Despite the presence of restaurants like Mizumi, Morimoto, and two versions of Nobu, Wakuda is proof that even more can be done with Japanese fine dining on the Strip. The first U.S. restaurant for Tetsuya Wakuda, who earned two Michelin stars for his work at Waku Ghin in Singapore, took over the old Morels space at the Venetian, keeping a serene patio overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard while adding a quiet bar area (with its own dedicated menu) and a stylish dining room inspired by Tokyo's vibrant Shinjuku district. A sushi counter in the back prepares delicate bites, letting the quality of the seafood speak for itself, whether it's New Zealand Ora King salmon, Canadian lobster, or Kuruma emi (Japanese prawn). Japanese A5 Wagyu is served by the ounce and Wakuda's own brand of caviar appears throughout various dishes. The restaurant is anticipating a late November debut for its indulgent omakase room, but guests can currently order a tasting menu for the table before 9 pm. The drink selection includes Asian-inspired cocktails, an impressive Japanese whisky lineup, and more than 100 sakes.
How to book: Make reservations via Seven Rooms.
Two Michelin-starred chef Tetsuya Wakuda's first-ever Vegas restaurant is a stylish destination that allows couples to choose their own adventure for a romantic evening. After passing through a dark corridor with neon lights inspired by Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, guests are invited to an indulgent feast in the main dining room. Courses are served with Japanese A5 Wagyu, Yakimono-style grilled seafood, and expertly prepared sushi, from the fattiest tuna cuts to rosy seabass and even geoduck. If you prefer a more intimate setting, request a seat on the patio when the mild fall weather kicks in or a banquette in the secluded bar area, which has its own menu of smaller bites, including rice-and-fish combos like donburi and chirashi. Yet the most impressive experience is reserved for an exclusive omakase room, set to open in late September or early October.
How to book: Book a reservation online via Seven Rooms.
After earning a couple Michelin stars in Singapore, Tetsuya Wakuda arrives in Las Vegas with a self-titled restaurant at the Venetian. The dining room takes inspiration from Tokyo's Shinjuku nightlife scene, with neon lights illuminating a dark corridor near the entrance. Statues of sumo wrestlers squaring off is another playful touch, but the menu is all-business, combining traditional Japanese techniques with occasional French touches. Lobster can be appreciated as a poached topping on toast with Wakuda's own Osteria caviar or grilled whole with shiro shoyu butter. The prices for individual pieces of sushi and sashimi are nothing to brush off, but if you really want to splurge, Wakuda has the only full-blown omakase room on the Strip—a speakeasy-style lounge with a private bar. Diners can expect 10-15 dishes throughout the meal, featuring the restaurant's best recipes and a per-person price of at least $500.
How to book: Call 702-665-8592 to book a reservation or inquire about the omakase room.