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5.0 /6 Excellent 96 Reviews


Richmond Japanese $$ +100
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About Maedaya

Maedaya is a friendly, casual Japanese izakaya spot in Richmond that serves up food as exquisite as some much pricier Japanese places around Melbourne. In addition to their delicious food, Maedaya offer up a spectacular selection of drinks, including more warm and cold sakes than you could poke a stick at. All the Japanese izakaya classics are done well here, from crunchy edamame beans to succulent sizzled beef, and one of Maedaya’s main points of difference over other eateries along this stretch of Bridge Road – Japanese or otherwise – is their impressive, diverse gluten-free menu, which includes juicy sumiyaki skewers, a multi-mushroom salad with sesame dressing and grilled salmon fillet steak. Maedaya is great for group dining, but in that case it’s essential to reserve a bit ahead of time because it can fill up quickly!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Thursday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 22:30
Maedaya, Bridge Road 400, 3121 Melbourne


96 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 96 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
26.08.2017 08:24

I love this restaurant. The food is so fresh, beautifully prepared and delicious. Staff are attentive and very helpful, and there is a great atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 6
14.08.2017 08:25

Always great food and love the iPad ordering system. Great atmosphere for a quick meal or a large group party. Go for the food and drink combos!

3 reviews so far 6
05.07.2017 11:59

Enjoyed a Tuesday night dinner at Maedaya. The service and food were both exceptional, from their selection of skewers to their range of desserts (particularly the matcha cheesecake).

2 reviews so far 6
08.06.2017 19:54

Delicious vegetarian food options, great service and staff are very friendly. Some of the best Japanese food I've had in Melbourne. Very reasonable prices too.

2 reviews so far 5
18.06.2017 15:11

It's always a great experience when I go to Maedaya, that's why it's my favourite local restaurant. If you haven't been, I highly recommend that you go, it's got a huge selection of sake, and caters for those who assume that Japanese food is all raw. Quite the opposite, there is a huge selection of cooked dishes also.

3 reviews so far 4
03.10.2016 21:20

Have always loved coming to Maedaya, as the service and food had always been top notch! It is therefore unfortunate to say that the food was a little disappointing on this particular visit. Some skewers came at room temperature, while others piping hot. The fried sesame chicken was also lacking in its usual flavour. However, the gyoza and tofu were fantastic, as were the drinks and service!

3 reviews so far 5
17.10.2016 07:10

Great food and good value, nice place. We arrived 10 mins early and was asked to leave and come back at our time slot, I thought this was not a good look as we were new customers. I felt like I should have gone somewhere else, I believe they need a seating area where customers may have a drink before they are seated at there allotted time...If they are to be strict with table times??? this was the only thing I can say in negative to the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 17:23

Orders through the Ipad is a good idea. The place is quite busy so book ahead. There are a few dishes that take a while to come out, so order the faster dishes while waiting for the big ones to come out. There are a huge range of alcohol which is nice to try. The sushi dishes are very good and fresh. Just a suggestion, if each dish have a minimum preparation time, then it would be good to know when ordering.

1 review so far 5
01.02.2017 08:44

Great food but most of the staff seemed a bit rushed. Had difficulty keeping the content of vegetarian dishes separate from the meat dishes, so our vegetarian wouldn't eat some. Each table is supplied a tablet to make your order on; you can view the items on your order but can't see which ones are still outstanding. Two of our vegetarian dishes did not arrive until we prompted at the end. However, all the food was very tasty and look stunning.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 07:54

Love the food n great n friendly service, the staff made our 9th monthsaries with a surprised desserts with my partner's initial n mine, thank you Maedaya staff for yr great service,😊😊😊

2 reviews so far 6
13.03.2017 13:31

Maedaya is my favourite Japanese restaurant. The menu is awesome, the selection of sake is amazing, and the staff are always so friendly. I cannot recommend this place enough!

1 review so far 6
14.11.2016 11:59

The was a great variety of food on the menu, all reasonably priced. The food came really quickly and was super delicious! I would highly recommend Maedaya.

1 review so far 3
26.09.2016 14:01

food at Maedaya used to be very good and I was proudly taking non-Japanese friends there. Quality of food, however, definitely went down. Sashimi wasn't very fresh and Mentaiko spaghetti was horrible with too much QP mayo. I was told they changed chef. Maeda san, please do something. Otherwise I won't go back.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2017 08:39

We had a Fantastic experience at Maedaya. Food was delicious and staff were very friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere, even when sitting at the bar area.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 05:39

Maedaya is so delicious, and the ambience is great. It was good to be able to book online with quandoo for confidence we had a table!

3 reviews so far 5
18.11.2016 07:32

Thank you for the sushi cake and help celebrating my son's 11th birthday. We love coming to Maedaya for the food and service. He chose to have his birthday dinner here!

1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 09:27

great place for a smallish groups of people. lots of variety to pick from. sushi rolls were great! although the icecream tasted as if they were pre-scooped, it was quite icy all around.. I guess this is to save time, but it would make a big difference if they scooped the icecream fresh.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 07:12

The fastest service I've ever had at a restaurant, and always smiling staff made our dinner fantastic. Updated menu since last which was nice, favourites were still there. Very affordable also, quite a surprise given the quality of the food and the great service.

1 review so far 6
05.12.2016 15:57

Always great food and quick efficient service. I love the tablet ordering as everyone can look through, read up and chose. The prices are always great and they're constantly adding to the menu so you do go back! Been coming here for years.

2 reviews so far 6
27.04.2017 07:16

Simple, tasty, quick food in a fun environment. Love the iPad order system but make sure you scroll through everything as we did miss some great food. Would highly recommend and definitely book. Order the Sake early to warm you up during winter!