Japanese Izakaya Restaurant
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Testimonials

Here is a few of the things people have to say about us. See also our reviews on Trip Advisor and Faceboook.


Thank you for a great evening last week our out of town customers complemented us on a great choice of venue the service, food and ambiance were superb.
We now have corporate clients asking us to please take them back to Yatai, they enjoyed it so much, so thank you to you and your team for your hospitality.

John Hughes
Managing Director
Manawatu Knitting Mills, Palmerston North


Their ‘Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant has been enduring and provides a unique dining experience to the public and the corporate sector.
My visits to Yatai has always been a fun filled fine dining experience and I am pleased to recommend their establishment.

Paul O’Brien
Businessman, Palmerston North


Five years visiting Japan as Export Manager for the Howard Group gave rise to a love of Japanese culture and food and, whilst I no longer visit the country, my palate still chases fine Japanese cuisine. Outside of Japan itself, I am yet to find a restaurant that offers a menu and taste sensation as authentic and moreish as that from Yatai. Fortunately for me, my responsibilities now involve regular visits to Palmerston North and each and every trip always includes an evening at Yatai. Whether it’s a table for a few in the main restaurant or a larger group in the private dining room, Barbara and the Yatai team always ensure a most memorable evening.

Peter Milne
Managing Director, Sydney Australia


I went to yatai on a trip to Palmerston North from London and was really impressed with the food, the service and the overall experience. Who knew Palmy would have such a fantastic Japanese restaurant! Will definitely be recommending to friends and family who visit the city and look forward to trying more fabulous dishes when I'm next in town.

Katie Baylis
Business Woman, London

Opening hours:

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to Late
(Will consider opening Mondays for group bookings)

Lunch: Takeaway and "By Request"