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208 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
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Ranked #22 of 69 Restaurants in Ballina
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cuisines: Japanese
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

I've been to rakku many times over the past few years and it has never failed to satisfy! I would definitely recommend to anyone passing through ballina. Their only downfall recently is that they close at 7pm. I believe this is due to personal reasons.

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Canberra, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

A great little Japanese Restuarant which serves fresh and delicious authentic Japanese Food. Sashimi was very fresh and well cut. Tempura vegetables, miso soup, chicken bento box, and tuna rolls were all very well prepared. Family friendly. Simple and unpretentious atmosphere with polite staff. Would definitely come back again.

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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Ate here on a Wednesday night. They don't take bookings but it wasn't too busy, although no wonder said boo to us at the counter so we just helped ourselves to a table. You then go up to the counter to pay and order. Three of us shared some sushi, gyoza and edamame which was pretty good. The gyoza was... More 

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Additional Information about Rakuu

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

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