Maedaya

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$40 and under
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Japanese

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"Sake & Grill MAEDAYA

Established in 2007, 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, SUMIYAKI charcoal-grilled skewers. YAKITORI chicken skewers will be cooked perfectly for you by our experienced Japanese chefs at the open grill kitchen in a middle of restaurant.

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 here!"
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4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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4.3
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J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, service was a little slow but friendly. Only issue was an inconsiderate couple with a screaming baby which was disappointing but could not be helped.

LB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We had a lovely meal and Maedaya. The kids love ordering from the iPad and the food delivery is prompt and efficient.

a
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We have been visiting the restaurant regularly since it’s opening more than 8 or 9 years ago. However, their service and food was not up to standard on the night. Their staff kept on forgetting our beverages of the humble tea and tap water until the almost the end of the meal despite the ipad order system. More than 1/2 is the noodle/rice dishes were not available and it was only 6:15pm. The sushi was not made properly and the choice of food on the menu was shrinking. May be they are trying to go back to sell more alcohol like when first open because the beverage section has expanded. I think we might give the place a miss for a few months hopefully they will have a change of menu and the food selection will come back.

F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

upstairs bbq area rangehoods need servicing.
There should be a rangehood on each table.
It can very smoky when full house and smoke also suffocated me as im have asthma and this is OHS issue

F
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, fresh, carefully presented dishes. A regular favourite dinner date venue, definitely recommended.

ET
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Come here very often with my boyfriend and it is our favourite! Love it!

LC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, great staff. Sake can be more affordable cos it’s a bit costly.

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting and well prepared food, really friendly staff and service. Well-priced. Thank you!

NB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great choice and quality of food! One of our favourite locals.

SC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing time! The staff were so polite and friendly, especially staff named Misa behind the bar. Food was fantastic and drinks were nice and refreshing. Definitely coming back again!

JD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Seriously this is a great japanese place. Plus BBQ upstairs!

MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

We went to have dinner 4 adult 2 senior, 2 kids on sunday night. When I made the booking, confirmed senior cost same price as child ($19). I brought my parents to the restaurant last sunday, both are over 75, But they charge them Adult ($38). Refer to the menu, it has beef, pork for izakaya. My mum do not eat beef, therefore i thought she can have pork. I can't believe, we walked in to the restaurant at 5:45pm ( restaurant just open for dinner), they said they run out of pork. Instead of Pork, they offer my mum a small plate of chicken. We joined their buffet (90 mins), Seriously if they do not have those items, they should not put in menu, should not put in iPad menu. Everything takes AGES to order. Such a simple raw Salmon, it does not need to cook ( no excuse at all), and the night it was a quiet night, surprisingly quiet Sunday night 6-8pm session, only have 2 tables upstair to serve, it only comes ONE time, i order the second time, it never come, until 7:30pm the waiter told us that's the last order, I am not very happy how to treat us. And I was my birthday dinner with my family.

KM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We live locally and brought along some friends from Sydney - we all enjoyed the food. My girlfriend loved the Tofu and we just loved everything. Wine is a little hit and miss but great beers and cider. And the people in the kitchen knock out such great, fresh food in a very timely way.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Have been here several times and always enjoyed it. The BBQ used to be ‘order as you go’ but is now set menu do costs a little more.

a
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

It was generally a good place but we realised their menu has stunk, offering less variety of food. May be that’s due to the low after holiday season. But I hope they would bring back the usual menu soon. We love the ipad ordering system which made it so much easier and the food came promptly. We are not drinkers so I couldn’t comment on their extensive drinks menu but there was some very interesting items on them.

x
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

We came for the BBQ, but the room was no air-condition. It was too hot to cook and eat.

NH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

All was great except food came out too slow. The buffet menu was good value. We enjoyed spending time with our kids there. Will come back.

r
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

This was the third time our group of friends had dined here. Unfortunately they have changed the menu and taken off some of the best vegetarian options. They also only had one gf item on the menu but were happy to alter one of the rolls so my friend was able to eat.

HE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Never had a bad meal - Staff are always so friendly and nice as well.

BB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I had dinner with a friend, the food was delicious and the ambience was great, my only complaint is I made a booking and had booked to sit at a table however we were seated at the bar.

CH
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were friendly and welcoming. I found ordering food via a tablet really fun and gave us the option of ordering as you eat so we didn't over order. The food was very tasty and well presented. The venue is a nice layout and would suit both casual and formal dining. I would definately go here again and recommend it to anyone passing through the area.

