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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed April 30, 2021

I was looking forward to this dinner based on the high rating, but very disappointed. The service was good, but the dinner last too long (2.5+ hour) due to the wait time between dishes. The waiting killed my appetite. However The biggest problem I had...was the food quality. The grill meats were not very fresh and had no meat taste. Most of the grill dishes were NOT hot, but overcooked from the kitchen. For the price I paid, I was expecting much better food. I won't recommend Raku to anyone. Don't waste your $.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 11, 2021 via mobile

Phone reservation is a must. We tried a few times over two days before getting a 10:30 pm reservation; however, when we arrived an hour early, having overestimated the traffic, the hostess seated us immediately, for which we’re most appreciative. We ordered two different omakase...($150 and $120) - the top two (deluxe and premium) out of the three available, skipping the “basic”, because the server explained that they are the same only for the house-made tofu and very similar for the sashimi, so we’ll get to try a lot more variety. One has 9 and the other 10 courses. The following were the courses - the server explained everything but I did not retain which was from which menu, since we shared everything: 1. House-made tofu, recommended to be cut into portions and eaten either with green tea salt, or mixed with finely ground ginger, finely chopped chives, bonito flakes and house soy sauce. 2. Grilled plate: Pablo-coated asparagus (common to both), tiger shrimp over burrata seasoned with balsamic vinegar, and amberjack for one; duck, chicken breast and abalone over seaweed for another. 3. Sashimi - scallops, snapper and tuna; the latter served with a raw quail egg. 4. Grilled mushrooms wrapped in bacon - white button for one and enoki for another. 5. Grilled tai (amadai or tile fish) collar for one, grilled Waygu beef on skewer for another. The server recommended the former over grilled king crab leg as it was seasonal. 6. Grilled pork on skewers: Iberico for one and Kurobuta cheek for another. 7. Lightly floured and fried fish, one served with a delicious broth. 8. Waygu beef served over a hot stone and sliced potatoes, topped with garlic crisps. 9. Rice: Ikura and uni for one; foie gras with finely chopped and seasoned lettuce for another. Served with pickled winter melons and radishes. 10. Desserts: vanilla ice cream with cookie crumbs and green tea creme brûlée for one, raspberry sorbet and brown sugar pudding with goji berry for the other. The last was the best, delicate yet flavorful. We simply drank hot tea with our meal but we understand the restaurant has a huge sake selection. Service was excellent, servers keeping up with all the food and tea servings with no gaps yet no rush. Perfectly timed. We were stuffed! Memorable visit.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 29, 2021 via mobile

We’ve been to Raku several times, but this time, we were very disappointed. We opted for the premium tasting menu & a bottle of wine. We had 9 courses & we only liked 3 of them. It began on a low note, tofu & ended...on a low note. Our bill with gratuity was just inside of $500 & wine was $75 of that. We really felt ripped off at the end. Worst $480 we’ve ever spent. The best thing we can say is one of the lady servers got us a taxi after she & I were unsuccessful getting an Uber. We had to wait over a half hour for the taxi, but she couldn’t have been nicer & went outside looking for it for us. Because of her going out of the way for us, I debated about even doing a review, but just thought people need to know Raku has slipped & isn’t anywhere as good as it used to be. Do not recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 29, 2021 via mobile

If it is great Japanese food you seek, run, don’t walk, to Raku. Situated in an assertively nondescript strip mall (stress on ‘strip’ as there is a 24/7 massage place there as well) this modest restaurant serves Japanese tapas — small plates bursting with flavor...and talent. My party of 2 ordered around a dozen such, each simply but beautifully displayed. Deep sake menu. Friendly, helpful service. This is what a hidden gem looks like. The focus is on charcoal grilled items.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 27, 2021

We arrived about an hour before our 10:30 reservations, but they seated us right away. We had the following items: butter fried scallop, pork cheeks,teriyaki ribs, duck in balsamic soy sauce, steamed foie gras egg custard, Kobi style skirt w/ garlic, kurobuta pork cheek and...grilled foie gras. All of these items were very good with the exception of two. The duck was okay and the grilled foie grad was to die for. This place is nice for a snack or late night( note the extended hours). But as wonderful as the food was, I don't see myself returning as I like a large amount of food, and this place has small dishes, tapas style. Iced tea was good.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed November 21, 2020 via mobile

We would have never stumbled upon this place without google, but I’m so glad we did. We both did the omakase. Every single thing was delicious, and the staff were all so friendly and patient. Definitely recommend this off-the-beaten-path restaurant!!

