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Yonaka Modern Japanese
Yonaka Modern Japanese

Yonaka Modern Japanese Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yonakajapaneserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (702) 685-8358
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 6:30pm, 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
    Happy Hour: Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:30pm, 11pm - 2:00am

    Please note: Happy Hour is available only in the sushi bar & booth areas. Reservations are not available for Happy Hour diners.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ramir Decastro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Decatur
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Yonaka Modern Japanese
Yonaka serves modern Japanese tapas and sushi, consisting of traditional Japanese food with complementing ingredients. We serve the highest quality foods, with most of our seafood being flown in from Japan. We also serve a fine selection of sake, beer & wine.

Yonaka strives to introduce our guests to a new dining experience in Japanese cuisine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Omakase. 8 courses. Well-prepared, excellent pace, great ingredients, range of sauces and flavors. The service was great without being stuffy. Our waiter shifted from service to making drinks but everyone else picked up for him and didn't miss a beat. The general manager came over towards the end and had a nice conversation with us. We went to several restaurants on the strip and found this experience much more personal and delicious."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "One of the best and most notable sushi experiences I have had. We had the 8 course tasting menu and would highly recommend to anyone. The sushi is unique, fresh and nicely plated. But the menu is way more than your basic sushi. You have to try it. A great place for foodies."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This restaurant has been open for nearly 2 years/ I discovered it 2 weeks after opening and have not missed the opportunity to go there at least once on every business trip to Las Vegas. The chef is beyond creative, moderate prices and surely a gem of all gems in Las Vegas. NOT to be missed!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food here was exsquisite. The service was very courteous and polite, and very timely. Our drinks were always filled, and we were constantly checked on to make sure we were enjoying our meal. Overall, it was a great experience. I'd highly recommend taking the omakase pre set meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They are indeed very modern and simple in decor, but the food is not simple at all. The chefs here really push some boundaries and give you some well-executed creative dishes such as, foie gras nigiri (a must try) and tea smoked ribs. The dishes are tapas style and small but if you get there early enough for happy hour, they are totally worth it. Tip: We made reservations at 5:30pm and when we arrived, they informed us that happy hour is only for the bar area (which is first come first serve) and reserved tables cannot order off the happy hour menu. They were very kind and accommodated us in the happy hour section with just a reminder for next time about their policy. Also, don't skip dessert! The green tea brownie is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Got the OMAKASE to share and It was amazing! It Showed the chef's amazing talent. Lots of flavor and very unique. I will most definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We are huge fans of Monta & Raku & eat there frequently. We have just discovered Yonaka & it is our new favorite! It opened in January 2013 & 4 of us went to dinner this week & had 14 items between us & EVERYTHING was perfect! If you are a REAL foodie - you must try this place! We have dined all over the world, including Japan, at many of the Michelin restaurants searching for delicious, interesting, perfectly prepared food, & we are thrilled to find such an exceptional owner/chef here in LV. Try the happy hour, both early and late, for a truly great deal. The saki martinis are excellent, as are the outstanding desserts - & if you are a true food addict, you will love every bite. I saw a couple of poor reviews listed - ignore them."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The restaurant is a hidden gem. The food is superb and inventive and extremely delicious. The waiter checked in at our table appropriately. Overall, this was a fantastic dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The menu is creative and filled with a twist here and there that might make u doubt - just dive in and enjoy - however be prepared to spend some time - won't be a quick in quick out dining experience - so just sit back and enjoy the ride."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I chose Yonaka because of the positive reviews on Yelp but I was disappointed with both the service and the food. As someone who dines out at sushi restaurants often, "omakase" usually means a chef's choice of a variety of 12 - 14 pieces of different sushi. Here, it was a plate of sushi sliced from only 3 different kinds of fish which makes for a boring, uninventive meal. The fish also lacked flavor. When I questioned their definition of omakase, I was treated rudely by the waiter."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed the meal very much. The food was simply fantastic. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent sashimi, great rolls. Small restaurant with a very cosy atmosphere. It is pretty far of the strip which makes it a nice escape from the "vegas baby" atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Found out about Yonaka searching online for top rated Las Vegas restaurants. The food is amazing. We ordered several Japanese style "tapas", and all of them are excellent. The waiters are very attentive and helpful. Michael was our waiter, and he recommended the Scottish salmon cold appetizer. It is delicious. They use citrus fruits in many sashimi dishes, and the combination is unique and very flavorful. All of the sushi and sashimi is extremely fresh. Highly recommend this place. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We had the sampler and every dish was awesome. Best meal I had this trip!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "On my annual Vegas trip where we splurge and try to eat at the best restaurants. Found this place on yelp with a top rating. Service was great with very knowledgeable staff and extremely friendly. We ordered the 10 course chef's special (which was too much for the 2 of us and better for 3). Each course was amazing and so creative. We will be coming back to this place. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Can't believe this restaurant was on the Eater38! Great concept but poor execution. The best dish was the calamari. Very disappointing! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Please open Yonaka in NYC. I took my husband there for his birthday, with two friends. The experience was above and beyond what I was expecting. Unique combinations, flavors, presentation, ambiance...I will definitely be back there when I visit Vegas. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Very fresh and high quality sushi including fatty tuna, salmon and yellowtail. I highly recomend the chef's choice for sashimi - generous and beautifully presented sashimi plate. The wait staff are well trained and provide very good detail about each dish. Definitely worth getting AWAY from the din and crowds on the Strip, and enjoying such high quality food in a quiet and catering atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Found Yonaka through Open Table. The reviews were accurate! We ordered both the 7 & 9 course tasting menus. It was perfect for five. We each had a piece of everything. The deserts were incredible!