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“WOW!!!”

Takara Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 382 Restaurants in Tauranga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $33
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Courteous and Cheerful Service. Takara Serves Happiness and Value!
BOP
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“WOW!!!”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

You have to check out Takara's new premises on the Strand. Previously Takara was tucked away around the corner and was one of the Bay's best kept secrets - now the secret is out. Rachel and 'Chef' - thank you soo so much again for a wonderful experience. Again you made us feel extra special and always spoil us. Your food and your service is just superb - now you have new premises that are just as fantastic and vibrant. CONGRATULATIONS and every SUCCESS for the future.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Cathy A
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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review, Cathy A!

Thank you so much for enjoying Takara's service and food.
We will try our best to make you happy everytime you are dining at Takara.
We love to spoil you.. :)

We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Thanks a lot again for your great love and best wishes for Takara.

Takara Serves Happiness :)
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Wellington
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“Amazing food and Great staff”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I work in town just around the corner from Takara so decided to give it a go one day and boy was I glad I did, it now has become one of my regular favourites for lunch.
I have taken many friends here and family and every time the food and service has been outstanding.
Rachel is so friendly and accommodating and will go out of here way to make sure your experience is memorable.

Thanks again Takara Team

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank jajaNZ
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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review, jajaNZ!

Thank you for enjoying your meal and the service at Takara.
We are very happy to serve you everytime and we are glad that you are enjoying every moment that you are spending at Takara.
We are striving for the best customer satisfaction and we are very pleased that you are feeling happy at Takara.

We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.
We will wait for you with big and cheerful smile, respectful heart, courteous attitude and lots of love.

See you again soon!

Takara Serves Happiness :)
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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Takara lives up to its name”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I read the great reviews about this place and wanted to bring my family for dinner. We went for dinner on Tuesday night without reservation and it was full house. So we made a booking for next night with the friendly and smiling lady whom I guess must be the boss. She was very apologetic. We went there next night and the food was worth the trip there again. Surprisingly the lady "boss" came over to our table and thanked us for returning. She remembered us from last night taking our booking. I told her that I am still waiting for my beer which must have been forgotten by one of the staff. Within a minute the chilled beer was on my table. Service from all the smiling staff there is always very warm and attentive. Takara certainly lives up to all its good reviews!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank ElsieLim
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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review, ElsieLim!

Thank you for the detailed writing about your experience at Takara.
Yes, I was the "boss" who served the chilled beer! :)
I was apologetic because we have been relocated to the Strand only 4days ago and staff were on the process of getting used to the new location and system.
Thank you very much for your generosity on the night. We were delighted to serve you.
We are looking forward to seeing you again soon when you are visiting Tauranga again.
Thank you so much.

Takara Serves Happiness :)
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Hastings, New Zealand
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“Great fun with very hospitable hosts and front of house staff.”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

I've only had sushi before so was unsure what to expect. The loud greeting upon arrival and being taken to our table immediately was very welcoming. The menu and specials were well explained. Very tasty meal at good prices. I mentioned to the owner it was our 25th wedding anniversary and she brought us dessert with candles! Totally unexpected and very generous. It was a very memorable experience. Thanks Rachel and team. Good luck with your move onto the Strand!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Brenda C
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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review, Brenda C!

It was great to serve you on your 25th Wedding anniversary.
Thank you for dining with us, enjoying Takara food and the service.
You and your husband were lovely couple!
Thank you for providing us a great chance to congratulate your anniversary by sharing with us.
We were delighted to serve you.

We are looking forward to seeing you when you are visiting Tauranga again.
We will wait for you!
Arigato gojaimasu.

Takara Serves Happiness :)
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Hell, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Takara has a deserved reputation...”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Takara is most often busy whenever we walk past, and on the three times that we've visited.

The service is cheerful and attentive, and meals arrive quickly. I've got quite an appetite yet struggled to finish my main after sharing an entrée, so the fresh, imaginative meals are good value, and very tasty.

It's great to see such a hard-working restaurant pleasing so many diners...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank South37
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Rachel Y, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you very much for your valuable review, South37!

Thank you for a detailed feedback about Takara.
Thank you for enjoying Takara's great service, fresh and authentic Japanese cuisine.
We appreciate you visitied Takara for 3times!

We will do our best to make you happy everytime you dine at Takara.
We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Onece again, thank you so much.

Takara Serves Happiness :)
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