Zuma puts an upscale, contemporary spin on Japanese dining in Vegas. Much of the food is served tapas style, from fresh sushi and sashimi to robata meats and vegetables grilled over binco-tan Japanese white oak. Zuma is best known for sake, cocktails, and Japanese whiskey, but Head Sommelier Alexander Vahramian has put together an adventurous wine list with independence and freedom not always allowed at Strip hotel restaurants. The presence of natural, low-intervention wines has grown noticeably over the years, ranging from French and Austrian reds to proven American brands by Joseph Swick of Oregon and Michael Cruse of California. The list makes a point to carry some higher priced exclusives and has an entire section dedicated to Cayuse Vineyards, a biodynamic producer in Washington's Walla Walla Valley.
How to order: Book a reservation online.
To stand out from the crowded field of Japanese restaurants in Vegas, Zuma had to show a little creativity beyond its eye-catching cocktails (like the fantastic Smoked History, a bourbon-citrus combo that’s smoked at the table). Fortunately, the restaurant offers fresh takes on classic Asian dishes in a stylish, upscale environment with clear sightlines of an open kitchen, sushi counter, and robata grill. Wagyu, used frequently to balance the seafood, is especially good when gently topped with an Asian chimichurri sauce. The off-menu Golden Toro Maki is a tribute to the Vegas Golden Knights with caviar and golden flakes atop fatty tuna.
How to book: Call 702-698-2199 or visit Seven Rooms to make a reservation.