MC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

It's was my hubby's birthday dinner. Maedaya nicely offered us a free small birthday cake. Food is good, but because it was on Saturday night, restaurant was full-house. I booked 5:30 - 7:30pm session. When I sat down, there were no other customers yet, and I believe staffs just started working also. I ordered the vegetable tempura in the first round, which could be just 10 mins after the restaurant door just open, no other customer come in yet. I cannot believe, the vegetable tempuar NEVER come til 8pm. Their replied was 'run out of stock'. I am pretty sure they will cancel dishes when the restaurant is busy, they will stop taking the dishes if they are short of staffs, or if the kitchen cannot handle the work load. I would suggest they should cross out the 'hard-working' dishes on Saturday Sunday, or else hire an extra person to take care of the 'Deep-fry' section to avoid all of the SUPPORTERS, valuable customers disappointment. I love Maedaya food, staffs are very nice, they always give us a smile and answer when they are super busy.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

I have been visiting Maedaya for quite a few yrs now. Food have always been good. Big fan of the Japanese BBQ. A little sad the menu has been shrunk so much would have been happier if Maedaya adjusted the price instead. My last trip on Friday 23 was a big let down. I brought a group of friends many haven't been before. We ordered BBQ buffet and after the initial met plate we proceed to order more. Every time we ordered meat it either didn't came or came in one plate at a time. i can't speak for my friends but myself ordered 6 additional meat items but only 3 came. Funny thing is the orders for cooked items came on time and were accurate.

I will definitely visit again to see if it gets better as i do like the place.

MG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

IPad ordering and a noisy exhaust fan were a minus. Food is normally really good but just okay today. Left disappointed.

B
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

The Maedeya is good, but can be better. The service is quick and easy as we can order using the tablet. The restaurant can be made more modern and stylist. Overall the place is very clean and the staffs very attentive and they know the Japanese Sake and food very well. We would prefer more variety for Sushi.

Thanks.

AB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love visiting Maedaya. It feels like Japan with the regular ‘Irasshaimase’ greetings, Japanese beer, ordering over iPad, and lots of Japanese food. The yakitori can’t be missed :)

JM
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

I love this place! Food is so fresh and delicious. Have been here many times seems first discovering it and I just can't get enough. The BBQ is really good value and the izakaya is really good too, a bit more expensive but you get what you pay for.

G
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Wish coming here and try the Wagyu beef Buffet, but there's no Wagyu beef in the menu, good serve quite slow even just are dish, the Charcoal pot is pretty weak and need to wait sometimes to grill the meat, that's why we understand we can't order too much within 2 hours. Wait 1 hour for 6 slice of raw beef , can't believe. Can't complaint too much, with the price only $38.- But they should not promote with Wagyu beef that the main point I am not happy.

JH
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were very disappointed that the fresh salmon was sold out. Our booking was at 6pm.

Y
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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W
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am always very pleased to recommend Maedaya. They have one of, if not the very best variety of sake in Melbourne. The food is mainly hibachi grilled and very pleasant. I was pleased to enjoy my birthday there.

ND
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I've been coming to Maedaya for 10 years, it's my favourite Japanese restaurant in Melbourne! The food is consistently excellent, the service is friendly, customers are very well looked after. A little bit of Japan away from Japan :) I highly recommend it!

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

My girlfriends and I loved this restaurant two years ago and couldn t believe the change. The service was terrible, the quantities ordered were wrong, or the order did not come at all. The seared tuna was not tuna but processed unidentifiable pink fake fish. Midmeal our ipad was taken away, were we not allowed to order? There was smoke inside and the outside door went open at 9 pm at 13 degrees outside. Then our table light was dimmed. We felt we had to go and did. Never to return again.

IS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and very good service.
We'll definitely come back again
Already recommended to my friends

AN
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience1

9 of us ordered lots of different dishes including shashimi, yakitori, fried dishes and dessert. I wouldn’t order the tofu salad with edamame, everything else was good.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really yummy and we were offered a sample of quite nice sake

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Awesome food

SG
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They weren't even open when we arrived, despite advertising on their website that they're open on Mondays, and despite accepting our online booking!! I sent them an email expressing my strong disappointment, and they replied saying they no longer opened on Mondays, and tried to blame it on the online booking website. But I checked after receiving the email, and they were STILL advertising themselves as open on Mondays at that time. Get your act together, Maedaya!!! I've loved Maedaya for a long time, and have been a very loyal and frequent customer, but after some disappointing changes they made to their menu a few months ago, along with this, I'm not sure I can be bothered going back there.

SC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great choice of Japanese tapas. Very good value and friendly service.

JZ
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

sit there for 15 minutes and no one come to give menu and serve water. after 30 mins finally finish order food but keep giving me wrong food that I didn't order.