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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“sashimi” (11 reviews)
“curry bowl” (2 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
Closes in 26 min
12:00 PM - 3:00 PMAll hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We discovered Yatai shortly after moving to Palmy over 4 years ago. We lived in big cities all our lives, and we are big foodies with deep restaurateur and chef backgrounds. We were very worried that Palmy wouldn't work for us, but then we discovered...More

Thank HellanBrimstone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love, love, love this restaurant. Food is amazing, atmosphere is great, a real credit to Barbara and Artsushi and all the wonderful staff. We will be back.

Thank Pauline E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my girlfriend went there for dinner and we were astonished by the food and service. Our waiter made us feel very comfortable and explained how their dining style is, which was very helpful as we never had been to a restaurant like that...More

Thank Ulisses_Dias_NZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about this place was stunning, the atmosphere, the food, the wine list and the service by Naho was brilliant! My partner and I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants around NZ and this is one of the best. Great wine list to...More

Thank eleishag
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I took my 11 year old daughter for dinner. She was delighted with the authentic decor. The waiter was absolutely brilliant and knowledgeable and gave us good advice. We got a variety of dishes, all of which were delicious and perfectly fresh, not to mention...More

Thank penny b
Reviewed 28 September 2017

A great place to enjoy the company of friends. Fresh, tasty food which arrived quickly. Good wine selection.

Thank Ningerguts
Reviewed 27 September 2017

The service was impeccable, the food delicious and the atmosphere lovely. Will absolutely return for another meal next time we are nearby.

Thank Kryptnz
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Having enjoyed some of the finest cuisine on business in Japan over a number of years we happily drive an hour in to dine at Yatai. Note we say dine. For the many out there who have enjoyed the izakaya experience in Japan, you'll be...More

Thank George H
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We have been several times, sometimes for a casual night out and occassionally as a celebration. Bookings are definately the way to go as they are very popular for good reason. Menu for all tastes, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. You definately get your money's...More

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 16 July 2017

It is essential to book, its very busy whenever we go there. Its very Japanese with a wide range of foods according to seasonal supply. Service is outstandingly enthusiastic with helpful advise. Wine is reasonable owner operated

Thank Faranty
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-356 1316
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