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162-164 Gouger St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
+61 8 8410 2838
11:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

It's hard to convince "food naive" people to try other cuisines especially those with delicious delicacies such as raw seafood. Finally the family agreed to try Japanese at Hotaru- work in progress of 2 years! This was the first restaurant in many years (usually pub fare) and by golly gosh they loved every portion and morsel of food! Not one... More 

2 Thank k50002015
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

When it comes to Japanese food, Hotaru is right up there with the best Highlighted by the sweetest tastiest sashimi. Try the boat for a full meal for two.

1 Thank IanRRob
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Delightful authentic Japanese food in the middle of Adelaide. The sashimi was so fresh and delicious. The teppanyaki was great. Catered for gluten free options well.

1 Thank Paul W
Adelaide, Australia
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126 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

My friends and I spent a very enjoyable few hours here on a Saturday night. Most of us chose the banquet which was reasonably priced and packed with plenty of delicious food. From the hand made to order sushi rolls to the main courses including teriyaki chicken and barramundi (there was also pork and beef dishes) and the black sesame... More 

1 Thank Tanimann
Adelaide, Australia
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Not all sushi bars are run or staffed by Japanese or Korean sushi chefs, so when you find one you can really tell the difference. This restaurant has all the touches including a recessed floor area with booths for those who want to try a different eating experience. But it is not a high end restaurant for the elite, it... More 

1 Thank Greg B
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Clean, uncluttered, serene dining with traditional Japanese food cooked and served with close attention to quality, aesthetics and taste. Salmon teppanyaki was exceptional (may be a trifle salty if you are on a low salt diet), tempura was light and crunchy, gyoza very moorish. All decorations were edible, but I had no more space in my tummy. For the quality... More 

1 Thank Sophie J
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Locate on the quieter side of Gouger st so we have often passed this restaurant without even realise it is there. Until we check out rating with Trip Adviser and book our first dinner there. The food is surprisingly great, recommend the teriyaki chicken and takoyaki. The price is a bit high for this type of restaurant.

1 Thank May N
Victoria, Australia
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

We have eaten at this restaurant three times now and each time we have been very impressed with the fresh food and excellent non-intrusive service. The menu in extensive enough to cater for most fans of Japanese cuisine. We have chosen ourselves as well as requested the chef send out what is his choice of the day and have not... More 

3 Thank digbon
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015

I had lunch here, ordered a pork chop lunch special. It was OK, nothing wrong about the food. However, I would not rush back.

Thank 456brianl
Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

We went one night midweek on a whim after enjoying a meal there over Xmas. It was dead quiet, which was nice and they let us use our Entertainment Book discount on the banquet. Highly recommend the chicken teriyaki and beef teppanyaki. The service was good and quick. It's not as romantic as Ginza Miyako but still nice if you're... More 

1 Thank Meggan A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$14
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 162-164 Gouger St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Greater Adelaide  >  Adelaide
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8410 2838

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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?