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The restaurant was clean, service was very good and food was excellent. The dishes were creative, delicious and fresh. The only one piece of advice I'd give would be to provide for a full bar service. The beers, wine and sake selection was decent but an expanded bar selection of shochu, more sakes and liquor would be great."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Very interesting dishes...go with the 7plate special."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I was invited back to the restaurant after a several month absence via a call. It was surprising but showed a level of caring and marketing effort that I appreciated. A couple weeks later when I came, the waiter said he recognized me from my first visit (7 months ago) and whether that was actually true or not, it was nice. We were also comped a couple of items as a goodwill gesture for something not having been real fresh the second time, which was much appreciated. Jax the Marketing Manager was warm and welcoming as usual and we had a nice chat. I am such a foodie and while I eat out constantly, there are so many restaurants in town to check out that I am not often a regular at any one place but Yonaka may well be on that small list now..."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I am glad I decided to celebrate my birthday at Yonaka. Everything was perfect and we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you Chef Michelle"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Their tasting menu is the way to go. Each plate was better than the next! Thank you one of the best meals I ever had the pleasure of eating."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Presentation was beautiful. Service was impeccable I rarely rave about an eatery but this was fantastic"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "All sushi lovers should try this restaurant at least once while visiting Las Vegas. It's only a few miles away from the strip and the food is fresh, delicious, and fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "High points included the brussel sprouts and sake-orenji. However the sushi was disappointing. The rice was a bit too compressed and the fish was on the dry side. Would stick to the non-sushi dishes which were very creative"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Each plate was beautiful to the eye and the equally rewarded your palate. Small plates with great balance. Delightful service with direct and helpful explanations when needed."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were looking for good Japanese and, knowing nothing about Las Vegas, turned to OpenTable for recommendations. We were pleased to find Yonaka. When we arrived we were a little worried to find the restaurant in a shopping center, but worries were quickly dispelled upon entering this great little restaurant. We were greeted warmly and soon were getting into one of the best Japanese meals we've ever enjoyed. We are not new to this genre, so can say with confidence you will be pleasantly surprised by this excellent food. Very highly recommended, we will return on next trip to Vegas!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent will become a new spot in vegas for me and my friends. Customer service was off the hook. Every need was attended too. Great date place!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a great find a short drive from the strip. The food was outstanding with an imaginative mix of traditional Japanese and fresh fruits and vegetables. We were not familiar with "modern" Japanese but this was wonderful. All of the staff very very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back on our next Vegas trip."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Great high concept Japanese with outstanding sushi and small plates. They take their sake very seriously here and have a well chosen list of wines as well."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This place is amazing and original. Go here before you go anywhere else. This was in the top 5 meals I've ever had and the service was excellent. The staff were all interested in providing a great dining experience. There are so many over the top places in Vegas and Yonaka is a breath of fresh air."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu which was pretty darned delicious. The only exception was the rib course - these were quite fatty so not great. All the raw fish items were fantastic. The only drawback of this restaurant is the location: a colorless strip mall (about 10 minute cab drive off the Strip). The interior is nice - clean and modern. Casual dress is fine. It was quiet when we were there, but the restaurant was almost empty, so not sure how noisy it would be with a full house."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Not only was everything we tried absolutely delicious, it was presented as an art piece. We had the crispy brussels sprouts to start and the 7 course omakase tasting menu. It was all we could hope for and more! Wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves fresh food deliciously prepared with exciting new flavor combinations."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "This was one of the greatest experiences in dining I have had in a long time. The attention to details in this whole experience were over the top it was AWESOME!!!!!!! The Menu was a great surprise, very well explained and to the point. Pricing is excellent for what I ordered I should have paid 3 times what I paid. the atmosphere and ambience is great for adult dining. My husband and I just loved the service they were very attentive to keeping glasses filled and the table clean and orderly which I loved we came in at 5pm and left at 7:15 they served course by course which means they waited till you finished each course. Each was an experience in the art of food and the respect of the food then the love of food."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "First time raw fish. Prepared and presented very well. As a newby ordered sampler and was stuffed"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Loved this place! We had the nine-course tasting menu, and although it was wonderful and I think a good value given the quality of the food, it was probably too much food. Next time I will go a la carte, and there will be a next time! Worth the trip to Vegas! And don't miss the uni special if they have it and the Chocobeet desert....yum!!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Found this restaurant actually on "Open Table"… nice off the strip location at Decatur and Flamingo. When we arrived, they didn't have our reservation (booked online with open table) but they were quick to accommodate. Very helpful and attentive staff, easy explanations of the menu and suggestions based on our taste. Restaurant is on the smaller side, very neat, tidy and modern. Don't let the size and accommodations fool you, the food is AMAZING! The flavors that burst forth are something to be had, joyed and shared…we had a great time, I would recommend this establishment to anyone. Be sure to order the "crispy calamari"…. its nothing like I have ever tasted before… the taste that come out of that bowl…. WOW!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "3rd time visit and still love everything about it. Best new Japanese food ever!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014