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Av. Hotu Matua | across from Aeropuerto Mataveri, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
+56 9 6644 3068
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Rapa Nui is a fantastic island filled with spectacular cultural and archaeological features. It is not, however, known specifically for its food. The food you will find in all the local restaurants (perhaps, I suppose, at the 5-star and wildly expensive Explora Hotel) is incredibly similar: fish, sweet potatoes, ceviche, beef, etc. The standard restaurant meal isn't necessarily bad but... More 

1 Thank Carl L
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner at Kotaro twice during our five-day stay on Easter Island. Our meals were absolutely perfect and some of the best Japanese food we have ever had. Listen to the chef and allow him to create a meal for you based on your preferences - we chose the ginger pork dish and the sushi/sashimi selection on our first... More 

1 Thank Jennifer N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We didn’t have high expectations for the food on Easter Island and actually cooked for ourselves most evenings during our stay. However, we made an exception for a meal at Kotaro on the advice of both our hosts and TripAdvisor. We definitely weren’t disappointed. The restaurant is quite small, located a bit out of the way on the road near... More 

2 Thank stephandgio_m
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Less than a 15 minute walk from downtown, this intimate restaurant features an excellent menu. The beef teriyaki was delectable and the sushi was generous. The miso soup was the best we have eaten. At least two of the tables are set up so you remove your shoes and sit on the floor. With a bottle of wine and a... More 

3 Thank DriveRideOrFly
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We loved our diner at Kotaro. The restaurant is really nice decorated in Japanese style and the food delicious. It felt a little bit like we where in Japan. The owner(s) and the people working in the restaurant are all really nice. Make sure to get your reservation (we didn't but were lucky enough to get a spot).

1 Thank Nathiej
Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Dinner at Kotaro was a highlight of our visit to Easter Island. The restaurant is beautifully designed in Japanese style both inside and out. Despite the reports of eccentric rules or rudeness, we were warmly welcomed and graciously served. Everything -- food, wine, beer and service -- was flawless and excellent. Highly recommended.

1 Thank NCtravelerWS
Annandale, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

A "must do" experience on the island! The food is delicious, just trust chefs' recommendations! I had the shrimp in curry sauce and it was amazing!! Take your time and watch how your diner is cooked! Make a reservation in advance and enjoy the night.

1 Thank Patricia T
Sevilla, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

It was a total experience to dinner in Kotaro! We loved the place and the food! We had a reserve for only 1 night but we couldn't resist to book again for the next night! I am so sad I will not eat in Kotaro again, at least until I will come back to Easter Island ;)

3 Thank Jose Antonio Bl... G
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Coming from California, we had lots of Japanese restaurants and all were excellent in culinary skills. In our hometown, this might just considered as food from food court. The food was mediocre, except the fish was very fresh because its caught locally. I guess because there were no good restaurant around here, so its considered #1. A little disappointed because... More 

2 Thank itcheetam
Toronto, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

We loved our meal here! It's no surprise that this place is rated #1. For us it was on par if not better than some of the restaurants we ate at in Japan. The owner/chef is amazing - very friendly and welcoming (and his rules are hilarious!). We made a reservation via his website and when we arrived he made... More 

1 Thank DomCanada

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Reservations, Waitstaff
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Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Hotu Matua | across from Aeropuerto Mataveri, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Easter Island  >  Hanga Roa
  • Phone Number: +56 9 6644 3068
Do not eat at this restaurant without reading the rules found in the blog before. This is a restaurant owned and run by one man. If you have the time, I promise you'll enjoy the food, music and ambience, if you are in a hurry, best to make a reservation. OPENING TIME Dinner time 18:00 - 22:00 Sunday Dinner time 18:00 - 22:00 only with reservation Thursday DAY OFF. ++We don't serve any desserts ++We only serve wine,beer and soft drinks, because we think is the best choice with your meal ++and by the design of the restaurant, by the other clients, by the type of food and by their parents, we prefer not to accept children. Except educated children know how to behave in a restaurant. I hope you understand.

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