Yakitori Daruma

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Cuisine: Japanese
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

Located in the vibrant town centre of Queenstown, New Zealand, Yakitori Daruma Japanese bar and restaurant is a local favourite.

Serving authentic Japanese dishes and a tantalising range of sake, step away from the streets of Queenstown and immerse yourself in the warm atmosphere of an izakaya.

Yakitori Daruma is ideal for an after work bite to eat and a famous sake bomb (or three), the bar is small and cosy and packed with Japanese mementos and memorabilia. Enjoy traditional ramen, donburi, sashimi with food from the grill cooked right in front of you. Those who like it hot will love Yakitori Daruma’s fiery hot ramen.

Known for its excellent customer service and friendly and relaxed attitude, take a seat at Yakitori Daruma’s bar and get recommendations on new dishes to try or the best sake or cocktail to match your food.

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Yakitori Daruma
54 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300

Open Hours:
Mon-Sun 17:30 - Late

Mon-Fri 12:00 - 16:00

Phone: 03 441 1210
Website: www.facebook.com/SakeBombDaruma/

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Robert Wong

Great experience! Something different from the norm

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Good service, hopefully more dishes can be provided

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Service and feel of the restaurant was good.
Food was alright, best was the lemon chicken, it is on the menu as pork but we got it changed to chicken and ended up getting two servings, however the rest was just okay. Bathroom was a little dirty. Very friendly employees.

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Brooke Braddock

Really awesome experience. Love the food. And really great service. Would definitely go back there.

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Kirsty Tennnet

Had a nice meal here - we shared the Yakatori platter, cabbage pancake (Waaay nicer than it sounds... in fact we ordered a second!) and the vegetable terriaki dish - all were nice. No one else there when we were there and a bit limited on the menu choices but still good none the less.

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Shelly Chou

We have been there few years ago. It was my favorite Queenstown restaurant. However, it seems change from Japanese team to Korean chef(owner?). After we ordered, the waitress came back to tell us they don’t have it. We tried to order other food. Unfortunately,they don’t have it either. Only few options are available. The food is also not good. The soup of ramen tasted not nothing, not even salty. It may be my worst first table experience. I will give up this restaurant. So sad

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Jacqui Campbell

To be honest, Yakitori Daruma *used* to be our favourite restaurant in town, we've been many times, often with friends and have always had a great time. Over the last several months however, this place has sadly been on a steady decline. We've been here 3 times in the last 6 months roughly and each time it has been gradually worse. The menu is now a fraction of what it once was and the quality of some of the dishes has declined. The atmosphere is very lacking and the music choices are quite odd sometimes, and the service leaves a lot to be desired. On this particular visit, we ordered a few dishes, they were out of sashimi, and some of our other favourite dishes were no longer on the menu. We would have liked to order more but decided to leave because we were disappointed. We probably won't be back for a while I'm sorry to say. We've heard similar reviews from many of our friends and I have chosen to write this review to give the operators some honest feedback upon which they will hopefully act to try to bring this restaurant back to the standard it used to hold under the old management.

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Good food. Service was ok. Wife took boy to loo and wasn't impressed. Tables, chairs and floor very sticky. Expensive sake. Overall score 6.5/10

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Alex Earll

The food was awesome, the staff were super friendly. Great selection of share plates. I would highly recommend it here!

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Danielle Moroney

A bit average/disappointing really. Service wasn't great either.

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Stephanie Caruso

Great service and help choosing the menu, the fish was a little chewy. Chicken was great.

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Cameron Webster

Really nice Japanese food with great decor. Service was average, but food was delicious.

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Carl Manglo

Good food, amazing ambiance.

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The food was normal nothing special but what was terrible is the service!!!we felt for all dinner they are not so happy for our presence!!! i hope they can do better in the future!!!

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Denize Cristina

The environment is really nice, the food is awesome. I'll come back for sure, recommend:)

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Rebecca Burgess

Nice cosy place, staff very friendly, food was pretty tasty too. This isn’t a high end restaurant so come with an open mind.

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Nicky Hendrikx

it was a wonderful evening at yakitori daruma, the food was delicious and the waiter was verry helpful with the recommendations that he given us.
we will visit this place again in the future.

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Siriwattana Nantee

It was our 2nd dinner time. Last time all foods were really tasty. We decided to come back for dinner. They've changed some menu. I had a Chicken Teriyaki with rice and my friend had pork Chashu ramen. We also ordered some takoyaki. All dishes were not taste like Japanese food at all. We are quite disappointed. Service was good.

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I am sorry to say I was underwhelmed, food was ok at best and the service could do with some work.

