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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #26 of 157 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Healthy
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Some of the best Japanese food I've eaten. Definitely worth the wait but if you want sushi make sure you're early or go at lunch time. Absolutely worth the wait though. In the ten days we spent in Rotorua we ate here at least six times.

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North Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great well prepared Japanese food with real fresh zingy taste. This food is prepared in front of you. The wait was worth it.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Really fresh, well executed and couldn't fault the food. Had the Churasi Sushi and found it fresh, simple and good quality.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I have come here several times and will keep coming back, the sushi and sashimi is very fresh. They take their time but is totally worth it.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

These guys have excellent food although the small staff makes it difficult for them to hold up on peak hours. Even so, the wait is worth it, just order drinks and wait for a delicious food.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Can't comment on the food as we didn't even get that far. Walked out after being seated as there was a horrible stale smell, tables were sticky and an inch of dust on shelf at eye level. I hate to think what the kitchen is like.

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Came here for the first time and was impressed. I love the atmosphere and the setting and think it's pretty quirky being able to see the chef prepare the sushi. will be again soon.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

An excellent, value for money sushi restaurant. We're so pleased we found it! Very, very fresh fish. And and efficient but friendly staff, on our second visit the children were given origami jumping frogs by one of the staff :-) We've been here twice in the last week since we are holidaying on the North Island and have spent a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We mostly ordered the Deluxe Chirashi set which was great value for money! The sashimi were fresh and the scallops were sweet! The grilled salmon was gorgeous too. Totally enjoyed the food and service. Of course, 1 dinner was never enough!

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Quebec City, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A friend and I went to Yamato quite a few time. We like the quality food and the cheap price. Service is very fast. Overall its all good, but the problem is regarding the staff. They all look annoyed when they see someone coming in, and even more when you tell them you are not ready to order when you... More 

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Address: 1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Healthy

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