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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

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316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, great service ! We enjoyed the set meal and the private room. Very nice people a great place to dine

Thank Cameron B
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a family meal here back in October (sorry for late review I've been travelling) we were very impressed with the food! I found this place on trip advisor and what a gem this place is! Loverly atmosphere, fantastic staff and a wide range of Japanese cuisine. The food was cooked absolutely perfect, the flavours were amazing. We ordered about... More 

Thank Chapmans4g
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

A long time ago I had the pleasure of working here for a few years, almost 10 years later the restaurant is still going strong, the food is still fantastic and Barbara and Atsushi have not changed ! Highly recommended this establishment to anybody who would like authentic and well presented meals. I also recommend taking a group as they... More 

Thank eugene d
Darwin, Australia
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

This is now one of our favourite places to eat in Palmerston North; attentive service (Barbara is so welcoming) and superb food for every taste, hot and fresh. The staff, who are carefully trained to honour the food and guests, do their best to allow for food intolerances - I can't eat soy or MSG and even I can find... More 

Thank SallieB2012
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely one the best restaurants in town. Authentic Japanese food you can't get anywhere else as good as you do at Yatai.

Thank Kiri S
Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Degustation in private dining was great. Tempura and sushi so delish. Egg custard miso rice! The pawns were so crunchy. BYO wine keeps the cost down. Go !!

Thank Trendymedic
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Barbara went out of her way to open the restaurant specially for our Team lunch on 7/12/17. Our Team members from work were taken by surprise the length Barbara went to treat us with her special luncheon, one treat after another. Two of our Team members eating Japanese food for the first time got a good introduction to Japanese cuisine.... More 

Thank Sriya P
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

From the moment you walk in this feels like being back in Japan. Superb food and relaxed dining style. Unfortuately it was understaffed which meant that service, while very helpful and knowledgeable, was very slow.

Thank Dennis T
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Went last night with my partner to celebrate not something we get to do often and I'm 38 weeks pregnant so not something we will get to do again for a while. Had seen online that Yatai was on the best restaurants in Palmerston North list new to the area we thought we would trust that. We were seated quickly... More 

Thank Chelsea B
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

The car park is through what looks like a private house entrance off a main road. Small car park for around 4/5 cars. Assume you can park on the street though so shouldn't be a big issue. The menu was small and some items were not available when we visited which was a shame as we love calamari/squid. Don't expect... More 

Thank tizzydizzy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-356 1316

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