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Yamato Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1123 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-348 1938
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love coming to Yamoto for lunch and dinner. The service is excellent and the food is always fresh and delicious. The Sashimi is my absolute favourite.

Thank Reneetutua
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful restaurant!. The atmosphere was present and the servers friendly. I dropped my wallet in the dining room and got it back the next morning with everything intact. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank sy6842000
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place by chance on our night in Rotorua when our first two choices were booked out. Lucky for us there were two seats left when we arrived, but many others had to find somewhere else to go after that...so would recommend arriving early in the busy season. We were pleased to have found this spot - the... More 

Thank lucowit
Rotorua, New Zealand
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the kind of restaurant you'd likely walk right on by, and head to the bigger flasher eateries around the town. But we go here for lunch at least monthly for the last 5+ years and the food has always been amazing. It's always so fresh and tasty, and the staff are just lovely. If you want to find... More 

Thank missktuck
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yamato is by far the best Japanese in town. Not only because of the large selection of different Japanese courses but also the service is amazingly good. Though little staff they see everything and orders come prompt and not all at the same time. The tables are well placed so there is enough privacy for conversations. The wine 0,5 ltr... More 

Thank wim s
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

If you like Sushi and Sashimi - this is the place to go grab a seat at front of the restaurant and watch the Japanese chef when he prepares your meal. Try the spicy tuna roll.

Thank KiwiOL
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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?