Cuisine: Japanese
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Christchurch’s favourite teppanyaki specialists are back by popular demand! High ceilings and sleek décor give Yamagen’s new restaurant a modern and spacious feel.

Experience the fun and the flavours of traditional Japanese food. Take a seat around the grill and watch your teppanyaki chef skilfully prepare and cook your meal right before your eyes. As well as being experts with Japanese food, Yamagen’s friendly chefs are truly entertainers; slicing, dicing and grilling with finesse and flair.

Yamagen offers a diverse menu of Japanese staples including meat dishes, rice, salads, soup and desserts. Take the hassle out of ordering and simply sit back and watch the show with the well-rounded set menu. Fresh sashimi and sushi and Yagmen’s distinctive chilli chicken dish are also firm favourites on the menu.

Stick with the traditional Japanese theme and sip on a sake or plum wine or choose from a great selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to enjoy with your meal.

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Yamagen Japanese Restaurant
53 Victoria Street
Christchurch 8013

Open Hours:
Lunch Hours: Monday to Friday 11.30am to 2.30pm

Dinner Hours: Monday to Sunday 5:30pm to Late

Phone: 03 365 7799
Website: www.yamagen.co.nz

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Yamagen Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese
Mains: $25 - $35+
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Reviews

Amanda Hayward

Perfect place to dine with the family after the partner returned from a trip to Japan, the children enjoyed the food being cooked infront of them and were amazed by the fire and speedy chopping by the chef! Food was amazing!

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The service and food was amazing. The lady that looked after us was so nice, friendly and helpful, especially with our 19month daughter. I'd go back again.

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Stephen Field

Beautiful food, beautifully presented. A highlight was the amazing tempura platter all vegetable and seafood items on it were delicious. The ice cream desserts were a perfect way to finish a lovely meal.

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Awesome experience, we sat at the teppanyaki bar, wow our chef was so amazing to watch.
Probably the best meal I’ve had in Christchurch for a long time.
Go, support these guys and this great dining experience.

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Waimarie Bruce

The first time we’d been to a Japanese restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. Always catered for from the time we walked in the door. The atmosphere was great. I would highly recommend the Tepanyaki experience and also the Fixed main course. Chicken and Salmon were divine, pricing is excellent. We would love to dine again.

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Julia Williamson

Just incredible! Fresh beautiful food cooked right in front of you. Standard of service is so high, you feel like a V.I.P. We went for the teppinyaki menu and gas beef, lamb and chicken. Couldn’t fault anything. Red meat cooked to your liking by the super friendly chef. Left feeling very full and very happy! We will definitely be back.

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Food is amazing. The tempura is delicious and so was the miso. Our favorite was the Ramen - broth was full of flavour. We will be back! Thanks for a great evening.

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Karen Greenwood

If your looking for an all round experience then Yamagen will give you that. Sit and watch your chef transform your food into something incredible, be amazed by his talent and skills at the Teppanyaki bar. Watch as he uses speed and poise with a bit of fun added as he cooks the egg and chops speedily into the rice including you as it springs from the grill into your mouth or not! Feel the heat as the fire engulfs the steak in front of your eyes. Highly recommended and a must do

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wei-hsuan weng

Excellent service! She served the water before we arrived! And, very friendly , was really impressed.
The food also fantastic! My partner and I both had teppanyaki set, the food was so tasty, from appetizer to the dessert. Best dinner experience for us. Thanks a lot! and, we are happy to visit it again! Highly recommend to all the people who would like to try out the excellent teppanyaki experience with nice customer service!

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Winnie Zhang

It was really good no matter on food or service we got. Tepanyaki so amazing, chef performed fire on food. very impressive. it is no doubt we will come back due to food were fresh and staff were approachable on that day.

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Elaine Roche

Food was amazing! First time trying the Teppanyaki and we can’t wait to go back again!

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Ali Ross

We always enjoy eating at Yamagen Restaurant and twice now have had the Set Menu and there is lots of variety plus plenty of food. I love the crispy coated vegetables in particular. Staff are attentive and helpful. We will be back

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Ruby Clark

The service was absolutely fantastic. We sat at the Teppanyaki table and were able to watch as course after course of fantastic food was made for us. I would highly recommend.

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Carolyn Brazier

We had a lovely dining experience at the Yamagen restaurant on Monday night to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. The staff were very attentive to us throughout the night and the chef was more than happy to accommodate my dietary needs (GF for Coeliac). We all enjoyed our meals which were fresh, tasty and presented well. We would definitely dine here again.

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Kaye Souter

Delicious and fun. Jason the chef was experienced and skilled. Beef was succulent and cooked to perfection. Love the atmosphere and the food is consistently good. We had the teppanyaki and it certainly didn't disappoint. Will be going back soon.

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We had an awesome experience at the Yamagen prior to going to a show. The four of us dining could not faulty any of the food, sooo delicious and the service was outstanding and we were able to have some laughs along the way. Needless to say we will be back. Well done to the Yamagen and especially your Chef.

