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Takara Japanese Restaurant

97 The Strand, Tauranga 3001, New Zealand
075794177
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Ranked #6 of 216 restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $33
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Courteous and Cheerful Service. Takara Serves Happiness and Value!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Courteous and Cheerful Service. Takara Serves Happiness and Value!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Staff were friendly throughout and the food was lovely, we even left full which we often don't when eating Japanese food. Our only issue was that the restaurant was a bit too dark, its understandable trying to create a particular sort of atmosphere but when you have staff offering you mini torches to read the menu it might have gone... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, MattWood1312! Thank you so much for enjoying your time at Takara. Thank you for your comment about our lighting. We are renovating the restaurant in September and it will create a new atmosphere. Please come and try Takara again. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much. Takara Serves... More

Waterford, Ireland
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were greeted at the door with a very smiley and enthusiastic moshi moshi and were shown to our table . As it was our first time at a Japanese restaurant we took some time to read the menu. Ordered plum wine. As a stater we got Goyoza dumplings and chicken teriyaki. For the mains we ordered Takaria salad and... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, ShaneMcDonald! Thank you so much for a detailed review. We are very delighted that you have enjoyed your time at Takara. Thank you for enjoying Takara's food and service. The Gyoza, Teriyaki chicken, Takara Salad and Prawn Tempura are very nice dishes. Beautiful choice! We are looking forward to seeing you again... More

Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A warm welcome and funky atmosphere welcomes you. The food is tasty and fresh. The JFC (Japanese Fried chicken) was very yummy - try it!

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, SB_Sheppard! Thank you for enjoying Takara's food and service. Thank you for enjoying JFC. We always serve good quality food using fresh ingredient. If you are visiting Tauranga again, please visit Takara again. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you so much. Takara Serves Happiness :) More

Tauranga
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A cheerful waterside restaurant with a big welcome. We were there with a large group, and the meals were served without too much delay. The servings were on the generous side and we all left satisfied. I had the Takara lunch which included an assortment of dishes, from salad to crunchy prawn, vegetables and fruit. Colourful and different. We were... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, Wurfit! Thank you for enjoying "Takara lunch". Thank you for your detailed review and we appreciate it. Thank you for loving our greeting and we are very delightful. We will keep strive for the best quality food and the service and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon. New dinner... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Food was the real treat. Plates delivered to the table with a smile were picture perfect and tasted great too. Japanese food is light however unlike crocteaser I was very satisfied with the size of the portions. Just eat more and don't bother with the burger! It was a fun place. Our second visit one of many more. Do you... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, Lockie M! Thank you for the detailed review and we do appreciate your repeatitive visit to Takara. New dinner menu and new decor are coming to Takara so we are hoping to see you again soon. Thank you very much for enjoying Takara's food and the service. We will do our best... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My family took me for my 75th birthday. Excellent food and service. Friendly greeting upon arrival. The big surprise was when the loud music came on with singing Happy Birthday, and the staff sang and danced too, before giving me a Birthday cake and taking photos. Not a restaurant for intimate dining, but for having fun.

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, Neville W! Thank you for celebrating your 75th Birthday at Takara and happy birthday to you once again! Thank you for enjoying Takara's food, service and the birthday party. We appreciate your comment and feedback. We will keep strive for the best service and quality food. We are looking forward to seeing... More

Te Puke
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This restaurant is the best outside Jaoan that I have experienced. The service traditional but friendly and the food superb.

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, BeeBee1TePuke! Thank you for enjoying Takara's food and the service. We appreciate your love for Takara. We will always do our best to make customers happy when they are dining at Takara. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. Arigato Gozaimsu! Takara Serves Happiness :) More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I didn't mind the smaller portions and it was delivered very fast but overall I was only partially satisfied. I actually thought about getting a burger on the way home after spending $40 on a meal. I thought the overly "happy" welcomes the staff all yell out when a new person walks through the door, got a bit tiresome after... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, crocteaser! First of all, we apologise that your experience at Takara was not perfect. The surprise birthday party is significant difference from the other restaurant and many customers love this surprise. We are sorry that there were too much birthday celebrations on the night you dined in. If you felt the staff... More

Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

PROS -happy almost overattentive staff that aim to please -really good food - my fave is the Bento Box at lunchtime -fine, fresh sushi and they will customize to your taste -located right on the Strand with beautiful views of Tauranga Harbour AND it is next to the the best hair salon in Tauranga. So I get my hairdo and... More

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, SuSu_12_12! Thank you for your detailed review. We were very impressed and thankful to you. Thank you for enjoying Takara's food and service and we are delightful that there were no negative elements that may have interrupt your experience at Takara. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. We will... More

Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Had lunch for my birthday. . It was totally totally awesome. .. everyone needs to go here and try.. I will definitely be going back!!

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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your valuable review, Wendy F! We are very happy to know that you have enjoyed your birthday lunch at Takara. We were delighted to celebrate your birthday. Thank you for choosing Takara to celebrate such an important day. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon at Takara. We will wait for you with... More

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