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Katsura Japanese Restaurant

3_half star rating 21 reviews

Telephone 09-366 5628

71 Mayoral Drive
Rendezvous Grand Hotel
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Hours:
Lunch: Tue - Fri 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Tues - Sun 6pm - 10pm
Provided by business

Overview

The Multi-Award-winning Katsura Restaurant captures the very essence of Japanese cuisine. Situated on the First floor (Atrium Level) of the Rendezvous Grand Hotel in Auckland, Katsura is set in designer-surroundings. Enjoy the simplicity and freshness of traditional Japanese cuisine presented by our master Chef Suzuki, who draws on his authentic Japanese training to create a stunning mix of new style sushi as well as ‘classic’ dishes. Choose from the a la carte menu or if you book for a group of four or more, watch at close-hand while our flamboyant teppan chefs prepare sizzling hot delicacies from the teppan grill. Special Buffet meals are available at certain sittings too, and offer top quality extensive seafood selections in finest Japanese-style. Please phone or email to enquire (or click the website link above for more info). The Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland offers complimentary parking to all guests who dine at Katsura.

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More Information

Categories:
Restaurants
Parking:
Free Off-Street
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Spirits
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
80 people

Reviews for Katsura Japanese Restaurant

4 star rating
by Neila
15th July 2014

This is good but pricey for what I imagine. It loses its appeal after the first time.

2 star rating
by Pamela
4th July 2014

Although the service at Katsura was very good, the dinner buffet was a great disappointment. Apart from the sashimi, the food was equivalent to that provided in food halls for less than $15 pp and was certainly not worth $78. The hot food was lukewarm. It would be helpful if the food trays were labelled.

1 star rating
by Ida T.
16th June 2014

I had teppanyaki at Katsura with a group of 13 and was very disappointed with the quality of the food and service offered. Having been to a few teppanyaki restaurants in New Zealand, I must say this was by far the worse experience I’ve ever had. The food was burnt and served very inelegantly. The chef was also very rude, dis-engaged and seemed uninterested. It would have been polite for him to introduce himself but instead, he just cooked the food and left with the comment that he was glad the the night is finally over.

Overall, the food was terrible, the chef was very rude and not entertaining, I would be able to get a better quality meal and services from a food court.

Comment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 8/07/2014   
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5 star rating
by Phil
25th May 2014

Went there last night with the entertainment book voucher to use. Had a great teppanyaki. Much more food than we expected for a modest $45. The chef did a great job and was friendly and entertaining. The staff were lovely and very happy to help when I asked for extra sauce and mayonnaise. Nicely decorated. Validated parking, so free parking for the night in rendezvous hotel car park :-)

Comment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 8/07/2014   
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2 star rating
by Ling
22nd May 2014

We were a party of 9 for dinner on Saturday at one of the teppanyaki table. Chef was doing basic cooking with no flair or showmanship one expects from teppanyaki cooking. Two of us had fried rice and it was very salty. In fact the others in our party said the pork, chicken and prawns were all on the salty side. After being served drinks, none of the waitresses came back to ask whether we want some more. We had to wait and hail a passing waitress to get us some water in the end. Sashimi was good. Dessert was just plain vanilla ice-cream. Expected maybe Japanese green tea ice-cream. Not sure whether the suction fans were not on full blast or filters are clogged, but we all went home with clothes smelling of cooking smells. Overall we were disappointed we did not enjoy all the food and were not entertained by the chef.

4 star rating
by Rachel M.
4th May 2014

Food tops all. Service was very nice. place appeared clean. great atmosphere just what we wanted

Comment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 9/07/2014   
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4 star rating
by Alex
13th March 2014

We went Katsura for the seafood dinner buffet. There were lots of selections, especially types of sashimi. Surprisingly,the quality of their sashimi was superb and did not compromise because it’s a buffet. I love their dessert as well, I tried two types of Japanese pudding and mango ice cream both were very yummy. One thing that they need to improve is their hot food range. Firstly the hot dishes were not as many selections as sashimi. Secondly, they seems not that fresh, I tried one piece of tempura, it tasted like it has been sitting there for ages.

The interior of Katsura is really peaceful like a Japanese style garden, their service was flawless, polite and efficient.

I personally think it was worth every penny we spent.

Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 14/03/2014   
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2 star rating
by Cheryl S.
15th September 2013

Arrived a little late but were welcomed by the cheerful maitre’d. that was pretty much the last time the staff spoke to us. We were seated for teppanyaki without being given an option of the A La carte, but thought why not give it a try now we’re there. I really wish we hadn’t bothered. The restaurant was cold to the point of keeping our jackets on and the extractor fan above the griddle was dripping fat in front of us. The entrees in our set meal were terrible. A small ramekin of cold and flavourless endamame beans followed by a ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ side salad gave no sense of the Japanese cuisine we’d been expecting. It was all significantly overpriced. Not going back.

Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 17/09/2013   
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3 star rating
by Jessie C.
11th August 2013

I took mum to Katsura for the Saturday lunch buffet for her birthday yesterday. The sashimi were pretty good and the dessert was nice too, though not many selections. Mum loves tempura a lot and was very looking forward to having some nice tempura … however, we were quite disappointed that the tempura was not hot at all and the food at the teppanyaki section were all cooked and been sitting there for quite a while so they were not hot. I would say that with that price range I would have expected better.

Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 13/08/2013   
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3 star rating
by Paresh L B.
7th August 2013

Had been the restaurant a few times before and it was always good. This was my first time there this year for lunch buffet, not 100% authentic, not many selection as before and the price was higher.

Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 7/08/2013   
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5 star rating
by Jess G.
3rd May 2013

My partner and I came here for dinner (and lunch) on our holiday. The food was absolutely amazing! We originally had a Tepinyaki(?) table chosen but later on asked if we could change to a regular as my partner had looked at the menu online and chosen what he wanted. The staff were just the best. We were served by a lovely lady named Grace. Anyone who says there was a “western feel” is crazy and silly. The pricing was pretty good. The wait between getting food was a bit long but it was quite busy with a few large families that night. The ladies that worked that night with Grace are the most amazing ladies ever. I had unfortunately lost a bear pendant and rushed back in shaken and in the middle of an anxiety attack and they all happily and calmly helped me look around where I was sitting. Eventually he was found outside (-.-) but I am so grateful for the ladies taking a few minutes to help me look. Great service, amazing food, the authenticity was spot on and I am definitely going back there soon!!!!!

Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 10/05/2013   
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5 star rating
by Lucy G.
20th March 2013

I enjoyed some incredibly good sashimi here at Katsura this week. The quality and freshness of the kingfish, salmon and other sashimi fish was magnificent, and the wasabi was of such flavoursome sharpness, I just really loved it.

I came for the 2 course lunch offer for $38, and my only complaint would be that it was too filling, as it was a huge amount of food for lunch for me! I think next time, I’ll just get a sashimi dish, as that would be plenty for me. Also, from reading the ad I saw on here, it seemed that they gave me more food than what was listed in the offer?! As it came with a main of beef (which I normally prefer not to eat red meat, but I made a pretty good dent in it), and salmon and beautifully tasty veges.

The entrée also came with a yummy ‘jumbo’ prawn, tempura style, and two succulent fat pieces of chicken teriyaki.

Plus a beer.
And a miso soup.
Did I mention I was very full after my meal?!

The surroundings were very peaceful, and being in a fancy hotel, everything was spick & span as you’d expect.

Kimono-clad waitresses were warm and helpful.

It’s a top-notch Japanese restaurant, and I think the stand out aspect for me, was the very high quality sashimi.

Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 10/05/2013   
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2 star rating
by Tony M.
12th March 2013

Quite average, not 100% authentic, has a western feel to the food. Price is a bit excessive for the quality of food provided unless you can eat more than santa clause.

Other than that, not bad if you are staying at the Rendezvous hotel, and or get a discount voucher for the restaurant

1 star rating
by Lydia
1st February 2013

Very terrible, we went for dinner buffet on a Thursday, got charged $75 per person. With only very few choices of bad quality food. The worse buffet I have ever had in New Zealand. It’s so ridiculous for $75 buffet. Honest suggestion: Stay away from this robber, don’t waste your money.

Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 1/02/2013   
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4 star rating
by KSW
4th December 2012

Simply the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland.

Great quality of the food and friendly service from the staffs.

Price is a bit high but this would be perfect occasion, if you want try real Japanese dishes as well as Japanese styled service.

5 star rating
by Michelle
22nd December 2011

OMG!! This is the best Japanese restaurant you could ever get to in Auckland. The quality of foods that served in here is really seriously different to any other Japanese places in Auckland. Even if you go to Japan, you’d have to pay good $$ to taste stuffs like this. Buffets on Tuesday and Thursday dinner are both excellent. Despite the high price, it’s totally worth going. Friendly Japanese staff serving with kimono on. Great place for the special day!

Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 28/09/2012   
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1 star rating
by Karen R.
1st September 2010

Very very disappointing. Hard to comment on service as we feel there was none! We were a group of 7 that ate there on a Sunday evening so they were not busy. From the start we felt that we weren’t welcome. The chef tried to be funny but came across as having a bad attitude and made us feel uneasy.
The food was ridiculously overpriced and the helpings were very meagre. We each had the miso and salad , both in very small bowls,and an assortment of meat and seafood.One of us ordered the beef and only found out later that this wasn’t even available, after the waiter had taken the order for it !? We also had the dessert which was fruit salad from a can ….I am serious! For $50 this was not acceptable. We all felt like we had been robbed.
We should have complained at the time but had the impression all would have fallen on deaf ears.

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5 star rating
by sarah X.
18th June 2010

everything is lovely, food was good, but pricing!!! too expensive for 1 ppl $80

4 star rating
by a221
10th November 2009

The buffet is excellent and is very well-priced for the variety of shushi and sashimi available.

5 star rating
by Tino
8th April 2009

The decoration was not very attractive but the food and attention worth a visit.
So far the best Japanese food in Auckland.

Try special lunch menu now for $19.95

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