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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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Asian, Japanese, Healthy
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1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very fresh food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
MattyandAce
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Cambridge, NZ
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Cambridge, NZ
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Healthy

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