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Hanako Japanese Restaurant

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Faircross House 116 The Parade High Street, Watford WD17 1BD, England
+44 1923 255222
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
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18:30 - 22:30
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the nicest Japanese food I've had, including all I ate while I was in Japan. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and the restaurant itself is nice. The only downside is that the restaurant is quite small, so was a little cramped when it was full, but that's such a minor thing that it barely needs mentioning.... More 

Thank Holly D
New Delhi, India
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Finding Hanako on a short business visit to the UK just 1/2 a mile from the hotel was like falling in love.. well almost like. However the experience of decent Japanese cuisine is often either accompanied by fancy frivolity or unpalatable pricing. Hanako thankfully finds its modest middle ground and chugs along just as well. Had the beef soup noodle,... More 

Thank arnobb
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115 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Good quality Japanese food for a fair price. We tried sushi and tempura, both dishes were tasty and enjoyable! Dessert was very nice as well. The staff was friendly, but perhaps a bit "pushy". It's not the cheapest place to eat in Watford but it's a good option if you want to avoid chain restaurants and support independent businesses.

Thank AWanderingLondoner
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I have to say it was my first time at Hanako . The food is delicious , fresh and simply melts in your mouth . The downside is that for 3 people we paid £140 which is quite expensive considering the fact that the restaurant is very basic , sitting on a bench , so not very comfy and also... More 

Thank Alina B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Hanako is a really nice restaurant situated out the way in Watford, you really do feel very welcome. We were even greeted with smiles after returning for the second time and left with a small origami flower as a gift. Everything about this restaurant really seemed nice and warming and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is on the... More 

Thank Adam H
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

How can I have missed this wonderful restaurant for so many years of living in Watford ? Now I have found it I will be a regular . Great , tasty , authentic Japanese food , a treat . Ton katsu Is a must , as are the spicy noodles .

Thank Fiona B
London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

If you are looking for excellent quality Japanese food at a reasonable price, this is the place to come. With wooden benches and cheesy decor it's not exactly classy but the service is good and the food tasty. It's not cheap, but neither is it expensive for Japanese food, which is notoriously pricey. One thing that did irritate me was... More 

Thank Brad_Lizzie
Windsor, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The food was at bets average, but certainly not as good as any Itsu, miso, below average, chicken Katsura drowned on sauce, sushi was ok. The lady serving whilst pleasant was intrusive, kept tidying the table, and putting the la I ate dinner menu away while I was still choosing, she did that twice. The ambience was that of a... More 

Thank Axiomaticly
Watford, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Watford for 7 years now and this place had been there as long as I've lived here. But reading reviews on TA I thought we'd give it a go! The place looks shabby from the outside, and the old, tatty, double sided, laminated menus back up that. The whole place is made up of 3 long benches... More 

Thank Mark C
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Hanako is a quandary of a restaurant. If you loom from the outside you might think. "Oh no it's a bit simple and small" And that the exact charm of the place. Family run and operated. A pure delight. We parked right at the other end of town and after such a Wonderful meal we were glad of the long... More 

Thank MrEZE

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Faircross House 116 The Parade High Street, Watford WD17 1BD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Watford
  • Phone Number: +44 1923 255222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?