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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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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

They changed new staffs and new menus few weeks ago. I loved their new dinner tapas menu especially Cheesy Chicken ball ! It was good tapas with beer or sweet drinks. I loved Karaage(Deepfried Chicken) as well. Also great customer service from new owner. He was friendly and knows well about Queenstown. If you feel something light dinner with drinks.... More 

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Thank katiepiex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such an amazing crew here. Had the best start to our night, cannot wait to come back and see them all! Please come play mini golf!! Xx

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Thank Ellie F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lydia was amazing. Sake shots are amazing they tasted so delish, and would recommend 10/10 the staff are so friendly BK was great xxxx

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Thank georgfeeee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this restaurant on a whim after craving some Japanese food and was very happy with the outcome, visiting again a few days later before I departed Queenstown. I went inside, greeted by a cosy looking restaurant/ bar sort of set up. There's little nods to Japanese culture and cuisine dotted about, sake bottles on shelves, and wooden panelling... More 

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Thank Samuel H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came by for lunch with my girlfriend. Having visited Japan earlier in 2016 we had a craving for some ramen. The miso ramen there really hit the spot! Apparently a new owner had taken over quite recently, but the food was tip-top to me, and we were met only with kindness and happy faces, and felt very welcome. We came... More 

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Thank Mads C
Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 

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Banff, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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.

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Thank georgiasid
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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

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Thank Dave S
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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?