Cuisine: Japanese
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #18 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch

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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Ranked: #18 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch 18
Yamagen Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese
Mains: $25 - $35+
Yamagen Japanese Restaurant accepts American Express

Reviews

Jessie Fitzjohn

Amazing dining experience! Would highly recommend the teppanyaki set menu. All the courses were delicious and it was enjoyable watching it all get cooked. Great service as well :)

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Mary Gomez

Staff are very accommodating and friendly.
Food was really good.
We celebrated my daughter's 3rd bday and asked them if I can bring a cake. The staff happily served the cake to us.
A very good teppanyaki experience. Will come back!:)

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Great place and location. Nothing can beat a Teppanyaki experience when food, freshly cooked in front of you, served straight on your plate. The chef was highly skilled and entertaining and loves his job. We ordered a selection of seafood and meat and it's been cooked perfect to our liking. The set menu was an excellent choice for my son, where where he had a bit of everything. And my favorite desert has always been a green tea and sesame ice cream. The real taste of Japan. Not too sweet and full of flavours. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone. A+++

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Maria Bermoy

Japanese cuisine has always been my favourite. The service was great and this is one of the few places that serves sashimi tuna - delicious. We got seated around the chefs table and got to see very cool teppanyaki tricks. Very nice for a big group. Would definitely dine again.

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Rob N Rach Barker

The service at Yamagen is outstanding - so friendly and accommodating. The Teppenyaki experience is entertainment in itself and the food just gorgeous in its presentation and its taste. I'd mentioned in passing when booking the Teppanyaki that it was our son's birthday and it had been noted and his dessert included a birthday candle. We had such a lovely evening - I think no matter what you order you will enjoy it!

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Wow wow wow
Wonderful service the staff are very thoughtful and helpful food was exceptional everything had amazing flavour and our chef was a great host. Highly recommend a perfect evening

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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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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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Shaufi Azmi

Overall, very satisfied

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Good food and service, Enjoy the dinner very much!

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Jessie Fitzjohn

Amazing dining experience! Would highly recommend the teppanyaki set menu. All the courses were delicious and it was enjoyable watching it all get cooked. Great service as well :)

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Maggie Elizabeth Mclay

Yamagen is the best restuarant on first table. Absolutely love the food and the service is excellent. The fried rice is a must try! We will be back.

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Loved the experience here. We tried the sashimi, tempura and sukiyaki and all were delicious. Everything tasted really fresh and the service was amazing. We opted for the traditional menu so didn’t get to try the teppanyaki but would definitely try it next time, it looked amazing from afar.

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Connie Butler

Food and service was excellent! Would come again.

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The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The service was exceptional.

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Kate N Greg Westwood

Beautiful restaurant with very attentive staff. Food was of a very high quality. If you were paying full price it’s getting up there.
Had similar experience elsewhere. Enjoyed it a lot, thank you.

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Matt Healy

Excellent service and fresh, tasty Japanese cuisine. Thoroughly recommend Yamagen

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Everything was great from when we first arrived. Greeted warmly by the staff and they continued to be so very attentive throughout our time there. We had the set menu teppenyaki of the three proteins and it was a great way to get a taste of everything - it was made even better with it being cooked right in front of us; the cook was great. The main lady who greeted us was just lovely. The food was cooked sooo well from the seafood, to the chicken and to the beef. Faultless. Highly recommend and I even left a tip for the great food and service. A+.

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It was our anniversary. We had a beautiful meal. Service was good food was delicious. Our teppanyaki Chef was lovely. Highly recommend.

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Dianne Harker

A lovely dining experience

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Bianca Long

We got the set main , the food just kept coming out .
The staff greeted us with a smile , they are very friendly made us feel welcome .
The food is amazing

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Wonderful food and attentive, but unobtrusive service. Looking forward to our return.

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Lauren Broughton

Great dining experience, we took our 20month old who loves cooking and he was enthralled. Will definitely be back

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Lovely experience as always highly recommended

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Good food and attentive service. An entree and a main made for a filling meal. Only just managed to squeeze dessert in!

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Lynne Ryder

Great fun experience thank you thoroughly enjoyed by all four of us. We chose the Teppanyaki meal and were most impressed with the performance of our chef. Will certainly visit again.

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As always, great food and excellent service.

