The 9 Best Japanese Restaurants in Auckland

Best Japanese Restaurants in Auckland

By Tony Wang

Sometimes, you just have to have a flavourful sushi dish, juicy Japanese steak, and hot miso soup. If you’re wondering which Japanese eatery to go to for these, we’ve outlined the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland here for you!

We carefully selected the restaurants that serve super-delicious and stunning food with caring and friendly staff. Also, we picked those that have rave reviews from customers.

But you’re probably dying to sink your teeth into some maki already. So, without any further ado, here’s our roundup of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland!

1)  Kushi Japanese Kitchen & Bar

Kushi Japanese Kitchen & Bar's Homepage

BEST FOR A Relaxing Atmosphere and Above-Standard Service
MENUCheck Out Their Menu Here
WEBSITEhttps://www.kushi.co.nz/
ADDRESSShop A 22 Durham St West Auckland CBD, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS64 09 3684000
OPERATING HOURS[ LUNCH ]

Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm

[ DINNER ]

Monday to Sunday: 6pm – 11pm (Kitchen last order 9.30 pm)

If you’re at the heart of Auckland in Auckland CBD, have your dinner or lunch at Kushi Japanese Kitchen & Bar. They offer scrumptious and presentable meals to complete your day!

Try their Bento meals like Yakiniku Bento (marinated beef) or Teriyaki Chicken Bento for a quick lunch. Add side dishes of Crunch Prawn Rolls or the iconic Fresh Spicy Tuna Roll.

Dinner menu includes Izakaya as well as Fusion dishes — which mixes different culinary traditions in one dish. You can’t miss their tasty Gyozas, Cheese Kushi Age (camembert cheese breadcrumbs), or the Miso Marinated Lamb Rack!

And for sweet delight after the mains, their Matcha or Black Sesame ice cream is unbeatable: you will go home very satisfied!

Highlights

  • Offers scrumptious & presentable dishes
  • Fantastic atmosphere and service
  • Online orders are also available

Customer Reviews

Scoring 4.5/5 stars from 526 reviewers on Google, Kushi is clearly one of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland. Here’s what one customer, Vivien Mcgilvray, had to say:

“Love Kushi. I am a regular first lunch as the lunch special is awesome. So fresh and tasty. Love all the little extras that come with the dish and the staff are super friendly and helpful. Special shout out to the Duty Manager Maiko who does a fabulous job.”

 

2)  Taiko Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Taiko Japanese Restaurant & Bar's Homepage

BEST FOR Amazingly Tasty Food That’s Nicely Presented
MENUTheir Menu Can Be Viewed Here
WEBSITEhttps://www.taikojapaneserestaurant.co.nz/
ADDRESS460A New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-815 0610
OPERATING HOURS[ LUNCH ]

Tuesday to Friday, Sunday: 12pm – 2pm

Monday and Saturday: Closed

[ DINNER ]

Tuesday to Friday, Sunday: 530pm – 830pm

Monday and Saturday: Closed

If you’re craving savoury side dishes and authentic Japanese dinners, then head down to Taiko Japanese Restaurant & Bar located in Kingsland, Auckland.

They have fantastic-tasting side dishes, salads, deep fried meals (Agemono) and mains. Try out their best-selling Karaage Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Takoyaki (octopus balls with takoyaki sauce), Teriyaki and more.

Perhaps you’d like to have a hot and flavoursome Beef Steak, Agedashi Tofu & Vegetables for some mouthwatering silk tofu, or crispy and delectable Chicken Katsu. You can get all of those here!

And you can wash them all down with Asahi Zero Beer (which contains 0% alcohol), Apple Cider or a classic lemonade!

Highlights

  • Savoury side dishes
  • Well-presented meals
  • Excellent customer service
  • Takeaways and online buys are available

Customer Reviews

Francesca Everard posted a review on Google:

“Such yummy Japanese food in Kingsland! Beautiful presentation with dry ice and other things. We had the beef tataki, salmon, and Yum Yum Prawns which are a must! Plus cold sake which was so pretty.”

 

3)  Ebisu

Ebisu's Homepage

BEST FOR Izakaya Dining and Caring Staff
MENUBrowse Their Dinner Set Menu Here and Lunch Menu Here
WEBSITEhttp://www.ebisu.co.nz/
ADDRESS116-118 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS64 9 300 5271
OPERATING HOURS[ LUNCH ]

Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm

[ DINNER ]

Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm – Late

Offering a range of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine, Ebisu is another of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland because of their delicious seafood and sushi meals.

The staff here are very caring and considerate with the customers too. For instance, if you have food allergies, they can customise their cooking to make the food safe for you to eat.