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Carl Manglo

Good food, amazing ambiance, great service.

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They've just changed the menu so a lot of things come as platters to share. Love the idea as you get to try a lot more than you would normally. Great service as always, and absolutely love the feel of being in the heart of Japan!

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Lisa Connor

We were greeted and served by an amazing guy!!! He recommend and gave us a lot of details about what was on the menu! The food was amazing!!! I couldn’t complain about one single thing!!! Loved it here

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Very nice restaurant food delicious and staff pleasant.

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Emily Plum

Yummy. Tasty. Couldn't fault it!

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Emma Tseng

Awesome food with great service.

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Sandro Lobao

All good, food was fresh and tasty! Manager was prompt to help, just one point we and other tables need to chase for napkins, and water. A lovely waiter offer us water almost half way to our meals. Otherwise great.

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Food and staff are amazing!
Beef tataki, deep fried octopus balls and the sashimi are a must have!
Definitely go back !!

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Waiters were friendly and made good recommendations for drinks (wide range selection of sake!)
We ordered lots of tapas to share and they were all very good. Fresh sashimi, crispy tempuras/tofu/karaage chicken etc, also loved their ramen of the day (it was miso flavoured and the broth was great)!
Will definitely go back again.

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Delicious food. Service was good but a little reserved. Didn’t feel overly welcome and as though we were a bit of an inconvenience.

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Lovely little restaurant with very friendly staff.

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I-Yun Chiu

They were quiet busy when we were there. But it’s a warm and welcoming place that suits families friends and couples. The meal was good and if you order the set menu for a good deal too. We got beef tataki and oden soup. I reckon they can have more flavours on the yakitori so more choices for tourists. Just in the town Centre so easy for tourists too.

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Jo Spencer

We didn't think the service was very prompt and it took them a while to give us simple things like water and soy sauce. They are changing the menu and hadn't half the things on the menu which was disappointing. They sound have written that somewhere. The food was good when we got it portion could be a little bigger. At this point we wouldn't go back again.

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We rocked up when they first opened but they were expecting us. They were very accommodating and friendly. When it came to ordering I was stuck on a last option and our waiter recommended the chicken kagee (I think) and I can’t have asked for a better dish! Everything was amazing and the food was even better. Thank you!

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Ang Priest

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner here. Hubby and I had a range of food and left satisfied. Restaurant was warm and cosy and staff were very friendly. Many thanks

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Christine Bendall

Always great food and service.

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Kirstie Stanaway

Food was amazing and the waiter really knows his sake. Would definitely dine here again. Teriyaki broccoli was to die for

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Mariko Senda

It's cold restaurant

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If your looking for the authentic Japanese saki bar experience this restaurant offers a great environment ,food and service. A must .

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Joana Devine

Lovely tasty food and exceptional service from Asher. Thanks again folks!

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Temple Brown

I loved this place friendly staff food was fantastic. would of loved to see the food being as in a traditional yakitori restaurants in saying that if i lived in Queenstown I’d be there every week

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WE had a great time at Yakitori Daruma, Great Food, Great service, we will be back

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Fawn Birmingham

Tasty food with a variety of flavours. A good variety to pick from too. We went for vegan dishes and we had plenty of choice. Friendly service too!

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Dan The Bolt

Man it was like wow and ah I cant even and im just like around this table and man its so good the food the service im lost for words

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Siriwattana Nantee

Great Japanese foods with very warm atmosphere. All staffs are very friendly. Well worth a visit.

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Jordan Brownlee

Great food. Great experience.

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Kelly McCauley

Everything was fantastic! We ordered 7 dishes of the tapas menu and a sake.
Everything was amazing and cooked very quickly! Between the 2 of us it was plenty for us to eat and lots of variety!
Our favorite dish was the teriyaki mushrooms, they were to die for!
The waitress was very attentive to us and all of the other tables, making sure we were happy and enjoying our meal. 10/10 - we will defiantly be back on a regular basis!!

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Sarah Coakley

Lovely service and yummy food with really good prices

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Chu-Yu Hung

We had great time here, good food and friendly staffs.
I've been here for meal several times, special lunches are lovely too!

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Quinton Penniall

What a fantastic spot! We felt welcomed as soon as we went in the door. Fantastic service coupled with great food and sake! We worked our way through most of the menu between four of us. Everything was delicious. I recommend getting the teriyaki salmon! Thanks again Yakitori Daruma! We will be back!

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Sandra Zuschlag

We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner at Yakitori Daruma. The food was great served by a very friendly and smiley waitress. The location felt like being in Japan. We definitely will come back.

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