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Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar

54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-441 1210
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“sashimi” (16 reviews)
“ox tongue” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hours
Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service! Proper japanese and really recomanded. You won't find rolls because they're not originals! Try wide Sake selection instead!

Thank Valter B
Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Before we had even a minute to read the menu after being seated, the waiter was pushy for us to get ordering. When we asked for table water to get started with, he would not even bother with concealing his smirk of contempt. His condescending...More

Thank Kenson K
Reviewed November 16, 2015

This cozy little restaurant on lower Shotover street is perfect for a casual dinner. The food is amazing and service is fast. The restaurant has a good selection of daily specials and everything is reasonably priced. This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in...More

Thank IzzieTravels
Reviewed October 29, 2015

There are so many eating places around but as my husband and I are fond of Japanese food we stopped in for something to eat and a drink, and were so glad we did. Lovely cosy setting and delicious food.

Thank Renalda C
Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Okay I've been to a lot of Yakitori bars and had so many Japanese food, what they served at this place was absolutely horrible. The fried chicken was not crispy. It was not properly coated and was very salty. The portion was so tiny. The...More

Thank Giraffe2015
Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

I eat quite a lot of Japanese food and while the atmosphere here was nice, I found the food average, the service slightly pushy, and the serving sizes disappointingly small.

Thank yoseldumpling
Reviewed August 20, 2015

How is this jap restaurant rated so highly? Portions were small and options were so limited on their menu. The charsiu on my ramen was ice cold and the portion size of my noodle was so small I finished it with 4 scoops of my...More

1  Thank Sydneytravellerz
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went to this small bar on our last night in Queenstown and wished we had found it on our first night. We had the most enjoyable experience. Good choice of beer and sake but what surprised us most was the quality of the food. Outstanding...More

Thank Mark E
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Love eating here!! Ramen is so flavoursome I could eat more than one bowl full. Staff are friendly & helpful plus service is super fast. Love the way the chuhi is served with the ball of ice too, nice touch!

Thank MochasGold
Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

A trip to Queenstown isn't complete without a visit to Daruma. Always a warm welcome as you enter the door. Must start with a Saki Bomb which is great fun. To eat I highly recommend the seaweed salad. Karage Chicken. Deep fried squid and Beef...More

Thank Worldtraveller2044
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-441 1210
It's a fusion between a restaurant and a bar, Izakaya (called in Japanese) is a type of informal Japanese Gastropub with a warm atmosphere, offering authentic Japanese dishes and an unique range of Japanese drinks. Traditional Japanese food, cooked right in front of you in an open kitchen, such as Karaage Chicken, Tempura Prawn, Teriyaki Salmon, Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori as well as Ramen and Donburi. Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown is casual place for after-work drinking and bites, kitchen is open until late!!! You must try the famous Sake Bomb (beer and sake shot), the drink menu offers a lot of different Japanese drinks including Sake, Shochu, Cocktails and Beers. Known for its excellent customer service and friendly and relaxed attitude, take a seat at Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown and get recommendations on new dishes to try or the best sake or cocktails.
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