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Sep 30, 2011 10:19 AM

Is Raku kid friendly?

We'll be in Vegas in early November and would love to try Raku, but just wasn't too sure how kid friendly it is there? We'll have our 2 year old with us and while he's a pretty good listener, he sometimes feels the urge to explore. He's not the type to get crazy and make a crying scene, just more so likes to go around to other tables to say hi to everybody. Is the ambience, mood, staff uptight? Would it not be a good idea and is Rainforest Cafe our only hope??? LOL!

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  1. I was in there at midnight about 2 weeks ago and a couple walked in with a child in a baby carrier. Other than ocassional baby associated outbursts (crying etc.) the child was quiet and actually ate some things that impressed me. The staff and clientelle didn't seem to mind, in fact the waitress was very gracious in her service to them.

    1. I can't imagine the staff having an issue with a toddler and it is lively and bustling, so in that sense it is kid friendly. However, it is small and tables are closely spaced, and because it is small plates the staff tends to be moving around a lot (delivering items). I don't think it is a good place for a toddler to be wandering around freely.

      1. Don't really think that is an question anyone else can answer except you. Rather are you ok with it? I have 3 kids, 10, 10, and 8, and when they were at that 2-3 year range we were traveling through Vegas one weekend and had 2 separate dinners. Most reactions as we walk into the restaurant are "Oh my god, I can't believe that couple has just ruined our dinner with these kids" (imagine what happens when we get on a plane!). Yet 100% of the time these same people make it a point to come over to the table and tell us how well the kids behaved. And while Raku was not open 7 years ago, we did just recently dine there with the kids. They were shredded from traveling so they were gold. I did notice another table with toddlers and nobody in the place even gave them a second glance. And FWIW, I would say the earlier you go the better, especially if it is the weekend.

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        1. re: LVI

          Yah, I know what you mean and bring up a couple good points. The nice thing is that he's not obnoxious, but rather overly friendly. Which like you mentioned, a lot of times people will compliment and enjoy that type of thing. Also to that extent, if he did get restless, we would normally just take him out side and watch movies on the Ipad. Like any parent, we've gotten used to eating in shifts. We also plan to go right when they open at 6pm, so hopefully we can get in and get out fairly quickly with minimal

        2. Did you wind up taking your toddler there? Did they have high chairs?