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5 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9030
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We loved the freshness of the salmon and tuna sashimi. Teriyaki salmon and chicken also very good. Attentive service. Not a cheap restaurant, but if you're after a good ambiance and quality Japanese food then this is a good place to visit.

Thank MangoRacin
Melbourne, Australia
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151 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

The food and service at Hikari were both very good and it was reasonably priced. The decore isn't exactly up-market but it's more than adequate for an informal Japanese meal. We had a variety of sushi dishes and they were all good.

1 Thank Davyd L
Cromwell, New Zealand
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Having visited Japan a couple of times I was missing genuine Japanese food. Hikari was suggested by friends so we went for my birthday. If you want to brush up on your Japanese don't bother. None of our serving staff were Japanese. The selection of food was great and at very reasonable prices. We made pigs of ourselves and left... More 

1 Thank Brian E
Skanor, Sweden
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Fresh Japanese food fast service but the standard does not lack. Food was great, very busy so book ahead.

1 Thank Eme938
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127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Delicious Japanese food which is beautifully presented - easy to get carried away by all the choices! Try sushi and sashimi plate to get a taste of both, spicy prawns with mayonnaise and pork dumplings also very tasty. Would definitely go back. Perhaps a little on the expensive side but this will depend on how you order. Try a selection... More 

1 Thank NZTraveller20
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Expensive, and the food was not very good. Avoid this restaurant and go to Minami instead. We had a much better meal, with a much better atmosphere, for half the price at Minami.

Thank TheManntis
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

I love Japanese food, but this one was a let-down, comparing the quality of food with the price, definitely not worth it. Been to so many japanese reataurant I can say only 2 were of my worst, this and another one in Melbourne. Would not recommend this restaurant, there are many other better options in Queenstown than this one.

Thank Brendon Y
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

'Hikari' means 'Light' in Japanese and that's not how we felt when we left. This is a well rounded authentic restaurant offering well portioned, flavorsome, traditional Japanese cuisine. On arrival the restaurant was half full, the decor is old world japanese with an open working kitchen manned by three chefs accompanied by three floor staff. The menu is abundant with... More 

1 Thank MrLuxeTraveller
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

We went there in March. My wife ordered Hikari benti box with Teriyaki beef while I ordered Yose Nabe hotpot with oesters, squid etc. While my wife loved her dish, mine was probably a mistake. It was just boiled water with seafood inside to cook. Lesson learned: ask what the dish is about before ordering it.

1 Thank rkibria
Hobart, Tasmania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

Fancied a lunch with a bit of spice. Spicy ramen were excellent. Others ate Bento box lunch and enjoyed all the elements

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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
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 9030
New Zealand's finest Japanese spots for sushi, sashimi and other delicacies. You can find us in NZ cities of Queenstown, Dunedin & Christchurch.

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