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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

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1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-348 1938
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ah... nice sushimi, great sake and brilliant service. What else is there. I'll be back Yamato. Thank you for looking after me!

Thank Iain M
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by local Japanese frend...became my go to during conference, couldn't go past the Mackrel (crispy, crispy, salty did I say crispy), salmon & cabbage hotpot yum, yum, BBQ eel delicious. Great service, comfortable friendly atmosphere. Excellent value

Thank lt1Wellington
Gold Coast; Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We're big lovers of Japanese Cuisine, so after a long day driving to Taupo we thought Yamato would be a great way to unwind. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food had good flavour. I particularly liked the small sashimi platter which included 5 different cuts of fish. The restaurant was leaning on the pricy side but the... More 

Thank Amanda W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot for solo eating too. You can sit up at the bar and watch the sushi chef. Try the lenkon chips with a beer. Very moreish. Spicy tuna rolls are pretty amazing too. Great service. Friendly staff. Japanese Asahi too. I go often. The only thing they could possibly do to be better is change the menu more often.

Thank Cara L
Cambridge, New Zealand
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time I've been to Yamamoto and both times I walked out a very happy man. Top quality ingredients (tuna imported from Japan) authentic Japanese service and setting. A substantial lunch for two with beer and wine for a little over $50. Great value indeed !!

Thank James B
Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Our most Favorite Restaurant Ever. We have been going to Yamato Restaurant since they first Open, and the Quality of Food and presentation is as Good now as it was back then. We go no less than 3 times a Month for Dinner. We love it. (You must try it if you like Japanese Food.)

Thank Donna B
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Incredible food that was do fresh and delicious. The menu caters for most tastes, is gluten, dairy, and nut free. The fish was so fresh and healthy

Thank Yahoo61
Waihi, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Not quite what I expect of Japanese food ... to me it seemed cheap quality. Although it was a cheap dinner I wouldn't bother going back again (have since found out about one in Rotorua that a friend recommended we will try next time).

Thank OutandAboutnz
Melbourne, Australia
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Found Yamato using Trip Advisor/Google - and found a gem. Seated at the bar we saw our food being prepared with awesome precision and skill. Sashimi was very fresh - and the california rolls generous and the green tea icecream creamy. Paid about $60 for 2 people (excluding drinks). Would happily have dinner there every day.

Thank Mara R
Tauranga, New Zealand
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a quick dinner on the way through town, with two fussy children. We had a delicious meal - everybody full and satisfied. Neat atmosphere where you can sit up at the bar and watch the chef in action. Had avocado sushi, edamame beans, seaweed salad, lotus root chips and rice for the kids plus agedashi tofu, pork... More 

Thank Melanie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-348 1938

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