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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
07 3481938
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Finally we found a place that makes the sushi fresh.. And when I say fresh I mean right in front of you! We got to sit right up at the bar and watch our sushi being made.... Reasonably priced and decent portions... Drinks are also much cheaper here... Staff friendly... Will return!!

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Thank Lisa V
Auckland, New Zealand
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we ate here for lunch and had a selection of food. I never thought id eat raw fish but I did! Service was good too.

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Thank Ally_1903
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner there with my friends, ordered two dishes, one wan chicken, one is steak. The chicken was too salty, and the steak was overcooked. However, the price was not low. That was a bad experiment.

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Thank Tom_wong1010
New Providence Island
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112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It the food that makes this place special! Had 2 rice bowls (teriyaki chicken and pork with miso egg) boy was it fantastic. The service is okay - it seems the servers are shy - but besides this, if youre looking for truly amazing Japanese food - don't miss this place!

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Thank RoamingGibsons
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this restaurant many times its my favorite japanese restaurant. today I went there for lunch about 12:30. I walked into the restaurant, standing by the counter for 5 min no attention stuff just ignored me. I told one of stuff im here for lunch. He took me to the table with menu. Waiting for another 20... More 

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Thank halloween55
Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is my second review for Yamato; reason being is we have just returned from another trip to Rotorua. We go to Yamato every year when we visit Rotorua for mountain biking and we absolutely love it! The chef prepares the freshest sashimi and sushi in front of you as you sit at the bar and sip on the lovely... More 

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Thank 105rachel2015
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Coming to this restaurant for just over 10 years. Love that you get to watch the Sushi Chef handroll in front of you. The side dish of steamed beef is my absolute favourite starter ever, the lunch bento box offers so many great flavours and their tempura is second to none. Can get quite crowded very easily and have definite... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

lovely food and staff. The place is not fantastic. oit does need an upgrade it is almost like a canteen. However food ig good and reasonable priced.

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Thank food-expert-trust
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Awesome find in Rotorua. My colleague goes all the time and took me there. Was great. Sit at the bar like area - watch them make sushi and meals and feel the real Japanese atmosphere. Food was brilliant, in fact we ate ourselves into a coma it was so good. Fresh Salmon and fish - deep fried squid - all... More 

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Thank Guy A
Pokeno, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Discovered this little gem by accident and boy were we glad! Watched the sushi chef making the sushi type dishes, a master at work. Melt in your mouth tuna, a real treat. Seaweed salad delicious, prawn tempura perfect. Vegetable mixed tempura was s little bland, but cooked perfectly. It was so good we went back the next night but they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: 07 3481938

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?