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Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar

54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1210
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“sashimi” (16 reviews)
“ox tongue” (4 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here last night on a whim looking for a reasonably priced Japanese restaurant, and this place was a lucky find. I had okonomiyaki, which I haven't had in a very long time and it did not disappoint. They had a few Japanese beers on...More

Thank il-capitano-z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a selection of shared plates including beef tataki, beef and chicken teriyaki, chicken yakitori, sashimi and dumplings. Simple beautiful food that was delicious. Cannot fault. The portions were a tiny bit smaller than I expected but the atmosphere, decor and staff were brilliant!

Thank savanne63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered a mix of various dishes: california and cucumber rolls de the kids, fried gyoza was delicious and different, yakitori chicken, yakitori bacon/prawn was by far our favorite, teriyaki scallop was superb, teriyaki prawns excellent too! The staff is very lively and welcoming!

Thank bossings
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place multiple times and it is hands down the best. I have eaten Japanese food hundreds of times in the states...now I feel like I've never had Japanese food prepared correctly.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent atmosphere really felt welcomed beautiful food an enjoyable evening a great choice for sharing foods also.

Thank ShadyLady888
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Really good casual dining feel at the restaurant. Food was served fast and it was delicious. The price was very reasonable and the staff are willing to accommodate and help with your choices. Would visit again.

Thank georgiasid
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We ordered fried noodle with chicken. Tasty is good and friendly service. Reasonable price is for lunch. Better than food court.

1  Thank H1859AFbenm
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Under new management and the food has never been better. great food and exceptional service, you couldn't ask for better

Thank JuliaMilley
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

So far the best Japanese in the country! I've been to so many Japanese restaurants in the bigger cities all over but nothing compares to this awesome little place. They serve meals at lunch and for dinner they serve entreés with or without the option...More

2  Thank rmdevaras1
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Popped in to this place quite a few times in the week we were in Queenstown. Cute little place. Good selection of Sake and had the most amazing berry jelly sparkling sake - do yourself a favour and try this. Also0 ate her one night...More

Thank WinkyMagoo
Sam K, Manager at Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

We have also Yuzu and Peach flavour Jelly Sake, we are glad that you enjoyed in the restaurant!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-441 1210
It's a fusion between a restaurant and a bar, Izakaya (called in Japanese) is a type of informal Japanese Gastropub with a warm atmosphere, offering authentic Japanese dishes and an unique range of Japanese drinks. Traditional Japanese food, cooked right in front of you in an open kitchen, such as Karaage Chicken, Tempura Prawn, Teriyaki Salmon, Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori as well as Ramen and Donburi. Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown is casual place for after-work drinking and bites, kitchen is open until late!!! You must try the famous Sake Bomb (beer and sake shot), the drink menu offers a lot of different Japanese drinks including Sake, Shochu, Cocktails and Beers. Known for its excellent customer service and friendly and relaxed attitude, take a seat at Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown and get recommendations on new dishes to try or the best sake or cocktails.
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