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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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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I made a reservation through our hotel for dinner. The welcome was very friendly and surrounds were a nice mixture of Japanese and Easter Island style. The food was fantastic! We chose a small sample plate of sushi and some tofu agedashi to accompany our beautiful main dishes - seared garlic steak and marinated steak. The service... More 

1 Thank Michael R
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner is passionated cooker! So glad I could have dinner twice while in the island... Tried the sushi sashimi and prawn curry, simply delicious

Thank Ana L
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our answer is Moai was the expected highlight and Kotaro was the unexpected highlight. Wow, it was a totally unexpected pleasant surprise that an amazing traditional Japanese restaurant exists on Easter Island! You can tell this place is a labor of love. The Chilean owner/chef spent 10 years in Japan and brought the authentic flavors and culture to Easter Island.... More 

1 Thank Greg T
Santiago, Chile
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place, great food and atmosphere. Owner/chef was friendly and helpfull. Even great and patient with our young children. Highly recommend this place.

1 Thank DB B
Austin, Texas
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117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Not only some of the best sushi I've ever had (including all around the San Francisco Bay Area), but also some of the most unique sushi and Japanese-inspired dishes (sweet miso glaze on fish and Japanese curry shrimp)!! The owner was hilarious and tons of fun and had some incredible food recommendations and ideas for us. The whole experience was... More 

1 Thank Maddoggy25
Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

First things to note: you need a reservation and don't bring kids. We did not have a reservation and The owner was quite firm that in the future you needed to have one. After some time we figured this is because he buys the food based on how many people for the evening. As for the kids, he just doesn't... More 

1 Thank kateaspencer
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

My fiance and I had dinner here our last night in Hanga Roa. We drove an ATV a few minutes down the road from our hotel. The atmosphere and ambiance are perfect. It's relaxed and unique with a Japanese touch. It reminded us of places we visited in Ebisu in Tokyo. Very well done. The chef was super friendly and... More 

1 Thank gs0ck0l
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We had quite a poor experience here. The chef is a nice person and very welcoming. He is however more an entertainer than a host. Instead of giving us the menu he give us a sort of multiple choice set of options we could pick from. "Do you like beef or fish?". We ended up getting beef and fish in... More 

Thank Crasten
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 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 

2 Thank Jennifer N

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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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