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Our Favorite Las Vegas Restaurants

Las Vegas has many great places to dine. Here are some of our most favorite Las Vegas restaurants.

Here are some of our most favorite Las Vegas restaurants. We know people from Hawaii love Las Vegas buffets because they’re cheap, you can eat a lot, and for the most part, they’re good. Mostly, people from Hawaii eat either in Downtown or on the Strip. But sometimes they venture beyond the Strip and Downtown and sample the many fine eating establishments along Spring Mountain Road. The better ones on Spring Mountain Road mirror many Asian-oriented restaurants back home in Hawaii. Here, you can find some of our favorite Las Vegas restaurants.

One of the Best Restaurants in America

The staff at Panda Travel ® has frequented many of the fine dining outlets on Spring Mountain Road. We believe that one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas is the izakaya, Abriya Raku, or simply Raku.  It’s a relatively small and understated establishment. But the type of Japanese food here is simply exquisite. And their food definitely has a unique umami that can’t be matched anywhere in the US. But you won’t have to rely on our opinion. Timeout.com recognized Raku in 2016 as “The Best Japanese Restaurant in the US.” And even more recently, Eater.com included Raku in their list of the “38 Best Restaurants in America.”

No wonder Raku has some of the highest Las Vegas restaurant ratings on Yelp. We especially like their agedashi tofu, which we understand they make themselves from scratch. We also enjoy their sumptuous grilled onigiris and their kurobuta pork cheek. Famous Hawaii food celebrities, such as Nalo Farms’ Dean Okimoto, says that Raku is his favorite restaurants in all of Las Vegas. As someone, who hangs with the best of Hawaii’s culinary elite, we definitely share in his expert opinion.

Nice Amenities

An added nice feature of the restaurant is Raku’s bathroom, which features a built-in aquarium and a unique waterfall-like faucet. In our opinion, Raku has the nicest restaurant bathroom we’ve ever seen. And if you’re in need of some omiyage, you can purchase Raku’s very own brand of shoyu. They make from scratch and is among the best we’ve tasted. They also package it in a very nice gift bag. So it’ll make a very nice omiyage for some of your more cherished friends and relatives.

In the same strip mall, you can also find Sweets Raku. The same owners as Raku operate this establishment which specializes in unique and innovative Japanese style desserts. It also enjoys high ratings on Yelp and is another one of our favorite Las Vegas restaurants.

As all with most good things in life, dining at Raku and Sweets Raku are not that cheap. But they’re really good. Ask Dean if you’re still not sure.


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