December 11, 2022

Wakuda, the first “purely Japanese” restaurant at the Venetian


The Venetian’s first “high-end, purely Japanese” restaurant, slated to open in the spring, will further diversify the resort’s extensive culinary offering, which has seen 12 new restaurants in recent years.

Wakuda will be the first American restaurant for Tetsuya Wakuda, who has been awarded two Michelin stars for his Waku Ghin in Singapore. Son Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Australia was among the top 50 restaurants in the world sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The Japanese government honored him as a master of the kitchen in 2013.

Wakuda will be a joint project with 50 Eggs Hospitality Group, which already owns the popular Yardbird and Chica at The Venetian. He will seek to blend traditional and modern Japan in cuisine, design and art. The location is the Palazzo Tower lobby, with a patio overlooking the Strip.

In a statement, the chef said the Wakuda brand will reflect an evolution for its restaurants, with a lively design and atmosphere.

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