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USD 35,000 - USD 100,000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My last vacation was in Rapa Nui, and the last night I wanted it to be special, I had dinner in Kotaro. Dinner consisted of steak with garlic sauce, sautéed vegetables, miso soup, rice and an appetizer of raw fish in sweet vinegar, plus very...fresh local fish sashimi. The preparation, the flavors of each bite ... is something I would return to Rapa Nui for Dining in Kotaro was special, it was the best I had on my vacation, really special, very well prepared Japanese food with unique flavorsMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In 2019 I was on vacation in Easter Island, I had dinner twice in Kotaro, the food is really Japanese, something you cannot miss if you go to Rapa Nui

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 October 2020

One of the most incredible Japanese food restaurant in Easter island, delightful food and great service, the owners try to give a complete Japan experience !

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 August 2020 via mobile

When we went to dinner at this restaurant was a surprise to find real Japanese food You must have dinner here if you travel to Easter Island

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 12 January 2020 via mobile

Great food, nice music, typical japanese ambience, cordial service. A “must go” when in Easter Island!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 5 January 2020 via mobile

Phenomenal experience: the chef is so passionate and gave personal attention to each customer and put so much thought and care into each ingredient and each dish. It is a tiny place about a 5 minute drive outside of town and the night we went...there were only 5 other customers (and he only does one seating per night!). He said he cares more about the quality of the food and experience and not about volume/making money — and true to that: he politely turned away about 9 potential customers while we sat and enjoyed the 2 hour omakase experience and told them they need to make a reservation in advance. He only prepares enough ingredients for those who are confirmed to dine that night (which means it is all so fresh and delicious!). Definitely read his website before you go: he is quite a character and has lots of rules (no young kids, no dessert, be on time etc) - so this place is definitely not for everyone - but we loved it! It was a little over US$100 for two of us (we paid in pesos which made it a little cheaper) including sake and beer — which is ALOT cheaper than what this experience would cost us at home in NYC!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019

I was very disappointed after finishing my meal at Kotaro, and not necessarily because the food was bad. It simply did not live up the the stellar reviews that I had read on tripadvisor beforehand. This might be the best Japanese restaurant on Easter Island,...but there are at least a dozen Japanese restaurants that are better within 15 minutes of my house in suburban New York City, and dozens more in the city itself. I doubt that the restaurant could even survive in my area, although the chef seems clever enough that he might be able to improve. Even on Easter Island, this restaurant does not stand out. We ate eight dinners and lunches on our trip, and Kotaro was at the bottom of the list. Specifically, Neptune Island, Te Moai Sunset and Tataku Vave were far superior. Part of the problem may be that the restaurant does not conform to my view of what a Japanese restaurant should be. In my experience, a good Japanese restaurant emphasizes sushi and sashimi, which were only a small part of the meal at Kotaro. The emphasis at Kotaro was on the cooked main course. I'm sure that the owner will attribute this emphasis to the fact that he categorizes his restaurant as an izakaya, a type of Japanese restaurant that may be unfamiliar to most, certainly to me. The cooked main course was too close to Chinese food in its execution. It's not that the food was bad - everybody in our group was happy with the meal, and amazed when we learned the the building and all the furniture had been built by hand by the owner. But the price is significantly higher than other restaurants in town, and I wish I hadn't read all of the reviews.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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IzakayaKotaro, Propietario at Kotaro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2020

strange disconnect between what's going on in your mind and reality It is surprising how people always prefer the cowardice of anonymity before expressing themselves in person at the restaurant where it is necessary, no matter how many times they ask there will always be...More

Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

The restaurant has been moved to a new location since December 2018. The new place is 1.5 miles farther and we needed to use a taxi or car to get there. The chef said he only uses fish caught on the day from the Island...and they were excellent. We ordered omakase course which we expected several small dishes, but we got sashimi sunomono, rolls and kaisendon which fishes are on top of rice. My husband got fish. My expectation was extremely high since reading of his website. Our meal was over us$100. I didn’t mind paying if he provided several course. Maybe there were only 4 guests on the day, and he didn’t want to prepare many dishes.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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IzakayaKotaro, Propietario at Kotaro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

in public say all otherwise .... three times i ask if it was all well and three times said yes..... all dishes completely clean .... we talked two hours in English and Japanese and said nothing .... even took Rice that leftover to eat it...More

Reviewed 21 May 2019 via mobile

I can’t recommend Kotaro enough - the freshest fish, amazing flavours and an unbeatable atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit - make sure to book in advance and read the website first.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

The owner and wife couple were charming and the quality of the food was second to none. One of my favourite meals we had on the island. Interesting food, tasty well apportioned plates and an intimate setting. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Kotaro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5