Chicken - Another favorite, chicken thigh, rolled and wrapped in chicken skin, then deep fried. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    This is the foody spot for the locals amazing Japanese food. You will always see all the restaurant chefs here. -Stephen Hopcraft, Top Chef
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crispy Asparagus Okaki - I love this asparagus, coated in rice crackers and fried. Yum. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Sheena
    SheenaApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So many favorites here.. Must try everything off the menu atleast once! ;) foie gras with glazed soy-base is really rich! Yum...
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 19, 2010
    Mitsuo Endo elevates Japanese pub food to new heights. He eschews sushi in favor of robata-yaki (charcoal-grilled dishes) and tops agedashi-dofu with salmon roe and mushrooms.
  • Keith B.
    Keith BApril 30, 2014
    everything is so good. just go. this is as real as it gets. fantastic food not buried in sauces. so fresh!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Raku's Tofu - Delicious. Creamy housemade tofu with bonito flakes, scallion and a little green tea salt.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Raku's Tofu - I love this stuff. Tastes unlike any other tofu I've had--very clean and refreshing.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sashimi Salad - Very fresh fish and surprising deal--$14 for a big, shareable salad. Dressing is excellent.
  • Ivy K.
    Ivy KwanJuly 21, 2013
    Raku is a hidden gem tucked away in vegas chinatown. Must try the omakase (tasting menu), so worth it!
  • David G.
    David GosseJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Small plates! Japanese charcoal grilled asparagus, eggplant w/bonito, salad w/sardine chips, duke w/balsamic glaze, kobe beef skirt w/garlic, chicken portabella, beef tendon soup, chicken hot pot, YUM Read more
  • the foot spa
    the foot spaJanuary 10, 2012
    We located in the same plaza with Raku. Please check in our store, after you finish your delicious dinner at Raku. and enjoy our professional foot massage service.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaOctober 24, 2016
    Creative Japanese tapas. Raku tofu, pork cheek, egg custard with foie gras, grilled fish special 👍🏼.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SJuly 30, 2013
    Must make early reservations because if you do the course meal, it takes 3+ hours of sitting around and eating! So tired but so good!!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 24
    Get off the Strip to find the true soul of Vegas dining at this Japanese robata grill specialist. Read more
  • Kathy K.
    Kathy KeatonApril 17, 2014
    Take your camera/phone into the bathroom for the unique touches they both have. But the fresh made tofu is the main attraction!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Thigh Steak - Not sure why it's a steak, but it was tasty. Moist and juicy, with just enough crisp skin for texture.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sashimi Salad - Good size for sharing--baby spinach with lots of fresh sashimi
  • Emily E.
    Emily EatMeLasVegasOctober 18, 2010
    So much to love about this place. Potato stuffed corn and bacon wrapped enoki, rice balls, popeye salad and raku tofu are yum yum.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Butter Sauteed Scallop w/ Soy Sauce - Incredibly rich and tender.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussDecember 31, 2014
    Phenomenal Japanese style tapas. Open late. Should be on everyone's off-strip list.
  • Han
    HanJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try to sit at the bar. Awesome to watch the chef make various items.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fried Asparagus - Delicious! and an interesting surprise presentation.
  • Sal R.
    Sal RestucciaMay 23, 2011
    Fantastic off-the-strip Robata and traditional Japanese fare. Smal and reservtions are a must. Read more
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crispy Fried Shrimp - I'm a huge fan of shrimp fried crisp with the shells on. These were perfect--the shells were shatteringly crisp.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LJanuary 1
    Poached egg with sea urchin and salmon roe. Bowl-licking good.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crispy Asparagus Okaki - Delightfully crunchy bits of asparagus without a hint of greasiness.
  • Richard A.
    Richard AuyeungMarch 29, 2014
    Kurobuta Pork Cheek is really good. Can't go wrong with that.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WilsonFebruary 27, 2016
    AMAZING FOOD! Fresh amazing food. Creme Brûlée is so delightful.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pork ear - Crispy and a bit chewy. I liked it. Jim didn't.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeJune 7, 2011
    Don't miss the poached egg, uni, ikura, yamaimo, green onions, okra. So killer! Read more
  • Carl T.
    Carl TydingcoOctober 26, 2014
    Excellent service. Tasty dishes. Get the omakase
  • verymonica
    verymonicaOctober 28, 2013
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  • Trisha G.
