Chef Akira Back offers a fine dining experience in an unparalleled setting. He uses the highest quality seasonal fish and ingredients to create his delicious culinary masterpieces. The extensive menu of modern Japanese creations features innovative and delicately prepared dishes that are truly unique, poised to tantalize the taste buds of locals and tourists, alike.
Born in Korea and raised in Colorado, Chef Akira Back has been named “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality and “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. Before opening Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge in 2008, the professional snowboarder turned chef studied under top celebrity chefs and industry leaders throughout the world, including Masaharu Morimoto and Brian Nagao. Chef Akira Back also led the kitchen as Executive Chef of Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake restaurant in Aspen in 2003.Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Akira Back’s menu features enticing flavors that are inspired by Chef Akira Back’s global travels. Chef Akira Back is known for his innovative dishes and using the freshest ingredients from the world’s top purveyors.
Working alongside Chef Akira Back is Yellowtail’s sommelier Yukiko Kawasaki. Under Kawasaki’s direction, Yellowtail features an expansive wine menu and sake list offering cocktails that perfectly pair with each creation on the restaurant’s bill of fare. Yellowtail’s exotic sake list includes the lavish Frozen Beauty Sake, Las Vegas’ most expensive sake priced at $2,400. Aged for 10 years in a customized cooler, Frozen Beauty Sake offers the most demanding of palates a chance to taste perfection while enjoying their Yellowtail meal.
Yellowtail’s sumptuous cuisine is complimented by the elegant wood and stone décor in the dining room and lounge fostering a vibrant and sensual atmosphere, conceptualized by The Light Group and created by the world renowned Rockwell Group of New York City. One of Yellowtail’s design highlights is an outdoor veranda that features panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as breathtaking views of Bellagio’s iconic fountain show. The combination of the restaurant’s distinctive atmosphere, decadent cuisine, and incomparable views places Yellowtail atop the list of Las Vegas dining options.
Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Akira Back’s exceptional offerings have made the restaurant a notable hotspot on the bustling Las Vegas Strip. Celebrity clientele includes Taylor Swift, Pink and husband Carey Hart, Eva Longoria, Wilmer Valderrama, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kelly Osbourne, David Arquette, Ryan Kewanten, Joe Jonas and more.