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Ocean Cruising Inspires Resorts World’s $4 Million Umi Uma Japanese Restaurant

Japanese fine-dining finds a new home on the Strip

A casino under construction
Resorts World construction from May
Leinani Shak Photography

Still promising a summer debut on the north Strip, the biggest story of 2021 will be the much-anticipated arrival of the $4.3 billion Resorts World, overseen by Malaysia-based parent company Genting Berhad.

Recently confirming it will import the pan-Asian casual style of the RedTail lounge, the Ayu Dayclub and Zouk nightclub, and Chinese restaurant Fuhu, the resort has yet to officially announce it intentions for a Japanese fine dining experience.

New paperwork now confirms a Japanese restaurant has long been considered a major attraction for the venue, with an estimated construction budget of $4,214,955 already allocated for the 8,085-square-foot space.

Unnamed on recent documents, early designs explicitly refer to the restaurant as Umi Uma, a trademarked name used by Genting aboard its Crystal Cruise ships and featuring a menu curated by restaurateur, hotelier, and master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and his Nobu-trained team.

Update: Representatives for the restaurant confirm that “Nobu Matsuhisa is not affiliated with Resorts World Las Vegas.”

Built with enough room for a maximum occupancy of 305, original plans for the Nevada version of Umi Uma featured an open kitchen, wood-fired robata grill, a large sushi bar, booth seating, a private dining space, and two teppan tables equipped with four grills.

The Japanese name means ocean horse, and a large fish sculpture is imagined to hang over the center of the restaurant. The restaurant is expected to debut on Resorts World’s opening day.

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Virgin Hotels

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Umi Uma

3000 Las Vegas Boulevard S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109


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3000 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Resorts World

3000 Las Vegas Boulevard S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-802-6460 Visit Website

AYU Dayclub

3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 802-6460 Visit Website


4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 702-693-5090

Zouk Nightclub

3000 Las Vegas Boulevard S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109 Visit Website