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63 OR Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 362 1300
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 18:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This place is always busy and booking is always advisable. Food is average but good service and vibe.

Thank logann176
New York City, New York
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This sleek, modern Japanese restaurant, where I dined twice in one week, serves some of the best sushi and sashimi I have ever tasted, giving lie to the assumption that the best seafood in South Africa is automatically shipped to Johannesburg and Pretoria. The service is relaxed and friendly, and at the current rand-dollar exchange rate, the food is a... More 

Thank tuckernyc2003
Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I always eat at Daruma when visiting Durban - the sushi is first class. Service is excellent and the decor and seating environment very comfortable. I ate their twice last week when Durban was hosting a major international conference. Both nights the restaurant was packed but that added to the fun. There was a great party atmosphere, beginning with staff... More 

Thank John H
Tel Aviv, Israel
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49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Dined there a couple of times as was staying in the hotel and had a wonderful experience composed of great food with very fresh and tempting fish and a really nice venue , and the prices are very decent for such a high level food

Thank kochbail
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Dinner at Daruma is always a good experience. Had Beef Teppenyaki and wanted the meat meduim rare - the best "steak" I have ever had. Wife had seafood Teppenyaki and my daughter had sushi and deep fried ice cream. Great to watch the chefs prepairing your meal in front of you at the Teppanyaki tables. Great place, lovely ambiance with... More 

Thank Hashiem B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I just love this place. Their service, food and atmosphere is always great. For that special occasion consider booking a private room. Will definitely be back soon.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Johannesburg, South Africa
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 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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220 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 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!


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$22
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 OR Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 362 1300

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