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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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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Such amazing food, and such an awesome atmosphere. We choose Yatai first every time...great for work, social or family occasions. A very intimate experience, we prefer to leave our small kids at home (to fully enjoy the occasion) although when we have taken them they...More

Thank NZSarahL
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*...More

Thank kim d
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
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...More

Thank Sarah G
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
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...More

Thank Diane C
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...More

Thank Shane N
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
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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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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