Yonaka Modern Japanese
Yonaka Modern Japanese

Yonaka Modern Japanese

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yonakajapaneserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (702) 685-8358
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 6:30pm, 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
    Happy Hour: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 6:30pm, 11:00pm - 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: Sushi, Japanese, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Yonaka Modern Japanese reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (9)special occasion (9)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Superb!
    DolceFarNiente
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    One of the most beautifully executed menus I have ever had and so unique. The combination of tastes is over the top and exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience at Yonaka
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at Yonaka. There were interesting twists on classic dishes and lots of flavor in every bite. The crunchy calamari, meat candy and tako were both delicious, and the sashimi we had were perfectly prepared. The value for Vegas is also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fishy sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We came here with high expectations due to the great reviews. The service was good and the waiter explained their concept well. Unfortunately the food did not live up to expectations. Most of their original creations were good, but when it came time for the sushi, the cuts were rough and the fish did not taste fresh at all. We had rock fish that tarted grainy, as if it were sitting around for a couple days. The chutoro was also underwhelming and did not live up to expectations. Overall we were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fo Show, 5 stars! We got a tip to go to this off-strip restaurant and it was everything we though it would be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food!
    KVS123
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a treat to have such a gem of a restaurant so close to the strip, without the traffic! The food here is amazing and wait staff is well informed about the food. We live in Las Vegas, and have to opportunity to dine at fine restaurants often. We really enjoyed the uniqueness of the food, the flavors were incredible. We enjoyed the tasting menu and sample 8 of the chef's dishes. That is a great way to go when dining at this spot the if it's your first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Sensational
    Brooks
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Yonaka is an amazing find in Vegas! We have been going here for over a year and the food is always sensational and the service spectacular. The Toro we just had was the best ever. You cannot go wrong with all of the fresh fish, which isn't easy to find here in Vegas. If you try this place once, you will be hooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    we went there twice just this week - it was awesome! the barracuda was such a rare (and delicious!) find. all the fish is super fresh and all the preparations are unique and beautifully presented. very knowledgeable and helpful staff in describing different flavors and textures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your same Japanese restaurant.
    fennyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice place with a different approach to Japanese. I Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    hamster83
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Secpnd time visiting. I was really satisfied and also my friends. But one thing I was not comfortable with was our server kept trying to upsell everything. Sugestion was only all expensive menu items. Other than that it was all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice take on Japanese fusion
    DeidreVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This seems to be a local spot, so it wasn't as lively as I thought it would be at 10pm on a Friday night. Not to worry though!! I went here with my bf who's Japanese and we both really enjoyed ourselves. The execution of the fusion dishes was spot on and did not mask any of the traditional Japanese flavors, which are meant to be clean and simplistic. The presentation was beautiful and carefully crafted. The service was outstanding, attentive and informative. Everyone was very nice and accommodating. To get a better perspective of how much to order, we were a party of 2 and ordered: shisito peppers, konpa, sunomono, 2 pc eel, 2 pc wagyu, Fat Duck roll (omg so rich!), and tuna tataki which was on special. We were VERY full after eating! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    BubbaFett13
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Creative and delicious dishes served by a friendly staff. Have enjoyed several great meals here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just the best
    rmaris61
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    amazing fish, spectacular presentations, and off the strip but convenient. a Winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the hype
    AJ79VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were really looking forward to this restaurant based on the reviews. Strong start as the salmon special app was excellent with just the right amount of orange. We quickly went downhill from there. Spicy tuna was fishy, octopus was salty and chewy, "Asian pillow" was a mixture of items that should NEVER go together and just simply did not work. Wagyu beef appetizer had a bad taste and did not remotely qualify as tender. Overall this meal was a total miss and a true disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find off of the strip
    Sonny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the Yonaka Modern Japanese reviews archive.
  • Outstanding experience
    Cook08
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Very Special Place!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • So good.
    yumyumdiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Japanese Cuisine
    ThelmeenaVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Absolutely DELICIOUS
    SamBeaAmelia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT japanese food in LV? HERE!
    1246VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service & food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fusion to the next level
    GroopVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    1omakaselover
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
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  • tarasenw
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed the meal very much. The food was simply fantastic. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great japanese food off the strip
    LudoS
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Andra
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch
    jbalski
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had the sampler and every dish was awesome. Best meal I had this trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely amazing
    anoopster
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    MeganF
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Can't believe this restaurant was on the Eater38! Great concept but poor execution. The best dish was the calamari. Very disappointing!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!!!
    Sarah
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GEM for sushi and modern Japanese
    judyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gem off the strip
    Francois
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant was clean,
    wadeVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very interesting dishes...go
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Very interesting dishes...go with the 7plate special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice welcome back
    skbinlvVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am glad I decided to celebrate
    Chef0816
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I am glad I decided to celebrate my birthday at Yonaka. Everything was perfect and we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you Chef Michelle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    CandiedshellVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    DazoulVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was delicious. Presentation was beautiful. Service was impeccable I rarely rave about an eatery but this was fantastic
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous New Restaurant in LasVegas
    FoodieVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Japanese Cuisine
    THamVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet