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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

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316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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1 review
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We went to Yatai for tea and felt completely pleased. The sashimi was fresh and unagidon was so lovely. We were happy with the food and service. The staff was giving advice and always smiled to us. The only thing made me give them 4* was long waiting for the food but it was worthy. We visited Yatai few more... More 

Thank kim d
Palmerston, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Excellent range of GF options and so good it'll make your mouth water for more. It's one of our favourite places for special occasions. Best if you can share them though so wouldn't recommend if you are seriously fussy.

Thank MrsMac005
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

From the greeting at the door to the final desert, the wait staff were attentive and the menu was just as good as I remember. I haven't eaten out much in the last few years, have missed the awesome food here. It was just the same menu and I was most appreciative that I could order my favourites. Fantastic night... More 

Thank Sarah G
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Good food guaranteed and always helpful suggestions if you are stuck on what to select.

Thank Denise C
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Yatai has an amazing and unique Japanese atmosphere - always an enjoyable night out. I have lost count of the number of visits we have made and even called in a grabbed a takeaway and have yet to be disappointed.. The service is second to none and you will always be made to feel welcome and the food is out... More 

Thank Diane C
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178 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

yet another amazing experience at Yatai, this is the number 1 Japanese restaurant in Palmerston North . There are other places in Palmerston however none come close to the quality and service of Barbara and her team at yatai. this is the best authentic Japanese Restaurant. i am never disappointed. thank you so very much

Thank Shane N
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Great food, great service ! We enjoyed the set meal and the private room. Very nice people a great place to dine

Thank Cameron B
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Had a family meal here back in October (sorry for late review I've been travelling) we were very impressed with the food! I found this place on trip advisor and what a gem this place is! Loverly atmosphere, fantastic staff and a wide range of Japanese cuisine. The food was cooked absolutely perfect, the flavours were amazing. We ordered about... More 

Thank Chapmans4g
1 review
Reviewed 15 January 2017

A long time ago I had the pleasure of working here for a few years, almost 10 years later the restaurant is still going strong, the food is still fantastic and Barbara and Atsushi have not changed ! Highly recommended this establishment to anybody who would like authentic and well presented meals. I also recommend taking a group as they... More 

Thank eugene d
Darwin, Australia
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is now one of our favourite places to eat in Palmerston North; attentive service (Barbara is so welcoming) and superb food for every taste, hot and fresh. The staff, who are carefully trained to honour the food and guests, do their best to allow for food intolerances - I can't eat soy or MSG and even I can find... More 

Thank SallieB2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?