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63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Have been here a few times over the years while on business in Durban and it never disappoints. Food is always delicious. The teppanyaki island in the middle of the restaurant is entertaining and creates a great atmosphere (clothes get a bit smelly however). I just wish they would return to Johannesburg!

Thank WanderlustValery
Franschhoek, South Africa
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Durban for our first day of our honeymoon.. Having walked around for a while, we noticed this vibey Japanese place and thought, hey, why not? We were seated right in front of chef Michael, who was fantastic, making conversation, recommendations and jokes! We started with a selection of sushi. My husband then had the calamari and stir... More 

Thank Lee-Ann F
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Fresh, cutting edge and delicious Japanese fusion food. They even delivered to my room in the Maharani. Great!

Thank JohannesburgTian
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

A number of tables enable you to sit around a central cooking area and watch your chef cook your food and serve it directly too you. Brilliant, although it can get a bit warm!

Durban, South Africa
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120 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This was a very personal and interactive Japanese eating experience. The food was tops. Their tofu was divine. The sake really got me! The desserts were amazing too. I loved Daruma, the setting, the service and everything else made for a memorable experience.

Thank delaine c
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Quite disappointed. Ordered the most expensive platter on the menu to get crayfish. Dish was delivered with prawns in place of it, with no warning or explanation. Good food, atrocious service. When I enquired, I was met with a weak apology.

Thank Mike M
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We had a starter of spring rolls, salad and chicken. It was filling and well prepared. Cleanliness was what we expected and got. Mains were prawns, chops, egg fried rice with stir fry and chopped chilles cooked in butter as we like our meal a little strong. It definitely gives a zing to it. IT WAS AMAZING. THEY HAD A... More 

1 Thank 007durban
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We had the private room for a group of 10. Food was great, but kept coming in bits and pieces, and getting the attention of a waiter was always a mission as they seemed very busy. When the food did come, it was great!

1 Thank africanadventurist
Riviersonderend, South Africa
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We visit from Cape Town and we always book a table at Daruma when we are in Durban. Once again an awesome experience, great sushi and the tepanyaki WOW again an awesome wow experience and the food and service was great. Thank you we will see you soon!!!

1 Thank Charl1973
Horsham, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We visited in a group of five for a birthday celebration. However, a slight problem was that we were placed near the main door which was open half the time and the breeze into the restaurant was not pleasant. Some further intelligent restaurant layout design may be necessary. Not to detract from the food and the teppanyaki performance - it... More 

1 Thank macrandolph

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $22
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: 0313621300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?