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Takara Japanese Restaurant

97 The Strand, Tauranga 3001, New Zealand
+64 7-579 4177
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (25 reviews)
“bento box” (14 reviews)
“soft shell crab” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
97 The Strand, Tauranga 3001, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Dinner for two,Japaneses why not,The FOOD was yum yum yum,service man we couldn't fault it.Had a drink not covered in Happy hour was expensive tho.But overall was great.it was quiet tho went early evening.

Thank down2earthnz
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I’ve loved Takara for many years and have kept returning for the amazing Japanese food however today was my first try of their ‘new’ menu. What a disappointment. The potato and beetroot spring rolls doesn’t resemble anything I’ve seen in Japan. The sashimi salad was...More

Thank Jodi L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$22 for a sashimi salad that was so tiny it should’ve been worth $10. Also tried to order the sushi burrito and was told we couldn’t order that as they were out of chicken, the family that came in after us, got their food as...More

Thank Road57903215249
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Takara is one of the places that me and my wife appreciate greatly. we live 150km away from this restaurant but we would visit this place without any hesitation. we were surprised that they changed their menu recently as compared to their old menu that...More

Thank Kelsey Miles Ge... S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We was driving pass through the sea side and wanted to take a walk and look around. After 30mins’ walking, we found it, Takara Japanese Restaurant, opposite to the harbour and with Happy Hour at NZ$5/each for beer and wine. The restaurant was with spacious,...More

Thank Tiffng
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We visited Takara on our lunch break and happened to (accidentally) choose a table beside two diners to quickly lit up a cigarette each. We had already ordered our meals so we decided to try and wait it out until the diners had finished smoking....More

Thank TeamIan
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

I really love this restaurant the food is great ! Very consistent ! However on a Saturday night !! 7 pm booking the wine came long time after starter no water to begin with or at all very thirsty customer !! Entrees arrived Willy nilly...More

Thank Sedgbrook
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Takara is absolute perfection. They never fail to deliver time after time. Food is always fresher than fresh. It is hard to review something that is simply mouth watering perfection. Tonight we had beautiful soft shell crab, tempura prawns and a succulent rare beef salad...More

Thank Cathy A
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

The staff here won our hearts before the food arrived. This is the warmest, kindest restaurant welcome ever. We were moved by the genuine smiles and caring service. The food was lovely. The winner list excellent. And to top things off they gifted us a...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

So lovely to return here every year and the food is still amazing - fantastic service from Rachel - thanks so much

Thank AmandaJP1970
Takara J, Owner at Takara Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Thank you so much for your valuable review, AmandaJP1970! We were delighted to serve you. Thank you for loving us. We will keep strive for the best food and the service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Arigato Gozaimasu Takara Serves Happiness! :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 97 The Strand, Tauranga 3001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Tauranga
  • Phone Number: +64 7-579 4177
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Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Courteous and Cheerful Service. Takara Serves Happiness and Value!
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