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208 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • 6
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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The food here was fresh and delicious... Was really expecting something mediocre, but it was really very good! The octopus balls and sushi was delicious! The menu had quite a few veg options. The udon soup came with quite a lot of tempura sides - quite filling! We got there early & it was already... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Wendy D
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Byron Bay, Australia
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Byron Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The food here was fresh and delicious... Was really expecting something mediocre, but it was really very good! The octopus balls and sushi was delicious! The menu had quite a few veg options. The udon soup came with quite a lot of tempura sides - quite filling! We got there early & it was already quite busy. Cannot book in... More 

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Alstonville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The best Japanese food in town. Friendly staffs, very good quality food and of course tasty!!. Every time i am in Ballina i have to come to Rakuu and most of the time it was full however there are fresh ready made sushi for take away so no worries!. The food menu is quite small but good variety. The veggies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I love this restaurant. The best Japanese in town. Staffs are friendly. Small menu however it is good variety. Food are tasty and very good quality so no wonder restaurant is always full. I am a fan of Veggies bento so yummm!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Rakuu may have limited opening hours. However if you like your Japanese food do yourself a favour and check out when it's open and enjoy the most delicious and freshest Japanese food. I have eaten a lot of Japanese food and this ranks right up there. An absolute delight. Other Sushi places should check it out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The food at this location is great and recommend anyone to go in and enjoy the Japanese atmosphere but this can be proven to be impossible for people to actually try this food as it feels as though it is always closed for long periods of times or just never open. This place needs to improve on their business hours... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Good food but every time I go there its closed. I dont know how they can operate with those trading hours. Good food ar good prices but can you please open so people can enjoy it

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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I'm totally in love with their tempura prawn sushi roll. You have to try it - when it's just been made, its extra special as the warm prawn melts the mayo and other bits in it to a temp that is absolutely amazing! All other tempura prawn sushi rolls i have tried anywhere else is a total dissapointment! The opening... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What can I say I absolutely love the good it is great value it is fresh , it's lovely and simple yet so so good . The only thing that is not so good is the fact that are not open very often that seems to be a common criticism not just in these reviews but from many people around... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

For one this place is never opened at a decent hours. There closed Saturday night for goodness sake? Food is very average.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The sushi is 5 star- always amazing. The only negative is the hours - only open Tues-Fri (not on Saturday night?!) and they finish taking orders at 6:45pm.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 208 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ballina

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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