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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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Open Now
11:30 AM - 4:00 PMAll hours
Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 5, 2016

Went alone but was made to feel part of the family of guests. Awesome food and included in the fun with Sake bombs.

Thank Dougie_the
Reviewed May 25, 2016

We went in around 9.30PM and they were about to close, but one of us could speak Japanese so she communicated in Japanese with the owner (this is a family business with parents and their children - their whole family running it) and the owner...More

Thank Nitra001
Reviewed April 26, 2016

My wife and I ate here one night and absolutely loved it. Causal Japanese dining, small restaurant with great feeling to it. We ordered, and were served the food, a few dishes at a time, choosing small or 'tasting plate' type dishes. This meant we...More

Thank mikduff
Reviewed April 23, 2016

Loved the atmosphere great value for money and just a great experience the only thing that's bombing is the Sake what a riot everyone was enjoying themselves. I recommend booking if you're more than 1-2 people. the food is sensational and the staff work hard...More

Thank Archie_Milligan
Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

Food Was worst Japanese representation ever . Ramen bowl was half full and not a vegetable in sight. The noodles looked instant and the broth was artificial. Ordered a beer that never arrived but appeared on our bill.

Thank Connie P
Reviewed February 20, 2016

This small little restaurant on lower Shotover street is definitely my favorite Japanese restaurant in Queenstown, so if you like Japanese food I highly recommend you go here.

Thank katysumner3
Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

My fav place to eat out! Awesome place, such friendly staff and the food is always delicious and comes out super quick! Their plum wine is delicious!

1  Thank hayleyc862
Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service! Proper japanese and really recomanded. You won't find rolls because they're not originals! Try wide Sake selection instead!

Thank Valter B
Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Before we had even a minute to read the menu after being seated, the waiter was pushy for us to get ordering. When we asked for table water to get started with, he would not even bother with concealing his smirk of contempt. His condescending...More

Thank Kenson K
Reviewed November 16, 2015

This cozy little restaurant on lower Shotover street is perfect for a casual dinner. The food is amazing and service is fast. The restaurant has a good selection of daily specials and everything is reasonably priced. This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in...More

Thank IzzieTravels
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, 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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