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Nice food and great service

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I still remember the first time I had dinner at the same restaurant with 2 friends 2 years ago,cause I paid 300+ for the bill.
Yesterday was the B day for both of my son and husband. We had a great time,but just cost us 98 for everything. It was the first time we booked dinner using First Table. We enjoyed it very much,and will definitely do it again.

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Pauline Varlet

Lovely food!

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Bronwyn Carpenter

Our first experience of Japanese cuisine, the atmosphere staff and food were all delightful. We went for the set menu and were not disappointed
Thanks so much for a lovely evening !

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Mary Gomez

Staff are very accommodating and friendly.
Food was really good.
We celebrated my daughter's 3rd bday and asked them if I can bring a cake. The staff happily served the cake to us.
A very good teppanyaki experience. Will come back!:)

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Food and service were great!

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Beautiful food great service will definitely return highly recommend the beef and chicken set menu.

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Great experience. First time doing teppanyaki. The portions are small but it fills you up till youre nicely full. I would go again!

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Alaine Huata

Great experience.

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Food was awesome (Particularly enjoyed the tempura vegetables and seafood) and service was awesome, very fast too. Definitely go back again. Thanks Yamagen!

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Went here for a birthday dinner, it was awesome! The Teppanyaki experience was definitely worth it.

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Michael Mahon

Nice food excellent service

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Service and food were both amazing! Will be returning :)

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Very good experience! Fantastic as always

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It was the first time to take Teppan yaki. Foods was Fantastic and .Chef and all of staffs were so friendly..We really enjoyed the Denner .thank you I

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Great place and location. Nothing can beat a Teppanyaki experience when food, freshly cooked in front of you, served straight on your plate. The chef was highly skilled and entertaining and loves his job. We ordered a selection of seafood and meat and it's been cooked perfect to our liking. The set menu was an excellent choice for my son, where where he had a bit of everything. And my favorite desert has always been a green tea and sesame ice cream. The real taste of Japan. Not too sweet and full of flavours. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone. A+++

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Maria Bermoy

Japanese cuisine has always been my favourite. The service was great and this is one of the few places that serves sashimi tuna - delicious. We got seated around the chefs table and got to see very cool teppanyaki tricks. Very nice for a big group. Would definitely dine again.

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Michelle Kinilau

Amazing food, great attentive service

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Very enjoyable, great service by very attentive staff. Lovely food. Just a great night.

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Traci Stanbury

The food was great, the service was great and everyone of all ages enjoyed themselves. Wish we'd had the time to do the teppanyaki bar - we'll be sure to return for that!

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David Baird

Great food and nice atmosphere with good service

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We loved our experience at Yamagen. Fron the second we walked in the door we got a warm welcome and were well looked after throughout the meal. The food was perfect, even our fussy kids loved it! The kids loved seeing the flames and enjoyed the night. Will definitely be back.

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Rob N Rach Barker

The service at Yamagen is outstanding - so friendly and accommodating. The Teppenyaki experience is entertainment in itself and the food just gorgeous in its presentation and its taste. I'd mentioned in passing when booking the Teppanyaki that it was our son's birthday and it had been noted and his dessert included a birthday candle. We had such a lovely evening - I think no matter what you order you will enjoy it!

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Wow wow wow
Wonderful service the staff are very thoughtful and helpful food was exceptional everything had amazing flavour and our chef was a great host. Highly recommend a perfect evening

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Lovely food and calm atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Danping Tong

Excellent service.

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Karen Mcphee

My husband brought me here for my birthday. We had the full set menu and we had the whole experience
Our meals were amazing. Delicious food and perfectly cooked. Loved tasting the extra traditional Japanese food and sauces.
We are definitely coming back but with more friends.

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We have been dining at Yamagen restaurant since three years ago.
We are always pleased with their food and customer service.
We have had special occasions celebrated at this restaurant and the recent one was my birthday.
We had the Teppanyaki set menu ( Chicken, beef and seafoods) we always have this every time we visit. It was cooked to our liking.
We went home happy with full tummy.

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It was a great time to visit Yamagen Japanese restaurant, the staff are very friendly, the food was fresh and beautiful, we love the environment, it has very relaxing background music , let us feel welcome and happy. We really enjoy whole dining time.

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Beautiful food, attentive accommodating staff

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