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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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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Excellent sushi and sashimi

We ducked out of the organised meal with our tour group and found Yamato on TripAdvisor. The sashimi was excellent; the best we'd eaten in NZ up to that time. Gia enjoyed her udon with tempura vegetables. The staff were friendly and welcoming and didn't mind when we mucked around changing from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
RogerC001
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United Kingdom
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English first
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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32 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Nice ambience and lovely choices of reasonably priced food. Try the 'hand rolls' with rice, fish, avocado wrapped in a seaweed cone. And all the Japanese beverage choices you would expect (including iced plum wine). But... very (I mean, very!) fatty salmon: a visible layer of fat under the skin; and tempura veg batter was dull and lifeless and broccoli... More 

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United Kingdom
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130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We ducked out of the organised meal with our tour group and found Yamato on TripAdvisor. The sashimi was excellent; the best we'd eaten in NZ up to that time. Gia enjoyed her udon with tempura vegetables. The staff were friendly and welcoming and didn't mind when we mucked around changing from stools at the sushi bar to a table,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This place sells very good Jap food. The lunch set was $17 very good value. Sesame salad was awesome. Sashimi was fresh too. Very recommended!

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New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Enjoyed dinner here with my partner - we were both so happy with our meals. Friendly service, fresh, delcious food and lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend eating here and will definitely go again! :)

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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We visit this restaurant every time we are in Rotorua. We like to sit up on the bar stools and watch the sushi chef do his 'magic' making the sashimi and sushi with the freshest fish and other ingredients. The bento box for lunch is superb and the cooked dishes such as agedashi tofu, prawn & vegetable tempura, teriyaki chicken,... More 

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London
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We came here visiting Rotorua from Auckland. After researching online we were not really enticed by much of Rotorua's western offerings so we settled on this place. We were so glad we did. The sashimi and nigiri sushi was exceptional. Kingfish sashimi melted in your mouth, so did the salmon, We were blown away by how fresh it was and... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Always fresh, quick service. Friendly service. Smiling faces of staff AND patrons We go almost once a week :)

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place never disappoints. Friendly staff and consistently amazing healthy fresh food! A+ It's defiantly a must try if you are in Rotorua. :):):)

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The service was not great, and the food was pretty average. The chan-chan dish that we ordered was nothing like what we had in Japan. The tempura batter was too heavy. The better dish was the teriyaki chicken rice, which was tasty.

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Mangakino, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Had dinner here and were not impressed. It was a very busy night and staff had a lot to do. Two people at our table got their meals way before the other two. The food was fresh but very average. I hope we just struck a bad night and the service is usually better than this.

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?