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Nami Japanese Restaurant

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20 Hood St, Hamilton 2001, New Zealand
+64 7-838 9397
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food excellent service

The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived at 7pm and remained like that for the entire time we ate. The food was really good and the service form the waiter was excellent - it was unobtrusive but thorough. The decor could do with a refresh - we eat there quite often - every 6 months or so but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
Alexander M
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived at 7pm and remained like that for the entire time we ate. The food was really good and the service form the waiter was excellent - it was unobtrusive but thorough. The decor could do with a refresh - we eat there quite often - every 6 months or so but clean... More 

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Thank Alexander M
Cambridge, New Zealand
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Ordered a teriyaki chicken donburi to take away. Took a while to get and the food was okay. Would like it more if they used other veg for salad and not just cabbage.

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Thank Blenda_Tee
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

What more could iask for ?? The food is marvellous . check out namis ramen. Easily the best. The sushi platter is really fresh. Nicely pickled condiments, the right amount of vinegar, rice is authentically Japanese. The owner is a down to earth guy, check out n have a cuppa warm , hot sake in a winter night. U will... More 

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Thank GarryLSW
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A group of 5 of us went to Nami today for lunch and waited well over an hour for food. We all ordered the standard lunch selection (most of us got tempura and teryaki - which are both very quick things to cook when the ingredients are prepped). There was 3+ other tables in the restaurant when we arrived, one... More 

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Thank Livalily
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Just went for lunch today during lunch break, had been once before and great food. We were told when we went in that there was a bit of a wait, but we figured it doesn't take long for the food to be cooked, we'll be OK, and the restaurant wasn't particularly full. But it took a while before our orders... More 

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Thank teemacnz
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went hoping to get sushi, had to reorder twice as they didn't have what we wanted. Paid $27 each for two mains which were both small and while good flavours not worth that kind of money. $6 for a drink that I can buy a four pack for around the same price at the supermarket is a little average, too.... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

First time diners and had excellent service and the food was very enjoyable also. nice cold draught beer in a chilled glass and friendly staff. would have got 5 stars but due to a couple of small things, like inferior cheap paper napkins, disposable chopsticks and mass produced squid rings. Will go back as these are minor quibbles.

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Thank uglygorilla
Hamilton, New Zealand
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Excellent lunch menu, you get a basic one choice with all the extras like soup, salad, rice, and then for $5 can add on other dishes, great selection, service swift and food just lovely. My go to Japanese lunch place and never has disappointed

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Thank Kiaoraall
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We ordered sushi for lunch on a weekday. All the sushi was freshly prepared on order. The spicy tuna and salmon were full of flavour and very spicy. The chef gave us an extra piece of sushi each on our plates as well as complementary Miso soups as he saw we struggled with the spicy flavour. Overall it was a... More 

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Thank Jason F
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Popped in based on TripAdvisor reviews and because we generally love Japanese food. Good menu here and reasonable price point. The restaurant was half full when we arrived at 7:15pm without a booking on a Saturday. No problem getting a seat. The food was nice. Not spectacular, but fair. The service on the other hand was a real let down.... More 

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Thank Ren H
Eugine555, 매니저 at Nami Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are very sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience. We had new staff on the night you visited. We will make sure our staff improve their customer service. Kind Regards, Eugine / Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Hood St, Hamilton 2001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +64 7-838 9397

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 23
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 am

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