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4.9 /6 Excellent 68 Reviews

Wagyu Ya

South Yarra Japanese $$$ +100
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About Wagyu Ya

Depending on where you stumble across this rather special and supremely focused South Yarra Japanese restaurant, you might find it goes by its shorter name, as it does here, or by its full, formal name: Wagyu Ya Japanese Indoor Smokeless Charcoal Grill Restaurant. Henceforth known simply and affectionately as Wagyu Ya, we can affirm that this is the place if you’re looking to explore the legend that is Wagyu beef in Melbourne. Here at Wagyu Ya’s Toorak Road premises you can find more than ten different cuts of the famously marbled meat, incorporated into a wide variety of traditional and innovative Japanese dishes cooked on specially imported charcoal grills. At Wagyu Ya you can indulge until the cows come home!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
Wagyu Ya, Toorak Road 156,, 3141 South Yarra

Further Information

Wagyu cattle are native to Japan and are considered a vital part of the nation’s culinary heritage. This kind of Japanese beef is famous for its heavy marbling which, while critics might claim is simply fat, in fact has a number of health benefits, including the lowering of cholesterol. More importantly for Melbourne’s famously discerning gourmets, Wagyu’s marbling imparts that unmistakable melt-in-the-mouth texture and delicately sweet flavour. Without a doubt, South Yarra’s Wagyu Ya is the city’s preeminent shrine to the cult of Wagyu, offering more than ten cuts that canvas the range of grades up to a marble index of 12.

Outside of Japan, Australia is the world’s largest producer of Wagyu beef, typically grain-feeding the stock for the last 300 to 500 days of production. Western Australia's Margaret River ranchers go so far as to add red wine to their beloved cattle’s feed! Here at Wagyu Ya along South Yarra’s Toorak Road, you can explore the full esoteric force of the Wagyu phenomenon, with the Wagyu Ya Luxe Set menu using beef with a marble score of 9 or more and including a special omakase platter, and the opulent Wagyu Ya Econ Set for four people firing up the charcoal grill to present a sample of four different kinds of Wagyu alongside a range of other premium Japanese dishes. A must for Melbourne foodies, say hai to Wagyu Ya and book your tables now!

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68 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 68 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: reasonable
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3 reviews so far 6
10.07.2017 11:22

We had the charcoal grill up stairs. The food was delicious and great value for money. The ambience is also very nice. The only problem was that they gave us a wrong dish but they replaced it straight away with minimal fuss. I would come back again.

1 review so far 6
28.06.2017 09:55

Very enjoyable lunch and all of the wagyu meat were superb!! The atmosphere of the restaurant and the staff were all very nice. Definitely will be back. Very worth the money.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 22:03

great food service ambience experience selection people chef friendly environment drinks pricey though but good place to enjoy with friends and soak in the great smells of great beef selects and grills. must book early and must still wait to be seated even after booking. worth waiting though because food is yummy. young pretty waitresses and handsome waiters something to occupy your time whilst waiting for seat then food and then bill.

2 reviews so far 6
23.06.2017 08:39

I visited wagyu ya with family for dinner quite regularly and we always hapoy with the food and service there and this is my first lunch with friends we both had bento and it's great and value of money so definitely will return

1 review so far 2
13.08.2017 12:25

Upon walking into the restaurant i was excited, but that excitement did not last as once we were sat down, there was no explanation of the menus. Further more once we had ordered our Luxe set, no explanation of each item was described to us. When the main star came out, cuts of wagyu. They were still cold and clearly straight from the fridge, this leaving 2/4 cuts we received were more rubbery then I have experienced with Wagyu. The seafood left a lot to be desired and our fruit platter was rushed out even before there was confirmation of the staff that we had finished. Our experience was further dulled as my girlfriend received the bad end of some charcoal in her eye as they were taking the bbq away. When we alerted staff as we were went to pay our bill, we were meet with a "uhh..sorry? did you want pay cash or card" Baffled by the poor response we paid and left with an even more sour taste. I really wanted to like this place but each step of the dinner left me with a more sour taste of the place, the only positive was ambience with the painted walls and lantern lights. After such a poor experience it is no a place that i would recommend to friends or family.

1 review so far 6
23.02.2016 07:00

Very nice food. Friendly staffs. We have 8 adults and 1 kid, all of them liked the food in Wagyu Ya very much. Price is a little bit expensive, but the quality is really good.