    Trisha GaryJune 23, 2013
    Get the bacon tomatoes and bacon asparagus - best things ever
  • Chris N.
    Chris NeeAugust 9, 2014
    Good Japanese food with traditional fares. Hard to find places like this
  • Michael K.
    Michael KerfeldDecember 18, 2011
    Try the Portabella stuffed with ground chicken. You won't be sorry.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon Wrapped Enoki Mushrooms - And now I'm in Las Vegas.
  • Austin S.
    Austin SipesSeptember 24, 2015
    Amazing late night Japanese eats. It's a must-visit while in Vegas.
  • Helen Y.
    Helen YuenOctober 5, 2012
    Courteous service and most authentic Japanese food!!
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Sashimi Salad - Excellent! And generous portions.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken breast wrapped with chicken skin - Very moist.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pig's Ear - Yes, I'm eating pig's ear again. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Minimish
    MinimishApril 2, 2010
    This place is great for really tasty food ata reasonable price! The fried tofu and scallop are delicious. :)
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon Wrapped Enoki Mushrooms - Delicious!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shishito Peppers - with bonito flakes.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Duck With Balsamic Soy Sauce
  • Scott H.
    Scott HegyesAugust 27, 2011
    Shameful! I came to try this "local jewel" to be greeted with attitude and have my seat given away when I went to the restroom. Instead of fixing the issue, the host gave more attitude making a scene.
    Upvoted Feb 1
  • Dana S.
    Dana StiborJuly 17, 2014
    Amazing. Splurge for the chef's special.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RoutmanFebruary 3
    Best Japanese meal ever. Start w homemade tofu
  • Cris T.
    Cris TinaMay 14, 2013
    The green tea creme brûlée is incredible!
  • Michel E.
    Michel ExperimentMay 10, 2012
    Forget the strip, take a cab and come to Raku for a meal of a lifetime!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Kobe Beef Outside Skirt With Garlic
  • Wolfgang Puck
    Wolfgang PuckApril 26, 2012
    Chef Matt Hurley, of CUT Las Vegas, recommends everything on the menu!
  • Michael T.
    Michael TuescaJuly 15, 2011
    You better make reservations... If not, Monta next door is great for noodles
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shishito Peppers With Bonito
  • Nick
    NickAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the sashimi salad is sooo good. Sometimes I consider just ordering 2 of those for my whole meal
  • Corey S.
    Corey SchneidermanApril 5, 2013
    Get the omakase and don't ask questions
  • May Y.
    May YeungOctober 19, 2014
    Recommend salmon belly and zaru tofu
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan ChenMarch 5, 2015
    Anything grilled is awesome.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CorakDecember 8, 2012
    Try the Sashimi - Best place ever
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ground Chicken Stuffed Portobella
  • Jane E.
    Jane EvaristoOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Green Tea Creme Brulee!
  • MADWINO
    MADWINONovember 15, 2012
    Awesome tofu
  • Shu Z.
    Shu ZhangApril 13, 2013
    Tips are unnecessary, everything was insanely good.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Juicy Deep Fried Chicken - Just like it says.
  • Soy
    SoyMay 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Home made tofu and green tea creme brulee were the bomb!
  • Bonita I.
    Bonita InzaAugust 14, 2012
    So this is what tofu is supposed to taste like! Homemade every day.
  • IF IR I.
    IF IR IE IDJanuary 18
    Do not get the omakase. The items added is less than what you'd pay for if done a la carte. The place is overrated and overhyped.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crispy Asparagus Okaki
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas ShookDecember 11, 2012
    Try the Fluffy Cheesecake
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Kurobota pork cheek
  • Libby W.
    Libby WangJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sashimi salad is the BOMB DOT COM!!
  • Josh C.
    Josh CJune 5, 2013
    Blue fin special
  • Naomi W.
    Naomi WojtulJune 4, 2013
    just go there. it'll be worth it.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Eric Klein, chef of Spago, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Raku's tofu. Read more
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Raku's Tofu
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Raku as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaFebruary 14, 2012
    the bathroom will blow your mind.
  • Rafael L.
    Rafael LevyApril 20, 2013
    Excelente restaurante japonês! O melhor que já fui! Não deixe de ir estando em Vegas, apesar de ser off-strip.
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