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Wakuda isn't cheap, but you're allowed to choose your own adventure. The first U.S. restaurant by Chef Tetsuya Wakuda is a stylish space, decorated with splashes of color and quirky artwork inspired by Tokyo's vibrant nightlife scene. Reserve a table in the main dining room, catch views of the Strip on the outdoor patio or hang out in the bar and lounge, which has its own menu and late-night offerings. The most extravagant option is the omakase room, which seats just eight people for a multi-course tasting menu with exquisite presentations.

Through it all, you get high-caliber Japanese cuisine with recipes and ingredients similar to those that earned Wakuda two Michelin stars in Singapore. Sourcing is key, with seafood snatched from waters throughout the world -- from fresh sashimi to premium sushi rolls, and a grilled whole lobster slathered in Shoyu butter. Round out the meal with Iberico pork skewers, Japanese A5 Wagyu and a few surprises like Wakuda's take on chicken wings. Cocktails come with delicate, colorful presentations to match the dishes, although you may prefer exploring the deep collection of sake and Japanese spirits.

The quality and diverse offerings have garnered Wakuda an equally diverse fan base, including cookbook author Alicia Shevetone, local journalist Dayna Roselli and some of the valley’s top social media influencers. And if you're looking for a really big splurge, veteran local writer Emmy Kasen says "the secret omakase room at Wakuda is my dream."

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