1 review so far 5
10.07.2017 12:08

Been there quite a few times. Food is okay. This time, we ordered some starter, side dish and two Luxe sets. The wagyu yukke has too much sesame oil compared to the past a few times, which is too strong to taste the beef. There was supposed to be ox tongue with 4 different meats by chef's choice with the Luxe sets. However, there were only 2 small slices of the ox tongue. Service is good.

3 reviews so far 5
17.08.2017 20:58

Once again the food was top notch. We mostly had the wagyu bbq grill. The experience however was tainted by a large group in the back of the restaurant. They were getting rowdy and had obviously had too much too drink but the staff did nothing about it. My table was the furthest away from them and it was still hard to hear what my friends were saying.

1 review so far 6
04.01.2016 09:10

Great food as always. The service was also good and pleasant despite the busy period. They are kind to give us the private room given we have 3 kids, which made the overall experience more pleasant. In addition, the restaurant provide a prompt response regarding the booking through Quandoo.

1 review so far 5
14.03.2017 11:46

We were placed in the private room with the charcoal grill, so sometimes service was a bit slower (given we were separate to everyone else), but otherwise no qualms. Food was great. We got the shabu shabu and quite a bit of wagyu for the charcoal grill. Would also recommend the squid for the grill.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2016 16:19

We had a lovely dinner at Wagyu Ya last night. The service was not as good as it could have been hence the score of 5.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2016 21:15

Wagyu were amazing tender and juicy. Sashimi was alright We ordered extra red bean ice team which was good with pretty strong flavor Service was ok In conclusion I would say will introduce to friends and I'll be back Nice!!!

47 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 07:53

The meal was absolutely amazing. We booked a seat upstairs at a grill! Fun experience, loved the Wagyu! Great service alright and knowledgable staff! Super busy place, not at all what you'd expect from the outside.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 09:48

Amazing food and staff!! Staff are very accommodating and even went out of their way to provided us with a very flexible banquet menu. Bbq banquet is highly recommended - it was absolutely delicious!

1 review so far 4
07.03.2017 09:30

Thank you Wagyu Ya for your friendly service. You however missed one dish that we ordered but we were too full to complain. Thanks again!

1 review so far 5
21.03.2016 15:34

Good quality of food and good staff service. We ordered the Lux set which is $99 per person. It is a bit pricey but acceptable. It would be better if we can pick another entree other than the wasabi octopus.

1 review so far 5
05.07.2017 10:18

Fantastic quality of meat - you pay for what you get. Foi Gras and black truffle bibimbap is a must try!! Definitely recommend to meat lovers and any foodie. Will definitely come back to try other stuff on the menu.

1 review so far 5
17.04.2017 18:13

Excellent atmosphere and food. We chose the Wagyu luxe set menu for 2 people which was beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious!! Our booking was on a Sunday night for 7:45 pm upstairs and we enjoyed great ambience and service.

1 review so far 6
24.02.2016 08:24

Food was amazing (had the big wagyu set) tho was a little pricey but was well worth it. Service was a little slow but still acceptable since it was a busy night

1 review so far 4
23.08.2016 08:33

Food was awesome, the Wagyu 10+ is the best piece of meat I ever had. The staff were a bit clueless however. They brought someone else order to our table 3 times and give our order to the table next to us.

1 review so far 3
10.07.2016 08:49

10+ marbled sirloin was the highlight for me. Ordered the green lip abalone but it never came out and I didn't realise until after I left. Overall it's definitely worth trying, just slightly overpriced for what it is. I did see a hot pot dish on another table that I will go back to try though.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 12:59

Great atmosphere. Food was awesome and fresh! Unusual menu items. Nice and easy to get to, being so close to South Yarra train station and the tram

2 reviews so far 6
22.02.2016 06:38

Fast and friendly service - amazing food! Some of the best sushi I've ever eaten. Cocktails were delicious. Extensive wine list. Can't wait to come back :-)

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 12:34

Very yami. Wagyu is very thin and tasty. I will recommend to my other friends. Next time I want to try the dessert like seasame ice cream

1 review so far 5
12.07.2017 01:54

Soymilk shabushabu is a must try and for bbq session, myself like marble 9 wagyu the most rather than any higher ranking ones which was a bit too oily for me though.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2017 10:33