They even have vegetarian and free-range dishes so you can dine on a gourmet meal while knowing it’s better for the environment.

Warm up with a bowl of Vegetarian Miso Soup, try their free range Teriyaki Chicken, or go for their beef platters! And order some Ebi Mayo Roll and feel the flavour explode deliciously inside your mouth.

Highlights

  • Super delicious sushi and seafood
  • Great customer service
  • Offers traditional and modern Japanese meals

Customer Reviews

Danny J, one diner, said on Google Business:

“A beautiful Japanese restaurant, with gorgeous dishes.  The staff are well trained, helpful and polite..  wide range of Traditional and modern Japanese meals. With many tasting menus seafood options and large beef platters. Although a little expensive from my point of view worthwhile.”

 

4) Teppan Dining Bowz

 

BEST FOR   Teppan
MENUhttps:/www./bowznz.co.nz/menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.bowznz.co.nz/
ADDRESS5 Pah Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-630 5413
OPERATING HOURS[ LUNCH ]

Tuesday to Sunday: 12.00pm – 2.00pm 

[DINNER ]

Tuesday to Friday: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Teppan Dining Bowz promises a high-class dining experience with traditional Japanese cuisine and cooking practices. Their chefs are all internationally recognized, so you can be sure you’ll eat phenomenal dishes while witnessing excellent performances.

Most of Teppan Dining Bowz’s menu consists of teppan dishes such as lamb racks, grilled vegetables, and the signature Wagyu beef. They also have a five-course meal as part of their takeaway menu.

They source their ingredients internationally and locally to provide its customers with the best Teppan dishes.

Teppan Dining Bowz also has a Japanese-styled dining room. So, if you want to experience a full Japanese dining experience, you should try booking the special room.

Highlights

  • Teppanyaki, chef’s selection, seasonal menus
  • Japanese fine dining
  • Internationally-recognized chefs

Customer Reviews

Here’s a Google Business review from a satisfied customer named Elijah:

“Bowz has been my favourite teppanyaki for years, unlike the big franchises with lots of teppan stations they only have one teppan station in the centre of the restaurant, pretty much like a setting you would see in a bar but just replacing large section of the bar table with piping hot metal plate and their food I have to say is much better compared to other teppan restaurants. The main reason that makes Bowz my favourite teppanyaki is because of the taste of their food and how focus the chef is over the entire preparation process. Not just putting up a show to amuse the guests.”

5)  Heizo Teppanyaki Restaurant

Heizo Teppanyaki Restaurant's Dish

BEST FOR Convivial Dining Experience
MENUKindly View Their Menu Here
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/Heizo.teppanyaki/photos/?ref=page_internal
ADDRESS3D, Short Street, New Market Auckland, New Zealand 1023
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 529 0808

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS[ LUNCH ]

Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm

[ DINNER ]

Monday to Friday: 6pm – 9.30pm

Saturday: 6pm – 10pm

Sunday: Closed

On the lookout for a hot and filling Japanese meal? Come to Heizo Teppanyaki Restaurant! The place is praised for its enjoyable and pleasant ambiance for diners.

Their teppanyaki dishes are delectable too: you can order A La Carte or by set. They dub the sets Samurai, Sumo Experience, Ocean Treasures, and Taste of Both.

Their menu also includes all the Japanese staples: Chicken Thighs, Salmon Fillets, Fish Fillets, Scotch Fillet Steak, Eye Fillet Steak, 8-piece Prawns with Yumi Sauce, Steamed Rice, and Miso Soup.

And of course, they also have the traditional favourites of tempura and sashimi meals. Visit the Heizo Teppanyaki Restaurant and you’re in for a totally worth-it treat!

Highlights

  • Convivial restaurant to dine in
  • Provides hot and satisfying teppanyaki meals
  • Offers a range of lunch and dinner sets

Customer Reviews

One customer, Ellana Ngau Chun commented on Facebook:

“The chef was a great showman. The staff were attentive, excellent service. The food was so delicious. Have been twice and will continue to go back. We sat at the grill both times (would recommend booking) and it’s a great experience.”

6)  Azabu

Azabu's Homepage

BEST FOR Japanese Fusion Food Selections
MENUKindly Browse Their Menu Here
WEBSITEhttp://www.azabuponsonby.co.nz/
ADDRESS26 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9 320 5292
OPERATING HOURSWednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 10pm

Friday: 12 – 10.30pm

Saturday: 5 – 10.30pm

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday: Closed

Our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland continues with Azabu. We picked this one because the menu is original, the setting is cosy, and the food presentable and mind blowing in taste.

