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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” (12 reviews)
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice relaxed Japanese restaurant catering for all tastes and kids friendly. Tasting dishes and main meals and a full bar. Staff friendly even gave the kids learning chopsticks. Would go again

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

What such great service! Very cosy and yet an intimate meal together. We had 5 dishes that were all delicious. Definitely going back soon.

Thank 426brendat
Reviewed 26 July 2018

My partner and I had such a great experience here last night, I would highly recommend it to anyone. The staff were amazing, highly attentive and friendly, and were happy to explain how everything worked and suggested some dishes. Best of all when I booked...More

Thank Yuk1mura
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Went with my son for our yearly lunch treat. Great service and delicious food. Very quick service, wait staff very helpful explaining dishes to us with what ingredients were and how they were prepared. Would highly recommend this restaurant as a first time there, we...More

Thank Donna T
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We just had dinner, 4 adults and 4 children and the meals, service, price all exceeded my expectations. We apologise for the plate our daughter elbowed onto the floor and smashed, and are grateful that nobody made a big deal of it ❤️ the children...More

1  Thank alveadventures
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

One of our favourite restaurants in Palmerston North. Always enjoyed the food and friendly service. Would certainly recommend.

Thank tqguy74
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic traditional cuisine paired with a quaint setting and great service. Best Japanese cuisine I have had in all of NZ - regularly return for birthdays

Thank KSLDW42
Reviewed 30 April 2018

My sister took me here for a birthday treat dinner, a treat for her as well as she'd been wanting to experience Japanese cuisine for some time. The dishes we ordered - tempura, karaage, sashimi and a couple of others - were excellent. They were...More

Thank tsubasani237
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

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15 August 2018|
Response from Donna T | Reviewed this property |
Hi I'm sure you can order and take it away but I don't think they have a delivery to door service. No info on the brochure regarding that.
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Restaurant Details

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