Quality of the Wagyu beef was exceptional will definitely be coming back! Service can improve but overall it was good. Ambience of the restaurant was nice which made our experience very enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 09:02

Fantastic food - the black cod was delicious! Everything was just as we had hoped. Staff very friendly and a great atmosphere. Will return for sure

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 12:55

Great service, the food is delicious.!!! Sashimi is very fresh, loved the salmon and tuna sashimi. Loved everything, location is great, near South Yarra train station.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 08:46

Excellent Wagyu selections. This is definitely a place to visit if you love Wagyu. Set menu well worth your money. Sake top notch as well. A++++++

1 review so far 5
13.03.2017 09:32

Great barbecue, we like their variety and quality of beef and seafood is always fresh. 5% off if paid in cash. Hardest thing is to get a table on a weekend!

3 reviews so far 5
08.08.2016 00:38

Price is on the steep side but fantastic marble 9 wagyu. Ambience was cosy but abit noisy as there were many children running around. Overall, enjoyed the food as usual :)

2 reviews so far 4
22.07.2017 12:40

Interesting menu and friendly service and atmosphere. Foie gras with rice very good but wagyu beef rather tough and asparagus had no flavour. Perhaps worth a second visit to try different dishes as the restaurant is very popular.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2017 07:57

Great restaurant. Quality food and good service. Be sure to sit upstairs and do the BBQ option. Good atmosphere and well priced for the quality.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 08:21

So Japanese so Beautiful BBQ and the food so delicious. good and friendly stuff. Very recommended for couple, but not really family friendly small place.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2016 15:27

The meat was very very tasty. The seafood was also fresh and tasty. I would recommend this feast taunt to anyone with a fussy appetite.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 12:46

Relaxed atmosphere friendly staff and food was amazing. Will definitely be coming back again Pork Belly and Wagyu was the best ever and so tender

3 reviews so far 5
16.10.2016 18:19

Excellent Marble 9 beef. Loved the juicy beef!! :D Wished the waiters were more attentive though. Seemed like they were not able to handle the big groups of customers :X

2 reviews so far 5
21.07.2017 10:12

Take my daugrher For lunch after Good Experience last time lunch with friend. Order same bento really value of money and Have Another Good lunch. Will plan another lunch soon

2 reviews so far 6
21.04.2017 08:09

Good restaurant with great ambience and service. The quality of food and drinks are excellent as well. Definitely a place worth to go multiple times.

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 01:31

A great experience of having a meal in there as extremely delicious M10 steak and Waygu. The waiters process the M10 steak wonderfully. However, the rice is too soft.

1 review so far 5
17.03.2017 10:29

Food is good, authentic, reasonably priced. Service is also pretty good. Lot of Japanese dining there, always a good sign. Next time I'll try upstairs and have the BBQ.

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 09:51

Good service. Great food. Just had to wait for a table despite reservation. Otherwise it would have been a 6. Definitely recommend it for a nice night out.

1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 09:31

Nice ambience, good food. Went there for my birthday because i saw many good reviews and didn't disappoint. The wagyu 9+ is a must, will be back 😊

1 review so far 5
09.06.2016 08:50

Nice environment, food was perfect! And service is ok. But the floor is a bit slippery on the way to the amenities. Great family gathering place to be.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 10:21

Amazing food, felt like being back in Japan. Slight let down with service, but overall it was enjoyable. Would recommend it and am definitely going back! Oishi!

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 10:25

The staff and environment are very nice, the food are yummy especially the wagyu, Melt in the mouth!!! Definitely will go back again to try another dishes.

1 review so far 5
02.08.2017 02:45

Great experience~ the only missed thing was the stuff has forgotten few of my orders but we were fine because they were very busy on that night

1 review so far 5
27.02.2016 18:21

Delicious green tea pudding and ice cream, soft oyster beef barbecue. But the price is a little bit expensive, anyway, it is worth to try again!

1 review so far 5
05.02.2016 11:17

Food was excellent, sashimi, sushi and wagyu were great. Service was slow and a bit lacking at times, for example they forgot to refill water etc

2 reviews so far 5
06.06.2016 10:36

Set menu is the best way to taste how good Japanese BBQ is! Service is excellent and sashimi is very fresh as well! A local gem!