Where do the chefs of Las Vegas go after they get off work? To the same place they’ve been going for years: Raku. This casual izakaya, just off Spring Mountain Road, offers food that’s actually quite a bit better than anything remotely close on The Strip, and at fairer prices. I love the homemade tofu here, showered in bits of dried bonito, but the sushi, yakitori and cooked items from the kitchen are also worth trying. Incidentally, the Seoul Plaza Mall that houses Raku happens to contain a few gems that are also worth checking out (Monta, Kabuto, etc.) They’ve also opened a Raku Sweets nearby, just in case you saved room.


5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd., #2, Las Vegas, NV 89146; (702) 367-3511

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