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GYO Japanese Restaurant

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Shop 2/48 Gregory Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia (Formerly GYO Japanese Tapas Bar Restaurant)
07 4771 5151
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Monday
Closed
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Exquisitely prepared Japanese food presented as tapas

How often would you find exquisitely prepared Japanese fare presented as tapas? Let alone find it in a "touristy" part of the city. Whatever you think of the chances of finding great Japanese cuisine in Townsville, think again. It is superb and so worth making the reservation to be there. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Jim C
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Toronto, Canada
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102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

In fact it looks like it should be and old Australian Chinese cafe but once they start bringing the food you realise this is something special at very ordinary prices. Have the soft shell crab, the sashimi box and anything else they offer

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Broadbeach, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The food here is good, but not great as written by many here. For Townville it may be "great" but if this place was in any capital city it would be swamped by "great" competition. Staff friendly and attentive, food presented well, just lacked the next level of flavour etc. Price is just starting to creep up there a bit... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I've been coming to GYO now regularly for a few years and I can conclude that it is consistently a high standard of delicious Japanese food for a very reasonable price. There were some new items on the menu for our most recent visit - the standout being the tempura chili stuffed with prawn mince (beautifully presented and delicious). Some... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

As students we infrequently visit gyo, it's delicious, well structured and created by obviously a master of his art. In the most positive way, it does not belong in townsville, just a street away from the foreshore, and expansive bar with amazing cocktails and as of yet I have not had a meal which did not live up to its... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I frequently pop in for a quick lunch and I am never disappointed. Always service with a smile, great atmosphere and fantastic food. Then when we go to dinner we have a different menu to choose from. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Just remember to book your table. Not open on Monday or Tuesday .

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Toronto, Canada
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55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

How often would you find exquisitely prepared Japanese fare presented as tapas? Let alone find it in a "touristy" part of the city. Whatever you think of the chances of finding great Japanese cuisine in Townsville, think again. It is superb and so worth making the reservation to be there. We went with locals who are afficianados of great food... More 

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Bohle Plains, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

So the menu is very familiar but tonight the wonderful previously undiscovered joy was the chilli prawn tempura. Fabulous!

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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Modern Japanese, with some traditional offerings. Staff are friendly, and helpful. Reasonable wine list available with good tapas menu also on offer. Restaurant can be noisy due to concrete floors, but not enough to deter a visit. Hideke the owner is always welcoming, and friendly. Only point for change would be split bill option for groups - especially for business... More 

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Lenno, Italy
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

In this restaurant I had my first Japanese food experience...simply WOW!!! I discovered another world!! Ahahah!! Everything was good and fresh...and I really loved soups!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

We were so excited to finally get to Gyo for dinner after hearing wonderful things, but we're quickly disappointed. Our waiter ignored us for so long we had to find him and request he take our order. Then when the food finally came out, we received one meal 10 minutes before the other three! So disappointed!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shop 2/48 Gregory Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia (Formerly GYO Japanese Tapas Bar Restaurant)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Townsville
  • Phone Number: 07 4771 5151

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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