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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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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were in Surfers for the weekend so decided to try Yamagen in the QT as it’s a reinvention of the Chinese that used to occupy this spot. The QT is a great hotel with a couple of good options for eating. The space for...More

Thank Brich4rd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The miso cod is amazing.. the menu is compact and super fresh. Great staff very friendly and the atmosphere was super. The music was funky a very authentic Japanese eatery.

Thank Peter E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a set menu and found it was a great way to experience Japanese food. The staff were very attentive and ready to answer any questions we had.

Thank 23Chris61
QTAndyR, Guest Relations Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey 23Chris61, Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Glad to see you enjoyed yourself and our team could answer any questions you had. Look forward to having you back again soon! Andy QT

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Want exceptional food? Want fantastic cocktails? Want friendly staff? You'll get it here PLUS Long waits between service and drinks. For four people and $650 we got to wait a heinously long time for drinks and courses. Half the party wanted to leave before our...More

Thank FineFoodLover2014
QTAndyR, Guest Relations Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey FineFoodLover2014, Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us on your experience at Yamagen. Sorry to hear the wait times were a tad to long, however we're glad to see when the delicious art works that are our chefs masterpieces did arrive they were excellent...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and superb Japanese food offering GESS selection in steaks, sushi and sashimi. Really good selection of Japanese whiskies also if you enjoy smooth whiskies

Thank sm00rthy
QTAndyR, Guest Relations Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sm00rthy, Thanks for the great review, so glad to see you enjoyed our new menu at Yamagen, even better when they are paired with those smooth 62 house Japanese whiskeys right? Hope to see you again soon! Andy QT

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have dined at Yamagen before but it was tired and outdated, after two months away I have arrived back to the all-new Yamagen Japanese Restaurant and I must say I am pleased. The ambiance, typical QT, a sumptuous funky visual feast, flawlessly executed without compromising comfort like...More

Thank TheLegendaryMrYeo
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Dined here with my wife and baby daughter, had a lovely selection of Japanese food including fresh sashimi. food quality was great, beverage menu was good and the staff made the experience. Will definitely be back when I'm next in surfers.More

Thank lukesmith
QTGC, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lukesmith, Wow thanks for the big 5 stars! So glad to see the family enjoyed our new Yamagen restaurant. I will pass on your kind words to our team and we look forward to having you back again! Thanks again, Jedd Rifai Food and...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

If you like Japanese whiskey, and izakaya style food, this new version of Yamagen at QT is worth trying. Very attentive staff, great decor, terrific and unique food and a whiskey list you can't jump over. 4 1/2 stars.More

Thank Gregg61
QTGC, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gregg61, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback about our NEW Yamagen, We're so glad to see you loved everything about your experience with us, hopefully next time you choose to dine we can get the full 5 stars! Thanks again,...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

After reading the reviews we thought we would give this a go for the wife's birthday. After getting there and thinking the prices were pretty decent we get our first entre on its way as well as the second and what the restaurant called "mains"(I'll...More

Thank Troy W
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Not only was the food unique but it was DELICIOUS!!! Loved the whole experience, the staff were incredible, the atmosphere fabulous! Modern new restaurant with attention to detail. I highly recommend this as a great night out for great food and cocktails... and the music...More

Thank Rachel W
QTGC, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Rachel W, So glad to see you enjoyed you experience with us and you love the new Yamagen as much as we do! We look forward to having you back again soon! Jedd Rifai Food and Beverage Director

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$54
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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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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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