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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
Dining options: Takeout

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  • 12
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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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
Best place in ballina

I love this place and cant get enough. Its always busy so get there early if you want to eat in. Its always fresh and amazing, best japanese ive had in Australia. I will be back

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
vlakyrie
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Ballina, Australia
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Ballina, Australia
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place and cant get enough. Its always busy so get there early if you want to eat in. Its always fresh and amazing, best japanese ive had in Australia. I will be back

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Thank vlakyrie
Ballina, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I come here daily during the week for my lunch , the service is awesome I dont even have to repeat my order and if not readily available when they say 5 minutes they mean 5 minutes not 10 or 15 like many other places. Trading hours are a bit weird but hey if they can then why not ,... More 

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Thank kl1992
Melbourne, Australia
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115 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can tell as soon as you walk in that the people who manage Rakuu are the owners. Food is tasty, fresh and there is attention to detail on each dish. The restricted trading hours I think are a reflection of the owners keeping a tight reign on quality even at the expense of additional business. Seriously last dinner orders... More 

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Thank Konrad M
Yallingup
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130 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We were taken to this resteraunt by friends who had eaten here & know the proprietors. The food was so authentic & is run by Japanese. So delicious & fresh. Was hard to decide what to eat as it all looked & sounded delicious. The seafood was a winner. I am sorry I was only passing thru Ballina,as this would... More 

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Thank Trishc22
Melbourne, Australia
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107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

It was getting late and we still had 3 hours travel ahead of us. We had decided to pull off the highway into Ballina for dinner and a break. Loving Japanese food, the Rakuu caught our eye immediately. They were doing a brisk takeaway business but we decided to eat in. We started with one of our favourites, gyoza, and... More 

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Thank geniegal
Byron Bay, Australia
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115 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
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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Thank Wendy D
Alstonville, Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Aey S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Supitcha N
Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Thank Paul J
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

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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Thank Cody H

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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, Asian
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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