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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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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The owner was Fantastic and welcoming, the food was amazing. We tried a selection of sake including the famous SAKE BOMBS!!

Thank Stephen H
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first Japanese restaurant experience. Staff and owner/chef Jin were very friendly and the food was absolutely awesome even if the wasabi caught some by surprise !!! Definitely make the effort to eat here, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Tanya N
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service at this place was amazing and the food was delicious. Very personable staff who genuinely cares about your experience. Would go again and again if we lived closer!

Thank Ashleigh E
San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great bowl of hot ramen after a blustery and cold day - food is fresh, delicious and the owner is a super nice guy who takes incredible pride in his restaurant -

Thank Mark K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

They changed new staffs and new menus few weeks ago. I loved their new dinner tapas menu especially Cheesy Chicken ball ! It was good tapas with beer or sweet drinks. I loved Karaage(Deepfried Chicken) as well. Also great customer service from new owner. He was friendly and knows well about Queenstown. If you feel something light dinner with drinks.... More 

Thank katiepiex
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Such an amazing crew here. Had the best start to our night, cannot wait to come back and see them all! Please come play mini golf!! Xx

Thank Ellie F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Lydia was amazing. Sake shots are amazing they tasted so delish, and would recommend 10/10 the staff are so friendly BK was great xxxx

Thank georgfeeee
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I visited this restaurant on a whim after craving some Japanese food and was very happy with the outcome, visiting again a few days later before I departed Queenstown. I went inside, greeted by a cosy looking restaurant/ bar sort of set up. There's little nods to Japanese culture and cuisine dotted about, sake bottles on shelves, and wooden panelling... More 

Thank Samuel H
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Came by for lunch with my girlfriend. Having visited Japan earlier in 2016 we had a craving for some ramen. The miso ramen there really hit the spot! Apparently a new owner had taken over quite recently, but the food was tip-top to me, and we were met only with kindness and happy faces, and felt very welcome. We came... More 

Thank Mads C
Queenstown, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Atmosphere? Tired and well worn is a better description. But a good gathering place for groups of fun. It is small. Skewered Grilled meats and a few vegs used to be over charcoal flames (the way Yakitori is meant to be), now they are over gas. The food is still pretty good snacks with your drinks. But used to be... More 

Thank marthamatt

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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?