You shouldn’t miss their tasty Grilled Octopus plate, Beef Tostada, Rainbow Sushi Roll, Crispy Pork Belly or Lamb Chuleta. They also offer a broad range of vegetarian dishes.

Get to know the Japanese culture by drinking a relishing sake. Or you can order Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, etc.

Their gourmet dishes are a fusion of Nikkei and modern Japanese cuisine too. We’re sure you’ll love them!

Highlights

  • Nikkei and modern Japanese cuisine
  • Serves presentable and delicious food
  • Kids menu are also available

Customer Reviews

Vijay Prema wrote a reliable review on Google Business:

“Excellent Japanese fusion with great atmosphere.  Dishes were original, very very tasty and looked great.  Some good non-alcoholic drinks for non-alcoholics.  And great options for vegetarian and seafood.  Went here for an early Valentine’s and it was perfect.”

7) Bruce Lee Sushi & Roll

BEST FOR   Sushi
MENUView Their Menu Here
WEBSITEhttp://www.bruceleesushi.net.nz/
ADDRESSBrowse Their Locations Here
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 9.00am-6.00pm

Japanese restaurants can also be great for light meals and snacks, just as what Bruce Lee Sushi & Roll offers. 

Bruce Lee Sushi & Roll markets itself as the best restaurant with the healthiest and freshest sushi rolls. It has 13 locations all around Auckland and Hamilton to provide you with such products.

This Japanese restaurant also offers various party packs suitable for all guests and occasions. If you want something heavier, you can also buy udon and other noodle meals from the restaurant.

Highlights

  • Fresh, creative, and healthy sushi rolls
  • Party packs for all occasions
  • 13 locations

Customer Reviews

Some customers have even found Bruce Lee Sushi & Roll as their own go-to Japanese restaurant. Here’s a review to tell you more:

“Great sushi and miso for reasonable price. Small but decent eat in facilities. Recommend based on the great quality and decent selection. I work near by so its my go to lunch as I love me some sushi and miso.”

8) Sake Bar Nippon

BEST FOR   Authentic experience
MENUView Their Sit-Down Menu Here
WEBSITEhttps://www.sakebar.co.nz/
ADDRESS415 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 9-630 2511
OPERATING HOURSSunday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 9.00pmFriday – Saturday: 5.30pm – 10.00pm

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience, Sake Bar Nippon could be the best Japanese for you. The Izakaya-style restaurant offers dishes made only from the finest ingredients and by the most experienced of chefs.

It even offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Sake Bar Nippon has also opened a Takapuna branch to offer authentic sushi to customers in the area.

You can even book special functions in this restaurant where you can also choose your own menu. Additionally, Sake Bar Nippon also has a free karaoke bar, which you can use for your night out with your friends.

Highlights

  • Available vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu choices
  • Karaoke bar for private functions
  • Authentic Izakaya-style restaurant
  • Use of finest Japanese ingredients

Customer Reviews

Richa Thapa wrote this on Google Business to share why she, like other customers, would like to go back to Sake Bar Nippon:

“It was my niece’s birthday, and the staff was super welcoming and we received an amazing service. The food was excellent as always. Special thank you to that one guy, who was looking after the top floor between 7.30-till late today. Very attentive and such a nice atmosphere him and the team created. Love one of your chefs, always has a warm smile and welcomes you as soon as you enter.”

9) The Yakitori House

BEST FOR   Traditional Izakaya and Yakitori Style Food
MENUDinner Menu
Lunch Menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.theyakitorihouse.com
ADDRESS2B/18 Shortland Street
Auckland
New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS09-215 6970

[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSLUNCH
Mon – Fri: 11:30 – 14:30
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DINNER
Mon – Sat: 17:00 till late

Closed on Sundays

The Yakitori House offers a wide range of delicious Japanese food, particularly izakaya and yakitori dishes. Numerous Japanese beers, such as sake, are also in stock.

Diners who visit their restaurant will find an atmospheric interior that features traditional Japanese fixtures. They have separate menus for lunch and dinner, with the latter featuring liquor and side dishes for drinking.

Some of their dishes include donburi, meal sets and various starters such as edamame, miso, karaage, and more. For dessert, ice cream, yukimi daifuku, and fresh fruits are available.

Highlights

  • Authentic taste of Japan
  • Mouthwatering dishes
  • Wide range of Japanese beers and New Zealand wine
  • Traditional Japanese interior

And that completes our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland! If you decide to dine at a Japanese restaurant, we are confident that you’d love to be in those we suggested.

So far, do you have any questions about the topic? If you have one, just send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

You should also check out our other restaurant roundups. For instance, you may want to go for brunch in one of Auckland’s famous cafes, and for that, you can read our list of the best cafes in Auckland.

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