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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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Japanese, Sushi, 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
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Best sushi we found in NZ

This is a really great sushi restaurant. Everything is fresh and made to order. It was our favorite sushi restaurant in New Zealand!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Victoria, Canada
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have lived in Rotorua all my life and will NEVER stop eating here! Amazing food! Not once have I been disappointing. Sushi is fresh and made right in front of you, and the steak don is one of my all time favorites! If you also love raw fish they have heaps on the menu. If you love Japanese you cant... More 

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Thank Becca M
Victoria, Canada
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a really great sushi restaurant. Everything is fresh and made to order. It was our favorite sushi restaurant in New Zealand!

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Thank CaptivatedTraveler
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Awesome out of the way stop recommended by the local wine maker at Volcanic Hills Winery ( also a great spot ). Fish was off the charts. Salmon and Scallops so fresh and buttery and the seaweed salad was terrific. Not a place to roll in and roll at as there is one chef preparing everything meticulously by hand and... More 

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Thank Sean128427
Hong Kong
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is nothing about the food but more the attitude of the restaurant owner and staff. Our family of four walked into the restaurant at 6.50pm. Since we received no attention we moved further inside and asked the person at a cashier counter. We were told the restaurant was full and asked to wait in front of the counter. We... More 

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3 Thank BB21
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We went to Yamato for dinner for our night out in Rotorua, based on the internet ratings of this place. I had made a reservation before so they already had our table ready. But we had to wait for a while to be seated, the owners were sorting out a huge order they moment we came in. It would be... More 

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Thank Aslınur Y
Auckland, New Zealand
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Walked into the restaurant at 5.58pm (opening hours from 6pm) - the waitress was on the phone and another waiter was setting a table. Both saw our group of 10 and another group of 5, however none of them acknowledged us. We all stood there for 5 minutes waiting to be greeted. When the waitress finally finished talking on her... More 

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3 Thank chubbychimpz
Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This is a fairly typical mom and pop restaurant, food is decent, decor is dated. If you know your Japanese food this place lacks some of the refinement and subtlety that a higher quality restaurant has but hits most of the basic points and flavors. Comparable to a fast food/food court Japanese restaurant but at sit down restaurant prices. The... More 

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Thank Terry L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

A must visit for us on every single trip to Rotorua. The tofu salad are very nice. Nice and fresh sushi a must.

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Thank Bert N
Rotorua, New Zealand
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Ordered cooked teriyaki chicken - got completely raw chicken. Told staff and was given a seaweed salad to compensate - to chewy and inedible- went to pay and refused to pay for the raw chicken - offered a 10% discount. Never again

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Thank BungyNeiko
Whitianga, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Brought back memories of living in Japan. Menu has lots of variety. Ordered takoyaki, tuna and avocado salad, beef tataki, teriyaki chicken and a few other dishes. Good service, food arrived promptly. Would go again.

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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, Sushi, Asian, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?