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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“sashimi” (12 reviews)
“chicken curry” (3 reviews)
“prawns” (3 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This is my 'go to' place for a special takeaway and it never fails to deliver. I always get the mini spring rolls, chicken and lychee with coconut rice...freaking delicious!!!

Thank ToothfairyGal
YataiNZ, Owner at Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Hello ToothfairyGal, I think your nice words were intended for another restaurant. We do not have either mini spring rolls or lychee with coconut rice on our menu. Kind regards Yatai Restaurant Palmerston North New Zealand

Reviewed 7 December 2017

The authenticity of the decor, the extremely friendly staff and the outstanding food make this restaurant a place to share, as Barbara says after you’ve been seated, a place to share company, drink and food in a calm and welcoming environment. The waitress was thoroughly...More

Thank Claire B
YataiNZ, Owner at Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words Claire and for taking the time to share them. We are very lucky havimg wonderful staff that stay with us until a new life chapter takes them out of Palmerston North and lovely customers like you. Happy...More

Reviewed 20 November 2017

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

2  Thank HellanBrimstone
Reviewed 16 November 2017 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.

1  Thank Pauline E
Reviewed 10 November 2017

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 27 October 2017 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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