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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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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
Banff, Canada
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Me and a couple of friends recently visited Yakitori for dinner. We basically ordered everything off the menu and it was all delicious. The highlights were the chicken skewers and the ramen. The staff were so friendly and the food was super quick. I really enjoyed my evening, but I just personally prefer the other Japanese restaurant in town.

Thank georgiasid
Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We went to Darumas today a small little place in Queenstown after it was recommended to us Food was nice but service was alittle poor and we found it hard to communicate with the waiter It's very nice food and we enjoyed the dishes

Thank Dave S
West Hartford, Connecticut
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131 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent quick dinner - the ramen was delicious and the sake recommended by the staff was a great match. Would come again!

Thank BigGFoodie1
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

we started with the two specials, one of which came with a beer, the other a glass of sauvignon blanc! perfect! the yakitori are superb, and if you are not that keen on this style, there is plenty to choose from. Its not magnificent this place, more like a Japanese wooden inn, but the food is great.

Thank Murray H
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

For Japanese it's very average. Most of what we ate was just... Not great. Not bad but just not very good. Sashimi was fishy and not fresh, fish roe dumplings were basically oversalty wonton pastries with a tiny blob of flavourless fish roe, extremely chewy ox tongue. Only decent thing was the takoyaki which was enjoyable. Service was nice and... More 

Thank Jenny T
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I come back to our yearly haunt for great Izakaya, excellent sake and sparkling sake jelly!! The food is consistently well cooked and flavoursome. Very chill out atmosphere and well worth the visit!

Thank Celine S
Brisbane Region, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Not terrible, but definitely not a place I'd come back to. Service was great, but food was just very average. We had the pork ramen (cold pork) and the fish roe dumplings (zero flavour).

Thank Bernald83
Cambridge, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Went here for dinner with a friend and we had a great meal. we order several small meals to share and treated it like a degustation. Washed it all down with warm Saki which was lovely. Staff were great too.

Thank GoToEat2005
Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

A nice cool Japanese place. Wewanted to have some sake so we tried it out and loved it. The ambiance was great and we loved the food too. Very cosy and staff were friendly too.

Thank nepaliaustralian

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