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“A little slice of Japan”

Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Palmerston North
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“A little slice of Japan”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

Lovely esepcially if you want to try some authentic Japanese food. Much better to go with a group as the idea is to order several small dishes to share over a period of time...can be on the expensive side but nice for a celebration

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Korean first
  • Any
English first
New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“good food good atmosphere slightly pricey”
Reviewed 2 December 2011

Excellent Food and Ambiance Food abit pricy better options cost wise in Palmerston North but great for a special occasion

  • Visited January 2011
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Dannevirke, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely Delicious”
Reviewed 22 September 2011

Awesome place, beautiful food, beautiful presentation, friendly staff, well worth a visit, if you have not been before, the staff fill you in on how the menu works and then you enjoy the lovely food!! and the next time you go you will be an expert on using chop sticks!! Forks are available!! :)

  • Visited September 2011
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New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in Palmerston North - super friendly service, exceptional food, relaxed and charming atmosphere”
Reviewed 17 November 2009

In our household, every family celebration is an excuse for a trip to Yatai! We all love the food (my young daughters, aged 6 and 7, look forward to their favourite dishes) but what makes Yatai truly exceptional is the quality of the service. The staff are so friendly and go out of their way to make us feel welcomed and valued. A card is always placed on the table to welcome us and to mark our celebration, and the staff greet us like old friends. When we have visitors from overseas, we always take them to Yatai asd we know they will love the food and the atmosphere. I could not recommend Yatai more highly - it is a great place both for families and for adult groups.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Stunning Food, exceptional service, fantastic Manageress”
Reviewed 13 November 2009

Once again another fabulous evening at Yatai with incredible food and a wonderful hostess. We have been going there since Barbara opened the restaurant and have always been well received and treated incredibly special.
The atmosphere is lovely, and the food is the best in town, which is why it has won many awards.
Our Favourite is the Beef Tataki which is just divine.
Barbara is the hostess with a gift of making everyone feel welcome and we thank her for making every evening there special for us.

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