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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

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316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
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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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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived at 6pm. Took 4 hours to be served a 10 course meal. Courses were very stingy especially when paying $45 a head. Not enough food to go round us all and left feeling hungry. Not impressed and this was my first time there, won't be going back.

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Thank MrsT-NZ
Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was bland and portions were minuscule, serving staff were indifferent, I waited over 30 mins for a drink. When I wrote to complain, I was told in a sarcastic manner that the 4 hours it took to serve our meal was my own fault. Owner doesn't believe the customer is ever right, rather than trying to placate me she... More 

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Thank sheridan1808
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went as part of a work group in the evening. I was already a bit disappointed with the high price of a shared dinner, but was hoping it would be high quality and very filling. Unfortunately it was neither. Each dish was quite small and came out individually. That meant our dinner went from approximately 6.30pm until after 10pm,... More 

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Thank Nicola_B_Palmy
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant and am always looking for an excuse to visit again. The food is delicious and authentic and the staff are very helpful and always willing to advise on dishes and give their recommendations on what to try. Cannot wait to visit again soon.

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Thank Kylie B
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this spot! such an authentic experience with delicious food, drinks list & service. the beef tetaki is amazing with lots of garlic and spring onion, as is the teriyaki salmon and the chicken curry (a classic I've had for years). They make a fuss of you on special occasions and make you a birthday card which is a nice... More 

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Thank janelH4458QM
Palmerston North
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know where to take my family and friends for a Japanese experience in Palmerston North. Yatai has had years of experience at doing it well and authentically in a NZ setting. The ambience, the decor, the food are all truly Japan. I can recommend it to anyone for "up market" Japanese dining and a place to celebrate Japanese style.... More 

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Thank Denny4033
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely place, good opportunity to try and share dishes that I had never eaten before. Was pleasantly surprised at how yummy most of the food was that I would never normally try. Did find it quite expensive though.

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Thank Christine D
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

A friend and I visited to talk and catch up. He didn't want to go and doesn't like Japanese food. We were seated and I asked the wonderful waiter to bring sharing plates. The plates were varied and prompt and Dave loved it. So did I (but I knew I would). We would definitely visit again. Great for friends or... More 

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Thank penny b
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I've eaten a lot of Japanese at various places and to be honest I don't think Yatai lives up to the hype. It's overpriced and I don't think the quality reflects the price. The staff are lovely though and absolutely make you feel very welcome. Been back a couple of times, hoping the initial night was just a dud. But... More 

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Thank Geade
YataiNZ, Owner at Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very disappointed to read your review and in particular that you felt your two evenings with us were duds and that we are overpriced. Compared to what may I ask??? All our meats and eggs are free range, almost double the price of regular and our dish prices range from $10 to $26??? Is that expensive? We thank... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious Japanese restaurant with lovely staff. We ordered 10 different dishes - tuna tartar and okonmiyaki were my faves. Best Japanese I've had in NZ. Great flavour and so fresh! A bit pricey for the location and the rice should have come out earlier to eat with some of the tasty sauces. Will definitely be back next time I'm in... More 

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Thank Nikki F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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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