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+
Accepts:   Yamagen Japanese Restaurant accepts American Express

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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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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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Nicola Thompson

Tasty food made with flair and lovely service.

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Food was okay, service good, too.

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Lovely restaurant, great staff although I never thought about the fish being so lightly cooked.

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Cecilia Zhong

The teppanyaki set menu is worth a try.

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Alana Saunders

Great food and lovely service. The fried chicken and teppan chicken were stand outs!

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Bianca van Leeuwen

Lovely food and great service.

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Excellent night, staff, food & service 10/10. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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We had a lovely dinner there and enjoyed the teppanyaki experience as well. Food was delicious and the servers were really attentive.

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Michael Tsang

Great food and services.

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Wittawat Hemtanon

Yamagen is a good Japanese restaurant. We try the Teppanyaki experience. It is awesome. The food is great with good services. A chef is friendly and entertains us. I recommend you guys to try this restaurant.

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The menu is very expensive for what you get and the atmosphere is cold.

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Lynda Williams

The food was delicious meat so tender! The chef was friendly and very entertaining. We will be back!

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Suzanne Mcfadden

Great food, we chose the teppanyaki and were not disappointed.

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Delicious meal, we ended up receiving 11 different plates each with the set menu. Excellent service as well! Thank you for a brilliant evening. Recommend sitting in front of the teppanyaki bar

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Yichin Ho

Awesome experience!

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A great night out to celebrate a birthday. The food is yummy and a good amount of it. Waiting staff were very attentive.

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This is my second visit to Yamagen on First Table. The first was earlier this year and really enjoyed it. This time not so much. It was a Monday night so very quiet. We were the only table occupied mostly. Everything felt very rushed. We were friends catching up so we were chatting and the dishes (ordered set menu) kept piling up as we couldn’t eat fast enough to keep up. Probably this is because they weren’t busy but they really needed to read things better and see we really were taking our time.
The teppanyaki itself was just ok. Lacked flavours and we never had the option of adding garlic to enhance.
It wasn’t warm and inviting like last time. I think I’d only go in the summer. The heating wasn’t great for a chilly Christchurch evening.
All in all an ok experience but it could have been better.

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Jackie Heavey

Fabulous

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Pac Chan

No second time

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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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Scott Beecroft

Great food, great service = Will be back again!

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Tash Wild

Place is really new and flash looking, right opposite the casino. Staff were really lovely and super attentive, service was fast. We did the set menu and it was a lot of food, all really nice and like a degustation with lots of courses - be hungry if ordering this! Great sake selection, try the tasting paddle with 3 x sake options. Food was all nice, Japanese Teppanyaki as expected.

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Mana Ng

It was such a wonderful experience dinning in Yamagen. The food are very good. We order sukiyaku-the Japanese hotpot, sashimi.and grilled eel. It is definitely one of the best Japanese’s restaurants in Chch.

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Thank you. Lovely staff

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Anne Jones

My first experience with first table. So easy to book. Food delicious and staff very friendly. Service was excellent!

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The waitress who served us was a real sweetheart. Lovely service and yummy food. Would recommend!

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We really enjoyed our meals at the teppanyaki, and the staff were great,

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Awesome

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Cindy Chan Kelly

Awesome Meal

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Great service and yummy food. The seafood teppanyaki set menu is value for money.

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Again it was a lovely meal and the staff couldn't of been more helpful.

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Ali Watersong

Delicious food. Excellent speedy service. Thankyou

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Jan van den Berg

We have dined at the Yamagen many times over the years and find the food consistently of high quality and standard. The service is superb, good atmosphere and would recommend to anyone looking for a authentic Japanese culinary experience.

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