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First Japanese dining experience and LOVED it!!
Ordered the set menu and every dish was amazing.
Service was faultless. We were waited on hand and foot
Will definitely be returning

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We enjoyed our second dining experience at Yamagen Japanese Restaurant. This time we took friends as we wanted to treat them to a teppanyaki eating experience. We had a delightful evening of good food and great company. Thank you again.

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Had a fabulous dining experience - the service was great at every stage - even when I rang to change the numbers the telephone service was quick and efficient. The teppanyaki chef was polite and showed flare with his cooking and we enjoyed watching him cook immensely, and of course, the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend Yamagen any day of the week:)

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Fantastic restaurant with consistently great food. You just can't beat sitting at the teppanyaki grill and marvelling at the skill of the teppan masters! Great friendly service and fast food. We were eating within 10 minutes of arrival! Recommend to all.

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One of our sons was in CHCH for 2 nights. He wanted to take my husband and I out for a meal. Where to go?
We settled for Yamagen Japanese Restaurant.
We chose the Set Menu. What a treat it was.
It wasn't just a meal, It was a dining experience. So many delicious courses, that we lost count. To sit and watch the chef cook the meal So expertly was a delight.
Thank you. We will be returning for another dining experience. Jan.

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Melanie Williams

amazing food and staff as always , really great they let us dine on the teppanyaki table on the deal , so nice

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Marlee Rosoff

Our experience at Yamagen was exquisite.

The food was insane. Every bite of Teppanyaki grilled meats, fish and veggies was absolutely stunning. We appreciated every aspect of the meal.

We all decided to go for the Set Menu options. We were seated beside the flat grill and watched as the chef craftily cooked, sauced and fired up our selections.

The set menu was beautiful. It has many layers, and whenever you finished a part of it, the next part was around the corner. Not too fast that you felt rushed, but fast enough that you weren't left waiting. It was precisely timed to meet the customer's needs. It started with a small entree, followed by Miso soup, then another entree (delicious fried chicken, tastefully done) and then a wee salad. At that time, the chef had begun cooking our first meat choice.
To finish it off, we were served dessert and a Japanese green tea.

The staff were so lovely and always checked to make sure we were enjoying the food. They were polite and kind and made us feel happy to be there.

All in all, best First Table meal we've had thus far. W

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Jake Page

Our meal at the Yamagen was tremendous. It was my partner’s first time having Teppanyaki and the experience didn’t disappoint. We had a main course menu of chicken and beef with the outstanding fried rice and deliciously fresh vegetables. The chicken was tender as was the medium rare eye fillet. Our fried rice was excellent and the chef even did the egg flip into my partner’s mouth. Another highlight was the miso sauce which went so well with both proteins. The service was attentive and welcoming. We will certainly be back!

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Food good and service just the way you would like it.

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Amanda Hayward

Perfect place to dine with the family after the partner returned from a trip to Japan, the children enjoyed the food being cooked infront of them and were amazed by the fire and speedy chopping by the chef! Food was amazing!

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This was my first experience with first table and I was super impressed! My son told me about it so we gave it a try. Will definitely be using this a lot. Yummy food, good night out and half price!

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The service and food was amazing. The lady that looked after us was so nice, friendly and helpful, especially with our 19month daughter. I'd go back again.

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This is my third time going to Yamagen, food is great every time!

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Service was slow and flow of food could be improved. EG nice to get rice to go with your teppan

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Excellent food and service, I’ll be back for more tempura followed by some Asahi’s.

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Jess Williams

The food was amazing, and the staff are super friendly!! Will definitely return!

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Stephen Field

Beautiful food, beautifully presented. A highlight was the amazing tempura platter all vegetable and seafood items on it were delicious. The ice cream desserts were a perfect way to finish a lovely meal.

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Beautiful food. A real different experience eating here

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Karen Presswood

Great food and service. A++

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We felt very cared for and the food was delicious.

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Mary O'Leary

Loved the food, unfortunately had two of our party cancel, so we couldn't feast as much as we wanted to, will have to go back. Service was excellent.

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Sandy Hampton

Lovely meal out with family. The food was fresh and delicious and the staff were friendly. Would eat here again

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Julie Farrall

I could not fault the food or service. I took my Japanese Homestay with me and she said it was just like Japan and she was able to speak Japanese to the staff. The occasion was my birthday and unbeknown to me they knew it was my birthday as my Homestay had spoken to them in Japanese and told them. A mini birthday cake with candle came out. My only comment would be the dishes could be a little bigger - having said that - I was full at the end of the meal. (Ordered a Set Menu).

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Friendly, delicious and a top quality dining experience. We`d Yamagen, anytime! Many thanks.

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Great restaurant. Great times. Family loved the experience. Big thumbs up

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Amazing food, excellent service. Enjoyable night

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Tessa Drew

Delicious food, good size portions, great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. We had a great time and will definitely be visiting again.

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Food was as great as the service
Thankyou to the staff.

