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Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar

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54 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1210
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For Japanese it's very average. Most of what we ate was just... Not great. Not bad but just not very good. Sashimi was fishy and not fresh, fish roe dumplings were basically oversalty wonton pastries with a tiny blob of flavourless fish roe, extremely chewy ox tongue. Only decent thing was the takoyaki which was enjoyable. Service was nice and... More 

Thank Jenny T
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I come back to our yearly haunt for great Izakaya, excellent sake and sparkling sake jelly!! The food is consistently well cooked and flavoursome. Very chill out atmosphere and well worth the visit!

Thank Celine S
Brisbane Region, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not terrible, but definitely not a place I'd come back to. Service was great, but food was just very average. We had the pork ramen (cold pork) and the fish roe dumplings (zero flavour).

Thank Bernald83
Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Went here for dinner with a friend and we had a great meal. we order several small meals to share and treated it like a degustation. Washed it all down with warm Saki which was lovely. Staff were great too.

Thank GoToEat2005
Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

A nice cool Japanese place. Wewanted to have some sake so we tried it out and loved it. The ambiance was great and we loved the food too. Very cosy and staff were friendly too.

Thank nepaliaustralian
Queenstown, New Zealand
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97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Excellent Food and the service could not have been better. Food arrived up in a fast manner and was simply devine. Definitely will be going back.

Thank JuliaMilley
Queensland, Australia
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the food but was not worth the money we spent . The main meals are only small and expensive . Food is good . It's a tiny restaurant so make sure to make a booking before you go there .

Thank ilovetravelshop
Warwick, Australia
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386 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Great sake and soshu but the highlight was being able to enjoy a glass of 18y old Japanese scotch that was voted best in the world a couple of years ago. Not cheap but hadn't expected this is a sake bar in the backstreets of Queenstown. Great bar food and great staff

Thank Ross H
Sippy Downs, Australia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Yakitori was recommended to us by our taxi driver on the way into town. So on his recommendation we tried the place out. The food supplied was super fresh and delicious - especially the Sushimi. The plates ranged from $5 to $20 depending on the sizes you wanted - but it was all delicious. You could also order Sake on... More 

Thank RachelAnne11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This is the 3rd time dining here. I visit this place annually during my vacation in Queenstown. Always great food and wonderful hospitality from the team in this restarant!

Thank John M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-441 1210

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?