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Yamagen Japanese Restaurant

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7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
+61 7 5592 1200
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17:30 - 21:30
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Southport, Australia
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to share with my mum the Tepannyaki experience for the first time, she was so excited. I was recommended this restaurant and was told it was one of the best. I am very sad to say that I regret deeply my choice of venue. There was barely any entertainment from the chef, he was only cooking and nothing... More 

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Thank PJessSanB
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi PJessSanB, thank-you for your review. We're so sorry to hear about your poor experience with us. We pride ourselves on providing a theatrical, exciting experience and it really sounds like we missed the mark this time so we're very sorry for that. Yamagen is now closed for renovations until mid-late June so we do hope to see you back... More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had my 30th birthday party here...my husband proposed to me here 15 years ago...we had our wedding reception here 11 years ago...we keep coming back & they always remember us...great friendly prompt service with fresh ingredients cooked right in front of you with entertainment as well...the whole 5☆☆☆☆☆ star food entetainment package...

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Thank Bianca J
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Bianca, thank-you for taking the time to write us a review and Happy Belated Birthday! I can't believe you have shared so many special occasions with us... it's amazing! We hope to see you back mid to late June when Yamagen reopens, completely transformed :) Thanks again for the lovely review. More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Beautiful setting and fun to boot . Enjoyed the atmosphere inside the QT hotel. Our Chef Micheal was informative and entertaining . We enjoyed Beef, Chicken and Salmon very tender and tasty . The best Fried rice I have ever had , loved it . Miso soup was excellent entree as well. All in all a good night for friends... More 

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Thank elevator42
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there elevator42, thank-you for your review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience at Yamagen. You've made us hungry just reading this! We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks again. More 

Paradise Point, Australia
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71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

We had a lovely experience here 12 months ago however this time was not so good. The restaurant was very hot, the air conditioning was totally inadequate, the staff moved us to another table which was a little cooler however we were still very uncomfortable. Prices are now very high for what you get and after a 3 course meal... More 

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Thank mightyquin2015
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi mightyquin2015, thank-you for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed our meals and customer service, however, we're very sorry to hear that you experienced some issues with the air conditioning and food not being sufficient enough. We can ensure you that this is not the level of service that we strive for. We... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Traditional Japanese a la carte and teppanyaki. No fancy inventions just solid traditional Japanese food. Little pricey but recommended.

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Thank Zac K
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Zac, thank-you for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the quality of our food! We hope to see you in Yamagen again :) More 

Newcastle, Australia
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157 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited on a Saturday night and ordered the sashimi platter - it was without a doubt the best sashimi I have every had. The Kingfish was so fresh and the variety was great. Ordered other dishes which were good, but the sashimi was a stand out.

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Thank Curious022
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there Curious022, thank-you for your review. We're so glad to hear you loved the sashimi platter, it is one of our most popular dishes! We hope to see you back again soon :) More 

Hong Kong, China
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111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Yamagen previously was one of the Gold Coast's best Japanese establishments, however, it appears that under the ownership of QT the restaurants standards have fallen dramatically. The restaurant itself, is now old, run down, and stale - there has not been a dollar spent on it in 20 years. With regards to the food - the teppanyaki beef is fantastic,... More 

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Thank Gwm-Traveller1
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there Gwm-Traveller1, thank-you for your time in providing us with your feedback. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Teppanyaki and the customer service at your recent dining experience. We too, agree that Yamagen needs some attention which is why we are scheduled for a complete rennovation at the end of this month. The restaurant will be closed... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Took our children for their first Teppanyaki experience whilst staying at the QT, they had a kids offering on the menu and catered to them well. Staff were engaging and attentive, the children enjoyed the experience. Fairly Priced for what it offers.

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Thank Ben_crase
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ben_Crase, we're so glad we got to share in the children's very firs teppanyaki experience! How fun. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and we hope to see you and the family again soon. More 

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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Teppanyaki is great fun and Yamagen topped all the Teppanyaki's I've had. The service and attention to detail were excellent and the food was beautifully and artistically cooked by our Chef. My two young girls were made to feel really special and were given traditional Japanese Origami cranes by our waitress as well as or wonderful chef incorporating them in... More 

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Thank Joanna B
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Wonderful news, thanks so much for sharing Joanna B. It's such great fun at the Teppan Tables and we're thrilled that both you and your daughters enjoyed the experience. We look forward to dining with you again soon. More 

Emerald Beach, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

As a couple went on a quieter night but the Chef went out of his way to ensure that we not only enjoyed the food but were also entertained. The chef had to repeat this on 4 separate occasions as other people arrived! He was fun and very witty. Food was lovely we had set menus of Tsuki and Hana,... More 

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Thank Sally J
QTGC_Manager, Manager at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sally J, that's so great to hear, thanks for sharing! The Chefs are so good at the theatre of teppanyaki - it would be great for a party. Look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 53
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 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 5592 1200
Description
From the traditional to the contemporary, Yamagen Japanese Restaurant offers what is considered by many to be the best sushi on the Gold Coast. Our very own Sushi Master Mitsuo Yoshino hand prepares a wide variety of fresh sushi daily using only the best local ingredients. From hand formed to rolled, or pressed to plated sushi dishes there is always something fresh in the making. Our Teppanyaki Grill offers fresh local produce from rib eye fillets to Moreton Bay bugs and king prawns all prepared before your eyes. With the expert creativity of our talented Teppanyaki chefs showing off their skills, the entertainment provided in the preparation of your meal makes it as exciting for your eyes as it will be for your palate. If you're after something more discreet then our a la carte area and menu will bring all the above together and more. Yamagen Japanese Restaurant is a marriage of high skill and dedication and an experience for all.

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