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Awesome experience, we sat at the teppanyaki bar, wow our chef was so amazing to watch.
Probably the best meal I’ve had in Christchurch for a long time.
Go, support these guys and this great dining experience.

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Agedashi tofu was good as was chicken main, overall average Japanese fare

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Sharnee Watson

What a beautiful Japanese restaurant!! The service was spectacular and the food was divine. I recommend the set menu. Delicious and great value

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Waimarie Bruce

The first time we’d been to a Japanese restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. Always catered for from the time we walked in the door. The atmosphere was great. I would highly recommend the Tepanyaki experience and also the Fixed main course. Chicken and Salmon were divine, pricing is excellent. We would love to dine again.

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Lisette Buckle

Great meal and service- sampled the sake taster trio and kids bento box was just right.

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Phillipa Linton

We had a fabulous time! Warming welcomed and looked after the whole night. Our food was DELICIOUS. What a fabulous night out, thanks for having us!

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Avilleen Yeoh

Enjoyed the meal very much

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Julia Williamson

Just incredible! Fresh beautiful food cooked right in front of you. Standard of service is so high, you feel like a V.I.P. We went for the teppinyaki menu and gas beef, lamb and chicken. Couldn’t fault anything. Red meat cooked to your liking by the super friendly chef. Left feeling very full and very happy! We will definitely be back.

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Delicious food and fantastic service. Highly recommend Yamagen as a great dining experience.

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Delicious food and fantastic service. Would definitely go again. Highly recommend the tataki!

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Highly recommend, the food is delicious and service excellent

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Luke Draper

Only way to describe this place is amazing, from the moment we walked we were greeted with a very warm welcome, the service was amazing very attentive, the food was great aswell great portions sizes for both entree and main sizes seems pricey but is definitely worth it.

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We love this restaurant and all the wonderful staff. This restaurant has been part of our family tradition. Great food, wonderful staff, lovely experience. Thank you!

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We had a wonderful experience at Yamagen. The food was so delicious with generous portion sizes and there was no issue catering for gluten free. The service was wonderful. I would highly recommend and will definitely go back!

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Hayley Zizi

Excellent experience and wonderful food.

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Pauline Guthrie

We had a wonderful night at the Yamagen. The food was fresh and delicious! We indulged in the sashimi and sushi - offering generous portions. The salmon sashimi was outstanding. My family had the teppanyaki and also a la carte. The service here was very friendly and very attentive. Looking forward to returning

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It was a special occasion for our family and the staff were so accommodating, friendly and made us all feel special. Wonderful food accompanied by outstanding service - what more could you want. Thank you to the team at a Yamagen.

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Food is amazing. The tempura is delicious and so was the miso. Our favorite was the Ramen - broth was full of flavour. We will be back! Thanks for a great evening.

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Great food. Wonderful service. Definitely recommend!

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Karen Greenwood

If your looking for an all round experience then Yamagen will give you that. Sit and watch your chef transform your food into something incredible, be amazed by his talent and skills at the Teppanyaki bar. Watch as he uses speed and poise with a bit of fun added as he cooks the egg and chops speedily into the rice including you as it springs from the grill into your mouth or not! Feel the heat as the fire engulfs the steak in front of your eyes. Highly recommended and a must do

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Monique Jenks

Tasty food and lovely friendly service! Thanks for the great evening

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Fantastic food & service. We had the set teppanyaki menu and all the courses came out fast and were delicious. Would come back again :)

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Kate Ren

We went to YAMAGEN last Saturday. The service is perfect. We ordered two teppanyaki set, seafood with beef and seafood with venison. The taste is good in general. It’s worth the price after the discount.

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wei-hsuan weng

Excellent service! She served the water before we arrived! And, very friendly , was really impressed.
The food also fantastic! My partner and I both had teppanyaki set, the food was so tasty, from appetizer to the dessert. Best dinner experience for us. Thanks a lot! and, we are happy to visit it again! Highly recommend to all the people who would like to try out the excellent teppanyaki experience with nice customer service!

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We had such a great experience at Yamagen. We had the set teppanyaki menu. The meat was succulent and overall the food was very tasty. The staff were genuinely invested that you had a good time and were very friendly. We also enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. I'm looking forward to going again next time I'm in Christchurch.

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fei li

Great dining experience, food was freshly prepared and cooked, friendly service, like the chef teppanyaki cook skill show. Full menu to choose from and enough limit time as well. Well go back for sure and definitely recommend

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Aerin Zhou

The service is so good and the foods are so well prepared and we are satisfied with the foods! all foods are delicious! will definitely come the next time!

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Winnie Zhang

It was really good no matter on food or service we got. Tepanyaki so amazing, chef performed fire on food. very impressive. it is no doubt we will come back due to food were fresh and staff were approachable on that day.

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Lovely warm welcome on a chilly night, and a goodvariety of dishes from the teppanayki menu to choose from. Communication was very good, with an element of fun, and the food was tasty especially the venison and seafood. We left full and happy to have celebrated our daughters birthday in a fun way.

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Had a delicious, well presented meal with friendly, helpful service. I will be going back!!

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