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 14, 2020 via mobile

Foodie-heaven. To be honest, I was a bit concerned that this was was going to be overhyped, but it lived up to its reputation. My interest was obviously piqued by Anthony Bourdain, and made a reservation to eat here for dinner (no lunch times available)...via the phone (can’t make one online). Raku is located in a nondescript strip mall with a small parking lot. It’s open for indoor dining during covid, which I felt a bit wary about since I would’ve preferred outdoor dining (not available), but there are a lot of private rooms so you can stay away from other parties. Food-wise, I know a lot of people opt for the Omakasse (cheapest one is $100/pp) but if you opt for about 4-5 dishes a person, I think you’ll be more than satisfied. The skewers come in one to a plate, so you can customize/add more as need be. Here’s a breakdown of what we ate: Raku Tofu: Must-get. Very soft and one of my favorite dishes of the night. You eat the first bite with the green tea sea salt, and then the rest you add the fish flake/spring onion/ginger/soy sauce as you’d like. Tsukune Chicken: Ground chicken that’s shaped like a real drumstick. Juicy and flavorful. Poached Egg with Hokkaido Uni: I’m not the biggest fan of uni, but well worth it for those who love it (MP / $19 when we went). It tastes like you’re having a bowl of the ocean with an extra pop from the ikura (fish egg). Kobe Beef Liver: Very tender and the sauce was good. Pork Rib: tastes more like a Chinese style BBQ but very soft and good to share. Oyako Bowl: chicken and egg with rice dish - another good option to split with the table. It was pretty filling. Duck: I feel like I’m getting a bit repetitive now, but it’s quite tender. Pork Intestine: flaky yet juicy, my dad ordered a second one after the first. Iberico Pork: Sweet and nicely chewy, but not outstanding. I’d just stick with the pork cheek. Pork Cheek: just the right amount of fat that pops in your mouth without being overly so. Deep-fried chicken: Get two of these for the table and don’t forget to eat the spring greens underneath to ally your guilt about eating the fried skin! Salmon: Standard fish - the skin was nicely fried and it was a good hunk of salmon. Kobe Skirt with Garlic: Solid skewer Inari: I personally love inari, and the rice inside came with mustard greens which was a nice touch. This was a good size and the skin was perfectly soaked in a sweet sauce. Mushroom with Bacon: mushroom stuffed with more mushroom wrapped in bacon - it’s like a mushroom-ception! Came piping hot and I’d get it again. Tldr; if you’re thinking about coming in, just do it. You’ll have a great time.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 11, 2020

I went here for my birthday had a wonderful meal with great service. This place is definitely overpriced for what you get but the food was very good I enjoyed myself.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

One of the best restaurant in Las Vegas and probably in the US, Raku vision to food is to respect the ingredients and gently bring out their best flavor and maturity, the chef even goes out of his way to show his vision, is to...build his own restaurant and addition too, he not only get involved in the building but actually does it himself, the passion that he has is unsurpassed by any others known chef. The food is fresh, bright and delicious, he always surprised me in presenting new dishes to his foodies. If I try to say anything about this restaurant I won’t make him justice but I have to say that however is reading this should be very confident that he will not be disappointed and need to be prepared to have his senses for food challenged. Try this restaurant, you will not stop talking about it.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

The variety of food and sake on the menu was impressive! The location was quite busy and servers seemed a bit harried when we visited.

Date of visit: November 2019
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If you have 5 yrs or older kids then it’s ok. If you have younger kids than that it’s a little difficult. That was my experience when I went there.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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