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Yamagen Japanese Restaurant

7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
+61 7 5584 1200
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Overview
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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All hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The decor, menu, style and even the staff are all new (mostly). Chances are you've been to Yamagen in past, when it was a more traditional Japanese restaurant..the teppanyaki was a big attraction, the food was always good. But now, as they say, change is...More

Thank PeterPed
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I read a recent review about the relaunch of Yamagen, a restuarant that set the bar for fine Japanese food many years ago. The decor is now quite lush and trendy. Lots of attentive staff. Although we didn't book for the early sitting we were...More

Thank ozpd70
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi Ozpd70, Thank you for taking the time to review Yamagen. We are excited that you enjoyed your recent experience. I have passed your feedback onto the team for discussion. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Kind regards, Jedd Rifai Director of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice, quiet restaurant, friendly and helpful staff, and of course yummy food. The service was quick and efficient, the chefs were engaging and fun to watch, and it was a nice atmosphere. We will certainly eat there again!

Thank Sheldon P
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hey Sheldon P, Thank you for your review of the all new Yamagen. We love that you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you here again soon! Kind regards, Jedd Rifai Director of Food & Beverage - QT Resorts

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten here at least one night every time I have stayed at the QT and I like to sit at the sushi bar and let the legendary chef dish up fresh sushi and sashimi. Washed down with real japanese beer, this is a treat.

Thank SirPrince
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi SirPrince, Thank you for your recent review of Yamagen. How lucky are we to have Chef Yoshi. He is amazing! We can't wait to see you back here again soon. Kind regards, Jedd Rifai Director of Food & Beverage - QT Resorts

Reviewed April 17, 2017

We were guest at the QT Hotel and this is their in-house restaurant that was advertised as being open, but it is actually closed...

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

I wanted to share with my mum the Tepannyaki experience for the first time, she was so excited. I was recommended this restaurant and was told it was one of the best. I am very sad to say that I regret deeply my choice of...More

Thank PJessSanB
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi PJessSanB, thank-you for your review. We're so sorry to hear about your poor experience with us. We pride ourselves on providing a theatrical, exciting experience and it really sounds like we missed the mark this time so we're very sorry for that. Yamagen is...More

Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

I had my 30th birthday party here...my husband proposed to me here 15 years ago...we had our wedding reception here 11 years ago...we keep coming back & they always remember us...great friendly prompt service with fresh ingredients cooked right in front of you with entertainment...More

Thank Bianca J
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

Hi Bianca, thank-you for taking the time to write us a review and Happy Belated Birthday! I can't believe you have shared so many special occasions with us... it's amazing! We hope to see you back mid to late June when Yamagen reopens, completely transformed...More

Reviewed February 15, 2017

Beautiful setting and fun to boot . Enjoyed the atmosphere inside the QT hotel. Our Chef Micheal was informative and entertaining . We enjoyed Beef, Chicken and Salmon very tender and tasty . The best Fried rice I have ever had , loved it ....More

Thank elevator42
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2017

Hi there elevator42, thank-you for your review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience at Yamagen. You've made us hungry just reading this! We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks again.

Reviewed February 6, 2017

We had a lovely experience here 12 months ago however this time was not so good. The restaurant was very hot, the air conditioning was totally inadequate, the staff moved us to another table which was a little cooler however we were still very uncomfortable....More

Thank mightyquin2015
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2017

Hi mightyquin2015, thank-you for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed our meals and customer service, however, we're very sorry to hear that you experienced some issues with the air conditioning and food not being sufficient enough. We can...More

Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

Traditional Japanese a la carte and teppanyaki. No fancy inventions just solid traditional Japanese food. Little pricey but recommended.

Thank Zac K
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2017

Hi Zac, thank-you for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the quality of our food! We hope to see you in Yamagen again :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$6 - $54
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Gold Coast  >  Surfers Paradise
  • Phone Number: +61 7 5584 1200
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Description
Yamagen, a champion of the Gold Coast dining scene for over 30 years, has had a major facelift. Following a complete redesign by internationally renowned designer, Nic Graham, Yamagen is now bringing boisterous welcomes, smoking kushiyaki grills and the electric vibe of downtown Toyko to Surfers Paradise from 28 July 2017.

Blending old school kitchen samurai skills with new school chef invention, Yamagen reinvents a traditional Japanese izakaya with a stylish and innovative twist. Spanning three unique spaces (the bar, table-seki and sushi counter) Yamagen’s culinary journey is crafted by chefs Yoshihiro Yamazaki, Mitsuo Yoshino, Kei Sato and Shintaro Kosugi.

Offering a long list of craft beers, top-shelf sake, Japanese whiskies and cutting-edge cocktails, like the Utsumi Sour (Tanqueray gin, peach liqueur, aomomo peach, lemon) and the Dragon Ball (shochu, pomegranate liqueur,yuzu, lime, eggwhite) the bar is the perfect place for the thirsty to start and finish their evening.

Seating up to 76 guests and serving dishes such as Sashimi Tacos and Master Kobe Wagyu MS9+ straight from the kushiyaki grill, table-seki is the restaurant’s main dining area and the best place to take advantage of the full Yamagen experience.

With a limited capacity (15 guests), the sushi counter is Yamagen’s exclusive dining space. Here, guests experience an authentic omakase – a stream of market fresh sashimi and sushi, as well as delicate share plates, like Yellowfin Tuna Tartare – expertly selected by the chef.

Regardless of where you start or finish, Yamagen embodies true Japanese omote-nashi - the art of hospitality. It’s all about exceptional food, an electric atmosphere and an interactive dining experience.

This is stylish and innovative izakaya dining that will transport you to the vibrant back alleys of Tokyo… so get ready for the hustle and bustle.
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