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Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

316 Featherston Street, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-356 1316
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“sashimi” (11 reviews)
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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 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 17 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 7 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 14 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
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Chapmans4g
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...More

Thank eugene d
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank SallieB2012
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Restaurant Details

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