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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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Japanese, Asian, Healthy
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1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
07 3481938
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good food and nice ambience

Food was great. You can watch some dishes being prepared. Good prices too. Variety of seating...either in restaurant style or in sitting around bar style.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
HertsDaveP
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St Albans
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102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Gosford, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Its Japanese operated and been in business for many years Service was good and the restaurant was busy at lunchtime The food we felt was average but it fitted the bill. The staff try hard and are most polite

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St Albans
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Food was great. You can watch some dishes being prepared. Good prices too. Variety of seating...either in restaurant style or in sitting around bar style.

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London
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110 reviews 110 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We were staying in Rotorua, a town we found hard to love , but surrounded by beauty and geo-thermic drama. This restaurant drew us back each day we were there in between hikes and activities. Why? The food was just excellent . Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura all exceptionally good . Place is busy , closes promptly at 2 , and it's... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Food was good, fresh and well presented. Décor and service average. All meals came out at different times. Waitress attitude towards customer service not of high quality.

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Cambridge, NZ
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

we go to Yamamoto fairly regularly. The food is always really fresh and the selection is wide. It has bar style seating if you'd like to watch one of the chef's make sushi or restaurant style seating. The restaurant seating area is pretty basic but we don't go for the ambience of this restaurant. We go for the great food.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is an excellent Japanese restaurant in the center of Rotorua. We sit in the first room on the bar where we had an opportunity to watch our sushi and sashimi being prepared. The food was excellent, service very good - fast and attentive - and prices reasonable. If you like Japanese cuisine, I'd certainly recommend this restaurant!

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Helsinki, Finland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We were surprised and delighted by this place, on a quiet street in downtown Rotorua. Empty when we arrived but packed when we left, this place allows you to wach your dinner being prepared, but more importantly - the food is amazing. We had a mixed sushi & sashimi platter, which was really excellent. Well worth a visit.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

10 february 2015, at lunch: the decor is simple but Japanese style,the food is absolutely top, not just like sushi bar. they have a real cook and it is a delight. The best Japanese food for a long time.

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Balikpapan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Even though we had to wait a quite a long time(because it was dinner time & this place was full), in the end we got the best result. We could celebrate my partner's birthday by enjoying delicious sushi & fresh sashimi. The yummy soba noodles & warm sake. The enjoyment seemed in Japan.

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Umeå
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Tried the sashimi with rice and my company had spicy tuna rolls, all delicious and beautifully presented. I am usually a big eater but got stuffed from my serving, 16$ well worth it! Nice open sushi kitchen and very friendly greeting as well.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: 07 3481938

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Healthy
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?